Summer is giving way to autumn, a time of preparation and change for the colder days to come. It is also the season with high Vata predominance.

According to Ayurveda, Vata has the  following qualities:

  • Rough
  • Windy
  • Erratic
  • Cool
  • Light


What influence can Vata have on me?
On the physical aspect, you might notice:

  • Skin getting drier
  • Your hands and/or feet feeling colder
  • Irregular bowel movement
  • Change in appetite

On the mental aspect, you can experience:

  • Restlessness
  • Spaciness
  • Nervousness

What to do to better flow through this transition period?
Vata’s element is air, so it is best to incorporate lifestyle choices that balance this element. Nourish your body and mind adequately to encourage a sense of warmth and grounding.

The best advice is to incorporate to your diet foods that are in season. Nature provides products that help harmonize our body with the environment.

Some examples of great foods and spices to cook with these next few months are:

  • Root vegetables
  • Butternut squash
  • Pumpkins
  • Beets
  • Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Hearty grains
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Vanilla

Remember that a strong body is more able to overcome changes and challenges in the colder months to come. So make sure to take good care of yourself: mind and body.

 

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