Raw foods are not for every body. Ayuerveda recommends to eat them only during the Summer months and if our body-mind constitution is dominated by the fire element (Pitta type). Feeling bloated, excess gas, coldness or dryness are signs telling you that raw foods might not be the best for you.
The functioning of the digestive fire, or agni, might be altered by eating raw foods. Ayurveda considers them to be cold, dry, light and rough. In order to balance the possible negative effects on your capacity to metabolize and assimilate nutrients, try the following ayurtips:
Steam, sautée in olive or coconut oil and stew your foods. These cooking methods allow the body to absorb many nutrients. It works as if the digesting process begins the moment that you start cooking. It also warms up the body, hydrates it and comforts it. Ideal for the Autumn months!
You can also prepare compotes and add warm spices to your foods. My favorites are ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and a touch of pepper. Other spices that help with the excess air in the digestive tract are cumin, coriander seeds and fennel.
If you love raw foods, combine them with healthy fats like seeds, olive or coconut oil and nuts. Eat the raw in moderation during the coldest months. They are best eaten in the middle of the day, when agni shines brightly.
I recommend that when preparing salads, you allow them to macerate in the dressing for twenty minutes before eating it. This will make them easier to digest.
Raw fruit digests very quickly, so if you eat it, it should be on its own or thirty minutes before a big meal. The only vegetables that combine well with fruit are the green leafy ones (kale, spinach, etc).
If you would like to learn more about how to adapt a diet and a lifestyle in order to harmoze with the seasons, call me and we can set up an appointment.