You need a Pitta balancing diet!
Pittas literally have more fire in them than other people. You have better appetite, better digestion, and can even withstand the cold better than others because yes, you are hot-headed.This leads to a little bit more natural aggression and impatience, but it’s only because you’re so sharp and intelligent that it’s difficult to wait for others who aren’t quite as gung-ho as you are.Known for their cast iron stomachs, Pittas can sometimes overdo it with salty, spicy, and sour foods, and often err on the side of overabundance – just because your digestion can handle anything you can throw at it doesn't mean you should throw the kitchen sink in just to see what happens.The primary function of Pitta is transformation, which is why they can make such excellent decision makers, teachers, and motivational speakers. Often possessed of a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate, they’re also practical and adventurous, and love a challenging adventure.Unfortunately, when your Pitta is imbalanced, you can be short-tempered, argumentative, and prone to emotional outbursts. #hangrymuch?Physically, Pittas often have a medium build, reddish complexion, and an inability to tolerate hot weather. Imbalance presents as skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn and indigestion. No surprises there, eh firestarter? No fun, either!So how do you balance the Dosha that is known for digestion, metabolism, and energy production?The best foods for Pittas are cool or warm, with moderately heavy textures — so skip the steaming hot foods. Bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes are ideal, and in summer it’s better to eat cool, refreshing foods, like salads, milk, and ice cream. Herbal tea, specifically mint or licorice root tea are pacifying to Pittas. Cold cereal, cinnamon toast, and apple tea is a good breakfast for a Pitta. Vegetarian foods, in general, are the best for Pittas, as consuming red meat tends to heat the body from the fat. They should consume abundant amounts of milk, grains, and vegetables.Pittas should try to use less butter and added fats, and avoid pickles, sour cream, and cheese. Skip the vinegar in favor of lemon juice, and avoid alcoholic or fermented foods altogether. This is going to be difficult, but reduce your coffee intake. I know, I’m sorry. Pittas should skip egg yolks, nuts, hot spices, honey, and hot drinks, and really say no to oily, hot, salty and heavy foods, like the nectar of the gods – french fries.Spices should generally be avoided as they create too much heat in the already fiery Pitta, but these are OK in small amounts: Cardamom, cilantro (green coriander), cinnamon, coriander seed, dill, fennel, mint, saffron, turmeric, cumin, and black pepper.“My Pitta is on fire, Passion is my flame, Courage is my strength!” – unknownSo how do you keep your Pitta balanced?5 Tips to Balance Your Dosha1. Follow a consistent diet, designed to keep your Dosha balanced and harmonious. Click here to download our Pitta Party Cookbook, filled with meal prep recipes with your Dosha in mind. And don’t forget to grab your Pitta Food Guide, to let you know what foods your body craves, and what to stay away from!2. Maintain a consistent daily routine and keep exercises both gentle and regulated. Follow us on YouTube for Pitta Flow, yoga to bring balance to your Dosha.3. Keep cool! Both physically and mentally, and apply an attitude of moderation in all things.4. Avoid excessive heat, steam, or humidity and take plenty of fluids. You don’t want to put out your fire completely, but you also don’t want to overstoke those flames!5. Engage in quiet and contemplative activities, like crosswords, reading books, or mindful meditation, and avoid situations of potential conflict.Ayurveda and YouHey there, I’m Meadow Lark, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, and dahl enthusiast.It’s my mission to balance Doshas wherever I go, and bring happiness and peace to those I work with. Counting calories and limiting deliciousness is no way to live, and it isn’t what your body wants! Let me teach you how to properly fuel your body and live in balance with your Dosha.I’ve been a guest on many podcasts, including “Dosha and your Diet” and “Ayurvedic Warrior,” and you can find my new book, “Dosha and Your Diet,” wherever books are sold.Nurture CommunityHere are some resources to help you discover your Dosha and create balance and alignment within.1. Check out my Youtube Channel, Dosha Dosha Dosha. You’ll find weekly workout videos designed to match your Dosha’s needs, as well as some ayurvedic cooking hacks to help you in the kitchen. 2. Feeling stumped on what to make for dinner? Follow me on Instagram where I share delicious recipes designed for each Dosha, as well as meditations to calm the mind and build intentions.3. Don’t know where to begin but know that you need to find balance? Book a consultation with me and we’ll not only determine what your Dosha is and how to balance it, we’ll also create your very own meal plan and exercise routine.Get grounded and centeredHead on over to your inbox to grab the free recipe I’ve already sent you to help you feed your Dosha what it needs.Over the next few days, I'll be sharing more ayurvedic tips and tricks to help you bring true balance and peace to your life!“Ayurveda is the science of life.”— Shubhra Krishan