Health Tips

KNOW YOUR DOSHASA

Describing the dosha Also known as the body-mind types,ayurvedauses the doshato advise and inform the best way to live your life wisely. Typically, eachdoshatype is made up from the following char...

Describing the dosha

Also known as the body-mind types, ayurvedauses the dosha to advise and inform the best way to live your life wisely.

Typically, each dosha type is made up from the following characteristics:

Vata types tend to be visionary, imaginative & full of creative energy. They can also be forgetful, spaced out, anxious & uptight.Vata problems are erratic digestion, bloating, anxiety or joint disorders.

Pitta types are confident, passionate leaders, organised & perfectionists but excess pitta can make them fiery, snappy & irritable. Pitta people have a tendency to suffer from skin irritations, overheating, heartburn & ulcers.

Kapha types tend to be loyal, kind-hearted, calm and full of love, but a kapha overload can make them lethargic, lacking in energy and a little overindulgent. Kapha types are prone to congestion, excess weight and sluggish digestion

Health Awarness

From the ayurvedic point of view good health is about your whole way of life being rejuvenating and beneficial to yourself and the world around you. Make sure that you are aware of: Pure air...

From the ayurvedic point of view good health is about your whole way of life being rejuvenating and beneficial to yourself and the world around you. Make sure that you are aware of:

  • Pure air
  • Pure water
  • Pure food
  • Balanced digestion
  • Reduced toxins
  • A strong heart and balanced emotions
  • Avoidance of negative
  • A regular lifestyle: This is an orderly routine that balances personal hygiene, nourishment, exercise, relaxation, creativity, wealth and love.
  • Protection: Try to heal every day with active avoidance of immune depressing chemicals and foods to keep your immune system intact
  • Tonification: daily use of strengthening herbs and foods that can rejuvenate your entire system.

Fitness Tips

Exercise: Moderate exercise is known to improve health and immunity. Yoga: The benefits of regular yoga practice are invaluable. Breathing: Regular exercises to bring life-giving prana into...

Exercise:

Moderate exercise is known to improve health and immunity.

Yoga:

The benefits of regular yoga practice are invaluable.

Breathing:

Regular exercises to bring life-giving prana into the system and regulate the flow of vitality around the entire system.

Meditation:

Meditation has been shown to improve cellular activity as well as creating a calm and stable mind.

Emotional:

expression: Can help improve mood and reduced depression, anxiety and anger.

Regular massage:

Massage improves immune cell activity whilst stimulating blood flow and relaxing tight and tense muscles.

Surround yourself in a pleasant environment:

Uplifting stimulation enhances your mental wellbeing creating a calming atmosphere aids concentration and preceived ‘wellness’

Sleep:

This is natures healer. The body repairs and takes care of the wear and tear of the day whilst in REM sleep.

Healthy Living

Eat a fresh and healthy diet: Change your diet according to your constitution, dosha and the season. Seasonal living: Adjust your routine according to the season. Rest: Take adequate res...

Eat a fresh and healthy diet:

Change your diet according to your constitution, dosha and the season.

Seasonal living:

Adjust your routine according to the season.

Rest:

Take adequate rest; at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

Exercise:

Take sufficient exercise; four 30 minute sessions of aerobic exercise per week.

Relax!

Learn a relaxation technique; yoga, deep breathing and try to practice15 minutes per day

Herbal supplementation:

Take herbal supplements regularly to assist your body’s own healing powers.

Peace and love:

Make peace with everyone you know, let the love flow, you know it makes sense…

Diet & Nutrition Tips

Diet And Nutrition Tips Healthy eating is not about depriving or starving yourself. What you need to do is, eat healthy foods, exercise and work on good lifestyle habits to be completely hea...

Diet And Nutrition Tips

  • Healthy eating is not about depriving or starving yourself. What you need to do is, eat healthy foods, exercise and work on good lifestyle habits to be completely healthy.
  • Make sure that you are getting enough calories from your food, but not more than what you really need. Also take care to maintain a balance between the calories that you get through the food you eat and the calories that you expend through exercise and physical activity.
  • Eat a whole variety of foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, beans. These foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, and do not have cholesterol. Try to eat fresh food products.
  • Eat moderate portions and keep track of the number of servings that you take. If you’re eating out, please pay attention to the serving size as well.
  • Drink a lot of water to flush out toxins from your body.
  • Decrease the intake of sugary foods, refined-grain products, and salt.
  • Also take care to indulge yourself with occasional treats of fired foods and sweets.
  • Your fluid intake is also important, so make sure you drink sufficient amounts of water. Fruits with a high water content and fruit juices can also help replenish your system.

General Diet Guide

General diet guide for a healthy lifestyle Please just eat what is appropriate for you. If you are intolerant of any food or simply do not like it then please avoid it. This diet is...

General diet guide for a healthy lifestyle

  • Please just eat what is appropriate for you. If you are intolerant of any food or simply do not like it then please avoid it. This diet is to help raise the digestive fire and enhance the assimilation of nutrients which will help calm the nervous system.
  • Emphasis on foods which are warm, soupy and easy to digest.
  • Eat at regular times.
  • Eat to less than full.
  • Practice relaxation.
  • Avoid yeast, refined sugars, coffee, tea, tobacco, drugs, poor quality oils and extremely spicy foods as these aggravate the digestion and the nervous system.
  • Favour foods that are warm, heavy, and oily as these nourish the nervous system.
  • Reduce foods that are cold, dry, and hard as these aggravate digestion.
  • Favour foods that are sweet (e.g. wheat, milk, rice), sour (e.g. vinegar, yogurt, umeboshi plums, citrus fruit), and salty as these are all nourishing.
  • Reduce foods that are very spicy, bitter (e.g. coffee, chillies, green leafy vegetables), and astringent (e.g. apples, beans) as these aggravate digestion and disturb the nervous system.

Dairy: all dairy products nourish the nervous system. Always boil milk before you drink it, mix with cardamom seeds and drink it warm. Don’t take milk with a full meal or with fruit. Use organic milk. If allergic substitute with almond or rice milk. Avoid ice cream, powdered milks and soya milk.

Sweeteners: all sweet flavours are good for nourishing the nervous system. Reduce refined white sugar. Avoid all sugars if bloating is present. Oils: all oils reduce dryness and nourish the nervous system. Emphasis on Flax, hemp, sesame, ghee, olive, sunflower, evening primrose, borage and fish oils. Use these internally and externally.

Grains: rice (basmati, brown, wild), wheat, oats (cooked) and quinoa are very good for nourishing the nervous system. Amaranth is ok. Reduce intake of barley, corn, millet, buckwheat and rye as these are a bit drying and can be difficult to digest creating wind. Avoid the rest

Fruits: favour sweet, sour, or heavy fruits, such as berries, bananas, avocados, grapes, cherries, lemons, limes, fresh figs, peaches, melons, plums, pineapples, mangoes, and papayas. Cooked apples and pears are ok. Soaked prunes and raisins are ok. Avoid dried fruits, uncooked apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries as these can create wind. Vegetables: asparagus, beets, cucumbers, carrots, and sweet potatoes are the best. Peas, green leafy vegetables, celery, summer squash, winter squash, and potatoes are best well cooked in oil or ghee with mild spices. Seaweeds are very beneficial. It’s best to avoid the Brassica family; brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Also avoid Solanaceae family; peppers, aubergines, potatoes and tomatoes. Raw vegetables, especially onions are banned as these all create wind.

Spices: Most of them, especially; asafoetida, cardamom, cumin, coriander, ginger, fennel, dill, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, black pepper all help reduce gas and spasms in the digestive system.

Nuts: all nuts and seeds are good in moderation, especially soaked.

Beans: avoid all beans, except for marinated tofu and mung lentils and occasionally red lentils.

Meat and fish: chicken, turkey, eggs and seafood are fine; red meat, beef should be avoided.

Pitta Diet

Use this diet to help clear skin inflammations, itching, joint pain, hot flushes, acidity, ulcers, anger, irritation, infections, fever, late spring

Recipies

Kicharee recipe Try eating kicharee regularly: it is easy to digest, very nourishing and delicious with our Extra Virgin Olive oil 1/3 cup split mung dal 2/3 cup basmati rice (or other grain) 3-4 ...

Kicharee recipe

Try eating kicharee regularly: it is easy to digest, very nourishing and delicious with our Extra Virgin Olive oil
1/3 cup split mung dal
2/3 cup basmati rice (or other grain)
3-4 cups of water (a ratio of 1:3 or 1:4).
1/2 tsp each of organic turmeric, ginger, roasted cumin and coriander. Adjust flavour to your preference.
Seasonal vegetables: spinach, peas, or seaweeds, shitake mushrooms for an all round healing, healthy and agni enkindling meal.
Simmer the mung dal and rice in the water. Add all the herbs and then the vegetables. The best practice is to cook it on a very low heat in a covered saucepan and DO NOT stir it after all the ingredients are added or it will go mushy.
Stir in a teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive oil at the end.

Basic curry recipe (serves 4)

3 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tspn each of cumin, coriander, fennel seeds, mustard seed
1 inch piece of freshly chopped ginger
Pinch of asafoetida
Two to three vegetables of your choice, chopped (adjust quantity as needed, but approximately 300-400g of each type)
Cumin, turmeric and cinnamon to taste
Coconut milk or yoghurt, optional

Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the cumin, coriander, fennel and mustard seeds in a high heat until brown and releasing a delicious smell. Other spices, as required, can be used. Add the ginger and asafoetida. Add chopped vegetables. Sauté until the vegetables are coated in the spiced oil. Add a little water and simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes or until done. Add cumin, turmeric, cinnamon powders to taste. Add any ‘quick-to-cook’ vegetables such as spinach and peas at the end for 3 minutes. You can also add coconut milk or yoghurt to make a creamier sauce.

Basic dhal recipe (serves 4)

200g lentils
2 inches washed seaweed (kombu)
1 tsp cumin powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp each of cumin seed, fennel seed and mustard seed
1 inch of freshly chopped ginger
One onion, chopped and 1 clove garlic optional
3 tbs Olive oil for frying
1 pinch salt
Handful, fresh coriander
Coconut milk or yoghurt, optional

Wash the lentils and simmer them in pan for 40 minutes with some washed seaweed, the cumin powder and turmeric powder. In a separate pan heat the Olive oil and fry in high heat the cumin, coriander, fennel and mustard seeds until brown and releasing a delicious smell. Add the ginger and asafoetida. (Onions and garlic can also be fried after the spices to make a more nourishing dish.) Pour this spiced oil into the lentil mixture (dhal). Add a pinch of salt and the fresh coriander. Coconut milk or yoghurt can be added as desired.

Rice pudding elixir (serves 2)

100g rice pudding rice (You can also try with black or red rice)
I litre of cow's, almond or rice milk (option of more)
3 tbs almond powder
7 strands of saffron
5 cardamom pods
Rose Jam
Olive Oil or Honey

Place the rice in a heavy pan and add the milk. Bring to boil and simmer for 1 hour. Add the almond powder. Add more milk as desired. (coconut milk is an interesting change). Soak the strands of saffron in a tablespoon of milk for 10 minutes to extract its golden pigment and then add to rice pudding. Add cardamom and rose jam. Serve and add Olive oil or honey as desired.

You can also add grated carrots or beetroots to this recipe for a colourful and nourishing variation.
This is a very nourishing food for reducing vata and pitta, strengthening the tissues and building reproductive tissues.

Chutneys

These are very useful to accompany a meal to stimulate agni, reduce ama and facilitate digestion. They are a great complement to a tridoshic meal where members of a family have different dietary needs. This way a simple balancing meal can be prepared and then specific dosha regulating chutneys can be added as needed.

  • 1 inch fresh ginger, juice of 1/2 lemon, a pinch of rock salt: enkindles agni, regulatesvata, for irregular digestion
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon of mint, 1 tablespoon of coriander: enkindles agni, reduces pitta, for excessive digestion
  • 4 tablespoons roasted desiccated coconut, juice of ½ fresh lime, 1 inch of fresh ginger, a pinch of rock salt: enkindles agni, reduces pitta and vata
  • 1 tablespoon fresh horseradish, ¼ teaspoon dry ginger, 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary: enkindles agni, reduces kapha, for sluggish digestion (manda agni)

Hot milk recipe

1 cup almond or rice milk
2 tsp organic almond powder
2 cardamom pods
5 strands saffron.
pinch of nutmeg

Heat the above ingredients and add 1 tsp honey.

This helps to nourish the nervous system, reproductive system and helps you sleep. Pure Bliss!

Sunny coconut fennel flapjacks

200g rolled oats
100g Olive oil
50g maple syrup
50g sunflower seeds
50g dessicated coconut
2 tablepoons fennel

Melt Olive oil over a low heat. Remove from heat and add rolled oats, maple syrup, coconut, sunflower seeds and fennel seeds. Place in oiled baking tray. Heat at 200C for 20-25 mins. Allow to cool, Divide. Share.

Coconut lentil lime dhal (serves 3-4 people)

250g split mung lentil (or any other lentil)
440ml coconut milk
4 tablespoons Olive oil
6 spring onions
1 inch finely chopped fresh ginger
1 bunch coriander
10 peppermint leaves
1 lime
4 keffir lime leaves
2 tsp ground coriander seed

Fry the ground coriander, fresh ginger and spring onions in the virgin olive oil. Stir in the washed lentils and simmer in 250ml water for 20 mins. Add coconut milk and simmer for a further 20 minutes. Take off heat. Add grated peel of lime, juice of lime, finely chopped kefir lime leaves, coriander leaves and mint leaves. Add a pinch of salt. Leave to stew for 15 minutes. Serve with rice or noodles.

Coconut rice (2-3 people)

100g basmati rice
200ml coconut milk
50g dessicated coconut
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil

Soak rice for 2 hours. Rinse rice thoroughly. Add to a good heavy saucepan and pour in the coconut milk. Bring to a simmer and stir well once. Add the saucepan lid and turn down to the lowest heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and add the virgin Olive oil. Leave to steam in its own aroma for 5 minutes and serve to delight. Lightly roast the dessicated coconut and sprinkle over each portion.

Golden delicious spicy roast orange vegetables in Olive oil

1 butternut squash cut into 1 inch chunks
2 carrots cut into 1 inch rounds
3 sweet potatoes cut into 2 inch wedges
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons coriander
2 teaspoons chilli flakes
4 tablespoons virgin Olive oil

Grind the spices and blend together. Melt Olive oil and add vegetables so that they are coated in the oil. Add the crushed spices and a pinch of salt. Roast in an oven at 220C turning after 20 minutes until golden delicious after 40 minutes.
Braised asparagus in coconut oil
Big fresh bunch of asparagus
4 tablespoons Olive oil

Wash and then tail the fibrous stems of the asparagus. Warm the Olive oil in a pan and add a dram of water (about 4 tablespoons). Add the asparagus. Pop the covered pan into an oven. Braise in the oven for 20-30 minutes until caramelized. Add a pinch of salt or seagreens and enjoy.

Olive ginger salad dressing
75ml hemp seed oil
The juice and rind of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt and pepper
1 inch of fresh ginger
A handful of fresh parsley
Shake well
Olive coconut butter
30% Olive oil
70% coconut butter
As coconut is solid between 10-25°C you can store in the fridge and use as a spread on bread, cooked potatoes or vegetables.

Olive with vegetables and roasted seeds
Lightly steam a bunch of asparagus and a broccoli head.
Toast some pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Add a bit of tamari as they cool.
Mix ingredients together and add 2 tablespoons Olive oil.
Add a sprinkle of paprika, salt and pepper to taste
Vata Diet
Use this diet to help relieve nervous tension, cramps, pain, anxiety, insomnia, bloating, constipation, dryness
General diet guide for a healthy lifestyle

  • Please just eat what is appropriate for you. If you are intolerant of any food or simply do not like it then please avoid it. This diet is to help raise the digestive fire and enhance the assimilation of nutrients which will help calm the nervous system.
  • Emphasis on foods which are warm, soupy and easy to digest.
  • Eat at regular times.
  • Eat to less than full.
  • Practice relaxation.
  • Avoid yeast, refined sugars, coffee, tea, tobacco, drugs, poor quality oils and extremely spicy foods as these aggravate the digestion and the nervous system.
  • Favour foods that are warm, heavy, and oily as these nourish the nervous system.
  • Reduce foods that are cold, dry, and hard as these aggravate digestion.
  • Favour foods that are sweet (e.g. wheat, milk, rice), sour (e.g. vinegar, yogurt, umeboshi plums, citrus fruit), and salty as these are all nourishing.
  • Reduce foods that are very spicy, bitter (e.g. coffee, chillies, green leafy vegetables), and astringent (e.g. apples, beans) as these aggravate digestion and disturb the nervous system.

Dairy: all dairy products nourish the nervous system. Always boil milk before you drink it, mix with cardamom seeds and drink it warm. Don’t take milk with a full meal or with fruit. Use organic milk. If allergic substitute with almond or rice milk. Avoid ice cream, powdered milks and soya milk.

Sweeteners: all sweet flavours are good for nourishing the nervous system. Reduce refined white sugar. Avoid all sugars if bloating is present.

Oils: all oils reduce dryness and nourish the nervous system. Emphasis on Flax, hemp, sesame, ghee, olive, sunflower, evening primrose, borage and fish oils. Use these internally and externally.

Grains: rice (basmati, brown, wild), wheat, oats (cooked) and quinoa are very good for nourishing the nervous system. Amaranth is ok. Reduce intake of barley, corn, millet, buckwheat and rye as these are a bit drying and can be difficult to digest creating wind. Avoid the rest

Fruits: favour sweet, sour, or heavy fruits, such as berries, bananas, avocados, grapes, cherries, lemons, limes, fresh figs, peaches, melons, plums, pineapples, mangoes, and papayas. Cooked apples and pears are ok. Soaked prunes and raisins are ok. Avoid dried fruits, uncooked apples, pears, pomegranates, cranberries as these can create wind.

Vegetables: asparagus, beets, cucumbers, carrots, and sweet potatoes are the best. Peas, green leafy vegetables, celery, summer squash, winter squash, and potatoes are best well cooked in oil or ghee with mild spices. Seaweeds are very beneficial. It’s best to avoid the Brassica family; brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Also avoid Solanaceae family; peppers, aubergines, potatoes and tomatoes. Raw vegetables, especially onions are banned as these all create wind.

Spices: Most of them, especially; asafoetida, cardamom, cumin, coriander, ginger, fennel, dill, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, black pepper all help reduce gas and spasms in the digestive system.

Nuts: all nuts and seeds are good in moderation, especially soaked.
Beans: avoid all beans, except for marinated tofu and mung lentils and occasionally red lentils.
Meat and fish: chicken, turkey, eggs and seafood are fine; red meat, beef should be avoided.
Pitta Diet

Use this diet to help clear skin inflammations, itching, joint pain, hot flushes, acidity, ulcers, anger, irritation, infections, fever, late spring