Tips for healthy eating: 3 types of foods to incorporate into winter diet – expert suggests

Tips for healthy eating: 3 types of foods to incorporate into winter diet – expert suggests

Health experts from around the world suggest that all the different seasons of the year require certain changes in one’s diet and lifestyle in these times. Ayurveda relates specifically doshas to particular seasons and winters associated with Vata and Kapha dosha. It follows that a winter diet is one that will help balance or regulate Vata and Kapha doshas in the body and strengthen immunity. Sahaj (hereditary), Tin (season), Yuktikrit (established) are the 3 types of immunity recognized by Ayurveda. In the winter we want to strengthen our Yuktikrit immunity through a regular and balanced diet and lifestyle, and systemic practice of yoga.

According to Ayurveda, there are certain food groups that are unsuitable for consumption in winter, such as bitter, astringent and spicy foods. Cold foods and beverages such as ice cream should be avoided. Incorporating sweet, salty and sour foods as well as warm, well-cooked foods into our winter diet is a good idea to keep the digestive system in order. Consumption of fats, oils and fresh dairy products is also recommended. This is because the cold weather causes the body to try to retain heat and retain, thereby strengthening the digestive system. Ayurveda talks about digestive fire or Jatharagni which becomes more and more strong in winter, allowing easy digestion of rich fatty foods and dairy products. Other foods that can be eaten in the winter are a variety of legumes such as kidney beans (rajma), black beans (office gave) and jaggery (God), is considered to increase the heat in one’s body, and grains such as wheat and rice. Hot drinks, stews and soups, lukewarm water and various kinds of tea – especially ginger – are also considered to be very beneficial.

Foods to be incorporated into the winter diet according to Ayurveda can be broadly categorized into:

1. Good fats and natural oils:

The health of the digestive system is largely responsible for the immunity of one’s body. Ayurveda recommends adding natural dairy products, fats and oils (sesame or mustard oil), A2 ghee to our diet in winters to keep warm and facilitate the digestive process in the body. Winters can cause our body to become lethargic due to heat loss, and the only way to remedy it is to have a rich and heat-inducing diet that contains good fats.

Also read: 9 benefits of ghee you may not have known

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A2 ghee in our winter diet helps promote better digestion

2. Warm, well-cooked winter vegetables:

Winters are a wonderful time to get steaming hot broth, soups, stews, etc., made simply with delicious seasonal vegetables like carrots, beets, parsnips and leafy vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower etc. Pre-cooked or ready to eat meals should be avoided as far as possible, and as previously mentioned, hot, well-cooked food is an absolute necessity in winters to regulate vata dosha in our bodies.

Also read: Winter Diet: 7 ways to add vegetables to your diet without even noticing it in the winter

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3. Dry fruits:

It’s no mystery why people from places known to record freezing temperatures in the winter bring dry fruits with them as a permanent part of their diet. Dried fruits have a myriad of health benefits – they help keep the mind sharp and improve memory, but they also help keep one warm from within. Nuts and fruits like cashews, pistachios, dates, almonds, walnuts and the oil they secrete have amazing health benefits and keep the body in good spirits during the winters.

Also read: Benefits of dry fruits: From heart health to thyroid control

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Author cinema: Dr. Partap Chauhan is an Ayurvedacharya and director of Jiva Ayurveda.

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