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
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.
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