Cool Your Pitta FireJune 15, 2015
Cool your Pitta fire by favoring cooling foods that are sweet, bitter or astringent
Good food choices are:
- Sweet Fruits: melon, mangoes, pineapple (only if sweet), apples, watermelon, cucumber (yes, it’s a fruit!), etc.
- Milk (drink it alone with Pitta-pacifying spices like saffron and turmeric). Raw milk or at the very least un-homogenized milk has the most healing properties. Let an occasional ice cream cool your Pitta, as well. 🙂
- Ghee – cook with it, or add a tsp. to milk with cooling spices at night before bed.
- Basmati rice, beans/lentils
- Vegetables that are in the sweet, bitter or astringent category. This includes most leafy greens, sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.
- Coconut is an excellent cooling food for Pittas in all its forms. You can read more about its Pitta-pacifying properties HERE.
And (I’m sorry to say) there are the not-so-good food choices, as well
Not-so-good food choices are:
- Acidic foods like coffee, and tomatoes (I know!) Because of its hot, acidic qualities, coffee can further unbalance an already unbalanced Pitta type. How and when you drink coffee can make a huge difference. Check out this article for some good suggestions. And tomatoes are, well, really acidic. Opt for the lower acid versions.
- Pungent foods like raw onion, chilies, radishes
- Sour foods like vinegar, grapefruit, pickles, fermented foods, alcohol, hard cheeses
- Chocolate – Don’t shoot the messenger! Chocolate isn’t great for Pitta-types because of its heating properties and difficulty digesting. There’s probably not a Pitta-type out there who loves chocolate who will heed this advice. You know who you are. Therefore, limit consumption, eat only healthier (dark) versions and brush your teeth right after eating.
- Heating foods like chilies, garlic, cayenne, etc.
- Salty Foods – snack foods, pickles, iodized salt, etc.
Avoid foods that are salty, sour, pungent, acidic, or hot/spicy
Check out this cool your Pitta fire food list for more suggestions.
Symptoms such as acid reflux, heartburn, canker sores, ulcers, bleeding, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, excess bruising or any other inflammatory condition in the body are red flags that Pitta dosha has increased and needs balancing. Ignoring these signs can lead to more serious health problems.
Following these dietary suggestions can help make for a more comfortable summer season
Now, that being said, I REALLY don’t like this part of my “job”. Suggesting to people what they should/shouldn’t eat. Eating is such an important part of not only our physical but our emotional and spiritual health, as well.
In fact, Ayurveda has a saying “How you eat is more important than what you eat.” Meaning – eat mindfully and with gratitude – and not running down the streets of NYC with a pizza slice in your hand!
But let’s be honest here. If temperatures are soaring and you have a lot of Pitta dosha in your constitution (or maybe just a temporary imbalance), cutting out or adding certain foods to feel better should be a good thing, right?
So, please take this all in stride – stay in tune with your body and its imbalances and needs. Eat seasonally and organic when possible.
I struggle with this every day. Knowing what’s best for my body but wanting the shortbread or ice cream instead. Knowledge is power, I keep telling myself. But I’m only human… 🙂
For more comprehensive information on staying cool during Pitta Season, click HERE.
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