Over the course of winter the qualities of kapha have been building. When spring arrives, with its moist, heavy, cloudy, soft, and cool qualities, any accumulated kapha in the body aggravates and we end up with congestion, swelling, foggy minds, sluggish digestion and excess weight. We might also feel lonely, worried, sad or depressed.
Ayurveda offers a myriad of ways to balance our kapha during the Spring season. Today, let’s talk about we can use diet to balance out the qualities of Kapha dosha.
In spring our digestive fire can be dull and slow, so we want to focus on light and easily digestible foods. We also want to think about what nature is providing us with during this season – lots of light bright greens, and bitter-astringent foods to dry up excess water.
Balancing Kapha Dosha w Diet
Favor warm, dry, light foods
Eat pungent, bitter and astringent foods – these clear up excess mucous and fluids
Eat a light breakfast, and if you aren’t hungry consider skipping breakfast (as long as you have no blood sugar concerns – if you do, eat breakfast)
Eat smaller/lighter meals – eat less if you feel heavy or full
Reduce meat consumption – meat is a heavy food and the hardest to digest
Teas: Cumin-Coriander-Fennel or Ginger-Cinnamon-Raw honey
Spring balancing Foods
Meats: venison, chicken, turkey, eggs
Grains (light and drying): basmati rice, amaranth, barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rye
Legumes: split peas, red lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans, soy beans
Fruits: apples, apricots, berries, cherries, dark grapes, mangos, peaches, pears, pomegranates and dried fruits – this is the time of year where dried fruits can be appropriate
Veggies: artichoke, asparagus, beets, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, okra, radish, spinach, leafy greens
Begin to explore shifting your groceries for this season, and see how you feel. Please do leave me a comment or two below to let me know how your exploration goes!
peace & love,