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Trying to get your child to eat healthy food can prove to be a Herculean task. Vata kids, especially, need more care as they tend to be underweight with cold feet and hands that signify weak circulation. But with the help of Ayurveda, you can plan your vata child’s food habits to ensure that they are healthy, both body and mind.
Balance your child’s vata with foods that are comforting, nourishing, and easy to digest, like soups and stews, hot cereals, grains and wholesome beverages.
Avoid cold food like cucumber, banana and excessive curd.
Since vata type digestion tends to be weaker than the others, you should ensure your vata child eats dinner at least two or three hours before bed. Not doing so will keep their metabolism high, affecting their sleep and making it difficult for them to fall asleep.
Vata children benefit from sweet taste (madhura rasa), like honey, sweet, ripe fruits and even rice. However, avoid artificial sweets like candy and ice cream.
Reduce beans, sprouts, and cabbage from their diet. Don’t give them raw vegetables either.
Dry food like chips and popcorn should be avoided as well.
According to Ayurveda, the vata child’s appetite is not consistent. But with some coaxing and cajoling, you can ease them into a routine that’s good for them. And by making a few changes in your child’s eating habits, you won’t have to worry about their health anymore!
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