In Ayurveda, the metaphor of a fire is used to describe digestion. What happens when you pour ice water on a campfire? Billows of smoke and steam pour off the fire in an unruly pattern. This reaction to cold drinks can be likened to gas and bloating. What happens when you put a large, wet log on a tiny fire? It smolders. The log will not burn. A similar reaction happens in your stomach when you eat a large, cold meal. The result is heaviness in your stomach, aching cramps and fatigue.
This fall, cook your meals. Have hot cereal for breakfast, a stir-fry with rice for lunch and soup for dinner. You will feel cozy, comfortable, and warm from the heat from all the cooked foods at your core.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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