Eating with the Seasons

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha: People who are Pitta dosha dominant can certainly have more cooling food, as well as raw food that is cooling such as cucumber lettuce and leafy cruciferous veggies sweet fruits coconut flesh, water, and milk milk, butter, ghee And Pitta dosha is, like Vata, pacified by the sweet taste. So in summer or warm weather, such as late Spring, early Fall, or closer to the equator, Pitta can be much more liberal about smoothies, , even vegetable ones, especially emphasizing a healthy combination of spices, and protein. Ayurveda does not recommend eating fruit with food,...

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Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer

Posted by on May 21, 2017

Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer: Eating with the Seasons Smoothies for Vata Dosha in Summer is part two of   http://bodymindwellnesscenter.com/smoothies-for-vata-dosha/ . In Ayurveda we eat with the seasons, so  you can have more raw in Summer when Pitta is elevated in everyone,  than in cold or rainy weather such as the monsoon season in India or Winter anywhere. But if you are Vata dominant, and even for everyone’s digestion, what you should never put in your smoothie is ice. Let your smoothie be cool, not freezing cold. Does blending the raw fruit or veggies make it less elevating to...

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Ayurvedic Kitchari

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

What is Kitchari? Kitchari is a Sattvic, light, easy-to-digest, cleansing, detoxifying food that is excellent once a week, at the change of seasons, or any time you feel like giving your digestive system a break. It is also just a normal one-pot-dish you can have for dinner. What is Sattva and What Are Sattvic Foods? Sattvic foods, or more exactly, a Sattvic diet, is a diet that is light and easy to digest and that aids a “spiritual” lifestyle whose goal is “purity, wholesomeness, and virtue.”  Sattivc foods are fresh and full of prana, nutrient dense,  keep Agni stimulated,...

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Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017

Winter Jing Tonic Cabbage Soup   Winter  is the ideal time to nourish what Chinese Medicine calls the Kidney energy, associated with the deepest level of body energy, Jing/Essence.   Winter Storage in Chinese Medicine Winter is the season in ancient Chinese philosophy associated with storage, when the essences of the previous year are distilled into wisdom. Not surprisingly, even in European literature and poetry, winter, then, is a metaphor for old age, if is the final season in the cycle of birth and death. The goal of life is wisdom, the goal of the agricultural year is to...

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Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016

Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion I am a huge fan of cabbage salad. When I was a strict vegetarian it must have been its hearty quality and chewy texture that appealed. Now that I am an omnivore, I value cabbage both for its delicious, slightly sweet taste, and for its high fiber low calorie ratio. Its a great balance for the heavy quality of meat. That’s why historically cole slaw pairs with deli sandwiches or hamburgers, and sauerkraut pairs with sausages and hot dogs. Raw Sauerkraut, which is a cinch to make at home, and ridiculously expensive...

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ProPita Tea by R-U-Ved

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016

ProPita Tea is a delicious blend of cooling herbs and spices that makes a naturally refreshing summer tea, whether drunk hot in the morning or room temperature/cool during the day. I  love to brew a quart of ProPita tea in the hot weather with two bags, brewing it strong (leave the bags in), and  when it cools down mixing it at a 50-50 ratio with mineral water and a dash of lime juice for a drink that is mentally and physically uplifting during the overheated summer months. R-U-Ved ProPita Tea Ingredients R-U-Ved ProPita Tea contains the Pitta pacifying Indian...

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Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna are “masalas” (spice mixtures) used to boost immunity by improving digestion and stimulating Agni digestive fire. They are used year round, but can be especially good in Winter and also for Ama/toxin accumulation. They can be tailored to all three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The following Ayurvedic winter spice churna is a tri-doshic mix of spices, suitable for Winter, but that will not aggravate any one dosha and pacifies them all, because it is a mix of bitter, pungent, and sweet spices. Someone with a strong Pitta elevation with symptoms of burning in the...

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Diet and Nutrition in Chinese Medicine: Wakame Sea Veggie to Nourish Kidney Yin and Cleanse Lymphatics

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015

Diet and Nutrition in Chinese Medicine: Nourish Kidney Yin and Cleanse in Winter with Sea Veggies Winter and the Kidney Qi in Chinese Medical Theory In winter the Qi enters the Kidneys, the physically lowest of the Zang/Solid internal organs, and the energetically deepest. Energetically deepest because the Kidneys are the root of all Yin and Yang in the body, and as such governs growth and development from conception, but also reproduction after puberty. Grow, development, and reproduction are very deep foundational aspects of the body’s energy, and in the case of reproduction this means that the Kidney’s Qi...

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Cold Cucumber Avocado Yogurt Soup for Summer: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015

Cold Cucumber Avocado Yogurt Soup for Summer: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha   Ingredients   2 cups chopped cucumber, peeled if non-organic 1 cup avocado 1.5 cups plain yoghurt or kefir 1-2 tbsp fresh bell pepper 3-4 tbps fresh cilantro Salt and White Pepper to taste   Recipe There are two ways you could prepare this delicious soup that is suitable for Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas in the hot summer months. One would be to simply chop the cuke and avocado into small pieces, dice the bell pepper and cilantro, and whip into the yogurt, adding a little water...

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Smoothies for Vata Dosha

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015

Smoothies for Vata Dosha–Part One A reader had this comment recently about Smoothies for Vata Dosha, after reading this article about Raw Veggies or Salad for a Vatta Dominant Person. Are Smoothies Better than Juicing for Vata Dosha? “I see that the key here is to balance out the combination of ingredients so that the salad has the soothing and grounding properties. For a Vatta DOSHA would you recommend that instead of juicing, taking blended raw fruits and veggies which include all of the fiber and additional water? I’d like to add more raw into my diet and am...

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Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called “Vishabhesaj” in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as “universal medicine.” That is both because of its wide applicability, its common use in medicine and kitchen, and its value for promotion of health. One of the basic rules for promoting longevity and wellness in both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine is to promote good digestion. In fact, this is a tenant of health promotion in just...

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Bone Marrow Soup, Part 2: Winter

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015

Bone Marrow Soup, Part 2: Winter In cold weather its natural to crave warm food. And the alchemical transformation of solids into liquids, of vegetables and meats or bones into soup, is a way of liberating the essence of these foodstuff into a substance that is much closer to blood, which is the destiny of all food, than foods as solids themselves. That is why when you are sick in China, India, or even Europe and the USA when I was a kid, your mom gave you easily digested liquids and solids like tea and dry toast, or chicken...

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Bone Marrow Soup in Winter: Part 1

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014

Bone broth, or what we call bone marrow soup in Chinese Medicine is just the rage right now, and for good reason. Extracting the essence of solid things, like bones and root vegetables, into liquid, or bone marrow soup, is the fastest way to nourish our own deepest essence, called Jing in Chinese medicine.  In Ayurveda this is called nourishing the deepest level of the tissues, or dhatus.  Like builds like in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, so that the minerals and building blocks locked into the deepest recesses of an animal, its bones, and a plant, its roots, are said...

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Strategies to Pacify Pitta in Summer Heat

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014

There are many ways to pacify the Pitta which becomes elevated with the oppressive heat of summer. Some are good for you, like cooling teas and juicy cooling fruits, others are unhealthy, like air conditioning, especially turned down low, which attacks the surface of the body with the equivalent of arctic wind, just when the pores are open and vulnerable from sweating, or iced beverages, which over-chill the gut, damaging our digestive fire/Agni, that is the basis of the immune system. How you feel about weather and climate can, along with other data, be a guide to your constitutional...

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Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Protect Your Agni in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014

Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine can be used to preserve what Ayurveda calls Agni–the metabolic fire that is what makes us warm blooded and that is associated with health, strength and vitality.  Chinese Medicine calls this physiological fire Yang or Ministerial Fire.  Agni and Yang are the basis of all the transformative forces in the body and mind, from the cellular level of utilizing oxygen and nutrients, to the gross level of chewing food, and on the mental level the digestion of experience and creation of wisdom through learning. Curiously, Agni and Ministerial Fire are damaged by the...

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