Put a spring in your step in spring

by | Apr 23, 2003 | Archives

Your diet has a vital impact on your energy and the types of food we should eat alters with each season. Yesterday's message looked at some basic principles of nutritional health. Today we see how to eat better in the spring.

Yesterday's message explained the meanings behind the ayurvedic concepts of vata, pitta and kapha. Today we look at Vasantu Ritu Spring.

Everything is coming alive! Buds, blossoms, trees pushing tiny leaves. The identifying factor for this season is the sun coming back. For some it may be wet (we look at this type of weather Varsha Ritu tomorrow), for some it may be dry. In any case, the accumulated kapha is aggravated by the coming heat and sunlight, leading to congestion, heaviness or lethargy.

People visit our site from all over the world. Therefore we need to post tips for people who live in permanent summer or winter, or who may be sweating when we are shivering.

There are six seasons (Ritu) described in the ancient texts, and each text, perhaps coming from authors in different parts of the Indian subcontinent, describe the seasons differently.

According to Vedic medicine, the qualities of all objects and tendencies can be known and utilized to create balance in life — both in human life and the life of the environment. The corollary of this precept is the Principle of Similars and Opposites (samanyavishesha siddhanta) which states that in order to create a balancing influence in one's physiology and mind, one needs to adopt influences that have the opposite effect of the imbalance.

Follow the guidelines in a relaxed way, because your diet and lifestyle also need to be determined by your constitutional type, your imbalances, your age, and your occupation.

Favor a kapha-pacifying diet. Avoid sweet, sour, salty, and heavy foods. Again, no siestas, as they aggravate kapha, increasing heaviness in the body. Get outside and move, staying warm, however. This is a good time to enjoy the blossoming of nature.

Use rough, bitter tasting grains like rye, barley, millet, quinoa, and buckwheat.

If you eat meat, take animals that live in dry places such as fowl, rabbit, lamb or venison. Avoid other red meat.

Tomorrow we look at how to eat in Varsha ritu — wet, rainy and humid weather.


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