Ayurvedic knowledge teaches the importance of the 3 pillars of life. It states that if these 3 pillars are balanced, everything else psychologically will balance out. The 3 pillars of life include: proper digestion, proper sleep, and proper uses of sexual energy (this goes beyond sex, consider your creative energy too).
This week let's dive deeper into "proper digestion". What does that mean?
All imbalances physically manifest within the digestive track first before it spreads to other areas of the body. When the digestive system is out of balance, food can cause toxins (ama) in the body instead of good health. You can tell how much ama (toxins) you have simply by taking a look at your tongue in the mirror. If there is a coating on your tongue, it's ama. Our goal is to purify our body and mind and get rid of ama, that's why it is so important to understand the states of digestion and how to take care of it. This will assist with optimizing your capacity to digest food and use it as ener...
Everyday we are bombarded with stress from travel, home life, relationships, work, or simply that we can't poop! Stress creates toxins, it's the real deal in this reality and we need to learn ways detox our bodies and handle stress better.
Ayurvedic knowledge teaches the importance of daily routines that allows one to nourish and strengthen the body to prevent imbalances such as burn out, overwhelm, or toxic overload. One of these daily practices is called, Abhyanga, which means oil massage in Sanskrit.
Why give yourself a daily oil massage?
The act of massage stimulates the lymphatic system. Lymphatic vessels run throughout the entire body just as the veins and arteries of the circulatory system do. The only difference between these two systems is that the heart pumps blood where as movement of the body moves lymph fluid. The lymphatic system removes toxins from the body in conjunction with the liver and kidneys. When the liver and kidneys are overloa...
This world is extraordinary with so many things to explore. In this life I've chosen to explore foods and share my explorations with you! This week let's talk about Kudzu root.
Have you heard of it?
Kudzu root has been used in Chinese Medicine for over thoundans of years. It is cooling and sweet, perfect for the firey pitta dosha. As you can see, herbs from all over the can be considered "Ayurvedic" if the nature of the patient is known (elemental genetic makeup), the nature of the herb being administered is known, and the nature of the imbalance is known.
For example, let's imagine there is a person who's elemental genetic makeup consists predominately of 50% pitta (fire) and 35% air and ether (vata) and 15% kapha. Recently, this person has been overworking, barely getting sleep, and eating spicy hot foods and drinking coffee to keep up with work's demand. A week later this person notices that he or she has been feeling depleted, has a short fuse with others, feels heat aroun...
The liver is an extremely important organ in the body. It's the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself. I see this is the body's way of showing us how vital this organ truly for our overall health. The liver's main function is to filter blood from the digestive tract before it passes the blood to circulate to the rest of the body. This is only one of the numerous jobs the livers performs.
In Ayurveda, it is considered the seat of pitta dosha. Remember, pitta is made up of 90% fire and 10% water. When we let the fire get out of hand, by eating foods or living a life that creates excess heat, this can create a forest within causing imbalances such as inflammation, fever, burning sensations, heated emotions. To focus the fire within and use it to benefit the body, mind, overall well being of others let's choose foods that support overall liver function. All of the foods listed below can easily be incorporated into everyday meals.
Sometimes the mind likes to create the belief that life is boring. When we get stuck in the mind, which is task oriented and remembers facts, yes, life can be boring.
The mind likes to create a whole storyline of what life should be like...
For some people, it kind of goes like this:
"I go to work from 9-5 from Monday-Friday, I do my work that I'm assigned during these days. On the weekend I have chores to do: clean, grocery shop, cook, children events, ect."
Where is the fun? The relaxation? The laughter? Where is the YOU time?
I see that most of us get caught up in giving and doing everything for everyone except ourselves, and this cycle depletes us of having time and energy to explore and see the fun, beauty, and peace life has to offer! Enjoying life is really simple. It's just up to us to make the choice to create these experiences of fun, peace, and relaxation. Once we've made the decision, then we can truly apply and feel the benefits of these practices lis...
"I've been forgetful lately, the old age must be creeping up on me."
"I've been experiencing a certain body pain now that I am getting older."
"Now that I am older, I can't lose weight as easily when I was young."
"I've been experiencing dry skin now that I am older."
A lot of the times when someone experiences a health imbalance, she or he identifies with it. Meaning, the person thinks or believesthat she or he is the health issue and not separate from it. That belief can make the person feel helpless that there is nothing to do about it but suffer.
What if that was only partly true?
Let's take a step back. If we can notice we are forgetful, feel body pain, or can't lose weight, there is a aspect of us that provides us the potential to create change. By being the witness of our lifestyles and food choices, it allows us to see that maybe how we are living and eating are the culprits to the forgetfulness, the body pa...
This winter I’ve been inspired to create, Winter Breakfast Bread. It's a great gluten free, vegan bread. The nuts, which provide healthy fats and protein and warming spices of the bread, create the feeling of nourishment and satisfaction. Additionally, it has a blood sugar and mood stabilizing effect. Sounds like a great way to start off the day!
As I talked in the previous post “Hey Winter, Lets Be Friends” it explains how winter exposes the qualities of light (air/wind), dry, and cold. When we put on our Ayurvedic glasses we remember to counter act these qualities to the qualities heavy, moist, and warmth through our food and lifestyle choices.
This bread embodies the balancing qualities, which makes it perfect choice for breakfast or snack. It’s meant to be heavy, dense, and moist. In the morning you can cut a slice and place it in the toaster over to make it warm.
Ayurvedic knowledge teaches us to eat what’s most beneficial for the body, in terms of the season and current state of imb...
The wisdom of life, Ayurveda, teaches us to live in alignment with nature in order to seek balance.
For most of us, we are experiencing the season of winter. Ayurvedic knowledge can help become friends with winter, so we can enjoy winter and use this time for self-reflection and self-care to gear up for the other seasons to come!
It's not always fun when it's winter because it's cold, dry, and windy outside. That makes us want to stay inside, turn the heater on, which creates more dryness and cuddle under a blanket.
During this season, we are more prone to constipation, dry skin, cold hands and feet, weight gain, and feeling lethargic and sad. All these symptoms contribute to our choice of staying in more, decreased body movement, and eating a bit more because it's cold.
Ayurveda is about counteracting these imbalances by focusing on the opposing qualities of cold and dry. There are lifestyle choices that promote warmth and moisture.
The breath is the bridge between the body and the mind. If you notice you've been thinking too much chances are you may not be breathing...
Did you feed yourself today?
I'm talking about breath! it's our first food, but not our only food, of course...
96.2% of our body mass is gas. Gas is electricity. Breath is electricity. We breathe in and out oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Body mass breakdown of 96.2%:
School of Life Sciences | Ask A Biologist.” Chemical Elements of the Human Body | ASU - Ask A Biologist, 11 Aug. 2010, askabiologist.asu.edu/content/atoms-life.
Only 3.9% of our body mass is comprised by the food we eat (minerals, vitamins, fiber).
Most of our food is made up of gas too...proteins (amino acids) are composed of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen. Essential Fatty Acids are composed of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen. Sugar(glucose) is composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen.
It’s easy to get caught up in our life dramas and think “all about me.” This reality creates an illusion that seems as though you are the main actress or actor. Yes, that is true, but it’s great to remember that we are part of a collective movie with the whole world. So, if you think it’s all about you, chances are there is someone else that thinks the same thing; it’s all about her or him.
But what if we switched our perception from me, to we?
What if we thought about how our choices and actions go beyond affecting our world, but in the world of others?
As the New Year rolls around, I bet there has been plenty of us, including myself, that have been reviewing lifestyle tendencies and food choices. There’s always room for improvement. Instead of being hard on ourselves for mistakes we’ve made…
Let’s remember: We are humans, “flawed and fabulous”
And of course, keep it simple...
“What is one thing I can do that will create more harmony in my life?”