Monday, October 31, 2011

shopping list for pitta

SPICES
Pitta: black cumin, cilantro, coriander, cumin, curry leaves, dill leaves, fennel, kudzu, mint, peppermint, saffron, spearmint, turmeric, wintergreen.

Pitta/Vata: basil (fresh), black cumin, black pepper, caraway, cardamom, coriander, cumin, dill leaves, fennel, garam masala, kudzu, mint, orange peel, peppermint, saffron, spearmint, tarragon, turmeric, vanilla, wintergreen.

Pitta/Kapha: black cumin, black pepper, coriander, cumin, curry leaves, dill leaves, fennel, garam masala, kudzu, mint, orange peel, parsley, peppermint, rose water, saffron, spearmint, turmeric wintergreen.

Tridosha (VPK=): black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, coconut, coriander, cilantro, cumin, dill (leaves or seeds), fennel, garlic (cooked), ghee, ginger (cooked), ginger (fresh), lemon, mint leaves, mustard, nutmeg, orange peel, parsley, rose water, saffron, sea salt, tamarind, tarragon, turmeric, vanilla, wintergreen. 


Foods for Reducing Pitta—Fire Element
When calming Pitta, EMPHASIZE sweet, bitter and astringent tastes, AVOID sour, salty and pungent.

Food Combining Tips
Balancing Foods

Avoid/Reduce


Fruits


Note:
Fruits and fruit juices are best consumed by themselves for all doshas.

Soak all dried fruits except in cases where Kapha is high.

Adding spices to fruits or stewing them in a little water helps their digestibility during the colder seasons or times of illness.

Sweet fruits
Apples, sweet
Apricots, sweet
Avocado*
Berries, sweet
Cherries, sweet
Coconut
Dates
Figs, fresh and dry
Grapes, sweet
Mango, ripe
Melons
Most dried fruit, soaked
Oranges, sweet*
Pears
Persimmon
Pineapple, sweet
Plums, sweet
Pomegranate
Prunes
Raisins (omit in case of candida)
Watermelon

Sour fruits
Apples, sour
Frozen fruits or fruits with added sugar
Bananas
Cherries, sour
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Kiwi**
Lemon*
Lime**
Oranges, sour
Papaya
Peaches**
Pineapple, sour
Plums, sour
Rhubarb
Soursop
Strawberries*



Vegetables


Note:
For proper digestion and nutrient absorption, combine low starch vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, etc.) with either grains or high protein (tofu, dairy, nuts, flesh foods).

Combine high starch vegetables (carrots, squash, etc.) with grains, but not with high protein.













Vegetables

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Sweet, Bitter, or Astringent Vegetables
Acorn Squash
Artichoke
Arugula*
Asparagus
Bean sprouts
Beets**
Beet greens
Broccoli
Bok Choy
Brussels Sprouts
Burdock Root
Butternut Squash
Cucumber
Fennel
Cabbage
Carrots*
Cauliflower
Celery
Chicory
Chinese cabbage
Collard greens
Fresh Corn
Dandelion greens
Green Beans
Guy Lon
Jerusalem Artichoke
Jicama
Kale
Kohlrabi*
Leafy Greens of all kinds
Leeks, cooked**
Lettuce
Mushrooms (shitake only)**
Okra
Olives, black**
Onions (cooked)*
Parsley
Parsnip
Peas
Purslane
Radicchio
Rutabaga
Scallopini Squash
Snow peas
Spaghetti Squash
Sprouts of all kinds
Summer Squash
Sweet potatoes
Swiss Chard
Tah Tsai
Winter Squash
Yel. Crookneck Squash
Zucchini*

Frozen, dried, canned or microwaved vegetables
Pungent or pickled vegetables
Bell pepper*
Daikon radish**
Eggplant
Fenugreek greens
Garlic, raw or cooked
Horseradish
Olives, green
Onions, raw
Peppers, hot
Potatoes (all varieties)
Pumpkin**
Radish
Shallots
Spinach**
Tomatoes
Turnips
Turnip Greens**
Watercress*

 

Grains


Note:
Grains combine well with high and low starch vegetables, as well as most legumes, such as split mung beans and aduki beans.

They do not combine with high protein (tofu, dairy, nuts, flesh foods).

Amaranth**
Barley
Kamut**
Oat bran*
Oats, cooked
Popcorn**
Quinoa*
Rice, brown**
Rice, white basmati
Rice cakes*
Spelt
Teff*
Wild rice**

Cold, dry, puffed cereals
Refined, frozen or microwaved products
Buckwheat
Corn
Granola
Millet
Oats, dry
Rye
Wheat
Wheat bran



Animal Foods


Note:
If you still eat animal foods, be sure to combine them with low starch vegetables only.

Avoid combining animal foods with dairy, oils, or high starch vegetables or grains (potatoes, rice, breads, pasta).

A portion no larger than the size and width of the palm of your hand:

Chicken or turkey, white meat
Egg white
Rabbit

Beef
Duck
Freshwater fish**
Lamb
Pork
Seafood
Shrimp
Venison**

 

Legumes


Note:
Legumes and beans combine with low and high starch vegetables. When combined with grains (in the same meal or in the same day), they form a complete protein. 

Since soy beans and tofu are considered high protein, they combine with low starch vegetables only.

Soak and cook all beans very well.

Tofu is best steamed, baked or scrambled/stir-fried (with broth or water rather than oil).



Aduki Beans
Black Beans
Black-eyed Peas
Chana Dal
Common Lentils
Garbanzos*
Lima Beans
Khala Chana
Mung beans, whole
Navy Beans
Pinto Beans
Soy Milk, boiled
Split Mung Beans (available at the Herb and Spice on Bank St.)
Split Peas
Tempeh
Tepery Beans
Tofu, cooked
White Beans




Black Lentils
Kidney Beans**
Red Lentils
Soy Beans**
Cold Soy Milk
Soy Cheese
Soy Flour**
Soy Margarine
Soy Powder**
Soy Yogurt
Tempeh
Tofu, cold or raw
Tur Dal
Urud dal



 

Nuts


Note:
Avoid combining nuts with other protein foods.

Eat only a small portion at a time.


In moderation:

Almonds, soaked overnight and skins removed**
Homemade almond milk
Coconut

Black Walnuts**
Brazil Nuts
Cashew
Coconut
English Walnu**t
Filberts
Macadamia Nuts
Peanuts
Pecans**
Pine Nuts
Pistachios

Seeds


Note:
Avoid combining seeds with other protein foods.

Pumpkin*
Sunflower

Chia**
Flax**
Psyllium
Sesame**


Sweeteners


Note:
Avoid if candida is high, and avoid/reduce if healing from illness.

Barley Malt Syrup
Brown Rice Syrup
Fructose
Fruit Juice Concentrates, esp. Pear and Apricot
Stevia
Maple Syrup (in excess)
Sucanat*
Sugar Cane Juice*

Jaggery
Molasses
Raw Honey** (do not cook/bake honey)
White Sugar









Spices




Asafoetida*
Basil*
Cardamom*
Cinnamon*
Coriander
Cumin
Dill
Fennel*
Fresh basil leaves*
Ginger, fresh**
Neem leaves
Orange Peel*
Oregano*
Parsley*
Peppermint*
Poppy seeds*
Rose water
Saffron
Spearmint
Turmeric
Tarragon*
Thyme*
Vanilla*
Wintergreen



Ajwan
Allspice
Almond extract*
Amchoor
Anise
Bay leaf
Black pepper*
Caraway
Cayenne
Cloves
Fenugreek
Garlic
Ginger, dry
Horseradish
Mace
Marjoram
Mustard seeds**
Nutmeg
Onion
Paprika
Pippali*
Rosemary
Sage
Savoury
Star Anise
Tamarind


Dairy


Note:
Choose dairy that is fresh, organic, and hormone-free. Make your own cheeses and yogurt.

Avoid if suffering from respiratory illness, congestion or water retention.


Ghee (Clarified Butter)*
Goat Milk, fresh
Cottage cheese, fresh and unsalted
Diluted Yogurt, fresh (1:2 parts or more with water)
Fresh homemade, unsalted goat cheese**
Unsalted butter**

Butter, salted
Cheeses of all kinds
Buttermilk
Cow Milk
Ice Cream
Sour Cream
Yogurt (undiluted)

 

Oils


Note:
Only cook with ghee for medium high temperatures, and sesame, sunflower or olive oil for low temperatures.

Do not cook other oils.

Cold-pressed, from a health food store, and in moderation:

Avocado*
Coconut (for massage)
Sunflower
Flax**
Olive
Sesame*

Deep fried foods and
 rancid or unidentified oils
Almond
Apricot
Canola
Corn
Peanut
Safflower
Soy
Walnut



 

Beverages




Beverages

Note:

It is best to drink between meals (up to 30 min prior and 2 hours after eating), so as not to dilute digestive and enzymatic juices.

Beverages are the most energizing when freshly made, rather than from bottled/frozen juices and drinks. When fresh is not possible, unsweetened and bottled is preferable to frozen.

As much as possible, consume all beverages at room temperature.
Cold drinks will weaken digestion.

Dilute fruit juices 1:1 with water and drink in moderation
















Aloe vera juice*
Apricot juice
Berry juice, sweet
Carob
Cherry juice, sweet
Coconut milk
Goat milk
Grain beverages
Grape juice
Mango juice
Miso broth**
Hot spiced Goat milk*
Pear juice
Pomegranate juice
Prune juice

Hot Herbal Teas:

Alfalfa
Bansha*
Barley
Blackberry
Borage
Burdock
Catnip
Chamomile
Chicory
Chrysanthemum
Dandelion
Elder flowers*

Fennel
Hibiscus
Hops
Jasmine
Lavender
Lemon balm
Lemongrass
Licorice
Lotus
Marshmallow
Nettle
Oat straw
Orange peel*
Osha
Passion flower
Peppermint
Raspberry
Red Clover
Rose flowers
Saffron
Sarsaparilla
Spearmint
Violet
Yarrow

Alcohol, in excess
Apple juice*
Banana drinks
Caffeine**
Carbonated drinks
Carrot juice, in excess
Chocolate milk
Coffee
Cold dairy drinks
Cold drinks
Cranberry juice
Grapefruit juice
Ice cold drinks
Lemonade
Orange juice
Papaya juice
Peach nectar
Pungent teas
Salted drinks (i.e. canned soups or commercial bouillons)
Sour juices, drinks and teas
Soy milk, cold
Tomato juice
V-8 juice



 

Other


Chlorella
Spirulina and other blue-green algae**

           
*These foods are OK in moderation
**These foods are OK occasionally

Note: Avoid/Reduce means when balanced, decrease consumption and eat occasionally 

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