vata diet guidelines
Sweet, sour and salty foods are generally good for vata people since they satisfy the system and reduce its insecurity about being well fed. Bitter, pungent, and astringent foods are less beneficial to vata types because they dry the system and intensify emotional instability, especially insecurity. Avoid large amounts of any taste because vata is aggravated by excess.
In general choose a diet that emphasizes warm, soupy, and easy to digest foods. The vata gut prefers cooked vegetables to raw. Most sweet and juicy fruits are beneficial for vata. Avoid unripe fruit or large amounts of astringent fruits such as pomegranate and cranberry. Vata types can best utilize animal foods in their diet. Legumes are an important food because it is the vegetable kingdoms equivalent of meat. Combine legumes with sweet grains such as rice. Vata individuals should especially avoid caffeine and sugar.
|Fruits||Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Berries, Cherries, Coconut, Dates, Figs, Grapefruits, Grapes, Lemons, Mangoes, Melon, Nectarines, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Plums||Cranberry, Pomegranate, Dried Fruits, Apples (except Cooked)|
|Vegetables||Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Sweet Potatoes, Onion, Green Beans, Veggie Juices W/ Ginger||Eggplant, Spinach, Mushrooms, Peas, Too Many Raw Vegetables|
|Grains||Wheat, Oats, Quinoa, Rice (Eaten With Added Ghee, Butter, or Oil)||Corn, Millet, Rye, Buckwheat, Yeasted Bread|
|Legumes||Mung Beans, Red Lentils, Black Lentils, Pinto Beans, Tofu||Chick Peas, Soy Beans|
|Flesh Food||Eggs, Turkey, chicken, Venison, Fresh Fish, Goat||Lamb, Beef, Shellfish|
|Nuts & Seeds||Almonds (soaked and peeled), pecans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, nut butters and milks||Excess Sesame And Fatty Nuts Such as Macadamia And Cashew|
|Dairy (in moderate amounts)||Fresh Yogurt, Milk Cooked With Ginger, Cardamom, And Turmeric||Excess Ice Cream, Smoothies, Hard Cheeses|
|Sweeteners (in moderate amounts with other foods)||Maple Syrup, Fresh Raw Honey, Raw Sugar||White Sugar, Excess Amounts of Chocolate, Cooked Honey|
|Spices||Ginger, garlic, asafetida (in legume soups), nutmeg||Overuse of “Hot” Spices|
|Vices||Small Amounts of Wine And Beer||Tobacco, Sugar, Caffeine|