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Why is it necessary to change your diet as per the season?

If one wants to inculcate certain qualities, one should consume food accordingly for twelve years. This will facilitate the inculcation of specific qualities. Keeping in mind this tenet, authors of the Scriptures have formulated some rules about diet. Following these rules in daily life for three years is considered as a 'vowed religious observance.' If followed for seven years it is a 'rule' and if for twelve years, then it is 'penance.'

In day-to-day life, fresh and hot food should be consumed. Climatic changes in each season influence man's physique, mind, intellect and his entire lifestyle. Hence it is beneficial to make changes in our diet according to seasonal changes. In a vast country like Bharat, the climate and seasons vary from North to South Bharat. This difference needs to be kept in mind while observing dietary rules pertaining to the seasons.

Appropriate diet for the spring season (vasant): During the spring season there is an increase in the kapha-dosh (one of the three energetic forces of our body). So items which are easy to digest, dry, bitter, astringent and pungent such as green grams, fenugreek, bitter gourd, radish, raw turmeric, pepper and dried ginger should be consumed. In spring season, it is beneficial to avoid a diet which contains sweet, sour and salty items or if at all, to consume them in small quantity. During this season, it is very healthy to adhere to the rule of not consuming salt.

Diet fit for the summer season (grishma): Digestive energy decreases during the summer season. So a diet which is easy to digest, mild, sweet, sour and juicy, and contains items such as milk, butter, ghee, coriander, cumin seed, cardamom is beneficial. Drinking more water is also beneficial.

Diet fit for the rainy season (varshā): There is a possibility of an increase in the kapha-dosh during the rainy season. Hence it is beneficial to consume food items such as millet, rice, okra, lemon, ginger, garlic, turmeric, coconut, sesame oil, milk and milk products.

Diet fit for the autumn (sharad): Due to the heat during the autumn season, the bile (pitta-dosh) defect increases. Hence one should consume sweet, bitter and juicy diet, old grains, green gram, pulse of gram, fenugreek, cucumber, cabbage, spinach and light diet such as vermicelli or apple, banana, jamun, etc.

Diet fit for the winter season (hemant): Digestive energy increases during the winter season; so it is beneficial to consume new grains, green gram, sesame, black gram, carrot, custard apple, dry fruits, ghee, all kinds of spices and food which is tasty and oily.

Diet fit for the cold season (shishir): In the cold season digestive energy is at the optimum. During this season, it is beneficial to consume sweet, sour and salty diet such as sesame, green peas, brinjal, beets, fenugreek, spinach, pomegranate, dry fruits, milk and milk products and butter milk, along with new grains. Click here to read more.

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