School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
1. Boil a water in a large stock pot. Add a pinch of salt. Chop cauliflower into florets. When the water boils, add cauliflower. Cook for about 10-15 minutes. It should be very tender and fall apart easily with a fork. Drain cauliflower and put in a large mixing bowl. Save cooking water.
2. Dice garlic. Heat a small frying pan over medium and toss in the ghee. Sautee garlic and red pepper flake for a quick minute or two, until it begins to brown. Remove from heat.
3. Mash cauliflower in it's large bowl. Add the cooking water in small amount at a time until you reach your favorite texture. Pour in your sauteed garlic and red pepper. Add salt to taste.
4. Top with a sprinkle of red pepper flake and chives.
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is a great side for any savory vegetable or protein dish, and don't forget to top with Rosemary Mushroom Gravy!
The Three Doshas / Body Types
Your body type shows how your strengths, as well as how your body typically goes out of balance. It also shows how your body responds to the environment. Your body type is comprised of certain qualities and affects every part of you - your physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. This is because your body type is based on how your body uses energy. Ayurveda has 3 body types (doshas), called Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata spends energy. Pitta burns energy. Kapha stores energy. Vata people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Pitta people tend to be hot, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Kapha people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
ALKALIZINGAn herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
AIRResembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
EARTHResembles earth (prithvi) in quality - heavy, dense, solid, stable, hard.
BLANDBland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.
FATFat tissue (Meda Dhatu) includes adipose tissue and sebum (skin oil).
OUTWARDOutward-moving substances stimulate circulation, push heat towards the skin, or are stimulating.
|Energy Vitality Strength|
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
|Lung and Sinus|
WARMS-CHESTWarms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing.
|Mind, Stress & Sleep|
RELAXES-MINDReduces mental agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
|Skin Care & Beauty|
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.
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