Ayurvedic diet for April – the perfect add on after your Detox!
Spring is a season where the nature is all about cleansing and creating new life.
The shift from January to May is a Kapha season, we come from the cold and dry Vata season to the nourishing, rich and watery Kapha season. In April the temperatures are getting warmer, the trees and flowers are starting to bloom. For our body it is just the right time to Detox and also to lose some weight if you want to. Our metabolism got the quality to burn the fat from the Winter months now more effective!
But as in Kapha season, the Dosha can be easily aggravated now. In Germany we call it the “Spring tiredness” – guess where it does come from?
Start to add turmeric to your dishes and add Golden Milk into your days. Turmeric is a blood-mover and increases the whole metabolism. Bitter herbs and spices are now the perfect way to support our body. They will support your liver by excess fats and clean your blood. Spices like cardamom and ginger are having similar effects! Green leaves like sesame leaves, dandelion, rucola are bitter as well and can be added to your daily diet. Sesame leaves are awesome for rice dishes and curries. You can wrap rice and veggies into them! (You can find them normally in asian stores).
Neem face masks can help to detox your skin, which could be irritated during the changing temperatures with pimples, red spots. Use a face mask three times a week when your skin is going crazy now! If your face is just too dry, try a mix with rose water and healing earth, without the neem.
For substitutes you could add now Triphala and Trikatu – Trikatu is balancing Kapha and Triphala helps the body to detox.
Avoid heavy, oily, sweet and salty food and dishes. Try to focus more on what is growing seasonal now. Enough with the facts! Let’s get to THE FOOD and fruits you should focus on now – and of course, what each Dosha can do to stay balanced!
Kapha Dosha and the month of April
This Dosha is in it´s element, but also needs to focus on detoxing to get the mucus out of the body. During the rising humidity your Dosha can be aggravated easily. Pungent food and herbs will help you to stay in balance. Jala Neti to clean your nose every evening, Tongue scraping in the morning, add dry brushes massages into your routine now! Breathing techniques like Kapalabhati will be a lifesaver for you!
Vata Dosha and the month of April
Vata Dosha peeps are the happiest now! The cold weather is over, the sun comes out again…Vata Dosha need to stay grounded during diet and what is even more important – a daily routine! Stay nourished with Self-Massages in the evening and use Vata oil. Love your hair and scalp – treat them with a vitalizing hair oil once or twice a week. This will also help to stay grounded. As the energy level raises and you will find yourself in a workaholic mode, change your fitness and Yoga practice into gentle and muscle stabilizing. Alternate nostril breathing and meditation instead of crazy activism will help you to stay in balance.
Pitta Dosha and the month of April
Pitta Dosha people tends to have a sensitive liver which can lead to the affection of allergies. Everything is blooming now. So if you experience allergies according to the season – know that you can help you a lot with Ayurveda! Focus on Liver cleansing foods and herbs, which are the bitter ones. Help yourself with Jala Neti in the evening and morning when your nose is running, tongue scraping is also a daily morning practice that helps to reduce the aggravating toxins. If your feel overheated already, cool yourself down with massages with coconut oil and try oil pulling after tongue scraping with that.
What to eat in April
What grows now naturally is Asparagus – take the green one, beets like beetroot and may root. Fermented food is perfect – try Kombucha, Kimchi and Sour cabbage. Grapefruits are awesome, if available eat papaya because of it´s cleansing benefits, also lemons, tangerines, cherries, oranges! The fruits should be not too sweet. Salads, legumes, sprouts combined with carbs like Buckwheat can be easily prepared and spiced with cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, pepper. (Try my Pho recipe and add lemons on top!).
During the day, fennel tea or Yogi Tea with coriander and cumin are helping you to don’t feel bloated while changing your diet.
Try to combine your specific Dosha diet with seasonal herbs, fruits and legumes. It is not as complicated – you just switch some ingredients which we mostly do naturally – cravings for Asparagus because it is seasonal, for example.
When you have still cravings for sugar, try raw chocolate! They even have some amazing ingredients and superfoods and dark cocoa is also a bit bitter! 😉
- Avoid heavy, sweet, oily, salty food
- Go with green leafy food and herbs which are bitter
- Add a daily routine compared to your Dosha to stay grounded or help yourself with allergies or sluggishness
- Focus on seasonal food and compare them to your Dosha specific diet
- Soak up the sun a lot!
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Namaste and a beautiful evening to you!