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kapha diet basics

kapha diet basics

by May 24, 2012

I hope everyone has been enjoying the last few posts on dosha types. This last post in the dosha series talks about the kapha diet in detail and also includes suggestions on food choices for a dominant kapha. Make sure you read this till the very end, because I’m going to share some really simple breakfast recipes for kapha!

Environmental and external factors affecting the kapha dosha are cold, humidity, lack of activity, and any type of change in their surroundings. Balancing the kapha can be difficult compared to balancing the other two doshas, since kapha dosha types require a lot of care and attention. If your dominant dosha is the kapha dosha, force yourself to include some kind of exercise in your daily routine.

Kapha dosha controls the structure of the body, so any imbalance in the kapha will affect you physiologically. Foods ideal for kapha are bitter, astringent, and warm.

If your dominant dosha is the kapha dosha, follow these steps to keep your dosha balanced:

  • Avoid taking afternoon naps and make an effort to start your day early.
  • During winters, stay warm by protecting yourself with additional layers of clothing.
  • Eliminate chest congestion by using a heating pad.
  • De-clutter your personal space every few months to allow the flow of positive energy.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Wear warm colors like yellow and red.
  • Keep spices like clove, cinnamon, and juniper around your house, added to a bowl or a potpourri.

Now, time for the breakfast recipes I promised!

Green bean and mushroom baked eggs

  • ½ cup chopped green beans
  • ¼ cup sliced mushrooms (any kind you prefer)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

In a non-stick pan, heat sunflower oil and sauté green beans and sliced mushrooms until tender.

Preheat oven to 375C. Grease a flat glass dish with oil or butter. In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs with salt and pepper. Fold in the mushrooms and beans. Add to the greased dish and bake for 30 minutes, or until the eggs are done.

yummy buckwheat pancakes!

Buckwheat pancakes

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups milk (mixed with 1 tsp white vinegar and set aside for five minutes)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Sift the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add in the egg and pour in the milk ½ cup at a time. Keep folding with a spatula but take care not to overmix the ingredients.

Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.

Spray a non-stick pan with cooking spray or grease it well with cooking oil. Reduce heat to medium low. Using a ladle, pour the batter on the pan. Flip when bubbles start appearing on top.

Serve with maple syrup and butter, or honey.

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