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Seasonal Kapha Recommendations

Kapha Season – Winter/Spring 2006

Kapha-Reducing Lifestyle Tips

bulletTo counter the slow, heavy and static nature of Kapha and the Kapha season we need to introduce quick, light and mobile activities into our lifestyle to help avoid imbalances.
bulletIf you are feeling stuck in a rut, mentally slow, heavy and more tired than usual, now is the time to vary your daily routine, start something new, or go someplace exciting.
bulletEnjoy the sunrise. Excess sleep with aggravate Kapha, so get up early and avoid sleeping in.
bulletRegular exercise is very important. The more prone you are to Kapha imbalances, the more vigorous the exercise should be.
bulletMovement is great for Kapha, so run, bike, jump, skip and play as much as you can.
bulletChallenging exercises that avoid repetition and stimulate the mind like tennis, aerobics, various styles of yoga and martial arts are especially good for balancing Kapha.
bulletUs the power of your mind to combat inertia. Turn off the TV and read something inspiring, set goals and get busy achieving them.
bulletStay warm and dry, but be sure to get outside, breathe fresh air and enjoy some sunshine.
bulletEnjoy lively music, dance, sing and celebrate life.
bulletDress in stimulating colors like red, orange, yellow or green.
bulletDry heat (sauna) is great for reducing Kapha.
bulletTake Triphala on a daily basis, especially if you are prone to constipation.
bulletEncourage yourself to be generous, flexible, and open to change.
bulletSpend plenty of time with loved ones and friends. Loneliness and depression are common Kapha emotional imbalances.
bulletMake a little extra time to take special care of yourself. Get a stimulating massage, meditation, and take your herbs.
bulletFollow a Kapha-reducing diet.

Diet Tips& Recommendation

As we move from winter to spring, we should move from a vata-pacifying
routine to a Kapha-pacifying one:

bulletIn the winter we emphasize warm, heavy, an oily foods, as spring approaches, taper your intake of heavy and oily foods and begin to favor warm foods that are light and dry.
bulletBegin to move away from foods that are sweet, sour and salty and slowly reintroduce foods that are spice, bitter, and astringent.
bulletAs spring arrives it is best to avoid dairy products altogether, especially if you are prone to congestion, instead choose soy or rice milk.
bulletIf you must have cow’s milk, drink it warm and add a little turmeric or ginger to reduce its Kapha-aggravating qualities.
bulletReduce heavy or sour fruits like oranges, bananas, pineapples, figs and melons. As they become available eat cherries, blueberries, strawberries and other berries, and dried fruits such as raisins and prunes.
bulletAvoid sweeteners except uncooked honey and reduce sugar products, as they will tend to increase Kapha.
bulletEat beans and lentils. Tofu is OK in moderation.
bulletReduce your intake of nuts and nut butters.
bulletFavor barley, buckwheat, corn, rye and millet. Minimize your use of wheat and rice.
bulletEnjoy all types of spices and spicy foods, but avoid salt. Salt aggravates Kapha by causing the body to retain moisture.
bulletEat bitter greens like radicchio, arugula, endive, dandelion greens and cabbage.
bulletVegetables to favor include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green chilies, garlic and onions. Avoid tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes and zucchini.
bulletFor non-vegetarians, white meat from chicken or turkey is fine. Freshwater fish are all right in moderation. Reduce intake of seafood, pork and red meat. Eggs are OK in moderation, but not fried, since oil and butter will aggravate Kapha.
bulletReduce use of oils. Use mainly corn, safflower, sunflower and soybean oil or ghee (clarified butter).
bulletTake Trikatu after meals to promote healthy digestion and eliminate excess Kapha from the GI tract. (link to herbs)
bulletAs in all seasons, eat hot, freshly cooked meals whenever possible and avoid leftovers and frozen foods.
bulletAlso drink warm water and beverages and avoid cold or iced drinks.


Seasonal Kapha Recommendations

Kapha Season – Winter/Spring 2006