No matter what someone’s dosha is, it’s important to eat a diet that balances whichever dosha is peaking due to the season. Kapha is said to peak during late winter and early spring, vata to peak during summer, and pitta to peak during fall and early winter.
According to Ayurvedic principles, here are guidelines for how to follow an Ayurvedic diet depending on the season:
You might notice that your appetite and hunger increase due to the need to build inner warmth. Eat less cold and light foods, like raw veggies, smoothies and salads. Eat more nourishing healthy fats, complex carbs like cooked grains, soups and stews. Increase intake of sweet, sour and salty flavored foods, but reduce intake of sour, pungent and bitter foods. Consume ghee, warming spices and raw honey to boost immunity.
Eat more bitter, astringent and pungent foods instead of sweet, sour and salty foods. Emphasize lighter, drier and warmer foods over heavy, fatty foods. Eat meat and fruit sparingly, consume more green plants, use warming spices, eat smaller portions, and increase exercise.
Eat more naturally sweet foods, and minimize hot tastes (spicy, pungent, sour, salty) and dry foods (those that are astringent and bitter). Emphasize cool, moist foods over dry foods, eat less fats, and consume more lighter foods. Eat less hot foods, soups or stews, and have more fresh fruits and veggies. Enjoy more freshly made juices, coconut products, yogurt, smoothies and cooling plants like cucumber, berries and melons.
Eat sweet and slightly bitter and astringent foods instead of pungent, sour, salty foods. Find a balance between cooling and hot foods and light and heavy foods. Eat more soups, warming spices, pomegranates and seasonal well-ripened fruits. Also eat more bitter, green veggies and spices.