Ayurvedic approach to early winter season: Nutrition

December 2, 2022

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Ayurvedic Early Winter Tips

Nutrition

In Ayurveda they celebrate 6 seasons in India. The early winter season is the Hemant Ritu season. In India those dates range from Oct. 23rd-Dec. 22nd. Those dates might be different for you depending on your climate where you live.

 

For myself in Minnesota, we are currently in the early winter season. The above dates do make sense most years for our colder climate state. For those who live in Texas for example your dates might be slightly later.

Ayurvedic Seasons

Vasanat Ritu (Spring)- Feb. 18th-April 20th

Grishma Ritu (Summer)- April 20th-June 21st

Varsha Ritu (Monsoon season)- June 21st- Aug. 23rd

Sharad Ritu (Autumn)- Aug. 23rd-Oct. 23rd

Hemant Ritu (Early Winter)- Oct. 23rd-Dec. 22nd

Shita Ritu (Late Winter)- Dec. 22nd- Feb. 19th

Sample Daily Menu

The doshas occurring here are the accumulation of kapha, the pacification of pitta and vata is also rising.

 

The tastes of early winter

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Salty

 

The foods that are mentioned in the Astanga Hrdayam to be enjoyed at this season are the following:

  • Meat soups
  • Alcoholic drinks made from jaggery and rice powder (looking for sour & astringent tastes)
  • Soups with ghee
  • Wheat
  • Sugarcane
  • Fresh butter

 

These foods can be eaten at this season as the digestion tends to be stronger in the winter months.

Winter Foods

Modern Day Menu

Breakfast Ideas

  • Baked Oatmeal
  • Regular Oatmeal
  • Roasted rice with dates & cardamom

 

Lunch Ideas

  • Kitchari
  • Red Lentil Dal
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Sweet potato, kale and black bean bowl

 

Dinner Ideas

  • Soups of many and any variety
  • Bone Broth
  • Cooked Veggies

Seasonal Taste By Dosha to adjust for  Early Winter

Vata

  • Salty, Bitter, Moderate sour, Warm & Unctuous

 

Pitta

  • Bitter, Astringent, Moderate Pungent, Warm and moderate unctuous

 

Kapha

  • Pungent, Astringent, Bitter, Warm moderate unctuous

 

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