Marrying Ayurveda to Modern day Diets 0
Marrying Ayurveda to Modern day Diets
There is no denying that currently we are on a roller coster ride full of new diets and fads. These include diets of cleanse, superfoods, clean eating, detox and the list can go on. What we forget is that Indian Ayurveda had known and practised this science generations ago and there is a vast treasure of knowledge what we have had all along. Ayurveda, an age-old Indian science, has secrets to clean, healthy lives that don't need you to spend excessively on every new health fad, and can be accessed through one's everyday kitchen.
Ayurveda talks about elements our body is build of air, water, fire, ether and earth and the misbalances these elements get into - the doshas - Vata, Pitha and Kapha! The key is to eliminate or reduce the dosha and achieve a state of harmony. All foods many not suit us despite being inherently healthy and safe to consume. So how to do we really figure whats good for us.
There are two simple choices in front of us. We go to a Ayurvedic practitioner and get our dosa checked and go as per recommended diets for the same. Or better still start listening to our bodies. Is the red rice we just had, actually made us feel lighter or heavier. How did we emotionally feel after consuming a particular food group at the time of the day. If we felt lighter, energetic, happy. We can listen to our internal gut system.
Going on a diet should not be a mind game but mindful eating would actually lead us to the bliss we are looking from a healthier body…..
Pearly Barley Risotto 0From this point forward, barley will be your new best friend. Unlike plain white rice, pearl barley is an excellent source of fibre and protein, to keep you full and energised longer.
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Diced Shallots or Onions
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 cup mixed Mushrooms of all the types available.
1 Teaspoon Nutty Yogi Italian Seasoning or mixed herbs of your choice
1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Cup Pearl Barley (soaked overnight and par boiled)
4 - 4 1/2 Cups Vegetable Stock
2 Tablespoons Balsamic, Apple Cider, or Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast (for vegan options) // Parmesan
Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once melted or shimmering, add onions and saute until softened and translucent; about 5 - 6 minutes.
Mix in all the herbs and seasonings, followed by the barley. Stir thoroughly and saute for 4 - 5 minutes longer to gently toast the grains. Gently pour 4 cups of the stock in, followed by the vinegar. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and let cook for 30 - 35 minutes, until the grains are tender and the liquid has almost entirely been absorbed.
Add the cheese cooking for just a minute
Turn off the heat and stir in the creamy finish of your choice. Serve hot!
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Amaranth Mathiri 0
@Nikynutrition tried Amaranth Flour Mathiris and they came out excellent.
So we are sharing her recipe!
Here’s the recipe 👇🏼⠀
1. To make the dough mix 1 cup amaranth flour , salt , chopped green chilli, coriander and warm water.⠀
2. Allow the dough to sit for 10 minutes.⠀
3. Grease your palms with oil, take a little dough and flatten the dough using your fingers. You could also use a ziplock bag to do this so it doesn’t stick to the surface.⠀
4. Heat oil in a pan on high heat abd shallow fried the pooris one by one.⠀
5. Drain the excess oil, keep the pooris on a plate lined with paper so it soaks any extra oil as well. ⠀
6. Enjoy them hot.⠀
PS: it’s usually served with aloo sabji but I wanted to keep it lower in carb so I’ve skipped the sabji and skipped mixing the flour with potato as well and served the pooris with curd and pudina chutney. ⠀
Amaranth flour from @nuttyyogi ⠀
Real Immunity Building Techniques 0
Are you prone to frequent infections? Do you often complain ‘I am tired’?
The bad news is then, chances are that your immune system, which protects the body from infection, is struggling to do its job! The good news is; there are many out there like you! But the real good news is there are some easy techniques you can follow to build your immunity. Let’s see what we can do to strengthen our immunity.
Stress, unfortunately, is the most repeated word in our casual conversations. The stress hormone, cortisol, can suppress the effectiveness of body’s ability to fight infections. Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal has been a champion of rethinking stress, noting that the right approach can make you smarter and stronger. Trouble free ways to deal with stress are:
- Controlled breathing
- Listening to calming music
- Talking to a therapist etc.
Another easy and happy technique to build immunity is a good 7 hour sleep! Researchers say adequate sleep helps T cells in your body fight off infection. Numerous studies have reported the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Oh! Benefits of good sleep could very well just be another blog topic. So friends, watch out for one soon, titled, ‘Stay ‘Yaawn’ at heart’.
Following a moderate exercise program regularly is key to a healthy living. Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. You don’t need to be a gym rat or a power lifter to change the antibodies and white blood cells (WBC) which are body’s immune system cells that fight disease. It can even be something as simple as a 30 minute walk, or swaying to your favorite music at home. So, keep moving and prevent that bacteria from growing!
Also, do no forget to have a colourful plate of fruits and vegetables to heal your gut so that you get all the goodness from food rather than supplements. A healthy gut can contribute to a strong immune system. Fruits and vegetables in your diet significantly increases your antibody response. Taking a moment to remember my mom who had to roll her eyes, tongue and wag her index finger to get some vegetables into my little body. Things have changed from then, now, she does it over Whatsapp! That’s how important it is, no kidding!
So, let us remember that a happy immune system is a happy you. I have already started with these simple techniques to keep my immune system happy and healthy. How about you?
About the Author
I am Sreebala, a peaceful looking (request not to reconfirm this with my family members) home maker who is an avid learner of life and its interesting ways! Enjoys my tryst with words; my passion for acting, my never dying love for singing, these days more so when no one is listening, studying spiritual courses and understanding my journey on this planet .
So this journey that I just mentioned has been a bit of a roller coaster types. I am on an adventure ride with autoimmune condition Lupus (SLE) which brings along many others conditions with it as if it was looking for an avenue to expose its unpopular relatives. Nevertheless, I enjoy the unpredictability of my life. I learned to develop a pace (read: pause) of my own physically and emotionally. Now you know why I am part of a wellness blog!
I live in Dubai with my husband and son. They eat the food (read: whatever) I make. So they should be good people. I think I forgot to mention that I love cookie…err .. cooking!
‘Life’s better when you are laughing’. Cheers!