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Kapha energy is prominent but if your winters are dry and cold Vata will also be important to balance.
Our digestive fire is the strongest in winter, so we need enough food and nurtrients to keep warm. So that means larger portions of food focused on warm cooked, slighty oily foods. Meals that have spice and involve the six tastes.
Try to avoid iced or chilled drinks.
An amazing digestive tea which can be drunk after meals and throughout the day is blend of water with ginger, cinnamon, and clove.
Try legumes well cooked, well spice with a dallop of Ghee. Drink less dairy but treat yourself to a glass of dry red wine.
Move a bit slower, and try not to rush during the Kapha winter season. Try not take naps during the winter.
To help with motivation try a 20 minute self massage with sesame, olive or coconut oil in the morning.
Sleep in a little later, Wind down when it is dark allowing the cooling, calming effects of the body to kick in.
And feel free to have a bit more sex!
Check out this amazing Ayurveda Vegetable soup!
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 leek, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbs. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 sweet dumpling squash (also called winter or carnival squash), de-seeded and cubed
1 sweet potato, cubed
4 to 5 curry leaves
1 cup milk, soy milk, or low-fat unsweetened coconut milk
Black pepper, to taste
Sauté the leek, garlic, onion, and bell pepper in the olive oil until the onion is translucent, 8 – 10 minutes.
Stir in the sweet potato, squash, curry leaves, salt, and curry powder. Add water just to cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered 20 – 25 minutes until the squash is tender.
Add the milk, stir, and heat to just below boiling. Then stir in fresh-ground black pepper to taste and serve.