Below are the best foods for vata dosha and are especially balancing for fall and winter, which is vata season.
It's way easier to make the right food choices once we know what foods balance our dosha.
By the way, in case you were wondering, there is no such thing as "Ayurvedic food."
Food is food. Certain foods will balance certain doshas better than others, however Ayurveda says that any food can be nectar or poison depending on the person who is having it.
Below is an excerpt from my Ayurvedic book, In Your Elements.
Why oil? Because the dry quality of vata is most likely to go out of balance first. And! Dryness causes all kinds of health problems. We don't want the body to dry out, because when it does, we break down, deteriorate and age. Nice right? Oils, people!
Moist, grounding, building, nourishing, oily/ fatty, easy-to-digest and warming. Think: warm, goopy, soupy, sticky, comfort foods.
Rice, grains, ghee, whole milk, cheese, citrus fruits, baked fruit, mango, coconut, cooked veggies, beets, squash, sweet potato, avocado, walnuts, almonds, cashews, dates, prunes, healthy oils (ghee, olive, coconut, flax,
etc.), soups, stews, noodle dishes, rice bowls. Veggies should almost always be cooked.
Light, dry, crunchy, cold, iced, carbonated and anything gas-producing or hard to digest.
Brown rice, “extra high fiber” grains, crackers, popcorn, pretzels, raw veggies, soy products, lentils, beans, sprouts, peanuts, candy, fake sugars, bubbly water, soda, coffee, heavy meats. All no bueno for vata.
Vatas favor the tastes: Sweet, Sour, Salty.
For deeper info about the six tastes in Ayurveda, click here.
And, The 70 Best Foods for Vata Dosha.
NOTE: Apples and pears are best baked. Berries, watermelon, cantaloupe and stone fruits, save for summer.
13. sweet potatoes
15. butternut squash
17. green beans
18. snap peas
24. ginger root (add as a fresh spice, don't eat it in chunks! ha!)
SKIP or LIMIT: onion, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts.
25. organic whole milk
26. organic butter
SKIP: yogurt (unless you know who to prepare it as Ayurveda states), soy milk, skim milk
MEATS (in small quantity, high quality)
33. french bread
35. rice noodles
36. udon noodles
37. ramen noodles
38. basmati or jasmine rice
SKIP: brown rice, anything “high fiber”, multi grain bread, whole wheat pasta.
NUTS & NUT BUTTER
39. raw almonds
40. almond butter
44. pine nuts
45. sesame seeds
OILS (to cook with)
46. olive oil
47. coconut oil
51. olives, olive tapenade
55. cinnamon/cinnamon stick
58. black pepper
59. himalayan salt
60. cumin/cumin seed
61. fennel seed
SNACKS (however, don't snacky-snacky all day. 3 meals is best)
64. Lara bar or Kind bar
66. raw nuts (not dry roasted) w/a little salt
67. bread roll with nut butter or cheese
68. warm chai with whole milk
69. warm naan or flat bread with butter + lemon pepper or cinnamon
70. herbal teas: ginger, chamomile, tulsi,
SKIP: bubbly water, rice cakes, pretzels, and crackers
And there you have it, the 70 best foods for vata dosha and some Ayurvedic nutrition advice, too!
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