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A Food Plan to Balance Vata Dosha These guidelines can be used for vata mind-body constitutions, to maintain dosha

balance, and to restore balance if necessary, regardless of the basic constitution. Vata influences the movement of thoughts, feelings, prana flows, nerve impulses, and fluids in the body. Mental and emotional peace and constructive lifestyle routines are important to restoring and maintaining balance. Favor: Warm food, moderately heavy textures, added butter and fat. Salt, sour, and sweet tastes; Soothing and satisfying foods. All soothing foods are good for settling disturbed Vata. Use foods such as: warm milk, cream, butter, warm soups, stews, hot cereals, fresh baked bread. Since vata is a cold dry dosha, warm, nourishing foods such as these are good for stabilizing vata. On the other hand cold foods such as cold salads, iced drinks, raw vegetables and greens are not very good for persons with vata imbalance. Breakfast is highly recommended. Use hot cereals such as cream of rice or wheat or any other breakfast that is warm, milky, and sweet. Take a hot or herbal tea with snacks in the late afternoon. Avoid drinks with high caffeine as vata gets disturbed by it. Use spicy foods such as spicy Mexican or Indian foods that are cooked in oil. Use warm moist foods such as cooked grains and cereals, bowl of hot oatmeal or cup of steaming vegetable soup. Warm milk is good. You can add a little sugar or honey to it if you prefer. Avoid eating candies as it disturbs vata. Prefer salted nuts that are heavy and oily as opposed to dry salty snacks. All sweet fruits are Ok for vata. Avoid unripe fruits as they are astringent Take warm or hot water instead of ice water and drinks. Summary: Breakfast is usually desirable. Hot foods and sweet and sour tastes. Reduce dry foods and bitter tastes. Warm or hot water and drinks. Raw nuts and nut butters. Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, cloves in moderation.
Vata dosha is aggravated and increased during autumn and early winter. During these seasons all mind-body
types can include some of the above foods and decrease others.

Food Classified By Group Vegetables

Favor
cooked vegetables asparagus beets carrots cucumber garlic green beans onions, cooked onions, cooked sweet potato radishes turnips leafy greens in moderation

Reduce or Avoid
broccoli Brussels sprouts cabbage cauliflower celery eggplant leafy green vegetables mushrooms peas peppers potatoes sprouts tomatoes zucchini Note: The above vegetables are OK if cooked with oil except cabbage and sprouts Avoid raw vegetables, in general

Fruits

Favor
sweet fruits apricots avocados bananas berries cherries coconut fresh figs grapefruit lemons grapes mangos sweet melons sour oranges papaya pineapple peaches plums sour fruits Stewed fruits Sweet, well-ripened fruit in general

Reduce or Avoid
apples cranberries pears pomegranates The above fruits are OK cooked Avoid dried fruits, in general and unripe fruit (especially bananas)

Grains

Favor
oats(as cooked oatmeal cereal, not dry) cooked rice

Reduce or Avoid
barley buckwheat corn

wheat

dry oats,millet, rye Dairy

Favor
All Dairy is acceptable

Reduce or Avoid

Meat

Favor
chicken seafood, in general turkey All in small quantity

Reduce or Avoid
Avoid red meat

Beans

Favor
chickpeas mung beans pink lentils tofu (small amounts)

Reduce or Avoid
All, except as noted.

Oils

Favor
All oils are acceptable Sesame oil and olive oil are especially good.

Reduce or Avoid

Sweeteners

Favor

Reduce or Avoid

All sweeteners are acceptable Nuts and Seeds

Favor
All are acceptable in small amounts. Almonds are best.

Reduce or Avoid

Herbs and Spices

Favor
Almost all, in moderation, with emphasis on sweet and/or heating herbs and spices, such as: allspice anise asafoetida basil bay leaf black pepper (use sparingly) caraway cardamom cilantro (green coriander) cinnamon clove cumin fennel ginger juniper berries licorice root mace marjoram mustard

Reduce or Avoid
Avoid using spices in large quantities. Minimize or avoid all bitter and astringent herbs and spices such as: coriander seed fenugreek parsley saffron turmeric

nutmeg oregano sage, tarragon,thyme

Vata dosha is aggravated and increased during autumn and early winter. During these
seasons all mind-body types can include some of the above foods and decrease others. Mental and emotional peace and constructive lifestyle routines are important to restoring and maintaining balance.