So you wanna lose weight………
Whoa!!!!!!!!……….. Hold on before you go off and do harm to yourself and don’t even know it. Calm down, sit down and lets talk about this for a second.
Lets understand a few little basic guidelines before you run off on some so called healthy cleanse that is cool and popular now or before you start juicing or start skipping meals or even worse… the paleo diet.
It is winter time now. Did you know that winter time is the time to gain weight? Yes, believe that? No, it doesn’t mean to go out and gorge yourself on over eating or eat whatever you want because i just said that. It means that winter time is directly linked to the health of your system for the rest of the year. If you were to go on a diet now or after the holidays you hamper your immune systems ability to work for the rest of the year. You would be starting out there year in a deficit.
Winter is cold, obviously.
When the air temperature turns cold at this time, the body’s internal agni responds by increasing and thereby creating the desire to eat warmer, richer, creamier, heavier, spiced foods. This is a natural seasonal craving, reflecting the body’s intelligence in adjusting to the seasons.
During Winter, the tissues (dhatus) are nourished and replenished. But if the increased the digestive fire (agni) is not fed properly at this time, it eats up your tissues, causing a loss of energy, low immunity, seasonal arthritis, low libido, etc. So this is definitely not the time to go on a reducing diet, or to work out extra hard at the gym to lose weight although working out during the Winter is the best time to be working out to help build the body’s strength and immunity.
Water should be consumed only when you are thirsty. This is the rule always. Let more of your intake of liquid be through your food, through soups and warm drinks. When it rains, be conscious that you are breathing in water constantly from the damp air around you, and that your skin is absorbing water from the air. Yes, do you believe that? It is true.
It is an ideal time for rejuvenating treatments, and for daily sesame oil massage (abhyanga). This is the time of year when people go to India for rejuvenating oil treatments. If you are interested in going, just cntact me and i can put you in touch with respectable and reliable people there who will take care of you well and not rip you off. Email email@example.com.
Taking ½ tsp Haritaki with ½ tsp dry ginger with old honey first thing in the morning to prevent colds and respiratory problems in the winter, or last thing at night in warm water to preven constipation and gastric problems.
When the body greatly increases internal heat that can happen due to improper combinations in intake, over eating compared to the digestive fire, and other reasons, flu develops. When there is fever, do not eat, bathe, do massage. Drink very very watery thin mung soup only when hunger has come back. If you eat when there is a fever you will make it worse. There is not digestive fire, it has spread out of the digestion and into the rest of the body. It needs to be brought back to the digestion and the result of this would be to have hunger again.
Tulsi, a sister of basil, is the first line of defense. It build tremendous immunity. Ideally if you are growing Tulsi, eat 3 leaves every morning. You can also put in in tea, or make a decoction with ginger powder (for fever).
Pippali or long pepper, sister of black pepper. It cuts down recovery period of colds & functions as a rasayana
Turmeric works on all systems of the body and is a lung purifier, immunity booster, and an anti-cancer herb. Take ½ tsp every 3 hours when you feel a cold coming on, Take ½ tsp every morning as a preventative, gargle once a week with turmeric in hot water as a preventative. You can increase the amount of turmeric in your diet or make spiced milk during the Winter as it is a great nourisher of the body. Please only use whole milk, if you cannot digest it just add water andmake sure you boil it always before drinking it. In the West. we always drink milk straight from the cold fridge. This is so not good. A big source of the digestive problems that we face in our country comes from actions like this.
This spice milk can even be taken 3 times a day in Winter, as per the digestive fire, to boost tissues.
Foods to eat in Winter: So one should eat naturally guru (heavy), brimhana (nourishing) foods and drinks; foods with substance.
Snigdha (unctuous or oily), madhura (sweet), amla (sour), lavana (salt) tasting foods.
Meat soup of the meat of vileshaya (animals living in the burrows like rabbit), prasaha (birds), audaka (animals living in water), aanupa (animals of marshy land) should be consumed plenty. Foods prepared with guda (jaggary, which can be bought in India grocers or ordered online) and flour of grains (pistha) should be taken along with madya (alcohol), masha (black gram), ikshu vikriti (various preparations of sugarcane), ksheera vikriti (various preparations of milk), vasa, thaila(oil), navaodana (new grains).
Fruits should be sweet or sour, and should never be eaten at night during Winter.
Green leafy vegetables should be cooked in oil and eaten with garlic (great in Winter), for example. Being astringent, these green leafy vegetables should be eaten less often during Winter.
Other foods to be eating are:
Grains: Amaranth, Wheat, Oats, Quinoa, Rice,
Legumes: Mung, Black gram, Most pulses
Dairy: All milk products, ghee
Meats: Freshwater fish, Most meats, make meat soups
Fruits: Sweet and sour but never eaten at night, figs, dates
Vegetables: Corn, Carrots, tomatoes, leafy greens with garlic in oil in moderation though
Nuts and seeds: Most nuts, Almonds
Come Spring we can talk about losing weight.