Food List for the Vata Person
Fruits (should be organically grown, fully ripe, and eaten one hour before or after a meal, not with the meal):
Good: cherries, dates (fresh), figs (fresh), grapefruit, grapes, lemons, limes, mango, papayas, pineapple, prunes, strawberries.
Fair: apples (cooked) apricots, bananas, oranges, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, raspberries.
Allowed occasionally: raw apples, melons.
Eliminate from diet: dried fruits.
Vegetables (all vegetables should be cooked if not otherwise noted):
Best: cooked onions.
Good: avocado, beets, carrots, chilies, cilantro (fresh), parsley, radish, seaweed, sweet potatoes.
Fair: artichokes, bell peppers, mustard greens, okra, peas, summer squash, turnips, watercress, winter squash.
Allowed occasionally: asparagus, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumbers, spinach, sprouts.
Avoid: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, mushrooms, onions (raw), egg plant, potatoes, tomatoes.
Eliminate from diet: raw vegetables.
Grains (whole, not refined or precooked):
Good: couscous, oats, rice (brown).
Fair: amaranth, quinoa.
Allowed occasionally: barley, buckwheat, millet, rice (basmati), rye.
Avoid: granola, rice (white).
Eliminate from diet: uncooked or dry grains.
Legumes (to reduce the gas-forming action of beans, use cumin, asafetida, cayenne pepper, and black pepper alone or mixed together. It’s also helpful to soak them over night before cooking. Each time you replace the soaking liquid, it further reduces their problematic qualities):
Good: mung beans.
Allowed occasionally: adzuki beans, green beans.
Avoid: chick peas, kidney beans, lima beans, dal, lentils, pinto beans.
Eliminate from diet: soy beans, split peas.
Nuts and Seeds (should be eaten alone and not combined with other foods especially fruits):
Good: almonds (peeled), pecans, pine nuts, walnuts.
Fair: Brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, macadamia nuts, sesame seeds.
Allowed occasionally: coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
Dairy: (make sure to buy quality milk products (see Dairy and A-da).
Best: buttermilk, ghee (clarified butter).
Good: butter, cottage cheese, cream, kefir, whole milk, sour cream, lassi (diluted yogurt).
Avoid: ice cream.
Meats, Fish, and Eggs: Ayurveda is strongly against eating animal flesh. If you do consume meat and fish, at least get fresh, local, organic; cook it at home; and avoid meat dishes in restaurants. The fact that Ayurveda recommends specific sorts of meat for different doshas, simply means that this science wants us to be as healthy as possible, even if we are not vegetarien yet.
Good: eggs, fish (all kinds).
Fair: chicken, duck, turkey.
Allowed occasionally: shellfish.
Avoid: beef, lamb.
Eliminate from diet: pork.
Oils (choose organic nonrefined oils):
Best: ghee (clarified butter), sesame oil.
Good: almond oil, avocado oil, butter, olive oil.
Fair: coconut oil, mustard oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil.
Allowed occasionally: safflower oil, soybean oil.
Avoid: canola oil.
Eliminate from diet: margarine.
Sweeteners (honey becomes a toxin when heated):
Good: maple syrup, molasses, nonrefined sugar.
Fair: fruit sugar, honey (raw).
Avoid: brown sugar.
Eliminate from diet: refined sugar, artificial sweeteners.
Spices (herbs and spices play a key role in making food balancing for your dosha):
Best: asafetida, cardamom, fennel, garlic, nutmeg.
Good: basil, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, ginger, salt (rock), turmeric.
Fair: black pepper, cayenne, horseradish, mint, mustard, salt (sea).
See also Ayurveda on salt.
Beverages (cold drinks before meal kill your digestive fire):
Best: organic whole milk (see Dairy and A-da).
Good: sour fruit juices (fresh made), herbal teas (spice or tonic).
Fair: sweet fruit juices (fresh made), water.
Allowed occasionally: beer, wine, tea (black or green).
Eliminate from diet: coffee, hard alcohol, iced and cold drinks, soft drinks.
Eliminate from your diet all drying foods (including cookies and chips), frozen, canned, micro waved food, and any food with a storage term that is much longer than it would be if not stuffed with chemicals. Try to eat as little leftovers as possible and limit the intake of raw foods. The fact that fresh produce has been disappearing from the American market over the last seventy years is perhaps one of the reasons why one in five people now has some form of cancer.
Do not mix too many foods together; it’s hard to digest.
TODAY’S TIP: I soak almonds in water overnight so they become more easily digested, getting their enzymes ready for the seed to grow.