Preparing your body for autumn
As you might recognized, since the last week of July the mornings and evenings are cooler, and since the beginning of August the days got shorter, sometimes the sun is glowing already golden in the evening hours. Vata season starts exactly around that time of the year and so we are heading into a new season – autumn is close!
Our body starts to get cravings for warm and grounding food by itself and instead of your leafy summer greens, you might think about a bowl of mashed poatoes for lunch instead. Your body is telling you that it is time for a shift and need carbs to build layers of fat in your body.
This change of your metabolism can cause dry skin, especially when your Dosha is Vata! Daily oil massages before bed will keep your skin nourished. I suggest sesame oil or another warm, nourishing oil. The vitality of your skin will fade in autumn and so your sensitive face skin needs extra love and attention!
Get yourself an oil cleanser, fermented foam cleanser and a nourishing toner before you apply lotion onto your skin. It will let your skin look healthy, glowing and not so pale.
How does it come that your skin get dry now so quickly?
Your body protects itself from heat loss and is reducing the blood flow – especially in your legs, arms and skin. But with massages, oil and extra love you can support your skin and body to don´t feel freezy and dried out.
Lifestyle & Nutrition tips for late summer and early fall
Start to wear layers of clothes and warm socks. Keep your body warm at night and if you experience cold feet, wear socks to avoid insomnia. To keep your circulation up, start your morning with dry brushing and a warm shower. Use a nourishing lotion or dry oil. And for sure…the biggest part – change your diet into a fall friendly one!
Your stomach gains now more blood and you will feel a natural cravings for ingredients like garlic, potatos and with a smart nutrition change you can prepare your body for flu season which starts around November.
Prefer now food and recipes with the following ingredients:
Sweet potatoes, potatoes, porridge and overnight oats
Beets, carrots and pumpkin
Garlic, ginger and onions, turmeric and salt
Lemons, apples, pears, grapes, plums
Avoid dry food and cold food like:
Cracker, Chips, Popcorn
And last but not least, support your body with herbs!
- Chyvanprash can help your immune system to stay balanced
- Ashwagandha is calming your mind
- Amalaki to cool down your Pitta in late summer and feel more balanced
- Licorice root – helps you to soothe dryness
I also love to start September with a week of Kitchari cleansing – I mostly eat a big bowl of Ayurvedic porridge for breakfast, Kitchari with warm sesame oil instead of Ghee for lunch and a small bowl of warm soup in the evening. I prefer here soups with vegetables like potatoes, squash and Miso soup! Kimchi Jigae is also something that works for me and my Vata clients as well!
Find here two of my recipes which are perfect for this season:
A warming and nourishing soup:
Start your day with this delicious and grounding porridge:
You can join my free and exclusive Facebook group end of September if you want to detox, lose weight or just want to start a new healthy way of eating and lifestyle! The group is limited to 10 peeps so that I have enough time to take care of all your individual needs!
More infos coming soon,
when you read this, I am already traveling and this blog will be silence for two weeks! 🙂
Have the best time,
From my heart to yours,