Late fall to early winter is considered Vata Season according to Ayurveda and is dominated by subtle environmental qualities; dry, wind, varying temperatures, daylight savings, both subtle and sharp. Vata dosha represents the elements of air and ether and is most associated with cold and light attributes.
Ayurveda practices the art of balancing pairs of opposites. If you can get with the concept that cold needs warm, light needs heavy, sweet needs bitter, rough needs smooth etc. you can begin to understand the mindset of the practitioner.
These opposites require a delicate balancing act between the mind/body and spirit not to mention seasonal shifts, cultural expectations, and, in the USA it is the season of voting!
The primary focus of Ayurvedic living is to promote good health by virtue of living with the innate wisdom of nature. Modern life makes it more and more difficult to honor the changes of the seasons. It is up to us to create daily practices for connection, harmony and balance during Vata season. Here are some easy tools to stay on track.
The Harvard Healthy Eating Pyramid represents the latest nutritional science. The widest part at the bottom is for things that are most important. The foods at the narrow top are those that should be eaten sparingly, if at all.
While some extreme diets may suggest otherwise, we all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body. You don’t need to eliminate certain categories of food from your diet, but rather select and eat more of the healthiest options from each category.
Source and further reading: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/healthy-eating.htm
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. The truth is that while some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important.
The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel.
By using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create—and stick to—a tasty, varied, and nutritious diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.
Here are a few tools I have put into place to get me into balance:
Sleep- Have a bedtime, remove cellphone and electronics from bedroom. Melatonin works great and so does magnesium.
Diet- Eat whole foods, watch caloric intake, stop eating at night, avoid salt, oil, and sugar. Aim for 1 gallon of Distilled Water a day.
Exercise- Moderately, rest and digest more.
Herbs- Shitavari, Licorice Root, Evening Primrose, Black Cohosh, Tulsi are just a few herbs that work
wonderful. Oh yeah and don’t forget your Gaba!
Other- Organic Progesterone Cream for breast pain.
GOOD Skin Care practice
Limit use of Caffeine, Alcohol, Tobacco, Processed Food and Toxic Chemicals such as cleaning products, petrochemicals, and even many supplements are loaded with metals, preservatives
and poor quality.
These are a few easy fixes. There are many more.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.