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Take the Ayurvedic approach this holiday with this 7-step healthy baking program that will allow you to indulge in your favorite cookies and desserts without provoking Kapha, bogging down your circulation or causing excessive mucus and weight gain.
Antacids are a multi-billion dollar industry. The trouble is, many people who take them could be making their heartburn worse. The reason is that most people don't actually have hyperacidity. If you suffer from acid reflux, it's more likely that your stom
No matter how much you love digestive enzymes for saving you from embarrassing gas or tummy discomfort, digestive enzymes could magnify
You've decided to take the plunge and commit to a healthier lifestyle, but how do you get your family on board? What can you do to overcome resistance? Even when the family is supportive, how do you cook a meal for everyone when Ayurveda is tailored to th
Fourth of July fireworks initiate the celebratory feeling that runs throughout July. The fun of backyard barbecues, playful picnics, the excitement of summer vacation, and the thrill of road trips make this a month to look forward to. July is a time to re
November brings our hearts back home. The smell of turkey, the comfort of warm mashed potatoes with gravy, and gratitude for the harvest celebrated on Thanksgiving make food the centerpiece of November. Breaking bread, food, and togetherness are venerated
Your Body in Winter
Early winter starts in late November and lasts through mid January. As the days grow shorter, they grow colder as well. As your body prepares for the drop in temperatures, you find yourself craving heavier foods
Nurture your body and keep warm in the fall by eating cooked meals. Ice, cold drinks and cold or raw food will make you feel cold from the inside out, effectively shutting down digestive function the moment you need it most. For this reason, cold foods ar
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"Ok, so what do I eat?" As an Ayurvedic Practitioner, you probably hear this question all the time! Save yourself precious time and support your clients by taking advantage of our extensive recipe collection and personalized diet technology. On Joyful Bel
About Diets on Joyful Belly
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
Dairy is heavy, sweet, gooey, oily and difficult to digest. Autumn is the best time of year for dairy consumption.
Lactose Intolerances & Allergies
Intolerances to dairy must be carefully differentiated from allergies. The Kapha
Modern desserts have introduced a new level of sweet and gooey goodness to the food chain. Refined flours, refined sugars and corn syrup were non-existant one hundred and fifty years ago. The resulting exponential increase in consumption of sugar complete
Dahl is a delicious soup made of lentils with many benefits. It is a perfect way to feel light and refreshed after a weekend full of social eating, celebrating with friends, or for your next seasonal cleanse. You can make dahl anytime you feel imbalanced,
If you're plagued with strong cravings for the exact food you have an adverse reaction to, you may be dealing with an addictive allergy. Addictive allergies present a strange paradox - how can you possibly be addicted
All foods that are difficult to digest must be chewed with care. Insufficient chewing of food forces stomachs to break down larger chunks by acids. While an easy task for a toot
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Avoid quickly gulping beverages for an hour after a meal. If your stomach feels heavy after drinking liquids, it may mean you've drunk too much. Urine should be straw colored, not clear. If your urine is clear, you may be placing an undue burden on digest
When I was an herbal student, my teacher, the late Frank Cook, challenged us to "Eat something wild every day." The challenge isn't much of a challenge. It's easier than you think. Wild edibles are everywhere, often within 20 feet of your front door. They
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 w
Why Do People Become Anorexic?
Imagine if every time you ate, you felt sluggish, tired, and a loss of vitality. Picture your energy drained, your goals for the day slipping away into a sleepy distance. Naturally you'd blame food fo
Fruits are generally sweet and high in fiber. They have a laxative and thus a cleansing effect. Vata people should not attempt fruit fasts because they require more substantial food.
Early summer is the best time of year for berry consumption. Late
Modern varieties of wheat, after centuries of breeding, contains much more gluten than their ancient counterparts. This predisposes many of us to wheat intolerances and allergies.
Intolerances to wheat must be carefully differentiated from allergies
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Greens are the most common taste in nature. Sweet taste was rare before farms and grocery stores. What
Eating out at a restaurant, especially on those days where you are too tired and don't feel like cooking, can be tempting. You enjoy a hot plate of tasty food with little sweat, planning, or effort. While it may feel like a treat to be served, restaurant
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Your days are rushed, and you find yourself grabbing a bite of food as you run out the door. Maybe eating on the run has become a way of life for you. So how are you going to stay healthy when you just don't have the t
What's My Body Type?
It's tempting to think that a list of foods for your dosha will solve your health problems. While dosha food lists are a good starting point for experimenting with foods, eating from a list, any list, often does more harm than good. Remember Ayurveda is u
Most people don't feel anything at all after a meal. Or, they have only a vague idea of how food makes them feel after they swallow it. So, they eat on autopilot.
But what if you were aware of how your body reacts to food? You would be able to selec
The longer leftovers sit, the more toxic they become due to fermentation by bacteria. Some of my Vata clients with weak digestion simply cannot digest leftover food without stomach upset.
Once you cook food, the nutrients in the food degrade very qu
Eat the biggest meal of the day during lunch. Lunch is the warmest time of the day when digestion is strongest. Food eaten during lunch has a chance to get digested before bedtime. If you must cheat on your diet, cheat during
A proper balance of magnesium and calcium is essential for relaxing the muscles of the body. Magnesium is stored in the muscles cells at rest, while calcium is kept outside the cell. When the muscle is stimulated by nerves to contract, calcium briefly ent
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