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How to make Ayurvedic meals for a family

question_masthead Monica B, I don’t know how to make an Ayurvedic meal for my entire family when we all have different doshas. I’m so confused!

Many of you have confusion around this and I think you will be happily surprised with the answer. 

How to make Ayurvedic meals for a family?

You don’t. (mmwaahahahaha evil laugh)
You make one meal that includes all six tastes.
Then, each person builds their plate differently (<—see examples) according to their doshas.

It’s important to know the six tastes: Sweet, Salty, Sour, Pungent, Bitter, Astringent

But, don’t over-complicated it by worrying about which family members the tastes will benefit the most. You’ll go nuts. Instead, just include all the tastes in the meal the best you can. A good rule of thumb is to bring in various colors and textures from vegetables and grains into each meal. Like, sneak them in! Top of my mind when I make dinner is, “How many veggies sneak I get into this meal somehow?” and “Could I sprinkle this with parsley (bitter) or cilantro (astringent) or grind a little lemon pepper (pungent) on it?” The more colorful the meal is, the more likely it is well-rounded in tastes. If the meal is all brown or gray, you’re missing some tastes (and probably prana too).

In my book, In Your Elements, I walk through each taste in detail, how to build our plates and the spices in your ayurvedic pantry. I highly recommend the book if you want to know more in-depth!

If you just want some good, quick advice then maybe the most important thing to remember is, don’t stress about it being “Ayurvedic”! Food is food. Don’t mix fruit & dairy, don’t eat yogurt. That’s about all the rules I have for beginners.

Here are some examples of meals I make (they are not Ayurvedically perfect, I just do my best)

Meal 1 – Pesto pasta & vegetables: Pesto pasta (the pesto has 5 tastes in it). Serve with a side of baby colorful heirloom tomatoes cut in 1/2, sprinkle with a little black pepper. Optional to add another steamed-but-still-crunchy veggie like green beans, snap peas or red bell pepper.
Meal 2 – Veggie tacos: Sauteéd zucchini spears (bonus points for sauteéing in ghee), red & yellow peppers served on warm corn tortillas. Add a sprinkle of cumin, himalayan salt and black pepper. Top with your favorite taco toppings including hot sauce, avocado, cilantro leaves, grated cheese or sour cream (dosha depending). Enjoy black beans and rice as a side.
Meal 3 – Lemon pepper chicken & rice & steamed veg. Sautee chicken in olive oil or butter grind a generous amount of lemon pepper on it. Serve with fresh basmati or jasmine rice and your favorite steamed veggie. Easy!

I hope this helps.

Get the download for details on these recipes, how to build your plate, and more!

21 Days of Ayurveda!

 

Join me LIVE on Facebook at 11am Pacific time from July 7 thru July 27!

I will be sharing 10 minutes of Ayurvedic teachings each day, which is an absolute JOY for me and should be super helpful for you to start bringing more Ayurveda into your daily practice.

If you want to see me LIVE, you must do these 2 steps:
1)
 Like my Facebook page: HeyMonicaB
2) IMPORTANT: select the drop down next to “following” and check “see first.” Facebook only shows content to 6% or less of the audience who like the page, UNLESS you check “see first.” Then you’re good. If you skip this step, I can’t reach you. *sad trombone*

YAY! I can’t wait to see your shining faces there and await all your awesome comments and questions for me to ponder. XOXO!

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 :) 

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

2017 Kapha Seasonal Bloom

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Woohoo! 2017 Kapha Seasonal Bloom is ready for ya! Download your copy today to enjoy and learn all about kapha dosha, kapha people, and kapha season.

Those of you who live in cold climates could not be happier to see kapha enter in! Tulip and daffodil leaves start poking up through the snow, limey green buds pop up on the trees, snow and rain does this lovely dance which makes…slush. Ha! But it’s good! Nature is thawing and creation is happening. The brisk, bitter, and dry cold from vata season begins to soften and mellow to welcome the life and freshness of spring.

We begin daydreaming about vacation and are excited to plan some R&R. Our bodies crave warmth as we eye up the sundresses and flip flops at Target — and maybe smell the sunscreen just for fun! Inspiration to buy new stuff and throw out half of the uninspiring things that we currently own does not feel like an impulse as much as it feels like a necessity. We have an overall sense of renewal, creation, and happiness. And finally, we might feel like slowing down to enjoy the ride a bit more and maybe take the long way home. Sauntering never felt so good. YAY! Kapha is here!

Imbalancing for KAPHA: Yogurt, ice cream, cheeses, heavy comfort foods, fried foods, red meat, fish, salts, sugars. A sedentary lifestyle. Having too much stuff. Eating large portions late in the evening. Carrying old, negative emotions, grief or sadness.

Balancing for KAPHA: Vegetarian or vegan diet, apples, pears, berries, lentils and dahls, brothy and spicy soups, barley, rice, rice noodles. Zumba or dance class with a buddy. Clear out cluttered spaces. Saying no. Expressing your desires. Release old emotions that don’t serve you. Skip dinner at least once a week. Citrus scents. Bright colored clothes. Get outside once a day and walk. Uplifting beauty, such as a vase of flowers.

For so much more on kapha dosha and kapha season, enjoy the free download of the 2017 Kapha Seasonal Bloom. And! If it has served you, share it!! It takes a village to share Ayurveda (it really does! Way back 5,000 years ago, they did the same!) in an effort for ALL of us to live abetter. So, if you benefited from it, do me a favor and share this with 3 people, especially your beloved kaphas.

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What IS Ayurveda?

I’ve been writing about Ayurveda for 8.5 years now and have watched it grow rapidly. I’d like to take a step back for a second and answer the question, “What is Ayurveda?”

When I started heymonicab.com in 2008, I would say, “I study and teach Ayurveda” and nobody had a clue what I was talking about. But now I say, “I teach Ayurveda! Have you heard of it?” They say, “Yes! I’ve heard of it.” I respond with, “Do you know what it is?” And they usually say something like, “Mehhh, kinda? No, not really…” This funny looking word has gone from something nobody knew about to something that people now recognize. It’s not quite so foreign anymore!

This is where I come in. If people are able to recognize it now, they’re ready for more information. I created this video to answer the question, “What is Ayurveda?” to give the newbies a broad idea of what it’s all about. Enjoy!

3 Ayurvedic Tips to Help Overcome Emotional Eating

Answering a fantastic question from one of you who wants to know if I have any advice on how to overcome emotional eating. It’s a complex question with complex answers that will be different for each of us! But I do have 3 great tips on how to uncover what the emotional eating might be all about AND how to bring more “higher food” into your life. I hope this inspires, moves some obstacles and inspires new way of thinking about food and your life. You got this!

 

4 Ayurvedic tips for an unreliable schedule

Question from Jessica: “Hey Monica B., How do I follow the daily routine when I’ve got an inconsistent night work schedule?”
I got answers!

And, for any of you out there who deal with other obstacles in your schedule, these tips can be applied to you too.

Enjoy!

Vata and Vegan Diet

Answering a question from one of you, “I’m a vata but also vegan and I’ve read that Ayurveda says vatas should not be vegan. What do you say, Monica B?”

3 Ayurvedic Post-Cleanse Do’s and Dont’s

We finished our community kitchari cleanse yesterday and I gotta say, I am SO proud of you!! As we begin eating normally again, you should know about these 3 Ayurvedic post-cleanse do’s and dont’s. Just because the cleanse is over does not mean it’s over! We need a transition period to keep our agni strong. No dumping fried chicken, french fries and hot fudge sundaes into our bellies to celebrate that we did a cleanse ;) Nope. That’s not the way. Check out these tips below.

I’ll be doing MUCH more video on YouTube in 2017 and beyond so be sure to follow my HeyMonicaB channel so you don’t miss a post.
XO!

8 Tips for a positive and memorable holiday

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Holiday is totally underway.

Everybody will digest the holidays differently. Some people start counting down the days in September. Others are a hot mess of frantic disorganization. Some long for nostalgia as others strive to make this the best holiday ever. Some people get outta dodge and go vacation (that will be us). Some peeps spend Christmas Day on the beach because it’s summer (Hi, southern hemisphere folks! *waving*).

Whatever holiday means to you, I encourage you to…create a story. Don’t wait to be entertained. Don’t wait for something good to happen. Don’t wait for someone to feed you. CREATE it. Create memories. Be the spark! Light it! Show up and be 100% present. You know that saying, “With bells on!” HECK YES! Put yo’ energetic bells on! Be the person with the best hugs. The first to offer the hostess a hand. Use your eyes to fully connect. And for goodness sakes put down the smart phone (unless you are taking pictures)!

OR.
Perhaps you are taking a personal day of downtime and reflection. Not everything has to be a party. Some of my favorite and most memorable days are when I was quiet. Sit in a hot tub (that will be me). Enjoy a quiet day in nature. Breathe in crispy air and let your butt plunk right down in the snow — might as well go all the way back and make a snow angel while you’re at it. Stroll that beach (can you make a sand angel?). Savor that sunset. 

Whatever you’re doing, create a story. You make imprints in your life every single day, so let’s pay more attention. Move and speak with intention. Let’s be ALIVE.

8 TIPS for a positive and memorable holiday:

Don’t complain. Make a conscious effort not to get trapped into complaining, even if others are doing it. It tanks the energy and brings the crap to the forefront. You don’t want the crap. Instead, talk/think about what you are grateful or hopeful for. Keep your energy positive and pure. Bring the energy up.

Ask them. Before talking about yourself, ask how others are and be specific. Inquire and care. Take time to listen and learn something about them. This is what enriches relationships. 

Hold your rose. If certain people are hard to be around on holiday, hold a gigantic invisible rose in front of you (any color! with glitter, sure!). Let any intense words and negative energy fall into the pedals of the rose. That way, you listen, but you don’t absorb what they are dishing out.

Let go of expectations. Don’t think about the holidays of yesteryear or what you want this one to be. Forget all that because neither exists. We so often set ourselves up to feel crummy because of the story we made up in our minds. Instead, embrace the present. Enter with full joy and love and you will create something even better than you could expect!

Get enough sleep. Not enough sleep creates a vata increase and mood swings. Get enough zz’s so you can bring your most present and chipper self! 

Extra water. I know you. You’ll probably have a coffee or cocktail or both (that will be me), which causes dehydration. So start drinking extra water (not on a full stomach) now and throughout all of holiday. Along with lack of sleep, not enough water can cause moodiness, low energy, sluggishness and constipation (which makes anyone cranky. 

Take alone time. No matter what’s on your schedule for holiday, take some alone time. If you are on vacation with your partner or spouse, you still need alone time. It is the perfect time for reflection and rest before jumping into the new year.

Get creative. Ask yourself this question, “What is 1 thing I can do to bring LIFE into today?” And get creative about it. How can you delight or inspire yourself? Others? Try a new recipe? Walk a new path on your hike? Buy fresh flowers? Endless things you can do, but bring a little magic. Bring a little sparkle. That is what creates the memories.

 

No matter what you do for holiday, ENJOY it to the fullest. Create a memory. Create a story.

Wishing you SO much joy, love, and laughter.Til the new year…
Love,
Monica B.

2017 Vata Seasonal Bloom

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I’m EXCITED for you to have these Vata Freebies!
You get Vata Season Webinar + Vata Seasonal Bloom (14-page health guide)!

Let’s talk about vata + the weekend for a sec.
Computers make us feel anxious, so why don’t you print Seasonal Bloom and read it by the fireplace or in your favorite chair. Print is more balancing than the screen, plus it is so lovely you will want it in your hands.
*inhale* *exhale*

We live in a HIGHLY imbalanced vata world with things like computers, smart phones, traffic, and social media. We get anxiety over what we think we should be doing and who we think we should be. *breathe* You are perfectly aligned on your path. You are already doin’ it. The world is just moving faster than ever (hyper-vata) and you can feel that zippy energy, which can create an internal panic.

Let’s slow it down and use this weekend to disconnect from all that stuff.

Find a pumpkin. Cook a meal. Sink into a long bath. Free flow on a bike ride. Catch views from your favorite hike (even if it’s urban). Bust out your paints. Go to the high school football game. Say hello to the yarn basket. Savor a magazine. Power walk with your favorite person. {insert your ideas here}

Let’s bring it down. You are perfectly as you should be, perfectly on your path.
You don’t need to move faster, just trust and slow it down.
*inhale* *exhale*

BIG LOVE! (it’s not you, it’s just vata!)

 

 

Ayurveda Class

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Ready for beginner’s Ayurveda class? Watch the video for my story on how Ayurveda changed my life and let’s start bringing Ayurveda to YOUR life! 

I just launched an online Ayurveda class steered toward the beginner. In this 6-week course, you will begin to understand and APPLY Ayurveda to YOUR life! The class is a self-paced 6-week course which will never expire. We will use my book, In Your Elements, as a guide through the course as we dive into Ayurvedic foundations and craft your own personal Ayurvedic plan. YOU are the creator of your own well being. Ayurveda at its best works because of participation of the client (that’s you!), so my friends, you’re the driver. *vroooomm*

Here’s what you’ll learn:

• An Ayurvedic foundation which you can use forever!
• Dosha discovery (who are you and what makes you tick?)
• Create your own customized nutrition plan
• How to use the daily routine so you feel awesome each day
• Preventative habits to avoid getting sick
• Personalized guidance and unlimited questions throughout the course
• Tips on how to use Ayurveda easily in our busy-busy world
• How to build an Ayurvedic plan any time you need it
• You’ll get weekly worksheets, planners, and some of my art too!

Remember, this class never expires, so you can review it again and again. Life is long, we need constant balancing and reminders. And besides health is not a finish line, it’s a never-ending journey of daily practice.

YEAH! Come on with me and I’ll teach you how to CREATE YOUR BEST LIFE!

BIG LOVIE LOVE, Monica B.

Ayurvedic Daily Routine Video

You will learn how to live vibrantly, productively, energetically once you watch this Ayurvedic Daily Routine video! Watch it now to begin changing your life, right away.

The Ayurvedic daily routine is the foundation in living according to nature’s flow. Only by following these guidelines can we begin to achieve optimal health – without it, we are missing a HUGE and simple component to becoming as healthy as we can be.

You will never look at your day the same way. And yes you might watch this and be like, “Duh, that makes sense.” A lightbulb might pop on as you begin to pair the simplicity of Ayurveda with it’s power. And that’s the beauty. Simple power. You can improve your health and life quickly just by knowing how nature rules time.

In this video you’ll learn WHY certain times of day are best for:

Eating
Working/Productivity
Exercise
Sleeping
Relaxing
Strategizing
Meditating

What you’ll find in the video is very practical, just looking at our schedule coming from a different philosophy. So get ready to commit to 1-2 changes (If you are inspired to share, I would love to know what they are) as you practice creating a whole new vibrant way of shaping your day.

Enjoy if you love it, share it with those you love. Let’s share Ayurveda among our families in friends like they did in villages 5,000 years ago — it’s meant to be shared so everyone can benefit!

For more Ayurveda, grab a copy of my book In Your Elements. It’s a simple, modern guide to simply and effectively applying Ayurveda to your life. xo!

 

Where do I start with Ayurveda?

One of the questions I get the most is, “Where do I start with Ayurveda?! Ayurveda is so big and complicated and I get overwhelmed. Where do I start?”

If that’s what you’re thinking, you’re not alone by any stretch! There are so many people just beginning to learn about the power of Ayurveda so it’s ok! We all have to start somewhere.

In this video I give my top 5 recommendations to started with Ayurveda right away. You don’t need to know anything about Ayurveda in order for them to work. Keep an open mind and don’t be surprised if they sound simple. They ARE simple! Like I said you don’t need to know squat about Ayurveda in order to start practicing them. But fair warning, just because they are simple, don’t dismiss them as too simple to work.

Often we can overlook powerful healing practices in our day-to-day because the action is itty bitty. Or we tell ourselves a story about why it won’t work.

So I ask you: TRY them. Try 1 of these things for 2 weeks and see how you feel. They are simple, but if you feel like crap all the time, my guess is that you are not doing all 5 of these things. They are free, you are empowered, you have new knowledge now so GO GO GO! *whooosh* That was a big gust of wind in your sails. No more feeling like crap, let’s start to change what we practice, especially in the day-to-day.

If you are enjoy this video, here are some other videos to check out:
Ayurvedic eating made simple and customized to YOU
The Ayurvedic Daily Routine
How to fix insomnia and avoid an energetic hangover

Enjoy learning – Ayurveda is all about you so take it slow, open your mind and heart and you will begin to experience the benefits quickly!

Ayurvedic Facial Rejuvenation

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Whee! I just got back from a 3-day Ayurvedic Facial Rejuvenation class at the California College of Ayurveda! As a lifelong teacher and student of Ayurveda, I’ll never stop learning and this class was such a treat that I must share with you.

SKIN CARE HIGHLIGHTS!

Our skin eats. It’s also our largest organ, so anything we put on our skin, we should be able to put in our mouth (if not, reassess your skincare line. No judging! Just awareness) because it gets absorbed and digested by our body.

Vatas have dry, thin skin, so their skin care should be nourishing, moisturizing and fairly oily! They tan easy. When balanced vatas have a delicate radiance. When imbalanced, they might experience dry or flaky skin, rough patches, rough bumps and blackheads (due to small pores).

Pittas have sensitive, hot skin so their skin care should be nourishing as well as cooling, but not too oily. They burn easy. When balanced, pittas simply glow! When imbalanced, they might experience pimples/acne, rashes, rosacea and sunburn.

Kaphas have cool, thick, oily, porcelain skin and they will look young forever (maybe not quite forever)! They should avoid thick, clogging creams and instead use light, oil-free skin care. When balanced, they look like porcelain goddesses. When imbalanced, they might experience congested skin including cysts and acne or excessively oily skin.

FACIALS/MASSAGE HIGHLIGHTS!
When we practiced (and received!) our facials, we used products made of all natural ingredients and Ayurvedic herbs that promote a variety of tri-dosha balancing effects to the skin including, rejuvenation, circulation, cooling, moisture and nourishment. The whole thing took about 1 1/2 hours to do — can you imagine?! We got to practice 3x and receive 3x (yesss!).

OK here’s how it went:

  1. We gently exfoliated the face and neck using upward motions while wearing silk gloves (they were not silky smooth, more like linen), which stimulated circulation.
  2. Then, we did a gentle oil and massage on the neck and face (upward motions!) to bring nourishment after the friction of the gloves.
  3. Next, we zoned in on the marma points, which are the little “activation points” along the body’s channels that run from head to toe (just like acupuncture points). We touched on these points through each stage of the massage to release stagnation, increase circulation and promote emotional balance. During this marma massage stage of the massage we gave them extra special attention.
  4. Then we took hot towels that we had previously soaked in chamomile and lavender tea and steamed the face for 10 minutes (protect eyes with cucumber!).
  5. After that we applied the cleanser and massaged again — it got super sudsy and was quite fun!
  6. Then we did a lymph massage to the face and neck with body butter
  7. We repeated the 10 minute facial steam with chamomile and lavender soaked towels
  8. Then we painted the facial mask on and while it was sitting, gave our client hand and foot massages.
  9. We removed the mask and applied facial moisturizer and dabbed on wrinkle serum.

TA-DAH!!! One and one half HOURS of awesome. And we each got to receive it 3x in 3 days!! My face looks more balanced, toned and nourished — and I look less tired. Score!

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Making the tea of chamomile and lavender flowers. We soaked them in boiled water for 10 minutes, strain. Then we dunked our facial towels in the tea and kept them in a hotcabi til steaming time!

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We used Dr. John Douillard’s (he’s awesome!) LifeSpa line of skin care products.

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Facial steam with the warm towels that were soaked in the tea. Cucumbers keep the eyes cool.

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The facial mask I “painted” on my client which tones and nourishes after we exfoliated, massaged and steamed the face.

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Time for dessert — A tower of creams and goops we made ourselves! Various ingredients include avocado, greek yogurt, glive oil, mango, aloe vera and red sandalwood. Stack o’ goodness!! And yes, we were eating the mango one like it was candy.

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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A Game! Find 8 Ayurvedic Things Wrong

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Inspired by my daughter’s Highlights Magazine, when we “find all the things that are wrong in this picture,” I thought it would be fun to play an Ayurvedic game. Wanna play!? Life and learning is more fun with games! Come on let’s go!

THE GAME: Our friend Lenny does not know anything about Ayurveda. There are 8 ayurvedic things wrong with how or what he is eating. Hint: the answers have nothing to do with his dosha.

THE SCENARIO:
When Lenny gets to work at 9:00 am, he happily eats a whole bagel with cream cheese for breakfast that his thoughtful coworker brought in for the team. Lenny is not hungry for lunch until 1:30 pm at which time, he dashes out to grab a small salad and eats at his desk before his 2:00 meeting. Lenny leaves work at 5:00 and heads straight to the gym before coming home at 7:00. He’s starving! He prepares a nice big bowl of pasta drizzled with olive oil and adds steamed broccoli, zucchini and salt & pepper. The pasta bowl is accompanied with two soft garlic-butter breadsticks and lots of water to rehydrate after that workout. Smiling *rubbing his hands together*, he turns on some lovely music and sits down to eat at 7:45, enjoying and finishing every bite.

8 THINGS ARE WRONG: What are they? Go!

And, let’s be kind. There’s really no “wrong” in life, we’re just trying stuff to see what works. So, no judging Lenny. Through your teachings, he’s about to learn a whole new way of eating. Yay Lenny!
SOME THINGS ARE RIGHT: Lenny has also done some things right, hasn’t he? Feel free to call those out as well.

ANSWERS BELOW!!
1. 9:00 am breakfast, a bit late & too heavy
2. Lunch at 1:30 is late
3. A light salad is not enough for lunch: lunch should be biggest meal
4. Eating at desk: don’t eat & multitask
5. Too much bread/sweet taste (heavy) especially at dinner & all day
6. Too much water with dinner, will douse agni
7. Dinner is too late
8. Dinner is too big in quantity