Balancing Doshas will correct and stabilize the physiology and functions under their control.
If you scored maximum on your VATA Dosha or if this is your prevailing Dosha, here are some suggestions:
1. Diet and general recommendations to decrease Vata:
Warm, dense, soft meals and drinks are recommended, buttery food. Prevailing tastes in your food should be: sweet, salty and sour. You can eat well to satiety.
Cereals: rice, wheat, sprouted wheat, flax seeds.
Dairy: all dairy
Sweeteners: honey, molasses, cane sugar, natural syrups.
Vegetable oils: all
Fruits: all sweet fruits, water melon and melons.
Veggies: Steamed or boiled, beets, carrots, asparagus, potatoes, cucumbers, onion, dandelion, lettuce.
Nuts: all kind of nuts
Spices: onion, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, cumin, salt, clove, grain mustard.
Food of animal origin: goose, duck, fish, crab, horseflesh, chicken, lamb, eggs, seafood.
Soups: soup of dry flour, nettle soup, garlic soup, broth.
Herbs: licorice, nutmeg, ferula, juniper, elfwort, sophora, elder, raspberries, pine, canker-bloom, mallow.
The Vata type usually feel decrease in their energy during the second part of the day. Tea is recommended, especially Licorice tea.
If on the contrary your Vata is too low and you would like to increase it, the following diet is recommended:
General recommendations: light eating or fasting, dry meals, cool food. Tastes : bitter, burning and astringent.
Cereals: barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, rye, oat.
Sweeteners: AVOID ALL
Dairy: AVOID ALL
Vegetable oils: AVOID ALL
Fruits: dried fruits, apples, pears, pomegranate, cranberries, olives.
Veggies: eat all veggies raw – cabbage, potatoes, peas, lettuce, spinach, parsley, celery, beans.
Nuts: AVOID ALL
Food of animal origin: beef, pork, rabbit.
Soups: peas soup.
Herbs and other: skullcap, barberry, Bunge pepper, gentian, sage, buttercup, acorns and oak bark. Brewer’s yeast, mummy and musk. The last three especially stimulate Vata.