Diet

  • Eat Sweet First to Manage Weight
    • Diet
    • October 28, 2015
    Eat Sweet First to Manage Weight

    Mom always said, save room for dessert. Sorry, mom – I am eating my dessert first and saving room for dinner.

    According to Ayurvedic principles, the sweet taste should come first. In fact it’s important to try to get all six tastes into our diet each day—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. These tastes are listed in the order in which they digest in our body. So when we eat the sweet taste last, this foodstuff can become toxic as it waits to be digested and then turn in to ama. Bad plan. These empty sugary calories will dampen the digestive fire and slow the whole digestive system down.

  • One Simple Act That Turns Food Into Medicine
    • Diet
    • September 22, 2015
    One Simple Act That Turns Food Into Medicine

    In Ayurveda, every food can be considered medicine, neutral, or poison, depending on how it affects agni, or our digestive capacity. Eating more slowly can help you become aware of your food allies—or discover those that are not.  Here are a few suggestions.

  • Summer Sattvic Foods—Rose Hibiscus Tea
    • Diet
    • August 06, 2015
    Summer Sattvic Foods—Rose Hibiscus Tea

    Sattvic foods are a wonderful way to counteract the intensity of summertime. The heat from the summer sun and the surge of energy used during summer activities like swimming, hiking, and traveling, though they may be enjoyable, can easily cause imbalances in your body and mind.

  • Summer Sattvic Foods—Coconut Mint Chutney
    • Diet
    • August 05, 2015
    Summer Sattvic Foods—Coconut Mint Chutney

    Ready to feel light, grounded, and peaceful in body and mind? We’ve got three days of foods and recipes to get you started. Join us as Myra Lewin of Hale Pule Ayurveda shares from her immense knowledge of Sattvic foods, and teaches us a few tips along the way! We will also be giving away a Sattvic Prize Pack to one lucky winner.

  • Summer Sattvic Foods—Cooked Cucumber
    • Diet
    • August 04, 2015
    Summer Sattvic Foods—Cooked Cucumber

    Ready to feel light, grounded, and peaceful in body and mind? We’ve got three days of foods and recipes to get you started. Join us as Myra Lewin of Hale Pule Ayurveda shares from her immense knowledge of Sattvic foods, and teaches us a few tips along the way!

  • Change Your Life by Changing What's on Your Plate
    • Diet
    • August 03, 2015
    Change Your Life by Changing What's on Your Plate

    Ayurveda and Yoga, given as sister sciences thousands of years ago, help us find balance in our lives, bodies and minds. In modern times, when we are pulled from one urgent task to the next, find relief in “vegging out” and eat for convenience, these ancient teachings of balance have never been more relevant.

  • Saying Farewell to Leftovers
    • Diet
    • July 24, 2015
    Saying Farewell to Leftovers

    I remember the day I got the lowdown on leftovers from one of my Ayurveda teachers. “They’re a no-no”, he said, if we want optimal digestion. And let’s face it, Ayurveda is all about digestion.

    Truth be told, I already knew this. I just didn't want to believe it.

    This still makes me a little sad. Reheated lasagna or pizza for lunch or dinner back in the day used to be a treat. No meal planning or cooking meant less time in the kitchen, which is always fine with me.

    Unfortunately, once food has been cooked, cooled and then re-heated, the prana (life force) has left the food, and our bodies have to work much harder to digest it.

  • The Truth About Caprese Salad
    • Diet
    • July 20, 2015
    The Truth About Caprese Salad

    Caprese salad is one of those things that I just fell in love with, especially during the summer. It’s cool and savory, combined with the sweet burst of juice from the tomatoes. But, then I started to notice that it did not settle as well as it tasted. The effects were subtle—a little bit of indigestion, just a touch of cramping. These were slight enough that I barely took note of it.

  • Summer of Ayurveda—Week 1: Food & Diet with Claire Ragozzino
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • July 06, 2015
    Summer of Ayurveda—Week 1: Food & Diet with Claire Ragozzino

    We are thrilled to have Claire Ragozzino of Vidya Cleanse hosting this week of Food and Diet for our Summer of Ayurveda Instagram series!

    If there were anyone better to kick off our week of Food & Diet, we wouldn’t know it. Claire is no stranger to spreading Ayurvedic wisdom to her huge social media following and it’s not without reason that so many people love her posts. She specializes in beautiful imagery to convey the power of healthful living, in addition to her incredible applications of Ayurveda and wellness knowledge.

  • How to Eat Summer's Favorite Fruit (Watermelons!): ALONE!
    • Diet
    • July 03, 2015
    How to Eat Summer's Favorite Fruit (Watermelons!): ALONE!

    Summer is finally here! That means it is time for beach trips, pool parties, picnics, and barbeques! Finally we get to fulfill that yearlong desire to just bask in the sun. But rarely will you see any summer gathering without the summer time favorite fruit—a nice, round, juicy watermelon is likely waiting for you. 

  • Ayurveda Does Not Say No, It Says How
    • Diet
    • May 21, 2015
    Ayurveda Does Not Say No, It Says How

    Ayurveda doesn’t say NO to foods, rather it tells you how to enjoy your food and stay in balance.

    One of the concerns that people often share is that living an ayurvedic lifestyle will not allow them to enjoy their favorite foods. Nothing could be further from the truth! Ayurveda dosen’t say no, rather it educates us on how to enjoy our favorite foods.

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