Seasonal Eating – Effortless Ways to include Ayurvedic Principles
By Nadia Shaw, Naturopath, Flannerys Organic & Wholefood Market
The practice of Ayurveda comes from India, and from it we learn that the seasons can be broadly broken up into, 3 doshas or elements known as Vata (Air), Kapha (Earth) and Pitta (Fire).
These doshas also apply to our own body’s internal constitution, i.e. we might be more Vata (Air) types that suffer from dry skin and anxiety or we might be more grounded Kapha (Earth) types who seem to have calmer personality traits but can suffer weight issues and sluggish digestions.
Whichever constitution you are, you will be more affected by the season that correlates.
Vata (Air) Season is late autumn and early winter and coincides with the dry gusty winds and cold chilly weather. At this time of the year it is best to enjoy warming foods such as soups, broths, porridge, baked root vegetables etc. avoid cold foods. Keep yourself warm with hot drinks and staying rugged up in front of the fire.
Nutra Organics broth and soup ranges are ideal. Just boil the kettle for a warm cup of vegetable soup or delicious warming broth. Jomeis Fine Foods latte blends, especially the Ginger or Turmeric latte blends are ideal superfood cuppa options.
Also, enjoy restorative and meditative practices such as yoga and massage. Things that increase Vata and should be avoided are cold and raw foods.
Kapha (Earth) Season starts in the coldest mid-winter until early spring. This is reflected in the heavy cold days, biting rain and then first shoots of green to indicate the new season. It’s time to turn to lighter, drier, pungent and warming foods as well as looking out for the seasonal offerings of spring. Apples and pears are wonderful for Kapha season as well as most grains (avoid wheat and rice), such as, millet, barley, buckwheat and quinoa. And of course loads of organic vegetables.
Lifestyle ideas include increasing exercise and getting moving. Early morning exercise will offset some of that seasonal weight gain.
Pitta (Fire) Season involves the gradual heating up of late spring and then scorching summer days. It is essential to stay hydrated and avoid the heat of the sun from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Life stream Aloe Vera Juice is a wonderful Ayurvedic remedy to cool and hydrate the body. Enjoy the summer bounty of fresh fruits and cooling foods recommended include: coconut juice, mint, cucumbers and mangos.
This article is for educational purposes only. Always seek health advice from your healthcare professional.
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