Written by John Immel,
American breakfasts tend to resemble desserts. They are often sweet and rich in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The romantic ideal of a hearty breakfast has led to popularity of the 'hungry-man breakfast' and 'mile high stack of pancakes.' These breakfasts can make your drowsy throughout the day. Americans are the only culture that eats radically different foods for breakfast. In other countries, people often eat the same foods for breakfast as other meals. For example, a British breakfast often includes bread with beans.
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To provide stable nutrition throughout the day, Vata should make sure to include protein in their morning meal. An ideal breakfast for Vata is oatmeal cooked with a 1/4c of chopped, skinned almonds. Kapha can skip breakfast altogether if not hungry. Pitta people should eat a heavier meal that can hold them until lunch, including wheat, milk, and a Pitta pacifying protein such as almonds or sunflower seed. An ideal Kapha breakfast is a grapefruit with honey.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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Hello ~ What about Pitta ~ what is a great breakfast for a Pitta person? Thank you so much, Emily
Coffee is not generally not recommended in Ayurveda, especially for Vata and Pitta types. In terms of Vata, coffee is depleting and a diuretic and Vata is already very light and dry. Coffee also taxes the adrenals and overstimulates the nervous system which both aggravate Vata.
Here is a link to all of our recipes that are good for Pitta:https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/recipes/dosha/pitta/meal/Breakfast