Ayurvedic Tips for a Healthy Winter

oils in jarsEat generous helpings of warm, cooked foods that are oily, moist, sweet, sour, and salty.  Nourishing cereals, stews and soups made with mung and adzuki beans, pumpkin, carrot, squash, ginger, chicken are excellent.  Spices like mustard, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, turmeric, basil and ginger are warming, especially this time of year.

Eat fewer foods that are dry, cold, astringent, light, bitter or spicy (pungent) like chips, salads, smoothies, and salsas.

Drink warm beverages throughout the day.  Herbal teas that contain basil, rose, licorice, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, peppermint, sage or tulsi are best. Use honey or agave as a sweetener instead of processed sugar.

Don’t skip meals.  Eat fresh foods. Stay away from processed and frozen ingredients.

Stick to a regular schedule with plenty of rest. Make sure to continue your daily self care routine (Dinacharya) using a heavier, warming oil for self-massage.

Using the Jala Neti daily will help with stuffiness or sinus issues.  Be sure to use a little salt and warm purified or boiled water only!

Exercise daily.  Brisk walks in the mornings will increase circulation, elevate your mood, and help build immunity.

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