Ayurveda — Recommended Foods 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, 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 a high, off-balanced Vata or happen to be suffering from a Vata disorder. Eat these foods and you’ll be on your way towards balanced healing.

Want some tridoshic options that’s balancing for everyone? Stay tuned for my next post and find out.

Check out these other articles: 
Foods To Avoid For Vata Dosha
Recommended Foods For Pitta Dosha
Tridoshic Foods For All Doshas

*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.