The beginning of autumn is marked by a drying up of the nature that surrounds us but also by the heat, or the fire, accumulated during the summer. Like nature, we also have in ourselves, at this time of the year, an excess of Pitta (fire) and Vata (air). A good way to balance our drying system is to consume more liquid and eat meals that also contain such soups and stews.
General rules for beginning the fall:
1- Avoid raw, cold and dry
Avoid cold or frozen foods, raw vegetables, cold drinks and dry foods such as crackers and granola. These foods will aggravate the Vata dosha and will create more dry and cold quality by leading you to imbalances such as constipation, anxiety, drying of the skin, sleep disorders and other Vata disorders.
2- Consume more fluid in your diet
Drink small amounts of warm water throughout the day. Consider adding soups and stews to the menu and eating hot cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. Drink water at room temperature and incorporate freshly squeezed juices into your snacks a few times a week. However, avoid smoothies that are usually cold and contain raw vegetables that are difficult to digest in this season.
AUTUMN JUICE RECIPE WITH PEAR, KALE, CELERY AND GINGER
This juice is not only delicious, it will promote good hydration of the body, is anti-inflammatory, has a detoxifying power and will pacify Vata and Pitta in this autumn beginning. It is also excellent for Kapha if you add a little more ginger. Plus, it's the harvest season all the ingredients are local, except for ginger and lime.
2 big branches of kale
1 branch of celeri
1 piece of fresh ginger (If Pitta is aggravated, use a very small piece and add fresh coriander to the recipe. For Vata and Kapha, a piece of about 5 cm)
Fresh lime juice
Pass all the ingredients into the juice extractor except for the lime juice. Add a few drops of lime juice and drink at room temperature.
3- Take time to relax
Stop for a moment and write down what you are doing and complete in one day. Like most people, you certainly do a little too much! Seasonal changes, especially in the fall, naturally affect our body and mind. In order to stay in a state of well-being during this transition, you should rest more and slow down. It is the right time to book a relaxing massage, initiating the practice of yoga or qi quong, meditating, walking gently in nature or just taking a few minutes each day to stop and do nothing.