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Tuesday Tip #20: Winter Blues

Feeling a little slow, sluggish, heavy, or cloudy? Is getting out of bed a process that involves hitting the snooze button a few more times than usual? It’s completely normal. The past few months, we have been replenishing the earth and water elements with us—hibernating a bit more, basking in the indoors, and eating rich foods. Ahhh…the joys of Fall and Winter. Now, we are transitioning into Spring, the time for re-birth. During this time, earth and water predominate the air, bringing with it their heavy, wet, and cold qualities. In combination with all the earth and water energy we accumulated during the past season, we are now overflowing in it. What was nourishing us last season, is now weighing us down. Some of us, especially those with more kapha qualities, can feel like we are swimming in sludge. Trying to move through and beyond the heavy, moist, wet, cloudy, mucous-y substance. Like the seed attempting to sprout and pop-up through the soil, for a little sunshine. We too need to pop-up and utilize all the energy we acquired in the Fall and …

Coconut-y Summertime Daal #chitchaatchai

5 Tips on How to Make Lentils Digestion Friendly

Lentils are a rich source of fiber, protein and minerals, but as nutritious as they are, lentils are a gas (vata) producing food. Not fun for the digestive process and for those with vata imbalances. According to Ayurveda, healthy digestion is essential for good heath. If we are unable to digest, we’re likely in-digesting. Overtime, indigestion can lead to the accumulation of ama or toxins.  Eventually, this build-up can lead to disease. To prevent ama or toxins, one thing we can do is ensure our food, in this case, lentils, are digestion-friendly. Lentils are astringent in taste and are primarily comprised of air + earth. The combination of these two elements makes lentils heavy, cold and drying.  However, when cooked properly and combined with digestive spices, we can reap the nutritional benefits of lentils without the digestive issues. Here’s 5 tips on how to make your favorite lentil dishes digestion-friendly

Tuesday Tip #18: Preventing Colds

Prevention, prevention, prevention. It’s all about prevention! We spend so much time fighting agains colds, let’s try and prevent them from occurring in the first place. We have the power, it just requires the will to adjust our lifestyle and align to the season. Mantra: Like attracts like, opposites decrease Here’s 4 tips to help get on the prevention path: #1 What are you eating & drinking? New season, new qualities in the air means adjusting the diet to harmonizes with the nature and prevent seasonal imbalances. Using the mantra above, reflect on what you eat—is the texture or quality similar to that of a cold? I.E. is it heavy, gooey, mucousy, cold, sticky? If so, reduce these foods and increase foods that are lighter, moist, warm, and liquidy. #2 Keep it moving. With winter comes cuddle time—in front of the fireplace, staring at the christmas tree or snuggling up on the couch with a good book or film. Its time to hibernate—right? Wrong! That’s your mind speaking, your body needs to move so it can generate …

Tuesday Tip #17: 5 Senses-Eating

In a couple days, here in the U.S., we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday that brings people together to share a meal, laugh, and reconnect with loved ones. It’s also a time to recognize and be grateful for all the gifts we have in our lives. While Thanksgiving is a joyous day, it can lead to overindulgence. Where we tend to please our mind and emotions and often tune out the needs of our body. Transforming active, joyous energy to lethargy. On this day, how do we walk away from the table feeling mentally and emotionally happy while our body still feels energetic with room to digest all the nourishment it just received.  One practice is connecting the mind and the emotions with the body through actively engaging the five senses. In using our senses to direct our mind and emotions towards love and appreciation, prior to taking the first bite, can help bring us into the moment. Focusing our attention towards the gift of a meal and helping to prevent mindless eating. The practice also prepares the body, allowing digestion to begin and release digestive juices prior to even the first bite. Combined …

5 Tips on How to Prevent a White Coated Tongue

This image is a mirror image taken from Ayurveda, The Science of Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad Ever wonder why one day your tongue is red and other days it has a white coating? The tongue is a wealth of knowledge. Looking at a patients tongue is common practice in Ayurveda. It can give clues on mental, emotional and physical health through its size, shape, contour, texture, surface and color. A white-coating often indicates ama or toxins (toxins) in the body related to a kapha imbalance. Suggesting an accumulation of excess mucus, heavy foods, phelgm, sugar or undigested food. Here’s 5 tips on how to prevent a white-coated tongue or help reduce the white coating: 

Tuesday Tip #15: Gassy?

Do you feel the gassy after a meal? Or randomly during the day? Do you feel gassy more often than not—especially in the Fall? Gas and flatulence are related to a vata imbalance. It’s an indication that there is a disturbance in the colon—the main seat of vata dosha. Excess gas is something we are all vulnerable to at some time or another. In Ayurveda, gas and flatulence is due to excess amount of air+ether in the colon. During the Fall season, when vata dosha predominates, imbalances in the colon can become more common. Here’s 9 tips to help aide and prevent gas and flatulence.