Vata

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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Mindfulness, Vata Dosha, and Commuting

Posted by on May 5, 2017

Mary, from Canada writes, “How should I counter the movement aspect for a vata? I am vata dominant and must travel daily to and from work about a 45 min drive and 20 min walk. I find the walk relaxing and during my car ride I listen to soothing personal development like Eckhart Tolle but cannot deny that my anxiety has increased since this new job and all this travel. Also, travel for family occasions such as Christmas is across the provinces. I practice daily meditation on my yantra mat, yoga, consistent sleep, have eliminated caffeine (I don’t drink...

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017

Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam Low-Sugar, Vegan Thumbprint Cookies are fun to make! Kids love making them and eating them. A great way to get nutrient dense nuts, seeds, and legumes into the diet. I grind my pumpkin seeds and roasted chickpeas in my coffee grinder. Low sugar and high in protein and healthy fats. See here for more info on ingredients and how to… Here are a few recipes that are variants on the theme of my previous post, linked above. Recipe for a Small Batch of Vegan, Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies with Jam 3 tbsp Roasted Chickpeas...

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The Spiritual Qualities of Vata in Winter

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Late Autumn and Early Winter are the times of year dominated by Vata dosha in Ayurveda. The warm rays of the Sun are at their minimum around Winter Solstice. The darkness of night time is at its maximum. And what is darkness if not the unknown? And what stimulates fear, if not the unknown. And is not death the greatest unknown of all, that all humans are naturally afraid of. And which month symbolizes death? Spring is growth and life and new things green. Summer is the accomplishment of all that Spring started. Autumn is the harvest, but also...

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Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency   is very common in people over 50, and in people who use drugs that reduce stomach acid, and also that take the antidiabetes drug Metforman. I find Vitamin B-12 supplementation very valuable in the treatment of neurological disorders, even when there is not a frank deficiency, especially when they are aggravated by stress. I have one patient who I treat with Chinese Herbal Medicine for peripheral neuropathy that is secondary to multiple back surgeries for herniated discs, in which the sciatic nerve pain improved but neurological pains and allydynia appeared. This 60 year old man...

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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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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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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the Large Intestine (Colon) intestines that causes diarrhea and/or constipation, abdominal pain and/or cramps, bloating, and gas. Most people with IBS that I have seen in the past 24 years have bloating and pain, and many have constipation and diarrhea that alternates like a see-saw.  Others will have diarrhea on a regular basis with occasional constipation, while still others have constant severe constipation with only rare diarrhea. The abdominal pain is often compared to menstrual cramp pain, while some will describe a different kind...

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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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Menopause Natural Treatment: Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016

In Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Menopause Natural Treatment begins with the premise that menopause, and andropause, like puberty, like the transitions that occurs around ages 2, 5, and 36, are just that, transitions, not diseases. Change is hard on human beings. Moving from one city is a stressor. Even traveling on a plane to Hawaii for a wonderful vacation has certain elements of stress. Its always nice to come home. But what if you carried “home” with you, wherever you were, whatever stage of life you were in. How Change Affects the Body Mind in Ayurveda:Vata In Ayurveda change...

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Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Vegan Cabbage

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016

Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Vegan Cabbage Cabbage is one of nature’s miracle foods. You don’t have to buy exotic foods like Goji berry to have a healthy diet. Goji berries are great, and are used in Chinese medicine as food medicine and in medicinal formulas for problems of weakness and poor eyesight. But cabbage is one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet and stands up to rough treatment like pickling and salting as well as being wonderful in salads and slaws and soups and sautes. This recipe is based on my grandmother’s Jewish style sweet and...

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Anger and Fear: How Our Nervous Systems Make Us Sick

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016

Anger and Fear: How Our Nervous Systems Make Us Sick   Chinese Medicine attributes a minimum one third of disease as due to the effects of excessive amounts of emotions like anger and fear, but also sadness, grief, worry, on our bodies via the nervous system. This also includes the effects of chronic, habitual low levels of anger and fear, another words how our nervous systems make us sick, because the minute you have an emotional state you also have a nervous system response and a cascade of phsyiological responses to that nervous system response. In both Chinese Medicine...

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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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Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015

Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning One of the challenges of modern life is balancing the stress response with the relaxation response. Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning, found in Yoga, Tai Qi, and Mindfulness Meditation (Buddha was, after all, a Yogi before becoming an Awakened One) is a fabulous way to take your body and its nervous system out of the fight or flight response into a state of deep calm and repose. Mindfulness Meditation Body Scanning is a valuable component of a healthy lifestyle, and really useful for people with nervous system related functional disorders like IBS irritable bowel syndrome, IC...

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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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