Seasonal food recommendations in Ayurveda focus more to keep the body warm during the winter season. The Ayurvedic diet regimen for the winter season is as follows
Seasonal food for Winter (Hemanta Ritu)
Lets see in detail about the food regimen
Ideal daily regimen to be healthy during the winter season
Morning (Things to do)
- Wake up early between 4.30 am- 5.00 am or 45 min before sunrise.
- Drink 1-3 glasses 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 8pm & bed time- 2 hours after supper (10pm)
- Eat when you are hungry, at regular time, in right quantity (Based on Agni), warm meals, balanced diet (food containing all six tastes (Rasa), neither too fast neither too slow & compatible foods.
- Unctuous, sweet, sour and salty food are preferred.
- Newly harvested rice, wheat flout preparations, green gram(Mudga), black gram (Masha), etc are preferred in diet.
- Meat, fats, milk and milk products, sugarcane products, Shidhu (fermented preparation), Tila (sesame) are advised.
- Avoid vata aggravating foods/ drinks such as cold, and dry foods.
- Exercise, body and head massage, use of warm water, Atapa-sevana (sunbath) is advised.
- Application of Agaru (Awuilaria agallocha) on body is preferred.
- Heavy clothing & warm places should be preferred.