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SEASONAL EATING

SEASONAL EATING

As we know, ayurveda works with the five elements.  Once we become more aware, we can see how earth, water, fire, air & ether manifest in everything.  An overt example of this is the seasons.  Each season is associated with a dosha (which is really just a combination of elements).  While we think of having four seasons, for simplification purposes we will break it down into three.

Let’s consider which eating patterns & specific foods will be most balancing for each season, as it is associated with a dosha.

Fall/Winter\\VATA: Heavy & warm foods; high protein; high fat;

FAVOR: Sour & salty tastes; Ghee

ENJOY: Soups, sweets, squash, nuts & seeds, raw honey, warm spiced milk, oatmeal

AVOID: Raw food

Spring\\KAPHA: Detoxifying & rejuvenating foods;

FAVOR: Hot spices – ginger, black pepper, cayenne

ENJOY: Leafy greens, sprouts, radish spinach, okra, garlic, light fruits & berries, yellow split peas, red lentils, garbanzos, barley

            AVOID: Dairy, cold beverages, excessive use of oil; heavy, sweet & sour foods

Summer\\PITTA: Cooling & energizing foods; high carbohydrate;

FAVOR: Sweet & juicy foods

ENJOY: Raw or lightly cooked vegetables, melons, plums, prunes, lime, coconut, mint, cilantro, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cucumber, basmati

AVOID: Sour fruits, beets, carrots, garlic, onion, chili, tomato, sour cream

These are general guidelines, the challenge is to take this wisdom and apply it to your individual experience.  When considering a more seasonal diet, it is also important to maintain awareness of your dominant dosha – balancing foods that suit both your natural constitution and the present season.  If this list isn’t quite appropriate for your geographical climate, go to you local farmer’s market and see what is available!


RESOURCES:

The Ayurveda Encyclopedia (pg. 330)

by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha

The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies (pg.64)

By Dr. Vasant Lad

Dr. John Douillard’s Life Spa: http://lifespa.com/3seasondietchallenge/

 

 

 

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