Vata Season Diet

Vata Season Diet

Vata Season Diet

Your diet is a powerful way to soothe vata this fall. Substantive, oily, nourishing foods that are high in protein, high in fat, brought to life with warming, stimulating spices, and served hot, will go a long way toward maintaining your internal reserves of moisture and keeping you grounded through the vata season. You’ll also want to favor the sweet, sour, and salty tastes. In general, eat mushy, soft foods and garnish them generously with ghee or oil. Breakfasts of cooked grains—like oatmeal, tapioca, cream of rice, and cream of wheat—are perfect at this time of year. Lunches and dinners that include steamed vegetables, hearty grains, soups, and stews are grounding and moisturizing. If you eat meat and eggs, this is one of the best times of year to enjoy them. Dairy products and most nuts and seeds are also beneficial. In general, you’ll want to reduce your consumption of raw vegetables, cold and frozen foods, as well as the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes. It is best to minimize light, cooling, and drying foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts, leafy greens, white potatoes, beans, popcorn, crackers, millet, and dried fruit. If you do eat these foods, eat them in moderation and make sure that they are soaked, well cooked, or served with ghee.

You may find that, during the course of the fall, you’ll naturally want to increase your intake of food, but be careful to follow the lead of your appetite and digestion. This is also a great time of year to do a monodiet type of cleanse. Vata requires adequate nourishment so it is best to avoid fasting.

The following is a list of ideal vata season foods:

Fruits to Favor

  • Apples (cooked)
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Prunes (soaked)
  • Raisins (soaked)
  • Tangerines

Vegetables to Favor

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Chilies
  • Garlic
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash, Winter
  • Sweet Potatoes

Grains to Favor

  • Amaranth
  • Basmati Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Wheat

Legumes to Favor

  • Kidney Beans
  • Miso
  • Mung Beans
  • Toor Dal
  • Urad Dal

Nuts and Seeds to Favor

  • All nuts and seeds are supportive of vata season

Dairy to Favor

  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Ghee
  • Kefir
  • Milk (not cold)
  • Sour Cream
  • Yogurt

Animal Products to Favor (If You Eat Them)

  • Beef
  • Buffalo
  • Chicken
  • Crab
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lobster
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Turkey
  • Venison

Oils to Favor

  • Almond Oil
  • Ghee
  • Olive Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil


  • Honey
  • Jaggary
  • Maple Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Rice Syrup
  • Sugar (Raw)

Spices to Favor (All Spices Are Good for Vata Season)

  • Allspice
  • Anise
  • Asafoetida (Hing)
  • Basil
  • Bay Leaf
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Saffron
  • Turmeric

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