Winter Grocery List – “Vata Balancing Diet”

To Stay Strong and Healthy:

Follow our Winter Grocery List for foods and tips that are the most nourishing during the cooler and dryer Vata months of Winter.

  • Add ghee, avocado, sesame oil or olive oil to your grains and soups.
  • Start your day with 2 capsules each of Ashwaganda and Turmeric. Children take 1 of each.
  • Follow a regular rhythm of sleep, exercise, mealtimes and rest.
  • Sleep with a warm mist humidifier to keep your sinuses clear.
  • To keep your ears lubricated and thus prevent infections, place a few drops of warm Lymphatic Massage Oil in each ear.
  • Get your Vitamin D levels checked with a blood test: Vitamin D Deficiency Blood Test
  • Self-massage with warm Lymphatic Massage Oil or raw sesame oil. >>>Learn how to do daily self-massage to balance your nervous system and detox your lymphatic system.
  • Learn my One Minute Meditation for coping with stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Exercise in the morning to increase circulation, mood and immunity.
  • Perform Neti by irrigating your nasal passage with warm salt water. Always follow with Nasya.
  • Perform Nasya by applying a few drops of Nasya Oil into each nostril and inhaling deeply.
  • This is Vata season and an ideal time to rejuvenate the nervous system with a Winter Panchakarma.
  • Insomnia, stress, worry, constipation, colds and flus, joint pain.
  • If you experience some of these signs, schedule a consult and follow the above guidelines for a balanced Winter!

Daily Routines (Dinacharya) for Winter:

  • Self-massage with warm Lymphatic Massage Oil or raw sesame oil. >>>Learn how to do daily self-massage to balance your nervous system and detox your lymphatic system.
  • Learn my One Minute Meditation for coping with stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Exercise in the morning to increase circulation, mood and immunity.
  • Perform Neti by irrigating your nasal passage with warm salt water. Always follow with Nasya.
  • Perform Nasya by applying a few drops of Nasya Oil into each nostril and inhaling deeply.
  • This is Vata season and an ideal time to rejuvenate the nervous system with a Winter Panchakarma.

Signs of Excess Vata During Winter:

  • Insomnia, stress, worry, constipation, colds and flus, joint pain.
  • If you experience some of these signs, schedule a consult and follow the above guidelines for a balanced Winter!

Winter Grocery List

November-February

Eat more foods that are Sweet, Sour, Salty / Heavy, Oily, Moist, Hot:

such as soups, stews, steamed veggies, warm herbal teas.

Eat less foods that are Pungent (Spicy), Bitter, Astringent / Light, Cold, Dry:

such as salads, smoothies, cold foods and beverages, chips and salsa.

*An asterisk means it is best to eat more of this food.

*An asterisk means it is best to eat more of this food.

VEGETABLES FRUIT SPICES LEGUMES
Artichokes, hearts Apples, cooked *Anise Mung – split, yellow
*Avocadoes Apricots *Asafetida Tofu
*Beets *Bananas *Basil .
*Brussels Sprouts Blueberries Bay Leaf .
*Carrots Cantaloupewith lemon *Black Pepper .
*Chilies Cherries Caraway .
Corn Coconuts, ripe *Cardamom NUTS & SEEDS
Fennel Cranberries, cooked Cayenne *Almonds
*Eggplant, cooked *Dates Chamomile *Brazil Nuts
*Garlic *Figs *Cinnamon *Cashews
Ginger *Grapefruit Clove Coconuts
Hot Peppers *Grapes Coriander *Filberts
Leeks Guava *Cumin *Flax
Okra *Lemons Dill Lotus Seed
Onions *Limes *Fennel *Macadamias
Parsley *Mangoes Fenugreek *Peanuts, raw
Potatoes, mashed Nectarines Garlic *Pecans
*Pumpkins *Oranges *Ginger *Pinons
Seaweed, cooked *Papayas Horseradish *Pistachios
Squash, Acorn Peaches Marjoram Sunflower
*Squash, Winter Pears, ripe Mustard *Walnuts
*Sweet Potatoes *Persimmons Nutmeg .
*Tomatoes Pineapples Oregano .
Turnips Plums Peppermint MEAT & FISH
. Strawberries Poppy Seeds *Beef
OILS *Tangerines Rosemary *Chicken
*Almond . *Saffron *Crabs
*Avocado DAIRY Sage *Duck
*Canola *Butter Spearmint *Eggs
*Coconut *Buttermilk Thyme *Freshwater Fish
Corn *Cheese *Turmeric *Lamb
*Flax Cottage Cheese . *Lobster
*Mustard *Cream CONDIMENTS *Ocean Fish
*Olive *Ghee *Carob *Oysters
*Peanut *Kefir Chocolate *Pork
*Safflower Milk, not cold Mayonnaise *Shrimp
*Sesame Rice/Soy Milk Pickles *Turkey
Soy Sour Cream *Salt *Venison
*Sunflower Yogurt Vinegar


Though these are not the only items you can eat, they are the most beneficial foods for this season.

Content Credit: http://lifespa.com

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