Healthy Eating And Ayurveda
Article by Donna Rock
Are you finding the foods you enjoyed a few months back during the cold weather just are not as appealing to you right now? This change in taste may not be just because you are pregnant.
There is a centuries old philosophy of healing called Ayurveda medicine. One of the principles of Ayurveda says the types of foods we need and crave is constantly evolving and changing with the changes of the seasons!
I remember when I first heard about Ayurveda, I thought it was a little “different” and was skeptical. But as time goes on, I do notice my body craving different foods at different times of the year. For me, the rich butternut squash soups and meats I seemed to crave in the winter just don’t appeal to me right now with the weather getting hotter.
By learning to tune into your body and consider the season you are in, you can make better food choices to satisfy your hunger and be more successful at steering clear of unhealthy cravings. This is extremely important if you have Gestational Diabetes.
During the Winter season, we digest foods better and we tend to feel hungrier. This is a perfect time to eat more immunity boosting foods to keep us healthy during the winter. Examples of immunity boosting foods are those that are fresh, organic, easy to digest, pure and wholesome. These include fresh, organic milk and yogurt, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and ghee (clarified butter).
Summer carries with it many health troubles such as heartburn, increased body heat and sweating, skin troubles like skin rashes, prickly heat and acne, stomach acidity, peptic ulcers, rough hair, moodiness and anger. These ailments can be offset during the summer by eating cooler foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and staying away from dry, processed and acidic foods.
Spring time is when there is coolness in the ground but the air is warming us up; our bodies reflect this. During the Spring, you will begin craving lighter fare, especially after the fall/winter season of heavier & moist foods. Choose those veggies that clean, detoxify and lighten the body. It’s all about bitter, astringent & pungent tastes. Slowly reduce use of oils, red meats, nuts, sweeteners and other foods that are heavy, oily or cold. Favor light, dry & warm foods.
In the fall season it is important to maintain regular routines of rest and activity and to start eating warm foods. Some examples would be warm teas, soups and stews. Some vegetables to eat are beets, sweet potatoes and carrots.
As you can see, regardless of the season you are in, it is always recommended you eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to find produce that is from your region and produce that is currently in season. If you have a local farmer’s market, start making it a habit to buy your fresh produce from your local farmers.
Ayurveda may have been around for centuries, but for many people it is a new concept. Hopefully by opening yourself to this “new” point of view, perhaps it can help you make healthier choices as you decide how to nourish your body by the season…instead of focusing on calories or denying yourself of an unhealthy food.
Donna Rock is a Health Coach graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Donna is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. This prestigious certification is for individuals who have been trained by only the most qualified educational programs in the area of Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Health Coaching.