Okay, I think I need you guys



Right, SO! Holy crudcakes I’m falling behind. I’m about to say something that most pitta-types (even though I’m only 1/2) don’t like to admit, ever ever ever. I need help! I’ve had several of you reach out and say, “Keep going, Monica B!” which springs tears to my eyes while my stomach does a twirl of, “But…HOW?!” I’ve also had others of you offer to guest blog on HeyMonicaB to keep it going.

Ya’ll already know that I have a meaty full time job, a nutty time-sucking commute, and a spritely toddler whom I love more than anything. What you don’t know…I still respond to your emails (as I can!) with advice almost daily. There are a lot of you and I LOVE your questions. They keep me going both physically but also mentally and spiritually too – I think that’s a well rounded balance, hey? :)

So…can you PLEASE ask me more questions? Email me (monica@heymonicab) your questions or include in comments, please please please! I will use those as content and share with everyone! Do you like that idea? The way I see it, this is a total win-win because YOU get the content you want, I get to help you, AND the blog keeps going for all to see and learn :) Many of my favorite posts have stemmed from your questions and stories about how Ayurveda has helped you…so let’s do this together!

I would love to have your help and really the root of HeyMonicaB is to give you the life knowledge you need. :) :) I like this as a solution, what do you think?!

16 Responses to Okay, I think I need you guys

  1. Anon says:

    Hi Monica!

    First, thank you so much for providing this service. You really help to make the world a better place.

    I have an issue that is super embarrassing, yup, a “down there” issue. Every night for the past week or so I have had really smelly gas after about 8:30pm, and it continues all through the night, then in the morning shortly after I wake up (maybe after I have a bowel movement?) it stops, and stays away all day until about 8:30pm. Besides being really smelly it also seems to be, I don’t know, wet. Eww.

    Trying to sleuth it out myself I checked my diet for culprits. It doesn’t seem to matter what my dinner is: one day I had seafood & vegetables, one day I had pasta & zucchini, one day I ate a lot of cookies, one day I had hummus & chips. I thought maybe it was just from eating too late or snacking, so I changed my dinner time to earlier in the evening and stopped snacking (only having some herbal tea if I’m really feeling munchy) and that still didn’t help. I take Triphala every night. I’ve tried just going to the bathroom to wait for a bowel movement, and, well, nothing but wind.

    How do I stop this? Why does it only happen at night? Is there a way to at least make it not so terribly smelly?

    Hoping for Help,
    ~ Anon.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Hello Monica, keep at it you are a great teacher! Your website is very very helpful and just lovely! I stop by often to check on new posts! : )

    Q: do you know any good hip openers/relaxers. When I squat in the dirt to garden I often get sharp cramps on the sides of my hips. In general, I do not have muscle cramp issues, I drink plenty of water, so I was wondering if this is specific to this area/chakra/dosha of my body. I thought maybe I needed something more hard core than a few stretches, like guided imagery or …. I dunno!? Any ideas?

  3. Lisa Munger says:

    So glad to see some great new posts, Monica! Keep up the great work, I love hearing from you!

  4. Holly says:

    Can I offer something to Phyllis? I had a similar problem with my skin a couple of years ago and tried to balance it out through diet. That definitely helped, but the main thing for me was that I needed to balance my Pitta emotions – especially things like management, control and trying to make things go the way my mind thought they should. Once I did that, my skin improved dramatically, and hasn’t gone back since. Hope that helps!

  5. Krista says:

    Hey Monica!!! I recently found your blog and I LOVE it, I’ve read every post already.

    I was wondering if you could talk about diet modifications for athletes/exercisers?

    I am training for powerlifting and I lift weights every day plus a few miles of walking. I get hungry ALL the time (pitta) but I also have some digestion issues I’ve been working out with a practitioner. I’m used to a higher fat, higher protein diet but for the past few weeks I’ve been living on basmati rice, ghee, chicken, prunes and oats. I really would like to incorporate more protein/fat into my diet, but I also think I need to eat more frequently then 3 times a day. Any suggestions for modifying a diet for maintaining muscle and going easy on the carbs?

    Thanks so much!


  6. lindsey says:

    Hi Monica!

    We’ll do whatever we can to support you! Here’s my question! I’m predominately vata and my question is regarding veggies. I know vatas aren’t known for their ability to digest veggies but should I be getting extreme cramping and bloating whenever I eat them? It seems like if I go near veggies (especially raw!) my belly puffs right up and I’ll get pains so bad they crawl up my sides! Does this sound normal? Is there something missing in my digestive system?

    See how much I need you!?


  7. Philis says:

    Hi Monica:

    I am SO SORRY for all your stress and here I am imposing with a question.

    I am 59 and only in the last 21/2 months or so I have had acne rosacea. I want it to go away and never, never show up again.

    I think I am Vata/Pitta. Doubt if I have ever known balance. Probably the only part of Pitta is being quite opinionated. :) Re: the Vata-dry skin, disorganized, always doing something. Can not sit still so I presume that is Vattish.

    I am of course over doing every natural thing I can read about to do for this condition, and want to see about Impulse Light Treatment. I saw that Vata have small pores but they have always been large around the nose and on the nose.(Which seemed to be Pitta). I have gone to the esthetician in the last two months for scaping dead skin and enzyme treatment. It helps but is very short term. Very sensitive to all makeup so hard to cover up without making things worse. :( Any strong suggestions arise? I suppose get in balance. :)

    Thank you,

    • Monica says:

      Hi Philis! Ha! Yes, get in balance, but that’s not going to guide you in the right direction now is it? ;) Have you tried this Soothing Skin Balm from Banyan Botanicals? I used it on my husband’s skin problems and it worked. You may want to give it a try…but also know that the skin is the surface, so we will be “curing” only the surface. You will have to get to the root of why you have this in the first place (diet? season? stress?). But for now, try the balm and see if it helps!

  8. Shannon says:

    Hello Monica :)

    I have been trying to keep up with your blog. I find it so interesting and helpful! One of the best I have been able to find on this subject. I would definitely encourage you to keep it up as well! And I think your idea of answering questions is perfect.

    I just recently graduated from yoga teacher training in Birmingham, AL and was introduced to Ayurveda through that training. It makes so much logical sense to me, and has helped me become much more proactive and informed in a practical way about my health. During college I was diagnosed with Bi-polar and more recently a diagnosis of celiac disease finally gave me the push I needed to make a drastic change. So I quit my job and started doing and teaching yoga full-time.

    When I learned about Ayurveda something clicked and I am slowly getting the hang of it, I think. I am on the least amount of medication I have ever been on and feeling great over all. Have even finally started healing from the celiac. But I have suddenly come down with a head cold, which I am worried may be turning into bronchitis…

    I read that this is a kapha/vata imbalance and that pitta things would help (less food, light and spicy?) I also went and got some Eucalyptus Oil. Stayed in Shoulder stand while and that helped I have been trying to keep up with my normal activity, but also know rest is important.

    I was just wondering if there was something I had not thought of? Or maybe you have a good recipe link or suggestions about how to use the oil best (bath maybe?) Even just some clarification on where this could be coming from in the middle of summer when I did not think my pitta would be a problem. Could it all be diet? I have been eating meat and some carbs- mainly rice and corn based. I hope you don’t mind the long comment, I hope it helps! Just wanted to give you all the info you might need :)

    Thank you for your help and advice! Nameste!


    • Monica says:

      Hey Shannon! Thanks for you such nice words and for sharing your fantastic journey! (huuug!) Congratulations on your graduation and LOVE that Ayurveda resonates with you. I think you are on the right track with bronchitis…sleep sleep sleep and don’t eat too much! Here are a couple articles about keeping your ojas strong and about taking care when you are sick. The body will do the rest! Thanks again for reaching out. Namaste!!

  9. Chelsea says:

    How about a post for people who know about the doshas, but aren’t sure where to start with incorporating their knowledge into their lives?

  10. Julia says:

    Thank you!!! :)

  11. Monica says:

    YAY Julia!! Thank you for your question! I will answer! :)

  12. Julia says:

    Hey Monica! I love your blog! I’m from Brazil, I’m 23 and I’ve been practicing ayurveda for 3 months now. I’m so happy that I found something to help me reach my balance in such a pure and genuine way.
    I’m still getting used to this whole new world, and, as a good vata (I’m a kapha-vata), it’s difficult for me to stick to something, I’m always changing (ALL THE TIME)! But, as you say, I will get there, step by step!

    So, I do want to help you (and myself – and everyone)! So here’s my question:

    Could you please speak a little more about fasting, and the different ways of fasting?
    As I said, I’m a kapha-vata and my kapha is a bit out of control, so I put some weight during the last year and my agni is veeeery low.
    I tried fasting (with ginger tea, and other types of tea) but I couldn’t manage to do it – I felt anxious, tense and hungry (maybe emotional). Is that because of my vata constitution? Only “pure” kaphas can fast? Being a kapha-vata makes me mad sometimes! Hahaha

    Thank you sooo much! And good luck with you time/energy managing! I’m sending you good vibes from Brazil!

    Best, Julia

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