Eating Along with the Cycles of Nature!!

The most simple, basic and never-followed the wisdom of nature is exercising

the choice of food and lifestyle based on the changing rhythms of the seasons. The

juncture of every season brings along with it certain diseases and imbalances

during its transition from one season to another. Ayurveda recommends, making

right food choices based on the dominant dosha during that cycle. These doshas

are responsible for the physical and emotional attributes in the human body. The

combinations of these doshas within an individual determine the characteristics

of that individual. Any imbalances in these doshas cause diseases. Just as every

person is dominated by a dosha, every season is also dominated by a dosha.

Therefore, it is very important to tune ourselves to the rhythms of nature by

following season specific diet and activities in order to avoid imbalances. This

goes a very long way in maintaining your body’s balance and harmony with

nature.

 

Different doshas are dominant in different seasons. Vata is characteristic

of fall and early winter (Mid July- Mid November). Falling temperatures

demand the need for nourishing Ojas (Sanskrit word meaning vigor or strength)

developing food. Therefore, it’s that time of the year when you need to keep

yourself warm and binge on warm, well-cooked, organic, fresh foods. Some of

the nourishing foods include lemons, ghee, sweet potatoes, apples (if you live in

regions that produce apples locally) and almonds. Sip on plenty of warm water

every half hour to eliminate impurities from the tissues.

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Kapha characterizes late winters and early spring (Mid Nov- Mid March).

Keep yourself warm by favoring detoxifying food with hot spices during this

season. Spices like cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and cardamom help tackle the

runny noses and sore throats that develop due to the cold temperatures. Go easy

on heavy, fried, sweet and salty food. Do take some time to indulge in some sort

of physical activity in order to keep yourself active.

 

Pitta signifies the onset of summers. The bright sunny weather makes you feel

more energetic. However the soaring temperature also kills your appetite. Beat

the summer heat by consuming juicy, organic and cooling Pitta pacifying food.

Include fresh seasonal fruits, rice pulses and milk products in your diet. Water is

the best for cooling Pitta. Hence, do not forget to keep yourself well hydrated.

The chart below gives a rough guideline diet for different seasons. Please

consult a good Ayurvedic practitioner before making any major changes to your

diet.