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the vata diet: a day in the life

the vata diet: a day in the life

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Here at Yoga Slate we’ve published a number of posts about Ayurveda, the Hindu system of medicine. A time-honored tradition, Ayurveda is rooted in the idea that the best path to help and wellness is found through balance, and that a combination of herbal remedies, yoga, and diet is the best way to find balance, stay healthy, and prevent disease.

If you’re reading this website, chances are you’re already aware of yoga’s many benefits. Whether or not you knew it, yoga was probably your first step toward an Ayurvedic lifestyle. The second step is diet, but it eating the Ayurvedic way isn’t quite as easy as piling more veggies and whole grains on to your plate. An ideal Ayurvedic diet depends on your dominate dosha, or elemental energy. Consume the right combination of foods for your unique self, and enjoy new levels of health and energy. Today, we’re going to uncover that magical combination for the Vata dosha.

While we’re already provided options for Vata-approved breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, today we’re going to put it all together so you can see what a “day in the life” of this dosha’s diet looks like. Bon appétit!

Breakfast

Quinoa Breakfast Porridge
(via Cook for Your Life)

This is an easy and delicious recipe that comes together quickly. Packed with protein and the subtle sweetness of cardamom, it can be made with regular dairy or any milk substitute. (Bonus: quinoa is also a superfood!)

Lunch

Garden Vegetable Soup
(via The Food Network)

A bowl of this hearty soup is a great way to reach the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals, thanks to the fact that it’s packed with half the produce aisle. Some toasted whole-wheat flatbread rounds this meal out nicely.

Snack

Roasted pumpkin seeds
(via Simply Recipes)

The trick to perfect pumpkin seeds is to boil them in a pot of salted water before you roast them. This allows the salt to permeate the shell and reach the seeds. But be careful—the results are so delicious you might ruin your appetite, and you don’t want to miss this next recipe.

Dinner

Red lentil Dahl
(via The New York Times)

Warm and soothing, this hearty dinner will leave you satisfied. Just go easy on the red chili, as the vata dosha should avoid super spicy foods. Red lentils are also relatively inexpensive, especially if you shop in the bulk foods section, proving that eating healthy doesn’t have to break the bank.

Dessert

Cinnamon Baked Apples in Sweet Vanilla Coconut Milk
(via Go Dairy Free)

No day is complete without dessert. While this baked apple recipe is vata-approved, it’s also decadent, proving that you don’t have to deprive yourself in order to be healthy. Best of all it only takes ten minutes to prep, which means a delicious dessert will be ready and waiting by the time the dinner dishes are done. Now that’s balance.

I hope this sample meal plan inspires you to revamp your diet and reclaim your health. Remember: it’s all about balance. (And dessert!)

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