Diet

  • Finding Ayurveda at the Farmer's Market
    • Diet
    • May 16, 2017
    Finding Ayurveda at the Farmer's Market

    Going to your local market instead of a grocery store this time of year isn’t only fun, but it’s healthy as well. The ancient science of Ayurveda teaches us that eating fresh, seasonal, and locally grown foods are a big step toward a healthy and happy mind and body!

  • Why Every Meal Should Have All 6 Tastes
    • Diet
    • March 27, 2017
    Why Every Meal Should Have All 6 Tastes

    The saying “You are what you eat” takes on increased importance in Ayurveda, which teaches that food affects you both physiologically and psychologically. To be more Ayurvedic, we can modify this saying to “You are as healthy as the tastes you consume.” Everything you eat has a certain taste and that taste has specific actions on the body and mind.

  • Sugar-Free, Naturally Sweet Recipes
    • Diet
    • March 23, 2017
    Sugar-Free, Naturally Sweet Recipes

    The sweet taste is essential to our well-being. Sweet foods are good for building and strengthening the body and improving circulation. To satisfy a sweet craving naturally, try one (or both!) of the following recipes.

  • Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Meals
    • Diet
    • March 07, 2017
    Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Meals

    Eating fresh food is important, but do you get tired of the same salads, soups, and steamed vegetables day in and day out? Spices are colorful, aromatic, and exciting. There are no rules when it comes to spices, so don’t be bashful—get creative! 

  • Are You Gluten-Free? You Might Not Have To Be...
    • Diet
    • February 28, 2017
    Are You Gluten-Free? You Might Not Have To Be...

    Removing wheat from the diet may offer only a temporary fix for a more complex problem—a compromised digestive system. I’ve seen decades of patients telling me they felt better initially without wheat, but within a few weeks or months, the digestive distress, bloat, weight, fatigue, and brain fog would all come back. It is time we stop treating the symptoms and address the cause. It is time we stop treating the symptoms and address the cause.

  • Has Wheat Been Found Guilty Without a Fair Trial?
    • Diet
    • January 16, 2017
    Has Wheat Been Found Guilty Without a Fair Trial?

    Has gluten been found guilty without a fair trial? Is it possible that we have wrongfully given gluten the boot as well, along with dairy and other commonly allergenic foods such as eggs, soy, corn, fish, and nuts?

  • 4 Practical Ways to Improve Your Digestion
    • Diet
    • October 21, 2016
    4 Practical Ways to Improve Your Digestion

    Eating is a wonderful and enjoyable act. Unfortunately, with busy lives, we can forget how important it actually is and how directly it affects our minds and bodies. Ayurveda teaches that the act of eating is just as significant as the nutritional content of the food. 

  • How to Make Food Your Ally During Vata Season
    • Diet
    • September 28, 2016
    How to Make Food Your Ally During Vata Season

    The qualities of vata dosha—cold, dry, rough, clear, and mobile—are characteristic in the disorders associated with this time of year. Many people experience restless nights with racing thoughts, increased anxiety, dry skin and lips, constipation, indigestion, bloating, and gas. In Ayurveda, we can create balance during this season by cultivating the opposite qualities of vata dosha. 

  • Brain Food—Ayurvedic Diet Tips for Strengthening Memory
    • Diet
    • August 09, 2016
    Brain Food—Ayurvedic Diet Tips for Strengthening Memory

    When the mind is functioning optimally, you have a keen sense of awareness, a sharpness of focus and attention, good memory recall, and decisiveness. According to Ayurveda, most memory problems are related to kapha dosha, with its dense qualities, thick, soft, and sticky qualities.

  • The Spring Diet
    • Diet
    • May 10, 2016
    The Spring Diet

    Spring is the season for a lighter, cleansing diet in Ayurvedic practice. This is because the foods that nature provides during these months, just before summer, are all of the lighter variety.

  • An Ayurvedic Pizza Party
    • Diet
    • May 02, 2016
    An Ayurvedic Pizza Party

    Monica B is throwing an Ayurvedic pizza party and invites three guests; vata, pitta, and kapha. How will they build their plates?

  • To Cleanse or Not To Cleanse?
    • Diet
    • April 08, 2016
    To Cleanse or Not To Cleanse?

    Is it right for everyone? Are there contraindications? Is my body strong enough? Do I have enough support? Am I emotionally stable enough? These are important considerations and it takes a well-qualified Ayurvedic practitioner to determine if it is indicated for you to do a home cleanse or receive panchakarma in a clinical setting.

  • Go Green for Alkaline Balance
    • Diet
    • April 06, 2016
    Go Green for Alkaline Balance

    Superfood is a term used for greens that are packed with chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. Some common green chlorophyll-rich superfoods are cereal grasses such as alfalfa, barley grass, oat grass, and wheat grass. Spirulina, or blue-green algae, is also loaded with chlorophyll, minerals, and phytonutrients that are essential for good health.

  • 10 Ways to Eat for Your Ideal Weight
    • Diet
    • February 03, 2016
    10 Ways to Eat for Your Ideal Weight

    In Ayurveda, strengthening digestion is crucial to achieving and maintaining your ideal weight. Digestion has been strengthened for thousands of years with great success through the use of herbs, yoga postures, breathing techniques, and diet. Here are ten basic tips to help you improve your digestion.

  • Feeling Stressed? Simplify Your Diet
    • Diet
    • January 15, 2016
    Feeling Stressed? Simplify Your Diet

    Ayurvedic healers believe that our levels of stress are directly connected to our diet. They hold out the promise that if we improve our diet, we can reduce our stress. At the heart of this conviction is the critical principle of Ayurvedic medicine that many diseases can originate in the digestive system. This means that your diet is of the utmost importance to keeping you healthy. Indeed, you may even find yourself in a double bind.

  • Why We Say No To Ice Water
    • Diet
    • December 08, 2015
    Why We Say No To Ice Water

    One way that you know you are at dinner with an Ayurveda traditionalist is if he or she orders “water, no ice, please.”

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

    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. 

  • 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.

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