Ayurvedic Health for Autumn

Updated: Nov 9

Transitioning into Autumn can have a variety of effects on our mental, physical and spiritual health. Let's take a look at some ways we can support ourselves through this wonderful time.


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Now it is more important than ever to find balance in our lives. It is preferred to make the seasonal transition gradually and adapt your nutrition and lifestyle slowly.


The degree of aggravation of the doshas and when precisely the switch happens is different for everybody. It is important to know which energy is impacting you the most. This will depend on the climate and weather, your lifestyle, food choices, and a variety of other factors.


Here on the island of Roatan, we're most notably experiencing a change in weather. Although this seasonal change doesn't include leaves turning that beautiful burnt orange, the changes are still being felt. Whether you're also feeling the Caribbean transition from the hot island summer into the rainy season or you're watching the red leaves fall off the nearly naked trees - this transitional period will have its effects.



Balancing Through Food

The type of food you are craving can be an indication of an imbalance. In addition to other chakra balancing techniques you can use, such as visualization or yoga, think about the types of foods you are being drawn to and whether or not they will deeply nourish what your body is truly asking for.


We all have our go-to comfort foods, but paying attention to your chakras can help guide your healthy food choices.






Eating for Autumn

In Ayurveda, there are six tastes, known as Rasas, that you can include in every meal: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. When your doshas are out of balance, you can use a combination of the six Rasas to repair the imbalance.


  • Sweet - decreases Vata & Pitta / increases Kapha

  • Sour - decreases Vata / increases Pitta & Kapha

  • Salty - decreases Vata / increases Pitta & Kapha

  • Bitter - decreases Pitta & Kapha / increases Vata

  • Pungent - decreases Kapha / increases Vata & Pitta

  • Astringent - decreases Pitta & Kapha / increases Vata


During this transitional time you may want to try favouring the bitter, astringent and sweet tasting foods.


  • Bitter foods are raw green vegetables, turmeric, as well as black, green and most herbal teas.

  • Astringent food can come in the form of unripe bananas, plantains, green grapes, pomegranates, cranberries, green beans, alfalfa sprouts, and okra.

  • Sweet is prominent in foods such as wheat, rice, dairy, cereals, dates, pumpkins, maple syrup and licorice root.



Recipe

Choosing a vegan lifestyle, or just trying new things, can be so much fun and full of flavor!


This month we are mad for soup and here is a great one just in time for Autumn.

This 6-Taste Chickpea Soup from the Vedic Chef Johnny Brannigan is nourishing and soothing.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup of soaked chickpeas, boiled until tender

  • 2 cups vegetable stock

  • pinch of saffron

  • 3 cups filtered water

  • 3 tablespoons leeks, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoon tomato puree

  • 2 carrots, sliced thinly

  • 1/2 cup beet greens, sliced

  • 1 zucchini, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos

  • 1 tablespoon CCF mix (cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds), toasted and partially ground

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • A pinch of Himalayan salt

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

  • A sprinkling of cress

  • A sprinkling of sunflower sprouts


Directions

Place all of the ingredients (including the liquids, but except for the coconut milk and cilantro) in a large stainless-steel sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 50 minutes.

Add the coconut milk with seasoning (Himalayan salt and fresh ground black pepper), stir well, and continue to simmer for five minutes (add extra water or stock if necessary).

Turn off the heat and add the cilantro. Serve hot with a sprinkling of sunflower sprouts and cress in each bowl.




Yoga & Dinner Package


What's better than yoga? Yoga in the jungle and a fantastic home cooked meal!

Join us each Thursday for a yoga flow on the banana grove deck followed by a family style Ayurvedic dinner. Reservations aren't required but definitely recommended as it does fill up quite quickly. Make your reservation now and join us for an evening of good yoga, yummy food and fantastic company!


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