Summer Pitta Season
Summertime is considered a Pitta season which correlates to the elements "Fire and Water". Summer heat feels, hot, humid and bright.
Qualities to Introduce; cooling, neutralizing, slow and relaxing.
Qualities to Reduce: heating, sharp, acidic, quick, fast paced, intense.
Summer Food Guide
Make it easy! Follow what nature provides and buy local. Favor foods that are cooling, calming and slightly dry. Enjoy bitter, astringent, and sweet tasting foods.
Summer Shopping List:
Keep it Organic if possible.
Veggies: beets, corn, cucumbers, fennel, lettuce, summer squashes, zucchini, parsley, cilantro, thyme, basil, mint and dill.
Fruits: apples, berries, dates, melons, peaches, plums, lemons, limes.
Grains: barley, quinoa
Beans: chickpeas, white beans
Fats: avocados, coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, goat cheese, yogurt
Spices: cardamon, coriander, fennel, turmeric
Extras: chickpea flour, coconut water, hemp protein, rose water
Summer Lifestyle Guidelines:
Use coconut oil for self massage unless your body runs cold in warm weather. You may add essential oils like jasmine, lavender and rose. Self massage in the morning and in the evening.
Practice moderation in choosing activities that are heating and avoid over scheduling yourself.
Engage in non competitive exercises, like swimming, gentle yoga, and walking.
Take cool baths and showers.
Stay out of the midday sun, but do enjoy nature. Spend time outside when the sun is lower in the sky or try moon bathing instead of sun bathing.
Drink room temperature or cool water, not cold or ice water.
3 cups water
1/4 cup lime juice (juice of 2-3 limes)
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar dissolved in 1tbsp hot water
Mix all ingredients in a small pitcher or 23 oz. glass jar
Serve in 2 tall glasses with 2 ice cubes per cup
* Info from Kate O'Donnell's book The Everyday Ayurvedic Cookbook
Tips to Weed Your Inner Garden in Spring 2021:
We have been cooped up, not breathing properly, bombarded with Do's and Don'ts for a year now. Talk about stagnation in our bodies and minds !!! Just as our gardens need to be cleaned and weeded out in Spring so things can fully emerge, we too need the same. Here are some great tips to get rid of the "Covid" and Winter gunk so we can feel energized and alive again.