With Ayurveda Healthy And Fit In The Fall

September 23 marks the official beginning of autumn this year. Fall is reflected in nature by fallen leaves and by harsh cold weather. But what happens during this time in our bodies and what can we do to get fit and healthy in the autumn?

All information and very specific tips for home, we have summarized in this article for you.

What does autumn mean from an Ayurvedic perspective?

Typical for autumn is the dry, cold and windy, rough climate. By the fall of the leaves of trees and bushes and the passing away of the flowers also creates a lot of movement and a certain emptiness in nature. Anyone who knows something about Ayurveda knows that these are exactly the characteristics of the Dosha VATA. Autumn is VATA time!

Note: Even though the fall is VATA time, the Dosha PITTA may still be elevated after an intense summer in the transition period from summer to fall. For example, excess PITTA is evident from a stressed skin surface or fast irritability and a tendency to aggression.

From an ayurvedic point of view, the annual changes in nature reflect exactly what is happening in our bodies at that time. Similar to nature, during the autumn we experience symptoms such as restlessness, insomnia, anxiety or dry skin.

Healthy and fit through the fall with Ayurveda

To be optimally prepared for the fall, the Ayurvedic tradition applies the concept of “Vishesha”. This means that we can counter imbalances in the body by consuming food and habits of behaviors that have exactly the opposite qualities.

For the fall there are therefore very concrete everyday tips:

  • We should always keep warm.
  • Our meals should be well seasoned.
  • If you have the opportunity, should now and then visit a sauna.
  • Especially healthy oils should be used for cooking during the fall. They provide moisture and heaviness (and reduce VATA).
  • Regular sleep and meal times, as well as regular exercise are now
    particularly important.

Eating right in the fall

In the cold season, it’s about reducing the growing VATA. With the appropriate diet, we can correct imbalances and successfully strengthen our immune system.

The most important principle now is to consume cooked meals. Since VATA is cold, dry and harsh, cooked meals with a little olive oil or ghee are immediately reassuring to VATA.

Ideal foods are now:

Foods with a sweet, sour or salty taste like rice, bulgur, chapati, couscous, semolina pudding. Honey, olive oil, ghee, sweet fruits.
Cooked vegetables such as beetroot, carrots, asparagus and sweet potatoes.
Nuts such as cashews, almonds and pistachios or even sesame seeds are also ideal.
Warm drinks such as milk or organic VATA tea can also have a direct balancing effect.

Should be waived on cold foods like:

Sandwiches, cold salads, dry cereals with cold milk or sandwiches
Dried fruits (the exceptions here are raisins or dates in water).
Generally, raw foods should be avoided.
Beans are also not recommended with the exception of mung dhal, tofu and green beans. These foods all have a VATA-enhancing effect.

An example of the optimal diet on an autumn day:

  • Morning: semolina pudding with warm milk.
  • Lunch: A warm vegetable curry (with a pinch of VATA-reducing Vata-Churna), rice with ghee and a Mung Dhal soup.
  • Evening: A warm soup with bread.
  • Before going to bed: A cup of warm milk with a pinch of ginger and some honey.

Tips for in between: An organic vata tea with chapati bread; dates; fresh cooked fruits (e.g., apple compote) or warm milk.

Once you have internalized the principles of Ayurvedic nutrition, you can easily integrate them into everyday life.
However, as each of us is different and we have very different basic constitutions, it is often very helpful to seek advice from an Ayurveda expert.

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Athena Theel

Athena studies Chinese & Economics at the University of Cologne. Having spent many years in China and Japan, she has developed an interest in holistic medicine. Based on her interest, Athena joined Sri Sri Tattva as a content writer, social media manager and translator.
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