Is spring a tough season for you?
Do you have trouble shaking off the heaviness of winter, or find yourself always getting sick in spring?
Your habits could be making you suffer more. If you incorporate habits that support your health and wellbeing during spring season you start to feel clearer, lighter and your immune system can actually strengthen. On the other hand, when you don’t change up your diet and lifestyle according to the qualities of spring, you can compound the heaviness, the congestion and increase your risk for getting sick.
According to Ayurveda the qualities of spring include heavy, wet, static and dense. Habits in your diet and lifestyle that contribute to these qualities can make spring season miserable for you.
Here are 3 bad spring habits to avoid if you want to feel clearer, lighter and boost your immunity.
1. Snacking between meals (or whenever you feel like it).
One of the biggest realizations women are having in my guided spring cleanse this week is that they eat too often and too much. Before the cleanse they were afraid that they’d always be hungry and not get enough food.
Instead what they’re discovering is that they have a habit of eating too often, mostly to pacify emotions, fill time or because the food is there.
This type of eating isn’t helping your body get stronger or nourished. Too much snacking leads to your digestive system getting overloaded and slowing down. According to Ayurveda, this can lead to undigested metabolic waste getting stuck in your body. Too much of this waste accumulating in the body results in digestive problems, brain fog, congestion, heaviness and lowered immunity.
When you stop snacking between meals you free up space in your digestive system for it to run effectively again. A strong digestive fire (as they say in Ayurveda) successfully transforms your food into nutrients for your cells and tissues leaving you feeling energized, clear and light.
The first habit to avoid in spring is stop snacking between meals, and instead allow 3-4 hours of fasting between each meal so that your digestive system runs more efficiently.
2. Eating the same foods you ate all winter
In our culture we’ve separated ourselves from nature to such an extent that we ignore or don’t even see the cues that it’s giving us to support our health.
One of those cues is a change in diet according to each season. If the qualities of spring are heavy, wet, static and dense, then it’s important to eat foods that are light, dry, create movement (like digestive spices) and liquid.
It’s important to change your eating habits for spring. Here are some foods and cooking strategies that are optimal for spring:
- Dark leafy greens, spring mix, dandelion greens (all in season)
- Spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, black mustard seeds, turmeric, coriander, fenugreek and fennel.
- Smoothies come back into style in spring and summer. A nutritious smoothy combines a lot of veggies with less fruit.
- Soups with clear broths and lots of veggies and spices.
- Try dry roasting instead of roasting with oils.
Foods to avoid in spring season are:
- All dairy
When you don’t change up your diet according to the season, you’re fighting against your own nature. Stop assuming that you can eat the same foods all year long and remain healthy and feeling good. The big benefit is that you get to change it up and try new things!
3. Dressing down too soon
It feels so good when the weather starts to warm up! It’s easy to get carried away by those first days of warm weather and start dressing in shorts and t-shirts. But is it really time to do that yet?
As a paddling instructor and instructor trainer I like to tell my students that it’s better to have too many clothes on, get too hot and have to take a layer off. The alternative is not having enough clothing, no layers to put on, and you end up freezing. Drastic changes in temperature with protection can have a negative impact on your health and immunity.
Stop dressing like it’s summer in springtime. Layer up and adjust throughout the day so you stay warm. Stock up on hats, scarves, socks and a rain jacket. These pieces of clothing will go a long way to keeping you warm and dry in spring season.
Want more tips for a healthy, vibrant spring season? Join me and a group of like-minded women for my Spring/Summer Wellness Circle starting April 5th. This 8-week group coaching program will not only support you in boosting your health and immunity for spring season, but also set you up to have your most vibrant summer yet! Click Here to learn more.
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