• Lizzie Shutt

Changing Seasons: An Ayurvedic Approach

Have you ever noticed your body craving different foods throughout the year? Such as watermelon in the summer and soups in the winter. Notice how these foods counter the typical weather during that season.

The beginning of November marks a transition from fall to winter, in Ayurvedic terms we are entering Vata season. It is important to listen to your body’s needs going into a new season. Failing to do so can lead to disease and emotional instability. If we tune into nature and oneself then naturally certain food cravings and daily routines may shift to keep ourselves in balance.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient practice originated in India that views the body and environment as an integrated system. Using Ayurvedic principles optimal health can be achieved through balancing body, mind, and spirit. Adjusting our diet and lifestyle is believed to balance our energies at various seasons.

There are three seasons: Kapha (late winter/spring), Pitta (summer), Vata (late fall/ early winter). These correlate to bodily energies, known as doshas. Each individual has different amounts of these energies within them (find out your dosha here).

Vata Season

As the air becomes cool and dry, we tend to move towards consuming warm comforting foods follow this intuition and play around with what works for you!

Foods for Balancing Vata:

  • Eat your Veggies cooked (sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, asparagus)

  • Favor sweet and heavy Fruits (berries, banana, avocado, oranges, grapes, melons, dates)

  • Enjoy hearty and warm Grains (brown rice, wheat, oats, amaranth)

  • Love these Legumes (Toor Dal, mung beans, tofu)

  • Embrace all Nuts, Seeds, Spices and Oils.

The goal in changing your diet and lifestyle during a particular season is to expose yourself to the opposite influences prominently found within that season so as to counterbalance the external energies. As we all transition into winter I encourage you to think “warm, smooth, and slow”. It can be difficult during the holidays to slow down, but is critical to maintain balance so you don’t catch the seasonal sickness!

Looking to explore more about Ayurveda check out this site! For cooking inspiration I reference a beautiful recipe book Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook. Check out my Green Palak Tofu recipe I got from her book. (picture below)

“Live Dirty, Eat Clean & Green”,

Lizzie Shutt


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