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Ayurveda and the Use of Spices

 

Spices - do you realize how important they are for your health? 

Most of us know that spices make food taste better. Throughout history, spices have been sought after for preserving and flavoring foods as well as for healing purposes.

Ayurveda teaches that one should “never eat bland food” - meaning food without spices. Why are spices so important?

Ayurveda and the Importance of Proper Food Choices

“Foods, like all of nature, are made up of the five elements and consist of a unique combination of the ten pairs of opposite qualities. By understanding the qualities inherent in a food and knowing the qualities inherent in a person, how the food and a person interact becomes known. No one food is perfectly healthy for everyone. Each person is unique and so too are the foods that will support them to thrive.         

Ayurvedic Recipe: Butterscotch Brownies

 Looking for a delicious candy alternative for your Vata Trick-or-Treaters? 

 

These Butterscotch Brownies are not only delicious but actually help to keep Vata dosha in balance (but not when eaten in excess)!

 

Preparation time: 30-40 minutes

 

The History of Ayurveda During The Buddhist Period (300 BCE-700 CE)

 

Ayurvedic Guidelines for Healthy Eating: Allow Three Hours or More Between Meals

 

Ayurvedic Recipe: Okra Curry

 Okra has a moistening effect on the body, making it a great vegetable for balancing the dryness of Vata dosha. And since it is now the time of year when Vata is most likely to go out of balance, this recipe will help ensure your Vata dosha says moist and balanced!

 

Preparation time: 25 to 30 minutes

VP- K+ (balancing for Vata and Pitta, unbalancing for Kapha)

Ayurveda & Hatha Yoga

Ayurvedic Guidelines for Healthy Eating: Take Time to Rest After Meals

 “If you are like many people, after your meal is done, you are ready to get on to the next activity. This is particularly true for people with a more pitta (focused and directed) nature. To the determined pitta, resting is an uncomfortable waste of time. There are plans to make and things to do. Often the mind has wandered on to the next activity as soon as, or even just before, the last bite is taken. 

Ayurvedic Recipe: Sweet Potato Soup

 

Now that we’re in the season of Vata, it’s particularly important to keep vata dosha in balance. When Vata goes out of balance, dry skin, gas, constipation, insomnia, anxiety and other symptoms can result. 

 

Ayurveda & An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

 

“The sage Patanjali described a path with eight (ashta) limbs (anga) in order to quiet the mind and attain yoga or reunification with the Divine. Patanjali Yoga is called both Raja Yoga (The Royal Path) and Ashtanga Yoga (The Eight Limbs). The classical Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali should not be mixed up with the modern proprietary form of yoga called Ashtanga Yoga which was developed by Pattabhi Jois.