In locations where there are four seasons every season has unique characteristics that define it. Spring is characterized by cool, wet, variable qualities. Summer in most places is primarily hot, dry and intense. Fall brings about the qualities of cool, windy, dry and variable weather patterns. Winter is characteristically cold, wet and steady. Each of these characteristic qualities affects our physiology and affects the growth of certain plants and the animals that consume them. For example in the Spring the stored food like nuts and seeds that were used during the winter are all gone and there is less availability of food. What is available are primarily spring greens and roots that tend to cleanse the blood, lymph and heal the kidneys. Examples of these kinds of herbal foods are dandelion greens and chickweed. These herbal foods are perfect for gently cleansing the body of the heaviness and rich foods that predominate in the winter. If the diet is not adjusted to honor this natural cycle then the heavy food can bio accumulate in the body leading to conditions such as obesity, heart disease and cancer. That is why aligning with these rhythms can prevent the accumulation of wastes caused by eating too much of one kind of food until the body can no longer adapt and it becomes aggravated thus leading to disease.
If my hard core Ayurvedic friends knew I was a fan of the smoothie bowl they would probably disown me and call the Ama police. If you are not familiar with the ama police they are the Ayurvedic individuals committed to serve and protect your digestion from mis-digestion. I wish there was a similar community for miscommunication, but that is another topic. The basics of a smoothie bowl is to turn a smoothie into a meal and if you are have every enjoyed one this Ayurvedic tips can help keep your digestion strong while enjoying your smoothie bowl.