When Kapha dosha is out of balance, large amounts of mucus are generated in the body, digestive activity becomes weak and lethargic, skin turns pale, blood cools down, and there are many more unpleasant things occurring in the body.
One of the easiest ways to bring the dosha back to the balanced state is to adjust your meals. The first steps include reducing the meal volume, eating smaller portions and less often; fasting is also good for Kapha as well as internal cleanse. But in general Ayurveda recommends to follow a particular Kapha dosha meal plan to avoid the dosha imbalances and remain healthy.
The best diet for Kapha is the vegetarian diet. If you cannot give up meat eating yet, gradually reduce its consumption to eventually drop animal foods altogether (the exception are the dairy products but Kapha should also reduce their intake).
Recommended: turnip and radishes, beets, greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, Savoy, red and white cabbage, kohlrabi, carrots, spinach, leeks, pumpkin, zucchini and squash, green beans, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, celery, rosemary.
Not recommended: potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Allowed in small quantities: asparagus, wheat germ, artichokes, olives, mushrooms.
Recommended: ripe pineapple, feijoa, cranberries, blueberries, cowberry, walnut, cherry, orange, mandarin oranges, grapefruits and lemons, carambola, persimmon, rowan, apple, pear, kiwi, strawberries and raspberries.
Not recommended: bananas, cantaloupe, mangoes, and coconuts.
Allowed in small quantities: peaches, wrens, figs, melons, apricots.
Cereals, pulses and seeds
Recommended: barley, corn, bran, buckwheat, millet, sesame seeds, melon and pumpkin seeds, beans.
Not recommended: wheat, rye, and all kinds of starch (corn, potato, wheat), tapioca.
Allowed in small quantities: red lentils, sunflower seeds, oats.
Milk and dairy products
Recommended: kefir and natural yogurt
Not recommended: cow’s and goat’s milk, mare’s milk, sour cream, ice cream, fermented baked milk, soft cheese.
Allowed in small quantities: mayonnaise, hard cheeses, and cheeses, ghee, lassi.
The general advice is not to indulge too much with dairy products since they usually aggravate Kapha.
Meat, fish and eggs – not recommended
Not recommended: peanuts, cashews, chestnuts.
Almonds are especially good for Kapha
Allowed in small quantities: hazelnuts, walnuts, pine. Fir and Brazil nuts, pecans, apricot pits.
Spices and oils
Recommended: white mustard, black and brown, cow parsnip, basil, bay leaves, cloves, allspice and black pepper, nutmeg, anise, fennel, cardamom, thyme. Mint, all kinds of red pepper, asafoetida, green and black cardamom, curry powder, vanilla, cinnamon, sesame oil.
Not recommended: fenugreek, canola and sunflower oils, and cocoa butter, and visceral fat.
Allowed in small quantities: almond, olive, mustard, soybean, corn and pumpkin seed oil, vinegar.
Recommended: still mineral water, green tea, juice of the recommended fruits, Kombucha.
Not recommended: coffee, beer, red and white semi-sweet and sweet wine, liquor, jelly. In order to keep Kapha in check, you should forget about coffee
Allowed in small quantities: black tea, aged red and dry white wine, mate, fruit and berry compote.
Recommended: sesame paste, honey and dried fruit.
Not recommended: refined, brown and palm sugar, milk sweets.
Allowed in small quantities: rosehip syrup, tahini halva.
To remain healthy, try only eating foods good for Kapha dosha; I hope this food list helps you.