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This week lets look at that beautiful big strong force of harmony that is Kapha. We'll dive deep with abandon into the factors that might rock Kapha's solid foundation.
I will also share with you simple remedies to put your Kapha back on the path to being the sweet vibrant being of health it's famous for.

Kapha is the primary force trying to create harmony and health. Kapha is a helping force that nourishes the body and the other doshas (vata and pitta) assisting them to carry out their jobs properly. Kapha is responsible for lubrication and structure keeping all our nadi's (channels) nourished, it also plays a big role in starting a family. The kapha energy is expressed in late winter and early spring. It's at these times that you may find yourself 'spring cleaning' your wardrobe, you might opt a spring break to welcome in the longer days and find yourself eating lighter meals as new fruit and veg emerge at the organic store and food markets

Qualities: wet, cold, heavy, static, dull, smooth

Locations: stomach, lungs, reproductive organs, joints, mouth

Balanced: Kapha is calm, slow-paced, stable, patient, positive, jolly, loving, loyal and devoted.

Imbalanced: Kapha is outright stubborn, changes take a long time , hoards things, apathetic, can get stuck in heavy emotions, lazy.

Kaphas need to stay warm, dry, light and mobile. The areas Kapha need to focus on most are a consistent exercise routine, portion control and less sweet and salty treats, allocating one day a week as your play day or cheat day to indulge. Drinking yummy kapha-friendly teas are a great way to curb sweet cravings and fill you up before a shopping trip.

Kaphas are naturally happy, they donít need any special reason. They are emotionally stable and pretty grounded as they're mainly earth and water. Society can make Kapha doubt themselves when they wonder what's wrong with you because you are so calm (seen as undriven). Kaphas are slow to like new things, it has to be repeated for them to accept something. They'll actively never say no, but then go and do what they want regardless of that answer. They might say: ĎOk so I donít think I can do that anymore.í Whereas in the beginning they never object, they don't like to cause a fuss and avoid conflict when possible.

Kapha doesnít see the need to show off or prove himself. Itís always working behind the scenes. They are the epitome of a people pleaser. They ask for nothing and give the support where itís needed; sometimes depleting their own resources in the process. This can lead to kaphas feeling like a victim and playing the 'woe is me' card, when the healthiest option for them is to ask for what they need.

Last week in Grounding Vata we seen the three ways in which illness and dis-ease can come into the body, you can recap here.

Factors for Kapha Problems:
  1. Sweet food: Too many carbs, potatoes, pasta, breads, cream sauce, cakes, buttery foods, fructose.
  2. Salty food: increases Kapha due to water retention.
  3. Eating large quantities of food/using food for enjoyment: enjoyment is centred around celebrating eating, dinner parties, Christmas dinner, etc.
  4. Cold and damp: Kapha develop colds
  5. Sedentary jobs: Can lead to obesity if not offset with exercise
  6. No physical work/mental work: Running life on modern conveniences
  7. Sleeping in the day: May be tempted during the day but this lowers metabolism for Kapha.
  8. Too much attachment: Accumulation tendencies.
  9. Mal-nourishment: Eating nutrient void foods from packets rather than whole-foods sources.
  10. Healing Kapha Nutrition
  11. If you have a lot of excess weight to lose, it will pay to follow these guidelines strictly for 3-6 months. Afterwards you may want to reintroduce dairy the odd time and sweets occasionally but not as a daily habit

Kapha Rules:
  • Kaphasí have to follow the 10am-6pm rule. No food before 10am and no food after 6pm. Make lunch the biggest meal of the day when metabolism is at its peak.
  • Eat 4 meals a day. You can have herbal tea/almonds/fruit before 10am.
  • Starting the day with hot water, lemon and honey.
  • Make your food spicy and warm to increase metabolism and help agni (digestive fire).
  • Eat less cold salad and concentrate on warm, astringent, pungent and bitter tastes. The aim is to keep the body warm. Stews, curries, soups are all good for Kapha.
  • Do not replace meals with fruit.
  • In colder climates Kapha must adhere to the timing rule more so than if living in a hot climate.
  • Kapha is cold and does better with warm veg so it's best not to overdo the salads.
  • Kaphas should make changes to their nutrition initially then introduce exercise that they enjoy and can maintain for 30 mins per day.
  • Practice Kapalbhati breathing technique.

Kapha nutrition supporting group 1 - Fruit

Enjoy: apples (green), pear, lime, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, plum, papaya, cherry, strawberry, rasberries, oranges.

Limit: (high glycemic index) mango, pineapple, figs, dates, grapes

Avoid: (metabolism decreasing food) banana (indulge on play/cheat day), water melon.

Kapha nutrition balancing group 2 - Vegetables
Kaphas can eat lots of steamed veg because they donít have a lot of water and Kaphasí should reduce water where possible. Stir fried, grilled and BBQ's are also good options for sturdy Kaphas with veg helping flush the body of excess water.

Enjoy: celery, carrot, cauliflower, cabbage, fresh peas, brocolli, beetroot, mushrooms, all the green leafy beauties (spinach, kale, morning glory, etc.), sprouts

Limit: okra (too salty), zucchini (too salty), seaweed (too salty)

Avoid: avocado (oily- have on cheat day for nutrients), cucumber (too cold- must add rock salt), sweet potato (too heavy - cheat day)

Kapha nutrition balancing group 3 - Grains
Kaphas only require grains once a day in small portions. For Kaphas committed to lose weight, it is recommended to abstain from grains for at least 3 months. Because it takes kapha a while to digest their food, they should fast (skip a dinner) once a week to let their agni catch up.

Enjoy: high fibre cereals, millet, barley, sampa (Tibetan), buckwheat, rye

Limit: basmati rice (in small amounts), quinoa, amaranth

Avoid: oats, semolina, wheat, white flour

Kapha nutrition balancing group 4 - Dairy

Enjoy: goats milk, soy milk, butter milk

Limit: all other kinds of milk products because dairy increases mucus and decreases the metabolism.

Avoid: All dairy if following a strict Kapha diet to eliminate toxins faster and shed excess weight.

Kapha nutrition balancing group 5 - Seeds and nuts

Enjoy: pumpkin seeds and sunflower seed snacks 30g a day max.

Limit: 6-8 soaked and peeled almonds in the morning to kick start metabolism.

Avoid: All the rest is mucus forming and is kapha increasing.

Kapha nutrition balancing group 6 - Meat
Kaphas donít have to eat meat as they have a enough meat on their bones and can quite easily sustain a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle.

Enjoy: Lean cuts of chicken, turkey or fish 3 days per week. Alternate with vegetarian days.

Limit/Avoid: Fried, heavily sauced meat/fish dishes, red meat, excess protein/fatty meat as like increases like.

Kapha nutrition supporting group 7 - Spices

Enjoy: garlic, ginger, black pepper, chili flakes, tumeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin and fennel.

Limit: rocksalt (does not cause water retention)

Avoid: iodised salt

Kapha nutrition balancing group 8 - Beans

Enjoy: All the beans except for chickpeas occasionally (high in fat). Beans are drying and a diuretic so can benefit reducing the excess in kapha.

Limit: tofu (especially fried)

Kapha nutrition supporting group 9 - Sweets

Enjoy: rice malt syrup, maple syrup, raw honey (4-5 spoons a day.)

Limit: jaggery

Avoid: refined sugars

Kapha nutrition supporting group 10 - Oils

Ensure oils are of high quality, organic and cold pressed where they retain a maximum amount of nutrients.

Enjoy: mustard oil, sunflower oil, linseed/flaxseed oil, sesame (in small amounts)

Limit: coconut oil (can be too cold for kapha types)

Avoid: all the rest

Sample Diet: 3 meals and 1 snack

Breakfast: Hot water, honey with lemon. Amaranth, honey and stewed apple with cinnamon.

Lunch: Steamed white fish and veg parcel with Himalayan salt, lemon, pepper and turmeric..

Snack: Fruit salad (low g.i.) with pumpkin seeds.

Dinner: Seasonal stir fry veg, horse gram dahl and basmati lemon rice.

If you want to take charge of healing your gut, shed excess weight and bounce into a vibrant, sexy, loved up with life you, experiment with your nutrition by investing in a cookbook, contact me for a consultation or join a dance, yoga or hula hoop class to get your body moving and your accountability on track while meeting lots of new people. Kaphas are amazing souls it would be rude to keep that awesomeness to yourself, get out there and show the world what you're made of! And tell me how you're doing it I love to hear from you!

Next week we'll be looking at herbs to balance Kapha so make sure ya'll come back now ya here!