Ayurvedic nutrition for Vata types
Vata types tend to be flexible and dynamic, but prone to anxiety and stress. Vata types should eat regularly to restore balance. Warm, comforting meals balance tension in the Vata Dosha. Sweet, sour and salty tastes are recommended.
Ayurvedic nutrition for Pitta types
Strong Pitta types are assertive and full of energy, but can come across as dominant and irritable. Pitta types can cool their fiery temperament by consuming cool or moderately warm foods and drinks. They should reduce their intake of spicy and sour foods, and instead choose sweet, bitter and astringent dishes.
Ayurvedic nutrition for Kapha types
Kapha types are patient, reliable and maintain emotional stability in stressful situations. An excess of the Kapha Dosha sometimes creates a tendency towards idleness and weight gain. A suitable diet for this type is light, ideally warm foods and drinks, and spicy, bitter and astringent foods. Kapha types should avoid rich, fatty meals and cold foods.
Strengthening the Agni: digestion in Ayurvedic nutrition
Ayurvedic teachings tell us that good digestion is the key to health, and that nutrition can strengthen digestive fire (Agni). To fuel the Agni, make sure you eat Dosha type-appropriate dishes. It is advisable to leave a gap of a few hours between meals, as undigested food causes digestive problems.
We should also eat in harmony with our biorhythms. The digestive fire is at its strongest at midday, so make lunch your main meal. In the morning, however, when digestion is weak, enjoy a light breakfast, for example warm porridge.