Autumn Wellness

                                                            Autumn Wellness with Ayurveda

Autumn is a time of transition. It is evident everywhere around you. Many trees and shrubs are quietly undressing in preparation for the winter. There is a subtle browning of the earth. Temperatures, which, just a few weeks ago were raging with the intense heat of summer, are beginning to hint at the telltale crispness of autumn. And there is the wind: slowly gathering strength, carrying the tides of winter on its breath. The autumn harbours a certain emptiness that can leave us feeling exposed and a little raw, but it is also filled with possibility—a time when we, too, can strip down to a quiet essence of being and savour the simplicity. The Autumn brings with it a predominance of air element and prana (the vital breath, the subtle essence of life) is abundant in the atmosphere. Autumn is dry, rough, windy, erratic, cool, subtle, and clear. These are all qualities shared by vata dosha, and because like increases like, autumn is considered a vata season. This same principle illustrates why taking a few simple steps to balance vata this fall can be tremendously beneficial.

Sustantive, oily, nourishing foods that are high in protein, high in fat, brought to life with warming, stimulating spices, and served hot, will go a long way toward maintaining your internal reserves of moisture and keeping you grounded through the Vata (Autumnal) season.

Fruits to favour:

·         Apples (cooked)

·         Avocados

·         Bananas

·         Dates

·         Figs

·         Grapefruit

·         Grapes

·         Lemons

·         Limes

·         Mangoes

·         Oranges

·         Papayas

·         Prunes (soaked)

·         Raisins (soaked)

·         Tangerines

 

Lunches and dinners that include steamed vegetables, hearty grains, soups, and stews are grounding and moisturizing. If you eat meat and eggs, this is one of the best times of year to enjoy them. Dairy products and most nuts and seeds are also beneficial. In general, you’ll want to reduce your consumption of raw vegetables, cold and frozen foods, as well as the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes. It is best to minimize light, cooling, and drying foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts, leafy greens, white potatoes, beans, popcorn, crackers, millet, and dried fruit. If you do eat these foods, eat them in moderation and make sure that they are soaked, well cooked

 

Vegetables to Favour

·         Beets

·         Carrots

·         Chilies

·         Garlic

·         Okra

·         Onions

·         Pumpkins

·         Sweet Potatoes

Grains to Favour

·         Basmati Rice

·         Brown Rice

·         Oats

·         Quinoa

·         Wheat

Legumes to Favour

·         Kidney Beans

·         Miso

·         Mung Beans

Nuts and Seeds to Favour

·         All nuts and seeds are supportive of vata season

Dairy to Favor

·         Butter

·         Buttermilk

·         Cheese

·         Cream

·         Sour Cream

·         Yoghurt

·         Milk (not cold)

Animal Products to Favour (If You Eat Them)

·         Beef

·         Chicken

·         Crab

·         Duck

·         Eggs

·         Lobster

·         Oysters

·         Shrimp

·         Turkey

·         Venison

 

Oils to Favour

·         Almond Oil

·         Olive Oil

·         Peanut Oil

·         Safflower Oil

·         Sesame Oil

Sweeteners

·         Honey

·         Jaggary

·         Maple Syrup

·         Sugar (Raw)

·         Rice Syrup

Spices to Favour (All Spices Are Good for Vata Season)

·         Basil

·         Bay Leaf

·         Black Pepper

·         Cardamom

·         Cinnamon

·         Clove

·         Cumin

·         Dill

·         Garlic

·         Ginger

·         Mustard Seeds

·         Nutmeg

·         Oregano

·         Paprika

·         Parsley

·         Rosemary

·         Turmeric

 

Vata Season Lifestyle Choices

One of the most effective ways to support vata is by establishing a daily routine. Try to do the same things (wake up, exercise, eat meals, go to bed, etc.) at roughly the same times each day. Set the tone for your day by rising early, taking full advantage of the silence, stillness, and peace that are intrinsic to the early morning hours. Then, you can calm your nervous system, awaken your tissues, and ground your energy by massaging your skin with warm, organic Sesame Oil. Follow this practice with a warm, relaxing shower, leaving a coat of oil on the skin to absorb throughout the day. Steam baths and humidifiers can help to preserve internal moisture as well. Some gentle yoga, and ten to fifteen minutes of meditation will further your sense of stability and wellness. If you enjoy a little fragrance, geranium, and citrus essential oils are very appropriate this time of year.

Vata Season Exercise

The best times of day to exercise are in the early morning and evening hours (6–10 a.m. and 6–10 p.m.). Vata is very easily aggravated by fast, mobile activities, so consider slow, gentle, strengthening forms of exercise instead. Walking, hiking, swimming, cycling, yoga, and tai chi are good choices, provided they are done at an appropriate level of intensity. Ideally, exercise at about fifty to seventy percent of your capacity, breathing through your nose the entire time. And remember to balance your activity with adequate relaxation and sleep so that your tissues can rejuvenate properly.

Remember, a seasonal routine is an investment in your own health and vitality. And while the specifics may vary from one person to the next, we all stand to benefit from aligning ourselves with the rhythms of nature throughout the year.

Clare McGill