Is your fan generally switched off now? Are you finding it harder to get out of bed? Well, that is because winters are here. We feel more lethargic, sleep more, and most importantly, eat more. According to Ayurveda, it is our body’s way to keep itself warmer.
Eating healthy food which is full of seasonal vegetables, hot beverages, and traditional sweets suggested by Ayurveda is one of the best ways to stay fit and warm. When there is a drop in temperature, the digestive fire (jataragni) which can help in digesting food which is rich in carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
Ayurveda studies the effects of seasons and recommends a diet based on the doshas( the energy cycles) of an individual. Health and wellness can be attained through the balancing doshas according to ayurvedic guidelines on a seasonal diet and lifestyle.
Many people have the misconception that winter is bad for immunity because it is difficult to digest, but it is one of the biggest myths. It's just our appetite increases during winters and we tend to eat more than our capacity which can affect our immunity. But if we follow ayurvedic winter food it can help boost immunity instead of weakening it.
Winter food should be warm, well-cooked and less spicy. Winter diet should include salty, sweet and sour tastes(Rasa’s) more than astringent, pungent and bitter tastes. So, here we give a diet for your winter wellness
1. Fatty food- during winter’s Ayurveda highly recommends eating healthy fats. Healthy fats can provide you with an insulation which can in turn help you in rejuvenating, rebuilding and repairing yourself. Food should be cooked in olive oil, butter or ghee in winter.
2. “Underground” vegetables – vegetables that grow in soil and underground are highly rich in antioxidants which can help you give nutrition even during winters. Vegetables such as beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, radish, etc are all great for winter seasons and also known as seasonal vegetables. They are also rich in fibres, minerals , vitamins (A and C).
3. Protein rich food- dry fruits such as cashews, almonds, walnuts, pista , and dates are a great option for your snack time and proteins. They are super energising and help you beat laziness as well. They help you generate heat within the body as well. Other than nuts you can eat yogurt, paneer, and seeds which can help you improve structural strength, skin health and immunity.