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Traveling Korea Ayurvegan style

Let me tell you something about Korean food habits and Ayurvedic facts!

A travel blog about traveling Korea and exploring the similarities about TCM nutrition facts and Ayurvedic nutrition

I am back from my trip to Seoul and Jeju-Island and had a thriving September and time there! There was so much to explore – and one of my most favorite things is for sure – exploring food! Korean food got a delicious and unique taste, so very different from other Asian food combinations. But I also found some interesting things about Korean food and Ayurvedic nutrition facts – especially when it comes to the six tastes of Ayurveda.

Being vegan or vegetarian in Korea is possible, but sometimes challenging these days, as the Korean food is now mainly prepared with meat and fish compared to the traditional temple kitchen for example. It was even more, thriving to search and find those little vegan food spots, meeting other Korean vegans and make a difference as a vegan traveler.

Vegan in Seoul is easy!

Restaurants in Seoul often had one dish which is vegan, or vegetarian, so there it was kind of easy to find something. Some Kimbap restaurants which prepared fresh Kimbap rolls in front of your eyes, just made the rolls you would wish for. But what about the small and beautiful Island of Jeju-Do?

Vegan on Jeju-Do is adventurous

Jeju-Do is famous for sea animals, black pigs and even horse meat – when I was getting it right. So I guess many tourists are coming there for exactly those „specialties.“ But even on Jeju-do, there are small and thriving vegan food spots!

At first, it is simple at most temples to find temple food which is vegan and vegetarian. Here I can recommend to check their online pages, look for registration or opening times before you get there. Temple food with all it´s little traditional side dishes is about TCM components, which are perfectly fitting the six tastes of Ayurveda. After a meal like that, I was fulfilled, rejuvenated, not tired and sluggish, I had also no cravings at all.

The Loving Hut on Jeju-do

My favorite place on Jeju-Do was „The Loving Hut Jeju“ which is run by two amazing women. The chef is vegan for 23 years now and is saving stray dogs (and I also saw cats) from the Island. She said to me that she is doing it for the animals. Her food was like a homecoming. It was like coming home to your „Omma“ after a long and stressful week at work and so tasteful, delicious, that we went there twice in our short stay.

Kimchi Jigae

The menu there is changing with every season, which is form e even more Ayurvedically! Beautiful small, and comfortable place. I will come back for sure!

So if you are looking for a stay in Korea and you are vegan and vegetarian – prepare yourself with researches. If you haven´t any local and native speakers around, it could get challenging – but it is still possible!

Korean travel tips for you:

1. Be curious to try something new and try all the leaves to wrap your meals up and try all the side dishes! (So many Kimchi flavors! I loved it! )

2. Search the internet for vegan and vegetarian-friendly spots, you will find some but maybe you can´t sit down in every restaurant or place on your way. But the searching was always worth it!

3. Go and try temple food because those places were the most beautiful ones and the traditional Korean flavors are something you will mainly never taste in European restaurants or US places.

4. Not every dish is super spicy (I was warned that it is), also not every Kimchi was hot as hell – I was able to eat a balanced, on Ayurvedic tastes related, delicious diet there!

5. Most restaurants offer water for free and many are serving warm water or tea – this was amazing and also is an Ayurvedic principle for sure! As warm water is helping us to keep our digestive fire running and to digest properly.

6. I would also recommend trying as many dishes as possible. There is so much to explore in Korea!

So if you are planning to go there and feel a bit helpless, please feel free to mail me at any time. I can name some places for you and also have my brother there which can also help out with questions where to go and what to eat!

What do you think? Are you now in Wanderlust mode? Leave a comment in the section below and if you don´t want to miss the main principles of TCM nutrition and Ayurvedic nutrition next week, subscribe!

Have a beautiful Sunday,

Namaste!

Ayurvedic Inspired Holistic Summer Recipes

An important topic of Ayurvedic lifestyle is food and nutrition. When it comes to summer, we will feel an increase of Pitta Dosha and can balance here with a specific diet.

In summer it is okay to eat more raw leafy greens to keep Pitta cool and this is also a wonderful side effect to balance Kapha. Light and cool vegetables balance Pitta and Kapha. As it is hot outside, we will not cool out that quickly and can even eat with our Vata dosha more refreshing dishes!

Find also my SOS heatwave tips and hacks here: http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/25/ayurveda-sos-guide-to-stay-cool-during-the-heat-wave/http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/25/ayurveda-sos-guide-to-stay-cool-during-the-heat-wave/

My Ayuredic summer diet is also Acid/Alkaline balancing – People with a Kapha-Pitta Dosha can also benefit from the recipes I am going to share with you today. I am inspired by plantbased, highcarb, lowfat recipes, which are perfect for summer and Kapha and Pitta friendly!

The recipes are plantbased, gluten-free and have zero oil, less spices and you can find the Ayurvedic tastes for every recipe at the end of the instructions!

I will please your taste buds today with:

  • A delicious and cooling coconut bowl recipe
  • A healthy and grounding potato salad recipe
  • A creamy low fat pasta recipe to feed your soul

I hope you will enjoy every single one of my recipes! I am actually eating them a lot! 🙂

Ayurvedic Meal Plan – High Carb Low Fat inspired

Breakfast

“When life gives you a coconut…make a bowl out of it!“ – Bowl

Refreshing, nourishing and pretty!

Please have this bowl not as the first thing in the morning. Start with a warm fennel tea a half hour before you eat it! Some say coconut joghurt is joghurt and can´t be eaten with fruits, others say it is also a fruit and can be eaten mixed with other fruits. I go very well with my sensitive digestion with coconut joghurt and fruits – try and see how your body is feeling about it! 😊 I think when we don´t eat a bowl like this every morning, we will be fine!

Ingredients:

1 cup of Coconut Joghurt, room temperature

1 ripe peach, cut in pieces

½ banana, cut in slices

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 tbsp blueberries

1 tbsp strawberries

1 tbsp gluten free muesli

1 tsp cashews

1 tsp chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. Mash the banana in a bowl and mix with your coconut joghurt
  2. Cut the peach into peaces and mix under the coconut – banana mix
  3. Slice the banana and then just top everything on your bowl – I always start with the banana slices, go on with the other fruits and sprinkle muesli, cashews, chias at the end over everything!

Pro-Tip: Peaches are Vata pacifying but aggravate Kapha and Pitta. You could replace here with apricot (Kapha and Vata) and Strawberries instead of peaches (Pitta).

You can also skip the banana and cashews when your Kapha is aggravated a lot. 😊

Do you still need a morning routine? Find my article about how-to here: http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/30/kick-start-your-day-with-an-ayurvedic-morning-routine/http://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/06/30/kick-start-your-day-with-an-ayurvedic-morning-routine/

Lunch

„Potato salad kissed by Mayocado”

Potatoes and Avocado are helpful for losing weight!

Ingredients:

„Potato Salad“

2 big potatoes, cooked, peeled and diced

1 small red onion, diced

2 stalks of green spring onion, diced

2 stalks of green cellery, diced

„Clean Mayocado“

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado

1 tsp dijon mustard

¼ tsp himalayan salt

½ tsp maple syrup

1 tsp fresh or dried dill, minced

1 tsp lemon juice

1 pinch black pepper

½ cup water

Instructions:

  1. Chop your potatoes into cubes and place in a medium sized bowl. Chop the onion, the cellery and the green spring onions and mix with your potatoes. Set aside.
  2. Peep the Avocado and pull it into another bowl. Mash with a fork until creamy. Mix with mustard, lemon juice, salt, maple syrup, dill and add black pepper and a bit water into your mixture. It should be a creamy consictence which can coat your potatoes evenly.
  3. Mix everything together and top with green spring onions if wanted.

I served black bean patties to it which is also awesome when you have a bbq with your friends! I also love to just have leafy greens underneath the potato salad – so we can feed our taste buds with bitter and astringent!

Pro-Tip: Use warm potatoes and serve also the salad with lukewarm potatoes.

What is Ayurvedic about this recipe? We have here all six tastes according to Ayurveda included:

Sweet – maple syrup, avocado, onion

Sour – lemon

Salty – salt

Bitter – celery, dill

Pungent – celery, onion, dill, mustard

Astringent – potatoes

Dinner

„Soulfeeding Pasta“

Creaminess will let you melt away!

Ingredients:

Gluten-free Pasta of choice

1 cup of spinach, diced

1 red onion, diced

2 cups of cauliflower

2 garlic cloves

½ cup of soaked cashwes

1 tbsp of hemp seeds

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

½ tsp salt

1 pinch black pepper

A bit water

Instructions:

  1. Cook your cauliflower in a bowl or steam it, until soft. Chop in the meanwhile your spinach and onion, heat a bit water in a small pan and start to sautee the veggies. Set aside.
  2. Start boiling water for your noodles and mix all your sauce ingredients in a blender: the cauliflower, the garlic cloves, hemp seeds, cashews, yeast, lemon, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix until creamy. Place your noodles in a bowl and top with sauteed veggies, pour sauce over and mix well.
  4. Enjoy and don´t eat after 6 p.m.! 😉

What is Ayurvedic about this recipe? We have here all six tastes according to Ayurveda included:

Sweet – hemp seeds, cashews

Sour – spinach, yeast, lemon

Salty – spinach, salt

Bitter – spinach

Pungent – onion, garlic

Astringent – spinach

Takeaways:

  • Plantbased wholefoods are perfect to nourish our body, in summer we can help to stay cool with specific foods
  • Ayurveda recommends to eat 6 tastes with every meal – this is not even that hard as you can see!
  • During the Pitta season it is okay to eat raw fruits and cooling foods – important here is to find a balance to not aggrevate one specific Dosha a lot
  • Pitta and Kapha go well without any oil in their dishes – let yourself inspire by delicious SOS-free recipes
  • Start your morning always with warm water, eat never too cold and make the experience that this alone can help your mind-body-soul wellbeing a lot!

If you liked my recipes, let me know in the comment section, tag me in your pictures on Facebook and Insta!

Let´s start into a new week, get nourished and energized! Wishing you all the best!

Namaste!

Yours,

Krishnaprema

According to Ayurveda – a vegan diet can help to boost your health!

There is always a bit of a sceptical opinion when it comes to Ayurveda and vegan nutrition. But there is no point why Ayurveda and veganism shouldn´t be working together.

Ayurvedic nutrition is complex and a health care system. Ayurvedic nutrition is also very individual and holistic. The advice of Ayurvedic nutrition is mostly to skip fish, meat and eggs – because they are heavy to digest anyways. Cheese and sausages are also nothing any Ayurvedic nutrition plan would suggest.

But wait, what´s with all the animal based ingredients in ayurvedic recipes?

But milk, batter, honey and joghurt are part of many recipes and health care tipps. The traditional diet is here more vegetarian, but obvisously not vegan.

The vegan philosophy and ethics are perfectly fitting together with Ayurvedic nutrition. From a spiritual perspective, we have the topic of Ahimsa – which can be translated as a form of non-violence. The old vedic texts are saying that the killing of animals is giving the soul a dark shade and eating meat, fish and eggs is increasing negative emotions, thoughts, lazyness and attachment.

You might know this philosophy from your Yogateacher training or any Yoga book, which talks about the spiritual texts and basic philosophy.

Traditionally, Ayurveda got more a scientific point of view on diet and separates food in 12 different parts – even meat, fish, eggs and milk got kind of medical effects when we use them. But when it comes to illnesses and stress, there is always the suggestion to don´t eat any of those ingredients. Or to be clear – there is – depending on the kind of illness – the decision, if your diet is going to be vegetarian, mixed or vegan to heal. And – what I learned from Ayurveda over the years is for sure – there is no right or wrong, no black and white.

Many vegans are vegan for the animals. Ethical reasons are the main key here.

For vegan nutrition it would be important to eat enough plant-based healthy fats and proteins. Good oils, nuts and seeds, grains and legumes in any form should be on your daily plate. As you might know, Ayurveda uses specific herbs which will help to digest the legumes in an easy way and don´t leave you bloated. Cumin, Asafoetida and Himalayan Salt is a mix that works fine with lentils, beans and soy protein.

Vegan fast food is also just fast food according to Ayurveda. You want to eat fresh, healthy food to keep your spirit up high!

The best way to eat ayurvedic and vegan, is to eat on a regular basis lentil curries, rich soups with peas, fresh veggies and grains and add to your daily nutrition plan seasonal fruits, herbs, seeds and nuts. You should support your Agni, your digestive fire with foods which are easy for your body to assimilate, break down and absorb. That means you also have to look at your specific constitution! 😊

Tips for your Ayurvedic constitution and a vegan diet:

Vata

Vata peeps are often bloated from raw veggies and too many legumes. It will lead you to dry and rough skin, feeling exhausted and being bloated a lot. A good combination of healthy fats can help you to feel balanced – eat many nuts, sesame oil, try my coconut porridge and warming spices like cinnamon, pepper and ginger. Vata Dosha peeps are mostly into a healthy holistic diet anyways, because it speaks to their qualities so much – which are sublte, dry and cold. Eating raw salads, drinking smoothies is increasing our ether energies, so we feel inspired, high vibing and spiritual.

Pitta

Pitta peeps have a grounded metabolism and can eat many grains, legumes and even cold and raw food and digest it well – especially according tot he other Doshas. A vegan diet can be very easy for this dosha when it is mainly based high carb and low fat, without many spicy dishes. Sour, spicy and meat are increasing the acidity of your digestion so much that it leads to irritated skin, infections of the nerves and even heartburn. Coconut can cool you down, also chickpeas, mungbeans and leafy greens will make you feel super balanced.

Kapha

Kapha peeps can also benefit from a vegan diet because they can easily reduce their fat intake. Animal based proteins are also causing the feeling of heavyness and increasing the mucus production – which is not supportive for this Dosha anyways. Veggies, spices and fruits who spice up your life and energy level are perfect! Ginger, pepper and eggplants or pineapples will help you to digest plant based proteins. Spices which are keeping your metabolism going like pepper and ginge rare perfect for you! Kapha Dosha can benefit a lot from a vegan diet, but also should avoid to eat raw foods too much.

As you can see, a vegan and ayurvedic diet are pretty compatible! It is a very young movement and there are many options not available yet but I am sure also ayurvedic-vegan products are increasing in the future. Today I just found one company which seels Chyavanprash vegan and without Ghee, so I decided to work on a nice recipe now for my own (and you for sure!) 😉

To keep it short here for you:

  • Ayurveda and veganism got a lot in common, also based on the ancient philosophy about „doing no harm.“
  • Ayurveda and veganism can be a huge benefit for some Dosha related characteristics.
  • Ayurveda and veganism are working great on your health, when you watch out for a balanced diet with healthy veggies, grains and fruits, also healthy fats.
  • Ayurveda and veganism are a younger movement and there is much to explore right now according to recipes and treatments.

I hope you have the best Sunday! Stay compassionate and humble! Namaste!

Vegan, healthy and happy for 18 years now!

Krishnaprema

Let´s talk about (conscious) Sex!

Erotic is all about energy! How is the principle of erotic and sex working from an Ayurvedic perspective? We will find out today!

Vitality, energy and charisma are qualities we call in Ayurveda “Ojas.” Ojas is our vitality; it is the most etheric metabolism product our organism is able to produce. It is no material we can grab, but it is also not intelligence in it´s purest form. It is what makes us vital, alive. It is the connection between body, mind and soul and the purest form of life energy.

And now ask yourself what makes a human attractive.

Isn´t it the vitality, energy and charisma we find hot?

Ojas as a product of our metabolism is deeply connected to our nutrition

But all that “feeds” us is food. Nice food, a hug, a compliment, or beautiful music, a sunrise we watch on a beach. Whatever we feed to our five senses – our metabolism will process that.

Agni is the principle that breaks down what we eat – the rice, the asparagus, the berries. When our Agni is working well, it will turn the food into subtle qualities. Food and what we feed our senses. In fact: when we eat the right food and our metabolism can work as it´s best, we will have all the Ojas!

Creativity, vitality, optimism and radiance are what people will see when they look at us and find attractive about us.

How is this attraction been created?

Our food will break down in seven Dhatus which are our bodily tissues:

Rasa (Plasma)

Rakta (Blood)

Mamsa (Muscles)

Meda (Fat)

Ashti (Bones)

Majja (Nervous system)

Shukra (Reproductive Tissue)

Shukra is the most subtle form of tissues we have in our body which can create Ojas itself. Let´s say you are high in Shukra – translated that means your libido is high, as well.

When you are a man, you will lose Shukra during the sexual act and ejaculation. The old Ayurvedic texts recommended drinking milk after sex, so that you can build up Shukra ASAP. Today the milk quality is poor so that we don´t recommend that. 😉

The Ayurvedic medicine will teach us that it is important to be sensitive with our Shukra, because it means vitality and influences our whole energy level. The idea of Tantra is to practice sex so conscious, that you don´t lose your Shukra during it.

Does that now mean you are not allowed to have lots of sex or even – no sex?!

It means that you should try to have a conscious way of sex and it depends also onto your Dosha!

Vata constitution is about a low libido, Pitta is about passionate libido, Kapha is high in libido. Kapha Dosha stands for strength, robustness and endurance. When it comes to the amount of sex, the ayurvedic texts recommend also noting age, the seasons and the climate. When it is hot in summer we shouldn´t have as much sex as in the winter season, where we build Shukra throughout vigorous food.

The principle of Brahmacharya, which many Yoga peeps should be familiar with, teaches us to avoid sex. But in Ayurveda it is one of 13 natural needs we have as humans. The avoiding of those needs or the excessive practice of them, are bringing our Doshas to imbalance. Which also means – it could lead to illness!

Finding your own “truth”

It should be our goal to find a balanced life and that can also be very unique. Ayurveda describes this philosophy with two words – Satmya (compatible) and Asatmya (intolerance). Satmya means translated through the old texts “My Truth.” Not everything is good for all people in the same amount!

We try to find out what is the best for us and our organism is going to tell us what is good and bad for us. All the disciplines like Yoga and Ayurveda are helping us towards this step.

Increasing your sexual attraction and libido

Is it even possible through Ayurveda to increase attraction and libido? Sure. The key is to have a conscious relationship with your vitality. Breaking the topic down, from an Ayurvedic perspective, that means:

  • Every kind of energy that you consume, like liquid, food, air, light, experiences can be transformed by Agni in Shukra (the magical life force) and Ojas (the bodily tissues) in the best possible way.
  • Take care of your Agni, eat for your Dosha constitution, eat nutritious, light and not too heavy food, don´t eat late in the day.
  • Everything that you feed your body with, should be “sattva” – the cleaner your food, your experiences, your music, your thoughts, the more Ojas your Agni can produce!
  • The more “tamas” you will consume, the more unhealthy stuff, less Ojas your Agni will rock!
  • Your attraction is your energetic radiance, the vitality and joy you send out there. When you are balanced, you can be truly yourself! And that´s also the secret to a fulfilled sexuality!

Ayurveda is the way about balancing our life in the best possible way, and as you can see it is not as complicated as some old texts may seem to in the first moment. Isn´t a more conscious way of sexuality a beautiful theory, to practice and integrate in our society? All is about performance and bringing the best results nowadays – what when we make a change here?

What are your thoughts on Ayurveda and Yoga and Sex? Let us know in the comments!

Read you hopefully next week and wishing you the best possible day! Namaste!

The perfect Kapha breakfast – let´s get energized!

The last two Sunday´s were all about breakfast ideas and facts for Vata and Pitta Dosha. Today we come to our third Dosha, which is all about Earth and Water!

According to Ayurveda, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To activate your agni, your digestive fire, your body needs food. Without any breakfast, our body will respond quickly to stress, our blood sugar level is low, concentration won´t come easy and our metabolism need more time to “start.” We will be tired quickly and have binge eating habits for lunch or cravings for sugar and sweets. 

The qualities of Kapha Dosha

Dry and warm ingredients are the key here. They are giving your Dosha the possibility to warm up and get energetic! Fresh ginger, cardamom is helping your digestive fire to work in the right amount.

Kapha Dosha is a Dosha that can go without breakfast and also have coffee – but when you are not super hungry, I would suggest eating later in the morning, but don´t skip the breakfast at all. And also – don´t have coffee on an empty stomach! 😉

Kaphas are sometimes not super hungry and overeat then, avoid that and try to have regular meals.

Always remember the opposites of your Dosha

Airy foods go well for your Dosha, it will make your body feel less heavy and help you to don´t gain weight. Healthy airy foods are mostly steamed veggies like Brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower – but not everyone likes it savory for breakfast. Raw veggies are also to avoid.

Dried fruits are perfect in your porridge, and there are delicious porridge recipes without any oats – but with Quinoa or shredded coconut! Buckwheat can taste awesome and tiger nuts will be your new best friend.

Fiery foods as ginger, cinnamon, cumin and warming spices are perfect and can be combined with some fruits! Fruits that are warmed up and spiced up make a great combo to porridges. If you are not such a hungry morning breakfast person, warm fruits with spices can be delicious without any grains.

Get inspired by this nourishing and energizing Quinoa breakfast bowl:

The mighty Quinoa Bowl

That Quinoa porridge could make your day!

Ingredients:                         

½ cup of cooked Quinoa (I like the three colored version)

1 cup plant based milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cardamom powder

½ teaspoon ground cloves

A pinch of Himalayan salt or sea salt

2 tablespoons of flax seeds

A bit agave juice for sweetness

Toppings:

Chia seeds, blueberries, cacao nibs

Or warm apples and pears with a mix of cinnamon, ground cloves and cardamom

Preparation:

  1. Warm up the plant based milk in a small pot with your spices and let them simmer for a moment on medium heat.
  2. Add Quinoa and let it cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir from time to time.
  3. Put in a bowl and add your toppings of choice.
  4. To make the version of your apples and pears, heat some coconut oil and roast the spices, before you add the fruits. The fruits should get warm but not super mushy!
  5. Enjoy! To save time, prepare everything in the evening, this porridge is easy to reheat as well! 🙂

Please let me know if you tried this recipe and share with a picture! 🙂

Do you already feel balanced and like a new person? Share in our comment section below and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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Have a beautiful Sunday and a lovely new week as well! Namaste!

Vegan Kimchi Recipe – From Ayurveda With Love

Yes, yes, yes! I have here a Korean approved vegan Kimchi recipe I want to share with you! What about Ayurveda and Kimchi? I will talk shortly about that!

Want to calm your Kimchi cravings? Let´s go!

Do you know about the benefits of Kimchi?

Fermentation is the key

Perfect fermented food is not just delicious, but also healthy to the guts! Vitamins in fermented food stay alive and all the microorganism which are the reason why this tastes so damn good, are helping your digestive system to stay healthy and active!

Now let´s make some Kimchi!

Classic Kimchi is fermented Chinese cabbage with radish, spring onions, garlic, ginger and lots of paprika and if you want it spicy – chili!

Chinese cabbage is a bigger vitamin bomb than kale – I am not lying to you about that! And after that fermentation, the word superfoods get a whole another meaning!

Easy preparation and just a few ingredients

With my 5 simple tricks, your Kimchi is going to be easy peasy made:

  1. You can verify the recipe with the veggies – I just give you here an idea for how it can taste like! Carrots make it more refreshing, you can also add radishes, pak choi and you could also ferment zucchini! You can use less garlic, or more. Find YOUR Kimchi!
  2. The glasses you are going to use should be always being clean and the best thing is to clean them up with hot water before filling the Kimchi in.
  3. Your Kimchi should always have liquid on top, and the liquid will get up in the jar after two days. Just push the Kimchi down in the jar with a clean spoon.
  4. If you don´t like the fermented taste so intense, 2 days of fermentation are okay. I like it 7 days outside and set it in the fridge after that.
  5. My “No-fish sauce” recipe to adding the “fishy” taste is optional – you can do it without as well! (There is also a “No-Fish Sauce” available from the organic brand “Arche.”)

You will need:

Preparation time                           20 Minutes

Time for the whole process        30 Minutes

Ingredients for “No-Fish-Sauce”

1 Tablespoon Miso paste

8 dried Shiitake mushrooms, soaked in water overnight

 Wakame, dried

Nori, dried

Soy sauce for “the taste”

Preparation:

  1. Wash the mushrooms under rinsing water and place them with the dried seaweed in a small pot. Add water to half of the pot (4 cups of water at first). Start to heat the mixture and when the water starts cooking, you add another ½ cup of water to it. So we will keep the Umami flavor in our liquid!
  2. Do it up to three times. Let then simmer on low heat and add the Miso paste and soy sauce to it.
  3. Place aside and let cool it down. I like to prepare it in the evening before making Kimchi. Throughout it´s higher salt content it is also okay to keep the sauce a few days in a jar in the fridge!

Ingredients for your Kimchi

Just try which ingredients serve you the best!

1 small Chinese cabbage

4 teaspoons of sea salt

6 garlic gloves

1 tablespoon of ginger

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 small radish

1 small carrot

3 spring onions

1 teaspoon of Gochujang paste

(Alternative: 6 teaspoons of paprika powder (sweet) and 3 teaspoons of chili powder mixed to a paste with 2 garlic gloves and soy sauce)

6 teaspoons of sweet paprika powder

2 teaspoons of chili powder

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 cup of our “No-Fish-Sauce” or simply water

Preparation:

  1. You will need a big bowl to drain the cabbage in some water. Chop the cabbage in mouth-friendly pieces and add the pieces to a bowl. The water should be a generous amount, so that your cabbage swims a bit. Add the 4 teaspoons of salt to it and let sit for 2 – 4 hours!
  2. In the meanwhile, chop the radish and carrot into thin slices. The green spring onions into thin rings. Set aside. Mince the garlic and ginger and put them separately in a small bowl.
  3. Prepare now the marinade in a mixer. Add garlic, ginger with the sweet paprika powder, the garlic, the soy sauce, the Gochujang paste if you use some and the cup of “No-fish-sauce” and blend it. The texture should be creamy. Set aside.
  4. Rinse the cabbage under water and let dry a moment. Put the cabbage back to the bowl. Add your chopped veggies and mix all. Add now the marinade. Be careful! Use now disposable gloves to massage the marinade into the cabbage-veggie mixture, until all is evenly covered.
  5. Prepare your glasses now with hot water.
  6. Fill the Kimchi in your jars, let space to the top of the jar, the liquid will rise and that can be annoying if the jars are too full. Press the Kimchi a bit, so that there aren´t any space bubbles left.
  7. Set the jars beside; cover it for two days just half, so that a bit air can flow to your Kimchi. After two days, close the jar. Let now sit for more days, when you like it intense. Set in the fridge when you are already happy with the taste! 🙂

Try to eat Kimchi once a day! If you are high in Vata and have struggle with any kind of Kimchi, there is another great Zucchini Kimchi recipe I am going to share the next weeks. Let´s end this post and watch out for my Ayurvedic benefits of Kimchi and how to make Dosha specific Kimchi post! 🙂 It´s a science!

That is how I cut my Kimchi 🙂

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Tri-Doshic Holistic Rhubarb Muffins recipe

Gluten-free and vegan of course! 🙂

Easy, healthy , Tri-Doshic!

Full of flavor, easy to prepare, filled with holistic and nourishing ingredients. My muffins are the perfect start into the summer season! Use fresh rhubarb, so that you can get it´s full amount of ingredients!

It is rhubarb season and we need to eat this delicious veggie which is pacifying to all three Doshas in the best possible way! As a muffin. A muffin that is so healthy that you can have it for breakfast!

Just a few ingredients and easy to prepare when you own a blender! So here we go:

You will need:

Rolled Oats

Baking Powder

Buckwheat flour

Flax and Chia Seeds

A ripe banana

Sweet dates or figs

Plant based milk

Almond butter

Vanilla and Cinnamon

Rhubarb

Coconut sugar or Agave juice as a sweetener

As you can see, those ingredients are full of nutrients and plant based goodness! At the end of the recipe I explain a bit to the qualities of the ingredients and balanced it out, so that the recipe is Tri-Doshic, means – it is save for all three Doshas to eat! But now, let´s get in the kitchen!

Get the recipe here now:

Preparation time                       30 Minutes

Baking time                                30 Minutes

Servings                                      12 Muffins

Ingredients:

½ cup of rolled oats (gluten-free is optional)

2 tablespoons of buckwheat flour

½ cup of plant based milk

1 banana (very ripe)

7 dates or figs, soaked in water overnight

2 small stalks of rhubarb

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 tablespoons of almond butter

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of flax seeds

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

(Alternative: there are some vanilla sugar mixes available – organic ones with raw sugar are awesome to replace it).

2 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice

Preparation:

  1. Cut the rhubarb into small cubes and set aside.
  2. Mix the rolled oats, the flaxseeds, the chia seeds, baking powder, buckwheat flour, vanilla and cinnamon in a blender and make flour out of it. Set in a bowl.
  3. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
  4. Add the almond butter, the banana, the sweetener, and the plant based milk.
  5. Chop the dates in small pieces (maybe the most exhausting process of the whole recipe) and add them to the cake mix. Mix all with a hand mixer or a spoon. You want a batter type consistence. Not too liquid, not too sticky. Mix now the rhubarb cubes under.
  6. Pour the batter into an oiled muffin pan (but also use papers) and place two tablespoons of batter into each form.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
  8. Enjoy when it cooled down a bit!
You can even have them for breakfast !

Ayurvedic facts:

  1. Rolled oats and oats in general pacify Vata and Pitta Dosha, their taste is sweet.
  2. Buckwheat is pacifies Kapha because of it´s dry ingredients, the taste in sweet and pungent, astringent.
  3. Flax seeds are oily and gooey and support our digestion. It pacifies Vata and Pitta.
  4. Chia seeds are sweet and gooey and so also very Vata and Pitta friendly! They are also full of nutrients!
  5. Rhubarb is a tri-doshic veggie! It pacifies all Doshas and is very detoxing!
  6. Bananas pacify Vata and Pitta as well, because there are so gooey and heavy, they are not perfect for Kapha Dosha!
  7. Dried Dates are pacifying Pitta because of their heavy, dry and cold qualities, but the taste is sweet, which is nice for Vata. Dried figs (but a bit less) are pacifying all three Doshas.
  8. Almond butter gives the taste here. It is heavy and oily and so perfect for Vata and Pitta!

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Detox…and what comes after?!

Ayurvedic diet for April – the perfect add on after your Detox!

Spring is a season where the nature is all about cleansing and creating new life.

The shift from January to May is a Kapha season, we come from the cold and dry Vata season to the nourishing, rich and watery Kapha season. In April the temperatures are getting warmer, the trees and flowers are starting to bloom. For our body it is just the right time to Detox and also to lose some weight if you want to. Our metabolism got the quality to burn the fat from the Winter months now more effective!

But as in Kapha season, the Dosha can be easily aggravated now. In Germany we call it the “Spring tiredness” – guess where it does come from?

Start to add turmeric to your dishes and add Golden Milk into your days. Turmeric is a blood-mover and increases the whole metabolism. Bitter herbs and spices are now the perfect way to support our body. They will support your liver by excess fats and clean your blood. Spices like cardamom and ginger are having similar effects! Green leaves like sesame leaves, dandelion, rucola are bitter as well and can be added to your daily diet. Sesame leaves are awesome for rice dishes and curries. You can wrap rice and veggies into them! (You can find them normally in asian stores).

Neem face masks can help to detox your skin, which could be irritated during the changing temperatures with pimples, red spots. Use a face mask three times a week when your skin is going crazy now! If your face is just too dry, try a mix with rose water and healing earth, without the neem.

For substitutes you could add now Triphala and Trikatu – Trikatu is balancing Kapha and Triphala helps the body to detox.

Avoid heavy, oily, sweet and salty food and dishes. Try to focus more on what is growing seasonal now. Enough with the facts! Let’s get to THE FOOD and fruits you should focus on now – and of course, what each Dosha can do to stay balanced!

Kapha Dosha and the month of April

This Dosha is in it´s element, but also needs to focus on detoxing to get the mucus out of the body. During the rising humidity your Dosha can be aggravated easily. Pungent food and herbs will help you to stay in balance. Jala Neti to clean your nose every evening, Tongue scraping in the morning, add dry brushes massages into your routine now! Breathing techniques like Kapalabhati will be a lifesaver for you!

Vata Dosha and the month of April

Vata Dosha peeps are the happiest now! The cold weather is over, the sun comes out again…Vata Dosha need to stay grounded during diet and what is even more important – a daily routine! Stay nourished with Self-Massages in the evening and use Vata oil. Love your hair and scalp – treat them with a vitalizing hair oil once or twice a week. This will also help to stay grounded. As the energy level raises and you will find yourself in a workaholic mode, change your fitness and Yoga practice into gentle and muscle stabilizing. Alternate nostril breathing and meditation instead of crazy activism will help you to stay in balance.

Pitta Dosha and the month of April

Pitta Dosha people tends to have a sensitive liver which can lead to the affection of allergies. Everything is blooming now. So if you experience allergies according to the season – know that you can help you a lot with Ayurveda! Focus on Liver cleansing foods and herbs, which are the bitter ones. Help yourself with Jala Neti in the evening and morning when your nose is running, tongue scraping is also a daily morning practice that helps to reduce the aggravating toxins. If your feel overheated already, cool yourself down with massages with coconut oil and try oil pulling after tongue scraping with that.  

What to eat in April

Roots, Buckwheat and Tempeh – perfect example to combine the recommendations for this month! 🙂

What grows now naturally is Asparagus – take the green one, beets like beetroot and may root. Fermented food is perfect – try Kombucha, Kimchi and Sour cabbage. Grapefruits are awesome, if available eat papaya because of it´s cleansing benefits, also lemons, tangerines, cherries, oranges! The fruits should be not too sweet. Salads, legumes, sprouts combined with carbs like Buckwheat can be easily prepared and spiced with cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, pepper. (Try my Pho recipe and add lemons on top!).

During the day, fennel tea or Yogi Tea with coriander and cumin are helping you to don’t feel bloated while changing your diet.

Try to combine your specific Dosha diet with seasonal herbs, fruits and legumes. It is not as complicated – you just switch some ingredients which we mostly do naturally – cravings for Asparagus because it is seasonal, for example.

When you have still cravings for sugar, try raw chocolate! They even have some amazing ingredients and superfoods and dark cocoa is also a bit bitter! 😉

  • Avoid heavy, sweet, oily, salty food
  • Go with green leafy food and herbs which are bitter
  • Add a daily routine compared to your Dosha to stay grounded or help yourself with allergies or sluggishness
  • Focus on seasonal food and compare them to your Dosha specific diet
  • Soak up the sun a lot!

Find you here tomorrow for an Interview with an inspiring friend of mine! She is a Holistic Nutrionist and Wellness Practitioner and is inspiring with vegan and plant based recipes and so much more!

Namaste and a beautiful evening to you!

Ayurvedic secrets to release your menstrual pain

When I was younger I consumed the contraceptive pill for a long time and periods came easy to me. After refusing to take them any longer for 5 years or more, meant that my period started to hitting me sometimes really, really hard. At first I was a bit restless because we all have to function in our day to day lives to some point, so I decided to go the easy way and just took some painkillers. Painkillers let me function but they do not let me feel any better. They just take away the pain a while. As CBD in Germany is hard to get, I bought myself some drops in the States and have a new level of freedom now. But. There are also Ayurvedic remedies available to make your period gentle and take away the pain and the mood swings! I have here some free facts and tips, how to make your next period a gentle ride instead of a rollercoaster!

Good to know: In Ayurveda, the menstrual cycle has its very own Vata, Pitta and Kapha stage. If you can sense which phase affects you most, then you can find the best way to support yourself through your period. Shortly explained how the Ayurvedic menstrual cycle works:

  • The Vata phase lasts from day 1-5 (when your period hits in)
  • The Kapha phase lasts from the end of bleeding until ovulation (ca. days 4-14)
  • The Pitta phase lasts from ovulation until your period starts (days 14-18).

The following tips are a SOS-guide. The key is balancing everything out – that means start to follow a daily routine and balancing your Doshas. Just the right topic for another article! 🙂 Let´s head over to our remedies:

1.) Eat the right food with powerful ingredients

Craving sweets is for the most of us normal during our period. Combine the cravings for sweet food with healthy habits, awesome herbs and spices to make you feel better and help your body to release tension! Eat warm, easy digestive Foods that you like. There is always a healthier version of every meal! 😉

Find my recipe for my “Treat yourself like a Queen” porridge here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/15/the-treat-yourself-like-a-queen-porridge-recipe/

and also discover my recipe for Ayurvedic Pho here: https://fromayurvedawithlove.com/2019/03/16/the-period-cure-fho-real/

Facts: Ashwagandha, Maca, Fennel, and the herbs I am using there can take your pain away, balance your hormones and as adaptogens work – give you just the right amount of energy or stress-reducing-vibes – you will experience the difference AND had some awesome, mouth watering food! (Promise!)

    2.) Easy Yoga practice to help your body, mind and soul

Going crazy with Vinyasa or Ashtanga feels great – but the week where you cycle, you should step back and honor your body with some sweet and nourishing flows. It helps to open your body up, reducing stress and balancing hormones as well, plus – it will boost your mood. Skip the inversions and flows, focus on reducing Vata dosha with deep and slow hip openers, heart openers and relaxing the neck and shoulders!


3.) Skip (besides of work) all your schedules for the first three days of your period!


Let us get real – just a hand full of people have the luxury to stay at home while the period hits in. Most of us need to do a living. But try to make your free time even more relaxing and nourishing. Take a long and warm bath. Give yourself an Ayurvedic Self Massage. Use a face mask. Listen to some relaxing music while reading. Sleep more when your body needs it! But skip the friends, shopping, visiting, whatever stuff and focus on yourself! It will make such a big difference!

   4.) Discover herbal supplements and try some new!

Hot Cocoa with Ashwagandha, CBD chocolate or drops, adaptogens like Cordyceps – are all some herbs which are working awesome for me! There are also some more possibilities, just try some and find a way. But let the idea of painkillers go, as they affect for sure our organs! We should take them when it is really necessary and not once a month! I use actually a cocoa mix with Ashwagandha and drink it once a day with warm almond milk. When I am in pain, I use CBD drops – they don´t make you feel weird, dont panic! They will take away the cramps and headache by relaxing your muscles and nerves. To feel more fit, I use some Mushroom capsules with Cordyceps and Ginseng – they help me to stay focused and my head feels less “clouded and heavy.” A few companies, which having those products are for example: Pukka herbs, Dr. Kappl, Four Sigmatic.

Periods have their own stages of our Doshas and we can help in every state with different herbs and techniques to balance that Dosha out. Balanced Dosha means a gentle period! Eat warm and nourishing food, take your time off and slow down your work-out routine. Instead of taking pain Killers, try some new remedies.

Thank you so much for stopping by again and leave some love and thoughts in our comments below! Tune in next Sunday and meet the beautiful Christine Mc Cormack from Transformative Nourishment! Namaste!