If you are living in an area where winter is still transitioning into spring, you are experiencing the end of Kapha season. And while you may have lots of plans for activities such as gardening or exercising, some people may find that the season’s accumulation of kapha produces feelings of lethargy or depression. While we all might notice a bit of these symptoms, an individual with a predominant Kapha dosha will notice it much more.
This is a time when we might want to pay special attention to our diet to include energizing foods. Ayurveda has traditionally classified certain foods as either energizing (sattivic) or energy-draining (tamasic). Tamasic foods drain your energy because they are difficult to digest, produce impurities in your body and contain little vitality.
Here are Ayurveda food tips for boosting your energy levels:
Energizing (Sattvic) Food
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Juice made from fresh fruit and vegetables
Sweet dairy products such as milk and ghee (ideally organic)
Freshly prepared yogurt
Rice and wheat products such as bread, pasta and barley
Raisins, dates, figs
Split mung beans
Energy Draining (Tamasic) Foods
Aged or fermented foods, including vinegar, pickled foods, and sour cheeses such as Swiss and cheddar. (Most sweet cheeses, such as cottage cheese, farmer’s cheese, mozzarella and ricotta are not tamasic.)
Frozen, canned and packaged foods
Onions and garlic
Vegetables that grow below the ground (except for carrots and beets, which are energizing foods.) Potatoes are mildly energy-draining
The old adage “You are what you eat” does not just refer to vitamins and proteins. Choosing primarily sattvic foods will affect rev up your energy levels and help maintain a balanced, happy state mind and emotions.
Visit an Ayurveda expert to learn more about the specific foods that will help create perfect balance in your individual physiology. The times of seasonal changes can be challenging to our bodies and this is the perfect time for purification and dietary alertness.
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