Never knew that in yoga, diets form an important aspect in a yogi’s journey. It is true when they said you are what you eat. Through a quiz that was assigned by the Masters, I was identified as a Vata-Pitta, but today we will focus on curating a Sattvic menu for a Vata body type.
Typically, a sattvic diet revolved around a concept that is applied in the choice of food we eat, and our eating habits as well – which is to adopt a “pure, essential, clean and energy-containing” essence in our diet. It complements the practice of Yama, specifically Ahimsa, which is the practice of non-violence. In theory, the sattvic diet places a huge emphasis on fresh/season foods, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat based proteins. In modern literature, the sattvic diet is commonly referred to as the yogic diet. Often, vegetarian diets can be categorized as sattvic diets as well.
Vata corresponds to the following body parts: breath, circulation, mental activity, the passage of food through the gastrointestinal tract, joint function. When Vata is in balance, it helps to promote flexibility and creativity in self. When Vata is out of balance, it brings out the fear and anxiety within us. The Vata Dosha revolves the element of Air and Space, and out of the three doshas – it has a high tendency to go out of balance as compared to Pitta and Kapha dosha, and hence is important to balance Vata through our food and eating habits.
In a post made by HalePule, ayurvedic diets also help to nourish and calm a Vata dosha, where they recommend the application of ayurvedic theories such as “like increases like the opposite brings balance.” Food is the best medicine and gives us prana – and a well-curated diet will help us to achieve the balance we seek in our daily lives as well.
In Singapore where food is a core anchor in our lives, to make a switch to pure Sattvic diet seems pretty difficult especially if you are a huge meat-eater! It is important to eat in moderation as well, as over-eating may make your Vata out of balance.
Therefore, for someone like me, a sample menu for a Vata as follows:
Breakfast: Warm Oatmeal + Sliced Banana, perhaps with a tablespoon of honey (manuka honey of course) + A glass of warm water to kickstart the day
Lunch: Roasted Vegetables seasoned with cumin powder/pepper and a pinch of salt (A good mix of asparagus, red beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, radish, zucchini, spinach and brussel sprouts (in small quantities)) + A glass of warm water
Dinner: One bowl of Brown Rice + Teochew Style Steamed Fish (with ginger and light soysauce) + An Apple + A glass of warm water