It's finally hot and sunny here in Toronto. When it heats up and the season changes, our bodies also shift. Ayurveda, the traditional Indian healing system, provides us with many tools and suggestions for easing into this shift and being in partnership with nature.
1. Wake up early.
As the days become longer, our bodies naturally want to be awake for longer. The mornings are the perfect time for some silence and reflection inward. Although it might seem like an exhausting thought to wake up earlier, rising with the sun is actually one of the best ways to energize your body. The sun infuses us with vibrancy, light and energy. You can still benefit from this, even if you don't wake up at the crack of dawn. If you wake up at any point during the first few hours of sunlight, you can still tap into the power of the sun.
2. Eat with the sun.
Eat your largest meal int he middle of the day. When the sun is at its highest point in the sky, our digestive fire is strongest. Your body will digest and assimilate heavier food during lunch time much more efficiently and quickly than later in the day, when our energy starts to dwindle.
3. Eat refreshing, light foods.
The spring is the most natural time to do a detox. Check out our Sugar Detox, Going Gluten Free, or the Alkaline Life if you want to do a supported detox program. We are just about to launch a brand new version of all of these classes on June 1st! So, stay tuned for new programs that are full of tons of educational material, updated menus, and supportive daily tips.
Choose foods that are light and full of energy- lots of green and fresh vegetables. Bitter vegetables, such as arugula, dark leafy greens, and dandelion greens enhance digestion and the liver in detoxing the body.
4. Get moving.
Go on walks and stretch. Get into some outdoor sports or join a dance class. Do whatever movement inspires and excites you!
Here is a recipe for a light, refreshing and energizing smoothie juice. Using coconut water as the base, instead of milk or yogurt, is a great way to add in the energy of spring (and reduce congestion and stuffiness).
Coconut Green Smoothie
Ingredients: 1-2 cups coconut water 1/2 cup kale, chopped 1 stalk of celery, chopped
a great blender or Vitamix
Directions: Place all ingredients in your blender and blend for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.