VATA DIET

VATA DIET

In Ayurvedia vata dosha  is associated with air and space. It’s light, cool, and dry in nature and it governs all movement in the mind and body, including blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing, and the movement of thoughts across the mind.

Vata is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic Principles in the body, Since Pitta and Kapha cannot move without it,. It’s very important to keep Vata in good balance.

Vata-predominant person his/her body is naturally thin and slender. Mind is enthusiastic and moves quickly he/she may be prone to forget things . Your hands and feet might tend to get cold easily, your skin might be cool and dry to the touch

When Vata is in balanced condition

  • Feeling of being active and lively
  • Quick to learn anything new
  • clear and alert mind
  • falls asleep easily at bedtime
  • balanced digestion and elimination
  • good circulation and even body temperature

Vata out of Balance

  • felling tired always
  • lack of focus or forgetful
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • constipation in some occasions
  • can feel cold physically
  • poor circulation – cold hands and feet
  TYPES OF FOOD   WHAT TO FAVOR   WHAT TO AVOID
FRUITS
vata diet
 
sweet Fruits and juicy fruits: sweet grapes, pomegranate, mango, papaya, sweet pineapple, banana, avocado, sweet and juicy apples and pears, sweet orange, melons, plums, cherries, raisins, dates, prunes, figs, kiwi fruit, peach, apricot. Dried fruit should be soaked. Dried fruits, raw fruits, raw  apples, cranberries, Unripe, dry, sour fruits: guava, cashew fruit, Watermelon
Pulses
vata diet
Red lentils,split pigeon peas , Mung daal mung beans Its recommended to soak these legumes overnight Kidney beans, black eyed peas, chickpeas, soy flour, soybean,
                           DAIRY
vata diet
 Most of the dairy and the dairy product are good to use. Include milk, buttermilk, butter cheese, clarified butter (Ghee), yogurt, kefir paneer, cottage cheese, fresh mozzarella  Powdered milk frozen yoghurt for any dairy in frozen form should be avoided. Soy milk and powdered milk should also be avoided.
        VEGETABLES
vata diet
 In general we have to concentrate on a diet which include cooked vegetables. Include vegetables such as Carrots (not as juice), sweet potatoes, beets, onions (well cooked) tomatoes,  Pumpkin, green Beas. Can use Potatoes in small amount. green leafy vegetables, dried peas, broccoli cauliflower, sprouts, raw and frozen vegetables salads should be avoided
Spices
vata diet
spices such as garlic ginger not dry turmeric, fenugreek cloves ,cinnamon,Black pepper,nutmeg ,ajwain (Anise) black paper Rosemary are good to use     None
        Sweeteners
vata diet
Sugar cane products, honey, jaggary , molasses, maple syrup     Do not heat honey, White sugar or processed sugar should be avoided
  Nuts and seeds
vata diet
Include Edible seeds such as chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds should be included in your diet Nuts such as walnut almonds hazelnuts Brazilian nuts and pistachios should be used in moderation          peanuts
oils
vata diet
 Ghee( clarified Butter) is one the best thing to use. Oils such as sesame oil, almond oil and olive oils are good to use  Minimize the intake of sunflower oil and flax-seed oil.
              Grains
vata diet
Wheat products, rices (All types) cooked oat , flakes, quinoa, Barley, corn, millet, rye, buckwheat, and raw oats

Vata is related to the air and space elements in the body, these favorable foods will help calm the nervous system and reduce excessive fear, anxiety, gas, bloating and constipation

  • Wheat grass should be avoided
  • Use of alcohol, black tea, coffee, fruit juices, soft drinks, carbonated drinks should be minimized.
  • Drinking room temperature water or Luke warm water is good for health
  • Aloe vera juice and apple cider vinegar are good to use.
  • It’s better to use warm soups and freshly baked bread

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