School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Explore Your Hunger
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Explore Your Hunger is a journey through hunger in all its forms to help you eat happily, healthfully and mindfully. From appetite to cravings, biology to emotional eating, this comprehensive guide demystifies your relationship to food using your own body as a guide. Explore Your Hunger is a must for anyone who wants to understand eating.
When you go outside and feel cold, you put on a sweater. You don't think about it, you just do it - automatically. If you get hot, you take the sweater off again. This book will teach you how to do that with food, so you won't need a list of foods or a meal plan to guide you. Instead, you can learn to trust yourself and your instincts. Just like you don't wear the same things every day, you don't eat or crave the same food every day either. One day you might naturally crave mashed potatoes and the next you may want brussel sprouts. It's a constantly changing process: you start to crave a certain ingredient, you eat it for a while, and then you stop when you've had enough. Kids do that naturally, but many adults have forgotten this skill. Thankfully, it's something you can relearn.
About the Authors
John studied Ayurveda under Dr. Vasant Lad and is specialized in the advanced treatment of digestive tract pathology. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University. He first discovered Ayurveda while working on a public health project in Bangladesh. John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel.
After witnessing Ayurveda's compelling efficiency and practical ease in treatment of his own digestive disorder, John was convinced he could help others. He wanted to introduce Ayurveda to his Appalachian mountain home and America. This was the genesis of Joyful Belly. Using ingredients familiar from his childhood, John created Joyful Belly to recast Ayurveda in the context of our American food traditions. Joyful Belly proves Ayurveda is accessible and necessary for everyday health & wellness. His simple, practical and familiar approach has helped thousands on their journey to health.
John's love of life, his commitment to the health & dignity of the person, and his humanitarian pursuit of inexpensive health care comes from his Catholic roots and identity. His creativity in the kitchen, and absolute dedication to the epicurean delight of eating comes from his Italian heritage. He is fluent in Bengali and French, and an avid student of Sanskrit & Arabic. He is a member of NAMA, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
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