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The Gap between Seasons: Foods for a Fall Cleanse

The Gap between Seasons: Foods for a Fall Cleanse

The change from summer to fall is a period of time called Ritu Sandhi in ayurveda. It refers to the gap between seasons. This is a delicate time for the digestion, because the doshas are fluctuating and digestive capacity can also waver. This time of fluctuation provides a natural opportunity to cleanse the body, and ayurveda suggests that we make good use of the natural tendency of the body to cleanse itself. Maharishi Ayurveda recommends favoring lighter, warmer foods and skipping heavier foods during the few weeks when one season is changing into another. An easy-to-digest, purifying diet is recommended during this time. You might want to avoid certain foods like meats, leftovers and processed or junk foods, because they are more difficult to digest during this time.

You may find that delicious, hot vegetarian soups, more hot liquids, and more cooked foods with less oil are more agreeable to your stomach. Dhal soups, rice, and cooked vegetables are well suited to this cleansing period. Supplementing your diet with Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus), the traditional ayurvedic digestion formula, is an easy way to keep your digestion strong and elimination regular.

Besides enjoying a purifying diet, remember that fall is also the junction between the Pitta and Vata seasons. Those two doshas can get out of balance at this time of season, so pacifying Pitta and Vata doshas will help keep you in top form. The recipes below are from Vaidya Manohar, an ayurvedic expert. These delicious meals will help bring these doshas into balance and are perfect for fall cleansing.

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Pitta-Balancing Rice Pudding (Kheer)

Green Detox Shake

Vata-Pitta Balancing Soup

Fall Food Tips for Vata Season

Fall is traditionally a time of abundance, when we can enjoy the harvest of a cornucopia of vegetables from our gardens and local farmer’s markets. This is a great time to enjoy the fresh flavor of foods that are in season and locally grown. Plan your menus around the following seasonal vegetables and fruits. Whenever possible, favor organic, pesticide-free, GMO-free foods.

For soups:

  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Squash (including zucchini, yellow squash, delicata squash, loki squash, pumpkin, acorn squash, autumn cup squash, butternut squash, carnival squash, gold nugget squash, kabocha squash, spaghetti squash, turban squash and other seasonal, regional varieties)
  • Broccoli (finely chopped)

For steamed or puréed vegetable side dishes:

  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard

For steamed and sautéed vegetable side dishes with ghee and spices:

  • Cauliflower
  • Squash
  • Broccoli


  • Parsley
  • Optional: Small amounts of sautéed garlic
  • Cooked onion

Fall Fruit Snacks:

  • Sautéed, baked or steamed apple with raisins
  • Fresh sliced juicy ripe pear, or sautéed, steamed or baked
  • Black or red grapes
  • Fresh grape juice with pinch of cinnamon

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