Plated Portions!

Hohkay! Did you know that how you build your plate of food should be based on your dosha(s)? You may have (You win! Again, someday maybe I will give out fabulous prizes. For now, just enjoy that you won). Since Ayurveda focuses on the individual, it only makes sense that the way we serve ourselves should be based on our individual make up.

For example, if we are mostly vata (air and space), we will need more grounding, sticky, and warm foods to ground us. If we are mostly pitta (fire and water), we will naturally have great metabolism and digestion so we have the fire to digest proteins and even raw veggies (although most veggies according to Ayurveda should be cooked). Same as, if we are kapha (water and earth), we will need lighter, spicier, and warm foods to balance the heaviness of kapha.

To make it easy to understand, I’ve made a little graphic below.

**Proteins don’t necessarily mean meat! Protein could be lentils (vatas no lentils, they will gas you up), nuts, cheese, etc. I just drew a fish because…it’s late and I’m tired. oxoxo**

As you can see, the vata plate has more grounding foods (carbs), plenty of healthy fat (ghee), some cooked veggies, a little protein and a little spice to aid their variable digestion. Vatas need warmth and stability so the fats and carbies will help keep their body strong and their mind/emotions stable. Vatas need protein for strength, but it can be tough to digest, therefore the spice will help increase digestive fire.

The pitta plate is pretty even all around, but there is little or no spice used. Pittas tend to be spicy enough as is ;) Pittas need a balance of veggies and carbs because both cool their fire. The protein gives their agni a job to do for a while. Otherwise, their fire will quickly use up the veggies and carbs and they’ll be hungry again in a short time.

The kapha plate is loaded with warm veggies, with a kick of spice. It has a small amount of protein and carbs because kaphas are already heavy and sturdy. The cooked veggies are both light and very easy to digest which will keep kaphas feeling light and energized. The spice will help give their digestion/metabolism a nice boost that it needs. Proteins can be hard to digest so keep them small or stay with vegetarian dishes. Kaphas should limit fat in their diet.

Hopefully this visual helps! It’s all about knowing who you are and what you need, so forget the “food pyramid” and build your plate according to who you are! Your body will THANK you for giving it exactly what it calls for and you will begin to feel amazing! xo!

6 Responses to Plated Portions!

  1. Alison Hanson says:

    I have been battling “irritable bowel syndrome” symptoms for over a year and have finally embarked on a mission to heal myself. After several elimination diets (which excluded carbs) and treatments by a nurse practitioner for bacterial overgrowths and parasites, your info and kindness has inspired me and demonstrated a beautiful, intuitive (like the practice of yoga itself!) method of self-healing. I am a vata type predominantly and will add more ghee and thankfully, carbs!,in general , but also use kitchari regularly to calm my poor belly. Thank you!!!!!

    • Monica says:

      Hey Alison! Thanks for such a sweet note!

      First thing, if you are having any fake sugars, omit them immediately. Also no soy. You are on the right track! Ghee, kitchari and healthy carbs will help not only your guts, but your mind and mood too. Your poor belly. Make sure to drink LOTS of warm water and herbal teas. A lovely tea that will help you is CCF tea. Take the seeds of cumin, corriander and fennel. Approximately 1 tsp each and add them to a boiling teapot. Boil for 5-10 minutes, strain and drink the tea. It will really help calm the bloating, increase your digestive fire, eliminate gas, and help regulate your system. Have that with your kitchari and you’ll feel like a million bucks! Lemme know how it goes!

  2. Quinn says:

    Hey Monica! I have been exploring your blog, and am so excited to find you! I ADORE your graphics on each page, being a novice graphic-y person myself. And they are so illustrative to your posts, as in this entry in particular. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

    P.S. Do you happen to know any great ayurveda discussion forums?

    • Monica says:

      Hey Quinn!! Thanks for your GREAT note!! xoxo. Read away and let me know if you have questions. Drat, I wish I knew of an Ayurvedic forum but I don’t. You are the 2nd person this week who has asked me. Maybe I can add one? Namaste!

  3. Katie Clark says:

    Very helpful to see exactly what we were talking about! Gotta get me some spicy veggies! :) (By the way, if there’s a graphic underneath the Kapha plate, it’s not appearing)

    • Monica says:

      Yes get your fabulous-self some spicy veggies. Weird!! I see the graphic! I’m on Firefox. Do you really not see the plate with lots of veggies?! hmmmm…technology…

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