According to Ayurveda, it is Vata season in the western hemisphere. What that means is there is more air and space relative to fire, water and earth. In addition to it being Vata season, most of lives activities increase Vata, or air and space, within our bodies. Vata governs movement, and all movement is Vata aggravating from aging, to travel, to thinking and talking.
Excess air and space in the body cause havoc. Some signs and symptoms of excess air and space are insomnia, anxiety, bloating, gas, constipation, agitation, and physical pain.
To pacify Vata keeping a routine time of going to bed and rising, as well as eating meals is ideal. Also slowing down…so if you run for exercise, just for this season consider walks. Keeping warm by bundling up, especially your head, is so important. Other ways to keep warm are by drinking warm beverages and eating cooked rather than raw food. Below you’ll find a favorite Vata pacifying recipes.
Carrot Ginger soup
- 1 lb of carrots, peeled
- 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled
- 1 lemon
- ¼-1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- avocado oil
Roast carrots and ginger coated with ghee at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until tender. Then place them with ½ to 1 cup of hot water into a Vitamix or Blendtec blender and process until pureed. Salt and pepper to taste.
Pour into bowls and garnish with lemon wedges and avocado oil. Yum! If you desire instead of water, you may use a chicken broth or veggie broth. You may also garnish with some raw pumpkin seeds and/or dried cranberries. Yields 2-4 servings.
For those interested in cooking, here are my favorite Ayurvedic cookbooks: