Earlier I shared with you about using healthy ingredients and positive emotions to make your food healthier.
In Ayurveda* there is this concept of Aahar (food) and Vihaar (lifestyle) as per your Prakriti (nature/body type) and also as per season.
(*Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine (incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas), which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.)
The aahar-vihar which is beneficial for the body and also gives happiness to the mind is known as Pathya and opposite to that is known as Apathya.
The purpose of following right aahar-vihar, is to maintain normal health and alleviate various diseases.
We are in the middle of summers right now – waiting for Monsoon to arrive 🙂 So, I am sharing what is Pathya (aahar-vihar beneficial for the body in this season).
Right Diet For Summers
According to Ayurveda, in summers earth follows a path that brings it closer to the Sun. This proximity causes high heat resulting in water level decrease on earth. This affects all living beings, water resources, trees, and plants. Air also becomes hot and dry.
This decreases softness and natural oils in our body.
Ayurveda advises eating oleaginous* and liquid food in this season. Food that is juicy, watery and soft must be eaten. This helps in making up for the lost liquid and oils of the body. Nature really is ready with what we need according to season.
[*oleaginous. 1 : resembling or having the properties of oil : oily; also : containing or producing oil. 2 : marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality.]
As per Sushrut Samhita, drinks that are cool in nature, and liquid fruit juice must be taken. And, the meals we take must be fresh, oleaginous, and juicy (and not dry).
So, What Is Pathya (Worth Eating) In Summers?
It is fresh, easy to digest food like green vegetables, fresh fruits and select pulses.
You can eat bottle gourd, leafy vegetables, cucumber, ripe red tomatoes, and potatoes. You can also eat moong dal. In fruits, sweet grapes, oranges, mangos are all pathya. melon, watermelon and litchis are also good.
Also go for,
- Sweet Shikanji prepared with lemon
- Sweet juice of mango
- Sweet thin Sattu
- Sweet Lassi of milk and water
- Coconut water.
In addition to this,
- Wake up early and go for a walk. Time it so that you come back before Sun starts shining bright in the sky. Aim to come back by 6.30am.
- Avoid really heavy workouts. But do engage in Yoga or some light workouts right after your walk.
- Apply some oil (coconut oil is good) on body during bathing and rub the skin with wet towel afterwards. It makes skin healthy and bright. [Those who have Asthma should avoid rubbing the skin really hard.]
- During breakfast, eat some curd with sugar. Go for fresh and naturally sweet curd. It provides strength to the heart and cleans the stomach and intestines.
- Keep drinking water at regular intervals before you feel thirsty.
- Stop eating when you feel some satisfaction but still think you can eat more.
- Increase the quantity of vegetables and salad in your meal.
- Avoid staying awake late into nights. If you have to do that after 10 at night for some reason, then make sure that you are drinking water at regular intervals.
- Drink warm milk before bedtime.
- If your digestion power is strong, put half or one spoonful of ghee in this milk. It cools down the system.
This should be a good base to plan your diet and routine in summers.
I’m curious to know if you already follow some of these; as a habit that you acquired as a child from your mom-dad. Make me happy by sharing. Also share if you follow any other ritual.
For now, leaving you with this beautiful pic from my Nepal trek.