With everything flourishing around us, there is a renewed feeling of positivity and celebration as we prepare for spring. Ayurveda refers to seasonal routine as ‘Ritucharya’ - ritu means ‘season’ and ‘charya' means to move with or to follow.
Adjusting our lifestyle and diet is recommended to keep us in flow with nature, adapting to the external and internal changes that are taking place at the junction point between the old and new.
What you can do to stay in tune with spring:
Favour a diet that is lighter, drier and less oily. Avoid too much heavy and cold food such as ice cream and cheese. Reduce sweet, salty and sour tastes as they aggravate Kapha dosha
Choose warm foods and drinks with a focus on pungent, bitter and astringent tastes which stimulate the taste buds and help to improve digestion
Include lots of dark leafy greens to support the liver and kidneys along with radishes, asparagus and sprouts including sprouted beans - a wonderful and nutritious addition to soups, salads and wraps
Garlic and onions also help to eliminate the damp remnants of winter
Drinking ginger tea with lemon is uplifting and warming helping to expel mucus and soothe colds.
Herbs that are useful in spring include ginger, black pepper, turmeric and cumin.
Ease into your morning with a simple yoga routine. Sleeping in aggravates Kapha dosha resulting in feeling sluggish throughout the day. Awake with the dawn instead to increase your sense of vitality.
Take a few minutes to inhale and exhale mindfully with your focus on your breath.
Write in your journal to clear your thoughts, making space for new ideas to flourish.
Sort through a cupboard, recycle and re-organise, you’ll feel so much lighter!
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The information in Nourish Notes is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat diagnose, prescribe or heal any health condition or to replace standard medical treatment or advice.