The leaves are falling, the sunshine is hazy, and the air is feeling crisp and cool.. In other words, it's a Vata-dominated month, which will bring coldness and dryness along with it!
An Ayurvedic perspective on November would encourage you to balance your aggravated Vata dosha with warm foods, a proper routine, and healthy self care! To keep your body & mind healthy and balanced, check our latest blog to incorporate these 3 important foods in your diet this month!
1. Healthy Fats
It's fall. It's cold. It's time to bundle your (internal) self up! During the cooler fall weather it's important to give the body a little extra insulation and hydration. A higher fat diet can provide some important nutrients to help repair and rejuvenate the body in the seasonal transition. Consider adding in a little more sesame oil in your cooking. Avocados will be a great addition as well. If you can source it, find some non-violent ghee too as it offers short, medium, and long-chained fatty acids, is a rich source of Omega 3 & 9, and is loaded with antioxidants! As Vata dosha works to dry us out, its key to lubricate internally and externally with oils!
2. Nourishing Grains & Lentils
As we enter into the beginning of winter, it's always important to get an adequate amount ofprotein in, and as we always recommend, its best if that protein is plant-based. Increase the amount of nourishing grains & legumes you consume this month by including more oats, lentils and mung beans in your diet. If you feel like you need an extra boost, you can incorporate organic protein powder in as well. Its the best time to ground the body and bulk up!
3. Seasonal Veggies
Fall demands a dense, nutritious diet, which means underground veggies are a perfect solution. Think about incorporating meals that include sweet potatoes, beets, carrots and squash too! These types of foods provide important vitamins and minerals that your body will truly appreciate during the colder months! Just like nature, our bodies go through seasons and our diet should adjust accordingly. Always aim to eat locally grown, in-season vegetables when possible.
The fall/winter weather tends to affect us more than we realize. Adapted to the warm weather, there's always a slight shock to the body when the winter breeze starts to come around. We recommend to get ahead and stop any Vata dosha aggravations on the spot by balancing out with a quality Organic Triphala powder!
Please Note: It's important to talk to your doctor or health care practitioner, especially before using any Ayurvedic herbs in combination with blood-sugar-lowering drugs (such as diabetes medications). Our herbs should not be used by pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, those who are malnourished/debilitated, those who have lost blood, those with medical conditions, or people who are taking medications without consulting a doctor first.