Gary Watson Naturopath & Iridologist

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These foods help to calm the Nervous System or “Vata”
They can be eaten liberally

Grain Basmati rice
Wheat [unless gluten sensitive]
Amaranth [ancient form of wheat]
Barley
Oats
Quinoa
Legumes Cook to a soft consistency
Mung beans

Aduki beans
Split yellow pea
Split red pea
Urad dal
Fruits
Sweet and sour
Grapes
Lemons
Pears
Bananas
Sweet oranges
Dates
Figs
Apples (preferably cooked)
Avocados
Berries (strawberry, blueberry, gooseberry, raspberry etc)
Raisins (small amount)
Sweet Vegetables Sweet potato
Sweet corn
Pumpkin
Zucchini
Carrots
Green beans
Green chillies
Beetroot
Cauliflower [small amounts]
Leeks
Asparagus
Coriander (cilantro)
Fennel
Garlic
Okra
Parsnips
Radishes [cooked]
Spices
Avoid using hot pungent, drying spices
Use fresh spices
Ginger root
Coriander (cilantro)
Cumin
Coriander seeds
Fennel seeds
Turmeric
Asafoetida (hing) available from Indian shops
Dairy Fresh, whole milk (unhomogenized)
Ghee (purified butter)
Butter in small amounts
Meats
White meats
Chicken
Fish
Turkey (baked or grilled)
Chicken broth
Nuts
Small amounts
Almonds
Pecans
Sesame seeds
Oils
Small amounts
Ghee
Sesame
Olive
 
Summary
Have these tastes
Salty
Sour
Sweet
Celery
Lemon
Carrots, sweet potato, sweet corn, fruit
Summary
Have these food qualities
Warming foods
Slightly oily
Slightly heavy foods
Ginger, black pepper
Ghee
Root vegetables

 

Foods that aggravate the Nervous system “Vata”
Avoid in large amounts

 
Fruit Durian [too pungent]
Vegetables Lettuce
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Broccoli
Sprouts
Salads
Green leafy vegetables Brussel sprouts
Bitter vegetables
Hollow vegetables with tiny seeds (except for peppers)
If joint problems no deadly nightshade plants;
Potato
Eggplant
Rhubarb
Tomato
Cold drinks Avoid taking iced drinks frequently.
Drink water at room temperature or warmer
Drink a cup of hot (filtered) water 3 times a day
Cold food No cold foods out of the fridge Tofu
Raw foods Lettuce (all types)
Raw carrot
Cucumber
Tomato
Avoid all dry, rough, stale foods Biscuits
Crackers
Bread older than 1 day
Toast
Avoid anything light, airy or dried Crisps
Toast
Crackers
Dried foods Dried beans
Split peas
Mung beans
Summary
Avoid these tastes
Pungent
Bitter
Astringent
Brussel sprouts, garlic, tarragon
Lettuce, bok choy, celery
Cucumber, celery, potato
 
Summary
Avoid these food qualities
Light
Cold
Dry
Lettuce
Tofu, salads, coconut
Crackers, buscuits
 

Vata lifestyle factors to avoid or minimise if possible
Being under stress and reacting to stress with anxiety.
Physical exhaustion. Excessive exercising. Marathons.
Mental strain, overwork, intense studying, exams.
Avoid excessive addictive patterns e.g. smoking, drinking alcohol, recreational drugs etc
Sudden change in life circumstances affects Vata (e.g. death of someone close, separation, divorce, changing jobs or moving house.)
Suffering emotionally from fear, fright and anxiety.
Changes in seasons

Cold, dry, windy weather (Autumn/winter)
Lack of sleep. Going to bed late regularly.
Travelling long distances regularly i.e. flying, long car, bus and train journeys.
Stringent diets e.g. vegan and salicylate diets for long periods of time.
Fasting
Skipping meals habitually

If you have been diagnosed as having a ‘Vata’ problem then your Nervous system has been under stress for too long
You will have one or more of the following symptoms

Digestion
Especially when stressed
Bloating
Wind, flatulence
Gurgling
Constipation (alternates with diarrhoea)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Mental or emotional symptoms
Especially when stressed
Often anxious or worried
Sensitive
Over reactive
Changeable moods
Phobias
Depression (reactive)
Sleep
Especially when stressed
Poor sleep
Anxious or fearful dreams
Waking during the night
Difficulty getting back to sleep
Light sleep, wake easily or often
Females Menstrual disorders
Infertility
Miscellaneous Lower back pain not caused by injury
Weight loss
Headaches Tension and Stress headaches
Headaches that move around the head
Changeable in intensity or position of headache