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

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! 🙂

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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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Explore the six tastes in Ayurveda

Nutrition is one of the fundamental principles in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a preventive science and how can we be more preventive than with the food we consume daily? Every substance we can eat got specific qualities, these qualities have the ability to cause a reaction. So we can use every substance to a unique, individual person or animal and use so the healing qualities – Food is therapeutic in Ayurveda.

Another fact is, there is no dogma in Ayurveda, no “THAT DIET IS THE RIGHT DIET” – we see the human as a individual. What good is for you, can for another body type be really poisonous. For every therapy in Ayurveda, we switch the diet for the patient.

One basic about the understanding of Ayurveda is, that we use the opposite qualities of food – we balance the doshas with antagonistic qualities. The six tastes play here a big role. Let us dive now deeper into that concept!

There are 6 qualities of food according to Ayurveda, we start with RASA which is the taste. It is the taste we experience when we eat a specific food. It is exactly what our tongue perceives during the chewing. The 6 tastes of Ayurveda have effects on our organism and our Doshas.

I also was in my garden this morning – I found every plant to our six tastes! Just to show how easy the concept is, even when it is at first strange to us! 🙂

Sweet (Madhura)

Strawberries have the quality of sweet

The qualities of sweet taste are oily, cold, heavy, moisture. It is delicious and nurturing and highly addictive. It will raise Kapha and reduce Vata and Pitta. Make here the connection to the qualities! Vata is dry and light – sweet is moisture and heavy! Get it, right? The elements are earth and water.  

The effect of sweet food is that will make skin soft, will help to gain weight and muscles, give strength, nourish you. It can give you more energy and can help to clear your sense organs. It is also important for digestion.

Sweet foods are for example

  • Sweet fruits
  • Starchy vegetables
  • Grains
  • Wheat products
  • Sweeteners

Sour (Amla)

Rhubarb got the quality sour

The qualities of sour taste are moisture, hot, light and oily. It comes with the elements of earth and fire, which you can find also at Kapha and Pitta. It will raise Kapha and Pitta and calm Vata. The effect of sour food can improve your digestion, reduce flatulences (airy Vata people are now like – aaaaaaaahhh! 🙂 ), it is stabilizing the sense organs, increases saliva, gives you that hungry feeling, increases also sweat.

Sour foods are for example:

  • Grapefruit
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Salty (Lavana)

Stinging Nettles got the quality salty

The qualities of salty taste are moisture, hot and heavy. The elements are water and fire. And so it will increase Kapha and Pitta and calm Vata. Salty food have the effect to make soft, get rid of stiffness and tenseness. It helps your digestion, and increases the secretions.

Salty is something many are craving for – the enhance of the flavour of food is the reason.

Salty foods are for example:

  • Salt in every form
  • Seaweed
  • Tamari and Soy Sauce
  • Miso
  • Celery

Pungent (Katu)

Sage got the quality pungent

The qualities of pungent taste are dry, heating, sharp. Don´t mess this one up with spicy. It is more a taste experience we have without even knowing it, but spicy food is also part of it. The elements are fire and air. It will reduce Kapha and increase Pitta and Vata. The heating qualities can be experienced as super nice by Vata peeps.

The effect is the amazing ability to strengthen your digestive fire, your Agni. It also helps to kill bacteria, parasites, fat, is opening your body channels, can reduce tissue, will increase saliva.

Pungent foods are for example:

  • Ginger
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Mustard
  • Radishes
  • Black Pepper

Bitter (Tikta)

Dandelions got the quality bitter

The qualities of bitter taste are dry, cold and light, comes along with the elements of air and aether. Kapha is the only Dosha who benefit from this one in small amounts and can even handle coffee. It is increasing Vata and Pitta. The effects are all about the vata dosha. Antibiotic, antiparasitic, liver cleansing and they are perfect to clean your body. It will make the muscle tissues firmly and is the all appetizer.

Bitter foods are for example:

  • Cacao
  • Coffee
  • Turmeric
  • Bitter herbs
  • Leafy greens
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant

Astringent (Kasaya)

Lavender got the quality astringent

The qualities of astringent taste are dry, cold and heavy. The elements according to astringent are earth and aether. The effects are all about Vata! It can make your head clear and light (think about the aether qualities!), but it can also make stiff, your tongue dry (Vata again!). It can lower the blood pressure, is also anti-inflammatory. It Is with the cooling effects perfect for Pitta Dosha.

Astringent food are for example:

  • Turmeric
  • Green beans
  • Legumes
  • Pomegranates
  • Cranberries
  • Artichokes
  • Raw broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus

So, on the go for you:

  • To balance your Doshas you should try to eat all six tastes every day, every meal. But try to avoid the tastes in big amounts that will increase your Doshas.
  • The six tastes will help you to understand the nutritional qualities of food.
  • Each taste have mental, physical effects on your unique Dosha and body.
  • If you have a highly predominant Vata Dosha, try to eat less food with the taste of bitter, pungent and astringent and eat more with the taste of sweet, sour and salty.
  • If you have a highly predominant Pitta Dosha, eat more sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and avoid sour, salty and pungent.
  • If you are mainly Kapha try to eat mainly bitter, pungent and astringent and reduce the intake of sweet, sour and salty.

Try to take a walk outside today and find different plants! Some wild herbs and flowers got qualities you already know – what kind of taste do they have?

I am wishing everyone a beautiful Easter Weekend! Read you here tomorrow again – let’s start the week together with a Monday meditation! 😋❤️

Ama – The root cause of all diseases

Ama – undigested metabolism toxins and why it is important to focus on them

You might have heard or read the word Ama now several times. But what exactly is Ama? Ama is according to Ayurveda the main reason for all diseases. Why? The philosophy of Ama and Agni are one of the fundamentals in Ayurvedic Health Care. With a strong digestive fire, your body can digest everything in a perfect way. With a weak, digestive fire the trouble starts. Here is the point about having a special diet for our Doshas, our body constitution which is very unique, and keep our bodies balanced!

The beginning of Ama

Imagine a digestion that is poor and weak, all the nutrients you feed your body throughout food can´t get absorbed well and multiply in your digestive tract. They literally ferment – but not in a good way. Toxins develop and can lead to different problems with health. Sickness, allergies – your body is out of balance. These toxins is what we call Ama. This principle is also food for microbes, which are living naturally in our digestive system. Microbes can breed in a morbid way, which is in other health philosophies and sciences also a way to describe the development of diseases. According to Ayurveda we see them more as a symptom, which is caused by toxins.

Ama can make a connection to the Doshas and start to cause diseases. It can connect with weak doshas, stick to tissues and the lymphatic system, clogging the arteries – a way of disease development which is called “Sama.” All sicknesses that are caused like that, need a specific way of detox – and are mostly not easy to heal. They need a cleansing process to get rid off all the Ama in our bodies – this is how we support the immune system and start to heal. But there are also diseases which aren´t caused by Ama – those are easier to heal and we call them “Nirama.” There are many types of toxins and they also have different qualities, most of them are in the beginning easy to eliminate.

The qualities and different types of Ama

The qualities of Ama are similar to Kapha qualities, but we would describe it more sticky, mucous, with a bad smell. Those qualities help to block body functions and clog the metabolic process. In the early stages Ama is on the tongue – as a white to grey coat, it is a heavy and tired feeling in the body and also bad transpiration, bad breath and so on. The connection to the Doshas bring different types of qualities to Ama.

Vata type Ama is for example caused by caffeine, fermentation in the gut (make the connection to bloating!), or a very unsteady lifestyle. This kind of Ama make you feel more hyper, scattered and anxious.

Pitta Type Ama is more hot and fiery (make the connection to infections!), here it is mostly caused by liver excess, fermentation in the gut. You would feel more irritated, itchy, inflamed.

Kapha Type Ama is caused by heavy and oily food, your metabolism is slow. And that is also how you feel – tired, sluggish.

There are factors which are supporting Ama, the most important are food – not compatible to your body and dosha, food that is heavy to digest, eating too much, food that is causing bloating. Eating habits, like eating at night, too much stress and intense emotions. But also moving to a new place and the change of season are developing Ama, because our metabolism get mixed-up and need a time to get used to the new climate, bacterias.

You can also see the first symptoms of Ama and experience them in your life – not just the coated tongue, but what about being bloated after food and tired and feel sluggish? Strong cravings for fast and junk food? Acne, skin breakouts like red points and allergies? Even clouded thoughts, a unsteady feeling or a lack of motivation is a sign for Ama in your body.

Summarized we can say:

To understand the development of diseases it is helpful to understand the principles of Agni, our digestive fire and Ama, the toxins our body can´t digest. (Also emotionally!)

Ama can have different Qualities, according to Doshas and can also connect to the different Doshas and cause diseases.

Habits in our lifestyle and food decisions can feed Ama but we can also see the state of plaque on our tongues, body and feel it too.

We can get red off toxins by balance our diet and also with Detox and cleansing techniques.

The next connection is to understand the Shrotas, which could be translated as the whole metabolism process of our body. From the air we breathe in, to our bones – Ayurveda sees all the small parts and puzzle them together. So that will be the next step on our Ayurvedic journey! Have the most beautiful start into the new week and see you tomorrow with a special guest on Motivational Monday, to keep us inspired and creative! A beautiful male Yoga teacher from Canada will tell you a bit about his way and journey! Namaste!

The “period cure” Fhô-real!

Another great way to treat your body with relaxing herbs is to make this Phô! This Phô comes along with Fennel, Cinnamon and good ingredients that leave your body satisfied and balanced. So your body doesn´t have to deal with digestion so much and this will release tension in your body. It is also super delicious and easy to prepare, one of the recipes we also can make every time when we are hungry and need something fast-to-go. Let´s make our period magical!

Ingredients:

Broth:

  • 8 cups vegetable broth (I usedDashi)

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 whole star anise (or ½ teaspoon powder)
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, minced
  • ½ teaspoon of cinammon
  • ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • Soy sauce to taste
  • 1 package rice noodles

Toppings:

  • Fresh or frozen basil 
  • Fresh or frozen cilantro
  • Fresh or frozen mint
  • Green spring onions
  • Sautéed mushrooms (used here Champignons, Shiitake and Oyster)
  • 1/2 Spiralized carrot
  • 1/2 Spiralized zucchini
  • Optional:
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Hot sauce
  • Lime wedges or juice

Instructions:

  1. Heat sesame oil, onions, garlic and ginger in a pot and after a few minutes add the spices all together. Stir for 5 minutes and add broth. Cover and let the spices and broth simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Taste and add soy sauce as needed. The amount you need will vary a bit depending on your taste preference and how salty the broth you used is.
  3. Bring a big pot of water to a boil and cook your rice noodles. Follow the directionsof the package and reduce the amount of time about one minute. Drain and rinse the noodles with very cold water. Add the noodles to a bowl, because the get sticky super quick.
  4. Heat sesame oil in a pan and start to sautee the mushrooms. Add the shrooms , zucchini, carrots to the broth and let simmer for one more minute.
  5. Bring broth into the bowl and start to bring the toppings of choice on top.

Here are some facts about the magic ingredients and why they are helpful to you:

Fennel relieves gas and bloating.

Star Anis is a warming aromatic herb that moves blood and reducing cold-stagnation.

Cinnamon is long relied upon for it´s stimulating effect on the circulation – it warms your blood and your body into coziness with a sweet taste. The warmth it brings to cold hands and feet is so helpful for your period time!

The laxative and circulatory qualities of garlic are useful in cleansing regimens.

The earthiness of mushrooms is a sign of the ability to keep you grounded and calm your nervous system.

Ginger lifts your mood and boosts enthusiasm.

Sounds good, right? Let us know how this worked for you! I usually eat this on my first day of my period and it helps me a lot to stay comfortable and relaxed.

Let us know if you tried and share your experience with us! ❤️ Beautiful Saturday to you and much Love!

The “Treat Yourself Like A Queen” Porridge recipe

As you might know can periods be pretty awful and painful for some of us. I would like to share my latest Porridge recipe with you! Some ingredients can help to release some pain and relax your body. I also used the ingredients with experience – wheat and gluten are triggering my period a lot. As well does sugar, even when my cravings for sugar can be high! Try to avoid sugar and use other sweeteners. Try to use Gluten-free products as well. Porridge makes a fantastic start into your day and it can be so utterly delicious, when you prepare it in the right way!

 Ingredients:

½ cup of Gluten-free Oats

2 cups of plant based milk

1 pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of raw cocoa powder

½ teaspoon of cardamom

½ teaspoon of Ashwagandha

I used here the complete mix of Pukka :

https://www.pukkaherbs.de/dein-wohlbefinden/aktuelles/2018/08/pukka-herbs-praesentiert-neue-bio-lattes/

and used so 1 teaspoon cinnamon as well.

Toppings:

1 ripe banana

1 teaspoon of Maca

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

A few Gojis

1 teaspoon cocoa nibs, raw

A handful of cashew nuts, raw

1 tablespoon of vegan hazelnut butter

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Here we go:

  1. Bring plant milk in a small pot to boil and add the spices or the spice-mix and the oats. Let simmer on a medium heat and stir well. Add the salt.
  2. The texture should be creamy and not too sticky, if needed, add a bit more plant milk. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Put in a bowl and add the toppings: start with Maca, Hazelnutbutter, Banana and at the end you should top with the Maple Syrup.
  4. Put on Netflix and your favorite show, have some Fennel Tea and enjoy every spoon of your pudding like chocolate porridge breakfast!

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Easy Facts about the qualities of the Doshas

To understand the Doshas and how they work, it is super helpful to check their qualities. You will see, that all makes sense and you will also learn how to categorize food,habits and seasons to the Doshas. As we mentioned last week, Doshas can be related to the Elements. When we are born, we become an amount of each element and this is what changes during our lifetime – it is connected to the food we eat, the activity level, stress, emotions and so far. So we are all three Doshas –  and about what we talk in Ayurveda are the imbalances of the three Doshas, named Vata, Pitta and Kapha. 

The windy Vata Dosha

Vata qualities are Dry, Light, Rough, Subtle, Cold, Mobile, Astringent and Clear. When you relate those qualities now to the human body it could look like that:

Dry skin, hair, tongue, voice.

Light body frame, skinny, light bones and muscles, a light sleep.

Rough hair, brittle nails, bumps on skin – especially in Winter time, cracking joints.

Subtle manifests in anxiety, muscle tremors, nervousness.

Cold hands and feet, menstrual irregularities, stiffness in some body parts around joints.

Mobile can be a very flexible body, fast talking and walking people, mood swings, uncertainty.

Astringent means some sort of dryness like hiccups and burps, the cravings for sweet, salty and sour food comes along.

Clear is such a good way to describe Vata Dosha with itS ethereal qualities – philosophy, intuition and an open minded person is what we could relate to this one.

The fiery Pitta Dosha

Pitta comes along with qualities like Hot, Oily, Sharp, Light, Liquid, Sour, Bitter, Pungent. That means in our human bodies:

Hot stands for our Agni, our digestive fire and also a strong and healthy digestion, a higher body temperature, inflammation and acne.

Oily skin, acne again, greasy hair, liquid stool.

Sharp memory, gaze, mind, teeth, voice.

Light colored eyes that are sensitive to bright sunlight and light, an agile body, fair skin.

Liquid stands for sweat, being thirsty, urination.

Sour is manifesting in high stomach acid, excessive salivation, sensitive skin and teeth.

Bitter is vomit and a bitter taste on your tongue and mouth, also a cynical person could be related to that quality.

Pungent means anger, heartburn, burning sensations in your stomach when your acid in the digestive system is too high.

The earthy Kapha Dosha

The qualities are here Cool, Heavy, Slow, Oily, Damp, Soft, Dense, Cloudy, Sweet, Static.

Cool as also in Vata Dosha, think about a person who gets easily cold, a low body temperature, cold hair, low digestion (think about our digestive fire).

Heavy stands for bigger bones, body frames, tendency to gain weight.

Slow digestion and metabolism, slow talking and walking people.

Oily hair, skin and stool here as well.

Damp is manifesting in the sinuses, throat or in headaches, think about clammy hands.

Soft skin, hair, voice, a calm person, relaxed and gentle, big eyes, compassionate.

Dense like thick hair, skin and nails, legs and stool.

Cloudy as a cloudy mind and the feeling you have in your mornings before your first coffee, or after a night without enough sleep.

Sweet cravings and personalities, with the intention to serve people, highly fertile.

Static like lots of sleep, a long-standing energy level during the day, sitting all day is not a big deal.

So this is just a small overview about the gunas. Which do you feel the most related to?

Think about your body and your skin quality, hair status, seize.

Are you easily freezing or are you constantly hot? Do you feel heavy or light in your body? Share with us in the comments which Dosha is mostly related to you, after reading about the related qualities of each Dosha.

I am not going to create another Dosha test for you, but would love to suggest the best one I could find online – it is detailed, it comes along with diet suggestions to balance your actual Dosha situation and I think the founder is such a sweet person to offer so much wisdom with us all. You can find the Link here:

https://www.joyfulbelly.com/

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Next Sunday we are going to explain how to balance our Doshas with food, habits and lifestyle during the knowledge of the gunas! What also comes next: I interviewed some beautiful people from the Ayurvedic scene and Wellness family! Share this article if you enjoyed it, spread some healthy vibes in the World Wide Web and leave a comment! Would love to see you here soon again! Namaste!

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