It’s week two of the Winter Wellness Series. Last weeks article touched on what to expect during the kapha season. Today I want to share with you some helpful tips on how to balance out Kapha during the winter season.
The most important thing to know about finding balance is that opposites are going to be your best friend. This means that you will want to understand what the qualities of Kapha are and then to find balance, you will need to implement the opposites of those qualities into your daily lifestyle, diet, and routines.
And, then we have the opposites.
While knowing the qualities of Kapha is very important, it is equally as important, or maybe more, to know what tastes increase Kapha. In Ayurveda, every food you eat can be classified under a taste. Just as you would work with opposite qualities to balance Kapha, you will also want to implement foods that have tastes that pacify Kapha as well.
Now that you are aware of the qualities and tastes that both aggravate and pacify Kapha, let’s go over some ways to balance Kapha during the fall season.
KAPHA BALANCING FOODS
Bellow is a list of foods to avoid and also a list of foods to favor during the Kapha time of year. This is not an extensive list, but hopefully, it will give you some good ideas of what to leave out and what to incorporate this season. Remember to do your best, you don’t have to follow these lists to a “T”. It’s good to practice moderation with the foods that aggravate Kapha if you don’t want to completely eliminate them from your diet. Another tip for eating during the kapha season is to keep your meals light to avoid sluggish digestion and fatigue after meals.
Foods to Avoid or Moderate
- Fresh figs
- Sour cream
- Kidney Beans
- Nuts with high-fat content
- Dark and fatty meats
Foods to favor
- Dry Figs
- Root vegetables
- Steamed fresh veggies
- Dark and biter Greens
- cooked Onions
- Organic Corn
- Sprouted Wheat
- Lemons and Limes
- Warm teas
- Warm/room temperature water
- Chia seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Egg whites
During the Kapha time of year, it can be hard to feel motivated. I think that during the time of year it is more important than ever to maintain a sense of structure in your everyday life.
What really helps me is that I have written on a piece of paper a list of all of the things I want to get done in the morning. My list reads as follows:
- Tongue Scraping and brushing my teeth
- Oil pull
- Stretching or yoga
- Pranayama or meditation
- Drinking a glass of warm water with lime
- Showering (if I have time I do self-massage with oils before my shower. If I’m short on time, I apply oil after my shower that is light enough that it doesn’t stain my clothing.)
- Anointing myself with Lavender oil which is calming and soothing.
- A cup of tea
- A light breakfast.
I have this list taped to my mirror and it serves as a great reminder, especially during the winter season when brain fog kicks in and it’s harder to rise int he morning. There is a deep satisfaction that comes from completing my list each day, and it helps to jumpstart the motivation to keep moving.
I hope this article helps you to find more health, wellness, and balance throughout the rest of the kapha season. Check in next week and I’ll give you some amazing tips on Staying Productive During the Winter Season. It will be a great way to get a fresh start on the new year!
Love and Moonlight