Fall is here, and with the new season, we need a new routine. Let’s see what we can do.
As the wind starts blowing and the temperature starts dropping, we all run to the stores to buy and prepare ourselves for winter. We buy our scarves, nice jackets and boots, of course. However, we don’t think of going to the farmers market to check what we need to eat for that season right! So we look at the changes we need in our clothes and outside our body but never really look to the inside needs of our body in each season.
According to Ayurveda, there are 3 seasons in a year. These seasons are; Vata season associated with windy, dry and cold season (generally October- February), Kapha season associated with the cold and wet season (generally February to June) and the Pitta season associated with hot weather (June to October).
So today we will talk about the fall and winter season, where our body becomes dry, we feel this dryness in our throat and sinuses. Our intelligent body, to compensate for the dryness, will produce extra mucus to lubricates the system and to eliminate the dryness. However, this mucus also allows the growth of bacteria which results in common cold or flu.
Well, nature is amazing it compensate for that by giving us the rich, heavy vegetables, nuts and fruits in this season to compensate for the dryness so we reduce the production of mucus. So we get: Bananas (yes this is the season I know we find them all year round but this is the time to eat them..), avocadoes, yams, sweet potatoes, beets, pumpkins, winter squash, nuts, meat, deep-sea fish et..
During the Vata season we need more Sweet Sour and Salty food. Here are some recommendations:
Favor warm, heavy and oily cooked food; try to avoid dry, uncooked and raw food. More soups, stews, root veggies, steamed veggies. Do not worry about the oil in this season, it is needed to warm the body and in the right proportion will not add to your weight.
Favor sweet, sour and salty food. Stay away from spicy food and away from beans; sorry Indian and Mexican cuisine. See you in spring!.
Increase intake of protein as the body will need it for winter.. hello steak house ..
Favor fruits that are heavy and sour such as oranges, banana, avocados, grapes, grapefruits, mangoes, plums etc.
Favor the following vegetables in season: Beets, carrots, winter squash, acorn squash, tomatoes, okra, artichoke heart and sweet potatoes.
Eat all kind of raw nuts; walnut, almonds or pecan.
Drink lots of warm teas especially herbals. Try Ginger tea which is great in this season. Just boil water and add a spoon of grated ginger or slices of fresh ginger.
Also, this season nourishes your other senses:
Follow a regular daily routine of exercise and sleep.
Stay warm and wear more pastel shades and earthy tone colors
Give yourself a daily massage and use: Sesame oil or almond oil that are heavy and warm.
Daily exercise to increase immunity and moods.