Fall is Soup Time
This is the time of year for soups, stews, and all things warm and moist. We can align with Nature during the cooler, darker months when we eat well-cooked meals that are moist, spiced, and contain more oils with plenty of grounding foods full of fiber like squashes, root veggies, cruciferous veggies, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds.
The environment around us has become unpredictable with constant weather fluctuations like cooler temperatures, windier days, and dry, parched earth. Vata is in excess in the environment during Fall, bringing us all more qualities of the elements of air and space.
Even though Fall cues our body to gather the heat in our core and digestive tract, excess Vata can cool things off and make the digestive organs dry calling for more heat, more lubrication, and smoother, softer foods.
So for now, and especially if you’re experiencing more Vata imbalance, push aside the iced drinks, dry, raw foods, and smoothies at this time.
Cold and raw foods require a great deal of energy to break down and process. Cold foods will dampen the digestive fire and raw is very fibrous making it rough going down the GI tract and tough to break down.
Signs of Vata excess - bloating, gas, constipation, dry hair/skin, anxiety, feeling scattered, insomnia, pain/stiffness, exhaustion, and intolerance to cold.
For more guidance on how to offset Vata imbalance through diet and lifestyle, see my blog: https://www.nature2balance.com/post/ayurvedic-diet-lifestyle-for-fall
See my links below for some yummy Fall-ready soups: