As the holiday season kicks into full swing, it’s not a bad idea to think about a juice/soup cleanse before ringing in the New Year. But as you’ve heard me say before, be sure it coincides with your body type, your Ayurvedic dosha. (Not sure what your dosha is? Take the dosha quiz).
Now that we’ve got that taken care of, you’re probably looking for a few good juice suggestions based on your dosha type, right? It is said that each dosha responds to things differently. Vatta responds to the senses of hearing & touch. Pitta responds to the sense of sight. Kapha responds to the senses of taste & smell.
Vatas tend to be lean, agile, and energetic, but when out-of-whack, they’re particularly prone to quick crashes and anxiety issues. With that in mind, Vata types should reach for juices that are rich in fruits and veggies that maintain blood sugar. Vatas need foods that are easy to digest that help keep them grounded. Think: dates, avocados, beets, fennel, cucumbers, cooked sweet potato, almond milk and fresh ginger, cinnamon, and tumeric, as well as lemon.
With Pittas, the digestive fire is very strong. As a result, if they don’t eat at regular periods they get very irritable. (Believe me, you don’t want to be around a pitta who is hungry…what’s that line “A hungry man, is an angry man?” I think they were talking about pittas)! For pittas, it’s better for them to not juice alone…they should look to start their day with quinoa or chia pudding, followed by two cooling juices (think cucumbers, asparagus and broccoli). To add some flavor, think about adding cilantro, coriander and cardamom.
Pittas tend to have inflammatory conditions, like acid reflux. If you are that Pitta, try drinking a quarter cup of aloe vera juice or half cup of pomegranate juice in the morning to counteract this.
A nice pitta recipe: using a juicer, blend together 1 medium cucumber, 3 cups of watermelon that’s been diced and a pinch of cinnamon. Yum!
Kaphas are often drawn to equally sweet foods, they feel most balanced eating bitter, astringent, and pungent options. Go for cucumber, celery, kale, broccoli, and cilantro blends, as well as sunflower sprouts and pea shoots. A festive recipe for the season: Chop up red cabbage and apple into small pieces. Place these ingredients into a juicer. Squeeze the juice of half of a lemon into the juicer. Blend together and enjoy. To enhance flavor, try cinnamon, ginger, or cayenne pepper—and avoid sweet fruits like pineapple, pear, and mango.
For all doshas: If you feel at all bloated while cleansing, try sitting in a warm bathtub with three spoonfuls of ginger powder. It should relieve any nervous energy that you may be holding in your gut.
Stay tuned for my next post, with a great recipe I’m still working on perfecting for kitchari, or as I like to call it, Indian comfort food.
Kitchari provides solid nourishment while allowing the body to devote energy to healing. You can safely subsist on kitchari anytime in order to build vitality and strength, as it’s known to help balance all three doshas. For restless vata, it’s grounding; for fiery pitta, its spices are calming; and for kapha, it provides healing warmth.