Vata season in Connecticut is not behind us quite yet. The cold is still upon us as the cold winds whistle through the trees at night. As we start to consider adding more greens and bitters to our life----to stave off the winter sluggishness, you may still be feeling the insomnia, dry skin, arthritis, constipation, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression, that winter/Vata has beset upon us. So our bodies are very much in a transition time. But, it is not time yet to abandon the warming spices and slow cooked foods of winter. It’s a time of deep self-care to ask what our bodies need. And, we do live in Vata and Anxiety provoking times. A simple cup of tea, a homemade spice-rich veggie soup and a walk in the woods or meditation practice won’t make this go away. But, it hopefully will make your body and soul less reactive.
When ailments arise out of air and space, the simple solution is to find grounding, and the first place to find our center is in the kitchen. Aromatic slow cooked, warm food is still the foundation of the day. Homemade soups, chillies, and stews with seasonal vegetables (start adding those asparagus and peas), and pungent spices such as cinnamon, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and turmeric will keep your body back into balance. Remember to listen to your body, and eat as much as your gut calls for: if you eat real, whole foods, you won’t be as hungry. And with the addition of some simple bitters, your appetite will normalize.Eating in a peaceful environment, with regular meals, and savoring each bite is powerful for your health. We encourage you to not “marry” a food philosophy, such as Atkins/Keto, Paleo, Vegan etc. but rather to look at this time in your life, this season and ask your body what it needs among the foods that are “whole” such as plants, spices etc.
You can start transitioning to a bit more greens, cleaning teas with dandelion root (such as our Cleanse tea) or nettles/peppermint or a bitters tincture (contact us via email for ideas). The gut is often considered the body’s second brain, and it plays a critical role in your overall wellbeing!
After a full day of grounding our body through nourishing, warm, and hearty food, one of the most essential grounding practices happens at night, while we sleep. Food and sleep are directly aligned in balancing the body, mind, and soul. According to the World Journal of Gastroenterology, there is 400 times more melatonin (sleep hormone) created in the gut than in the brain. Essentially, a well-functioning gut releases more hormones for restful, quality sleep, thereby creating a harmonious cycle of grounding.
If you would like to special order quarts of our current beneficial veggie-rich culinary spice filled/Transition to spring soups, see our list here. We are here to do the soup and stew cooking for you!
Happy Vata/ transition to Kapha season! Stay warm, stay nourishes, stay rested, and be well.