Know Your Body Type: Vata (Ayurvedic Doshas Part 2)

Nutrition and wellness for the body, mind and soul…by Melissa Freedman
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Part 2 of our continuing series on wellness from our new blog partner, Melissa Freedom of Cleanse Chick. Make sure to first read Part 1: ‘Knowing Your Ayurvedic Body Type Can Change Your Life.’

Vata: 

Element air
Body Type thin, delicate bone structure, low body fat, hard to gain weight
Characteristics   sensitive, spiritual, running late, can’t sit still, forgets to eat, routine of the day feels difficult and overwhelming, flightiness, memory problems, easily confused, not too present, baldness
Signs of Balance energetic, sharp, quick thinking, creative, fast talking, abstract, creative typesmight have propensity toward arts, writing, poetry, music
Signs of Imbalance gas, bloating, unfocused, spacey, dry skin, hair and nails, coldness and chills, nervousness, sleeplessness, hypertension, worry, cavities, digestive issues (including constipation), arthritis, weakness
Organs to Nourish nervous system, colon, bones
Foods to Reduce stay away from low-fat diets, raw and cold foods, need very careful planning if vegetarian or vegan to stay grounded and focused
Foods to Increase warming, lubricating, grounding, heavier foods to calm down, good quality oils, warming foods to counteract coldness
Beneficial creamy tasting soups, lighter proteins like fish and eggs, mashed sweet potatoes, root vegetables, heavier grains, regular and balanced meals, weightlifting, pilates, yoga

Balancing Vata

If excessive stress in your life leads to your Vata force becoming imbalanced, your activity will start to feel out of control. You may start skipping meals, resulting in unintended weight loss, and your digestion may become irregular. If you notice these early symptoms of a Vata imbalance, slow down, take time to meditate, DON’T skip meals, and get to bed earlier. A regular lifestyle routine helps ground Vata.

  • Make choices that bring warmth, stability, and consistency to your life.Try to get to bed before 10pm, awaken by 6am, and eat your meals at regular times.
  • Wear adequate clothing appropriate for the season and keep your head covered when the weather is cold.
  • Perform a daily self-loving ritual like a massage.
  • Do NOT push yourself too far and exceed the limits of your energy. Beneficial activities for Vatas include: yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, walking and short hikes, light bicycling, light tennis, golf, dance, and aerobics.
  • Be mindful of daily bowel movements.
  • Listen to calming music.
  • Favor warm colors in your clothing and environment such as earth colors, pastels, browns, and warm yellows.
  • Use aromas that are sweet, heavy, and warm. Examples include basil, bay, cinnamon, citrus, cloves, frankincense, lavender, pine, sage, and vanilla.

Vata-Balancing Nutritional Guidelines

It is important to eat foods that have a balancing effect upon the dominant dosha or that will pacify (stabilize) a dosha that has become excessive or aggravated. Since Vata is drying, cooling and light, favor foods that are oily, warming, or heavy. The best tastes to pacify Vata are sweet, salty and sour. Minimize foods that are pungent, bitter, or astringent.

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Melissa Freedman is a Certified Health Coach and On Air Personality. Her clients range from Entertainment professionals to entrepreneurs. After suffering from kidney problems, digestive issues, depression and exhaustion, Melissa realized how unhappy she was and turned her life around, founding Cleanse Chick. Her brand, Cleanse Chick helps individuals break free from old habits in order to create a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. Visithttp://www.CleanseChick.com for more about Melissa and her work.

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