How Do I Eat For My Dosha?
Once you know what your Prakrti (your dosha in balance) and your Vikrti (or your current imbalance) are, you can start to eat certain foods and make small lifestyle changes to help return yourself to a balanced state. If you don't know what your dosha is yet, or WHAT a dosha even is for that matter, you can find out here. The most important and helpful things you can do are to eat foods that are beneficial for your dosha, avoid foods that contribute to your imbalance, and cook food in a way that's pacifying for your imbalance. Here are some basic principles to follow for each imbalance:
Favor (These calm / pacify Vata)
Soft or soupy foods
Plenty of water
Eat Fewer (These aggravate / increase Vata)
Raw fruits and veggies
Undercooked cruciferous veggies
- Warming & Heating foods
Raw fruits & veggies
Too much water
- Heavy food
Understanding how taste (rasa) contributes to or helps to pacify imbalances will do wonders for your ability to balance through food. You can read more about rasa here.