Vata season recipe to soothe and ground

We are currently deep in Vata season and with that comes all the blessings and challenges of heightened Vata.

Vata is the ‘queen of the doshas’ mainly because Vata governs all movement and therefore the other two doshas cannot function without Vata. Vata energy is light, subtle and mobile but also cold, rough and dry.

So in Vata season if we are in balance we can use the Vata energy to our advantage, to start or continue with a creative project, to begin or focus on a spiritual sadhana and to embrace change.

But if Vata gets heightened and we are already a little out of balance this can result in dry skin issues, insomnia, anxiety, lack of focus, poor digestion and the inability to concentrate.

There are lots of ways to balance Vata through nutrition, lifestyle routines and yoga (come see me to find out more) but for now, here is a yummy grounding recipe to help counter the winds of Vata:

As always, my slow cooker is my best friend, so this is a slow cooker recipe:

Homey lentil stew

Ingredients

1 cup red lentils

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cups chopped cauliflower

1 large onion

2 vegetable stock cubes in 5 cups of water

2 teaspoon curry power

1 teaspoon tumeric

1 teaspoon cumin

2 cups chopped kale

Method:

Chuck everything in the slow cooker aside from the kale (or throw that in too if you can’t be bothered to faff about, I’ve done it and it’s fine!). Cook for 2.5 hours and half hour before the end, pop your kale in (if you haven’t already)

This will give you 3-4 servings, is full of protein and fibre and for some reason remind me of my childhood. All good things for feeling grounded, satisfied and nurtured.

I’ll be starting to offer consultations from November, so if you are feeling the effects of Vata and need a nutrition plan, give me a shout!

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