Once you’ve identified your primary Ayurvedic dosha or mind-body constitution, you can work towards achieving perfect health by eating to for your dosha-type. This could mean that you need to experiment with making a few changes to your diet that will help keep your body in balance. Of course, you won’t be able to stick to these guidelines all the time, but being conscious of your body’s natural tendencies is a great way to help control your moods, keep your energy up, and maximize your ojas, or vitality.
How to Eat for the Vata Dosha
Vata dosha types are most often digestively challenged. A tendency towards dryness can easily translate to gas, bloating, colonic gripes, hard stool and other digestive stress. Follow these tips to optimize digestion for Vata folks:
- Eat warm, cooked, light foods with sweet, salty, sour tastes.
- Lubricate dry or raw foods, breads, omelets, with oil, protein and butter
- Avoid caffeine in excess—this might take practice for coffee addicts!
- Substitute brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup for white sugar.
- Avoid gassy, bloating foods such as beans and soda. If you really want to eat beans, cook them with ghee and digestion-aiding herbs such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cilantro and dill.
- Opt for more root vegetables and leafy green vegetables rather than canned or raw vegetables.
- Eat plenty of fleshy fruits such as peach, mango, papaya, etc. Drink plenty of citrus, fruit and vegetable juices.
- Avoid meals on the run. Eat in a calm frame of mind.
- Do not mix different types of animal proteins such as fish and eggs, milk and meat, or turkey and shellfish.
- Avoid “low fat” diets. Vata folks need the nutritious quality of fats to keep them warm and to build strength.
- Sip a specially blended Vata tea (available from health food stores) to help regularize digestion in the colon.
- Eat many “small” meals through the day to help ramp up your energy level.
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