Consider following this diet if you have tendencies toward anxiety, worry, constipation, dry skin, or during the winter, when the weather is cold and windy.


Here is a spice mix for balancing vata dosha.  Mix the spices, keep the mix in a shaker, and use with meals:
Cumin, 8 teaspoons.   Fennel, 8 teaspoons.  Coriander, 2 teaspoons.  Turmeric, 2 teaspoons.  Ginger, 1 teaspoon.  Cinnamon ¼ teaspoon.


Favor foods that are sweet, sour salty, heavy, oily, and heating, while reducing or avoiding foods that are bitter, pungent, astringent, light, dry, and  cooling.  It is very important to eat fresh food, and to eat on a regular routine.


Favor: wheat, rice

Reduce: barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, rye


Favor: green or yellow mung beans, tofu

Reduce: all other beans


Favor: almost all nuts are generally good

Reduce: peanuts


Favor: eggplant (peeled), zucchini, cucumber, asparagus, artichoke, tomato (peeled), celery, carrots, beets, and spinach. Just about all vegetables are good, but vegetables need to be cooked, generally with a little bit of ghee or other oil. 

Reduce: Raw vegetables.


Favor: low fat milk, goat’s milk, buttermilk, lassi,  ghee (clarified butter).

Reduce: ice cream.


Favor: most healthy sweeteners are ok, including cane sugar, brown sugar, molasses, and raw honey.

Reduce: processed sugars, high fructose corn syrup


Favor:  most oils are good for reducing vata

Reduce:  coconut oil (due to its cooling properties).


Favor: Cumin, ginger, fenugreek, hing (asafetida), mustard seeds, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, anise, fennel, cloves, salt, lemon juice, tamarind, basil, clove, mint, nutmeg, bay leaves, fenugreek, turmeric, paprika. 

Reduce: red peppers and chilies


Favor: sweet, sour, heavy, and ripe fruits are ideal.  Grapes, papayas, pineapples, bananas, avocadoes, cherries, peaches, melons, figs, plums, mangoes, papayas, pineapples, oranges and fresh apricots are good.  Raisins are good but should first be soaked overnight in warm water.

Reduce: dried fruits (unless soaked overnight in water just to cover), apples, cranberries