Ayurvedic Winter Foods

Dry/rough skin, back/joint pain, constipation, wind and bloating, and cold hands and feet are caused by Vata season. Because of this dryness we produce more mucus, a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.

5 food groups to counteract this drying effect:

Root and Ground veg – squashes, beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes – heavy, dense, moisturising and grounding, rich in fibre, minerals, and antioxidants. Make soups, stews, and bake some for extra sweetness.

Fat – needed for insulation, along with the nutrients you need to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate before the next spring. Add more olive oil, coconut oil, butter, and ghee to your cooking, nuts, seeds, oily fish.

More protein – nuts, seeds, Spirulina, eggs and a little yogurt. If you eat meat, eat a little bit more of it at this time of year (up to 10% of diet). Proteins are the building blocks for the body, and essential for structural strength, skin health, immunity, and more.

Fermented foods – support gut microbial immunity and warm the body. Try sauerkraut, miso soup, or some home-made yogurt sauce.

More fibre – root veg, seeds, and grains, stewed apples. Fibre supports better intestinal health, and helps you go to the loo. Ayurveda views good elimination as the key to good health.

(PS. We’re supposed to gain a pound or two in winter as part of our insulation.)

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