Brigitte Pappot


Brigitte Pappot

Ayurveda states that Winter is the season of rest and recovery. Nature is at sleep state. For us, it also is a time of rest, reflection and restoring strength. The fast energy we experienced during summer and autumn has made way for the slow pace of winter. This rest gives us the chance to rebuild our immune system and gain new energy for the coming spring. Sometimes the calm and slow pace can make us too slow or not inspired.

Winter is characterized by cold weather, a sense of heaviness, increased moisture (often in the form of rain or snow), clouds-covered days and the grounded, slow feeling. These all are qualities of Kapha dosha. However, if the winter is exceptionally cold and dry, or if you feel more isolated during the winter months, Vata dosha will be represented strongly.

In winter our digestion is strong, but the heavy foods we eat can disturb our digestive fire. To avoid this from happening it is helpful to eat cooked foods accompanied with some warming spices. Favour light and airy foods over dense and heavy ones, without provoking Vata.

You can try this recipe:

Recipe (by Lies Ameeuw):

Parsnip, fennel, leek and celeriac soup


  • 1 large parsnip
  • 1 celeriac
  • 1 leek
  • 1 large fennel
  • 1 tablesp ghee
  • 1,2l water
  • 1 teasp cumin seeds
  • 1 teasp black mustard seeds
  • 2 teasp curcuma
  • 2 tablesp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • black pepper, salt


How to make it:

Peel the parsnip and celeriac. Chop all vegetables finely. Heat the oil in a pan and bake the parsnip, leek and celeriac with the ginger and cumin seeds. Add the water, fennel, curcuma, pepper and salt. Let it cook until all vegetables are cooked. Blend the soup with a blender. Garnish with some nutmeg.

You are welcome to join my workshop if you want to know more about integrating Ayurveda in your daily life:

  • Vata Dosha, Wednesday 17 January, 18.00 – 20.30
  • Pitta Dosha, Wednesday 24 January, 18.00 – 20.30
  • Kapha Dosha, Wednesday 31 January, 18.00 – 20.30
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