THE DIET FOR VATA DOSHA AGGRAVATED
The Vata aggravations manifest one or more of the following symptoms:
- Fluctuant appetite, with the extreme case of anorexia due to psychic causes
- Anxiousness, fear, pain, anxiety, instability, nervous and sexual hyper-excitability, periods of frigidity followed by uncommon sexual appetite
- The preference for exciting foods, such as tobacco, coffee, or alcohol in different combinations and quantities
- Anemia, anorexia (chronic or not), rheumatism, sciatica, all based on the lack of calcium, and magnesium
- Premature and fast aging determine the dryness of the skin, loss of hair, decreasing vitality, smaller breasts
The women who have this type of aggravation present a number of characteristic symptoms:
1. The vital women will be more outwardly oriented, a great desire for variety, and distraction and a disregard of her inner world.
The next stages is neglecting or simply surface care for herself, without paying any attention to the fact that inner balance and health are more important than the momentary impression.
The body suffers from this inappropriate lifestyle and diet in the sense that the woman will gain weight in unwanted places, becoming disproportion.
2. There are also women who easily get over certain rules of health and beauty. They eat when and what they can, irregularly and a lot, and they become physically unbalanced without even noticing it. This syndrome is characteristic to Vata aggravations on a preponderantly Pitta background.
3. The indications of aggravation are more obvious in the case of women who are not very vital. The body “dries”, the breasts, and hips no longer have those feminine curved lines, the articulations lose their mobility. On a psychic level, they become less careful, dynamic, disordered, moody, anorexic and insomniac.
The growth of hair in unwanted areas is a highly unpleasant symptom, which regardless of the type you belong to indicates a Vata aggravation.
Permanent stress, feelings of uncertainty, fear of losing something or someone are symptoms associated with Vata Dosha aggravated.
All these psychic disturbances lead to endocrine disturbances that in their turn have the physical effects we already mentioned.
The diet recommended for this type of aggravation includes:
- Consistent, juicy food, with pure, balanced, natural taste
- Avoid dry, burnt, old, dehydrated, preserved, artificial food
- Focus on food that tastes sweet, sour and salted
- Exclude tobacco, coffee, alcohol, and black tea
- Avoid also food tasting bitter and astringent, and be moderate with hot foods. There are some erratic eating habits that produce Vata aggravation, such as crunching a bag of sticks during a conversation, or a sandwich engulfed during a short break, of the biscuits or the chocolate that “delude” our hunger.
The diet recommended for balancing this type of aggravation includes: fresh milk, butter, cheese (in quantities that allow an easy digestion), eggs, cereals, nuts, sesame, peanuts, vegetable oils (especially virgin oils). As spices we recommend the coriander, cinnamon, basil, nutmeg and foeniculum.
- Avoid eating under pressure of any kind. Avoid also the discussions, reading, TV watching while eating
- Prepare the food so as it looks as appetizing as possible
- Do not eat too much consistent, food, as the digestion will take a longer time. Be moderate in eating fat and rich in proteins foods, because although they are highly necessary they also cause flatulence and indigestion
- Do not eat regularly in cold, noisy, crowded places
- Have at least three meals a day, at the same hours, as much as possible
- In cases of extreme lack of vitality, apply the following revigorating technique: eat 5 times a day, but include only 2 meals with consistent food. The first meals should be around 7 am (this implies that you have to sleep at the latest 22:30-23:00)
- Avoid supplementary foods before meals, as they reduce the appetite, make the digestion difficult, and favor the unaesthetic deposits of fat
- Include one hot course in every meal you serve, especially in cold seasons
- Drink infusions make of coriander, foeniculum, basil, mint, blackberries, raspberries, wild berries and orange