Seasonal Eating: The Benefits of Root Vegetables
At Wholistically Healthy we believe–to have a healthy mind, we need a healthy body, to have a healthy body, we need a healthy mind–adjusting our eating habits according to the season is an important part of this balance.
As the weather cools down leading up to autumn, the Ayurvedic season of “Vata” begins. Vata is cold, dry, light, clear and moving–put simply, there’s a change of energy. If we're sensitive to seasonal changes, we may find ourselves losing balance. This may show up as a low mood, sluggishness and demotivation, as well as gravitating towards starchy and sugary foods to keep our energy levels up.
Our recipes follow the Ayurvedic seasons, and we change our ingredients accordingly. Seasonal produce is healthier. It has had time to fully ripen and develop its nutrients, and it's free from harmful pesticides. It's also seasonal for a reason–the earth ripens particular fruits and vegetables at certain times of the year to suit our seasonal needs.
ROOTING FOR ROOTS
Ayurveda suggests eating warming and grounding foods during the colder months, as their health benefits keep us balanced and healthy. Root vegetables are such foods, and our staple during autumn and winter.
At Wholistically Healthy, we’ll be placing pumpkin on veggie stacks, tossing sweet potato with quinoa, and roasting carrot for Buddha bowls. These bad boys are going to sustain your energy through winter and keep you emotionally balanced.
A natural sedative - Crave that comforting feeling you get after a big bowl of pasta? Pumpkins give you a similar calming effect without the sugar come down.
Keeps you regular - Changes of season can wreak havoc on the gut. Pumpkin’s soluble fibre content softens stools, while their insoluble fibre can relieve constipation.
Helps fight infection – Pumpkins contain beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A, helping your body fight infection.
Versatile - Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, but also super versatile. They make for countless warm and grounding dishes.
Rich in complex carbohydrates – You don’t have to eat volumes of sweet potato to feel satisfied, and these guys will keep you full for longer.
Contains vitamin A and C - Like pumpkin, sweet potatoes give you a boost in vitamin A and C, helping ward off cold and flu.
Body cleanser – Carrots are rich in vitamin A, helping to flush out toxins from the body. One way they do this is by eliminating the accumulation of fat in the liver. Their soluble fibre also cleanses the colon.
High in antioxidants – Carrots are high in vitamin C, boosting your immune system. Vitamin C is also beneficial for your skin.
Stabilise blood sugar levels - Unlike hot chips at the pub, carrots won’t spike your sugar levels, and will keep your energy on an even keel.
Extra tips for the change of season:
Take a break from technology - Put aside time to connect with you. Relaxation, meditation and reflection should always be a priority.
Maintain a sleep routine - As the seasons shift, our sleep routine can suffer. Going to sleep and waking at the same time is key to consistent energy and mood stability.
Keep the exercise routine up - Yes, we know how warm and cozy it is in your bed, but maintaining an exercise consistency will help you balance your mood through the seasonal change. Morning sun also does wonders for your energy levels.
We would love to hear from you. How do you survive the cooler months?