When it comes to nutrition and healthy diet, the field is constantly changing and evolving. This leads to so much frustration, not to mention confusion. Many people come to me because they are confused about food. They have tried it all and still nothing has worked for there weight, their tiredness or their illness.
Nothing is more constant than change. The modernization of our society creates a lifestyle that demands that our habits also adapts to it. Healthy diet is not exempted to this. The best and safest advice I can give is this: Stop chasing the latest fad. While times has changed, the principles of Ayurveda that apply to your health have not!
Coriander Seeds – Dhanyaka
Coriander seeds are tridoshic in Ayurveda. They are astringent and bitter, which makes them great for Pitta.
There qualities are laghu (light) and snigdha (oily) and their effect on the body is rejuvenating. The seeds are
used extensively in Ayurveda to improve digestion, to relieve heat in the body, help with asthma and can
be useful for malabsorption issues. Research in modern medicine says it may help control blood sugar.
As summer comes to an end coriander seed water can be useful for the excess heat that has built up
in the body, especially for the Pitta constitution. Here is a simple recipe for the body heat.
1 part coriander seeds (10 gram)
6 parts water ( 60 grams) ½ cup
Crush the seeds and add hot water. Let sit overnight and in the morning drain and add a small amount of
jaggery or maple syrup. Enjoy
Use in cumin, coriander and fennel tea. Recipe in the last blog. Or
10 grams ( 3 tsp) coriander seeds
1 tsp. fresh grated ginger
½ tsp. jaggery
Crush seeds and ginger. Add 1/2 cup of hot waterwater. Let cool and enjoy before meals.
Mix equal parts coriander seeds, ginger and castor roots. Add water.
The prevalence of weight issues and obesity, as a consequence of improper, fat metabolism, is increasing worldwide and is a major concern to allopathic doctors, natural healthcare practitioners and the the overweight public The metabolic disorders, improper transformation of fat and obesity are at epidemic levels and medical and natural health care system have not found an effective solution to this problem and obesity and metabolic disorders numbers continue to climb.This epidemic burden of this chronic condition ( and disease when it becomes obesity) is driven by a food and healthcare system that does not support health. Individuals can not turn to these system to solve their problem.The complications of excessive weight are numerous, including diabetes, heart disease and sexual dysfunction to mention only a few. The ancient Indian system of natural medicine, Ayurveda,does have an answer. It teaches that all disease and conditions need to be addressed at the root cause and weight issues are no exception One of the primary root causes in Ayurveda is pradhapradha, blasphemy against natural intelligence. The means that we need to understand our disconnection with the nature order of the world to understand our diseases.
Spices are pungent or aromatic substances obtained from the bark, buds, fruit, roots, seeds or stems of various plants and trees and used to season or flavor foods. In Ayurvedic cooking spices are valued for their taste but even more valued for their medicinal or healing properties. Ayurveda give emphasis to two factors of food preparation; quality of food and proper digestion of that food. Our digestive capacity or the capacity to transform food into healthy tissues is known as Agni or digestive fire. The proper functioning of our body largely depends on the Agni. Spices play an important role in digestion and assimilation of food and maintaining a balanced and healthy Agni. If digestion is sub optimal or overactive even the best food can turn toxic in the body. If not spiced properly these foods quickly produce Ama (toxicity), that causes heaviness and blockages of the micro-circulatory channels and physiology.
We live in a beautiful world filled with countless natural ways to balance health, restore digestion, boost immunity, treat colds and fever, aid in weight loss, reduce pain and inflammation - the list goes on and on. Spices are one of the most intelligent and medicinal foods in Ayurveda. Use spices daily and begin to feel the impact that these small packages of infinite wisdom have for you. Healing begins in your kitchen. It is not just what we eat but how we eat and what we digest.
Lets have a look at Cumin
Today most people know that their diet will have an impact on their health and this is true but a food plan or diet ( I don’t like the work diet) needs to be designed for YOU! Not for your mother, your friend or anyone else.
Ayurvedically, the way your diet impacts your health is based on the elements and qualities in the food, how strong your digestion is, how much ama ( toxins) you have accumulates and what level of imbalances you have in your constitution( doshas). Ayurveda says that food is your medicine and medicine is your food, but food is not seen as READ MORE...
Being committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the smartest decisions you can ever make. But what is healthy eating and what is a healthy lifestyle?
If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. North American opinions on food change on a regular basis; on the contrary, Ayurveda has not changed its principles and ideas on healthy eating and lifestyle in 3000 years!
Nothing is more frustrating and disheartening when hard work doesn't pay off, particularly when it comes to exercise and eating well. It’s frustrating when you’re following all the steps to lose weight: staying focused, and persistent, however, after all your effort — you’ve got very little to show for it.
In a society that constantly overwhelms us with the next best diet, it can be difficult to stay focused and know what’s actually beneficial and effective for healthy weight loss.
Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine developed in India, is the sister science to yoga. It seeks to prevent disease and promote health, balance, and longevity through simple guidelines that follow the natural rhythms of nature, the seasons, and the time of day.
Here are 5 Ayurveda tips that can naturally and gently guide you toward holistic and healthy weight loss, without the use of chemicals, processed food, or extreme diets.
Winter is the most still of the seasons. Ponds and lakes begin to freeze as the earth slows into quiescence. Woodland creatures are in their hibernation burrows. Birds have migrated south to warmer climates. The midday sun brings little relief; its warm rays seem to barely reach the earth. January's chill forces you to turn up your collar and wrap your scarf all the way up to your cheeks.
The seasonal tastes to favour are sweet, salty, pungent and a hint of mild bitterness. Sweet and salty tastes support you in keeping juicy while the air is still cold and dry. Read More
If you practice Yoga, Ayurveda is the perfect compliment to Living Healthy in 2014.
Yoga and Ayurveda together offer an integrated approach to a healthy and productive life that is unique and traditional.
Practicing Yoga is natural and effective. The poses within Yoga, Meditation and pranayama deal primarily with maintaining our body and managing the mind to bring mental balance.
Although Yoga is a big part of a healthy body, it is only part of the equation while striving for total balance.
When Ayurveda is added to the practice of Yoga the entire system can be nurtured because of their complimentary support of one another.
Ayurveda Supports Yoga with its maintenance of the body and Ayurveda support Yoga with dietary and lifestyle guidelines.
Ayurveda brings all of the systems together with the addition of cleansing and detoxification practices
The two together are a perfect model for complete health.
The introduction of Ayurvedic principles in relation to yoga is a natural progression that is seamlessly integrated into class time because Ayurveda is simple; it makes sense and it works.
Here are a few musings of moments in my life that I would like to share with you. They may not be fancy or elaborate. But they are a continuing and moving story book of what I am keeping up to these days.