School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
1. Make the Sponge First Rising (one hour)
1c Absolutely lukewarm water
2c Spelt Flour
Mix the honey with the absolutely lukewarm water. Dissolve the yeast in the honey water to activate it. Wait until the yeast is bubbling and frothing up (about 20 minutes). Add the flour and whip the sponge with an egg beater, about 100 strokes. Cover and let the dough rise for 40 minutes, or until double in size. Covering is important because it helps the yeast hold its heat and quickens rising time.
Hint: Bread making is yoga: Right-handed folks should use their left hand and left-handed folks their right. The opposite hand balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Caution: Cooked honey is considered sticky and toxic in Ayurveda, clogging the channels. We used honey here assuming it gets digested by the yeast. The safer option is agave syrup.
2. Complete the batter Second Rising (one hour)
1c Ground sesame seed (use a coffee grinder)
2c Spelt flour
2c Additional flour for kneading
Mix in the ground sesame, salt, and flour into the batter. Continue adding flour until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Strengthen the dough by following these important rules: 1) Knead the dough at least 10 minutes or until it is very springy; 2) Never cut or break the dough after step one above; 3) Always fold, knead, or stir in the same direction to lengthen the strands of protein.
To knead the dough: 1) If the dough is sticky, sprinkle the counter surface and dough completely with some additional flour. 2) Then, pull the far side of the dough over the near side, completely covering it plus some. 3) Push both wrists into the dough away from you. 4) Turn the dough by one quarter. Repeat these steps for at least 10 minutes or until very springy.
Clean the bread bowl and oil the surface. Place the dough in the bowl and cover. Let it rise for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
3) Third Rising (one hour)
Punch the dough down. Cover and let rise another 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
4) Fourth Rising (one and a half hours)
Punch the dough down. Oil the muffin pan. I use muffin pans because the serving size is perfect and there are plenty of crispy edges. Fill the muffin holes half way. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Let rise for 20 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
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
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.
ALKALIZINGAn herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
SATTVICSattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
GLUTENA constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
|Energy Vitality Strength|
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
|Heart & Circulation|
CALMS-HEARTAn 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.'
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
|Lung and Sinus|
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
PROMOTES-VIRILITYEncourages virility and potency.
PROMOTES-FERTILITYAn herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
BUILDS-SEMENHerbs that increase the production of semen, often by rebuilding fluids in general.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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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