Welcome to the Vata Season

 

Ayurveda uses the gunas to help us understand and remember each experience we encounter in the material world. These gunas are qualities and attributes which we perceive through our five senses, including the way we experience nature and our bodies. 

“Like increases like, and opposites bring balance,” 

Hemant Ritu or the early winter season activates the Vata Dosha in the body and brings attributes like coldness, dryness, etc. that leads to dry and dull skin and hair. Hence special winter nourishment is needed for the skin. 

Ayurveda explains that Hemant Ritu continues for two months, during which the earth cools down, giving rise to an energy that makes us feel rejuvenated leading to changes in lifestyle and being. 

To match with the prakruti’s cool and abrupt changes, Ayurveda recommends some additional changes in the diet too.  Here are some lifestyle tips and guidelines to ensure smooth transition into fall! 

  • Healthy fats. Consume as many healthy fats as possible like raw milk, olive oil, nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin), avocado, and of course the golden elixir of life, ghee.
  • Drizzle ghee on freshly cooked khichdi, apply oodles of warm ghee on chapatis or add some of it in dal.  
  • KE Tip: Fresh Desi Ghee can also be used as a lip scrub to treat chapped lips.
  • Warm and heavy foods. Stick to warm and easily digestible meals such as stews, soups, biryanis, paranthas, nuts, halwa, dahl, and cooked root vegetables. 
  • Hot, nourishing beverages. Spiced teas such as ginger, licorice, and cinnamon are balancing for light and airy Vata. These beverages help with immunity and calm the nerves.
  • KE Recipe:  Tasty and healthy Turmeric milk-
  • Melt 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder in one cup of warm milk on the stove. When the spices have assimilated into the milk, add 1 tsp of raw honey. 
  • Spices. Exotic Ayurvedic spices not only taste amazing but they are also energetically warm and Vata-pacifying. They help with digestion, which the Vata may struggle with. 
  • Try cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, saffron and black pepper in moderation.

Dry Fruits.  Increase your intake of dry fruits and seeds. You can opt for Sunflower seeds, Flaxseeds, Pumpkin seeds, Almonds, Pine nuts, Peanuts and Walnuts in this season. You can also make tasty and warm sweet dishes with them like gajar halwa, gulab jamun, kheer, etc.

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