Internal Cleansing

One of the fantastic capabilities of the human body is its ability to adapt. While this serves as an excellent survival mechanism, it also means we’re able hold on to heavy toxin loads without necessarily being aware.

Your body is able to adapt to toxins in the air you breathe; the water you drink, cook with, and bathe in, the foods you eat—not to mention some of the jobs you’ve held, some of the relationships you’ve been in, and even the past lives you’ve lived! These toxins take a toll on the human body and in a sense, put a lid on conscious expansion.

Why Is Cleansing So Important?

Internal cleansing is the most effective way to raise your vibration.

An essential component to regaining control of your human experience and elevating your consciousness to the next level, an internal cleanse consists of flushing out the internal organs—discharging toxins that have accumulated over time.

More specifically, internal cleansing can aid in the removal of old fecal matter, toxins, poisons, bacteria, drug residue, and heavy metals that hinder your potential for activation.

Though it can seem intimidating on the surface and challenging at the onset, once you complete a cleanse, you will be amazed at how rewarding it is. You will feel clear-minded, empowered, relaxed and more in control of your emotions.

Three Ways to Internally Cleanse

Fasting: Fasting is refraining from eating for a period of time. It gives your internal organs a break from focusing on digesting foods and allows your body to address other areas that can get overlooked. It is free, natural, and has many benefits– some of which include: helps fight inflammation, improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels, boosts cognitive function, aids weight loss, delays aging, rejuvenates skin. Some of the most common types of fasting are: dry, water, juice, intermittent and seasonal.

Dietary Shift: Though the body has a natural way of detoxing every day, sometimes it can use additional assistance. Certain types of food help the body eliminate built-up waste. These are foods high in fiber and fruits with high water content. Shifting your lifestyle (temporarily or permanently) to cut out processed and other toxic foods and add organic and whole foods will help cleanse your body.

Detoxing Herbs: Detoxing herbs can enhance wellness by pulling toxins out of the organs. They are a very effective way to cleanse the body, especially when combined with fasting or a clean eating diet. Particular herbs and herbal combinations are used to flush specific organs or systems. You can use detoxing herbs in teas or capsules, which may require an investment. If you buy a kit, do your homework to make sure you purchase one that supports your cleansing goals and doesn’t contain any allergens. Some of the most common organs and systems that are cleansed are colon, liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and blood.

A Deeper Insight:

As important as it is to remove certain foods for a period of time to flush impurities from your body, it’s equally important to be mindful of how you reintroduce foods back into your body after the cleanse ends.

It is unwise and unsafe to go to your favorite fast-food restaurant to celebrate your success- or purchase your favorite bag of chips from the gas station…

In fact, a cleanse is an excellent time to reset your diet, eliminate old cravings for junk food and sugar and begin new healthful eating habits.

Research the process of properly breaking fasts and how to most effectively restore good bacteria/ balance the microbiome in your gut after an internal cleanse. Reckless and undisciplined eating after a cleanse can have harmful effects and could leave you worse than before the flush.

It is not a good idea to cleanse too fast or randomly. If, for instance, you are cleansing several organs, make sure you cleanse in the correct order. If you are not careful, you can damage healthy and properly functioning organs by flushing toxins from one organ to another.

Jyotish Numerology recommends fasting once a week depending on your psychic number. Observing this fast can aid in nullifying negative energy and even assisting the occurrence of miracles in life. See details in chart below.

Psychic NumberDay of the week to fast
1Sunday
2Monday
3Thursday
4Sunday
5Wednesday
6Friday
7Monday
8Saturday
9Tuesday

In Conclusion

Our body is our temple and also the vehicle for our soul. When it’s loaded up and weighed down with toxins, it will function at a much lower level than designed. Because of its ability to adapt, many people live in this clogged up, foggy state of disease, anxiety, and inability to tap into their spiritual/psychic powers without really understanding their full potential.

For those on the spiritual path, cleansing is a necessary first step towards higher consciousness. As mentioned, there are many ways you can begin to cleanse your body. Starting off slowly and building up from there is a great approach. Once you begin to feel the amazing effects of a cleaner vessel and higher vibration, you will become hooked!

Excercise

While it may seem like a basic idea, the importance of exercise in achieving a conscious and awakened state cannot be overlooked. In fact, the very word exercise is derived from the word “exorcism” which indicates it’s a tool to drive out demons.

Why Is Exercise So Important?

Quality body exercises result in having a strong, balanced, flexible mind and connection with our soul. Training your body in a multidisciplinary manner through stretching, yoga, and resistance training uses muscles, fibers, and tendons to build up strong and balanced roots. This is a necessary foundation for higher meditation, increased focus and overall well being.

The chemicals and hormones that are released when moving and stretching your body create harmony and a natural feeling of euphoria. Your body is your vehicle- your tool for sensory experience on this earth plane. Exercising essentially finetunes your vehicle so that it can experience the fullness of physical existence. When your body is in a broken-down state, stiff, immobile and weakened from not exercising, reaching higher states of awareness is very challenging.

Tips On Getting Started

Exercising does not have to be difficult and is in fact very enjoyable! Here is a plan of action to take you from a lump on the couch all the way up to a pretzel bending yogini.

Meet yourself where you’re at, starting with morning and evening walks and gentle stretching to loosen fibers and lubricate your muscles. From there you can build up to more strenuous and intense exercises if that is your preference. The hardest part is taking that first step!

Consistency is key. Make exercise a priority and a part of your daily routine. If you are consistent and do it every day, eventually it will become a new habit and you won’t have to push yourself. In fact, your body will beg to move, stretch and even sweat!

Use the buddy system. Having an accountability partner is encouraging and motivating. Find someone to go on walks with, meet at the gym, ride bikes, or hike. Set goals and help each other stick to them.

Specific Types Of Exercise

Using your own bodyweight or extra weights to increase the intensity and heat your body up will build strength and make you sweat. Sweating is detoxifying and stimulates your lymphatic system to release toxic energies that surround your energy fields, helping to pierce through specific limitations in your life.

You can try using a variety of workouts. For example, slow movement exercises where you use more weight and fewer reps will build up your power to eventually pull more weight, growing your muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism functions, burning more fat even while resting.

Mix it up with rapid movements or more reps with lightweights or your own body weight. Calisthenics such as yoga, pilates, running, jumping jacks, situps, push-ups etc, are a great option and require no outside equipment.
Don’t forget your core. Like the trunk of a tree, a strong core is important for a stable center, good digestion and balance.

Gym membership too expensive? Don’t want to be seen in public in your yoga pants? Youtube is an excellent (i.e. free) resource for every type of exercise imaginable! You can try out all kinds of different workout routines to find the ones you love most. From dancing, yoga, pilates, HIIT cardio, strength training and everything in between, it’s a great way to discover your unique preferences.

When you feel shakiness and burning in your muscles, it’s your energy centers opening up, so embrace the feeling! Push yourself to the point of a challenge, but listen to your body and ease off when you need to. You will not become superman overnight, but with consistency and repetition, you will soon be blowing past your current limitations!
A Deeper Insight:

When you heat up your body and put your muscles under pressure, an electric phenomenon, called piezoelectric, occurs where crystals in our tissues, bones and all structures in between become amplified. This eventually results in an increased amount of subtle awareness and grows spiritual abilities.

The same goes for when our heartbeat goes up, our body’s vibration goes into a superconductive state which enables us to interact with noble elements that are already present in the body. This then stimulates our natural bodily fluids which our mind needs to be in an optimal state and to properly connect with spirit.

Additionally, oxytocin is released even after just 10 minutes of working out. We can increase the joy and gratefulness by being aware that through the exercise we are also experiencing a feeling-type of meditation. If we are not overfocused on the strain of the workout, we can tune into the actual experience of how it feels to push our muscles and bodies past preconceived limits. Tapping into this energy exchange is powerful and exhilarating.

In Conclusion

Exercise is a necessary aspect of discovering your uniqueness and reaching higher consciousness. Just as flowing water brings forth life and stagnant water brings decay and disease, so to have our bodies (vehicles) been designed for movement. While it can seem difficult at first, with a little consistency and dedication, you will be astonished by how quickly your body adapts and even starts to crave a good workout. Now get out there and make some moves!

Water

Water is essential to all life on earth. Despite how familiar we are with water or how all the research that’s been done it, water is still quite mysterious and we have a lot to learn about its properties, its magic, and its true power.

Why Is Water So Important?

Water is integral to life on earth. It’s not only necessary to create life, but also to sustain life. At birth, we’re comprised of 78% of it. Before birth, we are developed in a sac of it. We can live only a limited amount of time without it. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body must have water in order to function properly.

Water regulates body temperature, protects tissues and joints, improves circulation, delivers oxygen throughout the body, helps the body absorb nutrients, aids digestion, is instrumental in waste excretion, aids in the creation of saliva, mucus and tears, helps fight off illness and keeps your skin blemish and wrinkle-free.

Your body loses water every time you breathe, sweat, urinate, and even when you cry. Because of the rate at which your body loses water, it’s important to stay hydrated and healthy.

9 Things You Can Do to Stay Hydrated

  1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up
  2. Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day
  3. Drink water before, during and after you exercise
  4. Eat fruits and vegetables that contain high water content
  5. Drink water when you have the urge to snack
  6. Drink water after every time you urinate (choose a cut off time)
  7. Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty
  8. Use an app to keep track of your water intake
  9. Avoid alcohol

Tips on Re-structuring Your Water

Water goes through an unnatural process to get to your faucet. It travels from a treatment plant where chemicals are added, then to a storage tank, and then makes its way through dirty pipes with sharp twists and turns until it arrives in your sink, your toilet, or your shower.

This process not only decreases the purity of water, it can also destroy the perfect structure of water.

In order for water to be of optimal use, it must be pure and the structure should not be heavily flawed. Impure water can calcify important glands and make you unable to generate energy.

Thankfully, there are ways to restructure and purify your water.

First, you can charge your water with intentional thoughts of love and gratitude.

Second, you can use crystals and precious gemstones like Shungite or other varieties of quartz to structure your water. (Shungite cleans water from pesticides, metals, bacteria, and other harmful microorganisms.) If you use crystals to structure your water, be sure to charge them and cleanse them periodically.

Thirdly, you can use distillers and reverse osmosis or add trace minerals to the water that will change the alkalinity and acidity in it to affect its pH levels.

A Deeper Insight:

Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist and water researcher, demonstrated that water responds to human words, thoughts, emotions, sounds and intentions. His life’s work was compiled in his book, The Hidden Messages in Water, which became a New York Times Bestseller. This work is so significant because it challenges the idea that water is inorganic, and concludes that water is alive, has memory and consciousness.

In Conclusion

Water is essential. You cannot live without it. Although we drink it, swim in it, cook with it, shower in it, make jokes about it, and we all have a unique relationship with it, we actually know so little about it.

Mysteries are still being uncovered and we’re just scratching the surface of what water is capable of doing. It nourishes, vitalizes, energizes, hydrates, and even heals. Perhaps time and study will reveal other discoveries that will take humanity to the next level.

Food and Diet

Your body is a miraculous machine that functions most effectively when your cells, organs, and tissues have proper nutrition. Without a proper diet, the body is susceptible to bad health, an array of diseases and overall poor human performance.

Why Is Diet So Important?

Food has the ability to heal as well as kill. It can serve as your medicine or it can serve as your poison. You decide how food will work for you based on the kind of diet you choose. When combined with proper exercise, a good diet promotes optimal health and longevity.

Diet also impacts the thoughts you think, the feelings you feel, and the physical vitality you experience in your body. This is true because eating is actually an energetic exchange. The energy from the foods you eat transfers into your body and influences your frequency/vibration. Different foods affect your being in different ways, which is why what you ingest is so important.

There isn’t a diet that will work for everyone—we’re all on different levels of our journeys and have unique requirements. However, eating seasonally and eating whole foods are good places to start. Doing your research on the impact certain foods have on the human body and which diets are helpful to the spiritual quest will help you get going.

A Deeper Insight:

Have you ever taken note of the way you feel before you consume salt or the way you feel after? Did you know that salt is connected to anger? What about sugar? What motivates you to eat sugary foods and how do you feel afterward? Did you know that sugar is connected with the emotion of love?

Food impacts us whether we know it or not. And as an aspirant or an adept, it is important to know those effects and the best foods to absorb in order to get the best results for your body, mind, and soul.

In Conclusion

Diet is about more than just trying to lose weight. It is an organized plan of eating to bring about a specific result. Food fuels your body and has the ability to heal or kill. The foods you absorb not only have physical and metaphysical effects on your being, the diet you choose will also determine whether or not you will be able to move to the higher levels of consciousness you are seeking.

Meditation

Stilling or taking back control of the mind is one of the most fundamental practices for any being, whether a neophyte or adept—as it provides the core foundation for expansion in every aspect of life.

Why Is Meditation So Important?

The simple act of stilling the mind in meditation opens the door to a wide array of benefits. The most significant is that meditation will build your awareness and increase your sensitivities to subtle energies.

Meditation quiets noisy chatter of the mind and helps the seeker distinguish between the higher and lower selves. As the mind quiets down and your attention draws inward, the consciousness is able to expand and to pick up on vibrations, which otherwise would have been less noticeable with the mind in its usual ‘monkey’ state.

The results are:

  • A heightened sense of clarity and intuition
  • The ability to identify and process stagnant energies in the body and consciousness
  • An increased level of discernment so you can make more aligned decisions
  • The overall tendency to respond rather than react in all situations

Tips On Getting Started

Whole Body Breathing is one of the most versatile meditation practices. Because most people unconsciously practice shallow breathing, your body is starved of oxygen. By opening up the diaphragm and utilizing your breathing apparatus to its full potential, you will be able to bring about a state of calmness and clarity effortlessly, as well as energize your body for the rest of the day, or in preparation for takeoff into the dream space.

Below, find two tutorial explaining how to perform the “Whole Body Breathing” method of meditation:

Whole Body Breathing is an excellent tool to have in your arsenal, as it not only energizes the body, but provides mental clarity so you can act in your most balanced alignment.

A Deeper Insight:

Meditation is an act of implosion. It is easy to mistake exercise as a process that builds energy, when in fact, exercise is more of an act of explosion (the loss of power/ expending energy). Meditation on the other hand, focuses on building energy, which is what makes meditation a paramount practice for our existence. Meditation will provide you with the power to bring your manifestations into the physical, as well as assisting you in building an iron focus so you can attune to the frequencies you desire to attract.

In Conclusion

Whether you are going for a walk, doing intense studying, practicing playing an instrument, or any other task, meditation is an amazing practice to accelerate growth. In the stillness, the mind finds energy and focus.

Breathing is the most essential part of living. You can go years without food, days without water, but only minutes without air. Proper breathing combined with daily meditation practices will have profound effects in harmonizing and energizing your internal environment and aligning and enlivening your external environment.

Ennealogy Path 3 – The Orchestrator Diet

Psychic Number 3 (JUPITER) Kapha Dosha

 
They should avoid overeating and the use of fats and hot spices. Jupiter, the Lord of number 3 people, rules over the liver. Since they work with the energy of liver, they should avoid foods that are hard on it. Regular use of fenugreek seeds, anise seeds, coconut powder, almonds, black pepper, and honey with a pinch of saffron can be helpful.
 
They should also avoid acid and gas- producing foods and avoid eating when they are not hungry.
 
For Arthritis. This is another disease created by the aggravated humor of wind. A controlled, gas-free diet, along with regular massage done with Mahanarayan oil or Wintergreen oil (to which eucalyptus oil and mint oils have been mixed in equal proportions) can help. Also, swallowing small, round balls of beeswax (the size of a garbanzo bean) for forty consecutive days at the beginning of the winter season is very beneficial.
 
For Impurity  of  the  blood.  Fasting  on  herbal  teas  and  blood-purifying  fruit juices  can  help  this  problem.  A change  in diet  to vegetarianism,  use of alkaline foods, use of sprouts, regular morning walks, breathing exercises, and meditation can also cure impurities of the blood.
 
For Heart troubles. Avoiding fats and hot spicy foods can help the heart.  Purification of  the  abdominal  tract, lungs, and chest cavity can be good; breathing exercises, vegetarian diets, alkaline foods.
For Diabetes. The use of fenugreek seeds (both as tea and as a spice in all foods),
 
For Poisoning, Heat, Eruptions, Jaundice, and Paralysis Frequent use of yellow sapphire powder protects them from many diseases. This powder should be mixed in a teaspoon of honey or cream with the ring finger of the right hand and taken orally with the same finger.
 
Fasting – Number 3 people can obtain benefits if on Thursdays they do the following: fast; abstain  from eating  bananas;  abstain  from using cumin seeds, and  using oil for massage and in foods (ghee and butter can be used in foods). Also, if on the full moon day they fast
 
Kaphas should focus on eating more of the Pungent, Astringent, and Bitter tastes, ie: leafy greens, lentils, dried beans, pomegranates, potatoes, apples, and all digestive herbs and spices are good choices for you
 
Kapha season is from the coldest part of winter into spring. Elements of Water and Wood
 
Qualities to Reduce: cold, moist, heavy
 
Tastes to Maximize: bitter, pungent, astringent
The Pungent Taste .:. fire + air …is light, dry, and hot. This increases Pitta and Vata and decreases Kapha. Examples are chili peppers, ginger, and black pepper.
The Astringent Taste .:. earth + air …is dry and cool. This increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha. Examples are most beans, cranberries, and pomegranates.
The Bitter Taste .:. air + ether …is light, dry, and cool. This increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha. Examples are leafy greens and herbs such as goldenseal and turmeric.
 
Tastes to Minimize: sweet, sour, salty
The Sweet Taste .:. earth + water …is heavy, moist, and cool. This increases Kapha and decreases Vata and Pitta. Examples are nuts, grains, oils, meats, and most dairy.
The Sour Taste .:. fire + earth …is heavy, moist, and hot. This increases Pitta and Kapha and decreases Vata. Examples are pickles and fermented foods such as yogurt.
The Salty Taste .:. fire + water …is heavy, moist, and hot. This increases Pitta and Kapha and decreases Vata. Examples are sea salt, sea vegetables, and seafood.
 

Diet for kapha in Spring

The kapha diet in spring is all about reducing congestion and fluid build-up and will be of particular benefit to those who suffer with sinus congestion and heavy hay fever during the spring. This diet is most beneficial towards the end of winter and in the very early stages of spring:
  • Eat only when hungry, allow the body plenty of time to properly digest its food
  • Emphasize foods that are light, dry or warming to stimulate movement and heat
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  • Favor foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent to power through sticky congestion
  • Reduce foods that are heavy, oily, cold, sweet, salty and sour. These are considered to be energetically ‘cooling’ for the body
  • Avoids stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods.
  • Herbs that help to reduce kapha include those that are considered slightly more stimulating and heating.
    • Ginger Warms the circulation and reinvigorates the mind
    • Red Ginseng Highly energising, reducing tiredness and fatigue
    • Cinnamon Warms the digestion
    • Turmeric Boosts circulation
    • Green Tea Boosts cognitive processes such as memory and concentration
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Diet for kapha in summer

Increasing naturally bitter, drying and spicy foods will help heat up the digestion and remove any built-up cold and damp congestion from the winter months.
Dry spicy dry curries and warming stimulating herbal teas that include spices such as ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Herbs that will boost the digestion such as fennel are also beneficial. Try and stay clear of cold, damp and refrigerated foods such as dairy products and raw foods.
 

Diet for kapha in Fall

The kapha diet is all about reducing congestion and fluid build-up. This diet is most beneficial towards the end of autumn and throughout the winter months.
  • Eat only when hungry, allow the body plenty of time to properly digest its food
  • Emphasize foods that are light, dry or warming to stimulate movement and heat
  • Kaphas favor foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent to power through sticky congestion
  • Reduce foods that are heavy, oily, cold, sweet, salty and sour. These are considered to be energetically ‘cooling’ for the body
  • Avoids stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods
  • Kapha should use supplemental herbs that help revive the digestion and keep cold and damp accumulations at bay

 

Diet for kapha in Winter

The key seasons at which a kapha is most at risk are the cooler, wetter months during winter and early spring.

The kapha diet is all about reducing congestion and fluid build-up. This diet is most beneficial towards the end of autumn and throughout the winter months.
  • Eat only when hungry, allow the body plenty of time to properly digest its food
  • Emphasize foods that are light, dry or warming to stimulate movement and heat
  • Kapha favor foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent to power through sticky congestion
  • Reduce foods that are heavy, oily, cold, sweet, salty and sour. These are considered to be energetically ‘cooling’ for the body
  • Avoids stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods
  • Kapha will benefit from more stimulating exercise that gets the blood flowing.

 

 
 
Kapha Food List
Grains
Toasted breads are very good, as they are drier.
Best:* amaranth, barley, basmati rice, buckwheat, corn flour, quinoa
Small Amounts:* millet, rye
Minimize:* oats, long and short grain rice
 
Dairy
It is best to use raw or organic and non-homogenized milk. Milk should be taken warm with a small amount of spices such as ginger and cardamom.
Best:* goat milk, skim milk, non-GMO soy milk
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* butter, buttermilk, cheese, cream, cottage cheese, ice cream, kefir, sour cream, yogurt
 
Sweeteners
Overuse of any sweetener will eventually cause an imbalance.
Best:* raw honey (that is more than six months old)
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* fructose, maple syrup, molasses, raw sugar, white and brown sugar
 
Nuts and Seeds
These should be eaten lightly dry-roasted to assist digestion and be only very lightly salted, if at all. Nut butters, except for peanut, may also be eaten.
Best:* pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
Small Amounts:* sesame seeds
Minimize:* almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, coconut, filberts, lotus seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachio, peanuts, walnuts
 
Condiments
Condiments can be used to add one of the tastes to a meal or to balance out any heating or cooling qualities of a dish.
Best:* catsup, vinegar
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* mayonnaise, salt
 
Oils
Use all oils in small amounts only. Even the best oils, if overused, will aggravate kapha.
Best:* corn, flaxseed, mustard, safflower, soy, sunflower, ghee
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* almond, avocado, coconut, olive, peanut, sesame
 
Fruits
Dried and astringent fruits are typically best for Kaphas.
Best:* dried fruits as they are less sweet, apples, cherries, cranberries, grapefruit, pomegranate, prunes, raisins
Small Amounts:* apricots, lemon, lime, papaya, pineapple
Minimize:* sweet fruits, avocado, bananas, berries (raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry), cantaloupe, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, mango, melons, pineapple, oranges, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, tangerines, watermelon
 
Vegetables
Vegetables are best eaten raw during the summer and cooked during the rest of the year as well as during times of digestive difficulty. In general, vegetables are good and even the “Minimize” group, if eaten in small amounts, will cause no harm.
Best:* alfalfa sprouts, artichoke, asparagus, green beans, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, chilies, cilantro, corn, kale, lettuce, and other leafy greens, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peas, hot peppers, potatoes, radish, seaweed, spinach, rutabagas/turnips
Small Amounts:* mushrooms, tomatoes
Minimize:* beets, cucumber, eggplant, okra, all squash, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, zucchini
 
Meats
If you choose to eat meat, limit consumption to 2–3 times per week. Meat soups can be particularly nourishing during convalescence. Kapha individuals can thrive as vegetarians.
Best:* chicken or turkey (dark meat only), fresh water fish, rabbit
Small Amounts:* eggs
Minimize:* beef, duck, lamb, pork, seafood, shellfish, venison
 
Spices
When spicing, the overall spiciness is more important than individual spices. Even some “Minimize” spices can be used if balanced with other spices on the “Best” list. For kapha, food should be spiced hot and never bland.
Best:* anise, basil, bay leaf, black pepper, calamus, chamomile, caraway, cardamom, catnip, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, horseradish, hyssop, marjoram, mustard, nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, sage, spearmint, star anise, thyme, turmeric. Hot spices are best. Any spice not listed is probably fine.
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* salt
 
Legumes
Use legumes that have been soaked for as long as possible prior to cooking.
Best:* mung beans, red lentils, non-GMO soybeans (tofu and soy milk), split peas
Small Amounts:* aduki beans, black gram, black beans, fava beans, kidney beans, lima beans, pinto beans
Minimize:* black lentils, chickpeas
 
Beverages
These are best taken at room temperature or warm and never ice cold.
Best:* Two glasses of spring water per day in cool weather and three in hot weather unless doing extremely vigorous exercise and sweating. Herb teas (spicy and bitter), cranberry juice, green vegetable juices, wheat grass juice.
Small Amounts:* carbonated mineral water, coffee, tea
Minimize:* apple juice, carrot juice, orange juice, soft drinks
 
Avoid Always
avoid these foods: margarine, canola, GMO anything (ie: soy, corn, etc.), agave nectar, high fructose sweeteners, grapeseed oil, soda, CAFO meats
 
* “Best” Foods can be eaten without reservation on a daily basis. These foods are the most ideal ones as they are the most balanced for this dosha. Individuals who are sick should consume only the foods on this list.
* “Small Amounts” Foods can be eaten in small portions fairly often or in larger portions once or twice each week. Eating a wide variety of these foods is better than an abundance of just one. Overreliance on these foods can cause imbalance.
* “Minimize” Foods should be eaten only on rare occasions, ie: once each month. They can significantly disturb the dosha.
 
PREFER
AVOID OR REDUCE
FRUITS
 
apples
apricot
blueberries
cherries
cranberries
currants
figs (small amount)
grapefruit
grapes
guava
jackfruit
lemon
lime
longan
lycches
nectarines
papaya
passionfruit
peaches
pears
persimmons
pineapples
plums
prunes
pomegranate
rambutan
raspberries
strawberries
tamarind
FRUITS
 
avocado
bananas
cantaloupe
coconut
dates
honeydew
mangoes
oranges
prunes
raisins
watermelon
VEGETABLES
 
artichokes
asparagus
bamboo shoots
bean sprouth
beets
bell peppers
bitter melon
broccoli
brussel sprouts
cabbage
carrots
cauliflower
celery
chard
chili peppers
collard greens
corn
daikon
dandelion greens
eggplant
fennel
green beans
green chilies
horseradish
jerusalem artichokes
kale
kohlrabi
leeks
lettuce
mushrooms
mustard greens
okra
onions (cooked)
parsley
parsnips
peas
potatoes
radishes
rutabaga
seaweed
spinach
sprouts
tomatoes (cooked)
turnips
turnip greens
watercress
VEGETABLES
 
corn
cucumbers
olives
pumpkin
squash
sweet potatoes
tapioca
tomatoes (raw)
yams
zucchini
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
adzuki beans
amaranth
arrowroot
barley
barley
basmati rice
buckwheat
chickpeas
corn flour
couscous
durham flour
granola
jackbeans
kidney beans
lentils
lentils (black)
lima beans
millet
miso
mung beans
oat bran
oats (dry, small amounts)
polenta
quinoa
rye
split peas
tapioca
toasted bread
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
brown rice
corn
oatmeal
pasta
semolina
soy
sourdough bread
tempeh
tofu
wheat
white rice
whole wheat
wild rice
yeasted bread
DAIRY
 
buttermilk
lassi (small amounts)
skim milk
warm, spiced milk
DAIRY
 
butter
cheeses
cold milk
cream
ice cream
sour cream
yogurt
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
almonds (small amounts)
charoli nuts
chia seeds
flax seeds
pecans (small amounts)
pine nuts (small amounts)
pumpkin seeds
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
brazil nuts
cashew nuts
chestnuts
hazelnuts
macadamia
peanuts
pistachio nuts
poppy seeds
sunflower seeds
walnut
OILS
 
almond oil (small amounts)
flax seed oil (small amounts)
ghee (small amounts)
mustard oil (small amounts)
olive oil (small amounts)
pumpkin seeds oil (small amounts)
sesame oil (small amounts)
sunflower oil (small amounts)
OILS
 
avocado oil
canola oil
castor oil
coconut oil
corn oil
margarine
palm oil
peanut oil
safflower oil
soy oil
BEVERAGES
 
ajwan tea
aloe vera juice
anise tea
apple juice (diluted with water)
basil tea
blackberry juice (diluted with water)
borage tea
burdock tea
cardamom tea
carrot juice
chai
chamomile tea
chicory tea
chrysanthemum tea
cinnamon tea
cinnamon tea
clove tea
corn silk tea
cranberry juice (diluted with water)
dandelion tea
elderflower tea
eucalyptus tea
fennel tea
fennel tea
fenugreek tea
ginger tea
ginseng tea
grape juice (diluted with water)
hibiscus tea
hops tea
jasmine tea
juniper tea
lavender drinks
lavender tea
lemon balm tea
lemonade
lemongrass tea
nettle tea
peach juice (diluted with water)
pear juice (diluted with water)
peppermint tea
pomegranate juice (diluted with water)
raspberry tea
red clover tea
rose hip
saffron tea
sage tea
sage tea
strawberry leaf tea
thyme tea
turmeric milk
turmeric tea
violet tea
wheatgrass juice
wintergreen tea
yarrow tea
BEVERAGES
 
alcohol
almond milk
chocolate milk
cold drinks
comfrey tea
dairy drinks
licorice root tea
mango juice
marshmallow tea
melon juice
oat straw
shakes
undiluted fruit juices
vanilla tea
watermelon juice
SWEETENERS
 
barley malt
honey (small amounts)
stevia
SWEETENERS
 
agave syrup
brown sugar
fructose
maple syrup
molasses
raw sugar
sucanat
sugar cane
white sugar
SPICES
 
ajwan
allspice
anise
asafoetida
basil
bay leaf
black pepper
caraway
cardamom
cayenne
cinnamon
cloves
coriander
cumin
dill
fennel
fenugreek
garam masala
garlic
ginger
marjoram
mustard seeds
oregano
paprika
parsley
peppermint
pippali (black pepper)
rosemary
saffron
sage
spearmint
tarragon
thyme
turmeric
wintergreen
SPICES
 
nutmeg
rose water
salt
vanilla

Ennealogy Path 7 – The Dynamo Diet

Psychic 7 (KETU) Kapha Dosha

 
To aid the problems of indigestion, constipation, and other stomach problems, Number 7 should take Vitamin D and E, drink fruit juices, develop regular eating habits, and avoid smoking and drugs. 
 
Number 7 should eat for the taste  and benefit  from  foods,  rather  then  simply  using  foods  to fill their stomachs and rush off to be busy again.
 
Fasting on Tuesday is favorable for number 7s. They should use sweet potatoes and fruit juices once a day and avoid grains, salt, and spices.
 
 Kaphas should focus on eating more of the Pungent, Astringent, and Bitter tastes, ie: leafy greens, lentils, dried beans, pomegranates, potatoes, apples, and all digestive herbs and spices are good choices for you
 
Kapha season is from the coldest part of winter into spring. Elements of Water and Wood
 
Qualities to Reduce: cold, moist, heavy
 
Tastes to Maximize: bitter, pungent, astringent
The Pungent Taste .:. fire + air …is light, dry, and hot. This increases Pitta and Vata and decreases Kapha. Examples are chili peppers, ginger, and black pepper.
The Astringent Taste .:. earth + air …is dry and cool. This increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha. Examples are most beans, cranberries, and pomegranates.
The Bitter Taste .:. air + ether …is light, dry, and cool. This increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha. Examples are leafy greens and herbs such as goldenseal and turmeric.
 
Tastes to Minimize: sweet, sour, salty
The Sweet Taste .:. earth + water …is heavy, moist, and cool. This increases Kapha and decreases Vata and Pitta. Examples are nuts, grains, oils, meats, and most dairy.
The Sour Taste .:. fire + earth …is heavy, moist, and hot. This increases Pitta and Kapha and decreases Vata. Examples are pickles and fermented foods such as yogurt.
The Salty Taste .:. fire + water …is heavy, moist, and hot. This increases Pitta and Kapha and decreases Vata. Examples are sea salt, sea vegetables, and seafood.
 

Diet for kapha in Spring

The kapha diet in spring is all about reducing congestion and fluid build-up and will be of particular benefit to those who suffer with sinus congestion and heavy hay fever during the spring. This diet is most beneficial towards the end of winter and in the very early stages of spring:
  • Eat only when hungry, allow the body plenty of time to properly digest its food
  • Emphasize foods that are light, dry or warming to stimulate movement and heat
  •  
  • Favor foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent to power through sticky congestion
  • Reduce foods that are heavy, oily, cold, sweet, salty and sour. These are considered to be energetically ‘cooling’ for the body
  • Avoids stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods.
  • Herbs that help to reduce kapha include those that are considered slightly more stimulating and heating.
    • Ginger Warms the circulation and reinvigorates the mind
    • Red Ginseng Highly energising, reducing tiredness and fatigue
    • Cinnamon Warms the digestion
    • Turmeric Boosts circulation
    • Green Tea Boosts cognitive processes such as memory and concentration
  •  
 

Diet for kapha in summer

Increasing naturally bitter, drying and spicy foods will help heat up the digestion and remove any built-up cold and damp congestion from the winter months.
Dry spicy dry curries and warming stimulating herbal teas that include spices such as ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. Herbs that will boost the digestion such as fennel are also beneficial. Try and stay clear of cold, damp and refrigerated foods such as dairy products and raw foods.
 

Diet for kapha in Fall

The kapha diet is all about reducing congestion and fluid build-up. This diet is most beneficial towards the end of autumn and throughout the winter months.
  • Eat only when hungry, allow the body plenty of time to properly digest its food
  • Emphasize foods that are light, dry or warming to stimulate movement and heat
  • Kaphas favor foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent to power through sticky congestion
  • Reduce foods that are heavy, oily, cold, sweet, salty and sour. These are considered to be energetically ‘cooling’ for the body
  • Avoids stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods
  • Kapha should use supplemental herbs that help revive the digestion and keep cold and damp accumulations at bay

 

Diet for kapha in Winter

The key seasons at which a kapha is most at risk are the cooler, wetter months during winter and early spring.

The kapha diet is all about reducing congestion and fluid build-up. This diet is most beneficial towards the end of autumn and throughout the winter months.
  • Eat only when hungry, allow the body plenty of time to properly digest its food
  • Emphasize foods that are light, dry or warming to stimulate movement and heat
  • Kapha favor foods that are spicy, bitter or astringent to power through sticky congestion
  • Reduce foods that are heavy, oily, cold, sweet, salty and sour. These are considered to be energetically ‘cooling’ for the body
  • Avoids stimulants, dairy and highly fatty or processed foods
  • Kapha will benefit from more stimulating exercise that gets the blood flowing.

 

 
 
Kapha Food List
Grains
Toasted breads are very good, as they are drier.
Best:* amaranth, barley, basmati rice, buckwheat, corn flour, quinoa
Small Amounts:* millet, rye
Minimize:* oats, long and short grain rice
 
Dairy
It is best to use raw or organic and non-homogenized milk. Milk should be taken warm with a small amount of spices such as ginger and cardamom.
Best:* goat milk, skim milk, non-GMO soy milk
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* butter, buttermilk, cheese, cream, cottage cheese, ice cream, kefir, sour cream, yogurt
 
Sweeteners
Overuse of any sweetener will eventually cause an imbalance.
Best:* raw honey (that is more than six months old)
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* fructose, maple syrup, molasses, raw sugar, white and brown sugar
 
Nuts and Seeds
These should be eaten lightly dry-roasted to assist digestion and be only very lightly salted, if at all. Nut butters, except for peanut, may also be eaten.
Best:* pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
Small Amounts:* sesame seeds
Minimize:* almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, coconut, filberts, lotus seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachio, peanuts, walnuts
 
Condiments
Condiments can be used to add one of the tastes to a meal or to balance out any heating or cooling qualities of a dish.
Best:* catsup, vinegar
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* mayonnaise, salt
 
Oils
Use all oils in small amounts only. Even the best oils, if overused, will aggravate kapha.
Best:* corn, flaxseed, mustard, safflower, soy, sunflower, ghee
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* almond, avocado, coconut, olive, peanut, sesame
 
Fruits
Dried and astringent fruits are typically best for Kaphas.
Best:* dried fruits as they are less sweet, apples, cherries, cranberries, grapefruit, pomegranate, prunes, raisins
Small Amounts:* apricots, lemon, lime, papaya, pineapple
Minimize:* sweet fruits, avocado, bananas, berries (raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry), cantaloupe, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, mango, melons, pineapple, oranges, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, tangerines, watermelon
 
Vegetables
Vegetables are best eaten raw during the summer and cooked during the rest of the year as well as during times of digestive difficulty. In general, vegetables are good and even the “Minimize” group, if eaten in small amounts, will cause no harm.
Best:* alfalfa sprouts, artichoke, asparagus, green beans, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, chilies, cilantro, corn, kale, lettuce, and other leafy greens, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peas, hot peppers, potatoes, radish, seaweed, spinach, rutabagas/turnips
Small Amounts:* mushrooms, tomatoes
Minimize:* beets, cucumber, eggplant, okra, all squash, sweet potatoes, water chestnuts, zucchini
 
Meats
If you choose to eat meat, limit consumption to 2–3 times per week. Meat soups can be particularly nourishing during convalescence. Kapha individuals can thrive as vegetarians.
Best:* chicken or turkey (dark meat only), fresh water fish, rabbit
Small Amounts:* eggs
Minimize:* beef, duck, lamb, pork, seafood, shellfish, venison
 
Spices
When spicing, the overall spiciness is more important than individual spices. Even some “Minimize” spices can be used if balanced with other spices on the “Best” list. For kapha, food should be spiced hot and never bland.
Best:* anise, basil, bay leaf, black pepper, calamus, chamomile, caraway, cardamom, catnip, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, horseradish, hyssop, marjoram, mustard, nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, sage, spearmint, star anise, thyme, turmeric. Hot spices are best. Any spice not listed is probably fine.
Small Amounts:* none
Minimize:* salt
 
Legumes
Use legumes that have been soaked for as long as possible prior to cooking.
Best:* mung beans, red lentils, non-GMO soybeans (tofu and soy milk), split peas
Small Amounts:* aduki beans, black gram, black beans, fava beans, kidney beans, lima beans, pinto beans
Minimize:* black lentils, chickpeas
 
Beverages
These are best taken at room temperature or warm and never ice cold.
Best:* Two glasses of spring water per day in cool weather and three in hot weather unless doing extremely vigorous exercise and sweating. Herb teas (spicy and bitter), cranberry juice, green vegetable juices, wheat grass juice.
Small Amounts:* carbonated mineral water, coffee, tea
Minimize:* apple juice, carrot juice, orange juice, soft drinks
 
Avoid Always
avoid these foods: margarine, canola, GMO anything (ie: soy, corn, etc.), agave nectar, high fructose sweeteners, grapeseed oil, soda, CAFO meats
 
* “Best” Foods can be eaten without reservation on a daily basis. These foods are the most ideal ones as they are the most balanced for this dosha. Individuals who are sick should consume only the foods on this list.
* “Small Amounts” Foods can be eaten in small portions fairly often or in larger portions once or twice each week. Eating a wide variety of these foods is better than an abundance of just one. Overreliance on these foods can cause imbalance.
* “Minimize” Foods should be eaten only on rare occasions, ie: once each month. They can significantly disturb the dosha.
 
PREFER
AVOID OR REDUCE
FRUITS
 
apples
apricot
blueberries
cherries
cranberries
currants
figs (small amount)
grapefruit
grapes
guava
jackfruit
lemon
lime
longan
lycches
nectarines
papaya
passionfruit
peaches
pears
persimmons
pineapples
plums
prunes
pomegranate
rambutan
raspberries
strawberries
tamarind
FRUITS
 
avocado
bananas
cantaloupe
coconut
dates
honeydew
mangoes
oranges
prunes
raisins
watermelon
VEGETABLES
 
artichokes
asparagus
bamboo shoots
bean sprouth
beets
bell peppers
bitter melon
broccoli
brussel sprouts
cabbage
carrots
cauliflower
celery
chard
chili peppers
collard greens
corn
daikon
dandelion greens
eggplant
fennel
green beans
green chilies
horseradish
jerusalem artichokes
kale
kohlrabi
leeks
lettuce
mushrooms
mustard greens
okra
onions (cooked)
parsley
parsnips
peas
potatoes
radishes
rutabaga
seaweed
spinach
sprouts
tomatoes (cooked)
turnips
turnip greens
watercress
VEGETABLES
 
corn
cucumbers
olives
pumpkin
squash
sweet potatoes
tapioca
tomatoes (raw)
yams
zucchini
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
adzuki beans
amaranth
arrowroot
barley
barley
basmati rice
buckwheat
chickpeas
corn flour
couscous
durham flour
granola
jackbeans
kidney beans
lentils
lentils (black)
lima beans
millet
miso
mung beans
oat bran
oats (dry, small amounts)
polenta
quinoa
rye
split peas
tapioca
toasted bread
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
brown rice
corn
oatmeal
pasta
semolina
soy
sourdough bread
tempeh
tofu
wheat
white rice
whole wheat
wild rice
yeasted bread
DAIRY
 
buttermilk
lassi (small amounts)
skim milk
warm, spiced milk
DAIRY
 
butter
cheeses
cold milk
cream
ice cream
sour cream
yogurt
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
almonds (small amounts)
charoli nuts
chia seeds
flax seeds
pecans (small amounts)
pine nuts (small amounts)
pumpkin seeds
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
brazil nuts
cashew nuts
chestnuts
hazelnuts
macadamia
peanuts
pistachio nuts
poppy seeds
sunflower seeds
walnut
OILS
 
almond oil (small amounts)
flax seed oil (small amounts)
ghee (small amounts)
mustard oil (small amounts)
olive oil (small amounts)
pumpkin seeds oil (small amounts)
sesame oil (small amounts)
sunflower oil (small amounts)
OILS
 
avocado oil
canola oil
castor oil
coconut oil
corn oil
margarine
palm oil
peanut oil
safflower oil
soy oil
BEVERAGES
 
ajwan tea
aloe vera juice
anise tea
apple juice (diluted with water)
basil tea
blackberry juice (diluted with water)
borage tea
burdock tea
cardamom tea
carrot juice
chai
chamomile tea
chicory tea
chrysanthemum tea
cinnamon tea
cinnamon tea
clove tea
corn silk tea
cranberry juice (diluted with water)
dandelion tea
elderflower tea
eucalyptus tea
fennel tea
fennel tea
fenugreek tea
ginger tea
ginseng tea
grape juice (diluted with water)
hibiscus tea
hops tea
jasmine tea
juniper tea
lavender drinks
lavender tea
lemon balm tea
lemonade
lemongrass tea
nettle tea
peach juice (diluted with water)
pear juice (diluted with water)
peppermint tea
pomegranate juice (diluted with water)
raspberry tea
red clover tea
rose hip
saffron tea
sage tea
sage tea
strawberry leaf tea
thyme tea
turmeric milk
turmeric tea
violet tea
wheatgrass juice
wintergreen tea
yarrow tea
BEVERAGES
 
alcohol
almond milk
chocolate milk
cold drinks
comfrey tea
dairy drinks
licorice root tea
mango juice
marshmallow tea
melon juice
oat straw
shakes
smoothies
undiluted fruit juices
vanilla tea
watermelon juice
SWEETENERS
 
barley malt
honey (small amounts)
stevia
SWEETENERS
 
agave syrup
brown sugar
fructose
maple syrup
molasses
raw sugar
sucanat
sugar cane
white sugar
SPICES
 
ajwan
allspice
anise
asafoetida
basil
bay leaf
black pepper
caraway
cardamom
cayenne
cinnamon
cloves
coriander
cumin
dill
fennel
fenugreek
garam masala
garlic
ginger
marjoram
mustard seeds
oregano
paprika
parsley
peppermint
pippali (black pepper)
rosemary
saffron
sage
spearmint
tarragon
thyme
turmeric
wintergreen
SPICES
 
nutmeg
rose water
salt
vanilla

Ennealogy Path 4 – The Maverick Diet

Psychic Number 4 (Rahu) Vata

  • Rahu is inert by nature and influences physical strength, bones, fat, tissue and the skin.  
  • Consuming water from a silver goblet and eating food from silver plates alleviates their anger, which is their greatest enemy.
  • Colds/coughs and diseases caused by infection are common diseases related to rahu.
  •  Other common health issues are shortage of blood, heart trouble, high blood pressure and diseases that cannot be easily diagnosed.
  • Using oregano and fenugreek seeds prevents problems created by low gastric fire, gas troubles, heart problems and blood pressure difficulties.
  • Fenugreek seeds have the added benefits of building the immune system and preventing infections.
  • They should incorporate the use of carrot juice, beet juice and fruit juices to prevent shortage of blood
  • Anger boils the blood and increases blood pressure, it’s advised to avoid anger.
  • The use of hessonite powder can save them from problems created by Rahu, it also helps their bodies heal electrochemically.
  • A consistent use of purifying teas, green leafy vegetables and sprouts (such as mung beans, wheat grass and fenugreek) helps them remain strong and healthy.
  • Fasting every Monday and on the fourth day of each ascending and descending cycle of the Moon.  
  • They can incorporate light foods after sunset such as juices and fruits if necessary. 
 
Vatas should focus on eating more of the Sweet taste, ie: dairy, nuts and seeds, root vegetables, meat, fish and shellfish, whole grains, and squash are good choices for you
Qualities to Reduce: cold, light, dry
Tastes to Maximize: sweet; secondarily sour & salty
The Sweet Taste .:. earth + water …is heavy, moist, and cool. This increases Kapha and decreases Vata and Pitta. Examples are nuts, grains, oils, meats, and most dairy.
The Sour Taste .:. fire + earth …is heavy, moist, and hot. This increases Pitta and Kapha and decreases Vata. Examples are pickles and fermented foods such as yogurt.
Tastes to Minimize: pungent, astringent, bitter
The Pungent Taste .:. fire + air …is light, dry, and hot. This increases Pitta and Vata and decreases Kapha. Examples are chili peppers, ginger, and black pepper.
The Astringent Taste .:. earth + air …is dry and cool. This increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha. Examples are most beans, cranberries, and pomegranates.
The Bitter Taste .:. air + ether …is light, dry, and cool. This increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha. Examples are leafy greens and herbs such as goldenseal and turmeric.
 
Vata season, goes from late fall into early winter it’s Elements are Metal and Water

The vata diet in spring

The vata diet is about nourishing the nervous system, raising the digestive fire and aiding the body in absorbing nutrients. Vata types are aggravated by drying and cold foods, so keep your level of warmth and oil intake high, particularly in early spring where the weather might still be a bit chilly. Try a lentil based dahl made with coconut oil and garnished with ghee.
Try to practise these good eating habits during the change in the seasons:
  • Eat at regular intervals and don’t over-eat or forget to eat
  • Relax and spend time with your food
  • Emphasise foods that are warm, soupy, heavy and oily.
  • Increase your intake of natural oils
  • Favour foods that are sweet, sour or salty
  • Reduce foods that are cold, dry or hard
  • Reduce foods that are very spicy, bitter or astringent
  • Avoid refined foods, stimulants and processed foods
 
Diet for vata in summer
Increase foods full of oil and moisture, to prevent dryness from setting in and causing concerns with constipation and a tendency towards irregularity. Use oils such as ghee and coconut oil to cook with and drizzle oils such as hemp and olive oil over your meals.
Steer clear of dry foods such as crackers, crisps and bread. Increase your intake of refreshing herbal teas that will hydrate the system such as licorice, peppermint, fennel and rose.
 
Diet for vata in Fall
 
The vata diet is about nourishing the nervous system, raising the digestive fire and aiding the body in absorbing nutrients. It is particularly beneficial at the vata times of year which are primarily spring and autumn.
  • Eat at regular intervals and don’t over-eat or forget to eat. Relax and spend time with your food
  • Emphasise foods that are warm, soupy, heavy and oily. Increase your intake of natural oils
  • Favour foods that are sweet, sour or salty
  • Reduce foods that are cold, dry or hard
  • Reduce foods that are very spicy, bitter or astringent
  • Avoid refined foods, stimulants and processed foods
  • Herbs to help balance the changeable nature of vata in the autumn are those that support our nervous system.
Diet for vata in Winter
You can balance vata’s cold, airy and dry tendencies by increasing its opposite qualities and introducing more warmth, earthiness and oily nourishment into your life. This includes staying warm at all times, keeping a regular sleep pattern, and enjoying earthy spices and foods.
  • Eat at regular intervals and don’t over-eat or forget to eat. Relax and spend time with your food.
  • Emphasise foods that are warm, soupy, heavy and oily and increase your intake of natural oils. This can be in the form of oils used in cooking, but also oils found in nut milks for example.
  • Favour foods that are sweet, sour or salty as these will help increase heat and moisture.
  • Reduce foods that are characteristically cold and dry, but also foods that are very spicy as the extreme heat can often upset the sensitive vata digestion.
  • Avoid refined foods, stimulants and processed foods as these take more energy to break down, using precious heat reserves.
  • The sudden change into longer hours of darkness can also affect a vata’s already delicate sleeping patterns. Making a glass of hot, spicy milk with herbs such as cinnamon and nutmeg in the evenings can help to relax the mind before bed.
  • Herbs to help keep vata in balance in the winter are those that support our nervous system. 
  • If the digestion becomes slow and cold, and you also notice your joints following suit, then try Turmeric.  Turmeric will keep the digestive fire burning but also protect your joints from stiffening up. 
  • Vata types are also often prone to lingering colds and flu that take weeks to recover from. If you recognize this pattern in yourself, then try immune strengthening herbs such as elderberry, ginger and medicinal mushrooms. 
 
Vata Food List
Grains
It is best to eat these as a cooked grain or as an unyeasted bread. Small amounts of yeast breads are all right, however.
Best:* amaranth, oats (cooked), quinoa, rice (white or brown), wheat
Small Amounts:* barley, millet
Minimize:* buckwheat, corn flour (chips, bread, and tortillas), dry oats (granola), polenta, rye
 
Dairy
It is best to use raw or organic and non-homogenized milk. Milk should be taken warm with a small amount of spice such as ginger, cardamom, or fennel.
Best:* butter, buttermilk, kefir, milk, sour cream, yogurt (fresh)
Small Amounts:* hard cheeses
Minimize:* ice cream, frozen yogurt
 
Sweeteners
Moderation is important; overuse of even the best sweeteners will increase vata.
Best:* raw uncooked honey, jaggery (raw sugar), maltose, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, sucanat
Small Amounts:* date sugar, grape sugar
Minimize:* brown sugar, white table sugar
 
Nuts and Seeds
Lightly roasted nuts are best. Dry roasting should be avoided. Salted nuts are fine. Nut butters are highly recommended except for peanut butter.
Best:* almonds
Small Amounts:* cashews, filberts, pecans, pinon, pistachio, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and any other nut not mentioned
Minimize:* peanuts
 
Condiments
Condiments can be used to add one of the tastes to a meal or to balance out any heating or cooling qualities of a dish.
Best:* mayonnaise, vinegar
Small Amounts:* catsup
Minimize:* carob, chocolate
 
Oils
Healthy oils are very important and should be used abundantly if the skin is dry. They alleviate dryness and are generally heavy and nourishing.
Best:* almond, ghee, sesame
Small Amounts:* avocado, coconut, flaxseed, mustard, olive, peanut, sunflower
Minimize:* safflower
 
Fruits
Sweeter fruits are best.
Best:* baked apples, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe), blackberries, cantaloupe, cherries, coconut, cranberry sauce, dates(not dry), figs (fresh), grapefruit, grapes, lemons, mangos, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, plums, raspberries, strawberries (ripe), tangerines
Small Amounts:* apples (sour is best), pomegranate
Minimize:* dried fruit of any kind, cranberries
 
Vegetables
Cooked vegetables are best because they are easier to digest.
Best:* avocado, beets, carrots (but not as a juice), leeks, mustard greens, okra, onions (well cooked), parsnips, shallots, acorn squash, winter squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, water chestnuts
Small Amounts:* broccoli, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, kale, medium chilies and hot peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, radishes, seaweed, spinach, sweet peas, zucchini.
Minimize:* alfalfa sprouts, artichokes (unless served with a butter-lemon sauce), asparagus, bean sprouts, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (even cooked), raw vegetables, snow peas
 
Meats
If you choose to eat meat, limit consumption to 2–3 times per week, and eat it at lunch.
Best:* chicken and turkey (dark meat), beef, duck, eggs, fresh water fish, lamb, pork, seafood, venison
Small Amounts:* chicken and turkey (white meat), shellfish
Minimize:* none
 
Spices
spicing, the overall spiciness is more important than individual spices. Even some “Minimize” spices can be used if balanced with other spices on the “Best” list. For vata, food should be spiced moderately and never very hot or bland.
Best:* anise, basil, bay leaf, caraway, cardamom, catnip, cinnamon, clove, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, ginger(fresh), marjoram, mustard, nutmeg, oregano, pepper, peppermint, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, sage, spearmint, thyme, turmeric
Small Amounts:* cayenne pepper, cilantro, ginger (dry), horseradish, mustards (very hot), parsley
Minimize:* none
 
Legumes
Those listed in “Small Amounts” are best as a dal or a spread with spices added. When digestion is weak or constipation is present, even those beans listed under “Small Amounts” should be avoided.
Best:* mung beans
Small Amounts:* tofu, hummus
Minimize:* aduki beans, black beans, chickpeas, fava beans, kidney beans, lentils, Mexican beans, navy beans, pinto beans, soybeans (except as tofu or soy milk)
 
Beverages
These are best taken at room temperature or warm and never cold.
Best:* 3–4 cups of room temperature or warm water per day; spicy teas such as chamomile, cinnamon, clove, and ginger
Small Amounts:* diluted fruit juices Minimize:* all alcohol, black tea, carbonated mineral water, coffee, fruit juices, soft drinks
Avoid Always
Vatas should avoid these foods: margarine, canola, GMO anything (ie: soy, corn, etc.), agave nectar, high fructose sweeteners, grapeseed oil, soda, CAFO meats *
 
* “Best” Foods can be eaten without reservation on a daily basis. These foods are the most ideal ones as they are the most balanced for this dosha. Individuals who are sick should consume only the foods on this list.
* “Small Amounts” Foods can be eaten in small portions fairly often or in larger portions once or twice each week. Eating a wide variety of these foods is better than an abundance of just one. Overreliance on these foods can cause imbalance.
* “Minimize” Foods should be eaten only on rare occasions, ie: once each month. They can significantly disturb the dosha.
 
PREFER
AVOID OR REDUCE
FRUITS
 
apples (steamed, cooked or baked)
apricots
avocado
bananas (ripe)
blackberries
cantaloupe
cherries
coconut
currants
dates (fresh or soaked)
durian
figs (fresh or soaked)
grapefruit
kiwi
lemon
lime
longan
lychees
mango
melons
nectarines
oranges (sweet)
papaya
peaches
pears (cooked)
pineapple (sweet)
plums
raisins (soaked)
rambutan
raspberries
rhubarb
strawberries
soursop
tamarind
tangerines
FRUITS
 
apples (raw)
cranberries
dried fruits
guava
pears (raw)
persimmon
pomegranate
prunes
quince
watermelon
VEGETABLES
 
acorn squash
asparagus
beets
bell peppers (cooked)
bok choy
broccoli (cooked)
corn
carrots (cooked)
cauliflower
celery
chard
cucumbers
daikon
fennel stalks
fenugreek greens
green beans
green chilies
green peas (cooked)
jerusalem artichokes
kale
leeks
mustard green
okra
olives (black)
onion (cooked)
parsnip
pumpkin
radishes
rutabaga
seaweed
spaghetti squash
spinach (cooked)
summer squash
sweet peas (cooked)
sweet potatoes
taro root
tomatoes (cooked)
turnip
yams
watercress
winter squash
zucchini (cooked)
VEGETABLES
 
artichokes
beet greens
bell peppers (raw)
bitter melon
broccoli (raw)
Brussels sprouts
burdock root
cabbage
cauliflower
celery
dandelion greens
eggplant
endive
horseradish
jicama
kohlrabi
lettuce
mushrooms
olives (green)
onion (raw)
parsnip
potatoes
radicchio
radish (raw)
red chilies
snow peas
spinach (raw)
sprouts
tomatoes (raw)
wheat grass
white potatoes
zucchini (raw)
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
amaranth
bulgur
durham flor
durum wheat flour
lentils (red)
lima beans
mung beans (yellow and green)
mung dal
oats (cooked)
quinoa
rice
seitan
spelt
tepary beans
toor dal
urad dal
wheat
wheat bran
white rice
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
adzuki beans
barley
black beans
black eyed peas
brown rice
buckwheat
carob
chickpeas
corn flour
couscous
dry oats
fava beans
granola
kamut
kidney beans
lentils (brown)
millet
miso
muesli
navy beans
oat barn
pasta
pinto beans
polenta
rice cakes
rye
sago
soybeans
spelt
split peas
tapioca
tempeh
triticale
tofu
white beans
yeasted bread
DAIRY
 
butter
buttermilk
cream
kefir (warm or room temp.)
milk (warm and spiced)
paneer
skim milk
sour cream
yogurt (warm or room temp.)
lassi
cheese (soft)
cottage cheese
DAIRY
 
cheese (hard)
ice cream
milk (cold)
condensed milk
powdered milk
yogurt (cold or frozen)
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
almonds (soaked and peeled)
Brazil nuts
cashews
charoli nuts
chestnuts
chia seeds
flax seeds
hazelnuts
macadamia nuts
pecans
pine nuts
pistachio
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds
sunflower seeds
walnuts
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
peanuts
poppy seeds
psyllium seeds
OILS
 
almond oil
avocado oil
coconut oil
flax seed oil
ghee
olive oil
pumpkin seed oil
sesame oil
sunflower oil
OILS
 
canola oil
safflower oil
soy bean oil
margarine
BEVERAGES
 
ajwan tea
almond milk
aloe vera juice
anise tea
apricot juice
basil tea
beet juice
borage tea
cardamom tea
carrot juice
cashew milk
chai
chamomile tea
cherry juice
cherry stem tea
cherry tea
chicory tea
cinnamon tea
coconut milk
comfrey tea
elder flower tea
eucalyptus tea
fennel tea
ginger tea
ginseng tea
grape juice
grapefruit juice
hawthorn tea
jasmine tea
juniper tea
lavender drinks
lemonade
licorice tea
lotus tea
mango juice
marshmallow tea
mint tea
orange juice
papaya juice
peach juice
peppermint tea
pineapple juice
raspberry juice
raspberry tea
rice milk
rose tea
sage tea
strawberry juice
strawberry leaf tea
thyme tea
turmeric milk
turmeric tea
warm and spiced dairy drinks
BEVERAGES
 
alcohol
apple juice
black tea
carbonated drinks
chocolate milk
coffee
cold dairy drinks
cranberry juice
dandelion tea
green tea
guava juice
hibiscus tea
hop tea
ice cold drinks
ice tea
melissa tea
nettle tea
pear juice
persimmon juice
pomegranate juice
prune juice
rosehip tea
smoothies
soy milk
watermelon juice
yarrow tea
SWEETENERS
 
barley malt
date sugar
fructose
honey (uncooked)
jaggery
maple syrup
molasses
raw cane sugar
rice syrup
sucanat
turbinado
SWEETENERS
 
agave syrup
brown sugar
white sugar
SPICES
 
ajwan
allspice
anise
asafoetida
basil
bay leaves
black pepper
caraway
cardamom
celery seeds
cilantro
cinnamon
cloves
coriander seeds
cumin
curry leaves
dill
fennel
fenugreek
garam masala
garlic
ginger
lemongrass
marjoram
mint
mustard seeds
neem leaves
nutmeg
oregano
paprika
parsley
peppermint
pippali (long pepper)
rock salt
rosemary
saffron
sage
spearmint
tarragon
thyme
turmeric
vanilla
wintergreen
SPICES
 
cayenne
chili peppers
FRUITS
 
apples (steamed, cooked or baked)
apricots
avocado
bananas (ripe)
blackberries
cantaloupe
cherries
coconut
currants
dates (fresh or soaked)
durian
figs (fresh or soaked)
grapefruit
kiwi
lemon
lime
longan
lychees
mango
melons
nectarines
oranges (sweet)
papaya
peaches
pears (cooked)
pineapple (sweet)
plums
raisins (soaked)
rambutan
raspberries
rhubarb
strawberries
soursop
tamarind
tangerines
FRUITS
 
apples (raw)
cranberries
dried fruits
guava
pears (raw)
persimmon
pomegranate
prunes
quince
watermelon
VEGETABLES
 
acorn squash
asparagus
beets
bell peppers (cooked)
bok choy
broccoli (cooked)
corn
carrots (cooked)
cauliflower
celery
chard
cucumbers
daikon
fennel stalks
fenugreek greens
green beans
green chilies
green peas (cooked)
jerusalem artichokes
kale
leeks
mustard green
okra
olives (black)
onion (cooked)
parsnip
pumpkin
radishes
rutabaga
seaweed
spaghetti squash
spinach (cooked)
summer squash
sweet peas (cooked)
sweet potatoes
taro root
tomatoes (cooked)
turnip
yams
watercress
winter squash
zucchini (cooked)
VEGETABLES
 
artichokes
beet greens
bell peppers (raw)
bitter melon
broccoli (raw)
Brussels sprouts
burdock root
cabbage
cauliflower
celery
dandelion greens
eggplant
endive
horseradish
jicama
kohlrabi
lettuce
mushrooms
olives (green)
onion (raw)
parsnip
potatoes
radicchio
radish (raw)
red chilies
snow peas
spinach (raw)
sprouts
tomatoes (raw)
wheat grass
white potatoes
zucchini (raw)
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
amaranth
bulgur
durham flor
durum wheat flour
lentils (red)
lima beans
mung beans (yellow and green)
mung dal
oats (cooked)
quinoa
rice
seitan
spelt
tepary beans
toor dal
urad dal
wheat
wheat bran
white rice
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
adzuki beans
barley
black beans
black eyed peas
brown rice
buckwheat
carob
chickpeas
corn flour
couscous
dry oats
fava beans
granola
kamut
kidney beans
lentils (brown)
millet
miso
muesli
navy beans
oat barn
pasta
pinto beans
polenta
rice cakes
rye
sago
soybeans
spelt
split peas
tapioca
tempeh
triticale
tofu
white beans
yeasted bread
DAIRY
 
butter
buttermilk
cream
kefir (warm or room temp.)
milk (warm and spiced)
paneer
skim milk
sour cream
yogurt (warm or room temp.)
lassi
cheese (soft)
cottage cheese
DAIRY
 
cheese (hard)
ice cream
milk (cold)
condensed milk
powdered milk
yogurt (cold or frozen)
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
almonds (soaked and peeled)
Brazil nuts
cashews
charoli nuts
chestnuts
chia seeds
flax seeds
hazelnuts
macadamia nuts
pecans
pine nuts
pistachio
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds
sunflower seeds
walnuts
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
peanuts
poppy seeds
psyllium seeds
OILS
 
almond oil
avocado oil
coconut oil
flax seed oil
ghee
olive oil
pumpkin seed oil
sesame oil
sunflower oil
OILS
 
canola oil
safflower oil
soy bean oil
margarine
BEVERAGES
 
ajwan tea
almond milk
aloe vera juice
anise tea
apricot juice
basil tea
beet juice
borage tea
cardamom tea
carrot juice
cashew milk
chai
chamomile tea
cherry juice
cherry stem tea
cherry tea
chicory tea
cinnamon tea
coconut milk
comfrey tea
elder flower tea
eucalyptus tea
fennel tea
ginger tea
ginseng tea
grape juice
grapefruit juice
hawthorn tea
jasmine tea
juniper tea
lavender drinks
lemonade
licorice tea
lotus tea
mango juice
marshmallow tea
mint tea
orange juice
papaya juice
peach juice
peppermint tea
pineapple juice
raspberry juice
raspberry tea
rice milk
rose tea
sage tea
strawberry juice
strawberry leaf tea
thyme tea
turmeric milk
turmeric tea
warm and spiced dairy drinks
BEVERAGES
 
alcohol
apple juice
black tea
carbonated drinks
chocolate milk
coffee
cold dairy drinks
cranberry juice
dandelion tea
green tea
guava juice
hibiscus tea
hop tea
ice cold drinks
ice tea
melissa tea
nettle tea
pear juice
persimmon juice
pomegranate juice
prune juice
rosehip tea
smoothies
soy milk
watermelon juice
yarrow tea
SWEETENERS
 
barley malt
date sugar
fructose
honey (uncooked)
jaggery
maple syrup
molasses
raw cane sugar
rice syrup
sucanat
turbinado
SWEETENERS
 
agave syrup
brown sugar
white sugar
SPICES
 
ajwan
allspice
anise
asafoetida
basil
bay leaves
black pepper
caraway
cardamom
celery seeds
cilantro
cinnamon
cloves
coriander seeds
cumin
curry leaves
dill
fennel
fenugreek
garam masala
garlic
ginger
lemongrass
marjoram
mint
mustard seeds
neem leaves
nutmeg
oregano
paprika
parsley
peppermint
pippali (long pepper)
rock salt
rosemary
saffron
sage
spearmint
tarragon
thyme
turmeric
vanilla
wintergreen
SPICES
 
cayenne
chili peppers

Ennealogy Path 8 – The Potentate Diet

Psychic 8 (SATURN) Vata Dosha

  • Saturn rules over the nails, hairs, teeth, bones, skeleton, skin, and nervous system.
  • They should avoid drugs, other intoxicants, canned food, fast food; instead they should eat more coarse and coconut powder; drink more fresh juices to avoid constipation and other troubles created by the aggravation of the wind element, such as rheumatism, arthritis, and skin irritations.
  • They should take blue sapphire powder to help their bodies heal electrochemically.
  • Saturnine people are susceptible to paralysis, rheumatism, gout, deafness,muteness, depression, anxiety, colic pains, ear troubles, insanity, and asthma.
  • Their main problems are with the aggravation of the humor of wind—gas in the intestines, constipation, and blood pressure and heart troubles.
  • They should take blue sapphire powder to help their bodies heal electrochemically.
  • Massaging their bodies regularly with sesame oil or if possible mustard oil.
  • They should use spices that are also diuretics, such as cumin, and take morning walks in an open area.g cold and dry skin
  • Taking blue sapphire powder before going to bed will help alleviate issues such as catching cold and dry skin, since Saturn is a cold and dry. 
  • Number 8 natives should increase their vitamin A, D, E, calcium, and iron intake.
  • Number 8 should fast on a saturday, after their sunset meditation eating khichari—a dish prepared from a mixture of split urad beans (split black beans with peels) and rice.
 
 Vatas should focus on eating more of the Sweet taste, ie: dairy, nuts and seeds, root vegetables, meat, fish and shellfish, whole grains, and squash are good choices for you
Qualities to Reduce: cold, light, dry
Tastes to Maximize: sweet; secondarily sour & salty
The Sweet Taste .:. earth + water …is heavy, moist, and cool. This increases Kapha and decreases Vata and Pitta. Examples are nuts, grains, oils, meats, and most dairy.
The Sour Taste .:. fire + earth …is heavy, moist, and hot. This increases Pitta and Kapha and decreases Vata. Examples are pickles and fermented foods such as yogurt.
Tastes to Minimize: pungent, astringent, bitter
The Pungent Taste .:. fire + air …is light, dry, and hot. This increases Pitta and Vata and decreases Kapha. Examples are chili peppers, ginger, and black pepper.
The Astringent Taste .:. earth + air …is dry and cool. This increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha. Examples are most beans, cranberries, and pomegranates.
The Bitter Taste .:. air + ether …is light, dry, and cool. This increases Vata and decreases Pitta and Kapha. Examples are leafy greens and herbs such as goldenseal and turmeric.
 
Vata season, goes from late fall into early winter it’s Elements are Metal and Water

The vata diet in spring

The vata diet is about nourishing the nervous system, raising the digestive fire and aiding the body in absorbing nutrients. Vata types are aggravated by drying and cold foods, so keep your level of warmth and oil intake high, particularly in early spring where the weather might still be a bit chilly. Try a lentil based dahl made with coconut oil and garnished with ghee.
Try to practise these good eating habits during the change in the seasons:
  • Eat at regular intervals and don’t over-eat or forget to eat
  • Relax and spend time with your food
  • Emphasise foods that are warm, soupy, heavy and oily.
  • Increase your intake of natural oils
  • Favour foods that are sweet, sour or salty
  • Reduce foods that are cold, dry or hard
  • Reduce foods that are very spicy, bitter or astringent
  • Avoid refined foods, stimulants and processed foods
 
Diet for vata in summer
Increase foods full of oil and moisture, to prevent dryness from setting in and causing concerns with constipation and a tendency towards irregularity. Use oils such as ghee and coconut oil to cook with and drizzle oils such as hemp and olive oil over your meals.
Steer clear of dry foods such as crackers, crisps and bread. Increase your intake of refreshing herbal teas that will hydrate the system such as licorice, peppermint, fennel and rose.
 
Diet for vata in Fall
 
The vata diet is about nourishing the nervous system, raising the digestive fire and aiding the body in absorbing nutrients. It is particularly beneficial at the vata times of year which are primarily spring and autumn.
  • Eat at regular intervals and don’t over-eat or forget to eat. Relax and spend time with your food
  • Emphasise foods that are warm, soupy, heavy and oily. Increase your intake of natural oils
  • Favour foods that are sweet, sour or salty
  • Reduce foods that are cold, dry or hard
  • Reduce foods that are very spicy, bitter or astringent
  • Avoid refined foods, stimulants and processed foods
  • Herbs to help balance the changeable nature of vata in the autumn are those that support our nervous system.
Diet for vata in Winter
You can balance vata’s cold, airy and dry tendencies by increasing its opposite qualities and introducing more warmth, earthiness and oily nourishment into your life. This includes staying warm at all times, keeping a regular sleep pattern, and enjoying earthy spices and foods.
  • Eat at regular intervals and don’t over-eat or forget to eat. Relax and spend time with your food.
  • Emphasise foods that are warm, soupy, heavy and oily and increase your intake of natural oils. This can be in the form of oils used in cooking, but also oils found in nut milks for example.
  • Favour foods that are sweet, sour or salty as these will help increase heat and moisture.
  • Reduce foods that are characteristically cold and dry, but also foods that are very spicy as the extreme heat can often upset the sensitive vata digestion.
  • Avoid refined foods, stimulants and processed foods as these take more energy to break down, using precious heat reserves.
  • The sudden change into longer hours of darkness can also affect a vata’s already delicate sleeping patterns. Making a glass of hot, spicy milk with herbs such as cinnamon and nutmeg in the evenings can help to relax the mind before bed.
  • Herbs to help keep vata in balance in the winter are those that support our nervous system. 
  • If the digestion becomes slow and cold, and you also notice your joints following suit, then try Turmeric.  Turmeric will keep the digestive fire burning but also protect your joints from stiffening up. 
  • Vata types are also often prone to lingering colds and flu that take weeks to recover from. If you recognize this pattern in yourself, then try immune strengthening herbs such as elderberry, ginger and medicinal mushrooms. 
 
Vata Food List
Grains
It is best to eat these as a cooked grain or as an unyeasted bread. Small amounts of yeast breads are all right, however.
Best:* amaranth, oats (cooked), quinoa, rice (white or brown), wheat
Small Amounts:* barley, millet
Minimize:* buckwheat, corn flour (chips, bread, and tortillas), dry oats (granola), polenta, rye
 
Dairy
It is best to use raw or organic and non-homogenized milk. Milk should be taken warm with a small amount of spice such as ginger, cardamom, or fennel.
Best:* butter, buttermilk, kefir, milk, sour cream, yogurt (fresh)
Small Amounts:* hard cheeses
Minimize:* ice cream, frozen yogurt
 
Sweeteners
Moderation is important; overuse of even the best sweeteners will increase vata.
Best:* raw uncooked honey, jaggery (raw sugar), maltose, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, sucanat
Small Amounts:* date sugar, grape sugar
Minimize:* brown sugar, white table sugar
 
Nuts and Seeds
Lightly roasted nuts are best. Dry roasting should be avoided. Salted nuts are fine. Nut butters are highly recommended except for peanut butter.
Best:* almonds
Small Amounts:* cashews, filberts, pecans, pinon, pistachio, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and any other nut not mentioned
Minimize:* peanuts
 
Condiments
Condiments can be used to add one of the tastes to a meal or to balance out any heating or cooling qualities of a dish.
Best:* mayonnaise, vinegar
Small Amounts:* catsup
Minimize:* carob, chocolate
 
Oils
Healthy oils are very important and should be used abundantly if the skin is dry. They alleviate dryness and are generally heavy and nourishing.
Best:* almond, ghee, sesame
Small Amounts:* avocado, coconut, flaxseed, mustard, olive, peanut, sunflower
Minimize:* safflower
 
Fruits
Sweeter fruits are best.
Best:* baked apples, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe), blackberries, cantaloupe, cherries, coconut, cranberry sauce, dates(not dry), figs (fresh), grapefruit, grapes, lemons, mangos, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, plums, raspberries, strawberries (ripe), tangerines
Small Amounts:* apples (sour is best), pomegranate
Minimize:* dried fruit of any kind, cranberries
 
Vegetables
Cooked vegetables are best because they are easier to digest.
Best:* avocado, beets, carrots (but not as a juice), leeks, mustard greens, okra, onions (well cooked), parsnips, shallots, acorn squash, winter squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, water chestnuts
Small Amounts:* broccoli, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, kale, medium chilies and hot peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, radishes, seaweed, spinach, sweet peas, zucchini.
Minimize:* alfalfa sprouts, artichokes (unless served with a butter-lemon sauce), asparagus, bean sprouts, Brussels sprouts, cabbage (even cooked), raw vegetables, snow peas
 
Meats
If you choose to eat meat, limit consumption to 2–3 times per week, and eat it at lunch.
Best:* chicken and turkey (dark meat), beef, duck, eggs, fresh water fish, lamb, pork, seafood, venison
Small Amounts:* chicken and turkey (white meat), shellfish
Minimize:* none
 
Spices
spicing, the overall spiciness is more important than individual spices. Even some “Minimize” spices can be used if balanced with other spices on the “Best” list. For vata, food should be spiced moderately and never very hot or bland.
Best:* anise, basil, bay leaf, caraway, cardamom, catnip, cinnamon, clove, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, ginger(fresh), marjoram, mustard, nutmeg, oregano, pepper, peppermint, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, sage, spearmint, thyme, turmeric
Small Amounts:* cayenne pepper, cilantro, ginger (dry), horseradish, mustards (very hot), parsley
Minimize:* none
 
Legumes
Those listed in “Small Amounts” are best as a dal or a spread with spices added. When digestion is weak or constipation is present, even those beans listed under “Small Amounts” should be avoided.
Best:* mung beans
Small Amounts:* tofu, hummus
Minimize:* aduki beans, black beans, chickpeas, fava beans, kidney beans, lentils, Mexican beans, navy beans, pinto beans, soybeans (except as tofu or soy milk)
 
Beverages
These are best taken at room temperature or warm and never cold.
Best:* 3–4 cups of room temperature or warm water per day; spicy teas such as chamomile, cinnamon, clove, and ginger
Small Amounts:* diluted fruit juices Minimize:* all alcohol, black tea, carbonated mineral water, coffee, fruit juices, soft drinks
Avoid Always
Vatas should avoid these foods: margarine, canola, GMO anything (ie: soy, corn, etc.), agave nectar, high fructose sweeteners, grapeseed oil, soda, CAFO meats *
 
* “Best” Foods can be eaten without reservation on a daily basis. These foods are the most ideal ones as they are the most balanced for this dosha. Individuals who are sick should consume only the foods on this list.
* “Small Amounts” Foods can be eaten in small portions fairly often or in larger portions once or twice each week. Eating a wide variety of these foods is better than an abundance of just one. Overreliance on these foods can cause imbalance.
* “Minimize” Foods should be eaten only on rare occasions, ie: once each month. They can significantly disturb the dosha.
 
PREFER
AVOID OR REDUCE
FRUITS
 
apples (steamed, cooked or baked)
apricots
avocado
bananas (ripe)
blackberries
cantaloupe
cherries
coconut
currants
dates (fresh or soaked)
durian
figs (fresh or soaked)
grapefruit
kiwi
lemon
lime
longan
lychees
mango
melons
nectarines
oranges (sweet)
papaya
peaches
pears (cooked)
pineapple (sweet)
plums
raisins (soaked)
rambutan
raspberries
rhubarb
strawberries
soursop
tamarind
tangerines
FRUITS
 
apples (raw)
cranberries
dried fruits
guava
pears (raw)
persimmon
pomegranate
prunes
quince
watermelon
VEGETABLES
 
acorn squash
asparagus
beets
bell peppers (cooked)
bok choy
broccoli (cooked)
corn
carrots (cooked)
cauliflower
celery
chard
cucumbers
daikon
fennel stalks
fenugreek greens
green beans
green chilies
green peas (cooked)
jerusalem artichokes
kale
leeks
mustard green
okra
olives (black)
onion (cooked)
parsnip
pumpkin
radishes
rutabaga
seaweed
spaghetti squash
spinach (cooked)
summer squash
sweet peas (cooked)
sweet potatoes
taro root
tomatoes (cooked)
turnip
yams
watercress
winter squash
zucchini (cooked)
VEGETABLES
 
artichokes
beet greens
bell peppers (raw)
bitter melon
broccoli (raw)
Brussels sprouts
burdock root
cabbage
cauliflower
celery
dandelion greens
eggplant
endive
horseradish
jicama
kohlrabi
lettuce
mushrooms
olives (green)
onion (raw)
parsnip
potatoes
radicchio
radish (raw)
red chilies
snow peas
spinach (raw)
sprouts
tomatoes (raw)
wheat grass
white potatoes
zucchini (raw)
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
amaranth
bulgur
durham flor
durum wheat flour
lentils (red)
lima beans
mung beans (yellow and green)
mung dal
oats (cooked)
quinoa
rice
seitan
spelt
tepary beans
toor dal
urad dal
wheat
wheat bran
white rice
GRAINS AND LEGUMES
 
adzuki beans
barley
black beans
black eyed peas
brown rice
buckwheat
carob
chickpeas
corn flour
couscous
dry oats
fava beans
granola
kamut
kidney beans
lentils (brown)
millet
miso
muesli
navy beans
oat barn
pasta
pinto beans
polenta
rice cakes
rye
sago
soybeans
spelt
split peas
tapioca
tempeh
triticale
tofu
white beans
yeasted bread
DAIRY
 
butter
buttermilk
cream
kefir (warm or room temp.)
milk (warm and spiced)
paneer
skim milk
sour cream
yogurt (warm or room temp.)
lassi
cheese (soft)
cottage cheese
DAIRY
 
cheese (hard)
ice cream
milk (cold)
condensed milk
powdered milk
yogurt (cold or frozen)
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
almonds (soaked and peeled)
Brazil nuts
cashews
charoli nuts
chestnuts
chia seeds
flax seeds
hazelnuts
macadamia nuts
pecans
pine nuts
pistachio
pumpkin seeds
sesame seeds
sunflower seeds
walnuts
NUTS AND SEEDS
 
peanuts
poppy seeds
psyllium seeds
OILS
 
almond oil
avocado oil
coconut oil
flax seed oil
ghee
olive oil
pumpkin seed oil
sesame oil
sunflower oil
OILS
 
canola oil
safflower oil
soy bean oil
margarine
BEVERAGES
 
ajwan tea
almond milk
aloe vera juice
anise tea
apricot juice
basil tea
beet juice
borage tea
cardamom tea
carrot juice
cashew milk
chai
chamomile tea
cherry juice
cherry stem tea
cherry tea
chicory tea
cinnamon tea
coconut milk
comfrey tea
elder flower tea
eucalyptus tea
fennel tea
ginger tea
ginseng tea
grape juice
grapefruit juice
hawthorn tea
jasmine tea
juniper tea
lavender drinks
lemonade
licorice tea
lotus tea
mango juice
marshmallow tea
mint tea
orange juice
papaya juice
peach juice
peppermint tea
pineapple juice
raspberry juice
raspberry tea
rice milk
rose tea
sage tea
strawberry juice
strawberry leaf tea
thyme tea
turmeric milk
turmeric tea
warm and spiced dairy drinks
BEVERAGES
 
alcohol
apple juice
black tea
carbonated drinks
chocolate milk
coffee
cold dairy drinks
cranberry juice
dandelion tea
green tea
guava juice
hibiscus tea
hop tea
ice cold drinks
ice tea
melissa tea
nettle tea
pear juice
persimmon juice
pomegranate juice
prune juice
rosehip tea
smoothies
soy milk
watermelon juice
yarrow tea
SWEETENERS
 
barley malt
date sugar
fructose
honey (uncooked)
jaggery
maple syrup
molasses
raw cane sugar
rice syrup
sucanat
turbinado
SWEETENERS
 
agave syrup
brown sugar
white sugar
SPICES
 
ajwan
allspice
anise
asafoetida
basil
bay leaves
black pepper
caraway
cardamom
celery seeds
cilantro
cinnamon
cloves
coriander seeds
cumin
curry leaves
dill
fennel
fenugreek
garam masala
garlic
ginger
lemongrass
marjoram
mint
mustard seeds
neem leaves
nutmeg
oregano
paprika
parsley
peppermint
pippali (long pepper)
rock salt
rosemary
saffron
sage
spearmint
tarragon
thyme
turmeric
vanilla
wintergreen
SPICES
 
cayenne
chili peppers
FRUITS
 
apples (steamed, cooked or baked)
apricots
avocado
bananas (ripe)
blackberries
cantaloupe
cherries
coconut
currants
dates (fresh or soaked)
durian
figs (fresh or soaked)
grapefruit
kiwi
lemon
lime
longan
lychees
mango
melons
nectarines
oranges (sweet)
papaya
peaches
pears (cooked)
pineapple (sweet)
plums
raisins (soaked)
rambutan
raspberries
rhubarb
strawberries
soursop
tamarind
tangerines
FRUITS
 
apples (raw)
cranberries
dried fruits
guava
pears (raw)
persimmon
pomegranate
prunes
quince
watermelon
VEGETABLES
 
acorn squash
asparagus
beets
bell peppers (cooked)
bok choy
broccoli (cooked)
corn
carrots (cooked)
cauliflower
celery
chard
cucumbers
daikon
fennel stalks
fenugreek greens
green beans
green chilies
green peas (cooked)
jerusalem artichokes
kale
leeks
mustard green
okra
olives (black)
onion (cooked)
parsnip
pumpkin
radishes
rutabaga
seaweed
spaghetti squash
spinach (cooked)
summer squash
sweet peas (cooked)
sweet potatoes
taro root
tomatoes (cooked)
turnip
yams
watercress
winter squash
zucchini (cooked)
VEGETABLES
 
artichokes
beet greens
bell peppers (raw)
bitter melon
broccoli (raw)
Brussels sprouts
burdock root
cabbage
cauliflower
celery
dandelion greens
eggplant
endive
horseradish
jicama
kohlrabi
lettuce
mushrooms
olives (green)
onion (raw)
parsnip
potatoes
radicchio
radish (raw)
red chilies
snow peas
spinach (raw)
sprouts