Fortify yourself For the Winter Season with Warming Foods!

Fortify yourself For the Winter Season with Warming Foods!

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and here on the Central Coast of California, we’ve felt a shift in the weather over the last week. In other parts of the country, I’m sure you’ve already experienced the change in the season. It’s time to alter our eating pattern in order to support our immune system, digestion and overall health. According to Ayurveda, this is the Vata time of year, where the elements of “Air and Ether” take center stage. It is likely colder and dryer outside and you may be feeling a bit cooler and drier as well. While these days I typically run a bit on the warmer side, I’ve even noticed that I’ve been feeling a bit chilly.

In Ayurveda we say that opposites create balance, and with that it mind, it’s time to shelf the lettuce and cook up warming foods like butternut squash, sauteed greens, oatmeal, stir-fry, sweet potatoes, some meat (if you are a meat eater.), roasted nuts, butter, ghee and stews, just to give a few examples. Think of the typical Thanksgiving fare – most of the traditional choices associated with the meal are actually really balancing for your body.

Meanwhile, to help keep your digestion and immune system humming, check out the basic Ayurveda Winter Food List below. Hope this helps!

Winter Grocery List

Though these are not the only items you can eat, they are the most beneficial foods for this season.

*An asterisk means it is best to eat more of this food.

Artichokes, hearts Apples, cooked *Anise Mung – split, yellow Alcohol (moderation)
*Avocadoes Apricots *Asafetida Tofu Black Tea (moderation)
*Beets *Bananas *Basil Coffee (moderation)
*Brussels Sprouts Blueberries Bay Leaf Water (warm or hot)
*Carrots Cantaloupe, w/lemon *Black Pepper  
*Chilies Cherries Caraway  
Corn Coconuts, ripe *Cardamom NUTS & SEEDS HERB TEAS
Fennel Cranberries, cooked Cayenne *Almonds *Cardamom
Eggplant, cooked *Dates Chamomile *Brazil Nuts *Chamomile
*Garlic *Figs *Cinnamon *Cashews *Cinnamon
Ginger *Grapefruit Clove Coconuts *Cloves
Hot Peppers *Grapes Coriander *Filberts *Ginger
Leeks Guava *Cumin *Flax *Orange Peel
Okra *Lemons Dill Lotus Seed
Onions *Limes *Fennel *Macadamias  
Parsley *Mangoes Fenugreek *Peanuts, raw SWEETENERS
Potatoes, mashed Nectarines Garlic *Pecans Honey – Raw
*Pumpkins *Oranges *Ginger *Pinons *Maple Syrup
Seaweed, cooked *Papayas Horseradish *Pistachios *Molasses
Squash, Acorn Peaches Marjoram Sunflower Raw Sugar
*Squash, Winter Pears, ripe Mustard *Walnuts *Rice Syrup
*Sweet Potatoes *Persimmons Nutmeg Mint
*Tomatoes Pineapples Oregano
Turnips Plums Peppermint    
Strawberries Poppy Seeds MEAT & FISH GRAINS
  *Tangerines Rosemary *Beef  *Amaranth
OILS   *Saffron *Chicken  Buckwheat (moderation)
*Almond Sage *Crabs  Millet (moderation)
*Avocado DAIRY Spearmint *Duck *Oats
*Canola *Butter Thyme *Eggs *Quinoa
*Coconut *Buttermilk *Turmeric *Freshwater fish Rice
Corn *Cheese *Lamb *Rice, Brown
*Flax *Cottage cheese   *Lobster Rye (moderation)
*Mustard *Cream CONDIMENTS *Ocean Fish *Wheat
*Olive *Ghee Carob *Oysters
*Peanut *Kefir Chocolate *Pork  

Learn more about the seasonal diet in

“The 3-Season Diet”

by Dr. John Douillard

*Safflower Milk, not cold Mayonnaise *Shrimp
*Sesame Rice/Soy Milk Pickles  *Turkey
Soy Sour Cream *Salt  *Venison
Sunflower Yogurt Vinegar