Vata Nutrition

Oils/Fats  

Good: Ghee, extra virgin olive oil, and sesame oil.

Avoid: Flax Seed 

Grains

Good: Rice (basmati, brown, white, wild), wheat, cooked oats quinoa, wheat, and amaranth. 

Avoid: Corn, granola, bran, buckwheat, barley, rye, and millet.

Vegetables

Good: Cooked vegetables: Asparagus, beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, parsnip green beans, spinach, cilantro, lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, summer squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, cooked onions and peas.

Avoid: Dried, frozen, and raw vegetables: Broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn, eggplant, kale, mushrooms, peppers, white potato, winter squashes, tomatoes, raw onion and peas.

Fruit

Good: Fruits that are sweet and heavy: Bananas, avocados, mangoes, apricots, plums, berries, coconut, figs, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, green grapes, melons, papaya, peaches, pineapples, rhubarb, kiwi, dates, nectarines, soaked prunes and raisins.

Avoid: Dried fruit: Apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries, dry prunes and raisins. 

Spices

Good: Cardamom, sage, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, basil, asafetida, cilantro, fennel, oregano, tarragon, thyme, and black pepper.

Avoid: None

Legumes

Good: Mung beans, lentils, and tofu.

Avoid: Black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, brown lentils, miso, pinto beans, soybeans, and tempeh. 

Nuts

Good: Almonds

Avoid: None

Seeds

Good: Flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower.

Avoid: Psyllium

Dairy

Moderation: Buttermilk, butter, ghee, hard and soft cheese, cow's milk, goat milk, sour cream, and spiced yogurt.

Avoid: Ice cream and yogurt with fruit or frozen. 

Meats

Good: Beef, dark chicken, dark turkey, eggs, all fish, and shrimp.

Avoid: White chicken, white turkey, lamb, mutton, pork, rabbit, and venison.

Condiments

Good: Chili peppers mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, salt, seaweed, and vinegar.

Avoid: Horseradish

Beverages

Good: Alcohol (beer and white wine), almond milk, apple cider, carob, grain coffee, lemonade, orange/grape/pineapple juice, soy milk (best warm and spiced), and herbal teas (bancha, cinnamon, fennel, licorice, peppermint, rosehip, chamomile).

Avoid: Alcohol (hard and red wine), apple/cranberry/tomato/prune juice, caffeinated beverages, iced tea, soy milk (cold), and herbal teas (dandelion, ginseng, nettle, red clover, yerba mate).

Sweets

Good: Raw honey, molasses, natural sugar, and rice syrup.

Avoid: Chocolate, maple syrup, and white sugar.

Other

Good: Eating large meals, warm or cooked foods,  moist, oily, smooth, grounding foods, and sweet, sour, and salty foods.

Avoid: Fasting, raw, dry, rough and light foods, and pungent, astringent, and bitter foods.