During Autumn, our bodies are susceptible to Vata imbalance which can manifest in insomnia, anxiety, low concentration, bloating, dry skin and others.
Reducing cold and dry food such as raw salads and cold drinks, and focussing on warming foods will help keep Vata in balance. Here are some ideas how:
1) Spices: As the weather gets colder, focus on warming spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, garlic, cardamom. Enjoy them in your meals, on porridge, in baking, or as a hot drink such as ginger or chai tea.
2) Warming and seasonal vegetables: Sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, turnips are excellent choices. Serving ideas include rainbow tray bake, air fryer fries, stews, or hot soups.
3) Cooked fruits: can make it easier for your digestion. For example make stewed apple puree, baked oats with berries, or grilled peaches.
4) Supplement wisely: Catch some sunrays wherever you can, but Vitamin D supplementing might come in handy, especially if you sit at your desk all day. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen which is used to help the body alleviate both physical and mental stress.
5) Allow me time: the final months of the year are usually most busy times, packed with work and personal commitments. Be sure to allocate time for yourself, take a hot bath, meditate in a candle lit space, or cosy up with a good movie or book. Please be kind to yourself!
Ps: Red dates are known for their warming properties, and can be enjoyed as a snack or soaked in hot water to make a delicious sweet tea. Find red dates here.
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