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!
Guest blog post from Adena Rose Ayurveda
When you choose kale you probably feel that you are making an ultimately healthy choice. Kale packs the punch when it comes to benefits, and has done so for 2,000 years.Kale is known as one of the earliest vegetables cultivated by man. It was a hit among ancient Greeks and Romans as much as it is now in farm to table restaurants. Yes, you are eating the same food as Julius Caesar. (Take that friends that try to argue kale’s recent time in the limelight.) Early settlers from the British Isles brought kale and collards to America, probably in the late 1600s. In the nineteenth century, Scotland Kail was used as a common term for dinner and many Scottish kitchens featured a Kail Pot.We keep turning to this vibrant vegetable to nutrition and taste (if you know how to prepare it well).
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.
You may think I have always lived a perfect health coach life, drinking green juices and sucking on chia seeds (if you don’t know what these are — stay tuned!) But I’ll be honest with you: it took me the longest time to learn how to put myself first. And even after I did, the recent book launch got the best out of me.
When I started doing yoga as a 12 year old and entertained myself with the idea of reaching enlightenment by the time I grow up, the idea of proper diet was starting to take a firm hold in my mind. Yogic texts that I read spoke about a pure sattvic diet that was mandatory for a true yogi. Meat, animal flesh, eggs were considered dull, heavy, impure. They were not supposed to be on a yogi’s menu.
It’s been 5 days since I got back from my Panchakarma retreat at the Ayurvedic Institute in NM. Panchakarma is a traditional ayurvedic detoxification program. It includes a specific diet, treatments, and an herb regimen.The goal is to help the body get rid of the waste and come back into balance.
What do you think would happen if you gave up your rules around food? What if you ate what you wanted, when you wanted, as much as you wanted and exercised also only when you felt like it? Do you think you would turn into a fat immobile pumpkin? Would you be brave enough to ever see what would actually happen?
A lot of my clients and friends find Ayurveda very intuitive once they start studying it. However, applying it to daily life, especially cooking and eating can be a bit overwhelming at first. Don’t worry, it gets much easier with time!
1 out of every 3 people experiences some sort of digestive unease on a daily basis. It ranges from an unpleasant heavy feeling, to bloating, to heartburn, to acid reflux, pain, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, burping or distension. None of these are pleasant. Most of them can have a negative effect on the way we spend our day, what we accomplish and how we feel about our body.