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Alcohol is a hot depressant. Initially, the heat combined with the relaxing qualties of alcohol dilate blood vessels, an aid to circulation. The heart, which is a naturally affectionate and social organ, predisposes one to fun and perhaps risky social...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Amaranth.RECIPES WITH IT

Amaranth represented up to 80% of the caloric intake of the Aztecs before the Spanish conquest. Amaranth tastes somewhat like corn, but is somewhat less sweet. Others have described the taste as nutty, like bacon or wood, or slightly bitter. It is...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Balsamic Vinegar.RECIPES WITH IT

Vinegar heats up digestion, but aids fat metabolism. Balsamic vinegar is made with red wine, which is hotter than other vinegars.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Barley.RECIPES WITH IT

Barley has an ancient history, and was first cultivated in the Near East.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Basmati Rice.RECIPES WITH IT

Rice builds ojas. Ojas is said to have the smell of burnt rice. Of rices, Basmati is the most sattvic and aromatic. Rice is nourishing and easy to digest giving more 'bang for the buck'. Rice offers more calories with less effort from digestive...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Beef.RECIPES WITH IT

Red meat strongly rebuilds deficient blood. It is especially useful in late summer and early fall. Red meat increases Pitta and Kapha. Too much red meat clogs the lymphatic system (Kapha blocking Vata in rasa dhatu), and causes blood stangation...

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Beer is Cheer Few people don't enjoy a cold beer on a hot summer's day. The paradox is that beer, although bitter and refreshing to taste, heats the body up. On a hot day, that increased heat leaves you thirsty and dehydrated,...

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Caffeine shifts awareness from the heart chakra to the third eye. New trades routes brought caffeinated beverages to Europe creating an 'Age of Enlightenment' and ending the middle ages. Ayurveda comes from an older time where the mind was not separate...

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Popular in southern soul food. Apparently, eating black eyed peas on New Years Day brings prosperity.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Blue Cheese.RECIPES WITH IT

Tangy and moldy, like gym socks but glorious all the same.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Brazil Nut.RECIPES WITH IT

Brazil nuts have received recent popularity for their ability to stimulate the thyroid. This warm, rich nut won't fail to please you either. It's buttery, oily tastes is universally appreciated.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Brown Rice.RECIPES WITH IT

Brown rice has a superior nutritional profile than white rice but it more difficult to digest. Brown rice is made by removing the husk from harvested rice grain but the bran layer and the germ are kept intact. In white rice, the bran and germ are...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Brown Sugar.RECIPES WITH IT

When Brown Sugar is called for in a recipe, you know that the result will be not only sweet, but rich in flavors and rustic. Brown sugar's homey-ness conjures images of Grandma's kitchen, breakfast pastries on winter mornings, rich and sweet. This is...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Buckwheat.RECIPES WITH IT

Buckwheat's hearty warmth hits the spot on any damp cloudy day in November. Enjoy as you snuggle up with your loved ones, or while listening to crackling logs in a wood burning stove. Smoky, nutty and earthy, buckwheat is slightly demulcent like...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cheddar Cheese.RECIPES WITH IT

The richness of cheese promises nourishment, comfort and contentment. However, as it mixens and thickens mucus in the digestive tract with a thick, creamy layer of dairy, it bogs down digestion, and encourages candida growth. Once the richness enters...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Chicken.RECIPES WITH IT

The dark meat of chicken is oily and has a rich fat content, making it a grounding, nourishing meat for Vata and Pitta. Chicken is an excellent choice to balance conditions of dryness and debility by giving the body strong protein with a heavy dose...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Chicken Liver.RECIPES WITH IT

Pitta has liquid element. But when Pitta symptoms appear with dryness, Vata is to blame. Deficient liver or depletion of ojas leads to dryness and inflammation. Use chicken liver to pacify Vata in the liver, moistening it, building rasa and rakta...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Chickpea (Garbanzo).RECIPES WITH IT

The short answer is yes, chickpeas are good for you. Here are some of the ways: The fiber in chickpeas is nearly 75% insoluble and remains undigested as it reaches the colon. This significantly bulks up stools for a satisfying morning...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Chocolate (Cacao).RECIPES WITH IT

Romance may be sealed with a box of chocolates, but passion for chocolate is as eternal as true love. Long before John Cadbury invented the chocolate bar, native meso-american peoples brewed chocolate with medicinal herbs. Chocolate has been used as...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Coconut Butter.RECIPES WITH IT

Fronds of a coconut palm sway in a tropical breeze,...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Coconut Cream.RECIPES WITH IT

Fronds of a coconut palm sway in a tropical breeze,...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Coconut Flakes.RECIPES WITH IT

Fronds of a coconut palm sway in a tropical breeze,...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Coffee.RECIPES WITH IT

Coffee as a SacramentWhat are your rituals around coffee? Coffee has become a sacrament in our culture. A client reports, "The only time my husband and I relax together is over coffee." My response, "If your marriage is dependent...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Corn.RECIPES WITH IT

Meso-Americans domesticated corn (also known as maize) in pre-historic times, and it spread through much of the Americas between 1700 and 1250 BCE. Traditionally corn, beans and squash formed the three sisters, widely cultivated by native American...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cottage Cheese.RECIPES WITH IT

Cottage cheese is easier to digest and lighter than most other dairy products. Ysha Oakes recommends mixing Cottage Cheese with flax seed oil and spices like black pepper and turmeric.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Cranberry.RECIPES WITH IT

Cranberries grow in acidic bogs. Early settlers in North American thought cranberry flowers looked like a crane, and named them 'craneberry'. They are a major commercial crop in North America.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Dates (dried).RECIPES WITH IT

Dates have been a staple food and cultivated in the Middle East for thousands of years. Their cultivation has been documented in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and as far back as 6000BC in Arabia.

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Egg Whites.RECIPES WITH IT

Egg whites are pure protein - ojas. Without the cholesterol egg whites are better than yolks for Kapha. The gel like nature of egg white may be whipped to trap air bubbles as in a meringue. These air bubbles act as a leavening agent in many batters...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Eggs.RECIPES WITH IT

Egg whites are a great source of protein. The egg yolks are a hearty and nourishing tonic pacifying Vata but aggravating Kapha. Egg yolks are high in cholesterol. Egg yolks are heating, and mildly aggravating to Pitta. Some people are allergic to the...

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Save this FoodSAVE FOODRecipes with Fish.RECIPES WITH IT

Fish is lighter than poultry or meat. Although all meat is considered heavy and tamasic, we are labeling fish as sattvic relative to poultry and red meat.

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