I dabbled a little with Ayurveda after discovering Yogi Cameron on the Veria network last year. I picked up a few of his tips for cooking and self-care for balancing the body, but in the Fall when my allergies were screaming, I decided it was time for an Ayurveda consultation. I wanted a more preventative approach to managing my allergies by building my immune system and resistance to some of my biggest allergen triggers include pet dander, dust, grass, wool, lavender and mangoes. My daily routine has made all of the difference in the world, so I thought I would share it here- especially for any fellow allergy sufferers.While you sleep, your body is detoxifying and some of those toxins reside in your mouth. It is better to scrape the toxins away before you swallow them back into your system first thing in the morning. I drag the stainless steel scraper (below) from the back of my tongue moving forward 3-4 times & rinsing between scrapings. You can also used a spoon to scrape the tongue. About twice a week, I do oil pulling. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental health technique with a long list of health benefits. I use either sesame oil or coconut oil. I prefer the coconut oil. Chew on a tablespoon of coconut oil until it turns to liquid. Then swish it around the mouth and squish it through your teeth for 20 minutes. You can start out with 5 or 10 minutes. Discard the oil, but not down the sink. I place a small dish next to the sink for this purpose. Rinse the mouth and brush your teeth. Your teeth will feel clean and smooth like you just left the dentist's office after a cleaning. Oil pulling isn't nearly as terrible as it sounds. In fact, my kids oil pull with me.
dosha quiz here and then take a look at the foods that most benefit your dosha. My dosha is Vata (air)/Pita (fire), with Vata (air) being the dominant dosha. Breakfast used to look like eggs and bacon, a fresh fruit smoothie, or a chocolate protein bar. Breakfast now consists of stewed fruit or oatmeal with dried fruit. "Stewed fruit" did not initially sound appetizing until I started cooking it each morning. The warmth of the fruit is very satisfying. I switch up the fruit, but tend to stick to apples, pears, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries.
The warming spices I add to the fruit are ground cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg:
Let the fruit simmer until softened.
On work days, I transfer the stewed fruit to a food thermos to take to work. In Ayurveda, you only cook enough portion for one meal (no leftovers or microwaves!) and you should consume the meal within 6 hours of preparation.
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Here is the Ayurveda lunch I make most days to take to work with me.