Ayurveda, the holistic approach to health. Ayur = Life Veda = Knowledge.
Ayurveda is the practice and guiding principals for health and wellness developed in India thousands of years ago and recorded in ancient Sanskrit texts. It is one of the earliest written doctrines for healing. Ayurveda is based on the mind/body/spirit principles of health. One must have a balance of all three to have a healthy happy life.
There are three distinct categories or Doshas (you may have traits from more than one dosha) It is the energy that controls different bodily functions. These patterns of energy determine how and what one must do and eat. When balance is disturbed via food, stress or emotional issues, health problems can occur.
By assessing ones personality, body type, mental and emotional characteristics, one can determine which dosha is present.
Vata – circulation, breathing, heart and blood
Pitta – metabolism, digestion, nutrition
Kapha – Energy, immune system
We all have some of each dosha but there is usually one or two that are dominant.
Once your dominant dosha is determined, you can follow a specific list of of foods to eat or avoid as well as treatments including herbs, yoga, meditation and breathing or cleansing and mantras.
While rebalancing the dosha’s can correct or improve physical health, the intent is actually to prevent imbalance or disease. The fresh food based diet, along with exercise and meditation have been shown to reduce stress as wells as curing disease.
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“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think.” Buddha. If you find yourself feeling unhappy here are five easy ways to help change that.
1. Remove the negative. Look for the people that make you unhappy and remove them from your life. Is there a “friend” or family member who always seems to bring everyone down? We all need someone to vent our problems to from time to time. However, if there’s that person, the one who brings the drama or they just seem to suck the life out of you, try spending less time with them. Seek out happy, positive people and invite them to coffee or join their group.
2. Take a break. If you are under stress or find yourself feeling unhappy, do something else for 30 minutes. Take a walk if the weather is nice. Spend a few minutes playing with your dog. Go to a park, beach, coffee shop or pick up a book or magazine. Put on some music and dance around. Just do something fun for a few minutes to reset your mind.
3. Make a gratitude list. Do not do this on any electronic device. Take a piece of paper and write down 10 things (or people) you are grateful for. Sometimes this can difficult to begin. Start with the most simple things like the fact that you have a piece of paper, or that you are breathing.
4. Hug. Facebook, twitter, instagram, snapchat and other online communication make us feel as if we have connected with others, but we are missing a vital part of our human happiness, the physical connection. We need to feel that contact. It actually produces endorphin in the brain and makes you happy. Start hugging your friends. If you are not comfortable hugging, shake hands. Make contact in some way. Petting a cat or dog or other animal can also make you feel good. Contact with other living creatures is the key.
5. Give. Not all giving needs to be monetary. Volunteer somewhere. You don’t need special skills to do this. Offer to walk dogs at a pet rescue or serve meals at a senior center. Offer to be a reader to kids at the library. Find a non profit group that needs people and join in. Giving feels as good as getting. (You might even get a hug.)
This is NOT minimalism. This is magazine styled, copy selling, high fashion photography. In reality, your clothes are more colorful and not perfectly pressed. You don’t have a Chanel bag sitting in your closet. You have more than two pairs of shoes and they are worn. If this is the minimalism that enticed you to find the movement, that’s not a bad thing. However, be realistic in your journey. Owning less is not about being perfect or beautiful (by pop culture standards). If you aspire to this black and white, picture perfect style, you will never feel good enough. Release what does not serve you and respect what does. That is minimalism.
There are two kinds of vegans. Those who do it for health and those that do it for ethical reasons. I’ve discovered the way you can tell. Not that it makes a difference in general but when coaching someone make the switch to a vegan lifestyle knowing why makes it easier to guide them toward success.
The ones who are doing it for ethical reasons look for meat substitutes to help them enjoy the foods they previously ate but not harm animals or support factory farming. Vegan versions of bacon, ground beef and cheese are among the most popular and difficult to give up. I have found that most substitutes either get the texture or flavor right but rarely both. It becomes a crutch. These foods are okay in moderation or when trying to recreate a favorite family recipe but they often contain lots of processed ingredients.
Those who are looking to improve their health are more apt to jump right in and want to eat a Whole Foods plant based diet but often fail because they feel a sense of lack or like they are missing out.
It’s better to create a plan where you can ease into the lifestyle.
Cheese and sugar have both been shown to be as addicting as cocaine. While some people Are better at taking on the “quit cold turkey” approach, others find that transitioning at a reasonable pace increases your chances of success. As you begin the journey it helps to have someone who can help you determine the best way for you to achieve your goals and cheer you on. Even the best athletes have coaches. If you are interested in a free consultation contact me.