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
Food is how communities share life together. Every day, the dinner table is where we do most of the living, the giving, and the receiving that happens in community. For many individuals, praying and holding hands at the dinner table is also a cherished da
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
Is Ayurveda really about your health? We say no. At Joyful Belly, we believe Ayurveda is about something greater than health. Ayurveda literally translates into "the science of life." As a practitioner, I have come to realize that Ayurveda's focus is exac
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
Pitta people have a high metabolism characterized by heat and sharpness. They are intelligent and effective problem solvers. They are goal-oriented individuals and often successful in their pursuits.
However, sometimes Pitta individuals are too int
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
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
Routine is Vata's best lifestyle remedy. The minimum routine for healthy, happy, and successful living is 1) eating your meals at the same time daily and 2) getting into and out of bed at the same time daily. Changes in these two areas disrupt your bio-rh
Kapha individuals are naturally loving, supportive, and stable. Kapha can be compared to a swan or a tortoise. Kapha people make pleasant companions and loyal friends. They have an amazing ability to nurture.
Underneath their calm constitution, howe
A Season of Transition
January is traditionally the coldest month of the year in North America. Ayurvedically, January is a month of transition from Vata to Kapha season. Vata season is characterized by the body scrambling to prote
What's your well being worth? You know your health is important to you. But how are you going to make time for your body?
Clients tell us they don't have time for their health. They are busy raising kids, working full time and eeking out some perso
Soothe Your Nerves with Daily Oil Massage
Keep your skin soft, calm your mind, and warm up your body in the fall with an early morning oil massage. The practice of oil massage is called abhyanga in Ayurveda. The sensation of abhy
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
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Ayurveda recommends concentration on the taste of food while eating. Paying attention improves your intuitive eating skills. Did you know that the flavor of food changes with every ten bites. By actually tasting the food, you enjoy it more. Plus, it keeps
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
Rich foods and holiday libations may be difficult to avoid during this festive season, or anytime you gather with friends and loved ones. Food is often the centerpiece of social occasions, and an important part of relationship building. It's important to
Toxins in the blood often accumulate on the back of the tongue. While a slight coating on the back of the tongue the size of a dime is normal, a thick or large coating is a sign of a large toxic burden. As bacteria thrive off the accumulated toxins, they
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
Routine is the foundation of a well-lived life. Routine creates simplicity, perspective, and helps you stay organized. Lack of routine creates instability, confusion, and an inability to identify the cause from the effect. A good routine supports your abi
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Warm water boosts your metabolism, improves your circulation, and stimulates healthy elimination of the bowels. A glass or two of warm water before meals improves acid and enzyme production, stimulating healthy digestion. Sipping hot water between meals k
Preventative medicine is one of Ayurveda's greatest strengths. Preventative medicine in Ayurveda is based upon several pillars:
Awareness of your body
Recognizing imbalances early
Knowing how to change your diet and lifestyle to
Many times people think of staying healthy in terms of deprivation or torturing their body. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Taking care of your health is about gentleness and nurturing. It should feel good and comforting to take care of yourself. Be ki
Most people know me as a foodie. And it's true I love food. I have traveled to the ends of the earth in search of tasty recipes, to make your life delicious, and bring the health that Ayurveda promises.
But my joy comes from a deeper source.
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