Easter is a special time for our family. We cook a spectacular lunch, have an egg cracking competition with hand dyed eggs and a brilliant egg hunt with the same baskets we all had as kids (my two little ones use mine now!)
But Easter presents an overload of one thing... sweets. In Ayurveda, sweet or madhura taste is a builder of those tissues that are formed from earth and water. Being that earth and water are the key elements to the Kapha dosha, sweet substances strengthens the heaviest nature of our bodies (no surprises there).
An overload of sweets can create a Kapha imbalance, which leads to sluggishness, stagnation, additional fluid and Ama or toxins in our systems. A familiar feeling to us all who have had just that one too many Easter eggs.
Ayurveda provides some handy hints in combating sweet overload (hopefully you are not needing to do this too often, habitual sweet overindulgence isn’t great).
A QUICK FIX FOR KAPHA
Consume more tastes that are pungent, bitter and astringent.
Make food warm, well cooked and dry in nature.
Add a kick to your meals, some heating spices are a good thing to reignite the system.
Sip fresh ginger tea throughout the day to speed up the digestive fire and flush out toxins.
Get up and moving. Sweating it out helps to get Kapha stabilised in the body.
If you are still on the sweet track momentarily, eat your sweets BEFORE a meal. Sweet foods are the hardest to digest, so having this taste first thing in your meal gives it the best possible chance to be digested well by the body.
With light and love,