Ayurvedic Fall and Winter Seasonal Routine

Tastes to Favor – SWEET SOUR SALTY

  1. Beginning of cold season – prefer Sour
  2. Middle of the cold season – prefer Sweet
  3. End of the cold season – prefer Salty

All to be consumed in moderation, of course.

Dress code

This season you should be well protected from the cold.

  1. Thick cotton
  2. Silk
  3. Wool
  4. Leather
  5. Covered foot wear

Food and Drinks

Favor warm food and drinks


Wheat, Spelt, Barley, Millet, Rice (moderation)


Carrots, Yams, Sweet potatoes, Fresh corn, Squash, Green beans , Zucchini, Tomatoes, Onions, Scallions


Consume in moderation. Milk, Butter, Cheese


Apples, Pears, Sweet berries , Grapes, Peaches, Plums


Honey, natural sugar, Maple syrup


Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Red meat (moderation)


Olive oil, Ghee, Sesame oil, pea nut oil, Coconut oil


The following are some recipes for the Fall/Winter season by Yael Steinfeld,
nurse practitioner and student of Ayurveda:

  • Mung Beans and Rice:

Cook 1 cup of brown rice with 1/2 cup of mung beans in 3 cups of water until soft. Add Himalayan salt to taste and mix.
In a skillet, warm 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or sesame oil. Add 1 chopped onion and sauté. Add 1.5 teaspoons of cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp of Turmeric powder, and 1/2 tsp of Fennugreek seeds (bitter, reduces Pitta). Add one bundle of fresh chard or other greens. Cook for a few minutes and add to the rice and mung beans.

This meal will balance Pitta and Vata – Yum!

  • For breakfast:

Cook 1/2 cup rolled oats in 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup organic milk until soft. Add dry fruits like raisins, figs, dates, etc. Add some grated ginger and just before serving, sprinkle 1/4 tsp of cinnamon.