Soooo...raise your hand, if you have kind lost your appetite lately. Or, notice any strange cravings, like you just want a bowl of cereal for dinner or a piece of fruit for lunch?
You're not crazy! It's because we are moving right into pitta season! In pitta season the fire + water elements govern the weather, the greater nature surrounding us.
We tend to think of summer as hot/fire, so you might be thinking, "But wait, it's hot...like increases like, so I should be starving." Good thinking! But notice that water element.
Spicy, saucy, savory foods don't really sound good to us right now, it's counterintuitive to what's happening in nature. Instead we start craving pitta-balancing foods that are cooling and sweet like sweet fruits, sweet cereals, maybe ice creams! We no longer order a hot chai, we ask for an iced matcha.
In fact, I just had a bowl of cereal for lunch (1/2 shredded wheats 1/2 TJs honey nut O's) with whole milk. It's kind of a dream meal for pittas this time of year!
So, if you've lost your appetite, are craving weird things, are more irritable than normal, have noticed some heartburn, or that pesky skin problem is coming back again...yessss. That's why, it's hot outside, it's summer, it's pitta season!
So go ahead and ditch the oatmeal for now some Rice Crispies, Corn Flakes, or Honey Nut O's could be just what the Ayurvedic Doctor ordered.
Pssssst...milk relieves heartburn, so if you have that problem, swig a little whole milk. Just a little. And THIS is why/how food is used as medicine.
For more ways to transform your health in summer, grab the free pitta quick guide here! :)
Keep bringing Ayurveda to life!