While I’m obviously a seasoned seasonal yogidetoxer there is something you should know: I’m also a rebel. And Rebels are Cheaters during a detox. I’ve resisted authority since I can remember. Naturally, my mom was the first victim of my rebellious behavior. I was a stubborn kid with a know-it-all attitude.. and a sharp whippersnapper at that. I didn’t have a complacent bone in my body.
My friend Ross Kamens and I were taking a break on a huge Teton hike. He shared with me his bean muffins. We were talking about ditching flour in baking. Ross is a big time pro chef who has spent the last 2 years in his test kitchen playing with gluten-free alternatives. What has he discovered? Beans.
After a few years in my Ayurvedic practice I went to India for 3 months to see what I could learn. During that time I completed Dr. Lad’s Gurukula program in Ayurvedic practice, I spent a few weeks at Krishnamacharya’s YogaMandiram chanting, I sat a Goenke Vipassana Retreat, and I studied Pancha Karma in Kerala. A day didn’t go by that I wasn’t served small batch fermented foods.
First off, I never thought of making raw fudgsicles. Until I decided to try to see what my body was like without dairy. It was part of getting diagnosed with H Pylori – a bacteria that I probably picked up in Mexico. Or India. Or China. Or Peru. Or who knows – maybe in Driggs, Idaho.
In any case, sugar … Read more
Make better waffles – without the heavy feeling of glue expanding in your belly. My kid and I discovered this recipe through trial and error. It’s amazing.
The “Cheatsheets” are a series of super helpful pointers to optimize your health. Some are seasonal. Others have recipes or are quick guides. Print and share. You can also leave a comment of other cheatsheets you’d like me to make!
-Cate Stillman Founder of Yogahealer.com
Why drink more juice?
Juice added to a Standard American Diet won’t make much of an impact. It’s more about what you’re taking out. Take everything else out – the coffee and muffin, the turkey sandwich, the chicken and rice, and glass of wine, and your body naturally starts to optimize. For most people, optimizing means detox. Fasting on juice versus water has the added benefit of flushing your cells and energizing your blood and brain.
Desiree Rumbaugh and I are psyched to be in the March 2013 edition of Yoga Journal for our Eat Green Challenge. Check out p. 37-44 – the article by Lavinia Spalding called Crunch Time: Revitalize yourself with a plant-based eating plan that celebrates fruits and veggies. Also, Des and I want to get a shout out to our dear old friend and colleague, Stacey Rosenberg, who is the “student” of Eat Green in the article.
I’m frequently asked for a kitchari recipe. Over the last decade I’ve maybe been asked 300 times. One might think I would have posted a kitchari recipe like this in my first blog post and avoided a few dozen of those emails asking for a recipe. If you want the recipe – click the image and print it. And if you’re wondering why so many people want to eat kitchari, read on.