Vata-Reducing Diet and Lifestyle Tips

Vata-Reducing Diet and Lifestyle Tips

• Vata is air and ether with qualities of light, dry, rough, and cold.

• Vata gets aggravated in cold, dry fall and winter conditions.

• To calm Vata, eat more Sweet, Sour, Salty, Heavy, Oily, Moist, and Hot nourishing foods such as soups, stews, steamed veggies, whole grains, root vegetables and warm herbal teas to insulate the nerves and ground the body.

•Avoid cold, dry, light bitter and astringent cold, dry foods, such as salads, crackers, popcorn, smoothies, chips and sparkling mineral water.

• Vata makes us feel spacey, overwhelmed easily, anxious, and fearful, and physically can lead to being underweight or light in your body and contribute to weak bones and crackling joints.

– Denotes: consume only  in moderation               * Denotes: enjoy plenty of these

Vegetables

Artichoke Hearts*

Asparagus

Avocados

Beets*

Carrots*

Chilies*

Corn –

Cucumbers*

Daikon Radish

Fennel

Garlic*

Ginger

Hot Peppers

Leeks

Mustard Greens

Okra (cooked)

Onions (cooked)

Parsley –

Parsnip

Pumpkin*

Radish

Rutabaga

Seaweed

Acorn Squash

Butternut Squash

Winter Squash*

Yellow Squash

Sweet Potatoes*

Swiss Chard

Watercress

Zucchini

Fruits

Apples (cooked)

Apricots

Blueberries

Bananas*

Cantaloupe

Cherries

Dates*

Dried Fruit

Figs (fresh)*

Grapefruit*

Sweet Grapes*

Guavas

Lemon

Lime

Mangos*

Nectarines

Oranges*

Papayas*

Peaches

Ripe Pears –

Persimmons –

 Pineapple

Plums

Strawberries

Tangerines*

Nuts/Seeds

Almonds*

Brazil Nuts*

Cashews*

Coconut

Filberts*

Flax*

Macadamia*

Peanuts –

Pecans*
Pine*

Pistachios*

Pumpkin

Sunflower

Walnuts*

Beverages

Chamomile*

Clove*

Ginseng

Hawthorne

Hyssop

Juniper Berries

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Lemon Grass

Licorice

Oat Straw

Orange Peel*

Peppermint

Rose

Sarsparilla

Spearmint

Meats

Beef

Chicken

Crab

Duck

Eggs –

 Fish

Lobster

Oysters

Shrimp –

Turkey

Spices

Anise

Asafoetida*

Basil

Bay Leaf

Black Pepper*

Caraway

Cardamom*

Cayenne

Cinnamon*

Coriander

Cumin*

Dill

Fennel*

Fenugreek

Garlic

Ginger*

Marjoram

Mustard

Nutmeg

Oregano

Poppy Seeds

Rosemary Saffron*

Sage

Sesame Seeds

Thyme

Turmeric*


Condiments

Carob

Pickles

Salt

Vinegar

Dulse (rinsed)

Hijiki (rinsed)

Kombu

Spirulina

Oils

Almond*

Avocado*

Corn

Flax

Mustard*

Olive*

Peanut*

Safflower

Sesame

Soy

Sunflower

Ghee

Legumes

Adzuki-

Black Lentils-

Mung-

Split Mung

Red Lentils-

Tofu

Dairy

Butter

Cheese

Cottage Cheese

Ghee*

Milk (warm)*

Cream

Buttermilk

Kefir

Yogurt

Grains

Amaranth

Cooked Oats

Rice*

Wheat

Wild Rice

Sweeteners

Maple Syrup

Raw Sugar

Honey

Molasses

Brown Rice Syrup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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