According to Ayurveda, Vata plays a very vital role in governing the mind and the body. It controls body movements, breathing, blood flow, elimination of body wastes and the thought process in your mind. It is believed in Ayurveda that every season is related to a dosha: Summer with Pitta, spring with Kapha and winter with Vata. Among all three dosha’s, Vata is the most powerful as the other two cannot function without it.
Significance of Vata
Vata means “wind” and so easily gets out of balance in humans. When it is in balance, it makes you creative, but when imbalanced, you are nothing but an erratic person. So it is really important to keep Vata in balance. If you are a Vata person, you may suffer from nutrients depletion and so a proper Vata dosha diet can help you to pacify Vata. Vata is associated with seasonal fluctuations from mid-October to mid-February. During this time of the year, you need to be more careful to keep Vata in balance. Air and space elements are the components of Vata dosha and so an aggravated Vata person is sure to suffer from indigestion, constipation, gas, intestinal cramps and fatigue. To pacify Vata, you need to follow a meal plan regularly and avoid certain food items.
Vata is related to cold, cough, dry and light. To keep a balance a Vata person is advised to consume warm, smooth, moist, oily and nourishing food. To balance Vata, you need to have a freshly cooked diet with whole foods. It must be soft in texture and also have sufficient amount of protein and fat. The meal must be seasoned with warming spices and most importantly, it must be served hot or warm. Such kinds of food, soothes Vata by nourishing as well as lubricating the tissues. Such diet helps to maintain warmth in the body and also helps in preservation of moisture. This helps in proper digestion, giving relief from all kinds of metabolic disorder in the body. Here is a meal plan that is sure to help you to keep Vata in balance:
Hot porridge, fruits like banana, pear or apple along with some honey and cinnamon. You must avoid any cold cereals. Hot boiled milk can be added to the breakfast menu. Never skip your breakfast.
Juices like orange, lemon and pineapple can be consumed with enough amount of fresh water (room temperature). A glass of milk is also a good option. Fresh fruits like cherries, plum, peaches also can be taken during snack time.
As this must be the heaviest of all your meals, you can have hot soup with cooked vegetables in ghee or oil instead of raw salads. You can include sweet potato, in your diet. A glass of sweet Lassi can complete your lunch. You can have cheese and eggs. Vegetables that can be easily smashed and turned into puree are good to pacify Vata.
Lentils with basmati rice is good for dinner. Add some ghee, salt and the spices like pepper, turmeric, cumin and coriander to your meal. Sweets are an essential part of Vata diet.
A Vata meal must be devoid of dry and bitter foods. You need to have proper quantities of food, but in measured quantities that you can digest.