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National Green Juice Day

The holidays may be over, but the New Year celebration and commitments to our resolutions persevere with National Green Juice Day on January 26. National Green Juice Day was established as a way to encourage people to stick to their health and wellness resolutions by drinking a green juice.

There are several veggie-centric ways to celebrate and inspire health and wellness habits in the New Year 2018.

Start off your morning by making green juice at home or grab a bottle of cold-pressed green juice for a simple way to get more nutrients from green vegetables in your daily diet.

#NationalGreenJuiceDay #GotMyGreens.

love, k 🙂

Ayurveda: Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic Foods

You are what you eat. When you are free to live a quiet, contemplative life, a sattvic diet is divinely perfect. For those who wish to maintain a meditative mind but also must live and work in the world, a diet consisting of sattvic and some rajasic foods is best. For those who practice yoga, like Kundalini Yoga or marital arts, rajasic foods are necessary, along with sattvic foods.

For all these lifestyles, tamasic food is best avoided.

Here is a simple breakdown of Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic foods

Sattvic: Equals to clarity and lightness

• Graceful, peaceful, disciplined, intuitive, sensitive.

• Most fruit and vegetables, sun foods, and ground foods.

Rajasic: Forcefulness and will-power

• Active, positive, demanding.

• Stimulating herbs and spices, many earth foods.

Tamasic: Functioning from need and instinct

• Impulsive, dull, angry, confused.

• Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, alcohol, intoxicating drugs.

Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Doshas

Ayurveda, the ancient holistic health sister science to yoga, recognizes that health is a state of balance between the body, mind, and consciousness. In ancient times, food was considered medicine. The principles of healthy eating were well-known and the healing properties of foods and herbs were used to correct imbalances.

One of the most important aspects of the system of Ayurveda is the tridoshas, or forces that generate and maintain physical and mental health:

Vata (air): sustains the body and originates every kind of physical movement in the body. It controls the mind and senses and causes elimination of wastes.

Pitta (fire): responsible for digestion, heat, the digestive fire,and the formation of blood.

Kapha (earth): nourishes and lubricates the body, maintains sexual potency, and lends mental balance to the individual.

To try out a new delicious sattvic dish that balances all three doshas is Mung Beans and Rice. It is a perfectly balanced protein dish, easy to digest and very delicious. Good to make at any time of the year but makes a particularly good winter diet. Here is the recipe when interested.

Ingredients:

4 ½ cups water

½ cup whole mung beans

½ cup basmati rice

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup finely minced ginger root

3 cups chopped vegetables

2 tablespoons ghee or oil

¾ tablespoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon dried crushed red chilés

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon coriander

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt

Cooking Instructions:

Rinse the mung beans and rice. Add the mung beans to boiling water and cook until they begin to split. Add the rice and cook another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Now add the vegetables.

Heat the ghee/oil in a sauté pan and add the onions, garlic, and ginger and sauté until clear. Add the spices and cook 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add a little water if necessary. Add this to the cooked rice and beans. You can substitute vegetables as you like, as well as use Bragg Liquid Aminos, tamari, or soy sauce instead of salt. Tastes great with yogurt!

love, k 🙂

Holiday Recipes: Vegan Eggnog

Nothing says Christmas like eggnog! Our vegan version uses dates, cashews and apricots, plus almond milk and a whole nutmeg to reinvent this classic festive beverage.

 

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Warm, inviting, perfect for holiday parties, drinks with friends, or an after dinner dessert. Eggnog is a holiday classic, no doubt. While we crave it this time of year, this festive beverage has the tendency to uplift our holiday spirits!

To make Vegan EggNog for the Holiday Season click here

love, krishna

Cooking for your Spirit- ThanksGIVING

In honor of the essence of Thanksgiving, we came up with a few new creative ways to express gratitude to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Gratitude has been linked to everything from improving happiness, body image, sleep, life, you name it. Instead of consuming spirits we Celebrate this year in the True Spirit of Thanksgiving! It is a gentle reminder to love those at our tables and beyond.

For some a little planning can go a long way especially when you have a history of disordered eating. In the midst of this food-focused holiday event could be far from a relaxing night with friends and family. It is hard to separate events being based in food from the part that is about connecting with people. For those who are trying to prevent triggers to an internal battle with bulumia, binge eating, and anorexia, the holidays are certainly among those experiences to be vulnerable and to know that you are not alone.

Eating disorders often bring about an internal fracturing of mind, body and spirit. It may feel like you have been trapped in your mind by eating disorder thoughts that disconnect you from your body and spirit. Recovery involves reintegrating the mind, body, and spirit, creating an internal sense of wholeness. To embrace this holiday season with the intention of healing  Cooking for your Spirit    is a healthy guide that lends courage and strength when struggling, and gives a way to express gratitude when all is well.

Thanksgiving Blessings,

love, #krishna

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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

Share some Holiday Happiness! Click here to read: Healthy for the Holidays

With Gratitude, Krishna

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Peppermint Foot Comfort Recipe

Foot soaks are a great way to relax and invigorate tired feet and soothe away all aches and inflammations. A host of homemade foot care recipes are available that can be put together quickly and easily. Here are a few recommended foot soaks that can help your feet relax, naturally.

Salt foot bath

Perfect for soothing swollen and tired feet, the salt foot bath is a fast and sure way to relax and re-energize your feet. Salt is beneficial for achy feet primarily because when added to water, it makes the solution hypertonic. It means compared to your skin and skin cells, salt water is a high concentration mixture.

Ingredients

● ½ cup sea salt/Epsom salt

● Water

Preparation

· Take a large pan or half a bucket of water and bring it to boil. Allow it to cool down to a temperature that suits you.

· Add Epsom salt to it and let it dissolve completely.

· Now soak your feet in the solution, relax, and enjoy the healing powers of warm salt water.

· You can read a magazine or listen to some music as you treat your feet.

Peppermint foot comfort recipe

Peppermint foot soak is the surest way to re-energize your feet after a long day. Peppermint has an instantaneous invigorating effect on the skin and the tired muscles of the feet.

Ingredients

● Take enough water in a large pan or a bucket to soak in your feet

● 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil

● A single drop of eucalyptus essential oil

● A single drop of lemon essential oil

Preparation

· Boil the water and allow it to cool down a bit.

· Add all the oils as mentioned above.

· Soak in your feet till the water remains warm.

· Pat dry and apply some lemon-based moisturizer.

Lavender foot soak

Lavender is a popular ingredient used for preparing relaxing bubble baths, foot soaks, and massages. It has amazing relaxation properties including a soothing aroma that works wonders for any spa, soak, and massage treatment.

Ingredients

● About 4-5 liter of water

● Two drops of lavender essential oil

● ¼ cup of sea/Epsom salt

Preparation

· Boil the water and let it cool down to a comfortable temperature.

· Add lavender oil and salt.

· Put your feet in, soak, and relax.

Sandalwood foot treatment

Sandalwood has amazing healing powers that are great for bruises, cuts, and tears. Also, the aroma of sandalwood is often associated with feelings of deep relaxation and peace.

Ingredients

● About 4-5 liter of water

● Two drops of sandalwood essential oil

● ¼ cup of sea/Epsom salt

Preparation

· Boil the water and let it cool down for a while.

· Now add two drops of sandalwood essential oil and sea salt.

· Put your feet in and enjoy the instant comfort!

love, krishna:)