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.
There is a lot of controversy around the effect of legumes on our digestive system and health in general. Some people and traditions recommend making it the core of your diet while lots of paleo folks and functional medicine practitioner advise to shun away from them. I personally, still keep lentils in my diet 2-3 times per week. But since each body is different and each digestive system is different, I want to help you make the right decision for your body.
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.
We are great at setting goals, we are good at creating a vision, but not many of us rely on actions and behavior change to bring forth what we desire. Rarely do we turn to examine our surroundings – the environment that we live in. In this particular situation I want to talk about the influence of the environment on our health.
Our digestion determines the health of each cell in our body. Strong efficient digestion equals great energy, glowing skin, deep sleep, and good mood. Bad digestion leads to low energy, breakouts, poor sleep, mood swings.
Interview with Cate Stillman of Yoga Healer
We tend to idealize people, theories, and traditions and try to copy them to our life. This happens with ayurveda a lot. Breaking tradition is looked down upon.
I usually try to avoid a topic of weight loss on my blog because I full-heatedly believe that weight loss is a side effect of kind and intelligent choices that we make in relationship to one self. Once you are in full integrity with your values and your desires, weight will slide off of you because you won’t need hiding anymore. Your behaviors will support a healthy weight, not force it.
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.
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!