Ayurveda — Foods To Avoid For Vata Dosha

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 Vata, Pitta, 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, avoid these foods until you are able to pacify Vata or eliminate forever. 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 avoid:

*Most dried fruit
- Pears
- Persimmons
- Pomegranates
- Watermelon
- Apples (unless they’re cooked and spiced)

VEGETABLES to avoid:

*Any frozen, raw or dried veggies
- Potatoes (Sweet Potatoes, ok!)
- Artichokes
- Broccoli
- Brussels Sprouts
- Celery
- Corn
- Kale
- Mushrooms
- Green Olives
- Squash
- Turnips
- Bitter Melon
- Dandelion Greens
- Peppers (Sweet and hot)

NUTS to avoid:

None! All nuts are great for Vata. Oily, fatty and yum-diddlee-umptious.

GRAINS to avoid:

- Barley
- Bread (with yeast)
- Buckwheat
- Cereals
- Corn
- Couscous
- Crackers
- Granola
- Muesli
- Millet
- Oat/Wheat Bran
- Rye
- Spelt
- Tapioca

LEGUMES to avoid:

  • Black Beans
    - Chick Beans
    - Kidney Beans
    - Brown Lentils
    - Soy Beans
    - Tempeh
    - Pinto Beans
    - Navy Beans
    - White Beans
    - Split Peas
    - Lima Beans

If you find yourself with a high, off-balanced Vata or happen to be suffering from a Vata disorder, avoid these foods and you’ll be on your way towards balanced healing.

Need foods that will soothe your Vata? Stay tuned for my next post and find out.

Check out these other articles: 
Recommended Foods For Vata Dosha
Foods To Avoid For Kapha Dosha

*Special thanks to Dr. Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute and Swami Sada Shiva Tirtha, author of the Ayurveda Encyclopedia, who’s research made this article possible.