Hello all. This particular book of Kshemakutuhalam has imbibed so much kutuhalam (curiosity) about culinary methods and art of right eating habits in me that, I have almost made certain lifestyle changes for good. And believe me, it feels amazing. Some amendments and tiny steps towards good health are simple to adopt with enormous health benefits. So, hereby continuing, let’s start with the 4th chapter of the text.
1. The first shloka lists six seasons of the year which comprises of two months each as – winter, spring, summer, rainy, autumn and frost.
The first 3 seasons are hot in potency and makes one feel weak and less enthusiastic whereas the last three seasons are cold and makes one feel good strength and stamina.
Whenever there are hot seasons, strong rays of the sun, wipes off snow and mist … as if he is wiping off tears from a bride’s eye. Wow…. isn’t this simile something amazing?
2. Regimens of cold season-
a) Whenever there is snowy breeze, one must consume Haritaki with ginger. Purpose is to control the Vata imbalance in cold season. (Haritaki is an Ayurvedic drug with enormous health benefits, botanical name- terminalia chebula).
b) When the seasons are cold again, one must never forget to use sesame oil for cooking as well for body massage regularly, owing to the hot potency of this oil. After having body massage, its good to get exposed to sun rays for sometime before going for bath; doing which might add to the strength.
c) During cold seasons, one must wear, silk cloth and a cotton garment on top of it. The house we live in cold season must also fumigated regularly with agaru incense which helps in keeping the place disinfected, aromatic, warm and pleasant.
d) Cold season is meant for enjoying food of one’s choice which preferably should be spicy, sour and hot. Ghee and curds can be used in abundance. Food made up of wheat, sesame, black gram and sugarcane must be used in plenty.
e) At night, it’s always good to anoint oneself with good smelling pastes like agaru and kasturi (which isn’t apparently available now of course). Doing this will give good sleep to the person and imparts good physical strength thereby.
f) Pippali, can be included in the diet in the winter season.
3) Regimen for spring-
This time of the year is mainly about Kapha and its related health issues; hence, one must duly concentrate on mitigating Kapha in this season.
a) Haritaki must be consumed along with honey on regular basis.
b) Its good to exercise as per individual capacities in this season (exercises may help in melting of the clogged Kapha in the channels of the body).
c) Food must consist of anything which is dry, spicy, astringent in nature. It must also be easily digestible.
d) Thumb rule for spring is not to sleep during day time.
e) Better to avoid any food which is heavy for digestion and anything which is too much oily, sweet and cold.
f) Sexual intercourse is advisable in the season.
This was about the regimes which are advisable during cold and spring seasons!!!! Following these principles doesn’t take much of your time and energy. It just needs a little of mindfulness and commitment. At the end of the day it is surely worthwhile.
Stay tuned. Will be back with the second part of this chapter which describes about the lifestyles for summer and rainy seasons