How to Choose What to Eat & Balance Your Prakruti (Vata, Pitta & Kapha Doshas) Mind, Body & Spirit

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

Ayurveda offers practical ways for detecting imbalances before they produce illness or disease, such as using your five senses to introduce opposing traits. You can now make conscious choices to improve your health and well-being by knowing the 3 Doshas and the physical and mental traits they inherit from their fundamental constituents. Every thought and action you take has an impact on your doshas, either bringing you closer or further away from your prakruti, or optimal equilibrium state.

Balancing your Dosha will not only lead to the absence of disease, but it will allow you to thrive in a world of endless possibilities. It will lead you to increased awareness, more creativity, joy, and well-being.

Since before you were born, you've been a unique blend of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everyone has all 3 Doshas to some degree, but one or two usually predominate. That's your prakruti- your essential nature. Once a swam always a swan. Never a hummingbird. You can read more about the 3 Doshas here.

Vikruti is a state of imbalance relative to your Prakruti. It's the divergence from your natural state of balance and is therefore dynamic (changes over time) unlike your Prakruti, which stays constant.

Assessing your Vikruti involves gathering information about your current life situation, including any recent stresses, illnesses, or life changes.

Everything you experience through the senses (taste, smell, sight) impacts your state of balance. To restore balance we need to bring in opposite qualities.

Look back at your prakruti and vikruti results. What needs balancing?

Throughout your life, your prakruti, or essential nature, will be a source of balance. Because those dosha levels are inherently greater in your nature, they're the first to become unbalanced. As part of your everyday routine, favouring flavours with opposing attributes will help you maintain balance in those areas.

You may create other imbalances if you overcompensate and avoid meals and situations related with your primary and secondary doshas. Take the vikruti quiz again if it's been a while since you last did one. Because your vikruti, like the weather, can change on a daily basis, it's a good idea to retake it on a regular basis. It will reveal information about your current level of equilibrium.

A Much-Needed Mindful Moment

The body always knows. Birds somehow know how to fly all the way across the Atlantic to get to their destination. Yes without GPS and Alexa. They just know. We too have an intuition guiding us to exactly where we need to be. However the modern world has prioritised thinking over feeling. At schools we don't really get taught about how to connect with our body and intuition. So here your lesson begins:

How Balance VATTA

This Dosha Type requires strengthening your digestive fire/agni, as it is naturally weak in this Vata type. If your Vata is out of balance here are the symptoms:

  • Dryness of skin, hair, ears, lips, joints.

  • Dryness internally – bloat, gas, constipation, dehydration, weight loss.

  • Dry and lightness of the mind – restlessness, dizziness, feeling ungrounded.

  • Cold: poor circulation, muscle spasm or constriction, asthma, pain and aches, tightness.

Foods to Favour:

Balancing Vata involves eating Fall Seasonal foods, such as potatos and root vegetable, which means that a thanksgiving dinner would be perfect!

Vata also needs heavy, oily, or warm foods, as well as sweet, sour and salty.

Foods to Avoid:

To to also limit pungent, bitter and astringent foods because they can bee too light and too drying. In addition, it's not just what you eat but also how you prepare the food that matters, as soft and warming qualities can improve digestion and balance, whilst raw foods can weaken the digestive fire.

How to Feast

Vata dominance might also make a person more susceptible to distractions when eating. Even the most Vata balancing meals will not be digested properly if the dinner table is tense or chaotic, so make sure everything is tranquil and enjoyable.

How Balance PITTA

This Dosha has the strongest digestive fire/agni, therefore it is important to maintain this fire appropriately, as too much heat can cause Inflammation, heartburn, rashes and irritability.

Pitta types can consume almost everything, but colder meals and settings help them keep their digestive fire in check.

Foods to Favour

Therefore it is important to bring in opposite qualities, that cool the system and maintain the powerful flame, without necessarily dimming it, such as astringent, bitter and sweet foods.

Foods to Avoid:

Foods that spark the fire, which can be dangerous to Pitta, are spicy foods, usually with pungent, salty and sour foods.

How Balance KAPHA

The agni of a Kapha is steady but slow, therefore it is important for them to make food choices that speed up this process and avoid those that slow it down. This is because a slow digestion could potentially lead to excess fluid retention, lethargy, accumulating weight and mucus.

Foods to Favour

Kapha types should lighten up and spice up their food to let the digestive fire burn more efficiently. Bitter, spicy, astringent and pungent foods as well are great.

Kaphas are wet and cool by nature, therefore when preparing foods it might be a a good idea to keep things dry and warm.

Foods to Avoid:

Kaphas should avoid heavy and rich foods that slow down the process even further and lead to ama accumulation. They should also consider limiting sweet, salty and sour foods are those promote Kapha.

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Sending you balance, harmony and joy.

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