WHEN DIET IS WRONG, MEDICINE IS OF NO USE. . .
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." - Ayurvedic Proverb
I've spoken about Ayurveda before, and the 3 doshas that we all have: Pitta, Vata and Kapha types and these constitutions (or doshas) respond best to different foods. For Pitta types foods that cool, for Vata foods that ground and for both Vata and Kapha types, foods to warm the body are best.
IF you don't know your Dosha this is my favorite quiz HERE by Deepak
Most importantly though, it is about learning how to listen to your body and discovering which foods work for you…learning to align with nature and letting go of our desire to control things. Truly, this couldn’t be more true.
So, I encourage you to listen to your body and nourish it with the food it needs to cool, warm, calm or ground you. As we move into the colder months in Canada/North America, many of us (without perhaps knowing our constitution) will begin to crave foods to heat the body. . . hot peppers, cooked grains, gluten-free pasta, root vegetables, warm oatmeal, ginger, soups, stews... just to gather a few. I'm extremely Pitta, so during the cooler months I still crave + consumer copious amounts of raw juices and vegetables. But in the evenings I stick to steamed veggies, small amounts of cooked grains, steamed greens, and sweet potatoes, with some avocado and hemp seeds. VERY simple, nutritious, and truly all I need. Switch up the vegetables and play around, you can never go wrong with organic vegetables, and healthy fats.
All you need //
-Bamboo Steamer ( I like the Japanese ones the BEST , which reminds me that I have to get a new one! Purchase HERE )
-Organic Sweet potatoes
-Cooked millet, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth - all gluten-free and protein rich
-Avocados, hemp hearts, olive oil, hemp oil to sprinkle on top of completed meal.
-I usually liked a massaged kale salad on the side (massaged with tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and cayenne)
VOILA! Healthy, organic, whole food dining does NOT have to be expensive. Quality over quantity. We choose, where to spend our $$$. I rather invest in myself and health NOW, So I don't have to spend $$$$$$$$ in the future for health care! I want to challenge you all this week / weekend to be more mindful of how/where you are choosing to spend your food dollars. Is it to nourish or is to quickly satisfy hunger. Before you eat, take a DEEP breath, question if you are REALLY hungry, tired, emotional . . . what comes up for you? How can we as a whole eat more mindfully, and inline with Mother Nature.
LISTEN to your body, what does it T R U L Y need? Not what you think it needs.
I hope everyone is having a beautiful week.
love & light