COCONUT & BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
How to Make Coconut & Butternut Squash Soup
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Sautee the ginger in oil. Add remaining ingredients. Add water until butternut squash is just covered. Bring to a boil them lower heat to a simmer. Cook until butternut squash is tender - about 20 minutes. Puree in blender or mash with potato masher until smooth.
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Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT DIFFICULT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
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ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Coconut & Butternut Squash Soup
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Coconut & Butternut Squash Soup
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Diuretic, Stomachic, Cardiac-stimulant, Galactagogue, Digestive, Stimulates-energy
Sorghum Flour has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Brain-tonic, Nutritive, Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Galactagogue, Stomachic, Digestive, Nutritive
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Galactagogue, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Digestive, Stomachic
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Galactagogue, Stomachic, Digestive, Nutritive, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy
Coconut Milk has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, Brain-tonic, Relaxes-eyes
Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive
Sesame Seeds has these Actions in Common
Galactagogue, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Nutritive
Tofu has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Nutritive, Galactagogue, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Amaranth has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach
Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Diuretic, Relaxes-eyes, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Coconut & Butternut Squash Soup
Elecampane has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Brain-tonic, Cardiac-stimulant
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Digestive, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Brain-tonic, Diuretic, Galactagogue
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Stomachic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding
Bitter Orange Peel
Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Stomachic, Cardiac-stimulant
Vata Shirodhara Oil
Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy
Saw Palmetto has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Nutritive
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy
Schisandra has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Digestive, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem.
His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.