Lifestyle 120 - T. Kari Mitchell Nourishing News  

October 2015   

October greetings, friends!

Did I get that right?  October already?  This year is flying!  It’s hard to believe that Nourishing News began in January and has been flourishing for 10 solid months.  I pray that this season has blessed you and yours with good health.  I appreciate your continued support and encouragement.  Thank you! 

You can tell that the anticipated seasonal festivities are approaching when you see Halloween-, Thanksgiving- and Christmas-themed items on display at the same time.  During these busy weeks, please remain health-conscious. 

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Season the Seasons with Ancient Principles

“Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.”—Marcus Valerius Martialis

In the September newsletter we introduced the idea of remaining in harmony with nature by eating seasonally.  Let’s continue the discussion on using the seasons to stay balanced.

A Peek inside Ayurvedic Ways

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.  When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”—Ayurvedic Proverb

Ayurveda, translated as “science of life” in Sanskrit, is an ancient Hindu system of natural healing with the purpose of prolonging life.  These 5,000-year-old principles may help us remain healthy and balanced as we transition through the seasons.

What is your dosha? 

In Ayurvedic medicine, the five elements of nature are air, space, fire, earth and water.  These elements combine to create fundamental principles called doshas.  The three Ayurvedic doshas are vata (winter)—qualities reflecting the elements of air and space; pitta (summer)—qualities reflecting the qualities of fire and water; and kapha (spring)—qualities reflecting water and earth.  Ayurveda demonstrates that we are born with all three doshas, and according to our particular mind-body composition, we can determine our unique, dominant dosha for living a healthy life.

Ayurveda focuses on eating in accordance with our body type and the seasons, promoting health through balancing the doshas.  Your body will naturally desire the tastes that balance its dosha.

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Ayurvedic Nutrition

Ayurvedic nutrition suggests that all six of the following tastes should be included on your plate each day.  Here are a few examples:

Sweet              Fruits, grains, sweet potatoes, etc.

Sour                Lemons, yogurt, vinegar, etc.

Salty                Sea salt, kelp, seaweed, etc.

Pungent         Cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, etc.

Bitter              Leafy greens, herbs, spices, etc.

Astringent      Beans, lentils, turnips, etc.

Heavily processed foods, excessive amounts of sugar and caffeine, and large amounts of meat are restricted.

During an Ayurvedic class several years ago, I completed a written exercise to determine my dosha.  I discovered that although I exhibited qualities in all three doshas, kapha was dominant.  I have a strong desire for sweet foods and have to be careful not to overindulge. How do I satisfy my sweet tooth?  I am able to keep my cravings in check by pairing naturally sweet foods with bitter foods.  This mindful pairing satisfies my sweet taste while providing balance on my plate and in my body. 

For example, scan the contents of today’s lunch bowl:

• Mixed greens and veggies (kale, romaine, radicchio, zucchini, red onion)

• Black beans

• 1/2 small chopped apple

• Dressing (apple cider vinegar, lemon, olive oil, ginger, basil, pinch of sea salt)

Can you identify the six tastes?  The chopped apple tossed into my medley provided me with a little lunchtime sweetness.

Take a look at your dinner plate.  Is it filled to the rim with pasta and breadsticks?  Achieve nutritional balance by including more items from the Ayurvedic taste categories.  Vow to eat a warm, modest evening meal at 6 p.m. to allow your food ample time to digest before retiring.

Weather, cooler temperatures and less sunlight during this time of year affect our bodies in various ways, so prepare yourself for optimal health.  Will Ayurvedic principles help you remain healthy and balanced during the change of seasons?  Test the system to see if it makes a difference in how you feel.

For more information on Ayurvedic principles see the summary of Eat Taste Heal, a guide to basic Ayurvedic nutrition.  This resource explains each taste, its primary actions and common food sources, as well as how to balance the doshas through taste.  Learn which ones are more balancing and which ones are most aggravating.  Click here to review. 

“He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.”—Chinese Proverb

We are unique individuals with specific needs.  What works for one person may not work for another.  It’s not too late to review your 2015 intentions.  Do you require support with your wellness goals as you move through the holidays?  Schedule a complementary breakthrough session with me this week.  Click here to schedule an appointment.

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Nutritious Nuggets

 

Cinchy Savory

Pumpkin Soup

 There’s nothing like a warm cup of soup on a cold afternoon.  Cinchy Savory Pumpkin Soup is a satisfying, no-fuss recipe that is chock-full of aromatic Ayurvedic spices that will support your health throughout the fall and winter months.  Enjoy the healing benefits of coriander, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom in this luscious blend.  Click here for recipe.

 

 

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Sip the Garden 

Are you looking for a unique and colorful gift idea?  Surprise a friend with a copy of Sip the Garden: Fun, Easy Drinks for a Healthier Family.  Click here for more information.

 

 


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Upcoming Events 

Highlights: 

On Tuesdays, I am facilitating Ageless Grace® classes at WellBeingMD, The Center for Life. 

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Future Mailings

Watch for Lifestyle 120 blog posts, Aha Moments: A Few Reflections on Wellness, throughout the month of November.

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Consider This 

Trick or treat?

One of the main causes of chronic diseases is overconsumption of added sugar and processed carbs.  The American Heart Association recommends that we greatly restrict our intake of added sugar to reduce the obesity and heart disease epidemics.

What are your plans for Halloween?  Enjoying candy on Halloween doesn’t seem so terrible, right?  After all, Halloween only comes once a year.  Well, often the indulgence doesn’t end on Halloween night.  There always seems to be an overflow of Halloween candy that becomes part of tomorrow’s snack.  And those sweet morsels have a tendency to sugar-coat the following week as well.

Don’t trick yourself into treating an unhealthy habit.  If you’re planning a party for the little people, consider healthy alternatives.  Remember, all your treats don’t have to be in the form of food.  Festive trinkets and games will please any crowd. 

Click here to review a recent, related blog post from Aha Moments, “Sugar is sweet but not so sweet for your health!

Love, peace and health,

T. Kari Mitchell                                                                                                                            

Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach

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