Written by John Immel,
It's best for Kapha to avoid eating after dark, when their body is tired and metabolism starts to wane. Kapha people who eat late at night will store their calories as fat and quickly gain weight. Kaphas do best on a diet of light and dry foods with plenty of vegetables and legumes.
Most Kaphas have trouble resisting food cravings. Since discipline is a struggle for Kapha, sweets and cakes should be removed from the home. Foods with bitter taste can help Kapha overcome food cravings, as bitter taste refreshes the palate. Bitter taste gives Kapha an opportunity to be more disciplined. It is also the most cleansing taste, which may help Kapha lose weight.
Kapha's nature is cool and dull. Generous amounts of spices can add vitality to their cooking and energize their life. Hot spices such as cayenne, black pepper, and fenugreek reinvigorate Kapha. These spices will make you feel hot and increase your heart rate, positive signs that your fluids are circulating and that the spices are working to stimulate you from within.
Kapha people tend toward slow, heavy digestion and do well avoiding dairy, wheat, and sugar. Cold foods are generally contraindicated. Raw food astringes Kapha's moist nature and the roughness of raw vegetables scrubs their GI tract clean.
Remedies for the following imbalanced qualities:
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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. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. 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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I'm overwhelmingly Kapha and still exhibit the typical behavior and personality, but have dropped too much weight following A kapha pacifying diet and am now badly underweight.What's the ideal way to get back to an ideal weight? It would seem that I still have a kapha digestion and too many nuts/seeds and other vata foods are difficult for me to digest, causing brain fog/spaciness and acne; which I otherwise don't have.It's also very difficult for me to get enough calories while still keeping it to the cupped handful stomach-sized portion recommendation. I just want to gain weight without causing toxicity by overloading my system, either with too many concentrated foods like nuts/seeds/fats or too much food bulk for my stomach in general.
I'm currently eating about 20g butter with breakfast, lunch and dinner (I used to make ghee, but I just find butter easier) and have sunflower seeds with lunch as well. Occasionally I'll add in quinoa, I eat a good amount of corn and have fruit in the morning and mid afternoon about an hour before meals. Is there an issue with eating so much bulk though? I feel like I have to go on a marathon binge to the point where I don't enjoy it at all to even come close to hopefully gaining weight and also don't want to overload my stomach beyond 3/4ths capacity if it's counter productive.
It sounds like you would benefit from more of the building, yet Kapha pacifying foods like sweet potato, potato, whole grains like millet, quinoa and adding some more fat to your diet in the form of good quality oils like ghee. Where do you get most of your protein?
There could certainly be an issue with eating too much bulk. It's hard to say what's right for you based on so little information. We are currently running a half price special on one on one consultations. We could offer you a lot more guidance through on of those. Here is the link with more info and to sign up:https://www.joyfulbelly.com/wordpress/ayurveda-consultation/?lnk=273
Very well articulated.I know and understand why my doctor was asking me to stick to the diet he mentioned I could relate to the article completely.Thank you for sharing this.