Summer is officially here! It's time to welcome in cooling nourishment into your life to stay cool, just like a cucumber ;)
The body is always working to keep the internal body temperature at around 97-99 degrees F. The body has a natural ability to adjust itself to any given environment to maintain balance. Some people adjust easily to temperature changes while others can experience symptoms of over heating. It all depends upon the person's current state of health and how "hard" the body needs to work to reach balance. If the body is fed acidic food, is being pushed to it's limit daily, and inflammation is present within the body, it will not be as easy for the body to adjust to higher temperature change.
Symptoms and Signs of Excess Fire Within:
-redness in eyes
-inflammation (swollen muscles, red pimples, rashes)
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...
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...