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What Does Ayurveda Have to Do with Pizza?

What Does Ayurveda Have to Do with Pizza?

We’ve all heard the old adage “Eat breakfast like a queen, lunch (called dinner in many cultures) like a king, and supper (we say dinner!) like a pauper.” This is ancient and important wisdom.

In the morning when we wake up, our digestive fire is still weak – hence, eat breakfast like a queen (not too much, but enough to get you through until lunch). We “break-fast because we haven’t eaten anything all night, but not with a lot of food, which will overload the body.

10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. is the Pitta (fire) time of day. It is when our digestive fire is strongest and therefore we stand the best chance of digesting and metabolizing our meal. Lunch/dinner like a king! Noon – 1:00 p.m. is optimal.

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Even When You Eat Healthy, Here Are 7 Food Combinations You Should Avoid

Posted by on January 29, 2018 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments
Even When You Eat Healthy, Here Are 7 Food Combinations You Should Avoid

If you ever have any kind of indigestion, avoid these 7 food pairings and you may solve the problem.

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A Super Easy Way to Reap the Benefits of the Healing Aloe Plant

A Super Easy Way to Reap the Benefits of the Healing Aloe Plant

Most everyone knows the healing benefits of aloe for sunburn. When you go somewhere tropical on vacation, you can be sure to find a tube of aloe gel at the beach hut or in the gift shop. It’s a hot weather staple. But ancient healing traditions like Ayurveda recognized aloe vera as a powerful plant for many common ailments.

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Ayurveda: The Science of Life

Ayurveda: The Science of Life

Ayurveda is the fascinating and practical science that studies the world and how we can best come into harmony with this world. It is the sister-science of yoga and is a practical observational science that puts you into the driver seat of your own wellness. What I love about Ayurveda is that while it can […]

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How To Cleanse Your Body, Mind and Spirit – The Ayurvedic Way

How To Cleanse Your Body, Mind and Spirit – The Ayurvedic Way

Cleanses seem trendy these days, but in reality they’ve been done for thousands of years. Ayurveda considers regular detoxing an essential part of maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit.

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My Favorite Cold and Flu Remedies

My Favorite Cold and Flu Remedies

People here in NYC are downright panicking over the flu. Many states, including NY have declared a public health emergency, and hospitals are overflowing with sick people. The key to avoiding colds and the flu is to keep your immune system functioning properly. Often the best defense is right in your kitchen cupboard. Food is medicine. Here are my favorite tried and true home remedies to help you stay healthy and to recover if you are already sick.

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How to Improve Your Health with the Ayurvedic Practice of Oil Pulling (Video)

Written by on October 2, 2016 in Diet, Weight Loss, Obesity, Health, Prevention with 5 Comments
How to Improve Your Health with the Ayurvedic Practice of Oil Pulling (Video)

Ayurveda teaches that our mouth is not separate from the rest of our body and is in fact, a good indicator of heath in other areas. So, it made perfect sense to me that oil pulling would be beneficial to my general health. The benefits of oil pulling reach far beyond just a clean mouth, however.

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Pain All Over: My Healing Journey From Fibromyalgia

Pain All Over: My Healing Journey From Fibromyalgia

For someone who suffered from fibromyalgia for seven years, it’s odd that I’ve never really written a post about it. It was such a defining moment in my life, and yet, thankfully, I never let it define me. So I’ve been hesitant to write about it. It happened, it changed the course of my life, and I moved on. But if I never had fibromyalgia, I might not be writing this blog about holistic health and healing.

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The Body’s Last-Ditch Effort to Cleanse Itself Before the Heat of Summer

The Body’s Last-Ditch Effort to Cleanse Itself Before the Heat of Summer

One of Ayurveda’s important teachings is that our body should be properly prepared for whatever season is around the corner. Each season brings with it special challenges for the body (i.e. fat accumulates in the cold winter months, heat accumulates in the hot summer months) and if we take care to cleanse it and feed it the proper foods, we will be rewarded with better health.

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Is Optimism a Choice?

Written by on March 2, 2016 in Happiness & Humor, Inspirational with 8 Comments
Is Optimism a Choice?

I remember my response to being called a pessimist. It was something like “Well, if I’m too optimistic, I’ll be devastated when bad things happen. If I think the worst, then I won’t be so disappointed.” Wow. It must have been almost thirty years ago that I said that.

I realize now that what was going on was less about pessimism and negativity and more about FEAR. Or, perhaps that’s the root of all pessimism.

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Who to Trust on Your Healing Journey

Written by on February 24, 2016 in Healing & Natural Remedies, Health with 1 Comment
Who to Trust on Your Healing Journey

I remember when I HAD fibromyalgia how confused I was by what I should try, what I shouldn’t try, who I should trust, and who I shouldn’t trust on this healing journey I’d been suddenly thrust into.

Something (luckily) triggered a change in me from being mostly Western medicine-minded to intuiting that alternative medicine was the key to my healing.

But it was a new world for me and I mostly floundered about, reading book after book, and trying different modalities. I visited a number of acupuncturists who sort of helped, but I eventually parted ways with most of them. They just didn’t feel right.

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Delicious, Healing Ayurvedic Kitchari Recipe For Cleansing

Delicious, Healing Ayurvedic Kitchari Recipe For Cleansing

Kitchari is Ayurveda’s vegetarian version of chicken soup. It’s great to eat during periods of cleansing, illness, or whenever your digestion needs a break. A perfect food during Kapha Season, kitchari gently helps detoxify our body from the toxins that tend to build up during the winter months.

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Staying Calm in a Sea of Chaos

Written by on December 16, 2015 in Meditation with 6 Comments
Staying Calm in a Sea of Chaos

I don’t know how or when it happened. Having lived a life mostly in a state of high anxiety, I now find myself staying calm in a sea of chaos. Actually, I do know how and when it happened. When I began meditating several years ago. Everything changed.

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Who Went and Put the Holidays Smack Dab in the Middle of Vata Season?

Written by on November 18, 2015 in Alternative Health Care, Health with 0 Comments
Who Went and Put the Holidays Smack Dab in the Middle of Vata Season?

Who went and put the holidays smack dab in the middle of Vata Season? Anxiety, disorganization and depletion are all signs of unbalanced Vata dosha, according to Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old system of mind/body/spirit medicine. And fall/early winter is Vata Season, a time when anxiety is heightened and people with Vata in their constitution can become very depleted. Becoming familiar with our own constitution, as well as our family member’s, can help us all get through the holidays unscathed.

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What’s All This Hype About Cleansing?

What’s All This Hype About Cleansing?

March/April and September/October are the months generally chosen for this type of deep cleansing, but it can be done at other times during the year, as well. I highly recommend looking into panchakarma treatment if you are dealing with serious health issues, especially those of a chronic nature.

But because cleansing for most of us is something we need to ease ourselves into, I want to focus today on sharing some easy tips that you can do yourself to help clean your system of toxins, give your digestion a rest, and reset your digestive fire.

Mother Nature knows that Kapha Season (late winter-early spring) is the best time for cleansing. She wisely provides us with the foods/herbs that naturally work to detoxify the body after a long winter of eating heavier, fattier and often sugar-laden foods.

If we don’t rid the body of excess fat and mucus at this time, it will rebel. Spring colds, stomach upset and lung congestion are all signs of excess mucus.

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