When we practice mindfulness in what we absorb through all of our senses, including foods we eat, it becomes effortless and natural to stay healthy in the body and mind and respond to life's challenges using our inner strength and wisdom.
General Advice during Vata season:
Eat warm cooked foods.
Include small amounts of olive oil or ghee (clarified butter) when possible.
Drink warm drinks, hot almond milk or spiced tea.
General diet to avoid during vata season:
Avoid cold foods, sour foods, cold beverages and too much caffeine. Always be sure to avoid refined sugar and bleached flour and especially any processed foods.
Start your day with warm cream of wheat or oatmeal with stewed apple to help stimulate the digestive system and nourish your body with energy. Eat sautéed or steamed vegetables with sweet potato, carrots or asparagus for lunch. Snack on dates, fresh fruit, warmed almond milk. For dinner, enjoy a hearty soup with whole grain bread and butter. For dessert warm up almond milk with a dash of ginger and agave, maple syrup or honey with cut-up dates.
For more information about the Doshas:
Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self Realization by David Frawley