Most Important Principles
Favor warm, cooked foods and hot beverages. Reduce oil and fat. Avoid cold drinks and frozen desserts (such as ice cream, popsicles, frozen yogurt etc.). Avoid sugar, sweets and salty foods.
Favor the Following Foods:
Lighter diet. Dry, warm food and warm drinks. Pungent, bitter and astringent tastes.
Old grains (minimum one year), barley, millet, corn, buckwheat, rye, oats, wheat, rice.
All except tofu.
Green leafy vegetables, asparagus, artichoke, potato, carrot, cabbage, beets (small amounts), cauliflower, broccoli, celery, peas, pepper, sprouts, white pumpkin, zucchini, okra (only dry-fried, non-slimy preparation), green papaya, tomato, tender eggplant, radish.
Lassi and butter milk, low fat milk, small amounts of ghee.
Mustard, corn, sesame (all in small amounts).
Nuts and Seeds
Sunflower and pumpkin.
All spices except salt; especially favor pungent spices (pepper, ginger, etc.) and lemon juice.
Pomegranate, grapes, persimmon, cranberries, raisins, figs, dates (best with honey) peaches, apples, papaya, guava.
Avoid or Reduce the Following Foods:
Large quantities of food, especially at night. Unctuous, cold, heavy food. Sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
New grains, especially wheat and rice.
Tofu (soy beans).
Sweet potatoes, tapioca, other tubers.
Yogurt, cream, butter, whole milk, ghee in large quantities.
Sugar cane products.
Avocado, banana, pineapple, oranges, melons, plums, mango, coconut, apricot.