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Autumn: Tips for Vata Season

Updated: Oct 7, 2021

In the Ayurvedic system of health every season has a dosha, or set of elemental qualities, associated with it. The entire point of an Ayurvedic routine is to align ourselves with the dynamic rhythms of the natural world. So in order to keep our inner environment in a state of wellness, we are continuously adjusting to the changes in the outer environment through the food we eat, the exercises we do, the herbs we take, etc.

Remember, Ayurveda is not a medicine of absolutes, rather it is more a set of practical guidelines that invites you to witness the qualities of things and balance those qualities with opposites when needed. This is what makes it so empowering! You can always be part of your own balance and healing! 

Autumn is typically Vata season (depending on what country you live in). “Vata season” is whatever time of year most embodies the attributes that characterize vata dosha: dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile, and clear (or empty). Thus, the transition to autumn will be less aggravating to the mind & body if you fill it with warmth, oiliness, deep nourishment, loving relationships, and a sense of stability, routine, and groundedness.  One of the most effective ways to support vata is by establishing a daily routine. Try to do the same things (wake up, exercise, eat meals, go to bed, etc.) at roughly the same times each day.

The following is a list of ideal vata season foods:

Vegetables to Favor

  • Beets

  • Carrots

  • Chilies

  • Garlic

  • Okra

  • Onions

  • Pumpkins

  • Squash, Winter

  • Sweet Potatoes

Grains to Favor

  • Amaranth

  • Basmati Rice

  • Brown Rice

  • Oats

  • Quinoa

  • Wheat

Legumes to Favor

  • Kidney Beans

  • Miso

  • Mung Beans

  • Toor Dal

  • Urad Dal

Oils to Favor

  • Almond Oil

  • Ghee

  • Olive Oil

  • Peanut Oil

  • Safflower Oil

  • Sesame Oil

Fruits to Favor

  • Apples (cooked)

  • Avocados

  • Bananas

  • Dates

  • Figs

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapes

  • Lemons

  • Limes

  • Mangoes

  • Oranges

  • Papayas

  • Prunes (soaked)

  • Raisins (soaked)

  • Tangerines

Nuts and Seeds to Favor

  • All nuts and seeds are supportive of vata season

Dairy to Favor

  • Butter

  • Buttermilk

  • Cheese

  • Cream

  • Ghee

  • Kefir

  • Milk (not cold)

  • Sour Cream

  • Yogurt


  • Honey

  • Jaggary

  • Maple Syrup

  • Molasses

  • Rice Syrup

  • Sugar (Raw)

Spices to Favor (All Spices Are Good for Vata Season)

  • Allspice

  • Anise

  • Asafoetida (Hing)

  • Basil

  • Bay Leaf

  • Black Pepper

  • Cardamom

  • Oregano

  • Paprika

  • Parsley

  • Rosemary

  • Cinnamon

  • Clove

  • Cumin

  • Dill

  • Garlic

  • Ginger

  • Mustard Seeds

  • Turmeric

  • Saffron

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