you are grounded, stable and calm in thought, speech and action! You are easy-going and supportive in relationships. There is an element of steadiness to your step, a quality of serenity in your smile. Loyalty is your second name. 

What Is "Kapha?"

Kapha is your dosha type. What is a dosha? It's simply the Ayurvedic definition for your  bio-individuality. In other words it's your body type, which includes your metabolic constitution, your personality, and your physical characteristics.  By understanding what makes us unique, we can make better decisions as they relate to our diet, our lifestyle, and our mental health. 

So I'm A Kapha. What Does This Mean?

You are physically strong and resilient. You are also placid, kind, and thoughtful. You are sweet-natured, loyal and affectionate…and you hate confrontation.

You do not like change or the unpredictable aspects of life. You may have a tendency to be a lazy – ‘couch potato’ who likes nothing better than to sit around, relax and do very little. Exertion does not come naturally to you, although vigorous exercise does make you feel really good.

People with more Kapha in their constitutions tend to be of larger proportions, with a robust frame and padded joints, thick smooth skin that may tend towards oiliness, and rich, wavy hair.  Your appetite is stable, though you are often not very hungry first thing in the morning, when you tend to feel sleepy. You love food and have a tendency to comfort eat. Your digestion is slow and sluggish as is your metabolism which means weight is often something you often battle with.

Factors that can cause your dosha to increase include a diet that contains too many deep-fried, sweet or heavy foods, over-consumption of ice-cold foods or beverages, exposure to cold and damp, daytime sleep, and lack of exercise.

Kapha derives from the elements of Earth and water and translates as “that which sticks.” It is the energy of building and lubrication that provides the body with physical form, structure, and the smooth functioning of all its parts. Kapha can be thought of as the essential cement, glue, and lubrication of the body in one.

Typical kapha 

• Heavy bone structure
• Large white teeth
• Big eyes
• Wide nose
• Full lips
• Widely spaced features
• Round face
• Thick hair
• Lustrous skin

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How do you know you have pushed your limits?

We often think of our health in terms of symptoms. We have a headache, or indigestion, or skin irritation. However, symptoms are just that, symptoms of an underlying problem or imbalance. At The Holistic Highway we work with patients to treat the underlying cause of their imbalance and not just their symptoms.  To use an analogy, if you have a headache, we want to determine and treat the cause of your headaches, not just prescribe Tylenol for the pain. This is health-care, not sick-care, and it's the key to long term health, energy and vitality. 

Signs & Symptoms of Imbalance:

• Feeling slow, heavy, lethargic, foggy mindedness, poor motivation • Mucus build-up, bronchial congestion, hay fever, asthma • Weight gain, slow metabolism, excess salivation, nausea and heaviness after eating • Metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes • Fluid retention, lymphatic congestion • General lethargy • Poor circulation • Possessiveness, greed, stubbornness, aversion to change • Low thyroid function, high cholesterol • Depression


• The primary lifestyle recommendation for balancing Kapha is to get moving. Physically, get some exercise every single day. Kapha’s have a tendency towards sluggishness and exercise first thing in the morning will get your lymphatic system moving, and clear away any brain fog. Mentally, challenge yourself with new activities—learn a new skill, solve some puzzles or take a class. Emotionally, welcome new relationships in your life by making it a point to meet people—volunteering comes naturally to the caring Kapha nature and can provide a great way for you to make friends. 

• Do not skip meals, and do not fast. The Kapha digestive fire (metabolism) tends to be low, as does your appetite, and not eating on time slows down the metabolism even more. Start your day with a light breakfast. Eat a sustaining meal at lunch, and a lighter meal for dinner.

• Daily elimination is very important to prevent digestive toxins from accumulating in the body. Triphala (a mixture of fruits) helps promote regularity as well as toning the digestive system.  Triphala is made up of three fruits and is most commonly purchased as a powder: Triphala has the following effects: 

  • Assists natural internal cleansing
  • Gently maintains regularity
  • Nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues
  • Supports healthy digestion and absorption
  • Natural antioxidant

Triphala is most commonly known for its use as a gentle bowel tonic, being helpful in digestion, and supporting regular bowel movements. The combination of the three fruits has a synergistic effect to bolster many other systems as well. In addition to the GI tract, Ayurveda uses triphala to support healthy respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, reproductive, and nervous systems. Triphala has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. The three fruits involved in making triphala are also known for their individual effects:

  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis): Has a cooling effect that manages pitta, supporting the natural functions of the liver and the immune system.
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica): Is particularly good for kapha, supporting the respiratory system as well as kapha accumulations in all systems.
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Though having a heating nature, it is still good for all three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). Is known for its “scraping” effect, which removes toxins and helps maintain healthy levels of weight.

• You have a tendency towards oilier skin so deep-cleanse oily skin twice a day with a natural cleanser to rid the skin of surface impurities and grime. Once a week, exfoliate your skin with a cleansing scrub. Shampoo your hair every other day at least with a gentle natural shampoo. The ayurvedic oil massage, performed each morning before your shower or bath can help dislodge embedded toxins and increase natural energy levels. Mustard oil will get your lymphatic system moving and this oil is known to improve cardiac health, has antibacterial properties and is an anti-fungal too.  Its also great as a blood stimulant – all things that Kapha’s need.

• Protect yourself from the damp and cold. Drink lots of warm water, infused with warming spices such as turmeric, dried ginger and black pepper. These spices are powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial agents. At-home steam therapy can help open clogged channels and relieve congestion especially during allergy season.

• Vigorous activities are ideal exercise for Kapha-dominant people that tend towards sluggishness and low metabolism. Exercise every day for best results, but without overstraining. Racquetball, tennis, jogging and aerobics are good activity choices for balancing Kapha. Exercise in the morning so that you can to get a good charge for the day ahead.

• If Kapha dosha is out of balance, you’ll tend to feel tired even after a solid ten hours of uninterrupted sleep. Go to bed early and wake up really early in the morning, definitely before sunrise, to improve the quality of your rest. Do not indulge in daytime snoozes.

• Add zest to your life by consciously incorporating variety and new experiences into your life. Travel, meeting new people and trying new hobbies are ways to embrace change. Kapha’s can get stuck in their moods too and can become unmotivated – change is what stimulates the mind for you.

• Set aside about 30 minutes each day for meditation, to help balance the heart, mind and emotions and to enhance body-mind-spirit coordination.



Baked Apples with Cranberries and Cloves
Baked apples with a sweet, spicy filling makes a simple, yet classic dessert.

Cranberries are effective in lifting your moods by relieving depression. According to a research, these red berries are excellent for the brain and are helpful in improving memory too. The red berries are cardiac friendly. They tend to increase the proportion of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) and lower the low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), thereby preventing heart attacks. These Bog berries are termed rightly as super foods. Cloves offer many health benefits, some of which include providing aid in digestion, having antimicrobial properties, fighting against cancer, protecting the liver, boosting the immune system and controlling diabetes. Did you know that cloves are considered an aphrodisiac too? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Serves 4.

  • 4 large apples, any variety, cores removed
  • ¼ cu cranberries or dried blueberries
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 4 dried figs (finely chopped)
  • 2 dried apricots, (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup apricot or peach juice
  • 16 whole cloves
  • 4 teaspoons honey (optional)
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  Remove the core from each apple, without cutting all the way through the skin on the bottom.
3.  Place the cranberries, raisins, figs and apricots in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle in the ginger and cinnamon and pour in the apricot juice. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and then fill the apples with the fruit mixture, allowing some to sit on top of the apples.
4.  Place the apples in a baking dish and pour any remaining fruit mixture over them.
5.  Pierce each apple with 4 cloves.
6.  Bake for 25 minutes or until the apples are tender. Remove from the oven and place on individual serving plates. Drizzle with honey, if desired.

Serve warm.


Enjoy delicious, healthy meals that are specifically designed for the metabolism of a Kapha with an Ayurveda Meal Plan from The Holistic Highway. Each plan features 5 delicious, healthy meals a week that are ideal for the Kapha who is looking to eat the foods that are right for them. Enjoy foods that taste great, are right for you, and leave you energized, healthy and wanting more! 

Putting the right foods in your body is the number one factor in determining your health and energy levels. Want to eat delicious, healthy foods that are right for you all the time?  These budget-friendly meal plans include everything you need to eat the foods that are right for you every night of the week. No more "What's for dinner?" No more time consuming dinner prep or expensive take out. Just simple, easy to make dinners that are right for you. Learn more about a meal plans for Kaphas below!

  • Shopping Lists Make It Easy
    Each weeks plans come with a corresponding shopping list so that you know exactly what, and how much, to buy each week. Simply buy the ingredients on the shopping list and you will have everything you need for 5 Kapha dinners that week!

  • Adjustable For Every Dosha
    One of the challenges of eating the food that is right for you is that, as social creatures, we rarely eat alone, and therefore need to create meals that the whole family can enjoy. That's why each recipe comes with instructions on how to make easy tweaks to the recipe so that the meal is right for each dosha at your dinner table. A little dash of this herb for a Vata, a splash of oil for a Pitta... you get the idea. One recipe with basic dinner plate tweaks allows you to prepare custom meals for the whole family with just one recipe!

  • Dinners for 1, 2, 4 and more!
    Each recipe is designed as a meal for 2. Eating alone? Simply cut the amount of ingredients in half. Feeding a family of four? Double up. Simple, easy and adjustable. 

  • 30 Minutes Or Less
    We understand that eating right isn't easy, and that we all live very busy lives. That's why each meal has been carefully crafted to take about 30 minutes or less to cook. Some may be a little longer, but they are worth it. we promise. 

Start Cooking Meals That Are Ideal For You Today!

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