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...
1 tablespoon organic tangerine peel (orange can be substituted)
¼ cup blanched almonds, chopped
¼ cup date sugar (or less)
Chop the dates finely. Mix the dates, water, syrup, vanilla, and tangerine peel in a small heavy skillet and cook over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until all the water has evaporated off and the dates are a thick mass. The thicker it is, the easier it is to work. Stir in the almonds and let cool. When cool, form into 1 inch balls (you can grease your hands with a bit of ghee, but basically you’re going to get sticky with these). Roll the balls in date sugar (to get them dry enough to serve).
2 cups whole milk (non-pastarized) or coconut milk
½ cup raisins
½ cup blanched almonds or almonds and pecans
4 tablespoons ghee
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
15 to 20 threads of saffron
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Grind the nuts in a blender into a fine powder. Wash and grate the butternut squash. Saute the butternut
in 2 tablespoons of ghee, just enough to coat it. Stir in the milk and raisins.
Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking pan or iron skillet and transfer the mixture to it. Cover and bake for 40 to 55 minutes or until all the milk is absorbed. If you need to, uncover the halva in the last 10 minutes of baking to allow the milk to dry. When all the milk is absorbed, stir in the rest of the ghee, nutmeal, cardamom, and saffron. Press back into a flattened shape. Add sweetener (such as brown rice syrup) if desired. Cut in small pieces and serve.
Pitta: Pacifies Pitta mainly because Asparagus is a blood cleansing vegetable and the blood is a pitta tissue.
Kapha: Pacifies kapha
2 c ASPARAGUS
1/4 tsp BLACK PEPPER
1 tsp CUMIN
2 tbsp GHEE
1/4 whole LEMON
1 c RISOTTO
2 pinch SAFFRON
1/2 tsp SALT (MINERAL SALT)
Grind saffron with a mortar and pestle. Place a few drops of water and continue grinding until saffron is completely dissolved. Let sit ten minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate pot bring 1 quart of water to a boil and set aside. Clean and dice asparagus. Sautee the cumin seeds in ghee in a large pot.
Add risotto, asparagus and other ingredients to the cumin while the seeds are still aromatic, before they begin to brown. Sautee for an additional 30 seconds. Add 1c of boiling water and lower heat to a simmer. Continue adding 1c of boiling water from the other pot every five minutes.
I know I love my one drink of coffee a day, I love the taste but sometimes this interrupts my Data Doshas by aggravating and over stimulating the nerves fo me. If you are the same this recipe is for you.
Coffee is stimulating and depleting, but adding butter & coconut oil can help mitigate the harmful effects of coffee. Grass-fed butter and nourishing coconut oil contain stable, healthy saturated fats that soothe your nerves and help protect your stomach lining from acidic coffee. Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants, but is also a very strong stimulant and is therefore only recommended on occasion in Ayurveda. Body-Kind Coffee is one of the few ways that Vata-types can safely enjoy a cup of coffee with getting over-stressed and depleting their adrenals. Grass-fed, organic butter (the kind that is very yellow) is rich in Vitamin A, which is a key for adrenal and thyroid health.
The good fats have the ability to balance the Doshas and kindle the Agni or fire of your digestion. The car...
Healthy eating feels like a luxury when you're on the go. The drive-thru can be a tempting option when you are running around town with a hungry belly. Fortunately, there are satisfying and healthy ways to nourish yourself when life gets busy. This month I will be adding some helpful tips on this blog. But let's begin with this tasty smoothie.
Normally in Ayurveda smoothies and cold foods are not recommended for Vata and Kapha types but since we are in the Pitta season it is safe to assume this balancing recipe will be beneficial for all types of doshas.
One of the most important things to remember in making smoothies is not to combine too many ingredients and definitely not to combine the "incompatible foods". These foods include mixing of any kind of fruits with veggies. So stay clear with using one or another and only one or two main ingredients mixed with a good source of fat like coconut oil or almond butter (for the summer is great) or ghee (for all doshas and all seasons).
Most of us know turmeric (Curcuma longa) as the vibrant orange powder, by now, we have all heard about the many benefits of this root. And many of us use turmeric root powder in our cooking, particularly if we have an affinity for preparing Indian-inspired dishes. Similar to the root-like component of its cousin ginger, turmeric has been a staple of Indian food traditions for millennia and has a long history of healing use (over 4000 years) in Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese, and Siddhic medicinal traditions.
Turmeric’s role in Hindu devotional and sacred ceremonies is alluded to by one of its Sanskrit names: Kanchani, the “Golden Goddess,” perhaps so called because its beautiful golden hue generously bestows healing to a wide range of ailments.
Today, I am going to share an even more healing version of this Golden Goddess as lately I have seen in many of my clients the need for rejuvenation! It has been a long, cold, dark winter up here in the northern hemisphere.
Ayurvedic Date Shake. Cooler weather creates a stronger appetite. An Ayurvedic date shake is a fantastic and filling snack. Date shakes are easy to make, boost energy levels, and nourish the bone and muscle tissue.
Date With Tahini
5 dates, pitted
1 ½ cups (non-homoganized or raw) cow, almond, or coconut milk warmed up
1 tbsp tahini
¼ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
This shake is perfect for vata types because it warms their delicate body type and calms an overactive mind. Tahini is high in protein and rich in calcium, potassium, Vitamin B and iron. Cinnamon improves circulation, which tends to run low in vata types. And vanilla has a relaxing effect on the mind.