Written by John Immel,
IntroductionThe seemingly endless summer does, in fact, transition to fall this month. The long, hot days are a little bit shorter in August as the sun sets earlier and earlier each evening. The morning air has an unmistakable chill signalling autumn is near. Do you welcome the fresher mornings and cooler nights? Or do you cling to the summer's lingering warmth? Either way, preparing for the coming change of season is a must.
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August is dry. While you can still hit the beach and bask in the summer sun, you'll probably notice the cooler breeze in the air. August hovers on the line between Pitta and Vata season. Once you feel a regular chill in the morning (it may even wake you up), you have entered Vata season. Maybe you can already feel a twinge of the mounting Vata anxiety in the air as teachers and students return to school.
August AdjustmentsThe heat and humidity of summer start to wane in August and become cooler and drier. These cool and dry qualities are also increasing in the body. To stay balanced and vital during the transition to fall, your diet should include richer, sweeter, more moist foods. These will keep you hydrated during a dry month, and also help build a layer of insulating fat in preparation for the winter.
By taking a little time this month to adjust your diet, you'll feel alive and balanced this fall, instead of frazzled or nervous. By changing with the season, you'll be able to sit back, relax and soak up the remainder of the summer sunshine. Here are the top 10 Ayurvedic Recipes for August that will help you transition from the heat of summer to the cooler days ahead!
August MealsStart your day with a batch of Buckwheat Tea Cake with Orange Zest and Raspberry. Sweet and heavy, this comforting dish will pacify the accumulating imbalance of Vata dosha. These berry-filled bites are cooling in nature, meaning they will help you beat any residual heat after a long, hot summer. This recipe is perfect for breakfast, a snack on the go, or to share among friends.
If a hot August afternoon has overheated you, and withered your strength, cool off with a refreshing glass of Cucumber Pear Juice. It will cool and clean the digestive tract, and help pacify fiery digestive issues like heartburn or acid indigestion, and rejuvenate you. Pears are ripe and ready to be enjoyed in August. Their demulcent qualities soothe and coat an inflamed digestive tract. A tall glass of this fresh juice will freshen the mind too, adding a splash of cool to a heated mood.
Digestive strength (agni) is weaker in summer months with the heat. Easy to digest, nourishing Coconut Rice will cool the internal heat that has built up over summer, while also boosting your immunity and vitality (ojas) ahead of fall - the season of depletion. If symptoms of Vata digestion, like gas and bloating, are already causing you trouble, whip yourself up a comforting bowl of this easy to digest rice dish.
Invite your friends and family around to share a meal in the garden while you still can. In a month or so, you'll be missing the days of outdoor dining. For these gatherings, you want something that will satisfy a crowd and is easy to share. Try this Gluten Free Pizza Made from Zucchini, Cheese & Egg or some Sweet Potato Chipotle Quesadillas for a casual evening meal on the patio. They are great crowd pleasers and are grounding and warm for the cooler evenings.
Enjoy a Sweet TreatIf you have a sweet tooth, this is one of the best times of year to relish in the delights of a fruity dessert. Sweet taste is an important part of the August diet. It cools the internal heat that has accumulated over summer, while grounding and stabilizing Vata as you move into fall.
What better way to enjoy the sweet taste than with some homemade desserts from succulent peaches! Peaches are juicy and will counter the dryness of August. They are also easy to digest so won't leave you feeling heavy and sluggish like a big piece of cake.
Rustic Peach Sorbet with Rosemary Oil will leave you refreshed and energized this month. Or, fill your home with the sweet scent of Baked Peaches with Vanilla, Nutmeg & Cloves. It warms the tummy and gives you the first taste of cozy fall meals. These peach based dishes provide sour taste, which whets your appetite, and softens stool, warding off dry constipation that may occur at this time of year.
ConclusionAugust is the month to spend time outside, soaking up the last of the summer sun. Enjoy the long evenings in the company of friends, family and good food. Serve these 10 Ayurvedic Recipes for August outside, and enjoy the freedom of the season before it disappears for another year. August is the month to say goodbye to summer and prepare for cool, fresh and blustery fall. These recipes will help keep you balanced at this time of change, and guide you into the next season feeling vibrant and well.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.