Sweet and Sour Fall

September 21, 2022

Nourish & ground through fall with Ayurveda; strengthen your gut with the season's sweet, sour, & salty tastes!

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In the fall, it is important to ground and nourish ourselves. Agni, the digestive fire, displays variability and needs routine and regular feeding. Nature provides grounding and nourishing foods in this season.

Fall fruits and vegetables play a role in strengthening the gut and cleansing the colon. With a strong gut and clean colon, we are resilient to the challenges of the winter blues. Here are three ways to aid elimination during fall:

consume regular meals

Avoid irregular gaps between meals.

Prepare hot meals with seasonal produce and garnish with ghee.

This is not the season for extreme fasting, though you can continue to eat your last meal before sun down.

Switch to fall tastes

Transition from the bitter and astringent taste of summer to the sour and salty taste of fall. Retain the sweet taste common to both.

Include vegetables like artichoke, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, fennel, green beans, pumpkin, spinach, winter squash.

Include fruits like apple, figs, guava, grapes, pomegranate, persimmon, and pear.

Choose warm and grounding

Cook whole grains like oats, amaranth, buckwheat, farro, millet, quinoa, wild rice.

Enjoy naturally oily nuts, such as almonds, chestnuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, and hazelnuts

Include root vegetables like beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, leeks, and radishes.

What is your favorite fall food?