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Autumn and Eating Seasonally

Autumn is Vata:

When we align out lifestyle with the seasons we are more able to lead a balanced life. So let's look at Autumn and how our bodies crave warmth over coolness.
The Vata  dosha consists mostly of the two elements air and space (also known as ether) and is generally described as cold, light, dry, rough, flowing, and spacious. Autumn represents vata for its cool, crisp days. To balance this out we balance with warmth and nourishment. 




Eat Seasonally:

If we look around at all the colours that nature provides in Autumn it's all reds, yellow, orange and green. Gone are the cold salads and ice cream of Summer and in their place are the warming foods that nurture the soul. When you think of the colours mentioned above you think apples, lemons, mandrians, pears, feijoas, silverbeet, and pumpkins. Root vegetables like carrots, kumara, potatoes, swedes, parsnips. Citrus fruits become plentiful at this time of year giving us a dose of vitiamin C to build immunity for those Winter coughs and colds.
Focus on including warming spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Switch to warm fluids - either at room temperature or warmer.  Think spicer teas and miso soup (yum). 




In Conclusion:

Eat in season, make sure to eat warming, substantial foods, drink plenty of warm liquids to keep your body's internal moisture levels up. Include adequate proteins and health oils in your diet to help with grounding. Complement your food with warming spices. Moderate how much raw foods you eat and avoid too many light and crisp foods like crackers and avoid frozen or cold foods.
But most of all ensure that you are eating enough to feel nourished and nurtured at this time of year.



 

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