Recently I shared a sneak peak of my postpartum meal plan and asked if it would be helpful for any of you to see it. Since quite a few expressed interest I’m sharing the first 10 days and some basic ideas it is based on so you can adapt it to your own liking.
These unconventional tips are pulled from several of my favorite disciplines: Ayurveda – an ancient Indian science of life and health, Mindfulness – a practice of awareness that is extremely helpful in getting to know one’s body, emotions, and triggers on a much deeper level, and psychology.
You can live you life trying to prevent downward movement: trying to prevent feeling bad, sick, depressed, or fat. Most likely it will involve trying to figure out what you can get away with without the unpleasant consequences. So if you are trying to avoid feeling bloated, you will try to figure out what you can get away with without feeling bloated. Or if you are trying not to gain weight, you will try to pin point what you can get away with without extra pounds adding up.
A few days ago, I emailed you an article with my reflection of freedom and discipline in regards to food. This question even though it may seem just philosophical, touches our lives on a daily basis. Do you discipline yourself in regards to food or not? Do you create boundaries for yourself with alcohol, work, time spent online or can you trust yourself to live without forced boundaries. What about disciplining your children, people who work for you, and even your pets? What is better?
If you have been following my newsletters you know that this year has been full of studying for me. A year long clinical nutrition mentorship program with Liz Lipski (PhD in Clinical Nutrition and the author of the must read Digestive Wellness) and a year of deepening my Ayurveda knowledge with Vaidya Atreya Smith. While both approaches to healing have a lot in common, they have quite a few differences.
With warm weather upon us my chocolate cravings have been long gone. I always felt that the warming treat has its place in colder months but that it was completely out of place for my Pitta nature in the summer. Also the more present I become in my body, the more sensitive I am to the stimulating nature of chocolate ( I am talking about the really dark varieties without processed sugar. In milk chocolate with lots of processed ingredients, the stimulating effect can come mostly from sugar, not the cacao itself. The quality of that stimulation will be very different).
This is a guest blog post by Andrea Nakayama. I think many of you suffering from fatigue, bloating, constipation, dull mood or grey-ish skin will learn a lot from it!
Summer is the time of play and fun but what I am hearing from many of my clients and readers is that you are too tired to enjoy it. Your energy is low and you would rather stay at home and watch TV because going outside is tiring.
You must’ve heard it from your trainer, read in every magazine, and saw multiple experts talk about the importance of consuming enough protein for a healthy and slim body. It seems that without sufficient amount of protein our body’s metabolism slows down, energy level drops, weightloss becomes impossible, and we turn into weaklings. Protein is an essential nutrient that plays a key role in how our bodies function. Protein provides building blocks for body tissue, and can also serve as a fuel source.
I know that most of you haven’t touched fast food in years but we still have family members or friends who do it. Whether we like it or not, we grow as a society, not just as an individual. The health and mental clarity of those around has a direct impact on our well-being and happiness.