Summer Eating for Your Dosha

Why Eat and Live Seasonally?

Nature provides ideal fruits and vegetables for each season to help us maintain radiant health. Research even suggests that our gut microbes are meant to change seasonally in accordance with the foods we eat.

 

When we fall into harmony with the seasons, our microbes can easily support immunity, digestion, mood, energy, blood sugar levels, weight, sleep cycles and more.

Summer Food for Vata

Enjoy:

 

  • Avocados
  • Cucumbers
  • Cilantro
  • Summer squash
  • Zucchini
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Okra
  • Olives
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Wheat
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Kidney beans
  • Mung beans
  • Miso
  • Most spices
  • Tapioca pudding
  • Chai
  • Lassis

Enjoy in moderation:

 

  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Citrus
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple 
  • Root vegetables
  • Cooked spinach

Avoid:

 

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Berries
  • Pomegranate
  • Dried fruits
  • Watermelon
  • Raw vegetables
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • White potatoes 

Summer Food for Pitta

Enjoy:

 

  • Avocados
  • Coconut
  • Watermelon
  • Asparagus
  • Cucumber
  • Leafy greens
  • Red lentils
  • Mung beans
  • Fennel
  • Coriander
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Aloe vera

Enjoy in moderation:

 

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Rice cakes
  • Tapioca pudding
  • Lassis

Avoid:

  • Bananas
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Pineapple
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Olives
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Cooked spinach
  • Chilies
  • Cayenne
  • Hard liquor
  • Red wine

Summer Food for Kapha

Enjoy:

 

  • Apples
  • Berries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Dried fruit
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Pomegranate
  • All vegetables
  • Cooling spices

Enjoy in moderation:

 

  • Most beans
  • Barley
  • Quinoa
  • Basmati rice
  • Rice cakes
  • Tapioca pudding
  • Spiced chai
  • Lassis

Avoid:

 

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Olives
  • Parsnips
  • Summer squash
  • Zucchini
  • Cooked oats
  • Pasta
  • Wheat

A fundamental principle of Ayurveda states that our lifestyle, diet, and daily routines should move harmoniously with the cycles of nature. By making conscious choices to constantly adjust and accommodate according to the season, we are able to support an optimized state of balance and health throughout the entire year. Although it may seem out-of-reach for most of us, there are very simple seasonal adjustments Ayurveda offers that are accessible and come quite naturally. 

 

Knowing your constitution allows you to take personalized steps in creating harmony between your internal and external environment.

 

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