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Ayurvedic tips for better digestion

The concept of agni, the Sanskrit word for "fire," is rather essential to the Ayurvedic tradition. Agni is used to refer the digestive juices. We can focus on foods and other forms of nourishment that enhance the qualities of agni or we can ingest substances and experiences that dilute and smother the sacred fire. Either way, the health of agni throughout the system will be affected. Here are some practical tips for protecting your sacred fire and improve digestion. Eat your biggest meal at lunch There’s an Ayurvedic principle that the digestion works the best, when the sun is at its highest point. That is around 12 noon to 2 pm. Thus, give your body plenty of time to fully digest the food before sunset. Stimulate the digestive fire Ghee and ginger-lemon juice are great aids for digestion. Eating raw ghee with your food or drinking 2 teaspoons of ginger-lemon juice before meals eases the digestion process. Drink buttermilk Buttermilk is perfect to soothe the stomach. The carminative properties of the spices coupled with the soothing and refreshing properties of buttermilk improve your digestion. So, if you feel a bout of indigestion coming on, try sipping on some buttermilk for instant relief. Eat only when you’re hungry The problem with eating when you’re not hungry (aside from possible weight gain) is that it leaves you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Only when your stomach is truly empty are your digestive enzymes strong enough to thoroughly break down your food. Sip on digestive teas Approximately 15-30 minutes after eating, sip on ginger, chamomile, or peppermint tea. (Yes, sipping again and not drinking.) The difference between sipping and drinking is that the former gives a kick to your digestive system [...]

Indian Superfoods: Here to stay

What are superfoods? Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Locally grown and consumed products Rich in micronutrients and taste Every part of the plant/crop can be used in a unique way Eating them reduces the risk of chronic disease and ensures well being. How did it begin? The western countries started marketing quinoa, kale, chia seeds etc. as superfoods thats help you stay fit (read thin), healthy and youthful. And, very soon the superfood wave spread all over the world! Basically, a generation that is eating junk food and leading a sedentary lifestyle calls healthy food, "Superfood." But, why eat food that is not grown locally and takes months to reach you. Especially when we have our own healthy variety. :) Indian Superfoods 1) Ghee: Once dismissed for its “fatty” nature, ghee today has acquired global superfood status. Ghee improves our metabolism, digestion, immunity, helps melt body fat and prevents certain cancers. Besides, keeping our joints lubricated. Raw ghee is much more beneficial to cooked ghee. So add some fresh ghee on your dal, rice, roti and be sure to live a nourished life! 2) Amla: Indian gooseberry has eight times more vitamin C than an orange, twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and around 17 times that of a pomegranate. Amla can help fight the common cold, burn fat, improve eyesight, build immunity, relieves constipation, cleanses your intestines and makes your skin glow. Wow! squash it, blend it, cut it, boil it or eat it raw, you will still enjoy the benefits. 3) Turmeric: From turmeric latte to Jamie Oliver’s famed turmeric chicken. Turmeric is the new rage in the western countries. "Ayurveda spoke of turmeric’s anti inflammatory and antibiotic properties [...]

Following my heart: Being Vegan

Being Vegan It took me quite a few years of being vegan off and on before I finally sealed the deal and never looked back. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to be one or didn’t like being vegan. That is just, how long it took me to fully incorporate a new lifestyle to the point where I didn’t even have to try or think about it anymore.  Now it’s just who I am and how I live my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m vegan for obvious reasons like others are, but sometimes unexpected little bonuses pop up along the way that reaffirm you’ve made the right lifestyle choices for yourself. My only regret? That I haven’t been vegan since day one! 2017 will mark a fresh start for me along with my partner Dev to transition into a 100% plant based foodie hub! Yes folks, we are going completely meat-free and dairy-free. I created “Purawvida” to be a resource for those who want to learn more about yoga and living a more healthful, mindful and compassionate vegan lifestyle. In the beginning, this was a simple recipe blog. But it has grown along with me as I search for knowledge, abundance, inspiration, magic and, well, really yummy vegan food! Benefits of being a Vegan My physical body feels much lighter and cleaner. I feel better about my body at age 37 than I did at 17 and  I can tell that my body is thankful both inside and out. I have much less instances of getting sick.I sleep better. I feel stronger. I get compliments on my appearance all the time. You literally are what you eat. Every single cell [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Clean eating, Cooking and baking, Nutrition|0 Comments

Wrong food combinations as per Ayurveda

Why Food Combinations? All the times your stomach was upset or you were suffering from gas, bloating, acidity, indigestion; It could be due to eating wrong combinations of food. According to ayurveda, every food has its' own rasa (taste), virya (heating or cooling energy) and vipaka (post digestion effect).  So while it is true, every individual's agni determines how the food is digested. Food combinations are equally important. Especially for people with weak digestion or stomach issues. Poor food combinations lead to indigestion, fermentation, putrefaction and gas and toxic formation. Food Combinations that hinder digestion 1) Fruits with anything else: Fruits are easily digested, while other foods take time. Inhibited by the more complex food, the fruit tends to move through the digestive tract too slowly and can cause fermentation, gas, and bloating 2) Liquids and Solids: As a law, no liquid should be taken with solids. Liquid tends to pass away immediately into the intestines taking away all the digestive enzymes thus inhibiting the digestion. Liquids should be taken at least 20 minutes prior to meal and not immediately after or along with meal. But they can be taken one hour after meal. 3) Mixing two proteins: Each type of protein requires a specific character, strength and timing of digestive juice secretions. This means that no two types of concentrated protein should be consumed together at a meal. Nuts, meat, eggs, cheese, or other protein foods should not be eaten together. And no two types of animal protein should be eaten together. 4) Meat and Dairy: Meat and dairy should never be eaten together. Meat is heating and milk is cooling so this is a bad combo. They contradict one another, upsetting agni and producing toxins. 5) Cooking with [...]

Healthy Festive eating

Do you eat to live or live to eat? Is it all about satiating the taste buds or is it important to nourish the body? Let me share a short story. During my yoga training, one of my friend's mom was staying with us for a few days. While we were having lunch together, the server was coaxing aunty to have one more roti. But, she laughingly told her, that her stomach was not a well. Where you could keep on filling it. As we know, in India we show are love by preparing and serving good food. It is affectionate but we need to know, where to draw the line. Gratitude for the food Before you taste your food, your eyes and sense of taste prepare your body. Your body is your temple so pray before you eat. Now days you can buy anything in any season. But, weather plays a big role. It's very important to eat local-seasonal food as it builds your immunity and nourishes your body. Basic Tips for everyday eating 1) Morning empty stomach: 1ltr lukewarm water before brushing your teeth. As it flushes toxins from your body. 2) Always start with local fruits +nuts. It makes you feel fresh and provides healthy sugar to take care of sugar      craving. 3) For breakfast : add some protein. 4) Another 1ltr water till 12pm 5) Lunch 50% raw green leafy salad medium bowl and carbs/pulses 6) Evening snacks: veggies & fruit. add a slice of ginger in your juices for good digestion. 7) Dinner: By 7pm 8) Don't forget after every meal, sit in Vajrasana. As the festive time is around the corner, time for a healthy sweet!! Here comes the [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|Clean eating, Nutrition|Comments Off on Healthy Festive eating

Healthy eating – One size doesn’t fit all

Nutrition. What is it and what does it mean for each one of us? I’m sure most of our thoughts go straight to “superfoods that must be a part of your diet in 2017”, “top five foods to help you get a beach-bod” or some variation of these fad diets. But, lets just concentrate on "Healthy eating." In my nutrition counselling practice over the last six years, I’ve come to understand that each of our bodies respond differently to different kinds of foods and diets. Much like exercise, we need to understand what works for us and what doesn’t. We need to understand that One size doesn't work for all of us!! I am a strong believer of including as much variety in the diet as possible. Not only does this ensure that we ingest a wide array of nutrients but also keeps us from getting bored of a diet. There are several nutrition tips to discuss but I’d like to elaborate on two that I think are very significant. Carbohydrates are good for us; we just need to pick the right ones. Most of the food we eat contains a large amount of carbohydrate. Fruits, many vegetables, cereals, grains, pulses, all these food groups contribute to our carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are essential for our bodies to function. Every cell in the body requires energy to keep us alive and functioning. Where does this energy come from? – glucose or sugar which is the end product of carbohydrate metabolism. Fibre content in food is what sets apart the good and bad carbs. Some examples of good carbs to include in your diet are red/ brown rice, wheat flour, millet, sweet potatoes and lentils. Keep track [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Clean eating, Cooking and baking, Nutrition, Yogic Diet|Comments Off on Healthy eating – One size doesn’t fit all