The changing of seasons is not just a change on the calendar or in the weather, it’s an energetic change too. In Ayurveda, one’s constitutional make-up changes with the seasons. Along with the change, not only might we feel like wearing different clothes, or eating different foods, we should do these things to keep ourselves in balance. During Autumn, the characteristics of the Vata constitution are more present, meaning that, as the weather becomes cool and dry, Vata, which is connected to the elements of air and space, is more present. When in balance, Vata brings us mental alertness and creativity; when out of balance, however, Vata may awaken a restless mind, and lead to anxiety or worry.
So how do we balance this change in the season?
In Ayurveda, the answer is always through diet and lifestyle.
Here are some recommendations:
In general, warm, grounding foods should be consumed:
- Fruits: avocado, mango, papaya, grapes, olives, berries, coconuts, figs, melons.
- Vegetables: sweet potatoes, peas, beets, carrots, eggplant, squash, peppers, artichokes, green beans, yams.
- All nuts are good.
- Warming spices such as ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, horseradish, cloves and garlic. Fennel and sea salt are also good.
- Drink warm liquids like warm milk (or milk alternatives), juices, spice teas and warm water.
- Protein sources such as eggs, fish and white meat only are good.
Daily self-massage with a warm oil (or warm it in hands), especially around your joints is beneficial. Use sesame, olive, almond, and Castor oils. Of course, Ayurveda always recommends yoga and mediation to maintain a balanced mind and revitalise the body. This helps to keep you balanced throughout all of the seasons.