The summer solstice has passed now and this time with an eclipse, its potent energy, sharing its grace. The whole cosmos is urging us to wipe the slate clean and start again. Allowing us to deeply reflect, self study, and develop more of what serves us right now and let go of what we cannot control.
Ayurveda gives us the tools to take care of what we can manage. That is our diet, lifestyle, the breath and the mind. It teaches us how to navigate our environment and how to establish yourself in greater harmony. As we move into summer time the sun gives us more fuel for fire which can set off a fiery pitta dosha. The best way for Pitta prakruti (nature) to find balance is to make a cleanse in spring, and now to include more pitta pacifying foods in your diet. To avoid overheating mind and body try to include more astringent, sweet and bitter taste into your diet. Blueberry Cheesecake. Click on the image
Here are some of my most cherished quick tips from Ayurveda to keep you from overheating this summer:
If you are a Pitta dosha you need to make adjustments in your lifestyle to bring you back into balance. A pitta balancing diet and lifestyle introduces more qualities of moisture and cooling foods. Which have an astringent, bitter and sweet taste.
Eat juicy fruits like fresh berries, apples, dates, mango, papaya, melons, stone fruit, figs, cherries, avocado, coconut, dark grapes, sweet oranges, pears, sweet plums, pomegranates and pineapples. Eating freshly picked local food also means you’ll be getting fruits and vegetables when they are in season and at their highest nutritional value (pranic) and they will taste their best!
Peach Lassi. Click on the image for the recipe
Favour sweet and bitter veggies like fennel, kale, leeks, salad lettuces, artichoke, asparagus, black olives, carrots, celery, cauliflower, cucumbers, potatoes, sprouts, squash, zucchini, and corn on the cob.
Dairy can be used by pitta dosha, but make sure to favour fresh over aged or soured cheeses.
Grains that are sweet and cooling for pitta are rice, oats, couscous, barley, spelt.
Herbs and spices to eat are basil, black pepper, cardamom, cumin, dill, fennel powder, fresh ginger, parsley, peppermint, saffron, vanilla, turmeric and cilantro.
Oils to drizzle are avocado, olive, ghee, and coconut.
Seeds to use are sunflower and pumpkin.
Supplements to take are spirulina, brewers yeast, aloe vera juice, arjuna, amalaki, brahmi/gotu kola, jatamansi, boswellia, Triphala and shatavari.
Here is a quick delightful summer chutney to try:
Coconut Yoghurt Chutney
60 g fresh coconut
1/2 cup yoghurt
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp cumin powder
A handful of cilantro
Blend together in the food processor.
In addition to dietary changes, some daily self-care routines for this season include early morning meditation, hammock napping in the afternoons, misting with sandalwood, vetiver and rose water whilst at your desk, exercising early morning or evening avoiding the main part of the sunny daytime heat, and quality time outdoors in the pool or by the sea. Include mindfulness of cooling the heat in the body and mind, by following the breath in the left nostril the cooling channel (Ida Nadi is the lunar nadi, and corresponds to the left hand side of the body).
Here are my Summer Recipes for Success:
Set the tone of the day with early daily meditation and cooling pranayama.
Do your cooking and meal planning in the morning when the kitchen is cool.
Eat meals which are more liquid to avoid dyhradration.
Enjoy food with cooling properties.
Add rose petals, cilantro, cucumber skins, mint, and lime to water for a refreshing beverage that cools you down. Cooling teas like rose, fennel, brahmi and hibiscus are also recommended to keep you hydrated and calm.
Minimize inflammatory foods such as fried food, aged foods, and soured foods.
If possible, eat all your meals outside under the stars, but avoid the heat of the sun.
Get outdoors, splash about, breathe, listen, smell, and let the senses unite with the peace of nature.
Keep tensions at a low as this causes pitta dosha to go out of balance. Cooling breath work can be done to cool emotions.
I suggest folding some or all of these practices into your daily routine to see how they help you stay cool in the summer. And I really hope you enjoy the tasty benefits of my Avocado and Watermelon Salad recipe video.
Fun fact drinking water in a blue vessel helps to cool Pitta dosha! Make sure you have a beautiful summer (pitta loves the beauty of nature). If you would like to find out more ways to find peace and ease this summer join us over at our instagram or Facebook for more tips. You can also have one to one coaching calls to go deeper into ways in which to bring you back to your true health.