With all the dietary recommendations out there, it’s important to consider how to eat right for your zodiac sign. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll only get into recommended diets based on Sun Sign (in other words, the month you were born and what you would traditionally read as your horoscope).
Each sign is ruled by a different element – Earth, Air, Fire, or Water – which have some unique needs; the signs also rule certain parts of the body.
Below you will find suggestions about the best foods, herbs and exercises that flow best with your sign. Follow the tips that resonate with you and have fun with it!
Aries (March 21 – April 19): Aries is a Fire sign known to be competitive, headstrong and fiery. You are most likely to kick-off a diet on impulse and the first to lose interest and give up. A strict regimen, challenging cleanse or weight loss competition might be perfect for you – we all know you Aries’ would hate to come in second place. The best exercise for you tends to be something intense, like Crossfit or boot-camp. If you are feeling extra irritable, then try some yoga and lay off the spicy foods. Adding more cilantro, basil, chamomile and peppermint to your diet will be helpful due to their cooling effect. Grains, root vegetables and lots of bitter greens, such as kale and chard, can help tonify your excessive fire.
Body Systems: Aries rules the head, eyes, brain and muscles.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): An Earth sign that loves overindulging in sweets, sensuality and luxury. It’s important for you to stick to a plan that is tried and true, consuming lots of fruits and vegetables. The motto here is “slow and steady wins the race.” A solid plan and plenty of time to prepare is important for your diet success, dear Taurus. You may benefit from eating more heated foods and spices, which can aid in revving up the Bull’s sometimes-sluggish metabolism (try ginger, cayenne or black pepper). It’s important to avoid sugar, heavy carbohydrates and excess alcohol – especially after 3pm when your metabolism tends to slow down. Lots of water intake is essential for flushing out your system and it’s critical for you to get enough sleep, affection and sex.
Body Systems: Taurus rules the neck, throat and thyroid gland.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20): An Air sign that is quick witted and easily bored, you do best to follow a diet plan with a lot of variation. You may even enjoy something detailed that brings you intellectual stimulation at the same time. You are one of the most busy-bodied signs and can tend to eat on the run, so it’s best if you can have more intentional meal times as you Gemini’s are notorious for forgetting to take care of your body. Grounding foods such as nuts, grains and seeds would be good for you as well as nutrient-dense green juices and herbal teas to help bring balance to your body and mind. Typically, Gemini’s burn calories quickly due to all the buzzing going on in their minds – lucky you! You would do well to begin a meditation practice along with some nice, quiet outdoor walks to calm your overactive mind.
Body Systems: Gemini rules the hands, fingers, arms, upper ribs, lungs and nervous system.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Sweet, nurturing and sensitive, this Water sign tends to love to cook and takes great comfort in food – both feeding themselves and others. Some Cancers tend to retain excess water and have sluggish lymphatic drainage and digestion. If this is the case, incorporate exercises that induce sweat such as hot yoga, running or rebounding. Adding parsley, juniper berries and garlic into the diet can also be beneficial for your system. You do well with a plan that enables you to meet your emotional needs through something other than items in the fridge. It’s good for you to keep busy and incorporate some social time that includes exercising or other activities with loved ones while following a solid, clean eating plan.
Body Systems: Cancer rules the breasts, stomach, digestive system, womb and pancreas.
Leo (July 23 – August 22): This prideful, confident and positive Fire sign does well with a clear vision of what they’d like to look like – visual reminders posted up in the house are a must. As a Leo, you need tons of praise. Leos are known for their strong constitutions, so sticking to a basic whole foods or Paleo diet is generally ideal. Foods that aid in circulation and those rich in iron are great for you. Try adding in extra spinach, raisins, dates and grass-fed beef. Chamomile, valerian and clove are great herbs for bringing balance to your body. As a Lion, you love anything that makes you feel good about yourself. A plan with tangible goals and rewards along the way is going to be best to keep you motivated.
Body Systems: Leo rules the heart, upper back, spine, spleen and aorta.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22): This Earth sign is a detail-oriented, perfectionist-natured pragmatic and known to be a bit neurotic (we mean that with love, of course). You will do best with a very well organized plan with plenty of time to prepare and will be the most likely of all signs to follow through and stick to a diet – congrats! A lighter diet that incorporates lots of fruit, salads, soups, tea, steamed vegetables and rice is best for your constitution. Virgo rules the nervous system as well as the intestines, so it can be helpful to add things such as calming teas (try Kava, Chamomile and other mood tonics) as well as aloe vera, which is great for intestinal support. Ginger, black pepper and cayenne are helpful to cleanse and purify your system.
Body Systems: Sympathetic nervous system and lower digestive tract.
Libra (September 23 – October 22): This Air sign is associated with being the best at partnership, so you will do well with something done with a partner or group. You tend to be loving and giving, but indecisive, so it’s often better if someone else makes the plan for you. Libra rules the kidneys and back and thrives with a well-balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Light exercises such as walking or yoga can be very beneficial to keep you on track. Try adding foods that are rich in minerals such as dark leafy greens, seafood, sprouts, strawberries and asparagus. Drink plenty of fresh water and incorporate ginkgo, ginger and kefir, which are balancing for your system. You can also benefit from extra B Vitamins during periods of high stress. For your optimal health, it’s important that you feel appreciated by the people in your life and learn to be more direct about getting your needs met.
Body Systems: Lower back (lumbar region), kidneys and adrenal glands.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): This Water sign is intense, powerful, strong-willed and extremely intuitive. Once you set your mind to something, nothing will get in your way. You are one of the most successful signs at pulling off extreme diet regimens and fitness feats. The key ingredient for you, dear Scorpio, is to make a decision about what you want and why you want it and then step in 110%. Weight problems for you tend to be emotional (even if subconscious). It’s important that you remove “energy vampires” from your life and make sure you aren’t the one feeding on other people’s energy either. You can benefit from a food plan rich in vegetables, beans and proteins. It’s important for you to avoid excess yeast (which can lead to candida), heavy/greasy foods and sugar. Balancing herbs for you include sage, basil, thyme, anise and black pepper.
Body Systems: Scorpio rules the bladder, reproductive system and sexual organs.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): This freedom loving Fire sign is known for its love of adventure, excitement and fun. You can’t be bored with a typical diet or sticking to a plan (good thing you are typically lean and burn a lot of calories). It’s important that you choose a diet that doesn’t feel like work or restriction. Many with this sign opt to just be more active and fuel up on super-foods rather than give up the other things they enjoy eating. You do well with a balanced diet focused on leafy greens, root vegetables, lean proteins and raw foods. Sagittarius rules the liver, so it’s important to pay attention to toxic intake levels and cleanse regularly with things such as lemon water, garlic, milk thistle, grapefruit and beets.
Body Systems: Hips, thighs, pelvis, femur and liver.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Tenacious, patient and goal-oriented this sign can work towards a goal even if it takes a lifetime. As an Earth sign that loves things that are scientifically proven, you are going to do the research and find the very best nutrition plan for yourself. You may not even tell people what you are doing, but they’ll certainly notice it by your dedication and the results you achieve! You do best with a protein and mineral rich diet. Try eating foods such as grass-fed beef, fish, spinach, kefir as well as raw and fermented foods. Capricorn rules the bones and therefore benefits from eating more calcium-rich foods. Fermented foods, cayenne, black pepper and ginger will rebalance and boost your metabolism.
Body Systems: Capricorn rules the skeletal system, knees, joints and teeth.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): This Air sign is the most individualist and eccentric of all signs. You march to the tune of your own drumbeat and don’t really care if those of us around you can’t hear it. Aquarius is a pioneering sign, which makes you the most prone to trying bizarre, extreme diets that you concocted in your mind. Known for your brilliance, these diets won’t hit the cover of the Oprah magazine for another 5 years when the rest of us catch up. You do best with a Paleo style diet, getting plenty of seafood, greens, cabbage, celery and lean proteins. Kefir, ginger and dandelion root can be very balancing for your system. Meditation, martial arts and yoga can be very grounding for you since you can tend to get lost in the land of intellect, forgetting to take care of your physical body.
Body Systems: Aquarius rules the circulatory system, ankles, calves and shins.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Sensitive, dreamy and often having psychic tendencies, this Water sign does best with a lot of healthy, grounding foods. It’s important for you to be around the natural elements and you do best with exercises that also incorporate spirituality and mysticism (try Qi Gong, Yoga or Tai Chi). A balanced diet that is high in iron is best for you, so eat up on lean grass-fed beef, lamb, eggs, liver, beans, whole grains, plenty of fruit and leafy greens. Herbs such as sage, parsley, juniper berry and thyme can help if you are retaining excess water. You can tend to have a sluggish metabolism, so avoid heavy foods after 3pm and be sure to get plenty of cardiovascular exercise. Try swimming, dancing, hiking, running outdoors or HIIT interval training several times a week. You tend to be whimsical and need to enjoy things, so rev yourself up with an awesome playlist!
Body Systems: Pisces rules the feet, toes, and mucous membrane.