Common characteristics of Vata Dosha
Here are some common traits of Vata dominated person:
|Body Feature||Long, straight frame with light bones and muscles|
|Skin/Hair||Dry, rough skin, frizzy hair, brittle nails.|
|Weight||Easy to lose weight while gaining weight can be difficult.|
|Strengths||Learns easily, highly creative, good at multitasking, kind-hearted, versatile, and adaptable|
|Weaknesses||Poor digestive system, constipation, weak immunity, prone to stress.|
|Food Preference||Enjoys sour, sweet, and salty foods|
|Speech||Talkative, fast, high-pitched, scattered.|
Signs of a Vata imbalance
Diet to pacify Vata Imbalance
Here are some insights on the dietary regimes to pacify Vata :
|Category||Foods to Eat||Foods to Avoid|
|Vegetables||Pumpkin, sweet potato, beets, brussels sprouts, zucchini, asparagus, chilies, cilantro||Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, peppers, spinach, kale, lettuce, mushroom, olive (green)|
|Fruits||Papaya, figs, avocados, dates, lemons, grapes, kiwi, lime, mango, orange||Cranberries, pomegranates, raw apples, watermelon, pears|
|Spices||Ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, turmeric, saffron, hing (asafoetida)||Ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, turmeric, saffron, hing (asafoetida)|
|Grains||Moong dal, Toor dal, urad dal mung beans, rice, quinoa, oatmeal.||Barley, millet, corn, crackers, granola, muesli cold soy, corn|
|Nuts||Cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans.|
|Oils||Olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, almond oil, mustard oil, sesame oil, castor oil.||Flaxseed oil, canola oil, corn oil, and soy oil.|
|Others||Eggs, chicken, fish, jaggery, honey, date sugar, fructose.||cold, frozen, or raw foods, alcohol, white sugar, caffeine, smoking, and tobacco.|
Tips to balance Vata Dosha
- Avoid extreme cold
- Try Pranayama regularly.
- Aim to wake up early in the morning
- Practice deep breathing with meditation.
- Keep a regular routine and follow it rigorously.
- Mantra and chanting can help to improve focus.
- Eating three meals or as many as five small meals per day.
- Include time for oil massage or self-abhyanga in daily routine
- Inculcate easy-to-do movement like cycling, running & walking.