Eating for your Dosha: Vata-Pacifying Diet
- Eat larger quantities of food, but not more than you can digest easily.
- Dairy. All dairy products pacify Vata. Always boil milk before you drink it, and drink it warm. Don’t drink milk with a full meal.
- Sweeteners. All sweeteners are good (in moderation) for pacifying Vata.
- Grains. Rice and wheat are very good. Reduce intake of barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, rye and oats.
- Fruits. Favour sweet, sour, or heavy fruits, such as oranges, bananas, avocados, grapes, cherries, peaches, melons, berries, plums, pineapples, mangos and papayas. Reduce dry or light fruits such as apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, and dried fruits.
- Vegetables. Beets, cucumbers, carrots, asparagus and sweet potatoes are good. They should be cooked, not raw. The following vegetables are acceptable in moderate quantities if they are cooked, especially with Ghee or oil and Vata reducing spices: peas, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, zucchini and potatoes. It’s better to avoid sprouts and cabbage.
- Spices. Cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed and small quantities of black pepper are acceptable.
- All nuts are good.
- Beans. Reduce all beans, except for tofu and mung dal.
- Oils. All oils reduce Vata
Adjusting for the seasons:
Vata is aggravated during the dry, hot seasons. You will need to decrease consumption of the above items during this time, and increase iit during the cool and wet seasons.
Rebalancing your Dosha:
If true Doshic balance is Vata, but it has been overpowered with another Dosha, putting you out of balance, you need to eat based on reducing the Dosha which is dominating your true constitution. For example, if your Vata is overpowered by Kapha, eat less of the items listed under Kapha Pacifying Diet, if it is dominated by Pitta, eat less Pitta Pacifying Items. Visiting a certified Tri-Doshic practitioner can assist. They will determine your true constitution and your current state of flux and provide you with food lists for your own menu creations.