Eating Seasonally: Vata Season

By Angela Glaz

500 Hour E-RYT and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor

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When we talk about eating Ayurvedically, we mean honoring your body and mind and where they are at in their current state. While we all have our Prakruti or a dominant dosha, and tend to experience more of that dosha’s imbalances, we still have all 3 doshas within us. This means that it is imperative to continually check in with ourselves and how we are feeling at any given moment. This observation can help us better decide which foods, exercise routines, and lifestyle choices are going to best cater to our needs to create optimal health.

The season of Fall is considered vata season, as the environment tends to hold the same qualities as the vata dosha; cold, light, dry, rough, and mobile. Therefore, we will all tend to experience more vata imbalances and can benefit from shifting to a more vata pacifying diet.

Looking at each and every bit of food separately can be overwhelming and confusing, so instead I’ve listed four simple tips to follow when shifting to a more vata pacifying diet.


Temperature


Favor: Warm
Avoid: Cold


Food Qualities


Favor: Moist, oily, grounding, nourishing, smooth
Avoid: Dry, rough, light


Tastes


Favor: Sweet, sour, salty
Avoid: Pungent, bitter, astringent


Other


Favor: Eating warm and cooked foods
Avoid: Fasting

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