Over the holidays, my husband and I took a trip to India. While I love being there, it's always so incredibly great to get back home, be able to sleep on your own bed, and shower in your own shower.
One of my favorite things about India (which you can probably guess), is the FOOD! The flavors and freshness of everything is second to none. To call it indulging when I'm over there is a serious understatement. So, as delicious as everything is while there, it's always nice to reset when I get back home and get my eating habits back in order.
To me, a proper diet is vital for a holistic and healthy life. What better way to start off the new year, then with a good healthy diet cleanse to reset your metabolic fire and get everything back right!
My go-to diet cleanse is based in Ayurveda. The real version is actually much more stringent then what I did. But, the idea behind everything is that if we focus on eating foods that are really easy to digest and those that don't take a lot of energy to digest, our body can use those resources to cleanse and pull toxins out from other parts of our body. I'll explain the real cleanse process in a later blog post.
The main foods for consumption during the cleanse are these: mung beans and rice. That's it. Because I didn't do a full on cleanse, I incorporated root vegetables and greens to keep fiber in my diet and to have some grounding factors after the whirlwind of a trip that naturally increases vata.
I made this chutney to have add a little bit of fresh flavor to my otherwise simple meals. But, I ended up liking it to much, I wanted to share it with all of you.
This chutney is super easy to make, and would pair well as a really nice dip, a spread on some bread, or any other way your imagination can think of!
This chutney doesn't have to be used only during a cleanse. Enjoy it all-year-round!
Squash season is here! Who else is excited? As the weather slowly gets cooler and cooler, my body is naturally beginning to crave warmer and warmer; in all regards. Our bodies are pretty miraculous beings. I mean, they are so smart, they naturally know exactly what we need to balance out our external environment and adjust to new changes. It's remarkable.
So, with that, vata season has officially kicked in. The winds are picking up and the cold is setting in. With all of that, it's important to begin to stay grounded and warm. Always remember, we want to balance out the qualities of the specific doshas by incorporating the opposite into our lives. So warm, oily, slightly heavy--all of this is fantastic for our bodies.
Mother Nature naturally provides this for us in the types of vegetables that she produces this time of year. Root veggies are the best, as are winter squashes (think acorn, butternut, etc.)
This soup recipe is perfect for the autumn season. Warm and grounding, it's the perfect meal for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner! Enjoy this yummy dish.
Bon Apetit my friends!
Oh bananas. This fiber-full fruit is often neglected by many people as an all-too-common fruit. On the contrary, this fruit is so good for us. As we know, besides it being packed with potassium, bananas are great for your daily fiber consumption. Some even swear by its ability to promote healthy bowel movements for them.
From an Ayurvedic perspective. bananas are really great for vata, which subsequently is the season we are entering. The sweetness, along with the earthy and grounding qualities are the perfect fruit to consume during this time of year.
This SUPER simple recipe is great for the season, when you're craving a little something, without going crazy with the overly processed sugars. On top of that, the spices involved in this dish are great for this season as well--very warming and grounding all at the same time. There is no reason to say no to this tasty treat.
Enjoy this so good dessert, without feeling all the guilty feelings!