Ayurveda Guidelines for Summer – a one page Quick Guide to print and pin on your fridge. Print a few to share at your local yoga studio.
When I started dehydrating my extra greens (think kale chips and soup mixes for winter) during the summer, I wondered why we didn’t talk about the best methods of nutrient, enzyme and prana preservation techniques in Ayurveda school. We learned that if Vata bodytypes eat too much dehydrated food (like nuts and dried fruits) they won’t be able to poop, unless they soak it first. True enough. However, there is a whole world of Ayruveda in dehydrated food I’ve since discovered.
As far as I can tell, summer living foods sadhana has a lot to do with winter. Those of you involved in growing or foraging food are familiar with the ridiculous bounty available right now. I grew up learning about canning, which destroys prana, enzymes and nutrients. With the dehydrator and small batch pickling you can can preserve your … Read more
During last year’s Raw Food Solstice Fest I learned about sweet cicely during our wild plant walk near my house. I’d been eating a lot of dandelion, thistle and nettle, and the SWEET taste of Cicely made me an instant fan. Green and sweet? Sweet.
If you’re a typical American…
eating a Standard American Diet (yes… the SAD diet), you eat around 30 different species of plant life in an annual cycle . Meaning the total number of species you ingest per year.
To give you context, Native Americans species count was well over 1,000. Just for foods. Once you get into medicinals and plants … Read more
Kitchen = where you prepare your food body
Sadhana = Sanskrit साधना, literally “a means of accomplishing something”)
I first learned about kitchen sadhana from Maya Tiwari’s, Ayurveda: A Life of Balance. I checked this book out of the Jackson Hole library in during the winter of 1997. It deepened my calling. What I’ve found over … Read more
This much has become clear:
Either you’re lining up or you’re not.
Two steps forward, one step back is still lining up in my book.
Nature can’t not nourish you.
(Thank you Douglas Brooks for introducing me to the power of double negation.)
The more I start eating out of the woods the more food I notice. When you start … Read more
Eat your Yard.
When you read about all of the free nutrients available in your ecosystem, straight from the source, with no human interaction between you and the nutrients, you start to understand the full-cycle generosity of Nature. The more you eat your ecosystem, the more your ecosystem starts to invite you into it’s abundance.
When we start foraging for … Read more
(The Witch on the Mountain Bike is back for the next round!)
My dentist (hyperlink) and I were chatting about how dentists make a living off the residue left by soda pop, candy, and just about everything else sold at the grocery store. He explained to me that modern dentistry is not founded in prevention. Its founded in minimizing the damage and aftermath of eating unnaturally. Our teeth aren’t designed to decay.