The qualities of Vata are cold, light, dry, irregular, rough, moving, quick, changeable. To counter the effects of Vata excess in your life, keep a regular schedule, ensure warmth, and take in nourishment on all levels,
Balancing any dosha excess is essential to maintaining vibrant health. Self-knowledge and self-awareness are the most important preventative measures. Paying attention to symptoms and changing behaviors contributes to longevity and vitality. The easiest and quickest way to balance is through diet and lifestyle.
Ayurveda Recommends Seasonal Cleansing
Detoxifying the body, mind, emotions, and environment release accumulated toxicity, stress, and even clutter. A seasonal cleanse is a good way to reset, then begin to work on changing habits by adding in healthy choices.
Healthy Choices for Vata Season
Favor sweet, sour, and salty foods to counter the qualities of the fall season and Vata dosha. Eat warm, cooked foods along with healthy oils. Stick to a routine, go to bed on time and rise early. Follow a Daily Routine as much as possible.
Try Hot Cereal for Breakfast
Amaranth is an ancient seed that is delicious cooked with spices. It is gluten free, high in protein, and is tridoshic (reduces all 3 doshas).
- Water to amaranth ratio: 4:1 (I used 3 cups of water and ¾ cup of amaranth so I could have some for breakfast later in the week)
- 1 dash of salt per cup of water
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cardamom, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp nutmeg per cup of water
- Small handful of Thompson raisins per cup of water
Serve with a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) or other healthy oil (perhaps coconut?), a handful of raw pecans, small amount of sweetener. I use turbinado sugar or raw honey. Enjoy! Recipe is from 7 Centers Ayurvedic Cookbook.
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