Updated: Sep 24, 2019
Hello, Fall! You might have already experienced its calling cards: unpredictable weather, cooler temps, and drier air. And, you might have noticed a sudden change in your digestion, uneasy sleep, variable energy levels, and an anxious, forgetful mind. Don't fret! It happens to most of us. Here's a few basic tips on staying in balance and avoiding illness during the Vata season.
Vata is cold by nature. Watch the weather and dress appropriately. Stay warm and eat warm, nourishing food. Check out my breakfast recipe below that's perfect for Fall.
Vata is dry by nature. Try to hydrate well with warm water and beverages, add plenty of healthy fats to your diet, and apply oil (more hydrating and easier to absorb) to your body instead of lotion.
Vata is mobile ... Try to slow down as best you can. Even as things seem to be speeding up with school and soon holidays ...Breathe. Really, it starts there. Keep days simple. End the day with non-structured time so everyone can unwind including you. Say "no" more so you can have more time for yourself.
I know these sound like hard things for us busy moms. I'm here to tell you that it IS doable! I'm an expert at healthy life hacks for people just like you. Let's talk about how you can live more simply to improve your health and mood, and get your sanity back. The first call is always free.
One of my favorite stress busters for school/work mornings is a fairly simple breakfast recipe that's nutritious and can be done in no time at all. There's whole grains, fruit, and nuts if you go for the optional add-in's.
Instant Pot Breakfast Grains
(feeds 2 adults, 2 kids)
Prep time approx. 5 minutes; cooking time 13+ minutes
Allow 20 minutes total
Prepare the ingredients the night before. I put all the ingredients and supplies on the counter next to my Instant Pot. This really helps! Or you can dump everything in except the water and call it Done until morning.
Push Saute button and adjust to 4 minutes
Add butter or ghee or whatever fat your using
Add cinnamon and stir. Smell the delicious aroma!
Add the grains and salt and mix well
Add nuts and dried fruit if using
If adding apple, chop it up - if you haven't done that already - and add that in
Drizzle maple syrup over all
Add water, mix
Push Pressure Cook button and adjust to 3 minutes (make sure the pressure release knob is turned is sealed)
Use Natural Release when it's done (let sit sealed and covered for 10 minutes at least)
Here's What You'll Need
1 Tbsp of butter or big scoop of ghee or other unprocessed fat like coconut oil (don't skimp)
1 cup grain of your choice (oats or try rye, barley, or wheat flakes for a chewy texture; for gluten-free try GF oats or quinoa)
1 1/4 c. water or milk of your choice
Dashes cinnamon (who has time to look for measuring spoons?)
Big Dash salt (don't skip this - lends a more savory flavor I adore - unless someone has high blood pressure)
Drizzle maple syrup
1 small apple, chopped (option to peel)
Small handful of raisins or other dried fruit
Small handful of chopped nuts or sunflower seeds
Once I get this going, I head to my yoga mat for a quick practice. With the Vata season starting, there's a lot of grounding going on.
By the time my I'm finishing up my boys are coming down the stairs ready for their breakfast. Then we can enjoy time together before we start our day. Let me know how it goes!
No Instant Pot? No problem! It's easy to adapt this to the stove top. Just saute the ingredients in the order listed, add water, and bring to a boil. Turn it down to medium-low and cook covered for 5 minutes or so. Let it set for at least 5 minutes before serving for the best texture.
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