Salad During Vata Season?
It’s vata season according to Ayurveda, which welcomes in fall and the early part of winter. During this time of year the elements of air and space prevail – think wind and cold and rain!
It’s also time to start eating a more vata diet if you haven’t done so already. A vata diet includes warm cooked foods including gravies, soups, stews etc. Sounds like a great time to dust off your crock pot for sure.
I’ve noticed that the American culture loves to eat salads. Everyone thinks salads are healthy and provides roughage and is low calorie and the list goes on. Ayurveda looks at raw food a little differently – and yes, salad is a raw food.
Salad and any other raw food for that matter (except fruit) is dry and very hard for the body to process. If you happen to have a really strong pitta constitution, you may be able to process raw foods a little better than others. But this really depends upon the unique digestion of that unique person.
So here’s my advice, especially for vata time of year and even more so if your current state (vikriti) is vata and then double this advice if you are in your vata state of life (after menopause/andropause); AVOID RAW FOODS DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR! Raw food is very drying and like increases like. That means that we are already in an airy spacey time of year and or life state and when you add airy spacey food, your will increase air and space in your body. And that’s not a good thing!
So if you have the urge for a salad try this:
- Buy some organic kale
- Take a chunk of raw ginger, peel and slice
- Melt a tablespoon of ghee in pan
- After the ghee melts, add mustard seeds, sliced ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- Add in a few big handfuls of kale
- Stir fry until the kale is wilted.
Use this lightly cooked kale as your salad base. It’s cooked and easy to digest and then you can add the other salad type items on top. Make a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice if you want.
Now it’s your turn. Can you think of ways to change any kind of food to a Vata friendly food?