YOU ARE Vata-pitta

you are an intense person, pretty blunt and can inspire and motivate others. You are a natural leader, well organized and…a perfectionist. No-one can do the job as well as you!

What Is "Vata-Pitta?"

Vata-Pitta is your dosha type. Well, in your case you are a mix of two doshas. Vata and Pitta. What is a dosha? It's simply the Ayurvedic definition for your  bio-individuality. In other words it's your body type, which includes your metabolic constitution, your personality, and your physical characteristics.  By understanding what makes us unique, we can make better decisions as they relate to our diet, our lifestyle, and our mental health. 

So I'm Vata-Pitta. What Does This Mean?

For you, being focused and ‘on task’ comes naturally. You will stop at nothing to complete a project or goal, and will often feel frustrated with others who are less focused, and who are slower then you. Even though ‘you know best’  - try and develop compassion for those who are not as quick thinking as you. You can be challenging after all!

You have good muscle tone and generally rely upon your body to get you through life’s stress. Your immense drive however, will push you ahead when perhaps you should be slowing down. If you do not listen to your body, it may force you to – when it just breaks down.


FIre and air come together to PREDOMINATE YOUR CONSTITUTIOn,
giving you the ability to accomplish many great things. 

Typical Vata-Pitta Characteristics:

• Slender frame (Vata) 
• Prominent joints, bones and veins (Vata)
• Moderately sized hands and fingers (Pitta)
• Moderate nose and lips (Pitta)
• Wavy hair (Vata-Pitta)
• Smaller eyes (Vata)
• Long, thin face (Vata)

 Sarah Jessica Parker Photo:  Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Sarah Jessica Parker
Photo: Boneau/Bryan-Brown

How do you know you have pushed your limits?

We often think of our health in terms of symptoms. We have a headache, or indigestion, or skin irritation. However, symptoms are just that, symptoms of an underlying problem or imbalance. At The Holistic Highway we work with patients to treat the underlying cause of their imbalance and not just their symptoms.  To use an analogy, if you have a headache, we want to determine and treat the cause of your headaches, not just prescribe Tylenol for the pain. This is health-care, not sick-care, and it's the key to long term health, energy and vitality. 

Signs & Symptoms of Imbalance:

• Fatigue/burn out • Hyperacidity • Arthritis like symptoms • Irritable and quick to get frustrated • Cries easily • Headaches • Constipation interspersed with diarrhea • Insomnia • Painful periods • Overheated

LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS to get you back in balance:

So, what is best for you - is to follow a Pitta pacifying diet and lifestyle in the Summer- or any time it is warm, and a Vata pacifying diet and lifestyle in the Fall and Winter.

• Drink lots of room temperature water as you have a tendency towards dryness in the winter and feeling over heated in the summer. 

• Daily elimination is very important to prevent digestive toxins from accumulating in the body. Triphala (a mixture of fruits) helps promote regularity as well as toning the digestive system.  Triphala is made up of three fruits and is most commonly purchased as a powder: Triphala has the following effects: 

  • Assists natural internal cleansing
  • Gently maintains regularity
  • Nourishes and rejuvenates the tissues
  • Supports healthy digestion and absorption
  • Natural antioxidant

Triphala is most commonly known for its use as a gentle bowel tonic, being helpful in digestion, and supporting regular bowel movements. The combination of the three fruits has a synergistic effect to bolster many other systems as well. In addition to the GI tract, Ayurveda uses triphala to support healthy respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, reproductive, and nervous systems. Triphala has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. The three fruits involved in making triphala are also known for their individual effects:

  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis): Has a cooling effect that manages pitta, supporting the natural functions of the liver and the immune system.
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica): Is particularly good for kapha, supporting the respiratory system as well as kapha accumulations in all systems.
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Though having a heating nature, it is still good for all three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). Is known for its “scraping” effect, which removes toxins and helps maintain healthy levels of weight.

• Avoid the heat of the midday sun – especially in summer.

• To pamper dry, warm skin, to remove heat and to nourish and calm any nervous tension and irritability, indulge in an ayurvedic massage every morning before you bathe or shower. Use coconut oil for your massage as it has cooling properties. If you like, you can add 3-4 drops of a pure essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood to 2 oz. of massage oil. Mix well before use. Lavender is known as a nervine which means it calms the central nervous system. Two or three times a week, massage your scalp with warm oil, and let the oil stay for an hour or two before you shampoo as this is really calming to the central nervous system. After your shower or bath, apply a generous coating of a pure, gentle moisturizer all over your body to keep your skin feeling smooth and cool all day long.

• Avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine. Stimulants for you aggravate acidity and you probably already know that caffeine and alcohol can fire you up; emotionally too!

• Protect yourself from the cold and wind. Stay warm and toasty in cold weather by wearing several layers of clothing. Wear a cap and scarf when you go out to protect your ears and throat. Wear lip balm to prevent lips from getting dry and chafed.

• Wear clothing made of natural fibers so that your skin can cool and breathe.

• Do not skip meals, even though you can forget to eat, skipping meals will increase fatigue. Also do not wait to eat until you are ravenously hungry – after all you can get so absorbed that you do not eat – this can increaseacidity and make you irritable.  Eat a nourishing lunch at mid-day and lighter meals at breakfast and dinner. Sit down to eat each meal, eat in a peaceful atmosphere with your attention on your food, and sit quietly for a few minutes after your meal. If your digestive fire is irregular, practicing these eating habits will help make it more regular.  

• Rest when you are tired. You can get pretty intense and sometimes forget to rest. That powering through no matter what - is what will cause you to get run down – so go for a walk, play with the dog, lighten up, have fun and rest.

• Start your day with a nourishing breakfast.

• Set aside about 30 minutes each day for meditation, to help calm the mind and enhance body- mind-spirit coordination. As you tend to analyze everything and live in your head – it can be useful to journal, meditate or go into counseling so that you can process emotions well. 

• Have the largest meal of the day at lunch. This is when your metabolism is functioning at its best, but then you probably already know this!

A Great Vata-Pitta pacifying dinner FOR YOU:


Wild Rice Salad with Fennel – serves 2

This salad is great for balancing Vata and Pitta. Fennel contains iron and histidine, an amino acid found in fennel, both are helpful in the treatment of anemia. Whereas iron is the chief constituent of hemoglobin, histidine stimulates production of hemoglobin and also helps in the formation of various other components of the blood. Fennel also facilitates digestion and eliminates bad breath. Some of the components of the essential oils in fennel are stimulants and they stimulate secretion of digestive and gastric juices, while reducing inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and facilitating proper absorption of nutrients from the food. Furthermore, fennel can eliminate constipation and it also has antiacidic (basic) properties. Fennel is very popular as an antiflatulent, due to the carminative properties of the aspartic acid found in fennel. Its extract can be used by everyone, from infants to the elderly, as a way to reduce flatulence and to expel excess gas from the stomach.

  • ½ cup dried wild rice, soaked for ½ hour, rinsed and drained, then cooked for ½ hour or until done
  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored, and diced.
  • 1 Fennel bulb diced
  • 1 handful roasted walnuts
  • Handful raisins soaked in cranberry juice

  • Dressing:
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds
  • 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste
1.  In a large skillet, heat the sesame oil or ghee on high heat, add garlic, ginger and stir well. Add in the asparagus, cabbage and spinach and stir till the spinach wilts.
2.  Add the coconut milk and when the spinach is fully cooked.
3.  Remove from heat; add in the cilantro and cucumber.

Serve over basmati rice.


Enjoy delicious, healthy meals that are specifically designed for the metabolism of a Vata-Pitta with an Ayurveda Meal Plan from The Holistic Highway. Each plan features 5 delicious, healthy meals a week that are ideal for the Vata-Pitta who is looking to eat the foods that are right for them. Enjoy foods that taste great, are right for you, and leave you energized, healthy and wanting more! 

Putting the right foods in your body is the number one factor in determining your health and energy levels. Want to eat delicious, healthy foods that are right for you all the time?  These budget-friendly meal plans include everything you need to eat the foods that are right for you every night of the week. No more "What's for dinner?" No more time consuming dinner prep or expensive take out. Just simple, easy to make dinners that are right for you. Learn more about a meal plans for 's below!

  • Shopping Lists Make It Easy
    Each weeks plans come with a corresponding shopping list so that you know exactly what, and how much, to buy each week. Simply buy the ingredients on the shopping list and you will have everything you need for 5 Vata-Pitta dinners that week!

  • Adjustable For Every Dosha
    One of the challenges of eating the food that is right for you is that, as social creatures, we rarely eat alone, and therefore need to create meals that the whole family can enjoy. That's why each recipe comes with instructions on how to make easy tweaks to the recipe so that the meal is right for each dosha at your dinner table. A little dash of this herb for a Vata, a splash of oil for a Pitta... you get the idea. One recipe with basic dinner plate tweaks allows you to prepare custom meals for the whole family with just one recipe!

  • Dinners for 1, 2, 4 and more!
    Each recipe is designed as a meal for 2. Eating alone? Simply cut the amount of ingredients in half. Feeding a family of four? Double up. Simple, easy and adjustable. 

  • 30 Minutes Or Less
    We understand that eating right isn't easy, and that we all live very busy lives. That's why each meal has been carefully crafted to take about 30 minutes or less to cook. Some may be a little longer, but they are worth it. we promise. 

Start Cooking Meals That Are Ideal For You Today!

Looking to get back on the road to great health? Fill out the intake form below so we can learn more about you and your health challenges and goals. Then schedule a complimentary consultation with with Kerry Harling, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Integrative Medicine, TED speaker and the founder of The Holistic Highway. What's the catch? Nothing. No selling, no pressure, just a conversation with an Ayurvedic Practitioner for your own benefit. What have you got to lose?