Student Blog: Changing Season, Changing Bodies: 3 Food Tips by Kendra Irvine

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Or so I’ve heard.

As the seasons are slowly shifting, our bodies are slowly shifting. The point here? Work with Mama Nature, friends! She’s kinda’ awesome.

We are transitioning from the dry, cold, and frenetic mid-winter to the cool and dewy late winter and early spring. In Ayurveda, the world’s original healthcare system, we call this moving from Vata season to Kapha season. This is a time when things left dormant or otherwise in hibernation start to wiggle around. This means we need to follow Mother Nature’s cues and shift the way we do things. For the sake of this post, we will focus on FOOD!

Thought you might send me a telepathic ‘high-five’ on that one.

For much of the cold season, we are eating heavy, moist, and grounding foods. This is to oppose the light, dry, and mobile qualities of the late fall/early winter season where the elements Air & Ether are running the show. 

Now it’s time for our bodies to lighten up a little as the heavy qualities of Water & Earth elements move in!

3 things you can do to shift your eating as this season changes

  1. Start eating lighter.
    Channel your inner Popeye and reintroduce greens to your diet. Or eat more if you are already all up in that business. Arugula, spinach, and kale are all great examples of lighter foods and you can fire those suckers in the Vitamix or create a fun salad!
  2. Make supper your smallest meal.
    If you aren’t already doing this, now is a great time to start this habit. Ideally, you do this all the year through as it is much kinder to your digestive system which begins to slow down quite a bit after 6 pm.
  3. Switch up your nuts for seeds.
    Seeds are a lighter food than nuts and are thus better suited for the heavy nature of late winter/early spring. Add them to your salads (see #1), porridge, and consider trying a seed butter as a sub for your PB&J.

That’s it, sailor! Give one or all 3 of these a shot and feel free to share your experience! This is simply one aspect of foundational health for long-lasting lifestyle changes.


Kendra Irvine, AHC2, BPE, CWC, PKin

Kendra Irvine is an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor, Certified Wellness Coach, Professional Kinesiologist, Speaker, and self-described “wellness warrior”. She is the founder of Founder and CEO of Living Light Ayurveda. She guides high-performing women to better energy, sleep, and eating for their unique body types. Kendra offers breakthrough body type nutrition and lifestyle programs, courses, and workshops to help women like you master their bodies and get the best health they’ve ever had.