Ayurvedic Foods to Add to Your Diet this Year, According to Your Body Type

Developed more than 5,000 years ago in India, Ayurvedic medicine (often just called “Ayurveda” for short) is widely considered one of the world’s oldest wellness and healing systems. In fact, its name literally translates to “the science of life” from Sanskrit.

Perhaps the most fundamental tenet of Ayurveda is that health and wellness are intricately linked to balance: the balance of our minds, bodies and spirits. One of the ways that individuals can cultivate this balance is through an Ayurvedic diet, which is perhaps why a key Ayurvedic proverb is: “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

Here’s everything you need to know about how to follow an Ayurvedic diet specific to your body type this year.

Find Your Dosha

Find Your Dosha

Ayurveda believes that every body has its own unique blend of mental, physical, and spiritual characteristics, and that the key to achieving the holistic Ayurvedic balance is to find out how to make all of these characteristics work harmoniously together.

If you’re ready to plunge into an Ayurvedic diet, the first step you’ll need to take is to determine your specific dosha.

Put simply, doshas are the three primary life forces or energies that combine to make up your body and control how you feel. The three doshas are:

  • Vata – air and ether/space
  • Pitta – fire and water
  • Kapha – water and earth

You can consult a certified Ayurveda specialist to help you determine your dosha or take one of the many different quizzes online, such as here and here, to get a better understanding. Your dosha type will help illuminate your dominant mind-body state.

Once you find your dominant dosha, you can begin seeking out foods and lifestyle practices that will help keep all three of your doshas in harmonious balance and you feeling healthy. The belief is that when your doshas are imbalanced, you’re more likely to notice adverse health effects, such as irritability, poor skin, poor digestion, insomnia, anxiety and more.

Ayurvedic Foods to Add to Your Diet this Year, According to Your Body Type

Key Ayurvedic Foods, Depending on Your Dosha

Vata Dosha

Vata dosha types should avoid, in general:

  • most dried fruits, such as cranberries, raisins, prunes, dates, and figs
  • unripe fruits that are too astringent
  • super color foods, such as crisp salads with raw veggies
  • iced drinks.

Porridge topped with slice banana, chia seeds, honey, peanut butter

Vata types should seek to incorporate foods that have salty, sweet, or sour flavor profiles. Additionally, because the Vata dosha is a cold and dry dosha, people with this type should eat as many nourishing, warm and pleasing foods as possible to keep their bodies in balance. Think a bowl of oatmeal with nut butter, herbal teas, creamy soups, stick-to-your-ribs stew with chickpeas and well-ripened fruits like papaya, coconut, avocados, and berries.

Pitta Dosha

Pitta dosha types should avoid, in general:

  • super pungent veggies and sour fruits, such as radish, garlic, chilies, and sour plums
  • alcoholic and fermented foods, like pickles, coffee, and vinegar-based salad dressings
  • foods with extra dairy or fat

Vegetables

Because the Pitta dosha is fiery, the best foods for this dosha type are cool or warm—not too steaming hot—and tend toward sweet, bitter, and astringent flavor profiles. Stick to mostly plant-based foods, like Brussels sprouts, zucchini, broccoli, bananas, figs, mangoes, oats, basmati rice, red lentils and tofu.

Kapha Dosha

Kapha dosha types should avoid, in general:

  • super sweet veggies and fruits, like sweet potatoes, melons, bananas, dates, and taro root
  • sweet and heavy carbs, like pancakes and pasta
  • soy products, like tofu and soy cheeses
  • most heavy, oily nuts
  • deep-fried foods

Healthy vegetable soup close up on the table. horizontal

The best foods for the Kapha dosha are warm, dry and light, to keep the grounded nature of the dosha in balance. Veggies and fruits like asparagus, spinach, apricots and prunes are great for Kapha types, as are grains, such as barley, millet, and buckwheat. All legumes and spices are advantageous for a Kapha dosha type.

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79 comments

Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley2 months ago

Thank you.

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Christine S
Christine Stewart2 months ago

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maria reis
maria reis2 months ago

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Kathy K
Kathy K2 months ago

Interesting. I got vita and pitta first and second, but switched on the two tests.

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Mely Lu
Mely Lu2 months ago

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Angela K
Angela K2 months ago

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Danuta W2 months ago

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Emma L2 months ago

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Christine Stewart
Christine Stewart2 months ago

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Mark T
Mark T2 months ago

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