Eating Right According To Your Dosha: Vata


Vata DietVata is one amongst the tridoshas (the basic element or the pillars of Ayurveda). Vata means air, force of life. Hence balancing vata dosha through proper diet is very essential.

Vata Prakriti Personality:

Vata prakriti people are very active, vibrant, flexible, enthusiastic, creative, innovative, sensitive, and talkative. They have thin body, thin hair, dry skin, constantly restless, don’t easily gain weight.

Vata Gunas (Characteristics):
Understanding vata gunas help in deciding the right food for vata prakriti person. Vata gunas are as follows:

What is Vata Imbalance?

As mentioned above, the vata gunas and prakriti indicate balanced vata. This vata aggravates due to excessive eating of food which are light, bitter, and pungent. Excessive exercise, excessive talking, excessive eating , starving, consuming cold items, sleepless nights, indulging in more sex, suppressing the natural urges and during seasons like rainy season and winter season there is vitiation of vata thus leading to vata imbalance in our body.

Recommended Food for Vata Prakriti Person

To balance vata, one has to follow a diet which is opposite to Vata gunas as mentioned above by introducing sweet, sour, salty food and over bitter, pungent and astringent food. Oil should be on the priority list to balance vata.

To balance vata the below quality food should be included in the diet: –

  • Hot: hot water, hot milk flavoured with cardamom or cinnamon or even ginger, hot soups and hot meals, hot stews.
  • Heavy: To pacify vata, one should avoid light food and should consume heavy food (full breakfast, lunch, dinner) at proper intervals, but with limited quantity which shouldn’t hamper the digestion.
  • Soft: The food taken should be soft and nourishing i.e. well cooked with oil or ghee. Raw intake should be reduced as they are very rough for e.g. Cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and beans. Green leafy vegetables should be cooked to ward off their roughness and made softer to consume. Soft fruits like bananas, apples, sapota, papaya should be included in the diet.
  • Nuts: should be soaked in water preferably overnight and consumed. Khichri garnished with ghee is the best soothing and soft food which pacifies vata.
  • Sweets: milk based sweets, cakes, puddings, sweet lassi/smoothie, chocolates, sweet fruits should be taken in limited quantities.
  • Sour: lemon juice, sliced cheese, sour cream and curd/yoghurt. Sour fruits like grapes, oranges, pineapple, as sour helps in increasing the digestive fire thus promoting digestion, assimilation and elimination of excess vata.
  • Salty: Salt again favours digestion, retains the moisture of food and flavours the food and supports elimination of vata.
  • Include spices like ginger, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, mustard, fennel, asafoetida, black pepper, cilantro, thyme, oregano, and basil.
  • Avoid pungent, bitter and astringent flavours which aggravates vata.
  • Avoid nicotine and caffeine.

Let’s focus now on “Dinacharya” which means a day’s schedule/routine to maintain balance in vata dosha.

  • Start your day with minimum 4 glasses of warm water, it is difficult initially, so one can start with 2 glasses and later increase it to 4 glasses of water.
  • Perform yoga and pranayam in the morning or some form of light exercise.
  • After an hour have a cup of hot chocolate drink or badam milk.
  • Breakfast – It should be heavy with bread, omelette, boiled eggs, pongal, idli, dosa, sandwiches, porridge made from millets or sooji. Cooked cereals, stewed fruits, cooked oatmeal.
  • Lunch – Lunch should be 2 roti’s, daal, rice or khichri made with moong daal, and some vegetable curry. Non vegetarians can have non-veg curry or any non-veg rice. It’s an ideal time to have salads, yogurt/ curd and butter milk seasoned with ginger, cumin, asafoetida, cheese, sour cream, ghee.
  • Evenings – hot milk or tea with some biscuits or milk rusk.
  • Dinner – It should be light with some soups, boiled veggies and daal rice.
  • Bed time- have a cup of hot milk with a pinch of turmeric.

    • We should think twice before we eat anything. If food is decided depending upon the predominance of doshas, then only we can live a healthy, disease free life. The predominance of doshas generally depend on the prakriti, time (kala) and seasons (rutu). Keeping the doshas in mind we should select and eat right for a healthy living.

      Written by Dr. Mugdha Kulkarni

      Dr. Mugdha Kulkarni

      Dr. Mugdha Kulkarni holds a degree in BAMS from BMK Ayurveda college Belgaum, with over 12 years of experience in Ayurvedic medicine. Apart from being a Consulting Doctor, she enjoys writing Ayurvedic Journals.


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