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

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.

Download the PDF  >>> Download the Winter Grocery List PDF

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

VEGETABLES

FRUIT

SPICES

LEGUMES

BEVERAGES

Artichokes, hearts

Apples, cooked

*Anise

Mung – split, yellow

Alcohol (moderation)

*Avocadoes

Apricots

*Asafetida

Tofu

Black Tea (moderation)

*Beets

*Bananas

*Basil

.

Coffee (moderation)

*Brussels Sprouts

Blueberries

Bay Leaf

.

Water (warm or hot)

*Carrots

Cantaloupewith lemon

*Black Pepper

.

.

*Chilies

Cherries

Caraway

.

.

Corn

Coconuts, ripe

*Cardamom

NUTS & SEEDS

HERB TEAS

Fennel

Cranberries, cooked

Cayenne

*Almonds

*Cardamom

*Eggplant, cooked

*Dates

Chamomile

*Brazil Nuts

*Chamomile

*Garlic

*Figs

*Cinnamon

*Cashews

*Cinnamon

Ginger

*Grapefruit

Clove

Coconuts

*Cloves

Hot Peppers

*Grapes

Coriander

*Filberts

*Ginger

Leeks

Guava

*Cumin

*Flax

*Orange Peel

Okra

*Lemons

Dill

Lotus Seed

.

Onions

*Limes

*Fennel

*Macadamias

.

Parsley

*Mangoes

Fenugreek

*Peanuts, raw

SWEETENERS

Potatoes, mashed

Nectarines

Garlic

*Pecans

Honey – Raw

*Pumpkins

*Oranges

*Ginger

*Pinons

*Maple Syrup

Seaweed, cooked

*Papayas

Horseradish

*Pistachios

*Molasses

Squash, Acorn

Peaches

Marjoram

Sunflower

Raw Sugar

*Squash, Winter

Pears, ripe

Mustard

*Walnuts

*Rice Syrup

*Sweet Potatoes

*Persimmons

Nutmeg

.

Mint

*Tomatoes

Pineapples

Oregano

.

.

Turnips

Plums

Peppermint

MEAT & FISH

GRAINS

.

Strawberries

Poppy Seeds

*Beef

*Amaranth

OILS

*Tangerines

Rosemary

*Chicken

Buckwheat (moderation)

*Almond

.

*Saffron

*Crabs

Millet (moderation)

*Avocado

DAIRY

Sage

*Duck

*Oats

*Canola

*Butter

Spearmint

*Eggs

*Quinoa

*Coconut

*Buttermilk

Thyme

*Freshwater Fish

Rice

Corn

*Cheese

*Turmeric

*Lamb

*Rice, Brown

*Flax

Cottage Cheese

.

*Lobster

Rye (moderation)

*Mustard

*Cream

CONDIMENTS

*Ocean Fish

*Wheat

*Olive

*Ghee

*Carob

*Oysters

.

*Peanut

*Kefir

Chocolate

*Pork

.

*Safflower

Milk, not cold

Mayonnaise

*Shrimp

Learn more about the seasonal diet in

The 3-Season Diet

by John Douillard

*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.


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