Kapha Nutrition 

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Favor: Warm

Avoid: Cool or cold

Food Qualities

Favor: Light, dry, and rough

Avoid:  Oily and smooth


Favor: Bitter, pungent, astringent 

Avoid: Sweet, sour, salty


Moderation: Ghee, extra virgin olive oil, corn oil, almond oil, mustard oil, and safflower oil.


Favor:  Barley, bran amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa, granola, dry oats, rice cakes, and rye.

Avoid: Yeast, cooked oats, pasta, rice (brown and white), and wheat.


Favor: Pungent and bitter vegetables: asparagus, beets, greens, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn eggplant, green beans, mushrooms, onions, peas, peppers, white potatoes, spinach, sprouts, winter squashes, and cooked tomatoes.

Avoid: Sweet and juicy vegetables: Raw tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, zucchini, summer squashes, pumpkin, parsnips, and olives (black and green).


Favor: Fruits that are dry: Apples, apricots, berries, cherries, cranberries, figs, mangos, peaches, pears, prunes, pomegranates, lemons, and limes.

Avoid: Sweet and juicy fruits: Avocados, bananas, dates, grapefruits, plums, pineapple, melons, and oranges. 


Favor: All except those listed - ginger especially good.

Avoid: Salt


Favor: Black beans, chickpeas, lentils (all except black), mung beans, navy beans, adzuki beans, dried peas, pinto beans.

Avoid: Kidney beans, black lentils, miso, and soybeans.


Favor: None

Moderation: Almonds (soaked and peeled), charole nuts. 

Avoid: All except those listed.


Favor: Flax, pumpkin, chia, and sunflower.

Avoid: psyllium and sesame. 


Favor: Buttermilk, cottage cheese, ghee, goat's cheese (unsalted), and goat's milk.

Avoid: Butter, all other cheese except those listed, cow's milk, ice cream, sour cream, and yogurt. 


Favor: White chicken, white turkey, non-fried eggs, freshwater fish, shrimp, venison, and rabbit.

Avoid: Beef, dark chicken, dark turkey, salt water fish, lamb, mutton, and pork.


Favor: Apple juice/cranberry/grape/prune/ pomegranate juice, apple cider, soy milk (hot and spiced), carob, grain coffee, and herbal teas (black, spiced, chamomile cinnamon, fennel, peppermint, yerba mate), Alcohol (dry wine)

Avoid: Alcohol(beer, sweet wine, hard), almond milk, rice milk, caffeinate beverages, grapefruit/orange/tomato juice, iced tea, and herbal teas (licorice and rosehip).


Favor: Raw honey

Avoid: Barley malt, maple syrup, molasses, natural sugar, and white sugar.


Favor: Fasting 1 day/week

Avoid: Large meals