Monthly Archives: June 2017

Qualities of Pitta

 

In Ayurveda, one of the main rules is “like increases like” and so we will look at the
qualities of the dosha and use the opposite to stay balanced.

Pitta qualities are hot, sharp, slightly oily, smooth and mobile.

To stay balanced, pitta will use the opposite qualities which are cool, calm, soothing,
slightly dry and grounding.

Please note  “cooling” does not mean ice cold. It means comfy cool. A pitta would enjoy a lukewarm or cool bath, but if it’s way freezing, it will shock our bodies and constrict channels and probably piss off a pitta. In addition to their bodies, pittas need to keep their mind cool to prevent getting hot-headed or overly stressed.

Too hot for pitta in summer

Red meat, yogurt, sour fruits, super-spicy foods, peppers, fermented or pickled foods, excess salt, tomato-based foods and alcohol. Exercising mid-day in the sun. Hot yoga. Sun-bathing.

Cooling & perfect for pitta in summer

Sweet fruits, ghee, fresh vegetables, cottage or mozzarella cheese, cool pasta salads, ice cream, coconut water, pomegranate juice, mint tea. Exercising early morning. Most yoga. Sitting in the shade and enjoying down time.

For even more tips on pitta dosha and pitta season, get the free Pitta Seasonal Bloom download here.

I am pitta!

Cereal For Dinner?

I would love to know who’s had cereal for dinner in the past week. Anyone? Confession: Me me, I had cereal tonight!

We are full into pitta season. Long days, lots of sun and heat begin to increase pitta’s fire in each of us. So when it comes to meals we are probably not reaching for spicy chili, heavy rice dishes, or mashed potatoes. Nope, that stuff feels too heavy and warm for us. So, we might crave something light and sweet, like cereal!

While your mom may have said that cereal is not a good dinner, I’ll tell you that cereal is actually not a bad dinner during summer! It’s light and easy to digest. The milk has a cooling effect on the body (plus, liquid calms down fire), it’s a mild laxative, and instantly calms stress and anxiety. The cereal is dry and light, so it soaks up any excess oils and heat. Both cereal and milk have what is a “sweet taste” in Ayurveda which is the best taste to balance pitta.

SEE?! Don’t you feel better? Craving cereal in summer is not strange, it’s totally natural! Our bodies call for exactly what we need. Next time you get a craving for cereal for dinner, check the weather because I bet it was a warm day

*Choose cereals wisely. Fruit Loops, Cap’n Crunch, Coco Pebbles and the like are FULL of sugar, which will jack you up and crash you down! No bueno! When in doubt, shop the natural foods section of the grocery store. You mostly can’t go wrong at Trader Joe’s too :) 

Change your energy

Our energy is a CHOICE. If you don’t love your day yet, you have all the power to change it in an instant. One of the best things I suggest to people is to move their physical bodies. Action transforms things. When we are transforming we are changing, and when we change with the right mindset, we can jump up quickly to a higher level of positivity.

This requires MOVING your body. Again, it’s action that will move you to higher ground.

Ideas on how to change your energy:

Get up, move. Touch your toes. Reach for the sky! Swirl your hips in a circle. Neck rolls! Clasp hands in front, then clasp hands behind. Take 10 deep, long inhales and exhales. Turn on a great music playlist. Do 20 squats. Drink a big glass of water. Give someone a big, sincere smile. Say “Thank you!” for anything and everything you possibly can. Find someone and say, “You rock. I appreciate you because fill-in-blank!” Go for a walk. Skip! Clap your hands! Sit for a 5-minute meditation. Make a gratitude list.

Next time you find yourself not loving the day, it probably has to do with the energy you are putting into it than the energy you are gleaning from it. The more we complain, the worse we feel. So stop that! haha. Eek!! Sorry but it’s kinda true! I don’t say that out of judgement, I say that coming from a place of empowerment. Don’t let your day take you for a ride, be the boss of your day. Change your energy. Own it and change it to a positive ANY time!! *raaawwwr*

Don’t over think your food.

You guys, one of the worst things we can do for our digestion is to fear, judge, or second guess the foods we are eating. That kind of worry will cause maldigestion before the food even hits our tongue. Why? Because the mind is so powerful! Let’s stop judging our food and take a second to enjoy it, savor it. If a certain food doesn’t bode well with you, leave it alone, no matter who else is eating it. Your body! Your life! Your choices.

I give 3 takeaways in this video on how to ENJOY your food and stop over thinking it!

xo