Of all the doshas, vata will struggle the most with a raw food diet.
That being said, it IS possible.
Vata will need to include more root vegetables, warming spices, hot bevvies (there’s a whole section in my sweet recipe book!), hydrating raw soups and stews warmed in the Vitamix blender or dehydrator, and partially dehydrated marinated vegetables.
I encourage vata to store as much produce as possible on the counter.
Also, remove produce from the refrigerator before making recipes to allow ingredients to rise to room temperature.
This will greatly reduce the cooling effect of these foods.
Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, coconuts, avocados, and olives will be necessary.
Vata may be able to tolerate up to 20% of calories from fat.
Experiment with salting your food and including fermented veggies to pacify vata with salty and sour tastes.
Moist foods like berries, melons, summer squash, and zucchini will help offset vata’s dry quality.
Smooth foods like bananas, root vegetables, and pureed raw soups and smoothies will help soothe vata’s rough quality.
The important point is to see how your body responds. Look for signs of vata imbalance, and make adjustments accordingly.
Signs of Vata Imbalance:
- Nervousness, anxiety, panic, fear
- Twitches, tics, tremors, spasms
- Dry or chapped skin
- Constipation, gas, bloating, dry, hard stools
- Low body weight
- Dislike of cold and wind
- Difficulty tolerating loud noises
- Light, interrupted sleep
- Spacey, scattered feeling
- Excess thinking and worrying
What To Focus On & Include:
- Routine, warmth, serenity & nourishment
- Tastes: sweet, sour, salty
- Room temperature or warm foods & drinks
- Sprouted lentils and mung beans
- Warming spices like ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and cumin, but not super hot spices like cayenne pepper, habanero pepper, etc.
- Healthy fats from seeds and nuts
- Routine meal times + snacks if needed
- Mindfully eating in a peaceful environment
What To Avoid:
- Tastes: bitter, astringent, pungent
- Ice cold salads and smoothies
- Intermittent Fasting
- Fully dehydrated foods
- Cold soy products (e.g. miso, tamari, soy sauce, sprouted soy beans)
- Processed foods
- Caffeine, nicotine, and other stimulants
- Overeating or eating very heavy meals
- Refined sugars & alcohol
Are You Vata? How Do You Stay Balanced On a Raw Food Or Plant-Based Diet? Let Me Know In The Comments!
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