Continuing on with our previous post on having an Ayurveda summer, now is a great time to dive further into some of the principles of the practice, and how we can bring them to the fore in our own lives.
One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is that our habits, routines, and dietary choices should ebb and flow with the seasons. How do we stay in balance? By making a conscious effort to live in harmony with the cycles of nature and by regularly adjusting our lifestyle and habits to accommodate the beginning of each new season.
Hippocrates said, ‘Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food.’ That’s as relevant now as it was a few thousand years ago. A great deal of modern natural medicine practice is based on what we eat, and what nutrients we bring into bodies. Eating local and seasonal food is far healthier, and can actually help improve our immune systems. When you choose locally grown food, you’re eating foods that are in season that are exceptionally fresh, which are easier to digest and tastier.
Also during the summer, our bodies naturally crave easier-to-digest light foods and small meals because the digestive fire (a strong source of internal heat) helps to keep us cool.
What’s more, being fully present in the moment while eating allows you to savor the flavors and textures of your food; this helps minimize overeating. Additionally, eating close to nature means that we avoid more processed foods.
For all of the above reasons, add these seasonal foods that are particularly great for you (below), and you’ll feel your daily life come more into balance.
Meats (if you eat them):
Juices and Smoothies that have these seasonal ingredients: