It might be interesting for you to know that the dual Prakriti is the commonest form of Prakriti. So if you’re wondering how to cater to two dosha which are opposite in nature, you’re not alone! A Vata Pitta diet can be a bit confusing. Don’t worry however!
This article covers everything you need to know about the Vata Pitta diet:
Vata Pitta Pacifying Food Chart
The Vata Pitta Diet (All The Tips You Need To Do It Right)
Vata Pitta Diet Suggested Meal Plan
Vata Pitta Approved Recipes
When one dosha is a hot dosha and is responsible for the warmth in your body and the other dosha is a cold dosha that makes you sensitive to excessive cold, so many questions come to mind. Should you eat cold foods or warm foods? Should you have alcohol at all as it is supposed to be Pitta aggravating? Which oil is best for me?
The Vata, if in balance, subtly ignites the digestive “fire” just as air would help a fire to start. But if it gets aggravated due to any cause, it can make the digestive fire or agni go haywire and become irregular. On the other hand Pitta being composed of the fire and water element supports your agni if it is in a balanced state. In an aggravated state it will either give you ravenous hunger or will give you indigestion due to an increase in its fluid and sour properties.
So if your physiology is dominated by two dosha, you need to take care that your diet should fulfill the requirements of the two and should not aggravate either of them. There are no absolute foods to avoid but there are definitely foods which are more likely to suit you over others and hence should be preferred more. The other, less suitable ones, should be taken less frequently.
Having a dual Prakriti, you need to listen to your body. The dosha which is aggravated or depleted will need your attention. Pitta dosha symptoms are different than Vata dosha symptoms and Kapha dosha symptoms. So when a dosha is aggravated, use foods which have properties opposite to that of the dosha in question. On the other hand if your body gives symptoms which point towards the depletion of a dosha, use foods with the same properties as that of the particular dosha.
The Vata Pitta Diet: Tips To Do It Right
However, if both of your constituent dosha are balanced, you need to follow certain guidelines which will keep the two in the desired state of balance. These guidelines will come in handy when you’re choosing a meal plan.
- The Vata Dosha in your Prakriti demands warm and fresh food, but the Pitta being hot, may prompt you for a cold beverage. You need to primarily follow with the Vata Dosha and eat warm, easily digestible and freshly cooked food whenever possible. To be in tune with Pitta the food needs to be low on spices, sour and pungent tastes and should include ingredients with an inherent cooling property like cooked zucchini and a plate of rice which will pacify Pitta even if they are served hot as they are cooling by nature. Similarly too much of raw foods, and food directly from the refrigerator, without warming, is to be avoided as it will aggravate Vata. In peak summers you may go for cool and sweet natural drinks like sherbets, coconut water, sweet lemonade or a sweet butter milk, that are not icy cold in any situation to avoid aggravation of Vata. Smoothies that follow certain guidelines are also acceptable.
- Eating small quantities of food at regular intervals instead of big meals in one sitting, is particularly good for your digestion as it will ‘accommodate’ all states of your digestion as explained above.
- Ayurveda gives importance to not only what you eat but also how you eat it. So sit and eat in a calm place and eat slowly, chewing the food properly. Eating while walking, working and talking is likely to cause gas, indigestion and acidity which Vata Pitta types are prone to and also aggravates Vata.
- Liquids should be taken an hour prior or an hour after meals so as not to dilute the digestive juices. A few sips while eating though are all right.
- Eat lightly cooked food over raw food as stated earlier. Use spices like fennel, cumin, coriander seeds, garlic, turmeric and ginger. Ginger being hot in property should be used in small quantities.
- Use oil and ghee in cooking. However intake may be restricted to 6-8 teaspoons per day if you gain weight. Ghee (clarified butter) is particularly good to pacify Vata and Pitta and will help you feel more grounded.
- White meats, egg whites, and dairy are good sources of proteins for your Dosha type. Yogurt is also all right but should not be combined with fruits and also not taken every day and never at night.
- Vata gets aggravated with astringent, pungent and bitter taste while sweet, sour and salty tastes pacify Vata. On the other hand pungent, sour and salty tastes aggravate Pitta, while bitter and astringent tastes (as in spinach) pacify it. So if both the constituent Doshas are aggravated then a sweet taste has to be used to pacify them. But sweet does not mean sugar. Wheat, barley, rice, zucchini, tapioca and squash all have sweet taste and are healthier options to have. So any food which is rich in carbohydrates is good for your Prakriti. But it is better to choose whole grains over refined starches and sugars as they will pacify Vata and Pitta and make you feel grounded. In other situations, specific taste as per the condition of the constituent dosha is to be used.
- Oat, whole wheat, basmati rice, quinoa and amaranth are carbohydrate options you can choose from. These will serve the purpose of balancing as explained above.
- Keep breakfast and dinner light and have dinner by 8.00 pm. Lunch should be the heaviest meal of the day.
- Fruits and pre-soaked nuts (for about 8 -10 hours in water) and lightly sautéed seeds can be taken as snacks in between the meals.
- All vegetables except ones that are too fibrous like artichokes and broccoli are good for you. Mustard greens, green peppers, aubergine and too much tomato may also be avoided as they have the potential to aggravate Pitta.
- All fruits that are well ripened and sweet are good for you. Sour fruits taken in excess can aggravate Pitta and should be avoided.
Vata Pitta Diet Suggested Meal Plan
You can start your day with a few almonds and raisins which have been soaked in water overnight. This may be followed by an herbal tea like Coriander Tea. To make Coriander Tea boil one teaspoon of coarsely ground coriander seeds in a glass of water and reduce to half. Strain and enjoy luke warm. You may also enjoy rose petal tea or mint tea.
Breakfast can be cereal with milk or milk substitutes like coconut milk or almond milk.
For lunch you can have cooked vegetables, a little salad and a carbohydrate and protein source. For carbohydrates you may have any of the above mentioned cereals, tubers like sweet potato and for a protein source you can have white meat (well cooked), eggs, moong beans or a lentil. Kichadi is a convenient and easy-to-prepare meal which you may be try for lunch. Just add a dollop of ghee while eating it. Mix in a few finely chopped boiled vegetables to make it a complete meal.
The dinner can be the same as lunch but you can have soups too. The beans and lentils may prove gassy for a Vata dominated person. So they can be consumed by adding appropriate spices like cumin seeds, coriander, garlic and a dash of lemon juice and taken in small quantities to begin with.
- You may chew upon half a teaspoon of lightly roasted fennel seeds along with a few crystals of sugar to aid digestion.
- A warm cup of milk sweetened with a few raisins boiled in it may be taken for supper. A teaspoon of almond oil or ghee may be mixed into it. This will help you to feel balanced and will also balance the Vata.
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