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Potatoes With Lemon & Thyme

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How to Make Potatoes with Lemon & Thyme

SERVINGS: 2
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: STEAMED

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp
2 whole
1 tsp
1 leaves
1/2 whole
2 pinch
2 pinch

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Skin potatoes. Put potato, salt, bay leaf, & black pepper in a pot with 1 c water. Steam covered until potatoes are tender. Cut into bite sized chunks and sautee in sunflower oil. Chop thyme and sprinkle over just as potatoes begin to brown. Remove from heat, garnish with lemon juice and mix gently.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Lemon adds liquid quality to balance astringency of potatoes. Pungent herbs and spices add heat.

WHAT IS POTATOES WITH LEMON & THYME?

Warming lemon and pungent thyme with tender potatoes - slightly reminiscent of Provence.

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

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. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Potatoes with Lemon & Thyme Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Potatoes with Lemon & Thyme' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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TASTES
Taste Help

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. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), 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.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Potatoes with Lemon & Thyme
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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.

Quenches Thirst

QUENCHES-THIRST

An herb or substance that relieves thirst.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

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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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Relaxes Eyes

RELAXES-EYES

Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Sedative

SEDATIVE

Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Refreshing

REFRESHING

Stimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Calms Heart

CALMS-HEART

An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Antioxidant

ANTIOXIDANT

An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals that lead to a chain reaction causing damage or death to cells. Antioxidants terminate these oxidation reactions.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Constituents:
Carbohydrate, Vitamin C,
Rosmarinic Acid

ROSMARINIC-ACID

Inhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.

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, Soluble Fiber,
Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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, Potassium,
Rutin

RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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Polyphenols

POLYPHENOLS

Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants seen in many fruits and vegetables. There are more than 8,000 types.

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Flavonoids

FLAVONOIDS

Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.

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Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Potatoes with Lemon & Thyme

Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Calms-heart, Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Cholagogue, Quenches-thirst, Relaxes-eyes, Decongestant, Refreshes-skin, Wakes-you-up

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Acai

Acai has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Quenches-thirst, Wakes-you-up, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Refreshing, Antioxidant, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes

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Orange

Orange has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Refreshing, Quenches-thirst, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Refreshes-skin, Wakes-you-up

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Hemp Seed

Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, Sedative, Makes-you-tired, Relaxes-eyes, Tonic

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Wakes-you-up

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Jackfruit

Jackfruit has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, Quenches-thirst, Tonic

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Decongestant, Refreshing

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Wakes-you-up

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Spelt Flour

Spelt Flour has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic, Calms-heart, Satisfies-stomach, Makes-you-tired, Sedative

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Potato

Potato has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Nutritive, Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Sedative

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White Flour (wheat)

White Flour (wheat) has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Tonic, Calms-heart, Satisfies-stomach, Makes-you-tired, Sedative

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Potatoes with Lemon & Thyme

Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Tonic, Wakes-you-up, Antioxidant, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst, Refreshing, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Refreshing, Sedative, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant

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Regular exercise

Regular exercise has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Refreshes-skin

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Tonic, Antioxidant, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue

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Nasya Oil

Nasya Oil has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Sniff raw onions, chopped

Sniff raw onions, chopped has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses

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Self Massage

Self Massage has these Actions in Common

Calms-heart, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Sedative

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California Poppy

California Poppy has these Actions in Common

Antioxidant, Calms-heart, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relaxes-eyes, Sedative

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Vata Shirodhara Oil

Vata Shirodhara Oil has these Actions in Common

Calms-heart, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Tonic

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Bitter Orange Peel

Bitter Orange Peel has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Bibhitaki

Bibhitaki has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relaxes-eyes, Stimulates-energy, Tonic

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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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Is this a side dish or a meal of just potatoes?
- Lila, Southampton , 02-19-17 (Reply)
Your choice!
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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I really enjoyed this dish and I added some cooked fresh spinach to the mix that was prepared with tumeric, ginger,black pepper and a little bit of onions and sauteed it. The combination of the potatoes with the spinach balanced it out perfectly for me and was very satisfying! I needed more substance for my lunch and the cooked spinach did the trick! Yum!!
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