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Ayurvedic Strategies for Healthy Holiday Eating

‘Tis the season to be snacking! From Thanksgiving (or even Halloween) through Valentine’s Day, the holidays present an extended string of festive gatherings that center around food and drinks. While living it up with friends, family, and colleagues can be fun, it can also be a bit stressful — especially if travel, hectic schedules, extra spending, and rich, sugary foods are on the menu. “When there’s stress involved, our choices can become more reactive, rather than coming from a grounded place and connected to the self,” says Sankari Wegman, […]

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Food, Mood and Digestion: The Mind-Body Connection

Vaidya Manohar Palakurthi is a highly respected Ayurvedic expert in the western world and India. He has been practicing Ayurveda for 33 years. Linda Egenes interviews Vaidya Manohar Palakurthi on November 16, 2016 Here, he talks about the relationship between food, mood, and digestion. Q: How does food affect our moods? Vaidya Manohar: The food we eat has a significant influence on our minds and hearts. You could even say that the nature of our mind and feelings depends on the food we have eaten. And conversely, the state […]

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9 Tips to Live Ayurveda This Fall

As we transition into the fall season, the season of Vata, we can empower ourselves by bringing as much energy and happiness as possible into our everyday life with these simple ayurvedic tips. With a few easy changes in our routine, it may surprise you how easily we can transition from one season into the next! Be with Nature Take time every day for a walk in the sun. Early morning is a wonderful time. Turn off the phone and listen to the sounds of nature or the environment, […]

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The Gap Between Seasons: Foods for a Fall Cleanse

The change from summer to fall is a period of time called Ritu Sandhi in ayurveda. It refers to the gap between seasons. This is a delicate time for the digestion, because the doshas are fluctuating and digestive capacity can also waver. This time of fluctuation provides a natural opportunity to cleanse the body, and ayurveda suggests that we make good use of the natural tendency of the body to cleanse itself. Maharishi Ayurveda recommends favoring lighter, warmer foods and skipping heavier foods during the few weeks when one […]

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Focus on Fall Health

As the dog days of summer wind down and a hint of crisp fall weather cools the night air, you might find yourself suddenly looking forward to going back to school or picking up the pace at work after a lazier summer. The seasons affect us. A saying in Maharishi Ayurveda, “As is the macrocosm, so is the microcosm,” captures an important principle: the outer environment affects our inner state of mind and body. When the weather is hot and humid during Pitta season (July-October), those Pitta qualities of […]

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