The magic is in the chewing.

photo (21)This time of the year is definitely the most popular for  many considering a cleanse, the start of the New Year.  Whether it is a fresh start mentality, we’ve overindulged over the holidays or we just think we should you’ll see all kinds of cleanses offered in January. Although I completely understand the desire I do think this time of the year in cold weather climates can be difficult for many body types.  There are some body compositions that just can’t take anything too harsh like complete juice or liquid cleanses and/or raw food cleanses.  If you’re a Vata dominant person you may find that too many raw. cold foods and drinks leave you feeling the same, raw and cold which then leaves your immune system vulnerable.read more

How snacking can ruin your health!

Ok, perhaps that is a bit extreme but snacking a lot throughout the day can have a drastic impact on your health. Now if you’re of the mindset that you need to eat every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism fired up, give me a minute to explain.  I imagine this is particularly disturbing to you, I know I was of the same mindset for many years.  I grazed throughout the day eating healthy meals or snacks every 2-3 hours; I did this for years until last spring.

Our digestive system is the key to our health, trust me.  When we aren’t digesting and assimilating properly we can have all sorts of problems from bloating, cramps, indigestion and acid reflux to joint pain, lethargy, skin issues, cloudy thinking and even depression.  You may be eating a clean and healthy diet but whatever your body doesn’t need and utilize remains, builds up over time and eventually becomes toxic.read more

The new superfood?

Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wah’, looks like a grain, is put into the whole grain category, but it isn’t a grain, it’s a seed.  This interesting little seed surprisingly contains so many health benefits I’m surprised more people aren’t enjoying it.  Granted I know it isn’t as convenient as slapping something onto two slices of bread but with the right planning you can enjoy quinoa easily and reap all the benefits.
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Coco, cocos here…

I  often think back to a vacation many years ago in the Bahamas.  We quickly came to know the locals that would walk the beaches along the line of  hotels and sell their trade.   The women would sell jewelry and hair-braiding while a man would yell out in a very sing-song manner, Cocos…coconuts announcing his arrival.  I watched as he opened coconuts for those who were interested making it readily accessible which was an art in and of itself.  If only I had known then what I now know of this seed, I would have enjoyed many more.

Regarded as nature’s medicine chest in India, the coconut is certainly getting a lot more attention as of late. My introduction to using coconut for health purposes was a few years ago when I began enjoying coconut water after some intense and very warm yoga sessions. Reading that it provided more hydration to the body and replaced the needed potassium and electrolytes quickly piqued my interest. As I learned Ayurveda I became more familiar with the various uses for the coconut.read more

Easy being green

In preparing for a spring cleanse to be held in a couple of weeks I compiled a few tips to help the body during the process.  Eating dark leafy greens like kale, chard, spinach and arugula is not only effective in removing excess toxins from our body but so nutritious as well.  Kale is the green I am featuring today as it has been a staple in my diet for several months now.  From sauteing and serving with eggs, juicing into a green juice or enjoying mixed into a salad it is always on the shopping list.  Kale is high in fiber, vitamin A, C and K, is rich in calcium and iron, it is high in anti-oxidants as well as anti-inflammatory nutrients as well.  We don’t hear much about vitamin K but it is one of the key nutrients that regulates our bodies’ inflammatory process.  Very important.  Kale also has a highly concentrated amount of carotenoids and flavonoids which have been tied to cancer prevention.read more