A transitional month in Ayurveda, June is an exciting month as spring finally starts rounding the bend towards summer. Depending on where you live, June can feel like the middle of summer or like the April showers of spring.
Seasonal eating and following the cycles of nature with our diets is one of the tenets of Ayurveda. Doing so supports a diverse, thriving microbiome, and ultimately, our health, mood, and well-being. (1-9)
While we generally suggest to eat off the Spring Grocery List in June, there are definitely exceptions to that rule. For example, if the weather is hot, it seems summer has arrived, and you have a predominantly pitta body type, eating off the Summer Grocery List would be appropriate. If the weather is still cooler and damp, you live in a colder climate, and you have more kapha in your constitution, eating off the Spring Grocery List right through June is your best bet.
However, most climates in the US are transitional in June. It varies daily from hot and summery to cool, wet and spring-like.
To find the best transitional June foods, cross-reference the Summer and Spring Grocery Lists.
The three tastes that balance kapha in the spring are pungent (spicy), bitter (as found in leafy greens) and astringent (as found in beans and cucumbers).
The three tastes that balance pitta in the summer are sweet (as found in fruits), bitter (as found in leafy greens) and astringent (as found in beans and cucumbers).
The two tastes from both the spring and summer lists that overlap are bitter and astringent. This makes the foods with these tastes the best transitional superfoods for the month of June.
To find these foods, circle the foods that are on both the Spring and Summer Grocery Lists in each food category. Below, I have put these transitional superfoods into a PDF for you. I would suggest printing the list and circling your favorite foods, giving yourself permission to eat more of these foods in the month of June. Enjoy!
June Superfoods Grocery List
Note: June is also the last month to squeeze in a spring cleanse! While you can cleanse in any season, cleansing in the spring takes advantage of the body’s natural inclination to burn and detox fat that has built up from winter and get rid of those fat-soluble toxins. That said, I always say the best time to cleanse is when you have the time to rest, relax and not stress through the process, regardless of the season. For lots of folks, that is the summer, and it too is a great time to cleanse. The body’s natural inclination in the summer (pitta season) is to purify the blood, lymph, and liver, as these are all pitta-based systems.
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