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How much bad food can I eat?

When taking to someone recently about Ayurvedic nutrition, they posed the question, “But like, so…how much bad food can I eat?”

First of all in Ayurveda, there are no “bad” foods. It depends on who is eating the food, when, how much, what the state of their agni is, and their frame of mind.

For her, I answered with, “If you eat foods that come from nature and are balancing for your dosha 90% of the time, you can screw up the other 10% of the time without noticing much.” And I believe that is true. I’ve always said cupcakes and a glass of wine are to be enjoyed on rare occasions because life is to be celebrated! I still agree with that. But cupcakes and wine as a regular practice is no bueno. We are going to see it on our skin, bods and feel it in our minds and rocky emotions.

So recently I have been seeing these “food prep” videos in my Facebook feed. You know the ones where the video goes real fast and they make a meal in 10 seconds? Yeah those. So, I saw one with a pudding pie with graham cracker crust and thick chocolate coating the top and then sliced and served as huge pieces. There was also a meat, tater tot, cheesy casserole thing. On a different comment string, someone admitted to eating cream soup out of the can (cold) and putting cheez-its on top (what the fruit?!)! And I thought, “OMG…this is “food” they eat on a regular basis!? I have lots to teach!”

Then, I came back to that question,”But like, so, how much bad food can I eat?” And it hit me, why would we want to eat “bad” food if the good stuff makes us feel so good? Why bother? If we are already not feeling good, why do we choose the chili in a can, pudding pies, sodas, chocolates, burgers n’ fries on a regular basis?

Conversely, if we are eating awesome foods and feeling awesome, why not do that all the time?

Some things to consider…if we are confused about what to eat and screw up, that’s one thing. Or, if we are unaware of foods that are truly good for us, that’s another. If we lack time, sure, I’ll give us that.

But, inside each of us we have a POWER to make great decisions for ourselves over and over.

If we already know which foods make us feel awesome, then eat them again and again. Leave the rest alone. You guys, THAT is what this “living healthy” thing is all about. So sure, screw up 10% of the time and it’s fine — I do too! I like wine and cupcakes! I hold no judgements.

But I am curious. We know that food affects our mood and decisions, so if we are in a groove eating 90% of all the right things, why even bother with the 10%? Ego perhaps? Ego says, “I love the taste of that and I want more!” Maybe? Ego is attached to the senses which makes us crave stuff to please our senses or our physical body. Our goal is to transcend that — to go beyond the ego/senses and reach our buddhi, which is our wisdom. If we listen, our buddhi will never steer us wrong, not even 10% of the time.

So come on, use the power of your Ayurvedic knowledge and the power of your buddhi (wisdom!) to start creating your best life. You deserve 100% of it, not just 90%. Food for thought ;) xo!

 

 

Pitta Seasonal Bloom 2016

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Pitta season is in full swing — it’s SUMMER time! Summer means sun, summer rain, sweat, swimming pools, popsicles, watermelon, bare feet, vacation, sun hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and…go find shade! There is so much to look forward to and I’m excited to share my Pitta Seasonal Bloom download with you!

Why is seasonal balance important in Ayurveda? Remember our Ayurvedic foundation, “like increases like.” Which means when the elements/doshas are dominant in us AND in nature, they can overflow and create imbalance in us. When we are imbalanced we start to feel like crud and if we feel like crud for too long, eventually we will notice physical ailments in our bodies or minds. SO! The goal in Ayurveda is to avoid feeling like crud and live optimally by staying in harmony with nature instead of working against it.

Pitta seasonal bloom has loads of diet & lifestyle tips for your mind, body and spirit. Here’s to a happy and healthy summer! *clink!*

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