Winter for Vata-Pitta-Kapha
Those who have tridoshic constitutions have the strengths and stability of all three doshas to support them through the winter. Pitta will be largely calmed by the winter season, so if you are tridoshic, your primary focus will be on balancing vata and kapha.
With some focused inner awareness, you can adapt the advice on a day-to-day basis—pacifying whichever dosha needs the most attention at any given time.
Foods to Favor
- On the whole, you can follow the general winter dietary recommendations, being careful not to inundate your body with excessive heat, which would disturb pitta.
- Among your best fruit choices are tridoshic winter foods like berries, mango, soaked prunes, and soaked raisins.
- For veggies, favor asparagus, cooked carrots, green beans, leeks, okra, cooked onion, and rutabaga.
- Choose grains and lentils like amaranth, basmati rice, quinoa, and mung beans.
- When it comes to dairy products, opt for soy alternatives or goat's milk and cheese. Ghee is also favorable.
- Lighter meats like freshwater fish and shrimp are good options for this time of year, if you eat meat.
- Seeds that are light and dry, like pumpkin and sunflower seeds, are good snack choices.
Acceptable Winter Indulgences
Treats that are well-suited to winter include spicier foods, caffeinated tea, coffee or espresso, and more eggs and meat than would be appropriate at other times of year.
Foods to Minimize
Cold, iced, and frozen foods or drinks will disturb your digestive fire and should be avoided during the winter months.
Do your best to become aware of your eating habits and of the effect that various foods have on you. Be on the lookout for signs of excess vata (gas, bloating, feelings of nervousness), excess pitta (acidity, irritability), and excess kapha (lethargy, low energy after meals, brain fog), and adjust your diet as needed to correct these manifestations of imbalance.
Focus on slowing down, staying warm, and balancing a sense of routine with a light-hearted sense of spontaneity and joy.
Winter is also very supportive of introspection, so be sure to take some personal quiet time. Embrace your ability to exert yourself physically, while balancing exercise with plenty of time to rest and rejuvenate.
In your yoga practice, an invigorating routine will suit you through the winter months, as long as you guard against pitta becoming overheated and soothe vata at the end of your practice with a long Savasana.