Hey what’d you have for breakfast this morning? And how did it make you feel?
It’s funny that life is full of all sorts of varied and interesting challenges, and yet, one of the biggest dilemmas for most of us is what to eat?
Food is certainly not hard to come by (it’s everywhere), but when our goal is to truly nourish our bodies (and souls) in a way that doesn’t break the bank or take too much time, figuring out what to eat ain’t always easy!
And then there’s breakfast. Oh breakfast how I love thee! I grew up in a big breakfast family. Pancakes and cereal were a pretty regular occurrence as a kid so the sweet, heavy sugar roots go deep. But as I’ve come to understand the way my body transitions from season to season, and how my diet needs to shift right along with it, I’ve found that I’m beginning to break old breakfast patterns, slowly but surely.
We all have our breakfast standbys, don’t we? Oats, toast, eggs, maybe even a little bacon thrown in there every once in a while. According to ayurveda, breakfast is an important meal (they all are, really). It sets the tone for how you’ll most likely eat and feel for the rest of the day.
For most people, digestive fire is lowest in the mornings, which means that big breakfasts, aren’t necessarily the way to go. Overloading your digestive system first thing can set the scene for a day of bloating, feeling heavy or sluggish or even digestive upset.
Enjoying a breakfast that’s suitably light but filling and will get you comfortably to lunch time without jonesing for a snack should be the goal.
If you’ve gotten into some pretty well established breakfast patterns, but recognize that it might be time to change things up, be aware that finding your breakfast “sweet spot” could take a little time and experimentation. It’s also important to understand that it WILL change from season to season. So be ready to go with the flow and focus your attention on how you feel! Become aware of the way your mind and body respond to how you’re feeding yourself in the mornings. And make adjustments along the way as you begin to find what suits you.
Make every effort you can to avoid emotional choices at breakfast time and, no matter how much you love breakfast try not to overeat!
Need some suggestions for light healthy and delicious breakfasts for your dosha or the season? Check out these hand picked recipes from some of my favorite food blogs!
Pitta Breakfast Options
(for reducing pitta imbalances or enjoying during pitta season – Summer time!)
Cooling breakfast option with blueberries and pomegranate seeds.
SUBSTITUTION: Substituting soaked almonds for walnuts in this recipe will keep it Pitta friendly!
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Thanks to the fantabulous folks at Green Kitchen Stories for this yummy recipe!
Substitute soaked almonds for pistachios in this recipe.
Substitute chopped mango for frozen strawberries in this recipe.
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Vata Breakfast Options
(for reducing vata imbalances or enjoying during vata season – Autumn!)
Vata’s get the best breakfasts! These warming muffins are spiced to keep vata under control and to keep you healthy all through vata season! No substitutions needed, just make and enjoy!
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Thanks to the AMAZING folks at Green Kitchen Stories for this one!
A savory grounding vata option with all kinds of breakfast goodness and a little bit of heat to keep you warm! Why not start the day off with greens!
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Big thanks to the folks at Beard & Bonnet for this one!
Kapha Breakfast Options
(for reducing kapha imbalances or enjoying during kapha season – Spring time!)
Buckwheat is one of only a few grains that are heating. That makes it a terrific grain for Kapha. This porridge is perfectly spiced to keep your kapha balanced and put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
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Thanks to the folks at The Healthy Chef for this masterpiece!
An uncommon combination for a common good. How to enjoy a light flavorful and savory breakfast with a modern twist!
RECOMMENDATION: Reduce the amounts of salt and cheese in the recipe by half (or more).
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Big thanks to one of my favorite blogs Naturally Ella!
What’s your typical breakfast? How does your breakfast change from season to season? I’d love to hear about it so please share in the comments!
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