Wednesday, May 19, 2010

THE VATA DIET

                                                                                   

FAVOR
REDUCE/AVOID
QUALITIES
Heavy, warm, cooked
Light, cold, dry, raw
TASTES
Sweet, sour, salty
Bitter, pungent, astringent
QUANTITIES
Larger portions okay

DAIRY
All dairy okay, look for dairy alternatives when possible

SWEETENERS
All okay in moderration

OILS
All okay

GRAINS
Rice, wheat, cooked oats
Barley, corn, millet, rye
FRUITS
Sweet, sour and juicy fruits: avocado, banana, berry, cherry, grape, mango, melon, orange, peaches, plum, pineapple
Light, dry fruits: apple, cranberry, dried fruits, pears, pomegranate
VEGETABLES
Most vegetables in moderation when cooked, especially: Asparagus, beet, carrot, green beans, okra, sweet potato
Uncooked vegetables, cabbage, sprouts
SPICES
Sweet, heating spices are best, other spices in moderation
Large quantities of bitter, pungent or astringent spices: chili, coriander, fenugeek, parsley, saffron, turmeric
NUTS/SEEDS
All okay, almonds especially good

BEANS
Garbanzos, red lentils, mung beans, tofu
All other beans except those listed
MEATS
Chicken, turkey, seafood
Red meat

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