A common assumption is that Ayurveda is a vegetarian system. That is simply not the case. In Ayurveda, a little of anything is considered medicine and too much is considered poison. This rule stands for meat as well. In the ancient texts of Ayurveda,
The Musical Fruit
Beans could make your evening impolite. They are known as the "musical fruit" because they cause gas. A properly cooked bean, however, is easy to digest and less gaseous. Beans offer many nutritional and medici
Next time you are hungry, this ancient technique will help you decide how much to eat: Place your two hands together and make the shape of a bowl or cup. Limit your portion size to this volume, approximately 2/3's the size of your stomach. Ideally, you'd
The quiet solitude of January makes it a perfect month for deep thought, rest, and contemplation. The dark, introspective winter seems to bury all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, bringing the previous year to a complete rest. As the earth bec
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
Grains are seeds from the grass or buckwheat family. Grains are sweet and heavy, but are generally less oily than nuts & seeds. Autumn and winter are the best time of year for grain consumption. Since most grains are gooey, they should be minimized durin
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Although our digestion can get used to some forbidden foods and combinations anything that aggravates doshas without expelling them is considered a bad food combination. Generally Vata has the most difficulty with poor food combining because they do not h
To gluten or not to gluten? That's the question on everyone's mind these days. Wheat is the most commonly eaten grain in America. Consumption seems to cause problems for many - ranging from digestive problems to candida outbreaks, headaches and food aller
Before ice-cream and other heavy sweets were invented, sweet foods were a natural energy boost between meals. The pick-me-up was a necessary complement to your diet between meals. So, people craved sweets when they were feeling tired. In modern times,
Sunlight is steadily returning. A warm day or two could leave congestion and upper respiratory conditions in its wake. In the Spring, it's the warm days that make you sick. After fighting the cold all winter long, your body is unprepared for the sudden ri
Clear blue skies in August seem timeless and carefree, yet this month is a critical month to prepare your body for fall. The season seems to change with an August thunderstorm, rain and wind that is fantastic and quick. The storm is abruptly followed by a
How Much Fried Food Can you Handle?
French fries & funnel cakes are a fun way to enjoy the local fair. Eat too much though, and you start to feel queasy. This is a sign you've hit your upper limit on fried foods. Uggh! The hot su
Ayurveda has a unique way of understanding digestion and nutrition. It focuses on your body's reaction to food rather than the nutrients it contains. By focusing on experience rather than content, Ayurveda helps you interpret the medicinal compatibility o
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Ayurveda offers you simple, practical ways manage your health. It can help you understand your body and how to prevent or minimize disease. Ayurveda helps you experience food, understand its effects on your body, and naturally crave and choose the foods t
Young children naturally do not overeat. Many are the toddler who picks at their food for days on end, leaving the nervous mother wondering why he won't eat and how will their bodies grow develop on so little food. The ways in which your body turns hunger
A few years ago, the book "French Women Don't Get Fat" became a New York Times bestseller and planted a seed in all of our minds that the French, and perhaps most Europeans, have something figured out about food that Americans seem to be missing. While Am
Have you caught 'Spring Fever'?
By April spring fever is in full swing. You may have been hibernating indoors throughout March to avoid the tumultuous weather, but by the time April rolls around, the great outdoors is calling. Chil
Cooking in the winter is a delight. As you stand by the warm stove, its heat and aromas will fill your house. The winter chill is softened by this warmth. A cozy evening indoors is all the more appealing when Jack Frost nips at your nose. As you cuddle up
Life comes to full bloom in May just in time for Mother's Day. A tree in flower fills the air with a sweet perfume. Bright yellow and pink flowers seem to capture the very essence of new life. The entire atmosphere of May is buzzing and alive with the sou
Summer berries, like the ruby red strawberry and cool blueberry, arrive just in time for hot June temperatures. Feel free to consume these berries by the handful, as they reduce internal heat, soothe inflamed tissues, and cool your blood. Blueberries are
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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
How exactly does the food you eat nourish your entire body? Ayurveda offers a unique understanding of this process. From the moment you eat a meal, the process of Ayurvedic nutrition takes a full 35 days to complete. At each step in the process a new tiss
Frozen vegetables can be a great backup when you run out of fresh vegetables. In a pinch, they provide a quick, nutritious and satisfying side dish to your meal. Here is one place where the convenience factor can increase
The mind is very powerful, and can twist or distort your natural food cravings. Knowledge can distract you from your body's wisdom. When it comes to eating, it's wise to remember that nurturing is not an intellectual activity. The brain is notorious for n
Break out the flip flops and tank tops! Summer is officially here. As the weather heats up and the sun shines ever brighter, summer festivities beckon constant fun. Gardens flourish, humidity rises, bugs abound and children are excited to be at play.
Autumn is a Vata season characterized by degeneration, the ending of things. By the end of October, there's no turning back - the late summer heat of September gives way to true cold. The cat who lay stretched out on your hardwood floor all summer sneaks
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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
Soups and sandwiches
Soups are warm, soft, supportive, hydrating, and generally easy to digest. That's why a grandma cooks soup for her grandchildren when they are sick. Soups are made with love and are a symbol of grandma's nurtur
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Ayurvedic diets use dosha, guna, and taste to describe the types of foods that are healthy and unhealthy for a person. Newcomers to ayurveda have a hard time keeping track of all these qualities. And som
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 t
A quick observation of the teacher-student dynamic in the yoga world easily sheds light on a couple of problems:
Yoga teachers are often asked by clients for food advice who may have limited knowledge about how to tailor diet recommendati
This category includes alcoholic beverages, pickles and other fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt. For many people fermentation and probiotics are the key to easier digestion and getting complete nutrition. Ferments helped humans survive cold wi
By the miracle of digestion, food that you eat becomes transformed into your living human body. This profound assimilation of food has the power to change your very identity. The fact is, food becomes blood. Your body feeds this blood to your brain. The b
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