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General Vata Pacifying Guidelines


General Guidelines to Balance Vata

Warm temperatures.

Stay calm.

Stay warm in cold or windy weather.

Warm, cooked foods (less raw foods).

Favor warm, oily, heavy foods and sweet, sour, and salty tastes.

Reduce light, dry, cold foods and pungent, bitter, and stringent tastes.

Avoid stimulants.

Early bedtime, plenty of rest.

Regular daily routine.

Regular, daily elimination.

Abhyanga (daily Ayurvedic massage with sesame oil); at least soles and head.

 

All foods for all doshas should be fresh, preferably organic.  Avoid GMOs, fast food, precooked food products, leftovers, and frozen food.  Eating should be done sitting, relaxed, and focused on the food.  Avoid watching TV, reading, etc.  Do not eat before previous food has been digested (at least 2 hours for snack, 3-4 hours for meal).  Eat moderately, filling stomach about 2/3.  Be regular in mealtimes and eat heaviest meal at midday.

 

Vata-Pacifying Diet

Eat larger quantities of food, but not more than you can digest easily (2/3 stomach full).  Or, try eating more smaller meals throughout the day (at least 2 hours apart).

 

Dairy: all dairy products are said to pacify vata, but use your judgment as you know yourself. (If you like milk it should be boiled before you drink it, and drink it warm.  Do not drink milk with a meal.  Think about using rice, soy, or almond milk instead.)

 

Sweeteners: all natural (i.e. maple syrup, rice syrup, honey, etc.) 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: favor 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 especially 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 is better to avoid sprouts and cabbage.

 

Beans (legumes): reduce all beans, except for tofu and mung dahl.

 

If you occasionally take Animal products: favor dark poulty, eggs, fresh water fish, salmon, seafood, lean beef; avoid lamb, pork, white turkey, and venison.

 

Spices: all spices are good for vata, especially cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, and small quantities of black pepper.

 

All nuts are good.

 

Oils: all oils reduce vata.