Proper food intake: Regular mealtime – breakfast, lunch and dinner should be maintained as our body needs energy. Never skip your important meal of the day – breakfast. Including fruits, carbohydrates and protein in morning breakfast helps brain to be alert and active. Having breakfast and lunch on time stimulates regular bowel movement and keeps body healthy. Whether it is dinner or lunch – based on the season and your body type decide on ingredients and menu.
Apart from not skipping your breakfast Ayurveda suggests that lunch meal between 12 to 1:30 pm should be heavier than the dinner. There should be a gap of 5 to 6 hours between each meal. A light and gentle dinner helps easy digestion and supports good sleep. Ideal time for dinner is between 6:30 to 8 pm. Dinner can be steamed vegetables (not root vegetables), seasonal fruits, grains, lentils and soups. Drinking milk is suggested at night. However, a 45 minutes gap between the dinner and a glass of milk (or soy or almond milk) intake is recommended.
Vata, Kapha and Pitta Seasons:
Ayurveda characterizes vata season as light, rough, dry, irregular, hard and cool which falls in in fall (& early winter). The cold wind blows and falling leaves represents the roughness of the weather. One can experience dry skin, mood swings, unpredictable energy levels and irregular digestion. Eating warm foods and root vegetables, warm drinks like milk with ghee helps in this season.
During kapha season which is winter days (to early spring) one will feel heavy, dense, wet and cold days. It ends up in warm by end of spring. The quality of atmosphere will be dampness, cold and dull. These days can clog energy channels and lower the immunity. Seasonal allergy, cold, fatigue is common in this season. Avoid heavy foods and go on for vegetable soups, bitter veggies and leafy greens. Introduce cinnamon, mustard and moderate spice in your diet.
Pitta season is when the nature builds and brighter days one sees. Greenery marks the season with moist, intense, sharp and hot weather. Body will heat up, dehydrate and lose energy. Including certain foods in diet – cucumber, watermelon, zucchini, mangoes (fruits of the season) and coconut water is good for the body.
Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: April 13, 2020