Living Intentionally in the Summer months: Ayurveda to the rescue!
Have you caught yourself experiencing those hot fiery emotions this summer? Or are you struggling with indigestion, exhaustion, and inflammation? While there can be many reasons behind our behavior and physiological states, there is simple ways you can support yourself into vibrant mind-body health. Whenever the seasons change, all my Ayurveda knowledge comes in to the rescue! Living seasonally is one easy shift you can make in your life for optimal well-being. We live in a fast paced world, with many distractions, and this makes it very easy to apathetically make our way through different seasons. Right now in the United States we are experiencing the summer season. In Ayurveda, summer is associated with the Pitta dosha. Pitta is coined the fire element, and with that accompanies those hot, dry and light sensory experiences.
Our most recent podcast found here explores a deeper dive into summer time living. We discuss ways to balance the extra pitta in the air. Take a listen! In this same episode I discuss some simple dietary hacks that can further support you taking in seasonal foods that will soothe the physical imbalance we can suffer from in the summer.
The rule of thumb for summertime produce is pick ripe, juicy, fruit and veggies growing in your area! Below you will find grocery store items that you will have to have on hand all summer long:
Fruits: Apricots, avocados, berries, cherries, cantaloupe, grapes, honeydew melon, peaches, pineapple, coconut, plums, watermelon.
Veggies: Asparagus, celery, cucumber, lettuce, kale, potatoes, green beans, zucchini, turnips, spinach, watercress, squash, okra.
Spices: Anise, fennel, cumin, coriander, basil, mint, cilantro, parsley. Spearmint, peppermint. Fresh mint is a great addition to many summer dishes.
Water: Lime, mint. Add a lime wedge to your water for deeper and alkalizing hydration!