Balancing Vata - Tip 2 – Apply warm qualities in diet and lifestyle
Cold is the next quality of Vata hence reduce or avoid cold foods such as cold sandwiches or salads even avoid cold drinks, water or iced beverages. Replace cold beverages with warm herbal teas.
Avoid becoming chilled. Wear adequate clothing appropriate for the season and keep your head covered when the weather is cold.
Favor warm colors in your clothing and environment such as earth colors, pastels, browns, and warm yellows.
For Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner – warm porridge, warm soups, stews, khichadi stews, cooked grains, lentils, lots of cooked or steamed vegetables.
Sipping warm water and herbal teas throughout the day enhances warmth and hydration.
When preparing food, use warming spices such as black pepper, dry ginger, cinnamon, cumin and asafoetida or hing.
Warm oil helps against dry, cold qualities of Vata hence oils when using for massage surely need to be warm.