I’m a huge believer in the concept of food as medicine. But what does it really mean?
In the world of Ayurveda it means that rather than JUST seeing our food as fuel, it’s important to consider it our partner in creating a sense of balance within and without.
And since spring is on the way in many parts of the world, we can use what we know is coming in the way of weather, activities and the state of our health, to guide us in creating and consuming foods that will keep us balanced and energized through it all.
Spring time is usually an exciting time of year when the winter heaviness melts into a sense of lightness and warmth. But early spring (at the beginning of the big melt), can be cool, wet, and heavy. So it’s a time when we most often experience the allergies, colds, and flus that are a symptom of excess kapha.
Ayurveda recommends that our spring time foods be light, drying and warming in order to combat the cool, moist heaviness of spring and keep our immune systems firing on all cylinders.
I found this super yummy recipe from the wonderful Vegan Richa Blog, that I think you’ll enjoy this time of year. The best part about it is that it’s a perfect counter to the mental and physical effects of early spring.
- Lentils – Most lentils are dry and light and great for increasing vitality. They’re also quite easy on the digestion, particularly when cooked into a soup.
- Mustard seeds – Warming, stimulating, mustard is great for breaking through congestion.
- Cumin – Is light dry and especially good for stimulating and balancing digestion. It’s wonderful for clearing congestion and “dampness” in the mind and body.
- Nigella – Is dry, light and pungent. It’s great for calming and strengthening digestion and opening up the channels.
- Fenugreek – Is very warming, nourishing and useful for balancing kapha.
- Turmeric – Well known anti-inflammatory. It’s also a little drying and warming.
- Cayenne – Pungent. It dries and stimulates
- Spinach – Is light dry, and slightly bitter. It has a drying action and a lightness that makes it easy on the digestion.
CLICK HERE for the Recipe… And let me know how it turns out!