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Seasonal Food Guide: MONSOON

Energy flow of Pitta is in depleted state, and Vata is aggravated in July to mid August; and Pitta gets aggravated in mid Aug to Sept, so consume light food. Avoid too much of green vegetables due to various microbes, bacteria, viruses, fungi, insects in rainy season (green veggies get contaminated easily or the soil in which they grow could be highly contaminated. Also Vata gets aggravated by green leafy vegetables), roadside juice, buttermilk, curd (avoid having fermented food because it aggravates Pitta), raw vegetables, sea food, mushrooms, if it is necessary to have milk then only hot milk with turmeric should be consumed.

Consume food less watery because water ratio gets high in body in rainy season due to moist weather, excessive water is also not good for body.


Vegetables


Eggplant, zucchini or courgettes, apple gourd, bottle gourd, pumpkin, spring onion, capsicum, Haricot vert or french beans, taro or colocasia root, lettuce, drumsticks.


Fruits


Avocados, peaches, plums, apricots, passionfruit, grapes, pineapple, pears, papaya, pomegranate, banana.


Grains and Legumes


Alfalfa, green gram lentil (mung dal).


Herbs and Spices


Aniseed, cinnamon, curry leaves, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger.


Nuts and Seeds


Almonds are good to balance Vata dosha. People having imbalance of Kapha should consume nuts in limited quantity as nuts increase Kapha dosha.


You can consume sour and salted vegetable soups. Rice and wheat can be consumed in all seasons as these are staple food. Limited amount of ginger should be consumed in this season as it balances Vata and Kapha dosha and aggravates Pitta. Small amount of ginger with rock salt should be consumed before any meal in this season.


Avoid consuming fenugreek, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage during rainy season because these veggies are on high risk to get contaminated. Also avoid consuming stale food. Avoid food that takes long time to digest.

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