When I talk about soul food, I mean exactly food LIKE THAT!
Find here my favorite Autumn Porridge bowl that comes along with creamy chocolate oats and Ashwagandha! Spices like cinnamon and cardamom will keep you warm and cosy during your day, while toppings like almond butter and cashews will help you to ground and nourish yourself.
★ 1 Cups of Gluten-free oats/Oats, soaked overnight
★ 1-2 Cups of plant milk of choice
★ 2 Tsp. raw cocoa
★ ½ Tsp. Ashwagandha
★ ½ Tsp. Cardamom
★ ½ Tsp. Cinnamon
★ ½ Banana, 1 small apple, frozen raspberries, chias, gojis, cocoa nibs, cashews, almond butter
★ Soak the oats again overnight and add your plant milk in the morning and start slowly to warm it up!
★ Slice your banana, apple and add them into a small pan. Heat them slowly and add raspberries at the end. You can add maple syrup to sweeten it more.
★ Add the spices to your warm oats and mix and stir well for another ﬁve minutes. Add maybe more plant milk if needed.
★ Put your oats in a bowl and top with the warm banana and apple slices and raspberries. Add almond butter, gojis, chias and cocoa nibs.
★ Eat and enjoy warm and melting again. Ashwagandha will give your extra energy and takes your stress away!
I hope you enjoy the fall Season as much as I do! And I hope you like this recipe for sure. Please tag us when you tried our recipe on Instagram or Facebook and leave some love in the comment section below!
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Ayurveda has a history of more than 5,000 years, originated in the Indus Valley region of India. First, it was passed orally from family to family and generation to generation. Later it was recorded in the ancient Vedic books. The knowledge was spread along the silk road and influenced Chinese medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is originated in China. As the origin of history got lost, written records are available from 2,000 years ago. Acupuncture points history can be followed way back to Stone Age.
As you can see – there must be some similarities between Ayurveda and the ancient way of TCM. Both systems are holistic for sure and see the human as a whole. Let´s have a closer look!
1.) Connections to the tongue
Ayurveda and TCM both use tongue diagnosis. In TCM the tongue is a map to our organs. In Ayurveda, we also use cracks, color, coat of the tongue to have a closer look at the imbalances of our patients. TCM also recommends to brush the tongue and avoid certain drinks or food before having a tongue diagnosis.
2.) The theory of elements
Here is another common thing – TCM is separating the body in 5 elements. Ayurvedic theory is separating the body into 5 elements as well. In Ayurveda, we call it Vata (Ether & Air), Pitta (Fire & Water), Kapha (Earth & Water). In TCM it is Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.
And both systems have a similar way to find those elements in the human body. Here is a TCM description:
Solid structures such as bones, flesh, skin, tissue, and hair represent earth form.
Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat.
Fire forms hunger, thirst, and sleep.
Air takes care of breathing like expansion, contraction, and suppression.
Space takes care of physical attraction and fear.
3.) Pulse Diagnose
Both Ayurveda and TCM use Pulse diagnose to find imbalances.
Ayurveda describes the Doshas in our Pulses, while TCM describes 29 different Pulses in the human body. The goal is the same: to have a closer look at the individual and its imbalances to find a unique treatment.
4.) The causes of illness
In TCM the evils are external in origin but can penetrate deeply into the body, as they do in Ayurveda.
The Six Evils are:
In Ayurveda Dryness and Wind and everything that is aggravating Vata is the root of 60% of all illnesses. 30% are related to Pitta Dosha and just 10% can be found related to Kapha Dosha.
5.) Tastes and properties
TCM describes different tastes in herbs and nutrition as well. Sweet, Spicy, Bitter, Sour, Salty, Astringent and Bland. In Ayurveda, we describe Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent.
6.) Dietary and Nutritional guidelines
Just have a look at the common TCM guidelines for eating habits and what should be avoided:
General Eating Habits
Eat in a calm and relaxed atmosphere and do not rush your meal
Avoid intense interactions at mealtime, including television and reading
Chewing food thoroughly supports spleen qi
Don’t eat meals late at night
Avoid overconsumption and excessive fasting
Raw, cold food, and iced beverages
Oily, greasy, and fried foods
Refined sugar and limit overly sweet foods like fruit
Excessive alcohol intake
Excessive meat consumption
I am sure you can find here all the nutrition facts, you already read about Ayurvedic nutrition!
What do you think? What do you prefer? What do you practice? I would like to read some of your personal experiences in the comment section below!
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