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What it’s Like to be on an Ayurvedic Diet

With all the contradictions within the media, deciding what to eat can be incredibly confusing. Some say that carbs are the root of all evil, while others claim they’re the key to longevity; many maintain that protein is necessary in high quantities, while others suggest that it causes cancer; this week eggs and soy are …

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Does Juicing Really “Detox” the Body?

Anything that promises detoxification sounds a little questionable—like products that claim to “pull toxins out of your system” or “cleanse the liver.” The body does have detoxification mechanisms that are working all the time, and both healthful eating and intermittent fasting can accelerate those processes. Several-day juice fasts are one way to tap into the …

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Perfect Salads, Made Perfectly Simple

Let’s talk about salads – the color, the crunch, an endless choice of fresh, crisp veggies. (Ok, you had me at crunch.) Eating one huge salad a day can literally change your life and make a huge difference in your overall health. Eating raw veggies does great things for your body, like helping out the …

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Healthy Grilling Tips

5 Healthy Grilling Tips

Hot weather and outdoor living means firing up the outdoor grill in many homes. Yet, before you throw that burger or steak on the barbecue, be aware research has shown that turning up the heat on meat can cause potentially cancer-causing substances to form. Meats contain several harmful elements including animal protein, arachidonic acid and …

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From Diet to Nourishment

Diet to Nourishment: An Ayurvedic Perspective

Many of us are looking to jumpstart our “summer” bodies and beings. In efforts to shift the perspective from “diet to nourishment”, I’d like to discuss the simple distinction between modern dietetics and Ayurvedic nutrition. It is the Ayurvedic perspective that “a person who eats a wholesome diet, does not require medicine, and no medicine …

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April’s Amuse Bouche: An Agni-Supporting Ayurvedic Salad

  Ayurveda tells us that spring it’s a good time to cleanse the body and reignite the digestive fire (agni). This salad is sure to get the job done. Each ingredient in this recipe is unique in its properties and actions. Combined, these substances produce a synergistic effect. Here are some of the amazing benefits …

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This Barley Soup Will Nourish You on the Cusp of Kapha Season

Kapha season, or Vasant Ritu, is spring time—a time of year when the earth can be heavy and soggy from the spring rains and the winter snow melting. Our bodies tend to mimic what goes on in nature. In spring, we may feel this heaviness and wetness manifest in us as weight gain, bloating, lethargy, …

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Ayurveda Yam Recipe

Staying Rooted with Comfort Food: Yams Two Ways

Stay warm and grounded If there’s one thing that can bring us back to a fond memory or comforting feeling, it’s an aroma. Of the five tanmatras (senses-hearing, touch, sight, taste, smell) of Ayurveda, the sense of smell corresponds to the earth element and nose. So it stands to reason that root vegetables, such as …

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Ayurveda Farro Bowl

Farro, Mushroom, & Walnut Bowl

Featuring farro for winter warmth As we head into winter (Vata season), the elements of air and space become more abundant. Vata’s qualities are cold, light, dry, rough, mobile, and erratic. Applying the opposite qualities offers support for staying in balance throughout the winter season. Therefore, you may find yourself in need of heavier, more …

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Thyme Ayurveda Bowl

Shallot, Fennel, Thyme & Quinoa Bowl

“Thyme” for the seasons to shift Eating seasonally is very important, and there are still plenty of delicious herbs and vegetables coming in fresh at this time of year. Take advantage of the deliciousness before “thyme” runs out, and the selection of herbs and vegetables diminish in winter.   A pungent herb, thyme is beneficial …

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