Seasonal Food Regimen for Late Winter (Shishira)

Shishira (late winter) Food Regimen

Ideal daily regimen to be healthy

Morning (Things to do)

  • Wake up early between 4.30 am- 5.00 am or 45 min before sunrise.
  • Drink 1-3 glasses of water kept in a copper vessel.
  • Evacuate your bowels regularly & wash your hands, feet, and face.
  • Danta – Dhavan – Brushing teeth (Neem, Babul, Khadir, Pilu Meswak)

Jivha Nirlekhana (Tongue scraping)

  • Gandusha/ Kavala – Gargling & Mouth rinsing with medicated water.
  • Nasya – 2 drops instillation of medicated oil in each nostril.
  • Exercise (according to season).
  • Self–body massage with oil followed by powder (according to season)
  • Bathing & Grooming.

Ratricharya (Night Regimen)

  • Supper – Within 3 hours after sunset or 8 pm & bedtime- 2 hours after supper (10 pm)

Diet

  • Eat when you are hungry, at a regular time, in the right quantity (Based on Agni), warm meals, a balanced diet (food containing all six tastes (Rasa), neither too fast nor too slow & compatible foods.

Seasonal regimen for Late Winter:

 Diet modifications

  • Intake of cereals and pulses, wheat/gram flour products, newly harvested rice, and corn are advisable.
  • Ginger, garlic, haritaki (foods of Terminalia chebula). Pippali, (fruits of piper longum), sugarcane products, and milk & milk products to be included in the diet.

Lifestyle modifications:

  • Massage with oil/ powder/paste, bathing with lukewarm water, getting exposed to mild sunlight, and wear warm clothes are advised.
  • Heavy exercise, till sweat appears on the forehead is preferred.
  • Cold wind, excessive walking, and sleep at late night is to be avoided.

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