Fall is in the Air!

MapleLeafI have been fortunate enough to have spent the last few days in Idaho visiting friends and family. Autumn is my favorite time of year, but there is no place like Idaho in the fall. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, an extra blanket is needed at night, and I have even more of an excuse to stay in my sweatpants! I love sweatpants with all of my heart 🙂.

Notice how every year at this time we start craving pumpkin flavored foods (pumpkin spiced latte here we come!), soups, hot drinks (mmmmm, hot apple cider), and heavy comfort foods (mashed potatoes anyone?). These cravings are a natural progression our body makes in order to prepare us for the colder months ahead. A little while ago I wrote a post titled Ayurveda 101. In this post I discussed the basics of Ayurveda and how this ancient form of medicine allows us to really listen to our bodies needs, such as the foods we crave during different seasons. In Ayurveda this is the start of Vata season. Qualities of Vata are; dry, rough, windy, erratic, cool, subtle, and clear. These qualities are reflected in the autumn season by the weather. In order to maintain balance, our bodies naturally crave the things that counter-act these qualities. In Ayurveda like increases like, so if you are cold and you eat something cold then you get colder…get it? In this cooler weather our bodies need warm and grounding foods to keep our bodies happy and balanced.

One easy peasy way to do this is to pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth. Start sautéing your veggies instead of having cold salads, start your morning with something warm (and delicious) like oatmeal, kick your meal up a notch by adding warming spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger…..all of this is making me want a chai tea…..anyway, you get the idea!

Banyan Botanicals is a great place to get your Ayurvedic herbs and necessities and they were kind enough to provide nikkiGLO followers with a list of Vata balancing foods to start incorporating into your diet:

Fruits to Favor:

  • ·Apples (cooked)                 Grapefruit
  •   Avocados                             Grapes
  •   Bananas                               Lemons
  •   Dates                                    Limes
  •   Figs                                       Mangoes

Vegetables to Favor:

  • Beets                                    Garlic
  • Carrots                                 Okra
  • Chilies                                  Onions

Grains to Favor

  •  Amaranth                           Brown Rice
  • Basmati Rice                       Oats

Nuts & Seeds to Favor

  • All nuts and seeds support Vata season

Dairy to Favor (if you eat it)

  •  Butter                                   Cream
  •  Buttermilk                           Ghee
  •  Cheese                                 Kefir

Animal Products to Favor (if you eat them)

  •  Beef                                     Duck
  • Buffalo                                 Eggs
  • Chicken                                Fish
  • Crab                                     Lobster

Oils to Favor

  •  Almond                               Olive
  • Ghee                                    Peanut

Sweeteners to Favor

  • Honey                                 Maple Syrup
  • Jaggary                                Molasses

Spices to Favor

  •  All Spices are good for Vata season!

So there you go! You should be all set for the changing season. Now go bundle up on the couch with a nice bowl of autumn squash soup!

Peace & sweatpants, nikki

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