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).
Over the past year I have been diving deeper in studying ayurveda and doing a mentorship program in Clinical Nutrition with Liz Lipski. Both programs have been so extensive and time-consuming that I haven’t really shared much of what I have been learning with you. Lots of things learned and lots more to learn. So much that I don’t even know what to start with…
Acting in the world of uncertainty: What to do and what to eat when contradicting theories are confusing the hell out of you
Yesterday while lounging outside with interesting books my husband asked me: “Did you know that only 4% of the universe is covered with matter that we understand and the rest is dark matter?”
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!
Cacao, spiced apple cider, and pumpkin spice lattes… Mmm… Halloween week (yes, this year it is actually seems to be a week-long celebration!) is here along with its colorful multitude of sugary treats and fall-inspired drinks. While ghouls and goblins might be scared away by half-naked girls running around the Halloween party circuit here in New York City, us yogis and health warriors are probably scared of falling out of sync with our wellness routines — which is, unfortunately, often a consequence of the upcoming holidays.
We were sitting at a beautifully set round tables, outside with a sun setting over the Rocky Mountains of Arizona, clean warm air, happy people all around chattering away and eating while we got completely carried away in the conversation about a strange forbidden topic – human poop.
Browsing Pinterest, you’re excited to find a recipe for a raw pizza, made with a nut crust and topped with nut cheese and vegetables. This may be a good substitute for the original gluten- and dairy-based version, but did you know that one slice of raw vegan pizza contains 36 g of fat and 416 calories? A slice of Domino’s cheese pizza, according to the Domino’s website, by comparison, contains 1.5-4.5 g of fat and 120-130 calories.
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).
Should You Try Low Carb Paleo Diet to Reduce Inflammation, Alleviate Depression and Help Weight Loss?
I am sure you’ve heard about the benefits of a low carb paleo diet or a ketogenic diet (they are not necessarily the same, but one can get to ketosis on a low carb paleo diet. However, not all ketogenic diets are paleo). If haven’t heard about the fascinating research about ketogenic diets and brain function, you can read about how it came to life and how it was used here.