Tridoshic —or— Vata-Pitta-Kapha (i am tridoshic) ~!~
Some people—rare individuals—have all three doshas equally predominant. This is a fascinating dynamic because it implies that all three doshas can be in balance at the same time—OR—that one or more doshas can be aggravated at the same time.
Strategies for maintaining balance in a Tridoshic individual take a unique focus. Rather than pacifying one (or two) doshas, all three doshas have to be dynamically managed. This can seem daunting at first, especially when you pause to consider that there are one or more characteristics between each of the doshas that are contradictory.
Being a vata-pitta-kapha type means that all three doshas are strong forces in your constitution. If you are one of the rare people who possess this prakriti, good news: you have a very sturdy constitution. You tend to get sick less than others and can tolerate a wide variety of seasons and environmental conditions. By nature, your constitutional forces will tend to balance each other and maintain a healthy equilibrium. Whether your doshas are quantitatively equal or one or two are a bit more dominant, the strategy for managing them is the same. You manage them primarily according to the season. In general, follow a vata-pacifying regimen during the fall and early winter, during the change of seasons and especially when the weather is cool, dry and windy. Follow a pitta-pacifying regimen during the late spring and summer seasons and especially when the weather is hot. Follow a kapha-pacifying regimen during the late winter and spring and especially when the weather is cool and damp. Read more about vata, pitta, and kapha below.
As a tridoshic type, you have the strengths of all three doshas to support you this spring. Your primary focus will be on balancing kapha and, secondarily, pitta (because vata will be largely calmed by the spring season). The following modifications to a typical springtime routine are designed specifically to support your constitution. If you are not familiar with the basic tenants of a traditional springtime routine, you might benefit from first reading our more general Ayurvedic Guide to Spring. You may also find it helpful to read the vata, pitta, and kapha recommendations for tips on how to support each of the three doshas independently. With some focused inner awareness, you can adapt your habits on a day-to-day basis, as your local climate or your personal needs change through the season.
Foods to Favor
On the whole, tridoshic types can follow the general spring dietary recommendations, being careful not to inundate your body with excess heat, which would disturb pitta—especially as the weather warms. Among your best dietary choices are tridoshic spring foods like berries, soaked prunes, soaked raisins, asparagus, cooked carrots, green beans, leeks, cooked onion, rutabaga, amaranth, basmati rice, quinoa, mung beans, cottage cheese, ghee, sunflower oil, goat’s milk, egg whites, freshwater fish, shrimp, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
Acceptable Seasonal Indulgences
Treats that are well suited to spring include lighter, drier, more heating foods than might otherwise be tolerated. An occasional serving of raw fruits, vegetables, or salad (with an oily dressing and pungent spices) can be refreshing. Spring is also a fabulous time of year to enjoy light, fruit-based treats like baked apples, delectable prune bars, or a fruit crumble. And you might be able to get away with an occasional green tea, black tea or—on especially heavy and wet days—the rare cup of coffee or espresso.
Foods to Minimize
Cold, iced, and frozen foods and drinks, as well as highly processed foods and leftovers are especially likely to disturb the digestive fire during the spring months and should be avoided as much as possible. Other than that, do your best to become aware of your eating habits and of the effect that various foods have on you. Be on the lookout for signs of excess vata (gas, bloating, constipation, anxiety), excess pitta (acidity, diarrhea, irritability), and excess kapha (lethargy, low energy after meals, brain fog), and adjust your diet as needed to correct any manifestations of imbalance.
The spring is a great time to focus on cultivating a sense of renewal and rebirth—in whatever way works for you. The heaviness of the season is beautifully offset by inviting laughter, fun, and play into our lives. The general spring lifestyle recommendations are typically fine for tridoshic types, as long as you are aware of the few practices that are potentially aggravating to pitta—especially later in the spring, as the weather warms. Guard against overheating during practices like oil massage, dry rub or herbal powder massage, yoga, exercise, or sitting in the sauna. It may also be important to balance the active, stimulation of a spring lifestyle with adequate rest and relaxation, so as not to overburden vata.