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I’m a Yogi and I Eat Meat

Once upon a time, many years ago, in far off India, I worked as a sort of governess/one-room schoolhouse teacher for a group of expat families. One of the mamas invited me to have dinner with them one night. “Just to let you know, it’s a meat night,” she warned me.

Two years before, her previously strict-vegetarian Indian partner had decided (upon discovering that she was anemic during her pregnancy) that if meat would be eaten in his house, he would prepare it and he would eat it.

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Mama Medicine: Herbs for Colds and Flu

As much as we might hate to admit it, the main reason we get sick, is that we’re human. That doesn’t mean you have to get sick every time flu and cold season hits, but it does mean that it will happen sometimes.

And, in fact, most of the symptoms of the “common” cold are actually just the reactions of your immune system pouring white blood cells and secretions into your body to flood out the invaders.

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Jook: It’s What’s for Breakfast

We’ve all heard words of wisdom regarding breakfast. Some call it the most important meal of the day, and in many ways it’s true. Breakfast sets the tone for the entire day. A favorite in our house in the autumn and winter is something called Jook, or Congee (or even Konyi, in South India).


One of the big mistakes that we often make with breakfast, is choosing something that essentially breaks down to sugar by the time it reaches the stomach. While your brain is actually fed by sugar, it’s much better for your body and the mind when that sugar is produced through the work of breaking down fats and proteins. Fats and proteins are long-term energy storage.


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Mama Medicine: Diet for Colds and Flu

A few weeks ago, I asked my readers for post topic requests. I got many great ones, but this one seemed like it might be the most urgent:

“I wanted to ask for some help with my two year old who has recurring respiratory issues. He just recently recovered from pneumonia and now has a cold, a persistent cough and a fever after only three weeks. I’m feeling really stressed and overwhelmed…”

I have a lot to say about this, so I’m splitting it into 2 posts: one on diet for cold and flu support and prevention and one on herbal support.

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Beet and Beef Borscht

Autumn has fully fallen in the Hudson Valley. The trees are aflame. Food-wise, this is my favorite time of year. It’s all about soups and stews…long, slow cooking and rich, deep flavors. Read more »

Yoga for Stress and Anxiety

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get stressed out ☺. Lying in bed some nights, I’m at the mercy of the thought spin-cycle in my head. Some days, I can find myself practically paralyzed by the thought of all the things I need to do. What if I pick to do the wrong one first?!

 

On those days (or nights) the first thing to do usually isn’t one of the things on that laundry list. It’s about 25 minutes of slow, simple yoga practice with deep breathing and re-rooting myself in my body. Read on for a yoga sequence video… Read more »

Some Thoughts on Life and Death and In Between

A few weeks ago, a dear teacher friend of mine died after having been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer just a few weeks before. He had been ill for quite a while by the time he was diagnosed, but no one had been able to figure out why. He was a playful, joyful ambassador for Chinese medicine and Taoist practice. He was a life-long seeker and a playful joke-teller. Read more »

Bone Broth: Nectar of Health

Now that the weather has really become colder and windier, bone broths should begin again to make an appearance on our dinner tables (and lunch and breakfast too!).

Bone broth or stock forms a central part of traditional cuisines all over the world. Besides adding rich flavor, it brings a host of minerals and vitamins into the dishes cooked with it. Long-cooked bone stock also has gelatin and collagen in it which strengthen the bones, hair and nails and greatly aid digestion while soothing the digestive tract. Read more »

Sex and Ayurveda

As I have written about before, loving, connected sex can nourish us very deeply. But, as with anything under the sun (and moon) Ayurveda offers some guidelines about when it’s a good time to get funky, and when the cost may not be worth it.

Let’s look at the mechanisms of sex from the perspective of Ayurveda. I’m gonna have to use some terminology here, but the vocabulary itself isn’t too important for understanding the essence. If any questions pop up for you, don’t hesitate to comment below. Read more »

Abhyanga: Nourishing from the Outside In

As the wind whips up and sniffle season sneaks in, Ayurveda recommends preparing our bodies for the drier, colder weather of autumn and winter. Abhyanga, or oil massage, becomes more important than ever at this time of year.

As part of a daily routine, abhyanga can offer pretty wonderful benefits. It cleanses and nourishes the skin (our biggest organ of elimination!) and helps to regulate the doshas and move excess dosha back into the digestive system. Read more »