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 +====== Kapha Diet ======
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 +Printable document on Kapha Diet: http://​bhaisajyaguru.com/​namo-amitabha-buddha/​index.php?​dir=&​file=NUT108_Ayurvedic_Diet_for_Kapha.doc
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 +[[kapha balancing diet]]
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 +The [[food]] we eat is that unique aspect of our [[life]] which we have almost total control over. Because we are what we eat, according to [[Ayurveda]],​ it can be a very [[power]]ful tool for [[balancing]] and for promoting and maintaining [[health]]. One ancient [[authority]] says that [[food]] is our [[medicine]] -- a [[good]] [[regime]]n of [[diet]] is [[wort]]h a [[hundred]] [[drug]]s but no amount of [[drug]]s can overcome a [[poor]] [[regime]]n of [[diet]]. Generallly, one should eat [[warm]], [[fresh]]ly [[cooked food]]s. We can use the [[taste]]s in [[food]] as a guide to what [[qualities]] those [[food]]s have. For example, [[food]]s which have [[bitter]], [[pungent]],​ and [[astringent]] [[taste]]s have those [[qualities]] (especially [[lightness]],​ [[dryness]],​ and [[warm]]th) necessary to [[balance kapha]] [[qualities]] of [[heavy]], [[cold]], [[oil]]y, etc.  We will [[give]] below examples of [[food]]s with these [[taste]]s [[common]] in our culture. This information has been provided by [[Dr.]] [[Vasant Lad]], in his book: [[Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing]] and [[Maya Tiwari]] in her book [[A Life of Balance]] (www.wisearth.org).. This book is a [[good]] re[[source]] of [[knowledge]] and menus. Please note that agreement about the [[qualities]] of [[food]]s is not [[universal]]. Another important [[point]] is that a list of [[balancing]] [[food]]s is not a blanket proscription to totally avoid the [[food]]s with [[taste]]s of [[sweet]], [[sour]], [[salty]]y]] ([[heavy]] things). ​ Rather, do eat [[food]]s having these other [[qualities]] to help [[promote]] [[balance]] in the [[emotion]]s and in the [[physiology]] but eat them less often and in [[small]]er quantities. The [[food]]s to favor will provide a theme of [[influence]] but in a [[gentle]] and [[sustain]]ed [[way]]. Please refer to our [[Article]] " [[Incompatible Food Combinations]]"​ for important information about what [[food]]s are [[toxic]] ([[ama]]-creating) when eaten in the same [[meal]]. Also, refer to the [[Article]] "[[How to Eat]]" for more important [[point]]s about [[eating]]. Finally, refer to our [[Article]] "​[[Cooking - Some Ayurvedic Strategies]]"​ for [[thought]]s about how to address family [[meal planning]] with different [[body type]]s and [[imbalance]]s.
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 +[[Favor These Foods]]
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 +(eat less of those items in italics)
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 +· [[beverage]]s:​ [[alcohol]] -- [[dry]] [[wine]], [[red]] or [[white]], [[Aloe vera juice]], [[apple cider]], [[apple juice]], [[apricot]],​ [[berry]], [[black tea]] -- [[spice]]d, [[carrot]], [[chai]], [[cherry]], [[cranberry]],​ [[grain]] [[beverage]]s,​ [[grape]], [[mango]], [[peach]], [[pear]], [[pineapple]],​ [[pomegranate]],​ [[prune]].
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 +· [[herbal beverage]]s:​ [[alfalfa]],​ [[bancha]] (a [[Japanese]] [[green tea]]), [[barley]], [[blackberry]],​ [[burdock], [[chamomile]],​ [[chicory]],​ [[cinnamon]],​ [[clove]], [[comfrey]],​ [[dandelion]],​ [[fenugreek]],​ [[ginger]], [[ginseng]],​ [[hibiscus]],​ [[jasmine]],​ [[juniper]] [[berry]], [[kukicha]],​ [[lavender]],​ [[lemon balm]], [[lemon grass]], [[Mormon tea]], [[nettle]], [[passion flower]], [[peppermint]],​ [[raspberry]],​ [[red clover]], [[sarsaparilla]],​ [[sassafras]],​ [[spearmint]],​ [[strawberry]],​ [[wintergreen]],​ [[yarrow]], [[yerba mate]]
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 +·  [[condiment]]s:​ [[black pepper]], [[chili pepper]]s, [[chutney]],​ [[coriander]] [[leave]]s, [[dulse]], [[kijiki]], [[horseradish]],​ [[lemon]], [[mustard]] -- without [[vinegar]],​ [[scallion]]s,​ [[seaweed]],​ [[sprouts]]
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 +·  [[dairy]]: [[buttermilk]],​ [[cottage cheese]] -- from [[skimmed]] [[goat’s milk]], [[ghee]], [[goat cheese]] -- un[[salt]]ed and not aged, [[lassi]], [[non-fat milk]] -- [[goat’s milk]] (avoid [[homogenize]]d if possible)
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 +· [[food supplement]]s:​ [[Aloe vera juice]], [[amino acid]]s, [[barley green]], [[bee pollen]], [[brewer’s yeast]], [[copper]], [[calcium]],​ [[iron]], [[magnesium]],​ [[zinc]], [[royal jelly]], [[spirulina]],​ [[blue-green algae]], [[vitamin A]], [[vitamin B]], [[vitamin B12]], [[vitamin C]], [[vitamin D]], [[vitamin E]], [[EFA]]'​s (essential [[fatty acid]]s) found in [[cold process oil]]s from  [[cod liver]], [[evening primrose]], [[black currant]] [[seed]], [[flax seed]], [[borage]]; [[whey powder]] as a [[protein supplement]];​ note that [[omega 3]] and [[wp>​omega 6]] are probably best taken in the ratio of 1:1 to 1:2.5, which implies that while one [[supplement]]s [[flax]] [[oil]], for example, one continues to eat [[ghee]] also.
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 +·  [[fruit]]s: [[apple]]s, [[applesauce]],​ [[apricot]]s,​ [[berries]],​ [[cherries]],​ [[cranberries]],​ [[dried fruit]], [[figs]] -- [[dried]], [[guava]], [[grapes]], [[lemon]]s, [[lime]]s, [[peaches]],​ [[pear]]s, [[persimmon]],​ [[pomegranate]],​ [[prune]]s, [[raisin]]s,​ [[strawberries]]
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 +·  [[grain]]s: [[whole]]; [[grain]]s - [[store]]d more than one year, [[amaranth]],​ [[barley]], [[buckwheat]],​ [[cereal]]s -- [[dry]] or puffed, [[corn]], [[couscous]],​ [[durham]] [[flour]], [[granola]],​ [[millet]], [[muesli]], [[oat bran]], [[oats]], [[polenta]],​ [[quinoa]], [[rye]], [[white rice]] ([[basmati]] only), seitan -- wh[[eat meat]], spelt, [[sprouted]] [[wheat]] [[bread]] -- Essene, [[tapioca]],​ [[wheat bran]]. ​ (If [[digestion]] is [[weak]] [[carbohydrate]]s and [[protein]]s e.g., [[rice and dal]], may be taken in separate [[meal]]s in the same [[day]].)
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 +· [[legume]]s:​ [[aduki bean]]s, [[black bean]]s, [[black-eye]]d [[peas]], [[chick peas]], [[lentil]]s -- [[red]] and [[brown]], [[lima bean]]s, [[mung bean]]s, [[mung dal]], [[navy bean]]s, [[peas]] -- [[dried]], [[pinto bean]]s, [[split peas]], [[tur dal]], [[white]] [[bean]]s
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 +·  [[meat]]s: (NOTE: As recent [[research]] [[point]]s to [[animal]] [[meat]], [[fat]], and [[cholesterol]] as [[promote]]rs of [[cancer]], [[heart disease]], [[diabetes]],​ and [[obesity]] my recommendations no [[long]]er include these as safe suggestions;​ also [[Ayurveda]] makes no recommendations for these [[food]]s as [[habit]]ual [[diet]]), ​ [[chicken]] -- [[white]], [[egg]]s, [[fish]] -- [[fresh water]], [[pheasant]],​ [[rabbit]], [[shrimp]], [[turkey]] -- [[white]], [[venison]] ​
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 +·  [[nuts]]: [[charole]],​ [[almond]]s
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 +·  [[oils]]: [[ghee]], [[olive oil]] ([[cold]] applications only), [[mustard oil]] D ([[fresh]], dark bottle, [[cold extraction]])
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 + ​· ​ [[seed]]s: [[chia]], [[flax]], [[popcorn]],​ [[pumpkin seed]]s, [[sunflower seed]]s,
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 +·  [[spice]]s: all [[spice]]s except [[salty]] ([[saindhava]] is okay), especially [[fresh]] [[ginger]]
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 + ​· ​ [[sweetener]]s:​ [[fruit juice]], [[honey]], [[rock]] [[crystal]] [[sugar]]
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 + ​· ​ [[vegetable]]s:​ arti[[choke]],​ [[asparagus]], ​ [[beet]] [[green]]s, [[beet]]s, [[bitter melon]], [[broccoli]],​ [[cabbage]],​ [[carrot]]s,​ [[cauliflower]],​ [[celery]], [[cilantro]],​ [[corn]], [[daikon]] [[radish]], [[dandelion]] [[green]]s, [[egg]][[plant]],​ [[fennel]] ([[anise]]),​ [[garlic]], [[green]] [[bean]]s, [[green]] [[chills]], [[horseradish]],​ Jerusalem arti[[choke]],​ kale, kohlrabi, [[leaf]]y [[green]]s--lettuces,​ leeks, mushrooms, [[mustard]] [[green]]s, okra, [[onion]]s, parsley, [[peas]]--especially [[dried]], [[pepper]]s -- [[sweet]] and [[hot]], [[prickly]] [[pear]], [[potato]] ([[white]]),​ [[radish]], [[rutabaga]],​ [[spaghetti]] [[squash]], [[spinach]],​ [[sprouts]],​ [[squash]] [[summer]], [[tomatoes]] -- [[cooked]], [[turnip]] [[green]]s, [[turnip]]s,​ [[watercress]],​ [[wheat grass]]
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 +SOMEthing TO CONSIDER
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 +[[Ayurveda]] suggests modest [[fast]]ing]] to help maintain [[digestive]] capacity and to help [[burn]] off and [[release]] [[toxic]]ity. This can be accomplished by a [[juice]] [[fast]] of [[fruit]] or [[vegetable]]s taken for each [[meal]] one [[day]] per week. Review the entries above for guidance of appropriate items. Also, consider [[juice]] of romaine, [[celery]], and [[carrot]] or [[pomegranate]] [[juice]]. [[remember]],​ break[[fast]] is optional according to [[Ayurveda]].
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 +SOME thingS TO AVOID
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 +·  [[frozen]], canned, [[fried]] food]]s, [[left]]overs
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 +·  All [[ice]] [[cold]] [[food]] and [[drink]]
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 +·  Big, [[heavy]], or [[late]] [[evening]] [[meal]]s
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 +·  [[milk]] (also [[yogurt]]) with [[fruit]]s, [[vegetable]]s,​ [[fish]] (is [[toxic]])
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 +·  [[honey]] [[cooked]] in anything (is [[toxic]])
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 +·  [[fruit]]s and [[vegetable]]s in the same [[meal]]
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 +·  Mushrooms, pea[[nuts]],​ [[tomatoes]],​ [[garlic]], [[egg]][[plant]] (affect [[meditation]] and [[transcend]]ing)
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 +·  [[sweet]], [[flour]] desserts after a [[meal]] (before is best)
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 +·  [[alcohol]],​ caffeine--[[coffee]],​ [[tea]], choco[[late]],​ other [[beverage]]s (affect [[meditation]] and [[transcend]]ing)
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 +·  All refined [[grain]]s and [[sugar]] and [[food]]s containing them
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 +·  All [[food]] [[cooked]] in used [[fat]]s/​[[oils]]
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 +·  Because of [[sign]]ificant contra[[indica]]ting [[research]] ALL [[soy]] products no [[long]]er carry a recommendation.
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 +·  Refined [[food]]s -- especially [[grain]]s and [[sugar]] -- made into [[flour]] and pastes; e.g. pasta, [[bread]], etc.
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 +·  Eat a variety of [[food]]s having all 6 [[taste]]s and [[Chan]]ge the variety of [[food]]s you eat
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 +·   Eat less [[meat]] and more [[fruit]], even eat [[fruit]] as a [[whole]] [[meal]]
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 +Everyday Vegetables: ​  Use seasonal vegetables. ​ In general use primarily bitter, pungent-spicy,​ or astringent-dry vegetables. Arugula, asparagus, beets, bell pepper, bitter melon, bok choy, broccoli (rajasic stimulating),​ Brussels sprouts, burdock root, cabbage, carrots, carrot tops, cauliflower (rajasic stimulating),​ celery, chili peppers, chives (tamasic dull mind), cilantro, collards, corn, daikon radish, dandelion greens, eggplant (rajasic stimulating),​ endive, fennel (anise), garlic (tamasic dull mind), green beans, green chills, horseradish,​ Jerusalem artichoke, jicama, kale, Indian karela (bitter melon), kohlrabi, Chinese ku gua (bitter melon), landcress, leafy greens, all lettuces, leeks (tamasic dull mind), mushrooms (tamasic dull mind), mustard greens, okra, onions (tamasic dull mind), parsley, green peas (especially dried ones), peppers hot, pokeroot, prickly pear, potato (white – rajasic stimulating),​ radish, rutabaga, scallions (tamasic dull mind), shallots ​ (tamasic dull mind), sprouts (sattvic clear mind), turnips, turnip greens, watercress, wheat grass. ​ Best fresh or dried, not frozen, canned or left over.
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 +Vegetables to Eat Occasionally: ​  ​Artichoke,​ cassava, gourd squash, parsnips, pickles (rajasic stimulating),​ plantain, spinach (rajasic stimulating),​ winter squash (buttercup, butternut, acorn, spaghetti are OK infrequently but are rajasic stimulating),​ tomatoes – cooked (rajasic stimulating)
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 +Vegetables to Cut Back On:   In general use less sweet and juicy vegetables, beet greens, cucumber, olives (black or green), pumpkin (tamasic dull mind), parsnips (OK occasionally),​ rutabaga, summer squash (yellow crookneck, zucchini), sweet potato (sattvic clear mind), taro root, tomato – raw  (rajasic stimulating),​ tomato sauce, Campbell’s tomato soup, zucchini
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 +Everyday Fruits: ​ Use seasonal fruits, ideally organic. ​ Overall, fruit is sattvic. ​ Apples (rajasic stimulating),​ applesauce, apricots (tamasic dull mind), cherries, dried fruit, guava (rajasic stimulating),​ peaches (sattvic clear mind), pears (sattvic clear mind), persimmon, pomegranate (sattvic clear mind), prunes, quince, raisins
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 +Fruits to Eat Occasionally: ​  ​Limited berries, grapes, figs (dried), lemons, limes, peaches, pears, mango (sattvic clear mind), strawberries,​ tangerine (OK infrequently),​ tamarind (rajasic stimulating)
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 +Fruits to Cut Back On:   Out of season fruits, high pesticide fruits like grapes and berries. ​ In general avoid very sweet or very sour or very juicy or very watery fruits. Avocado (tamasic dull mind), bananas (rajasic stimulating),​ coconut (sattvic clear mind), cranberries (once in a while), dates (sattvic clear mind), figs (fresh – give sattvic clear mind), grapefruit, melons (One in a while you may have them, but “eat them alone or leave them alone”), oranges (OK infrequently – rajasic stimulating),​ papaya, pineapple, plums (tamasic dull mind), watermelon (tamasic dull mind). ​ Don’t mix fruit with any other food, especially dairy products, eggs or grains.
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 +Everyday Grains: ​  Whole grains (unprocessed) and old grains stored more than one year.  Barley (sattvic clear mind), blue corn (sattvic clear mind), bran, buckwheat (rajasic stimulating),​ cereals—dry or puffed, corn (rajasic stimulating),​ durham flour, granola (dry with NO milk or added sugar), millet (rajasic stimulating),​ muesli, oat bran, oats, polenta, rye, seitan—wheat meat or wheat gluten meats or “fake meat” (not soy meat), spelt, sprouted wheat bread—Essene,​ tapioca (sattvic clear mind), wheat bran.  If digestion is weak carbohydrates and proteins (e.g., rice and dal) should be taken in separate meals in the same day.  It is best to have dry toast with no butter or jam – focus on hard-rough-dry-astringent grains forms, not mushy-soft-sweet.
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 +Grains to Eat Occasionally: ​  ​Amaranth,​ basmati white rice (sattvic clear mind), brown rice (basmati only – however all brown rice is tamasic and dulls the mind), white rice (basmati only), quinoa. ​ Also processed grains such as barley cereals, barley flour, buckwheat flour, corn grits, cornmeal, corn grits, couscous, millet cereals, oat bran, rye cereals, rye flakes, rye pasta, Japanese soba noodles and Japanese udon noodles are OK occasionally. ​ These should be taken without milk, without butter, without soy milk.  If you do add a small amount of warm spiced (cinnamon and cardamom) Rice Dream (rice milk) or hot-spiced organic or raw milk that is OK.
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 +Grains to Cut Back On:   Bread (containing yeast), oats (that are cooked are sticky mucousy kapha), pasta, rice flour, wheat (tamasic dull mind), whole wheat flour. ​ Never should you add cold cow’s milk to grains cereals or use toast or bread with milk.  It is best for kapha to use warm spiced goat’s milk on grain cereals. Don’t mix grains with fruit or tapioca.
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 +Everyday Legumes - Beans: ​ aduki beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, chick peas, lentils—red and brown, lima beans, mung beans, mung dal, navy beans, peas—dried,​ pinto beans, split peas, tur dal, white beans
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 +Seeds: chia, flax, popcorn, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ​
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 +Spices: ​ all spices except salt (saindhava is okay), especially fresh ginger
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 +Condiments: ​ black pepper, chili peppers, chutney, coriander leaves, dulse, kijiki, horseradish,​ lemon, mustard—without vinegar, scallions, seaweed, sprouts
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 +Beverages: ​ alcohol—dry wine, red or white, aloe vera juice, apple cider, apple juice, apricot, berry, black tea—spiced,​ carrot, cherry, cranberry, grain coffee, grape, mango, peach, pear, pineapple, pomegranate,​ prune, soy milk—hot and spiced
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 +Herbal Beverages: ​ alfalfa, bancha, barley, blackberry, burdock, chamomile, chicory, cinnamon, clove, comfrey, dandelion, fenugreek, ginger, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, juniper berry, kukicha, lavender, lemon balm lemon grass, Mormon tea, nettle, passion flower, peppermint, raspberry, red clover, sarsaparilla,​ sassafras, spearmint, strawberry, wintergreen,​ yarrow, yerba mate
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 +Food Supplements: ​ aloe vera juice, amino acids, barley green, bee pollen, brewer’s yeast, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, royal jelly, spirulina, blue-green algae, vitamins A, B, B12, C, D, E, EFA’s (essential fatty acids) found in cold process oils from  cod liver, evening primrose, black currant seed, flax seed, borage
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 +Animal flesh: ​  ​chicken—white,​ eggs, fish—freshwater,​ pheasant, rabbit, shrimp, turkey—white,​ venison  ​
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 +Nuts: charole
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 +Oils:  ghee, olive oil, mustard oil
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 +Dairy: ​ buttermilk, cottage cheese—from skimmed goat’s milk, ghee, goat’s cheese—unsalted and not aged, lassi, non-fat milk—goat’s milk (avoid homogenized if possible)
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 +Sweeteners: ​ fruit juice, honey (raw, uncooked only; not cheap, heated filtered Sue-Bee or other cheap honey), rock crystal sugar
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 +SOME THINGS TO AVOID
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 +• Frozen, canned, fried foods, leftovers
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 +• All ice cold food and drink
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 +• Big, heavy, or late evening meals
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 +• The combination of Milk or yogurt with fruits, vegetables, fish (is toxic)
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 +• Honey cooked in anything (is toxic)
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 +• Fruits and vegetables in the same meal
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 +• Mushrooms,​ peanuts, tomatoes, garlic, eggplant (affect meditation and transcending)
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 +• Sweet, flour desserts after a meal (before is best)
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 +• Alcohol,​ caffeine--coffee,​ tea, chocolate, other beverages (affect meditation and transcending)
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 +• All refined grains and sugar and foods containing them
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 +• All food cooked in used fats/oils
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 +• Because of significant contraindicating research ALL soy products no longer carry a recommendation.
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 +(See http://​www.tldp.com/​issue/​11_00/​soy.htm “Tragedy and Hype: The Third International Soy Symposium – Part II - by Sally Fallon)
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 + ©  Copyright 1994 All Rights Reserved Michael S. Dick rev. 11/2001
  
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