Pitta is the biological energy that is manifested from the fire and water elements. It is hot, sharp and spreading by nature, and therefore any increase in this dosha will promote similar qualities in the body and mind. If you are of a Pitta constitution or else have a strong Pitta imbalance, then here is a chart that will help you to decide which food types to consume and which ones to avoid.
Since Pitta is related to the fire element, then these food guidelines will be important during the late spring and summer months for all body types alike.
Click here to print our Pitta Food Chart.
Pitta Dietary Chart
Click here for some more guidelines on a Pitta Pacifying Diet.
Hi Danielle! First, thank you so much for this website! Sososo helpful, simple, well-made… I am a huge fan :)!!
I have been into ayurveda for a bit more than 2 years and mostly pitta with a bit of vata (according to my ayurvedic practicioner). I’ve been following your Liver Kitchari Cleanse for 3 days, then the Pitta Reducing one for 3 days. But as I am french I couldn’t figure out what is mung dhal on my organic shop and did a huge mistake of using “Hulled Yellow Soy Bean” as I couldnt translate mung dhal into a french thing & I just found out that yellow lentils are commonly used as mung dhal…
So here is my 1st question : If mung dhal is yellow lentil, why are lentils on the “Limit” list for pitta?
And 2nd, if potatoes are nighshades why is it still possible to have white potatoes ?
Thank you again, for your work, time and energy to this ! (Yes I’ve contacted you on etsy as well and need to follow up on my order, just waiting for some paycheck)
Take care ! 🙂
Thank you for your great questions! It can definitely get confusing.
Mung beans as well as mung dal are considered very Satvic (meaning balanced), tridoshic, and easy-to-digest for most (but not all) individuals. The yellow lentil is not actually the same bean and lentils can be a bit more heating (especially red and brown). For mung dal, you will want to look for the bean labeled “split yellow mung bean” rather than “yellow lentil”. My liver kitchari recipe actually recommends the whole mung bean (sometimes called green gram), but you can use either if this is not available.
As for white potatoes, I do not recommend eating too many for Pitta types since they can lead to inflammation, however, they are considered white, starchy, and slightly cooling in moderate amounts. If you are extra sensitive, or already have inflammatory issues, I would actually recommend avoiding them, however.
I hope this is helpful for you! Please let me know if any other questions come up.