Transitioning from Summer to Fall
The past two days I have devoted a lot of time to researching how best to eat during the transition from summer to fall. Let’s just say…TMI…I haven’t been regular! Cold, raw, rough foods that were a necessity in the summer lose their appeal when the body is trying to build insulation as the temperature changes. I’ve had cravings for soup and cooked veggies, I’m pulling out my robe and slippers for the chilly mornings, and a hot eucalyptus bath before bed has become increasingly necessary.
Ayurvedic practitioners suggest adding more healthy oils to your diet (olive, avocado, sesame, flax, ghee) to help with the drying out of the body as Vata increases with the change of season. I can feel it when I wash my face and have to use face cream again. A recommendation I may try is to massage the skin with sesame oil before showering, which might be a delicious way of keeping your skin hydrated.
Being of Vata constitution in the season where Vata increases, I’m really trying to incorporate those good fats into my diet – I had a delicious “Bulletproof Coffee” this morning using ghee and a little maple syrup. I’m using more coconut milk and eating more nuts and seeds. Filberts and almonds are great for this time of year. I’ll probably even try adding olive oil to my shakes in the morning. My shakes have gone from citrus-y and raw to savory and milky, and I’m not making them as cold. Here’s my crazy shake today:
2 Figs (soaked overnight)
BAM. Tasted like pie in a glass!
I’m drinking more tea, less ice water. Vegetables that are ripening in the garden right now are exactly what the body needs at this time of the year – tomatoes, red peppers, pumpkins, squashes. Carrots and beets are great too, as are potatoes and yams – root vegetables help keep you grounded. I bought and actually USED a yam – they’re notorious for sitting in the bottom of my fridge till they go bad!
I had already decided to take the month of October off of running to focus on yoga, which felt like the right thing to do – turns out another recommendation is to limit exercise while the insulating layer grows. I will also be having more luxurious baths with Tiber bath salts (mmmm carmello…) and curling up in my fuzzy Winnipeg Jets blanket watching hockey. I love this time of year!
Posted on September 12, 2013, in Holistic Ideas, Recipes and tagged ayurveda, bulletproof coffee, coconut milk, fall diet, ghee, good fats, oils, root vegetables, Vata. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.