kapha diet guidelines

Kapha people need to focus on bitter, astringent, and pungent foods which invigorate their bodies and minds, and should avoid sweet, sour, and salty foods which help them remain set in their ways. Kapha individuals should never eat fried or otherwise greasy foods and should shun dairy products. Fat is the worst possible food for kapha types. Vegetables are the best for kapha types who should limit the total amount of food they eat.

Kapha types need a lesser amount of grains than vata or pitta people. All vegetables are good for kapha dosha except potatoes, tomatoes, and water chestnuts. They should avoid especially sweet or sour fruits in their diet. Dried fruits such as prunes and astringent fruits such as pomegranates and cranberries are especially good for kapha dosha. Kapha types rarely need any flesh foods because their flesh is adequately nourished by other foods. Kapha is increased by sweets, so kapha individuals should not use any sweetener except small amounts of raw honey that helps reduce kapha. They find spices useful to awaken their senses and they should be encouraged to use all spices except salt, which increases kapha directly. Similar to vata people, ginger and garlic are the best spices. Occasional consumption of coffee is permissible.

Fruits Dried Fruits, Apples, Apricots, Cranberries, Pears, Pomegranate Excessively Sweet, Juicy, Or Sour Fruits Such As Dates, Orange Juice
Vegetables All Including Peppers And Chilies In Moderation None
Grains Millet, Buckwheat, Barley, Rice, Corn, Quinoa Wheat, Breads
Legumes Well-Cooked Tofu, Black Beans, Mung Beans, Pinto Beans Black Lentils, Soybeans
Flesh Food Very Limited Amounts Of Eggs, Chicken, Fish, Rabbit, Venison Fried Meats
Nuts & Seeds Small Amounts of Sunflower And Pumpkin Heavy Salted Nuts
Dairy(in moderate amounts) Small Amounts of Ghee And Goats Milk Cooked With Cardamom And Turmeric Most Other Forms of Dairy Especially Cheeses
Sweeteners (in moderate amounts with other foods) Raw Honey in Small Amounts Everything Else
Spices All Spices, Especially Ginger And Garlic Excess Salt
Vices Black Tea, Coffee, Small Amounts Of Tobacco Smoke Alcohol