Ayurveda — Tridoshic  Foods That Balance All Doshas

**If you already know about the doshas, you can skip this part…

In Ayurvedic medicine, everyone has a specific dosha that determines the kinds of foods, activities and lifestyle that is best suited for their unique combination.

The doshas are based on the elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. and are categorized by VataPitta, and Kapha. When these three doshas are in balance, mentally, spiritually, and physically, good health is experienced. When our doshas are out of balance, we begin to experience illness.

Once you’ve determined your dosha, you will have a better idea of how to care for your combination and live a healthier, more balanced life.

In previous articles, I list foods to avoid and foods to favor for KaphaPitta, and Vata. In this article, we’re going to discuss Tridoshic foods that are both balancing and calming to all doshas.

FRUITS

Apples (cooked)
Applesauce
Apricots
Berries
Cherries
Figs (K – dry V – fresh)
Grapes
Limes
Strawberries

VEGETABLES

Asparagus
Beets (cooked)
Cabbage (cooked)
Cauliflower
Cilantro
Carrots (cooked V, raw P)
Green Beans
Leafy Greens
Leeks (cooked)
Okra
Onions (cooked)
Parsley
Peas
Potatoes (sweet for V, white for K)
Radishes (cooked)
Rutabaga
Spaghetti Squash
Sprouts
Watercress

NUTS

Charole 

GRAINS

Amaranth
Durham Flour
Oats (cooked for P & V, dry for K)
Quinoa
Rice (basmati & wild)
Seitan (wheat meat)
Sprouted Wheat Bread

LEGUMES

Red Lentils
Mung Beans
Mung Dal
Soy Milk
Tofu


Ayurvedic cooking for two or more can be tricky. Making separate dishes isn’t always possible. Tridoshic dishes are the way to go.

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Resources:

1. Tirtha, Sada Shiva. The Āyurveda encyclopedia: natural secrets to healing, prevention & longevity. Ayurveda Holistic Center Press, 2007.


2. Lad, Usha, and Vasant Lad. 
Ayurvedic cooking for self-Healing. The Ayurvedic Press, 2016.

3. Frawley, David, and Vasant Lad. The yoga of herbs: an ayurvedic guide to herbal medicine. Lotus Press, 2008.

4. Immel, John. “School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion.” Ayurvedic Diet & Recipes, www.joyfulbelly.com/.

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