Example of Vata increasing Lifestyle and Foods

Example of Vata increasing Lifestyle and Foods

So if we engage in either lifestyles or consumes foods that have Vata qualities one will be increasing the Vata dosha in themself. Some examples of Vata increasing activities are the following: running outside in the fall while dressed lightly when it is cold, dry with lots of winds blowing, going to rock concert after skipping a meal and not having slept all night, eating popcorn while driving in traffic with the music blasting, never taking time to rest, relax and take it easy. Basically any activity that is nerve racking and/or highly stimulating is going to increase (aggravate) Vata. Example of Vata increasing foods would be things that have the above mentioned qualities and/or taste bitter, astringent or pungent like: popcorn, rice cakes, beans, cayenne pepper, coffee and alfalfa sprouts.

Therefore, note that whatever one does that has the above mentioned qualities (food,lifestyle,relationship) in it will cause that dosha to increase(aggravate).

And the name of the game in preventing disease is not to aggravate any of the Tridoshas; to keep them calm and happy. So all you need is to understand what factors increase and decrease each of the three doshas; Vata, Pitta and Kapha and follow those recommendations when necessary to avoid disease and promote overall health. Really it’s actually quite simple. Most of us can follow those Lifestyle suggestions for reducing each of the three doshas, and simply follow a Tridoshic nutritional program. Tridoshic meals can be very easy to cook, checkout some of our Tridoshic Recipes. If you want to understand more about each doshic you can read each of the three pages Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Vata

People with a predominant vata dosha display physical and emotional characteristics linked to the elemental qualities of space/akasha and air/vayu. They are very active – mobile, restless and energetic. They have fast metabolisms, so are often thin with little muscle development and protruding joints that may make cracking noises. Their skin is dry, rough and thin with

visible veins.

 

Sleeping, eating and personal habits are irregular and erratic, with appetite and sexual desire varying between extremes. They sleep lightly, are easily disturbed and prone to insomnia. Their speech and movement is usually fast, and they are talkative and enjoy all forms of communication. Their pulse is fast, weak and irregular. They dislike cold, windy or dry environments and feel chilled quickly or shiver easily. Extremities (hands and feet) are often cold, or become cold easily.

Mentally and emotionally they are rapid. They gather information or display emotions quickly, or determine swiftly whether they like or dislike something. While they learn quickly and are usually intellectual, their retention is poor. Money is spent quickly and impulsively. They demonstrate high creativity, innovation and sensitivity.

Individuals with this nature are introspective, shy, modest and lacking in confidence. They are often unsettled and impatient, but very flexible and adaptable to change. People with vata dosha often feel anxious, worried or stressed – especially in unfamiliar, cramped or noisy environments. They are most likely to be loners, or non-conformists.

Dietary Guidelines for VATA

Vata Diet

People with a predominant vata dosha display physical and emotional characteristics linked to the elemental qualities of space/akasha and air/vayu. They are very active – mobile, restless and energetic. They have fast metabolisms, so are often thin with little muscle development and protruding joints that may make cracking noises. Their skin is dry, rough and thin with visible veins.

Item Eat more Eat less
Warm, heavy, moist, sweet foods
Cold, light, dry, pungent, bitter foods
Vegetables Avocado, beets, asparagus, carrots, eggplant, leeks, olives, pumpkin, radish, sweet potato, spinach , zucchini Raw or frozen vegetables, peas, brussel sprouts, broccoli cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, corn, celery, lettuce, mushrooms, potatoes
Fruits Apricots, banana, cherries, fresh figs, peaches, citrus fruits, dates, mango, papaya, grapes, berries, pineapple, plums Dried fruits, apples, pears, prunes, pomegranates, cranberries, melons
Grains Rice, oats, wheat, pasta Barley, buckwheat, rye, corn, millet, rice cakes, puffed or dry cereals
Beans
Mung beans, soy beans (in tofu, milk or cheese) Most beans: kidney, lima, navy, pinto, split peas, white beans, black beans, lentils
Nuts & Seeds All nuts in moderation. Sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Dry roasted or smoked nuts
Dairy All dairy in moderation Powdered milk, ice cream
Herbs & Spices Asafoetidea, basil, caraway, clove, cardamom, sage, cinnamon, pepper, coriander, cumin, fennel, garlic, onion, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric Coriander seeds, fenugreek, parsley
Oils Most oils, especially sesame Corn oil
Beverages Warm drinks, herbal or spiced teas, warm milk, fruit and vegetable juice without ice. Carbonated drinks, cold or iced drinks, coffee, tea, alcohol

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