Sounds so weird, but it is SO good and good for you, especially in the winter. As the weather gets colder and we head deep into kapha season (wait, pause: ‘kapha’ is a term used in Ayurveda to describe a dosha characterized by winter, cold weather, slugishness, laziness and do-nothing-but-netflix-and-chill-ness.
There are three doshas: kapha, pitta and vata. The idea is that everyone and everything is made up of a mixture of these doshas. When the doshas are balanced, we are healthy, energized and happy (you know that top o the world feeling). When the doshas get imbalanced, we get sick. Everyone has a dominant dosha, mine is kapha. So in winter/kapha season, it is easy for me to slip into an imbalance of kapha, which means: sluggishness, winter blues, difficulty waking up in the morning, feeling foggy, excess mucus (ew), and etc.)
Mustard is perfect for balancing kapha, because it’s pungent in taste and warming. So when I felt a little sluggish this AM, I whipped up this awesome salad to warm up my doshas and kick down that kapha spike. Check it out here:
Ingredients (serves one hungry person or two as an appetizer):
– 1 avocado
– 1/2 lemon
– 2 endives
– 1-2tbs. german mustard
– olive oil and salt/pepper to taste
Directions: Chop up the endive and avocado, add mustard and a little lemon/olive oil to start. Mix it around with a fork and make it as chunky or smooth as you want. Then top it off with salt and pepper and eat it right away!
Credits to my awesome mom/the OG of worst dinner guests for this awesome anti recipe!
If you’re interested in learning more about Ayurveda, I recommend checking out this book by Michelle Fondin, The Wheel of Healing: An Easy Guide to an Ayurvedic Lifestyle. Fondin does a killer job of taking the best/least crazy lessons from an ancient healing system and applying them to eating, exercise, health, relationships, finance and spirituality.
If you want to be really freaked out but read one of the original books on Ayurveda, check out Vasant Lad’s Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide for some really impractical Ayurvedic healing practices (like, uh, leaching and purging yourself). That said his book has full lists of kapha, pitta and vata healing/hurting foods that I reference frequently.
Let me know what you think! Now back to that Netflix binge…