Most Important Principles:
Favor juicy, cooling foods with high water content; avoid hot spices (chilies, cayenne, jalapeno peppers, etc.), alcohol, vinegar, fried foods, tomatoes, yogurt and cheese.
Favor the Following:
Cool to lukewarm drinks according to preference; sweet, bitter and astringent tastes.
Wheat, white rice (basmati, jasmine, texmati, etc.), barley, oats, quinoa, kamut, amaranth, couscous.
Mung beans, small kidney beans, non-fermented soy bean products (tofu is OK, avoid tempeh). All others OK in moderation.
Asparagus, artichokes, yellow squash, zucchini, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, celery, potato, sweet potato, peas, bell peppers, tender eggplant, cilantro, sprouts, lettuce, chard, brussel sprouts, parsley, cucumber, kale, bok choy, winter squash, sweet corn, all green leafy vegetables except spinach.
Milk (boiled and served cool to warm), butter, ghee, sweet lassi, cream, cream cheese, paneer (homemade cheese from milk).
Natural sugar cane (in small amounts), date sugar.
Ghee is best. Olive, sunflower, coconut (in moderation)
Nuts and Seeds
Sunflower and pumpkin seeds; blanched almonds in small amounts.
Coriander, cilantro, cumin, turmeric, saffron, fennel, cardamom. Can have ginger root, cinnamon, black pepper, thyme, basil, oregano and marjoram in small amounts.
Sweet grapes, avocado, mango, coconut, melons, kiwi, sweet oranges, sweet plums, papaya, sweet pineapple, persimmon, pomegranate, raisins, banana.
Chicken, turkey, egg white.
Avoid or Reduce the Following:
Pungent (hot spicy), sour and salty tastes. Vinegar and acidic foods and beverages (such as coffee, alcohol, and soda).
Corn, millet, rye, buckwheat, brown rice.
Tomato and tomato sauce, radish, onions, carrots, beets, spinach, seaweed.
Grapefruit, olives, sour oranges, peaches, sour grapes, sour pineapple, berries, prunes, lemon, lime, cherries.
Yogurt, cheese (especially aged and salty such as feta or blue cheese), sour cream.
Molasses, brown sugar, honey.
Almond, corn, safflower, sesame, canola.
Chili peppers, cayenne, onion, garlic, mustard seeds, cloves, celery seeds, fenugreek, catsup, mustard, asafetida (hing)
Salt water seafood, beef, pork, lamb, egg yoke