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The sun and wind become increasingly powerful during this period. And summer signifies that we are moving through the later stages of Aadaankaal, which are Late winter, Spring and Summer.
Ayurveda had already done the thinking around the perfect summer diet so for our health and well being we need to consider the rising Pitta energy of summer and the foods we should be eating.
Summer is here and everybody will be planning for a vacation trip. Travelling is amazing if you are healthy. But too much travelling can be stressful and can affect your overall health and wellbeing. Is it possible to embrace health and keep your mind, body and spirit in working while travelling? My answer is YES!!
This dish is so full of health benefits it's amazing, I've adapted one of my no meat 'bone' broths to create this. If you are looking for something tasty, incredibly healthy, detoxing and perfect for getting in shape for the summer months, this is for you.
The official start of summer, according to the stars, is Thursday, June 21. This marks the longest day of the year, with approximately 12 hours of sunlight. It’s the day of the year with the longest period of daylight. It’s an opportunity for us to bring balance into our lives. Whichever way you look at it, the Summer Solstice is a great time to revisit intentions and set new ones for July, August, and the beginning of September before Autumn make another appearance.
Summer, like each of the seasons, arrives with its own distinct personality. Traditionally summer is related to light, heat and intensity. Summer has its own charming, distinct and distinguished personality. Depending on your body type, the warm and dry weather will comfort you or aggravate you.
It’s summertime, Ayurveda calls summer season as ‘Grishma Ritu’. As the suns rays become more powerful, the body feels as if squeezed with increasing atmospheric temperature. This, in turn, weakens the Kapha day by day and strengthens Vata.
The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric are great for the overheated body that can suffer from heat-related pain. Turmeric is used in Ayurveda to balance Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, though, in excess, it can aggravate Pitta and Vata.
Avocado is heavy, oily, thick and creamy, which is great for Vata but not so great for Pitta and Kapha. But I love avocados so a great way to counteract the oiliness is to add citrus juice like lemon and lime to your salad, or a little salt and pepper spices to lift them, remember lemons have a heating nature so use sparingly in the summer.
Matcha is a form of green tea but without the usual caffeine content. According to Ayurveda, most green teas contain caffeine and will tell you that caffeine is rajasic, a quality that, when taken often increases restlessness and greed and creates dosha imbalances, for all doshas.
Rose has long been connected to love, compassion, romance and gentleness, has also opposite qualities, for example, the soft petals of the rose is contrasted with the painfully sharp thorns on its stem.
You can make nut, seed and grain milks easily and they are full of great nutritional values. They are great substitutes for dairy milk, in this section, I write about plant and nut milks which you can read.
Sprouts have been used in ancient India as medicine for many things, what we know today is that sprouts as a living food provide us with extra health benefits that provide us with preventative nutrition. Bean sprouts have the richest source of amino acids
Pears are sattvic as is fennel served with fluffy basmati rice and crunchy walnuts with a zing of feta cheese, it really is great as a summer meal. The ingredients couldn't be simpler, I explained earlier that you could use the heart of a cabbage sliced thinly if you are unable to get fennel, but of course, fennel is a treat for us all.
What a sight to see the colours in this are fabulous and it's absolutely full of nutritious ingredients. You can substitute wild rice instead of black quinoa, but I love them both so swap and change. Black quinoa provides similar nutritive benefits to other types of quinoa. It is a source of complete protein
This is an extravagant simple recipe that is worth having as a divine drink anytime, using organic dried rose petals which you can quite easily get online nowadays.
This is a really easy hummus to make and a little different packed with live goodness, I have written all about sprouted beans in this section. This will make a really healthy working lunchtime dish if you do not have time, as you can prepare it really quickly in the morning and eat with flatbread. It is also great as a starter for a dinner menu, always great to have in when friends pop over.
The qualities are endless but in my opinion, I love saffron for the effect it has on the nervous system, helping with low moods and depression, enhancing the quality of compassion and care. It's a female herb and used in many areas of feminine care.
Alfalfa sprouts are associated with a good source of benefits, including preventing heart disease, improve digest system, lower cholesterol, detoxify the body and stimulate healing wounds. You can add alfalfa to your sandwiches or salads for more flavors and enjoying its health benefits, this is a favourite recipe and great to have for a lighter early evening meal.
Remember your dosha requirements as it can be really easy to add too much of these dressings that will cause an inbalance in your dosha, even when you think you are eating great live food. Don't use bought fruit juice, fruit is food, whilst Ayurveda tells us that the juice is our medicine. Our body tells us when we have eaten enough food while it's not so easy with juice and it can overwhelm the system.
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