Holistic Health Practitioner Certification

Favor

• Apples
• Applesauce
• Apricots
• Berries
• Cherries
• Cranberries
• Figs (dry)
• Grapes (red, purple, black)
• Lemons
• Limes
• Mango
• Peaches
• Pears
• Persimmons
• Pomegranates
• Prunes
• Raisins
• Raspberries
• Strawberries

Avoid

• Bananas
• Cantaloupe
• Coconut
• Dates
• Figs (fresh)
• Grapes (green)
• Grapefruit
• Kiwi
• Melons
• Oranges
• Papaya
• Pineapple
• Plums
• Rhubarb
• Tamarin
• Watermelon

Favor

• Artichoke
• Asparagus
• Beet Greens
• Beets
• Bell Peppers
• Bitter Melon
• Broccoli
• Brussels Sprouts
• Burdock Root
• Cabbage
• Carrots
• Cauliflower
• Celery
• Chilies
• Cilantro
• Collard Greens
• Corn
• Daikon Radish
• Dandelion Greens
• Eggplant
• Garlic
• Green Beans
• Horseradish
• Jerusalem Artichokes
• Kale
• Kohlrabi
• Leafy Greens
• Leeks
• Lettuce
• Mustard Greens
• Okra
• Onions
• Peas
• Peppers, Sweet & Hot
• Potatoes, White
• Radishes
• Rutabaga
• Spaghetti Squash
• Spinach
• Sprouts
• Squash, Winter
• Tomatoes (cooked)
• Turnips
• Watercress
• Wheat Grass

Avoid

• Avocado
• Cucumber
• Olives
• Parsnips
• Pumpkin
• Squash, Summer
• Sweet Potatoes
• Tomatoes (raw)
• Zucchini

Favor

• Amaranth
• Barley
• Buckwheat
• Cereal (unsweetened, cold, dry)
• Corn
• Couscous
• Crackers
• Durham Flour
• Granola
• Millet
• Muesli
• Oat Bran
• Oats (dry)
• Polenta
• Quinoa
• Rice (basmati, wild)
• Rye
• Seitan
• Spelt
• Sprouted Wheat Bread
• Tapioca
• Wheat Bran

Avoid

• Oats (cooked)
• Pancakes
• Pasta
• Rice (brown, white)
• Rice Cakes
• Wheat
• Yeasted Bread

Favor

• Adzuki Beans
• Black Beans
• Black-Eyed Peas
• Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
• Lentils
• Lima Beans
• Mung Beans
• Mung Dal
• Navy Beans
• Pinto Beans
• Split Peas
• Soy Milk
• Soy Meats
• Tempeh
• Tofu (served hot)
• Tur Dal
• White Beans

Avoid

• Kidney Beans
• Miso
• Soy Beans
• Soy Cheese
• Soy Flour
• Soy Powder
• Soy Sauce
• Tofu (served cold)
• Urad Dal

Favor

• Buttermilk
• Cottage Cheese (ideally from skim goat’s milk)
• Ghee
• Goat’s Cheese (unsalted, not aged)
• Goat’s Milk (skim)
• Yogurt (fresh and diluted)

Avoid

• Butter
• Cheese
• Cow’s Milk
• Frozen Yogurt
• Ice Cream
• Sour Cream
• Yogurt (store bought)

Nuts and seeds tend to be heavy, dense, and oily and are generally not terrifically balancing for kapha. But there are a few types of nuts and seeds that are acceptable in small quantities. When trying to balance kapha, nuts and seeds are best enjoyed only on occasion.

Favor

• Almonds (soaked and peeled)
• Charole Nuts
• Chia Seeds
• Flax Seeds
• Popcorn (without salt or butter)
• Pumpkin Seeds
• Sunflower Seeds

Avoid

• Brazil Nuts
• Cashews
• Coconut
• Filberts
• Macadamia Nuts
• Peanuts
• Pecans
• Pine Nuts
• Pistachios
• Sesame Seeds
• Tahini
• Walnuts

+ Fruits

Favor

• Apples
• Applesauce
• Apricots
• Berries
• Cherries
• Cranberries
• Figs (dry)
• Grapes (red, purple, black)
• Lemons
• Limes
• Mango
• Peaches
• Pears
• Persimmons
• Pomegranates
• Prunes
• Raisins
• Raspberries
• Strawberries

Avoid

• Bananas
• Cantaloupe
• Coconut
• Dates
• Figs (fresh)
• Grapes (green)
• Grapefruit
• Kiwi
• Melons
• Oranges
• Papaya
• Pineapple
• Plums
• Rhubarb
• Tamarin
• Watermelon

+ Vegetables

Favor

• Artichoke
• Asparagus
• Beet Greens
• Beets
• Bell Peppers
• Bitter Melon
• Broccoli
• Brussels Sprouts
• Burdock Root
• Cabbage
• Carrots
• Cauliflower
• Celery
• Chilies
• Cilantro
• Collard Greens
• Corn
• Daikon Radish
• Dandelion Greens
• Eggplant
• Garlic
• Green Beans
• Horseradish
• Jerusalem Artichokes
• Kale
• Kohlrabi
• Leafy Greens
• Leeks
• Lettuce
• Mustard Greens
• Okra
• Onions
• Peas
• Peppers, Sweet & Hot
• Potatoes, White
• Radishes
• Rutabaga
• Spaghetti Squash
• Spinach
• Sprouts
• Squash, Winter
• Tomatoes (cooked)
• Turnips
• Watercress
• Wheat Grass

Avoid

• Avocado
• Cucumber
• Olives
• Parsnips
• Pumpkin
• Squash, Summer
• Sweet Potatoes
• Tomatoes (raw)
• Zucchini

+ Grains

Favor

• Amaranth
• Barley
• Buckwheat
• Cereal (unsweetened, cold, dry)
• Corn
• Couscous
• Crackers
• Durham Flour
• Granola
• Millet
• Muesli
• Oat Bran
• Oats (dry)
• Polenta
• Quinoa
• Rice (basmati, wild)
• Rye
• Seitan
• Spelt
• Sprouted Wheat Bread
• Tapioca
• Wheat Bran

Avoid

• Oats (cooked)
• Pancakes
• Pasta
• Rice (brown, white)
• Rice Cakes
• Wheat
• Yeasted Bread

+ Legumes

Favor

• Adzuki Beans
• Black Beans
• Black-Eyed Peas
• Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
• Lentils
• Lima Beans
• Mung Beans
• Mung Dal
• Navy Beans
• Pinto Beans
• Split Peas
• Soy Milk
• Soy Meats
• Tempeh
• Tofu (served hot)
• Tur Dal
• White Beans

Avoid

• Kidney Beans
• Miso
• Soy Beans
• Soy Cheese
• Soy Flour
• Soy Powder
• Soy Sauce
• Tofu (served cold)
• Urad Dal

+ Dairy

Favor

• Buttermilk
• Cottage Cheese (ideally from skim goat’s milk)
• Ghee
• Goat’s Cheese (unsalted, not aged)
• Goat’s Milk (skim)
• Yogurt (fresh and diluted)

Avoid

• Butter
• Cheese
• Cow’s Milk
• Frozen Yogurt
• Ice Cream
• Sour Cream
• Yogurt (store bought)

+ Nuts/Seeds

Nuts and seeds tend to be heavy, dense, and oily and are generally not terrifically balancing for kapha. But there are a few types of nuts and seeds that are acceptable in small quantities. When trying to balance kapha, nuts and seeds are best enjoyed only on occasion.

Favor

• Almonds (soaked and peeled)
• Charole Nuts
• Chia Seeds
• Flax Seeds
• Popcorn (without salt or butter)
• Pumpkin Seeds
• Sunflower Seeds

Avoid

• Brazil Nuts
• Cashews
• Coconut
• Filberts
• Macadamia Nuts
• Peanuts
• Pecans
• Pine Nuts
• Pistachios
• Sesame Seeds
• Tahini
• Walnuts

Favor

• Chicken (white)
• Eggs
• Fish (freshwater)
• Rabbit
• Shrimp
• Turkey (white)
• Venison

Avoid

• Beef
• Buffalo
• Chicken (dark)
• Duck
• Fish (saltwater)
• Lamb
• Pork
• Salmon
• Sardines
• Seafood
• Tuna Fish
• Turkey (dark)

Favor

• Almond Oil
• Corn Oil
• Flax Seed Oil
• Ghee
• Sunflower Oil

Avoid

• Avocado Oil
• Apricot Oil
• Coconut Oil
• Olive Oil
• Primrose Oil
• Safflower Oil
• Sesame Oil
• Soy Oil
• Walnut Oil

Favor

• Fruit Juice Concentrates
• Honey (raw and unprocessed)

Avoid

• Artificial Sweeteners
• Barley Malt
• Date Sugar
• Fructose
• Honey (cooked, heated or processed)
• Jaggary
• Maple Syrup
• Molasses
• Rice Syrup
• Sucanat
• Turbinado
• White Sugar

Favor

• Ajwan
• Allspice
• Anise
• Basil
• Bay Leaf
• Black Pepper
• Caraway
• Cardamom
• Cayenne
• Cinnamon
• Cloves
• Coriander (seeds or powder)
• Cumin (seeds or powder)
• Dill
• Fennel
• Fenugreek
• Garlic
• Ginger (fresh or dried)
• Hing (Asafoetida)
• Mace
• Marjoram
• Mint
• Mustard Seeds
• Neem Leaves
• Nutmeg
• Oregano
• Paprika
• Parsley
• Peppermint
• Pippali
• Poppy Seeds
• Rosemary
• Saffron
• Savory
• Spearmint
• Tarragon
• Thyme
• Trikatu
• Turmeric
• Vanilla
• Wintergreen

Avoid

+ Meats/Eggs

Favor

• Chicken (white)
• Eggs
• Fish (freshwater)
• Rabbit
• Shrimp
• Turkey (white)
• Venison

Avoid

• Beef
• Buffalo
• Chicken (dark)
• Duck
• Fish (saltwater)
• Lamb
• Pork
• Salmon
• Sardines
• Seafood
• Tuna Fish
• Turkey (dark)

+ Oils

Favor

• Almond Oil
• Corn Oil
• Flax Seed Oil
• Ghee
• Sunflower Oil

Avoid

• Avocado Oil
• Apricot Oil
• Coconut Oil
• Olive Oil
• Primrose Oil
• Safflower Oil
• Sesame Oil
• Soy Oil
• Walnut Oil

+ Sweeteners

Favor

• Fruit Juice Concentrates
• Honey (raw and unprocessed)

Avoid

• Artificial Sweeteners
• Barley Malt
• Date Sugar
• Fructose
• Honey (cooked, heated or processed)
• Jaggary
• Maple Syrup
• Molasses
• Rice Syrup
• Sucanat
• Turbinado
• White Sugar

+ Spices

Favor

• Ajwan
• Allspice
• Anise
• Basil
• Bay Leaf
• Black Pepper
• Caraway
• Cardamom
• Cayenne
• Cinnamon
• Cloves
• Coriander (seeds or powder)
• Cumin (seeds or powder)
• Dill
• Fennel
• Fenugreek
• Garlic
• Ginger (fresh or dried)
• Hing (Asafoetida)
• Mace
• Marjoram
• Mint
• Mustard Seeds
• Neem Leaves
• Nutmeg
• Oregano
• Paprika
• Parsley
• Peppermint
• Pippali
• Poppy Seeds
• Rosemary
• Saffron
• Savory
• Spearmint
• Tarragon
• Thyme
• Trikatu
• Turmeric
• Vanilla
• Wintergreen

Avoid