In Ayurvedic medicine, everyone has a specific dosha that will determine the foods, activities and lifestyle that is best suited for their combination.

These doshas are based on the elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. and are categorized by VataPitta, and Kapha. When these three doshas are in balance, mentally, spiritually, and physically, good health is experienced. When our doshas are out of balance, we begin to experience illness.

Once you’ve determined you’re dosha, you will have a better idea of how to care for your combination and live a healthier, more balanced life.

This quick Ayurvedic Intake will help you determine your unique dosha.

Qualities of Vata
Physically they are dry, light, cold and rough.
Emotionally they are anxious, fearful, and insecure with mood swings.
Mentally they are fast, active multi-taskers, although a bit scattered.
Spiritually they are sensitive, clairvoyant and with a powerful imagination.

Vata Disorders
Lower Back Pain
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Imbalanced Nervous System
Painful Menstruation
Constipation and Gas
Depression, Fear and Anxiety

If you find yourself with a Vata imbalance, EAT THESE FOODS to pacify Vata. For the purposes of keeping it simple in this article, I will only cover fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and legumes. For a more in depth list, contact me!

FRUITS to eat:

*Most sweet fruit
– Apples (cooked)
– Apricots
– Avocado
– Bananas
– Berries
– Cherries
– Coconut
– Dates (fresh)
– Figs (fresh)
– Grapefruit
– Grapes
– Kiwi
– Lemons
– Limes
– Mangoes
– Melons
– Oranges
– Papaya
– Peaches
– Pineapple
– Plums
– Prunes (soaked)
– Raisins (soaked)
– Rhubarb
– Strawberries
– Tamarind 


*Cooked is best
– Beets
– Cabbage (cooked)
– Carrots
– Cauliflower
– Cilantro
– Cucumber
– Daikon Radish
– Fennel
– Garlic
– Green Beans
– Green Chilies
– Jerusalem Artichoke
– Leafy Greens
– Lettuce
– Mustard Greens
– Okra
– Olives (black)
– Onions (cooked)
– Parsley
– Parsnip
– Peas (cooked)
– Potatoes (sweet)
– Pumpkin
– Radishes (cooked)
– Rutabaga
– Spaghetti Squash
– Spinach (raw)
– Sprouts
– Squash (summer)
– Taro Root
– Turnip Greens
– Watercress
– Zucchini

NUTS to eat:

*In moderation.
– Black Walnuts
– Brazil Nuts
– Cashews
– Charole
– Coconut
– Filberts
– Hazelnuts
– Macadamia
– Peanuts
– Pecans
– Pine
– Pistachio
– Walnuts 

GRAINS to eat:

– Amaranth
– Durham Flour
– Oats (cooked)
– Pancakes
– Quinoa
– Rice (all kinds)
– Seitan (wheat meat)
– Sprouted Bread
– Wheat

LEGUMES to eat:

– Lentils (red)
– Mung Beans
– Mung Dal
– Soy Milk
– Tofu
– Tur Dal
– Urad Dal

If you find yourself with symptoms of an imbalanced Vata, eat these foods and try to limit these Foods To Avoid For Vata Imbalance. Soon, you’ll be on your way towards balanced healing.

Want some tridoshic options that’s balancing for everyone?

Recommended Foods For All Doshas

Check out these other articles:
Recommended Foods For Pitta Dosha
Recommended Foods For Kapha Dosha


1. Tirtha, Sada Shiva. The Āyurveda encyclopedia: natural secrets to healing, prevention & longevity. Ayurveda Holistic Center Press, 2007.

2. Lad, Usha, and Vasant Lad. Ayurvedic cooking for self-Healing. The Ayurvedic Press, 2016

3. Frawley, David, and Vasant Lad. The yoga of herbs: an ayurvedic guide to herbal medicine. Lotus Press, 2008.

Immel, John. “School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion.” Ayurvedic Diet & Recipes,

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