#5 – Pitta Dosha



Pitta Pacifying Tips

Pitta is the manifestation of fire and water. It governs digestion, metabolism and vision.

Symptoms of Pitta imbalance:

Hyperacidity, inflammation, rashes, and feeling overheated
Anger, jealousy, and critical emotions
Too much activity, overly task-oriented and exhausted from feeling compelled to work

Diet for Pitta:

Eat cooling foods such as cucumber, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, peas, potatoes and leafy greens
Favor sweet ripe fruits such as blueberries, dark grapes, melons, pears, raisins, mangoes, figs, and coconut
Eat grains such as barley, basmati rice, wheat and quinoa

Avoid beets, carrots, eggplant, garlic, hot peppers, onions, spinach and tomatoes
Avoid sour or unripe fruits

In general:

Avoid being too focused on lists of tasks
Meditate regularly and rest more.
Spend time in nature – especially greenery
Eat on time and avoid activities that heat up the body/mind such as hot yoga,
being the sun for lengthy periods of time and running

Fig and Date Almond Drink

3 figs soaked in ½ cup water overnight
5 dates soaked with the figs
1 ½ cups almond milk
1 tsp vanilla

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for 3 minutes. Serve chilled.

Fresh Almond Milk

½ cup raw almonds
3 cups water

Soak the almonds in water overnight or in hot water for about 30 minutes. Peel the almonds. Grind it with water and till the almonds are blended finely. You may have to do this in two batches. Place a bowl on the counter and carefully pour the nut milk from the blender into the straining bag or a fine mesh strainer. Discard the almond meal and enjoy the milk in teas, or drinks.

Mantra for Balancing Pitta

This mantra is for Narasimha, the incarnation of Vishnu with the head of a lion.  His mantras are uniquely powerful for being calming and helping to maintain harmony especially in the family environment.

“OM Narasimha Ta Va Da So Hoom”

You can repeat this mantra either using a mala to count in multiples of 108, or use the clock so you repeat the manta for 10 minutes at a time.  Mantras should be repeated easily and you can have eyes open or closed, as you prefer.  This is not mental exercise!  Relax into your practice and try to be consistent for 3-4 weeks.  Don’t over do it, a little bit each day will work wonders.

Aparna Khanolkar is an Ayurvedic lifestyle and culinary coach in Santa Barbara and travels throughout the LA region to teach workshops. She offers Vedic cooking classes in Santa Barbara and is always available for phone consultations.  Contact her at 805-698-5630 or aparna@themistressofspice.com.
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