Kapha

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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Perseid Meteor Shower: Five Elements in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016

Tonight’s annual Perseid meteor shower got me thinking about the power of cold and the theory of dosha and the five elements in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.. Chinese medicine describe life as a warm process of transformation of food and oxygen into energy.  This is a kind of movement, the breakdown of things from one into another, from food and air into blood and Qi and waste product. This is what fire does in nature, as well, it breaks things down, it turns wood into smoke and ash. The transformative nature of Agni, which lives in spades in Pitta...

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Grass Fed Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on May 11, 2016

Grass Fed Meat and Milk in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Grass fed is meat and milk as our ancestors ate it. Our hunter gatherer ancestors obviously did not drink milk, as they did not yet practice animal husbandry. But they were certainly not vegans or vegetarians, as the term hunter implies. The meat our neolithic ancestors ate was wild game from which our modern goats and cows descend. But humans have been drinking milk in various cultures of Africa, South Asia, and the Near East for 10,000 years of so, long enough for our guts to adapt to this...

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Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016

Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala Here is one of my favorite Okra recipes: Indian Style Tri-doshic Okra Masala. There are many ways to make Okra. Iraqi’s cook it with onion and tomato. My friend Mrs. Mehdi with onion, cumin, and black pepper. My Persian friend adds pomegranite molasses and ground lamb with allspice and cumin. While my recipe, below, is designed especially to pacify Vatta and Pitta, in fact cooked Okra pacifies all three doshas, so with some slight modification that I describe after the recipe, you could adapt this dish even if you had a strong Kapha elevation....

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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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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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Pacifying Kapha: Baked or Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Kabocha Squash

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014

Roasted or broiled vegetables are excellent for pacifying Kapha, whether for Kapha dominant types, or for the other doshas during Kapha season, as they are light, dry, and retain the strongly warming fire Qi of the oven or barbecue. The general theme for Kapha is to protect it from its natural tendency to accumulate fat and fluid by reducing all heavy foods like wheat, dairy, meats, and fats, while increasing naturally cleansing vegetables as much as possible, and eating meats with vegetables, not grains, and grains with vegetables, not meats. The best grains for Kapha are the gluten free...

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Healthy Diet in Ayurveda: Pacify Kapha in Early Spring/Late Winter

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

Healthy Diet in Ayurveda: Pacify Kapha in Early Spring/Late Winter A big part of healthy diet in Ayurveda (and Chinese Medicine) is eating with the seasons. Now we are in the Kapha season in the Northern Hemisphere, Late Winter/Early Spring, roughly the 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after the Spring Equinox on March 20. Choose a diet that follows the season; when Kapha predominates; eat foods that reduce Kapha Healthy people of all doshas should favor a diet that pacifies, or reduces, Kapha this time of year, but if Kapha is your dominant body-mind type then you should...

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Ayurvedic Oil Bath

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013

Benefits of Ayurvedic Oil Bath:  Foundation of Healthy Living Regular Ayurvedic Oil Bath,  or self massage with medicated herbal oils, or simply natural vegetable oils such as Sesame, Coconut, and Mustard oils, appropriate to your dosha  is an Ayurvedic Oil Bath, simply called Oil Bath in Indian Culture and in Ayurveda its also called Abhyanga. Regular oil bath is one of the practices at the center of a health promoting lifestyle in Ayurveda. Like diet and meditation it is used  to balance the doshas It also relieve stress, stimulate digestion and elimination, aids sleep, stimulates agni, and benefits the...

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Daikon Radish: Detoxify and Promote Digestion

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013

Daikon Radish is a great soup or salad vegetable. It is spicy, and acts as a digestive by stimulating digestive fire, just as the small radishes that Mexicanos eat with corn and meat do, but it is more aromatic, especially when boiled, than the small radishes and not as hot. Daikon is used in Chinese Medicine Nutritional therapy to balance heavier foods that are high in harder to digest animal protein and fat, like beef or pork. Beef and pork, which are are also neutral and cool in natural temperature, easily produce toxic dampness when eaten in excess, because...

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Ayurveda and Fruits: Match Food to Your Dosha and the Season

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013

What foods match your dosha? Fruits are naturally sweet sour and refreshing. Some fruits, like apples, also have an astringent or drying property, depending on variety, macs more than fiji, for example. Your mouth feels a bit dry after a bite of apple, or quite dry after a bite of unripe banana–this is the astringent flavor. Pomegranates are another great example of this, as are  persimmon, especially if not perfectly ripe. Some fruit are more sweet than sour, like ripe figs, dates,  bananas, some fruits are especially cooling, like watermelon, ripe bananas or oranges. Some fruits can be less...

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Come in from the Cold Ayurveda Winter Tea

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013

Tonight it was quite cold for San Diego and I walked to my friend’s house and then we went out again, so when we came back in I made an Ayurveda winter tea.  We put on a small kettle and I placed in the tea pot: Fresh Ginger Slices, 5 Cloves 4 Cassia Twig 1 inch, broken Ginger Powder, 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder ½ tsp Cumin ¾ tsp Thyme ½ tsp Black Peppercorn 5 and then poured in about 2 cups of water just off the boil. Now Thyme is an excellent herb for winter for the lungs, it...

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Grass Fed Pastured Dairy Cattle Milk is Healthier and Tastes Better

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

http://www.organicvalley.coop/about-us/overview/our-history/   Briefly, Organic Valley’s Grass Fed Cow’s Milk is healthier, containing Omega 3’s, is not homogenized, and tastes much better. It smells and tastes what the free range milk in my small village in India tasted like, or like the milk on the farm in Putney, Vermont I spent i summer on. Coming soon, “Is Milk “Bad” for You? The answer, in brief– No, unless you have a damp cold condition/elevated Kapha imbalance with symptoms like chronic phlegm, sinus congestion, overweight…. Remedy. No milk for a while. Definitely no cheese. But if you take milk, heat it with...

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Summer Raw Beet, Sardine, and Pasta Salad

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012

Summer is a time when even cold dry (Vata) types or cold damp (Kapha) types can have little more raw foods. One of the ways to make raw foods more compatible for cold types with weaker digestive energy (Agni/Spleen Qi) is to have it in small amounts with other foods that stimulate digestion.   Necessity is the mother of invention. Today I was hungry, lazy, and the cupboard was bare. I had some leftover pasta, a tin of sardines, a can of chickpeas, a bunch of scallions and one lone beetroot in my frig. So I made a pasta...

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