Written by John Immel,
Do you live in the Southern Hemisphere? You may need the Ayurvedic Recipes for March instead.
Nourish Dry SkinRicher, oiler foods can help your skin stay supple and moist in autumn. This Coconut, Almond Butter, Date and Vanilla Bean Smoothie not only nourishes skin, but coconut milk continues to clear any residual pitta heat from summer.
Apple Sauce with Ginger & Ghee hydrates and moisturizes from within, alleviating fall dryness. The fresh ginger root in this apple sauce recipe encourages strong circulation which also helps combat dry skin.
Richer Foods Encourage Smooth Digestion & EliminationThe cooler temperatures and dry qualities of fall can disrupt digestion and lead to unwanted ailments such as constipation. Including oily foods, such as avocados, coconuts, and salmon, can help ensure your body is internally lubricated, allowing for smooth elimination. Our Eggs Baked in Avocado is a perfect recipe to prevent fall constipation.
Fall dryness can make digestion weak. Using digestive spices in your food, such as cardamom in our Pistachio Pancakes with Cardamom, counteracts fall gas and bloating. Cardamom kindles your digestive fire (agni). Root vegetables, hearty grains, stews and casseroles are help you feel grounded and nourished this time of year.
Cleanse & Rejuvenate This FallIn Ayurveda, the transition between two seasons it the optimal time to cleanse and rejuvenate, particularly in fall and spring. A Kitchari Cleanse is Ayurveda's favorite way to cleanse as it simultaneously nourishes and detoxes the entire body. Order our Kitchari Kit to get everything you need to make this Vata Reducing Kitchari. At this time of year, you also want to emphasize easy to digest food like this Butternut Squash Soup with Fennel, Ginger & Garlic, especially after doing a cleanse.
Soothe Sleepless NightsInsomnia may become more frequent as the early darkness and our summertime energy conflict one another. Also, as kids go back to school and the end of the year is creeping ever closer, it's common to lay awake at night with swirling thoughts in September. A natural sedative before bed, such as this Poppy Seed Sleepy Time Tea, can help you drift into a night of deep, uninterrupted sleep. Including more soft and sweet foods, like dates, oats and sweet potato, will also help the body adapt to the cool and rough air. Sweet Cream of Wheat is a lovely warm and comforting breakfast or dessert option to help you adjust to the change in climate.
SummaryWhile the last of the summer days are slipping away, September invites a new chapter. It's the time of year to enjoy fresh morning walks in the cooler air and cozy evenings on the couch. The seasonal change can bring about shifts in your body, so be prepared that digestion may be a bit erratic this time of year. You may also feel a little more scattered than usual, have trouble drifting off to sleep at night or suffer with dry skin. Keep these ailments at bay and stay balanced this September with these warming, nourishing Ayurvedic recipes.
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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. 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.