Spring - Mid-February - Mid May
The spring is a watery season of warming temperatures. Snow melts making the rivers full and muddy. Warm temperatures encourage tender young sprouts and sweet sap to run in the vasculature of maple...
A Season of Deficiency & Change
Autumn is a season of deficiency and change. When the temperature starts to drop, the body scrambles to protect itself from heat loss. Nourishing foods, especially soups, seem all the more enticing whi
Oils are used throughout Ayurveda to restore strength. Massage with oil prevents premature aging and bestows a healthy, glistening sheen to the skin. Even body builders oil their skin to appear healthy and strong. Oil repels water, prev
Routine meal times are essential for health. The mind loves freedom but the body loves stability. Digestion is demanding on resources. The body schedules blood to make sure enough is available for digestion. Eating off schedule not only
September evenings are full of stillness and the sound of crickets in the dry grass. Vegetation becomes sparse. Garden stems are leggy. Even the midday sun seems a bit darker. Evening coolness reminds us that although we wish summer could last forever, al
Ayurveda Travel Kit
Travel is fraught with uncertainty. Delayed plane flights, jet lag, and new environments disrupt our routine and rhythms. We may find ourselves choosing unhealthy fast foods when desperately hungry. The followin
Sattvic foods promote spiritual growth. They nourish the body without taxing the digestive tract. Examples of sattvic foods include ghee, milk, almonds, rice, dates and saffron. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous
Is Snacking Healthy?
Your ancestors survived long periods without foods. While regular mealtimes are essential in Ayurveda, snacks are not. Fasting between meals encourages your body to digest fats, and rests your GI tract. It may ta
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Recipes, as tasty as they are, also serve as herb formulas in Ayurveda. Food is medicine. Ayurvedic practitioners are adept at crafting tasty formulas (recipes) for the benefit of their clients. After tasting one of these delicious creations, you may be w
Difficult means difficult to digest. Beans are difficult to digest because they contain natural protein-digestion inhibitors (saponins) to protect them from insect invasion. Red meat, nuts, cheese, and wheat are difficult to digest beca
Dryness & Aging
Dryness is the measure of wear and tear on the body and a cardinal sign of aging. "Dry is old, oily is young." Baby fat is the plump picture of youth, but dryness shrinks tissues, just like a shrive
American breakfasts tend to resemble desserts. They are often sweet and rich in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The romantic ideal of a hearty breakfast has led to popularity of the 'hungry-man breakfast' and 'mile high stack of pancakes.' These breakf
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Easy means easy to digest.
Digestion Takes a Lot of Work.
We use up to 60% of our daily metabolism on digesting our food. That means by the end of the day your intestines have run a marathon. We have a special
After eating, blood rushes to the stomach to supply stomach glands with fluids. The food is mixed with acids and slowly turns into a sauce. About fifteen minutes after eating, the food if fully hydrated and blood flow to the stomach relaxes somewhat. To e
Spices communicate culture. Many cultures cook with the same ingredients but different spices. For example, a rice dish in Mexico might include cilantro, cumin and chile. In India, it would include mustard seed, turmeric and cumin. China might pair rice w
All summer long, air conditioning blasts frigid air on you in movie theaters, supermarkets, the car, and restaurants. Although the blast may seem like a welcome relief from the heat, the cold air can create some nasty side-effects. For one, artificial col
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