Written by John Immel,
Babies need to be fed, take naps, and go to bed on time. Babies need to be kept warm. Nothing changes much for an adult. Basic health is like caring for a baby. When your system is weak, treat it like you would treat a baby. Keep a good routine, keep yourself warm, and give yourself plenty of rest. Pamper yourself with an oil massage (unless you have a fever or acute illness).
Baby FoodSimilarly, think of the kind of foods you need in this way. There is so much information about what foods to eat that it can be mind boggling. However, food choices are very simple if you think of them through the lens of caring for your body as you would a baby. You wouldn't give a steak to a baby would you? No one would give salad or peanuts to a baby weaning from the breast. Babies have sensitive digestion so they need special foods. Most baby food isn't dry or hard, but soft and moist. Pureed foods like carrots, sweet peas, and sweet potatoes are nutritious and easy to digest. These foods are the best foods to eat when you are sick.
The Baby's PoopHave you ever noticed the interest and intrigue surrounding a baby's poop? Everyone vigilantly watches the baby's poop. Carefully examine your poop as well. Poop tells a story about your health over the last 24 hours. Some things you can learn from poop include your hydration level, bile output, digestive strength, the presence of toxins in your system, your absorption rates, and your fiber intake.
Less is MoreSometimes your diseases can appear very complicated. You may feel frustration and hopelessness and think that any attempt to help yourself will only prove your body's inadequacy. Whenever your conditions seem complex, Ayurveda recommends simplicity. One easy way to help your body is to treat it gently, like a baby. Our knee-jerk tendency when we're sick is to do more, like loading up on vitamin C or taking lots of supplements. Instead of doing more, Ayurveda suggests doing less. A simple, well-lived life is the best way to strengthen your resiliency and healing power. Remember, your body is the best pharmaceutical you have.
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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. 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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