Did you know that changing your diet and lifestyle with the seasons is an important part of yoga? Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, provides healthy guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world. A simple way of doing this is to make small changes to the way you eat as the seasons change.
Spring is the time to leave behind the warming comfort food of winter (we naturally gravitate towards heavier, heartier meals through winter) and move towards lighter, energizing foods. You may find that your appetite naturally decreases and you’ll be attracted to more fresh fruit, juice, salads and fluids. That’s your body’s way of telling you to start ‘spring cleaning’ and part of that is choosing cleansing foods that clear out the dross of winter and leave you feeling alive and energized. According to Ayurveda, we achieve that by avoiding foods that are:
- High in oils
- Wet/liquid foods
These foods are more likely to create a feeling of heaviness in the body during the spring season. Instead, we should be looking for foods that are:
- Slightly spicy
- Low in fat
For example, a soup or a stew would be heavy, ‘wet’ food. A salad would be light and dry. Light, dry foods are ideal for balancing the body in spring (when the Ayurvedic dosha ‘Kapha’ predominates) because they regulate the ‘dampness’ in the body and encourage elimination, helping you to cleanse the body. To make things nice and easy for you, here’s a sample menu for eating a healthy diet during Spring.
Fresh seasonal fruits
Rice cakes with a bean salad and lightly steamed green vegetables
Lightly sauteed seasonal vegetables with grilled chicken
Warm organic cows, rice or almond milk with cinnamon, cardamom and turmeric.
Eating right for the season can be simple and fun - try not to make things too complicated. Here are 5 key guidelines for staying healthy with Ayurveda this Spring:
5 Ayurvedic Tips for Eating Right in Spring
- Choose freshly cooked foods rather than leftovers
- Eat a larger lunch and smaller dinner (don’t eat too late)
- Avoid cold, frozen or re-heated foods
- Swap seafood for freshwater fish
- Choose seasonal fruit and veg that has been grown locally
Have a happy, healthy Spring!
Want to know more about choosing the right foods and yoga practices for Spring? Book a live online Yoga and Ayurveda consultation!
Nikola Ellis is the founder of Adore Yoga, yoga therapist, counsellor and teacher trainer. She conducts regular trainings that help people of all ages, shapes and abilities enjoy the benefits of yoga and meditation, including Meditation Facilitator Certificate Trainings; Level 1 200hr Teacher Training and Post Graduate Yoga Teacher Training in Mental Health, Adaptive Asana and the Foundations of Yoga Therapy and a highly regarded professional 650hr Graduate Certificate of Yoga Therapy.