The gut has a major effect on mood. So when tiredness, listlessness and the first signs of seasonal depression arrive, you should dispense with Kapha foods and put more emphasis on Pitta. Warming, freshly prepared vegetarian dishes as well as oils, dried fruits, cereal flakes, legumes, steamed vegetables are ideal, as is a reduced amount of cereals and red fruits and vegetables. Also, metabolism-stimulating, hot spices such as mustard, ginger, garlic, pepper, chilli and cinnamon are recommended according to Ayurveda. It’s best to avoid fatty foods such as cheese or fried foods!