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Diet and Lifestyle for Every Season

 

  “It’s not about perfect It’s about effort and when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where TRANSFORMATION happens. “ -Anonymous

ü    If our diet and lifestyle not in sync with nature , it is likely to impact on our health.

ü    Eating and living in accordance with seasons doesn’t just make you feel good in the moment, but it is a powerful preventive health measure, too.

ü    Luckily Ayurveda lays out a set of seasonal regimen known as “RITUCHARYA”, here RITU means SEASON and CHARYA means REGIMEN and these serves as prescriptions for diet and lifestyle changes throughout the year.

  Seasons as per Ayurveda 

Seasons of the year
                (Seasons of the Year)

According  to ayurveda year is divided into two periods ;  

 1. Uttarayana              

 2. Dakshinayana each formed of  three seasons which gives six season in a year.

1.     Uttarayan ( 14 January – 14 July )

a.      Shishir Ritu ( winter )  Mid January  - Mid March

b.     Vasant Ritu  ( Spring)  Mid March – Mid May

c.      Grishma Ritu ( Summer ) Mid May - Mid July

2.     Dakshinayan ( 14 July – 14 January )

d.     Varsha Ritu ( Monsoon ) Mid July – Mid September

e.       Sharad Ritu ( Autumn / Fall ) Mid September – Mid November

f.        Hemant Ritu ( Late Autumn / Early Winter )  Mid November – Mid  January

 

A.   Shishir Ritu ( Winter )    :-

Healthy winter
 ( Healthy winter 🥶)
            

  Diet :-

ü Take the food having sour (Amla) , Salty (Lavana ), Sweet ( Madhur ), Hot ( Usna ) in properties.

ü Cereals , pulses , wheat / Gram flour items, new rice , Dry fruits , sugar -Cane items , Milk and Milk products And others are suggested.

ü Ginger , Garlic , Pippali ( product of piper longum ) , Haritaki ( fruit if Terminalia Chebula ) and Amla ( Indian goseberry  ).

ü Avoid Food having Pungent ( Katu) , Bitter (Tikta), Astringent ( Kashaya),   in properties.

  Lifestyle :-

ü Exposure to sunlight and do exercise.

ü Wear warm cloths , take warm bath and steam bath.

ü Massage your body with oil or powder paste.

 

B.   Vasant Ritu ( Spring ) :-

Gorgeous spring
                      (Gorgeous spring)
       ☞  Diet :-

ü Increase the intake of Bitter (Tikta) , Pungent ( Katu) , Astringent  (Kashaya ) properties food.

ü Old barley , Honey , coriander Cumin, Turmeric , Fennel, Pulses , Lentil, Garlic, Ginger, and others are suggested.

ü Avoid cold (Shita) , Heavy (Guru) , Sour (Amla), Sweet (Madhur) and Unctuous (Snigdh) properties food .

ü High calories diet and deep fried food should be avoided.

  Lifestyle :-

ü Do exercise and Massage your body with powder.

ü During this season Emesis (Vaman) therapy is prescribed to expel vitiated dosha.

ü Avoid Day sleep.  

 

C.   Grishma Ritu ( Summer) :-

Summer
                   ( Hot 🔥 summer)

  Diet :-

ü Take the food having Unctuous (Snigdh) , Sweet (Madhur) , Cold (Shita) properties.

ü Rice , Lentils ,Cucumber , Celery , Leafy greens are suggested.

ü Drink lot of water and different fluids , Cold water , Fruit juices , Mango juice , Stirred Curd with papper are suggested.

ü At bed time drink milk with sugar.

ü Avoid Oily and Fried food items , Pungent (Katu) , Salty (Lavan) , and Usna (Hot) properties food.

  Lifestyle :-

ü Apply Sandal wood and other aromatic paste over body .

ü Avoid extreme exercise and hard work and one should abstain from sexual intercourse.

ü Wearing light dress and Day sleep are useful.

ü Enjoy the coolness of Gardens , Flowers and  Cold water.

ü Sleep in cool shelter and during night sleep in airy Roof or Terrace of the house.

 

D.   Varsha Ritu ( Monsoon ):-

Monsoon
                 (Mind blowing monsoon)

 Diet :-

ü Eat the food having Unctous (snigdh) , Salty (Lavan) and oily in properties.

ü Ginger and Lemon are best for helping our digestion.

ü One should generally use  Honey in preparing Diets , Drinks and others.

ü Eat freshly cooked food and Avoid Uncooked food.

ü Old Barley , Rice , Wheat etc. are suggested.

ü Drinking river water , excessive fluid and Wine are to be evaded.

  Lifestyle :-

ü For bathing used boiled water and massage your body with oil.

ü Exposure to sun, Day sleep and  Heavy exercise should be avoided.

ü Medicated Enema (Basti) is prescribed as to expel vitiated Doshas.

 

E.   Sharad Ritu (Autumn / Fall ) :-

Autumn
                   (Outstanding autumn)

  Diet :-

ü For eating use food having Sweet (Madhur) , Bitter (Tikta) , Astringent (Kashaya) properties.  

ü Rice, Green gram , Wheat , Indian Berry, Honey and others easily digestable  food.

ü The food products of Oils, Fat and Curd etc should be excluded from the diet.

ü Habit of eating food just when there is feeling of hunger is advised.

ü Take water sanitized by beams of Sun in day and beams of Moon in night.

  Lifestyle :-

ü Apply paste of Sandalwood (Chandan) on the body.

ü Suggested to wear flower garlands.

ü Purgation (Virechan) ,  Blood letting or Phlebotomy (Raktamokshana) therapy are helpful to expel the vitiated Dosha.

ü Day sleep, Exposure to Sunlight and excessive eating should be avoid.

 

F.    Hemant Ritu ( Late Autumn / Early Winter ) :-

  Diet :-

ü Eat Unctuous (Snigdh) , Sweet (Madhur) , Salty (Lavana) properties food.

ü New Rice , Flour items ,Green gram, Black gram and others are suggested.

ü Fats , Milk , Milk items , Sugar cane items Fragmented preparations etc are  to be advised.

ü Avoid Light (Laghu) , Cold (Shita) , Dry (Ruksha) properties food and drinks.

  Lifestyle :-

ü One should wear heavy and warm clothes.

ü Exercise , Sun bath (Aatap Sevana) , Sexual liberality with one accomplice and living in warm places is suggested.

ü Day sleep and exposure to strong and cold wind should be avoided.

 

  Note:-

     The season and months may vary in every region but you can follow the regimen according to the corresponding season in your zone.  

     

 

 

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