School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Store-bought peach sorbet will be delicious. For more ambitious dessert-makers, here is a recipe for homemade sorbet:
1. Chill peaches in the fridge, pit and chop. For those who prefer refined texture, peel the peaches. If you are a lover of the sensual rustic, leave the peel on for a layer of complexity. Juice the lemon.
2. Add peaches, lemon juice, honey and 3/4 cup of water to your blender. Puree until whipped and smooth.
3. If you have an ice cream maker, pour peach puree into the ice cream makers cylinder and follow manufacturers instructions. If you don't have one at home, simply pour peach puree into a tupperware or pyrex container with a well sealing lid and place in the freezer. Check the ice cream after about 2.5 hours when it is almost frozen. Pull out the bowl and whip with a spoon vigorously. Put it back in the freezer and repeat mixing each 10 minutes frozen.
Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
The finishing touch is Rosemary Infused Olive Oil, drizzled lightly over your sorbet. Although you only need about 1 tablespoon to use as the garnish, might as well use the time to make a whole batch of Rosemary Oil! This versatile oil is perfect for drizzling on vegetables, meats and fish, or as a salad dressing ingredient. Plus, it looks beautiful on the counter!
1. Simmer 2 cups of olive oil with 6-8 sprigs of rosemary in a saucepan over low heat for 10 minutes.
2. Transfers rosemary to a bottle or jar, then pour in the oil.
1. Combine 1 cups of olive oil with 6-8 sprigs of rosemary in a mason jar.
2. Place on a sunny windowsill and let it sit for 3-4 days.
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Ayurveda helps you assess how you feel through the 20 main therapeutic feelings or qualities called gunas. Through the gunas you can articulate, experience and develop sensitivity to the signals your body sends you. Imbalanced gunas are the root of your imbalances. Every guna has an opposite which balances is (i.e. hot balances cold). You create balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite guna.
The 6 Tastes
Taste has meaning in Ayurveda, and brings physical and emotional changes to your body. Taste is experienced on the tongue and is your body's reaction to foods much in the same way that your emotions are mental reactions to experiences. 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? Food and herbs with the following tastes could aggravate your symptoms.
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
RAJASICRajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
ALKALIZINGAn herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
OJASOjas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after lon-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
TYPE Fruits, Oils
QUENCHES-THIRSTAn herb or substance that relieves thirst.
|Energy Vitality Strength|
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
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.