Updated: Feb 12, 2021
Winter in Ayurveda:
Ayurveda always recommends living in harmony with nature. So one needs to adapt according to the changing seasons for a overall health and wellbeing in terms of diet and lifestyle.
Winter is Vata dominant (cold, dry, light) in autumn and Kapha dominant (cold, heavy, damp, slow) in peak winter.
The best way to combat this season is by favouring warming spices(cinnamon, ginger, pepper, turmeric), healthy fats(olive oil, ghee), root vegetables(carrots, sweet potatoes, beetroots, squash, pumpkin), sweet, sour and salty foods. And avoiding cold, light, dry, dairy, deep fried foods. The Agni(digestive fire) is strongest in winter to combat the lack of heat outside in cold weather.
Carrot soup for the winter
Carrot (7-8), coriander (small bunch) ,1/2 onion, 2-3 garlic.
Spices (turmeric, ginger, bay leaves, black pepper a pinch of each)
Salt, olive oil (in little quantity)
Wash and cut the carrot, add them to pressure cook in water for 10 minutes.
Add garlic and onion in olive oil.
Sauté it with spices like turmeric, ginger, black pepper , bay leaves, garlic and add salt.
Blend the carrot and coriander with all the above spices in mixer.
Serve it hot.
All ingredients used are warming in nature( onion, garlic).
The spices used boosts metabolism and helps in digestion.
The spices should be adjusted according to your imbalances.
Vata (cinnamon, cardamom).
Pitta (cumin, mint, turmeric).
Kapha (garlic, ginger, onion).
Enjoy the healthy soup for the winter season, soak in the sun when it out, nourish your body with warm oil massages, few nasal drops for congestion, exercise regularly, drink warm water and herbal teas.
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