I remember when I was little, living in Tehran, our lives as children were simple and empty of most gift giving, toys and stuff in general. I think it was like that in most places but specially in that decade when there was war between my country and a next door country, we were considered lucky if we got our bottle of milk every morning! Let alone luxury of having stuff. When it was our New Year celebration, once a year, on the first day of spring equinox, we would receive money that was carefully placed in-between pages of an old Hafez or Rumi book for months and blessed by our grandparents. Once you were lucky enough to receive this precious, blessed abundance you were then told to save it for future education!! I am not saying that was right or wrong, trust me, it made many of us want materialistic stuff we could not have then...I do believe there must a balance.
Now that I am 37, living in a consumerist western country, I can not help but reflect back on what it means to celebrate...
Fall marks a time of coming together and tending the hearth if you allow the season to draw you inward. Fall brings new reverence for the familiar, and to re-establishing routines. You may experience a sense of nostalgia as fall's immanence dances in the air. If you resist this inward pull, you may feel scattered and anxious (Vata season) as you ease your way back into the world of responsibility. The winds of change are blowing. And keeping in mind where we live, you might begin thinking about winter preparations. Traditionally, fall is a practical time of year to line up your ducks in a row before the long, hard winter. Healthwise, supporting your body in September is essential to strong immunity and resilience all winter long.
September comes as a surprise and shock to your system as winds pick up and temperatures fluctuate. The days are noticeably shorter, with less humidity in the air. Change is in the air, which always aggravates Vata. Altogether, these have the characteristics o...
The summer has definitely begun! This year in Ontario, it took a long time to see it coming but finally it is here. The heat outside is unbearable!! So how do you take care of yourself beyond the iced lemonade?!
The heat and humidity of early summer is especially challenging to Pitta Kapha individuals (like myself). As muggy as it is outside, your body is experiencing the same "weather" internally. The heat and moisture naturally present in Pitta and Kapha constitutions leads to swelling and puffiness in June. Heat dilates blood vessels, causing water retention in Kapha individuals. Fungal and parasite infections thrive in this climate. Read on to find out how to address this.
End of spring, beginning of summer purges the last bit of water from the body as the weather really heats up. While Vata's dryness leaves them especially prone to dehydration, everyone needs to be mindful of water intake and electrolyte balance. Though there's lots of heat and moisture in the air, sweat easily pour...
Spring is time of growth, nature comes back to life and we are surrounded by lively, fresh leafy greens that even grow as weed in our gardens!! (dandelions)
So here is a quick way to mix the leafy greens such as kale with sweet potatoes to create a grounding balance to the airiness of the greens, combined with all the spices you have yourself a stabilizing, yet light and nourishing meal.
Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, which means these roots can satisfy the appetite for long stretches of time. Unlike white potatoes, sweet potatoes are light on your stomach, and recommended for weight loss while still being nourishing. Sweet potatoes won't make you feel tired like white potatoes either. The addition of healthy fats in the form of ghee adds strength and vigor to this dish yet keeping it light for all 3 doshas to enjoy.
This recipe is so warming and hearty, perfect for a chilly winter evening. As winter arrives, vata or air element becomes dominant in our environment, so choosing opposite qualities such as warmth and unctuous helps ground the vata. It’s full of warming spices, garlic, chickpeas, mushrooms, lemon juice and carrots which simmer in a beautiful coriander infused tomato sauce. I love serving this with quinoa or brown rice to make it extra satisfying but it’s delicious just on it’s own too as it’s bursting with flavour!
-- 8 carrots
– 3 boxes of mushrooms (about 30 mushrooms/850g)
– 3 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
– 2 400g tins of chickpeas
– 600ml of boiling water
– 7 tablespoons of tomato puree
– a big handful of coriander, about 50g
– 2 lemons plus 3 more to serve
– 4 teaspoons of turmeric
– 4 teaspoons of cumin power
– 3 teaspoons of ground chilli
– 3 cloves of garlic
Start by peeling the carrots, then chop them into pieces. Cut the mushrooms into thin slices.
This lightly spiced drink (which is similar in flavour to chai) is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, thanks to a dose of peppery turmeric. A touch of honey adds just the right amount of sweetness, while the ginger and black pepper add a little heat.
Makes 2 cups
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage or almond milk. Traditionally cow milk is used, but, please make sure the milk is non-homogonized and from the happy farm if you use.