Posted by Nikki on June 21, 2018
It’s obvious that winter is a time for hibernation. Less daylight hours, plants and trees are dormant and even animals are less frequently seen. But what we don’t often talk about is how to change our diets and lifestyles to suit the cold, dark, often damp conditions.
This three part content series will cover some tips and thinking on how to support your body through the chilli change of weather based on Ayurvedic principals.
Ayurveda, yoga’s sister healing science helps us to understand how to support our bodies to maintain vitality through the changing of each season. According to it’s principles, winter resonates the strongest with the dosha (bio-elemental energy) of kaph. Kaph’s qualities are of cold, heavy, moist, grounded, and slow. When in balance, kapha is a source of strength, vitality, and stability to our bodies and minds. In winter kapha is prone to imbalance leading to excess mucus (cold and flu season) and excess body weight as well as a feeling of sluggishness and sometimes even a little depressive.
Tweaking our diets can help to keep the energy of kapha balanced and strong throughout winter. Over this content series you will get a simple tip and recipe per week.
Our digestive fires go into a little hibernation during winter too. Eating foods with cold, wet and heavy properties, (raw veggies, frozen foods, sweets, and oily or fried foods) —weakens our digestive fires. To strengthen, drink hot or warm water (instead of cold or iced) and drink warming teas like fresh ginger or chai (these have warming spices in them as well as being warm).
Focus on eating warm, slow-cooked, slightly oily, and well-spiced foods. And you can add these spices to teas or meals to boost your digestive fire: black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, fennel seeds, licorice, cardamom, and ginger root.
Nic’s Warming Pumpkin soup