An ayurvedic diet is an eating plan which states what you eat, how you eat, and when you eat to boost health. To follow an ayurvedic diet, one has to quit processed food. The term Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit language, which means “the science of life.”

Ayurvedic diet is following one’s dominant constitutional type or dosha. These doshas are derived from different elements, i.e., space, air, fire, water, and earth. Each element has different qualities or attributes.

Here is a brief overview of the doshas, namely Vata, pitta, and Kapha and their characteristics:

Vata dosha (space and air): Vatas are creative, intense, or expressive. Attributes include dry, light cold, and rough.

Pitta dosha (fire and water): Pittas are intelligent, joyful, and driven. Attributes include sharp, hot, liquid, cold, and rough.

Kapha dosha (earth and water): Kaphas are calm, loving, or lazy. Attributes include moist, dense, soft, and static.

A person’s prominent dosha determines their eating style. There might be a presence of more than one dosha in a person. Once dosha has been determined, the meals and diets can be created according to that.

For people with Vata dosha has to include sweet fruit such as cooked apples and cherries, cooked vegetables such as beets and asparagus, grains, red lentils, fish eggs, beef, and peanuts, etc. Food to be avoided are dried fruit, raw apple watermelon, potatoes, etc.

For people with pitta dosha, the diet should include raisins, almonds, watermelon, dry cereal, etc. Diet should not include apricots, avocado, sour fruits, spinach, etc.

For people with Kapha dosha, the diet should include astringent fruits, pungent or bitter vegetable granola buttermilk, etc. Foods to avoid: sweet or sour fruits, cooked oats, rice, wheat, etc.

Ayurvedic diet is a great way to attain natural balance of the body. An Ayurvedic practitioner is the best person to determine the dosha type and suggest a diet plan that works for you.