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.