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P Gut/Brain Diet

  1. Sweet, bitter, astringent, cold, heavy, and dry foods are best for a P Gut.
  2. Avoid pungent, sour, salty, hot, oily, and light foods, which will imbalance and inflame Pitta.All natural sweeteners may be taken in moderation, except for molasses and honey, which are both heating to the physiology.
  3. Favor ghee (clarified butter), butter (non salted), milk, and ice cream. Since sour tastes irritate a P Gut sour or fermented products like yogurt, sour cream, and cheese should be taken sparingly, if at all.
  4. Organic grains like wheat, rice, barley, and oats are good. Reduce your consumption of corn, rye, millet, and brown rice.
  5. Most nuts are not good for a P Gut. Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are OK.
  6. Favor organic coconut, olive, and sunflower oils.
  7. Avoid almond, corn, safflower, and sesame oils.
  8. Favor mung beans and chickpeas.
  9. Tofu and other soy products should be absolutely fresh. (In Japan, it’s not uncommon for people to refuse tofu products that are more than a day old.)
  10. For non-vegetarians, organic free-range chicken and turkey are preferable to meat and seafood.

Most vegetables are good, including: asparagus, potatoes, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, okra, lettuce, green beans, peas, and zucchini, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cucumber, mushrooms, sprouts, sweet peppers
Cook in ghee or extra virgin olive oil
Reduce/Avoid: tomatoes, hot peppers, onions, garlic, hot radishes

Favor: apples, grapes, melons, cherries, coconuts, avocados, mangoes, pineapples, figs, oranges, and plums are specially recommended
Prunes, raisins, and figs are okay
Reduce/Avoid:  sour fruits such as grapefruit, cranberries, lemons, persimmons

The best for a P Gut are balancing spices for both cooking and teas, include: coriander, cilantro, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, and fennel. Mint, dill, and turmeric are also useful. Use only very sparing amounts of ginger, black pepper, fenugreek, clove, salt, and mustard seed. The main thing is to reduce, or better yet, AVOID LIKE PLAGUE hot spices, like chili peppers and cayenne, including salt and vinegar.