Surviving the winter months with Ayurveda

IMG_1954The winter months in the cold weather can truly take a toll …. we’re cooped up, inundated with more than a few heavy dark days and its our nature to retreat.  Kapha season brings with it the qualities of kapha which are heavy, moist, cold, wet and dense.  If you think about the weather and what happens this time of the year (in the Northeast at least) it makes perfect sense.  The snow, the cold, the darker days of winter bring these qualities into our everyday life so its important to balance accordingly.

All too often if we’re susceptible to it this is the time of year many see excess weight gain, a tendency to hibernate and hunker down indoors foregoing their normal activities, cravings for heavy comfort foods and more sad days and depressive tendencies.    To best counter the heaviness of the season I shared a few tips at a local workshop recently and wanted to pass the information on to you as well.read more

Turmeric, the golden spice

 

I’ve been sharing this information and recipe with several people lately from friends and family to the clients I work with and it finally dawned on me that I should share it with you as well.  The more I learn about turmeric the more I realize we all can benefit from having it in our diet on a regular basis.

Known in India and Ayurveda world as the golden spice or the spice of life it has been said that is it an all purpose cleanser for the body.  Also used in Chinese Medicine turmeric is an orange/yellow root in the ginger family with the active healing ingredient curcumin.read more

Detox daily without changing your diet

meditation2We’re now well into the New Year and many who’ve made resolutions or intentions to change may be feeling a bit overwhelmed.  Making change isn’t easy.  I’ve read it takes at least 21 days to change a habit, 21 days of consistently carrying out the behavior you want to instill.  Whether you made grand plans at the start of the New Year or you’re just now feeling a change is needed maybe these simple steps will interest you.  They have made a world of difference in my life and were quite easily adopted.read more

Kale and white bean soup

I’ve always liked soup but with the colder weather I’ve been really into finding new soup recipes.  And if you’ve been around my site a bit you know I absolutely love kale.  I use it in soup, meals, salads as well as my juices but you can certainly use any dark leafy green in this recipe if kale isn’t your thing.  I’d recommend spinach or swiss chard if you’re looking for another option.

 

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Tomato soup, a creamy vegan version

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Love tomato soup? Love creamy tomato soup?  As indicated in my post from last week,  I’m incorporating warm nourishing food options so I’ve been on the hunt for some new-to-me soup recipes. read more