Vata Dosha Diet


Vata Dosha

  • Elements: air & ether (space)

  • Taste: sweet, salty & sour

  • Qualities: dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile, clear

  • Locations: colon, pelvis, thighs, ears, bones, skin, head, throat, and diaphragm

  • Functions: all physical movement; movement of thoughts, feelings and nerve impulses; communication; respiration; heart function; peristalsis; elimination; hearing; touch; clarity; creativity; enthusiasm

  • Causes for Provocation: over eating; staying up late at night; talking too much; excessive physical work or exercise; eating too much pungent, bitter, astringent foods; worrying and excess thinking; frequent fasting; eating cold foods; fall/autumn season; suppression of natural urges


Vata Dosha Diet

Because Ayurveda treats the whole person and no two people are alike, there isn’t a set prescribed diet for all Vata dosha people to follow. There are however, some generalized recommendations for Vata predominate people.

  • Emphasize the tastes of sweet, sour and salty

  • Eat warming foods like soups and stews

  • Drink warm herbal tea and warmed spiced milk

  • Drink room temperature or warm water, no cold water

  • Avoid raw and light foods like salads and raw vegetables

  • Avoid dry and airy foods like chips, crackers and beans

  • Avoid mobile foods like caffeinated drinks especially coffee

  • Avoid cold foods like frozen foods, iced drinks and foods,

  • Favor root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, beets and winter squashes

  • Use ginger regularly, chew a small piece of ginger seasoned with a little salt, black pepper and lemon before each meal

  • Favor grains like basmati rice, cooked oats, quinoa, and wheat (if tolerated)

  • Favor moist and cooked foods like soups and stews

  • Keep a regular routine around mealtimes

  • Eat in a calm environment where you feel safe and comfortable

  • Eat a warming breakfast like oatmeal, cooked quinoa or breakfast rice puddings

  • Eat sitting down and never while on-the-go

  • Pay attention to how your body reacts to nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers)

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