Category Archives: Ayurveda

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Benefits of Breathing: The Scientific Benefits of Breathing INFOGRAPHIC – A great reminder WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT to bring this simple healing tool into your daily life.  It’s so easy, free, can be done anywhere and always at your disposal (while driving, washing dishes, standing in line at store, walking, out in nature, with loved ones (or not so loved), etc.  Focus on your breath.

♥ Blissful Nari Smoothie – Ayurveda and Hormones – A wonderful smoothie that makes life easier for us ladies ( and guys)  that time of the month.  You can substitute Schizandra powder for the Amalaki.  I agree with Jeeva in that she also likes to add herbs to her meals – smoothies, tonics, soups, hot teas for easier assimilation and it’s more fun and tasty than popping capsules. 

♥ How Stress Can Dissolve Your Bones…Plus 3 Steps to Fix It Fast – Yet another aspect stress does to our bodies that no one wants. 

♥ What Causes 90% of All Disease? – Monica Bloom does it again!  I totally agree with this and teach this concept in my classes and just with talking to people.  Your emotions and stress affect EVERYTHING. 

♥ Ayurvedic beauty tips for great skin – GREAT information and tips here!

♥ Vaginal Steams: Forgotten Ancient Wisdom for Women’s Healing – My friend, Vienda shared this post on her FB page.  It is amazing!  I have many of the fresh herbs around our property and will be doing this come next cycle.  Whether you have issues or not, it is a smart thing to do to cleanse the uterus of build up.  Thanks, Vienda!

♥ Green tea weight loss secrets proven by science – It really does work.  My favorite green tea of choice = adaptogen tonic  Gynostemma green tea.   I slowly sip on a small hot cup of Schizandra tea with my lunch and dinner meal.  It stimulates digestion (without dampening the agni (digestive fire)), stimulates lymphatics and I’m getting lots of nutrients and tonic Chi at the same time.  Bingo!

♥ Nine Ways to Be Like a Shaman at Work – I loved this! So inspiring.  Attitude has a lot to do with it.

E-Motion FREE Preview –  www.e-motionthemovie.com – AMAZING!  Can’t wait to see this.  A topic that is near and dear to my heart. 

♥ A Strong Hold: Muscle Testing 101 with A Kinesiology Pro – Fantastic article!  I truly believe in muscle testing and it has been a wonderful healing and diagnostic tool along my journey.

♥ Top 5 sources of plant protein – My go-to sources also.  Great list!

♥ My UPDATED “Recommended Products/ Resources” Page - Find out what kitchen equipment, cooking ingredients (tonic herbs, superfoods, gluten-free items, nuts, etc.) and beauty/skincare I use. 

♥ NEW MOON in Gemini May 28th 2014 – Great insight.   I’ve been feeling the shifts.  Have you?

 

 

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Detox Beet Tonic Salad

Detox Beet Tonic Salad

Beet Tonic Salad for Healthy Liver and Lymphatic Cleansing

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 As the temperature warms up, liver energy is activated in the Spring, which becomes the perfect time to nourish and cleanse a toxic or overloaded liver. Liver congestion leads to lethargy since this amazing organ can become overwhelmed with how much it needs to process. It is a work horse!  When natural cleansing processes slow down, toxic substances start to accumulate in the bloodstream. Lifestyle choices such as experiencing too much stress, anxiety or anger, emotional purging, exposure to chemicals, drinking alcohol, taking medications, eating too many fried, processed or otherwise inflammatory foods, or not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to a liver that becomes sluggish and congested.

Let’s look at a healing vegetable that is a comrade to our liver, gallblader, lymphatic system and more.

In comes our friend, the BEET.  During my 14 day at-home Colorado Cleanse/Detox last month, I was encouraged to eat one beet a day (spread out through all 3 meals).  This simple little beet tonic salad became one of my favorite dishes.  It tastes wonderful and does so much for those organs needing support and cleansing.  Try eating one fresh beet a day for the next 3 months to help thin the bile and flush the liver and gallbladder. Beets are best grated raw with lemon juice, but also have benefits when eaten cooked or roasted.  It is the raw beet that packs the REAL punch.

According to Dr. John Douillard, Ayurvedic physician: “When the bile flows, the digestive system can break down fat and neutralize digestive acids and the liver can remove toxic fat soluble chemicals. Optimal bile flow may be the most important piece of the digestive puzzle when it comes to weight loss – so eat your beets and reap all the benefits!”  

NOTE:  Now, keep in mind when you are eating beets, your poop will be red.  So don’t look down in the toilet and freak out.  You’re OK!  It’s those beets working through you.  It’s all good. ☺  

Some top reasons to eat Beets:

  1. Fight Inflammation.  Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases.
  2. Anti-Cancer Properties.  The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.
  3. Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber.  Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
  4. Detoxification Support.  The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.

Don’t throw those beet greens away!  If you do, you are doing yourself a dis-service.  They are among the healthiest part of the plant.  Beet greens actually have even more iron than spinach as well as a higher nutritional value overall than the beetroot itself.  Sautee them with some coconut oil, natural salt and fresh ground black pepper – YUM!  Chop and add them to your soups, stews and I even add them to my morning smoothies. I try to encourage rotating greens in your daily smoothies to ensure a diverse nutrient profile for your body.

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Ginger root

Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested, digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits. In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life.  Read more about its healing benefits HERE.

Lemon

There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.

 Mustard Seeds

Mustard seeds are high in antioxidants and are nutrient dense with selenium, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.  One teaspoon of white mustard seed, which is the kind used for the yellow condiment, is packed with 87.1mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 84.2mg of omega-6 fatty acids, 22.2mg of potassium, 27.3mg of phosphorous, 9.7mg of magnesium and 16.9 mg of calcium. These high amounts of body beneficial substances in the seeds when consumed encourage the body to speed up metabolism, lower blood pressure and prevent atherosclerosis.  Mustard seeds have antiseptic as well as anti-fungal properties. This makes them very useful for purging the digestive system and increasing the body’s natural defense system. (source)

 
Detox Beet Tonic Salad
Serves 1
A delicious tonic salad that will help assist the liver, gallbladder and lymphatic system to rid your body of toxins and build up. So tasty and good for you.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 raw beet, peeled
  2. Juice from half a lemon
  3. 1 TB. organic dijon mustard
  4. 1/2 to 1 inch knob of fresh ginger root
Instructions
  1. Cut beet into small pieces and add to a food processor along with the ginger root and pulse till finely grated - just a few seconds. Scrape the beet/ginger mixture out into a bowl and add the mustard and lemon juice. Stir to incorporate.
  2. Eat immediately or save covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. This tonic salad can be eaten as a side dish or as topping to an entree, soup, salad, or steamed or raw veggies.
Adapted from John Douillards Colorado Cleanse
Adapted from John Douillards Colorado Cleanse
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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ The Crossroads of Should and Must – This is a long read, but so well worth it!

♥ 3 Yoga Poses for a Daily Detox –  These are great poses to do everyday – I do!

♥ Why You Should Never Eat Tilapia - Yikes!  This information applies for any “farm raised” fish.  Always read your information label. If it says “farm raised” put it down.  Look for wild caught.

♥ Do Not Top Off – Ayurvedic wit and wisdom from HeyMonicaB.  Love this woman!

♥ Grain Free Blender Brownies – These were amazing!  One of the best black bean brownies I’ve come across with the healthiest ingredients.  I used Grade B Maple Syrup in place of the raw honey.  Full of protein without any of the guilt.  We loved them!

♥  RECIPE: Maple Dandelion Chips – This is BRILLIANT!  I am going out in the yard, harvesting and making these little crunchies tonight.  Thanks Kate!

♥ Is Your Food Emotionally Charged? – Wonderful insight to the deeper side of how food, emotions and more effect us overall.  I always suggest in my cooking classes to be in this awareness of our emotions and feelings when preparing and cutting up food.  Our energy goes into it at this point in the beginning and can effect the finished product.  We are such complex and beautifully designed beings.

♥ Cutting cords of attachment from the people that hold you back – Well said, Clare!

♥ What is the Quintessential Herb for the Female Reproductive System? – This is a potent female herb that I use in some of my tonic blends.  I love it!

♥ Ayurveda – Cycles of Shedding –  Cultivating the energy of Spring cleaning allows us to let go and release in so many ways in our lives, relationships, emotions, thoughts and more.  Cleanse away, babes!

♥ Top 10 Weight Loss Tips – Reset Your Fat Burners. These tips were the major factors and protocol in the Colorado Cleanse Detox that I did last month with great success.  #6 was new to me and I will give it a go at my lunch time meals from now on.  I love Dr. John Douillard!  I have been following his advice for quite some time now with pleasant results. I feel so much more grounded, balanced, and whole with incorporating Ayurveda and his practical/medical knowledge into my lifestyle.  Look into it if you haven’t already.  It just might change your life and health.

♥ Vedic Astrology April 2014 – Great insight!

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Oil-Pulling, You Ask? – Love, Love, LOVE MonicaB and her straight forward, sassy, fun, knowledgeable approach.  She covers and explains oil-pulling and the basics that I haven’t seen before.  Love learning new things.  Ayurveda rocks!

♥ Spring Yoga Poses for Your Summer Bikini Body – Awesome poses for getting into shape utilizing strengthening yoga poses.  Give it a try.  I’ll be adding some of these poses to my daily yoga practice.

♥ What’s Missing in Your “Healthy” Diet? Part I - Awesome article from John Douillard!

♥ What’s Missing in Your “Healthy” Diet? Part II: Why More Fats – Continuation of part 1 from above.

♥ I Stopped Being Vegan & The World Kept Spinning – Yes, it’s OK.  I’ve been there. I’ve shifted my eating to include some organic eggs, organic chicken on occasion and ghee (along with plant-based wholefoods) in my diet and I am thriving .  I got caught up in my mind and didn’t listen to my body for awhile.  Listen to your body, your cravings – your body is talking to you.  You are still a wonderful, amazing person regardless of how and  what you eat. It is loving and nurturing yourself that is key.

♥ Ayurvedic Secrets for Daily Well-Being – More great information on oil pulling and some other practices utilizing sesame oil for over-all health and well-being Ayurveda style.

♥ Liberation Awaits – Wonderful astrological insight from Sarah Varcas.

♥ 10 Tips for Finding Balance in Your Yoga Practice – Love this!

♥ A Few Things You Don’t Want To Hear About Self-Help – Great insight about self-help books from Katie. 

♥ 5 Reasons This Quick Workout Will Get You In Better Shape Than Cardio – Less really is more.

♥ What Should I Eat? A Guide to Intuitive Eating – Great article!

 

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Review of The Colorado Cleanse Detox

Review of The Colorado Cleanse Detox

The Colorado Cleanse Detox

Oh, how good it is to be back to the blog.  I have missed you!  I have to be honest with you all that I totally enjoyed my time away and indulged in some great time really LIVING.  I discovered how I was not Living in several areas of my life. I saw that I had a pattern of spending too much time online. A good bit of it was what I call “time wasters”.  I have scaled it down to spending no more than 15 minutes a day on Facebook, email, and probably once a week doing research I like to do.   I discovered the joy of simplicity, quiet, solitude and time with myself working on old mindsets, emotional issues, spending more time outside, away from technology, quality time with Scott and dogs, working on projects that I had put aside (procrastinated) for awhile, decluttering, organizing and so much more. It was fun, enlightening and freeing.

So, I guess you want to know how The Colorado Cleanse Detox went and my feedback on it.  It was AWESOME!  This was the best detox and cleanse experience that I have ever had. I re-programmed my mind and body about food and exercise and found FREEDOM and JOY.  The results were immediate – within a few days. I was ready to shed “the old” and “allow the new”. 

Several weeks ago, The Colorado Cleanse Detox kept showing up to me within a few days time and I knew it was a sign to look into.  I had been reading John Douillard’s The 3-Season Diet a few weeks prior and had started to implement some of the principles into my daily regimen.  I was digging it!  My body was digging it too!  So, it just felt natural to flow into his Detox/Cleanse program.

Why did I do this cleanse?  Well, for one I had put on some winter weight.  I had put on enough (5-8 lbs.) that I was down to one pair of jeans that fit and they were getting too tight.  It was either do something about the extra weight or purchase new clothes, which was not in the budget. I also felt tired and sluggish, felt “watery” –  when I poked my side, it sprung back like a water balloon (my whole body felt that way – not good!), gathering more cellulite on my thighs (uggh!), felt my eating regimen was not servicing me any longer, I needed a consistent exercise routine that I loved and enjoyed, and my digestion needed rebooting and rekindling – that (agni) fire was burning low.  I had excess mucus building up in my body. My colon was sluggish (you wanted to know!) My body was talking to me and I was ready to listen and nurture it. 

Spring is the perfect time to cleanse the body and mind.  The body naturally wants to cleanse and replenish season to season. The Colorado Cleanse is a 14 day Ayurvedic Detox and Digestive Rejuvenation program designed to reset your body’s ability to burn fat, stimulate the lymphatic system, cleanse the liver, stimulate bile and reboot the digestive system.  In Ayurveda, the first and most important aspect of detoxification is to evaluate the lymphatic system’s ability to rid your body of toxic waste (physical and emotional).  When your system is functioning properly, toxins are drained off your colon and processed through 500 lymph nodes.  They are then neutralized by white blood cells and eliminated.  If your lymphatic system is compromised by stress or poor digestion (mine was!), then your body is at risk from toxic exposure.  Some signs that you are in need of detoxification due to a sluggish lymphatic system are:

  • Itching, skin rashes or hives
  • Swelling of hands and feet
  • Breast tenderness or swelling during menstruation
  • Allergies
  • Achy feet in the morning
  • Headaches
  • Cellulite
  • Sore throats
  • Chronic cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry, thin and wrinkled skin
  • Tiredness
  • Bloating around the abdomen

The 3 phases of the Colorado Cleanse

(Excerpt taken from Colorado Cleanse ebook):

“The Colorado Cleanse is a unique detox and digestive reset program that operates in three phases.

Phase 1 is a 4-day Pre-Cleanse in which we will prime the digestive tract by scrubbing it out with supportive herbs and a high-fiber, low-fat diet. This will also thin the bile, which will help decongest the liver and pancreatic ducts, which become congested over time. We’ll also be opening up the detox channels and getting them cleared and ready to move toxins in Phase 2. Think of this phase as pushing back the curtains, opening the windows wide, and getting ready to do some deep cleaning.

Phase 2 is the Main Cleanse, which lasts 7 days. This is when we get into fat metabolism – the mechanism by which we will coax toxins out of the fat cells and into the colon for elimination.  During this phase, we again boost liver and gallbladder function and continue to reset all aspects of digestion and elimination. The main cleanse will support healthy lymphatic flow, balanced blood sugar and reset your ability to burn fat-soluble toxins long after the cleanse is over.

In Phase 3, once the digestive tract is cleaned out and reset, we’ll focus on stoking and resetting the digestive fire. This phase is also your antidote to the binge-after-fasting phenomenon. It’s so easy to come off a cleanse only to indulge in hard-to-digest toxic foods again, which can make you feel worse than when you started. Phase 3 is a Post-Cleanse designed to make sure that your re-entry into non-cleanse eating isn’t a shock to you or your digestion.”

In regards to food, I didn’t feel deprived at all, actually I felt so nourished.  My body, lymphatic system, digestion and organs were able to re-align, re-balance and re-boot.  They are functioning better than they have in a long time.  I am able to eat things that I hadn’t been able to for many years (example: beans).  Beans used to be my nemesis.  We didn’t co-exist very well with all the gas, bloating and burping. Not anymore!  We are buds now and I am loving the taste, texture and variety they offer in my diet now.  The recipes offered in this cleanse are simple but wonderful.  Utilizing whole foods!

I was also able to reprogram my mindset I had about food combining.  I noticed some of the recipes were offering different options than what I was used to and I reacted with “What! Can I do that?”  I was concerned that I would get bloated, gassy and constipated. So I had a conversation with myself before starting the cleanse that “I would put everything I had learned, applied and read in the past few years to the side and joyously delve into this cleanse with an open mind and heart.” Give it a try and see what happens.  I set the intention that my body would respond well to the food and it did.  No gas, bloating or indigestion.   I digested my food well and had good movements the next day in the bathroom.  I had been ready for a change and here it was. 

Another thing that I used to do was graze all day with eating.  Eating small meals and snacking on this and that every 2 to 3 hours.  Read more about The Dangers of Frequent Eating.  My body knew it wasn’t right for me, but my mind hadn’t gotten on board yet.  In the past, this regimen worked well for me when I was not well with low blood sugar and compromised gall bladder and liver issues.  Upon changing my diet and lifestyle over 3 1/2 years ago, my body has healed and changed in many ways.  Yet, I wasn’t feeling the same great way I used to when eating this way. I knew something needed to change but wasn’t sure what it was.  A change was definitely in store.  A change for the better. That change was in the form of eating 3 meals per day.

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Kitchari – Healing Stew

The Colorado Cleanse emphasizes eating 3 meals a day – this is a basic Ayurvedic principle.  I read it and knew it, but hadn’t applied it personally on a daily protocol.  A few days into the cleanse and I knew it was the answer for me.  My body, mind and digestion were so happy and free.  I learned the value of eating meals, not snacks.  By eating 3 meals per day, it re-educates your body to burn fat.  My body learned to burn stored fat between meals and especially overnight where fat cells stop clinging for dear life to the nearest calorie.  I was able to stop the body and the brain’s belief that I have switched to a pattern of deprivation. Deprivation and diet restrictions create mega sized hunger pains. Yet hunger has no place in this plan.  Hunger is stressful.  This plan was nourishing, peaceful and balanced.  Eating three meals a day will quickly turn your body into a well-oiled fat-burning machine. 

These 3 meals are to be eaten sitting down, in a calm, relaxing environment, chewing food slowly and being present with the food – the smells, the texture, the taste and the allure of it. While eating, I did not allow myself reading, phone, computer, or distractions from my eating experience.  By removing distractions from the eating experience, it helps you slow down while eating, which results in achieving greater satisfaction from smaller quantities of food. 

Mindful eating is a proven tool against weight gain.  Also, when you’re scarfing down lunch and dinner quickly, it’s usually a way of swallowing a lot of stress.  If your meal is tasteless and lands in your stomach in three loads, the digestive system doesn’t stand a chance.

“Where the mind goes, the body follows – Be mindful in eating.”

 For those who think this silence sounds impossible, just listen to some soothing music.  I would listen to calming music or to the birds outside chirping and singing away as I ate.  The first day was a little weird doing this at the first two meals.  At dinner, it was natural to me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  It became a special ritual preparing the foods and looking forward to the time together. 

I took the same principle of this mindful,nurturing ritual with the exercise, self-care, meditation, deep breathing and emotional work that is suggested during the 14 days of the cleanse.  I’ve done it sporadically in the past, but doing it daily sets a pattern or habit.  It was like exercising a muscle that gets attention once in a while.  With daily use, it was strengthening, firming up and becoming a foundation in my day.  I now practice all of these activities each and every day.  I enjoy them so much and reap the benefits on a body, mind and spirit level that they have become as natural as brushing my teeth and getting dressed.  I allot the time for each one – 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there and I feel centered and grounded.

I now get up early every morning and spend 40 minutes doing a home yoga practice.  I LOVE it!  I was never one to exercise in the morning.  It was usually in the afternoon a few days a week.  I am hooked.  According to Ayurveda, from sunrise, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. is kapha time, a time for exercising and moving.  It is the best time to burn fat and boost metabolism.  That’s an incentive right there! My body started shaping up before my eyes the first week of doing yoga every morning.  I have more strength, better endurance, better stability with each and every day of practice.  It will just get better I’m sure. I like practicing alone right now because it has allowed me to get in touch and in tune with my body on a level that I had never allowed myself before.  I practice nasal breathing during yoga and my other exercise activities (walking, rebounding) and it has taken my lymphatic system, weight loss and oxygen intake to a whole new level.  I am experiencing improvement in mood, energy and sleep with this type of breathing.  I feel calmer, grounded and balanced.  

A few days into the cleanse, I think it was about the 5th day, I started to feel a bit tired and weak.  I was working outdoors more and needed to up my food intake.  I was also detoxing on a deeper level and needed a bit more rest while this was going on.  I supplied my body with extra food and nourishment while nurturing it with more hot epsom salt baths every night along with more rest and relaxation when needed.  My mind wanted me TO DO things, while my spirit said, “Relax and heal.”  I listened to that voice of reason.  Within a few days, my energy level was back up and I was feeling better than normal.  I’ve lost the extra weight with ease while eating amazing nutritious food. I now have more energy, a clearer mind, a clearer complexion (Wow! It’s nice), clearer eyes (that’s liver cleansing for you), sleep better, poop better, digest my food and emotions better and I am still seeing gradual results. My cellulite is gradually disappearing. Woo hoo!

John Douillard has a FREE ebook – Short Home Cleansethat you can easily download and do a short version of the 14 day protocol.  I highly recommend going for the 14 day one if you can.  It is much more in depth with all the great recipes and information.  Read more here: Spring Cleansing: A Requirement for Optimal Health.

My birthday is this Saturday, April 12th, and I will be turning 44 years old.  Having completed this cleanse, I feel like I am in my 30’s.  Rejuvenated, re-aligned, re-booted and back on track.  I always say, with this journey of growth on a mind, body, spirit level that I am getting younger every day.  Sometimes, we all need reminders, inspiration and guidance to get back on track or find a new way to thrive and find ourselves.  I feel blessed and grateful to have found this deeper understanding of Ayurveda in my life.

Overall, I am very pleased with The Colorado Cleanse and will be doing it again with each seasonal change.  It has instilled some wonderful practices in my daily life that bring me joy, peace and freedom. If you are interested in this cleanse and have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’d be happy to assist.

I’ll be doing some more posts in the near future on some of the tips, recipes and practices I am applying everyday from this cleanse.  You’ll love it!

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Friday Friend – Ayurvedic Teaologist, Fehreen Ali

Friday Friend – Ayurvedic Teaologist, Fehreen Ali

Friday Friend – Fehreen Ali

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Fehreen Ali via Tea Coup.com

I had the privilege and honor of meeting Fehreen Ali through Connie Chapman’s –  The 90 Day Transformation Project in the Fall of 2012.  This project was offered to many others who were ready and committed to making massive change and creating powerful, life-changing results.   And BOY did it.  I have changed so much and grown so much since then.  The connections that were created in the forum, the support that was shared and the powerful words that were exchanged were absolutely beautiful.  And one of those beautiful souls was Fehreen.  She touched me with her genuine, honest, loving, supportive words.  She is such an open, friendly and amazing woman.  We bonded and created a sweet friendship.

Later on, I found out that Fehreen is an Ayurvedic Teaologist and a qualified Clinical Ayurvedic Lifestyle Practitioner who has been blessed by the knowledge of her 92 year old grandma who is a spice blender (hence her own love affair with spices and herbs) and her mother who taught her from a very young age about health and well-being.  Fehreen specializes in organic, hand-blended Ayurvedic inspired teas and tisanes thru her business TEA COUP based in Brisbane, Australia.  HOW COOL IS THAT!!  She has been an inspiration and offered much guidance to me with my Ayurvedic research, study and application of the lifestyle in my own LIFE.  

I was so blessed and excited when I received a package from her recently with her lovely 6 signature blend teas shipped to my house (happy clapping and squealing did happen).  :)  

I have tried each and every one of these teas and there is nothing like them on the market.  Their freshness, quality and taste are unsurpassed.  Some blends are uplifting and some are soothing and perfect before bedtime.  They are hand blended during the full moon from a woman who is LOVE and emits LOVE in whatever she does, says and practices. 

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 This is what Fehreen has to say about her passion/ work:

“As a student of India’s ancient healing philosophy Ayurveda, I wanted to offer my clients Ayurvedic teas as a solution for various ailments and for general well-being. I noticed that there was a gap in the market here in Australia, thus I began my tea blending journey. I did a lot of research and based on my Ayurvedic knowledge I would come up with different blends – each with its unique taste and designed for a different purpose. After years of experimenting, I am proud to have finalized my first 6 signature blends, which I want to share with you all!

I aspire to educate people and raise awareness of the benefits and healing properties of all the ingredients I use. I long to see the day when more people embrace a holistic approach to health rather then automatically reaching for medications so easily prescribed by Western medicine.
The cycles of the moon play a crucial part in my tea blending rituals. I formulate new blends on a new moon and do the majority of my blending on a full moon. There is a high feminine Shakti energy during full moon, it’s a time to celebrate, nurture and beautify yourself. For me it’s a magical time – when I have the warmth of Mother Earth (teas /herb) in my hands guided by the coolness of the universal light moon shining upon me!”

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Isn’t she just wonderful.  A woman after my own heart. Thank you, Fehreen, for coming into my life when you did.  You are a special friend and gifted woman to share out your talents and gifts with others.  Get to know her if you can.

Contact Fehreen if you are interested in purchasing some of her amazing teas (and I highly recommend you do.)  Check out all the lovely tea blends she has available at Tea Coup.com.

 Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
 

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Ayurvedic KAPHA Superfood Smoothie

Ayurvedic KAPHA Superfood Smoothie

 KAPHA’s Superfood Smoothie

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I love smoothies for their versatility and their ability to get amazing nutrition directly into my body in a way that is easily digested, assimilated, and absorbed .  Those are the THREE important aspects to look at in any type of food or nutrition – how our bodies digest the food without causing stress,  how all the nutrients are absorbed into the body (vitamins, minerals, fats, amino acids, essential fatty acids and such), and assimilated into the cells, tissues, muscles and organs for proper fueling, feeding, healing, strengthening and elimination. Good stuff!!

I hope you enjoyed making the VATA superfood smoothie and the PITTA superfood smoothie already (if you haven’t, go do so this week)!  No time like the present to get yourself in balance with an amazing, nutritious powerhouse smoothie.  Finally, I present to you a balancing Superfood Smoothie for those earthy KAPHA’S.  This recipe is another adapted gem from Cate Stillman at Yogahealer.

Kapha’s Superfood Smoothie

SERVES 1 Person

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 cups leafy greens of choice
  • 1 tsp. raw honey OR a few drops of stevia to sweeten to taste
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 3 TB. goji berries
  • 2 TB. raw cacao nibs
  • 1 TB. Maca powder

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender ( I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy.  If you want to substitute some other fruits with this recipe, check out my Ayurveda Dietary Guidelines post for Kapha.

I am busy this week preparing for the healthy cooking class (mostly cleaning house) that I am offering in my kitchen on Saturday, February 23rd from noon till 2 p.m.  I still have a few openings left, so anyone that is somewhat close by, contact me to reserve your spot.  It’s going to be LOTS of FUN with great information, food samplings and giveaways.

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Ayurvedic PITTA Superfood Smoothie

Ayurvedic PITTA Superfood Smoothie

Pitta’s Superfood Smoothie

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I hope you caught the VATA superfood smoothie recipe I posted yesterday.  Such a great smoothie that grounds and nourishes those airy VATAS and brings them back into balance.  Lots of great feedback on it!  So, today, I present to you another balancing superfood smoothie for those fiery PITTA’S.  This smoothie will nourish and fill you, yet soothe your digestive fire.  This is yet another wonderful smoothie recipe adapted from Cate Stillman at Yogahealer.

Pitta’s Superfood Smoothie

SERVES 1 Person

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 2 cups leafy greens of choice
  • 2 oz. aloe vera juice or large chunk of fresh aloe gel
  • 1 TB. Maca
  • 2 TB. ground flax seed –  nutrients in flax seeds are better absorbed when ground
  • 1/2 tsp. wheatgrass powder (optional) or spirulina
  • stevia to taste for sweetener

Put all ingredients into a high speed blender ( I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy.  If you want to substitute some other fruits with this recipe, check out my Ayurveda Dietary Guidelines post for Pitta.  It is very tasty! You know that I don’t put anything up before sampling and trying it myself to make sure it’s post worthy – this one IS!

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I hope you give this little beauty a try.  

Come back tomorrow for the Ayurveda KAPHA Superfood Smoothie.

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Ayurvedic VATA Superfood Smoothie

Ayurvedic VATA Superfood Smoothie

Vata’s Superfood Smoothie

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If you don’t know already, I LOVE my green smoothies!  Ever since I started drinking them warm/hot (HOT Green smoothie), I can have them during the winter with GREAT results. I was craving something yesterday during the afternoon and was being aware of what my body was wanting.  I was craving GREENS!  I needed something that was going to feed my body, cells, tissues with amazing nutrition, filling for my tummy and tasted fantastic.  I had a new ayurveda superfood smoothie recipe and knew it was time to try it out.   I adapted this lovely VATA smoothie recipe from Cate Stillman at Yogahealer.

Scott was out in his workshop (putting the final touches on the small kitchen island he made for me, so that I can face everyone for my upcoming cooking class. Plus it might be the new layout for the videos from now on – MORE kitchen centered with better lighting – Yay!).

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Can I just say that SCOTT IS THE BEST!  If we want or need something and he can make it, he will.  He is so creative and brilliant at coming up with a design and putting it all together AND it looks great! 

OK, back to story here.  I was feeling depleted and knew that I needed something quick so that my body could utilize the nutrients immediately and digest easily.  Enter the VATA Superfood Smoothie!  I made one for myself and it was fantastic.  I loved the color, but I also loved the thicker texture and taste.  Scott stepped inside the house to ask me a question about the time I finished scraping the last residue out of the glass.  I offered to  make him one – rarely does he turn down a smoothie or ANYTHING that I offer for him to taste – he said “YES, Please!”   A few minutes later, he’s drinking his smoothie and making YUM, HHHMMM, THIS IS GOOD noises.  We have a winner!

Vata’s Superfood smoothie

SERVES 1 person

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 banana or 1 cup mango – I used a banana
  • 1 TB. Maca powder
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • 1 heaping TB. goji berries
  • 1/2 tsp. Spirulina
  • 3 dates
  • 1 cup or more leafy greens ( I used organic spinach)
  • 1 + tsp. extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. wheatgrass powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Reishi powder or 1 opened capsule Spirit Reishi
  • 1 tsp. Ashwaganda powder
  • a few drops of stevia – if desired for more sweetness

Put all ingredients in a high speed blender - I use a Vitamixand blend till smooth and warm. If you want to try some other fruits for VATA, check out the post I shared with you on Ayurvedic Dietary Guidelines.

This smoothie was so filling and nourishing.  I felt so much better and I had plenty of energy after drinking it. I felt like Popeye after “eating me spinach”.  I drank it around 2:30 in the afternoon and wasn’t hungry till dinner.  THAT says something for me.  When Scott came in for dinner, I asked him how the smoothie worked for him – sustaining wise.  He said that he was surprised at how filling it was and he wasn’t hungry for hours also.  It is a meal replacement all by itself.  I will definitely be making this smoothie quite often.  I can see kale being a great green in this smoothie.  See, I’m already fantasizing about having it again with optional variations.   Yes, I am a nutrition foodie geek and PROUD OF IT!  :)

Hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as Scott and I did! 

I will post Pitta and Kapha Superfood smoothie recipes later in the week.

 

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General Dietary Tips: Vata, Pitta and Kapha

General Dietary Tips: Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Ayurvedic Dietary Guidelines

Keep in mind, these are only guidelines.  Your body knows best what works for you or doesn’t.

  • Favor foods with Sweet, Sour, and Salty tastes
  • Favor heavy, moist and warming foods
  • Enjoy three or four smaller meals at regular times each day
  • Eat a balanced breakfast each morning
  • Avoid eating when nervous or anxious
  • Sit down to eat and always avoid eating on the run
  • Take notes of any signs of poor digestion (such as gas, bloating, or constipation)
  • Eliminate white sugar and caffeine
  • Use warming spices to improve digestion
  • Avoid cold and carbonated beverages

Grains

Heavier whole grains such as basmati rice, wheat, quinoa and oats (must be cooked not dry) are best for Vata.  Corn, millet, rye and puffed cereals, on the other hand, are too light and drying.   Some Vata types may have difficulty digesting wheat (Me!!), due to their weak digestion or food allergies.  Yeasted breads also aggravates Vata, due to its gas-promoting qualities.

Fruits

Vata types do well with most fruit.  Heavier fruits with Sweet and Sour tastes are particularly  beneficial, such as bananas, avocados, mangoes, apricots, plums, berries, coconut, figs, grapefruit, orange, lemon, melons, papaya, peaches, pineapples, rhubarb, kiwi, dates, nectarines and strawberries.   Dried fruits and astringent fruits (such as cranberries and pomegranates) are less beneficial.  I have found that by soaking dried fruit in water (figs, dates, raisins, goldenberries, goji berries) it is more acceptable and easier to digest once re-hydrated.

Vegetables

Cooked and steamed vegetables are best.   Raw vegetables should be minimized due to their rough, hard nature and stronger digestive requirements.   Heavy, moist vegetables such as squash, sweet potatoes, asparagus, beets, avocado and cooked carrots are excellent choices for Vata.  Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and raw onions create gas in Vata types.  Other vegetables may be taken in moderation if cooked in ghee or extra virgin coconut oil.  Salads can be eaten at room temperature (not straight out of the fridge) along with oil or a creamy dressing.  Juicing raw veggies (at room temperature) also makes them easier to digest for Vata types.  Greens can be eaten if lightly steamed/ sauteed in ghee or coconut oil (YUM!!) or heavily massaged (kale salad) – this makes them less bitter and easier to digest.

Legumes

Beans can aggravate Vata, so minimize your consumption of them, with the exception of mung dahl.  Lentils and chickpeas can be eaten in smaller amounts.  Soaking legumes in water with an acid base (lemon/ lime juice or apple cider vinegar) hours prior to cooking will improve digestibility and decrease gas.  This “acid base” soaking has done wonders for me.  Give it a try.

Nuts and Seeds

All nuts and seeds are good for Vata, especially in the form of nut butters and milks, which are easier to digest.  Roasting nuts with a little salt or simply soaking them in water, is highly beneficial for Vata.  Soaked and peeled raw almonds, in particular, are great for pacifying Vata.

 Dairy

Dairy products pacify Vata. For optimal digestion, boil milk before drinking it and consume it while warm.  Yogurt, ghee, goat and nut milks are best for Vata.  Vata’s do better with soft cheeses rather than hard varieties.

Oils and Fats

Fats and oils are beneficial in the digestive system and help reduce Vata. Use up to 3 teaspoons daily of ghee or extra virgin olive oil.  Read about benefits of ghee here.  Sesame oil is highly beneficial too.  

Seasonings

Spices that pacify Vata include cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, cloves, mustard seed, basil, asafetida, cilantro, fennel, oregano, sage, tarragon, thyme, and black pepper.   The overuse of Pungent spices such as cayenne, however, may aggravate the dry nature of Vata.

Sweeteners

All sweeteners pacify Vata and may be taken in moderation.  ALWAYS AVOID white sugar and use honey in moderation due to its drying quality.  I adore NuNaturals stevia and dates as my sweetener of choice.

Drinks

Drinking plenty of water each day is particularly important to Vata types.  Adding lemon or lime to the water is great.  During the cold months, drink warm/hot water to balance dosha.  Fruit juices (especially sour) and herbal teas are also beneficial.  Wine is OK in moderation, but beer and hard alcohol quickly create imbalances.

Meats

Vata types are the most suited for meat consumption, due to its grounding and nutrient-rich quality.  Deepwater fish, organic chicken (both meat and eggs),  red meat, duck, turkey are all Vata pacifying.  Ayurveda, however, does not recommend the regular consumption of meat for any doshic type, due to its difficulty to digest (both physically and mentally).

 

  • Favor foods with Sweet, Bitter and Astringent tastes
  • Favor cool, dry and slightly heavy foods
  • Eat fewer Sour, Salty and Pungent foods
  • Eat at regular times each day
  • Eat a balanced breakfast and early lunch
  • Avoid refined sugar
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine
  • Avoid conducting business while eating (we ALL need to do this one!)
  • Since an excess of Pitta dosha overheats the mind and body, favor cool foods and liquids. Foods with sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are best.   Reduce foods that are pungent, salty, and sour.

Grains

Wheat, rice, barley, and oats are the best grains to reduce Pitta.   Barley is considered the best Pitta grain, due to its cooling, drying and alkalizing effects.  Eat less corn, rye, millet, and brown rice.

Fruit

The sweeter fruits such as grapes, melons, cherries, coconuts, avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, fully ripe pineapples, oranges, and plums are recommended. Reduce sour fruits such as pineapples, grapefruits, apricots, and berries.

Vegetables

The vegetables to favor are asparagus, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, celery okra, lettuce, green beans, and zucchini.  Reduce tomatoes, hot peppers, carrots, beets, eggplant, onions, garlic, radishes, and spinach.  Pitta types benefit from both cooked and raw vegetables.

Legumes

Pitta types are well-equiped to digest most legumes, due to their strong digestive fires.  Pre-soaking legumes before cooking is recommended to improve digestibility.    Mung dahl, lentils, adzuki beans, chickpeas and split peas are all balancing to Pitta.

Nuts and Seeds

The oily and heating nature of nuts and seeds make them less suitable for Pitta.  Coconut, Sunflower seeds and soaked/ peeled almonds are the best choices.  Peanuts, cashews, pistachios and all salted nuts are Pitta-aggravating.

Dairy

Dairy can be helpful in balancing the heat of Pitta – take milk, butter and ghee. Sour, fermented products such as yogurt, sour cream and cheese should be used sparingly as sour tastes aggravate Pitta.  Ghee (clarified butter) is recommended.

Oils and Fats

Pitta types are naturally oil by nature, so they require less dietary oil.  Olive, sunflower, ghee and coconut oils are the best oils to pacify Pitta.  Use less sesame, almond, and corn oil, which are more heating.

Seasonings

Pitta types need to use seasonings that are soothing and cooling. These include coriander, cilantro, cardamom, saffron, and fennel. Hotter spices such as ginger, cumin, black pepper, fenugreek, clove, salt, and mustard seed should be used sparingly. Very hot seasonings such as chili peppers, and cayenne are best avoided. Chew on fennel seeds after meals to cool down acid in the stomach.

Sweeteners

All sweeteners may be taken in moderation except molasses and honey.  White sugar should be eliminated all together.

Drinks

Drinking plenty of water each day is important for Pitta types.  Sweet and Astringent fruit juices such as apple, pear, cranberry, and pomegranate are especially balancing for Pitta.  Cooling herbal teas (such as mint) are also beneficial.  Beer is fine in moderation, but wine and hard alcohol easily aggravate Pitta.

Meats

Organic chicken, fresh water fish, pheasant and turkey are preferable; beef, seafood (salt water fish), and eggs increase Pitta and should be minimized.

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  • Favors foods with Bitter, Pungent and Astringent tastes
  • Favor light, dry and warming foods
  • Eat fewer Sweet, Sour and salty foods
  • Eat less in quantity and frequency
  • Eat at regular times each day
  • Eat a light breakfast (or skip it entirely)
  • Eat a light evening meal
  • Avoid frequent snacking and late-night eating
  • Eliminate white sugar and greasy foods
  • Use warming spices to improve digestion
  • Favor warm beverages

Grains

Kapha types require fewer grains than Vata and Pitta types, due to the moist, heavy nature of most grains.  The light, dry and heating qualities of corn, millet, rye and buckwheat make them the best choices.  Wheat, oats and rice should be consumed less frequently.  Bread is best taken toasted.  Popped grains (such as corn and amaranth) make great snacks for Kapha.

Fruit

Kapha benefits from light and Astringent fruits such as apples, pears, cranberries, apricots, pomegranates and dried fruit.  Reduce heavier fruits like bananas, avocados, pineapples, oranges, peaches, coconuts, melons, dates, and figs.

Vegetables

Kapha benefits from most vegetables, including root vegetables, broccoli, mushrooms, celery, kale, green beans, eggplant and a wide range of other vegetables.  Heavy, Sweet and Sour vegetables are least recommended such as avocado, sweet potato and tomato.  Vegetables are best taken lightly steamed and spiced, due to the cold nature of Kapha.  Lighter, raw vegetables are also beneficial for Kapha, such as salads and sprouts.  These should be eaten at room temperature rather than straight from the refrigerator. 

Legumes

The Astringent taste and drying quality of most legumes make them a balancing choice for Kapha.  These include mung beans, adzuki beans, black beans, lentils, pinto beans and red lentils.  Soybeans and soybean-based foods such as tofu, should be eaten in moderation.

Nuts and Seeds

Reduce intake of all nuts and seeds which are heavy and oily in quality.  Favor pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.  Coconut, almonds, sesame seeds, peanuts, pine nuts and walnuts are Kapha-aggravating.

Dairy

Kapha types should generally avoid dairy, due to its heavy, moist and oil properties.  Dairy products easily create mucus and congestion in Kapha types.  Yogurt, goat’s milk, and goat cheese are fine in moderation.

Oils and Fats

Kaphas require less dietary oils.   Use small amounts of extra virgin olive oil, ghee, almond oil, sunflower oil, mustard oil, or safflower oil.

Seasonings

All spices benefit Kapha, especially pungent spices like cayenne, mustard seed, garlic, cumin, black pepper, cloves, turmeric and ginger.  Salt should be consumed sparingly.  Sour condiments such as vinegar and relish are Kapha-aggravating due to the Sour taste.

Sweeteners

Honey is a sweetener that is said to best pacify Kapha.   Rice syrup and stevia are also beneficial options for Kapha.  Other sweeteners should be avoided because they increase the Kapha dosha, contributing to problems such as blocked sinuses, allergies, colds, and lethargy. Take a tablespoon or two (but no more) of raw honey every day helps release excess Kapha.  According to Ayurveda, cooking with honey transforms it into a toxic substance that clogs the channels of the body.  Adding honey to tea or hot water is fine.    White sugar should be eliminated completely.

Drinks

Kapha types require less water than Vata or Pitta types, due to the natural tendency to store water in the tissues.  As a rule, it’s best for Kapha types to only drink when they are thirsty.  Hot, spicy drinks such as ginger tea or chai are great. Coffee and black tea are fine in moderation.  Try a liquid fast one day per week, ingesting only fresh vegetables and fruit juices, and pureed vegetable soup.  Wine is fine in moderation but alcohol is aggravating.

Meats

Kapha types are naturally abundant in bodily tissues and therefore require animal foods the least.  For non-vegetarians, fresh, organic white meat chicken, turkey, eggs, and seafood are acceptable. Limit consumption of red meat.  When cooking meat, it’s best for Kapha types to roast, broil or bake it rather than frying or sauteing.

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Eat your largest meal at lunchtime and a smaller meal at dinnertime. Allow at least 3 hours to digest before bedtime.  I hope these guidelines answer some questions and you can incorporate the Ayurveda food lifestyle into yours more easily. 

 Read more specific dietary guidelines here.  Have fun and experiment what works best for YOU.  I am always experimenting!

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