Summer Grocery List – “Pitta Reducing Diet”

July-October

Though these are not the only items you can eat, they are the most beneficial foods in the summer.

To Stay Cool, Calm and Hydrated

  • Eat more foods that are Sweet, Bitter, Astringent / Cold, Heavy, Oily: such as salads, smoothies, fresh fruit.
  • Eat less foods that are Pungent (Spicy), Sour, Salty / Hot, Light, Dry: such as spicy foods, hot beverages.
  • Favor all fresh ripe berries, melons, apples, apricots, grapes, peaches, pears, pomegranates and ripe plums.
  • Favor asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cilantro, leafy greens, seaweed, snow peas, and summer squash.
  • Sip cool or room temperature water with cucumber slices or drink coconut water to keep cool and hydrated.
  • Take Brahmi Brain, Neem and Amalaki to keep your mind cool and calm, to cleanse your blood and prevent inflammation. Take 500-1000mg of each, 1-2/day after food.
  • Drink herbal teas such as mint, hibiscus, dandelion and chicory.

Daily Routines (Dinacharya) for Summer:

  • Self-massage with Tri-Doshic Massage Oil or coconut oil.
  • For 8 minutes daily, breathe slowly in and out through the left nostril. With your right thumb, hold your right nostril closed. Pause at the inhale and exhale. This is cooling and calming.
  • Avoid excessive activity during midday heat as it can be draining.

Signs of Excess Pitta During Summer:

  • Irritability and impatience, heartburn, acid reflux, stomach ulcers, sensitivity to heat, lethargy, sarcasm, skin rashes, boils, acne, low blood sugar, difficulty falling asleep.
  • If you experience some of these signs, schedule a consult and follow the above guidelines for a soothing summer!

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*An asterisk means it is best to eat more of this food.

VEGETABLES

FRUIT

LEGUMES

BEVERAGES

Alfalfa Sprouts

*Apples

*Adzuki

Water (room temp or cool)

*Artichokes

*Apricots

Bean Sprouts

 

*Asparagus

*Blueberries

*Black Gram

 

Avocados

*Cantaloupe

*Fava

HERB TEA

Bean Sprouts

*Cherries (ripe)

*Garbanzo

*Chicory

*Beet greens

*Cranberries

Kidney

*Dandelion

*Bell Peppers

Dates

Lentils

*Hibiscus

*Bitter Melon

Dried Fruit

Lima

*Mint

*Broccoli

Figs

*Mungs

 

*Cabbage

*Grapes

*Split Pea

 

*Cauliflower

*Guavas

*Tofu

SWEETENERS

*Celery

*Mangoes

 

Maple Syrup (small amounts)

Chicory

*Melon (all)

 

Raw Sugar

*Cilantro

Nectarines

CONDIMENTS

Rice Syrup

Collard Greens

Oranges (sweet)

Carob

 

Corn

Papayas (small amounts)

Mayonnaise

 

*Cucumbers

*Peaches (ripe and/or peeled)

 

NUTS & SEEDS

*Dandelion

*Pears

 

Almonds

Eggplant

*Persimmons

OILS

*Coconut

Endive

*Pineapple (sweet)

Almond

Flax

*Fennel

*Plums (ripe)

Avocado

Macadamias

Green Beans

*Pomegranates (sour)

Canola

Pinon

*Jicama

*Raspberries

*Coconut

*Pumpkin

*Kale

*Strawberries

Flax

*Sunflower

*Lettuce

Tangerines (sweet)

*Olive

 

Mushrooms

 

*Soy

DAIRY

Mustard Greens

MEATS

Sunflower

Butter

*Okra

Beef (moderation)

Ghee

Cheese (moderation)

Parsley

Chicken

 

Cottage Cheese

Peas

Duck (moderation)

 

*Ghee

Pumpkin

Eggs (moderation)

SPICES

Ice Cream

*Radishes (moderation)

Freshwater Fish

Anise

*Milk

*Seaweed

Lamb (moderation)

Asafoetida

*Rice/Soy Milk

*Snow Peas

Pork

*Chamomile

 

Spinach (moderation)

Shrimp (moderation)

*Coriander

 

*Squash, Acorn

Turkey

Cumin

 

Squash, Winter

 

Fennel

 

Sweet Potatoes

GRAINS

Peppermint

 

Learn more about the

 seasonal diet in

The 3-Season Diet

by John Douillard

Swiss Chard

*Barley

Saffron

Tomatoes (sweet)

Oat

Spearmint

Turnip Greens

*Rice

 

*Watercress

Rye

 

*Zucchini

Wheat

 


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