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How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain with Ayurveda

Winter is a great time of year for slowing down and taking it easy.  However, this “taking it easy” can often turn into a sluggish, sedentary lifestyle before too long.  This paired with the common factor of wintertime comfort foods (pizza, pasta, casseroles, etc) and endless holiday treats can often lead to gaining the “inevitable” ten plus pounds before springtime manifests.  Whether you are looking to lose the weight that has already been put on, or you are just looking to maintain the weight you are at, Ayurveda has many recommendations to keep the weight off all winter long!  Continue reading »

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Ayurvedic Hot Toddy Recipe

The holiday season is the time of year for friends, family, giving and gratitude.  However, it can also come with an increase in stress, exhaustion, eating and of course drinking.  One of the best ways to avoid the seemingly unavoidable holiday weight gain is to limit empty calories including alcohol.  Here is an incredible alcohol-free Ayurvedic Hot Toddy recipe, perfect for keeping you warm, boosting the digestive fire, enhancing circulation, increasing energy, and strengthening immune system throughout the winter months.     Continue reading »

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14 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

healthy holiday tipsHolidays are a special time of year for family, friends and celebration.  Unfortunately it also can be a time for over-eating, over-drinking, over-working and over-stressing.  Between the endless shopping adventures, traveling, pot-lucks and parties; one is likely to spiral themselves into a season of out-of-control food, drink and stress binge.  Continue reading »

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Do you have to be Vegetarian to have an Ayurvedic Diet?

As an Ayurvedic practitioner, I have been asked many of times about Ayurveda’s theory on eating meat.  Overall it seems commonly believed that by eating an Ayurvedic diet, one should avoid eating meat.  Although it is ultimately a personal decision, whether based on morals, personal preferences, religious ideals, or individual healthcare needs, what exactly does Ayurveda say about eating meat? Continue reading »

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Tri-doshic Mung Dahl and Quinoa Kitchari Recipe

Although Kitchari is not a necessity to have an Ayurvedic diet, it can definitely be a healthy staple for those that choose.  In fact, more days than not, I find myself creating (and craving) this dish on a daily basis.  The reason why I LOVE this dish so, is because of the versatility in taste, ingredients, and health properties that it possesses.  Kitchari can vary quite a bit in quality depending on the spices, oils, veggies, dahl and grain used.  Some Kitchari recipes may be perfect for a cleanse, while others may be more building, and therefore more useful in rejuvenation therapy.   Some may be beneficial for the Fall season and others better for Summer.  And, as you will see with this particular Kitchari recipe, some can be very sattvic (balanced) by nature, and therefore useful for all times! Continue reading »

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Basti: The Ayurvedic Enema and its Multitude of Health Benefits and Uses

If you are familiar with Ayurveda you may have heard of the term Basti.  Basti’s literal translation is “bladder”, however, the Basti therapy referred to in Ayurveda is often talking about the application of the herbal enema.  As a direct pathway into the colon, the Ayurvedic enema is very powerful for treating a number of issues and ailments, as well as cleansing toxins (ama) from the intestines.  Since the colon is the home of Vata dosha, more often than not, Basti is used to treat Vata disorders including constipation, dryness, depletion, insomnia, nervous system disorders, arthritis, osteoporosis, and the like.  Although it is considered the main treatment for Vata, different herbs and substances can be utilized to target other doshas and imbalances as well.  Continue reading »

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Top 6 Energizing Herbs to Help Kick your Caffeine Habit

Have you been wanting to give up your morning coffee, but just can’t seem to find a decent replacement for that essential jumpstart?  You may be comforted to hear that you are definitely not alone.  In fact, it is claimed that about 83% of adults in America are coffee drinkers.  It’s really no surprise with its tempting aroma, its unique taste and of course its ability to create physical energy and mental alertness almost instantly.  Unfortunately, many studies have shown the long list of negative effects that regular use of this substance will bring.  According to Ayurveda, coffee and caffeine alike are tri-doshically provoking, meaning that no matter your body type, caffeine will cause imbalance overtime (in some folks quicker than others).  Continue reading »

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