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6 common facts about Ayurveda and TCM

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: 

  1. Solid structures such as bones, flesh, skin, tissue, and hair represent earth form.
  2. Water forms saliva, urine, semen, blood, and sweat.
  3. Fire forms hunger, thirst, and sleep.
  4. Air takes care of breathing like expansion, contraction, and suppression.
  5. 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:

  • Wind
  • Cold
  • Damp
  • Heat
  • Summer Heat
  • Dryness

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

  Avoid:

  •  Raw, cold food, and iced beverages
  •  Excessive dairy
  •  Oily, greasy, and fried foods
  •  Refined sugar and limit overly sweet foods like fruit
  •  Refined carbohydrates
  •  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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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

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 🙂

Did you tried my recipe? Let us know and share a pic and your experiences in the comments! What are you eating with you Kimchi? Did you prepared it different? Let us know!

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Ayurvedic Breakfast – let´s get warm, Vata peeps!

Unique, delicious and healthy – we teach you how to start your day powerful and satisfied! Tips, facts and recipes for the most important meal of the day!

Could this be your new morning Routine?

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.

Eat Right for your Mind-Body-Type

The important point is to eat right for your Mind-Body-Type, your Dosha. The needs of your body for your diet are very unique! Vata is all about air and aether, you remember that it is mobile, rough and dry? And that we should eat the opposite? Great. This week we start with breakfast ideas for Vata Dosha. This Dosha needs food for grounding, food that is moisture, nourishing and warming!

You will help your unique Body type to activate your agni, breaking down the nutrients, feel grounded but energized and more healthy. If you never tried this before, I highly recommend a few weeks of Ayurvedic breakfast – the effects are there after a few days. Promised!

All About the ingredients

Porridge in every variety is perfect here – it is simple to prepare, it got minerals, protein, carbs and fibers to get your digestion going! But it don´t have to be just oats. You can use Quinoa (perfect for Vata because high in protein), rice (can be also prepared sweet with plant milk) and Tigernuts! Toppings like berries (also warm), banana, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, agave juice or maple syrup are grounding and calming your Dosha. Prepare your breakfast in the evening, when you run out of time in the evening. So you can just warm it up quickly and put on some mouth watering toppings!

Get inspired by this easy and mouthwatering Vata porridge recipe:

“Strawberry-fields-forever” Porridge

Ingredients:

½ cup of gluten-free oats

2 cups of plant based milk

1 pinch of salt

½ teaspoon of cardamom

½ teaspoon of cinnamon

½ teaspoon of sesame oil

Toppings:

1 Cup of fresh or frozen strawberries

1 Hand full of blueberries

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

A handful of almonds, raw

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Here we go:

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a small pot and add the spices there. Enjoy the smell and add plant milk of choice. When it is slightly heated, you can put your oats into the milk. I always use a fist full of oats, cause that is the size of my stomach. Start it slowly in the morning and don´t over eat it! Let simmer on a medium heat and stir well. Add the salt.
  2. In the meanwhile, you need another small pan or pot. Chop your strawberries into halfs and start to heat them slowly with the blueberries and the maple syrup on medium heat. (Agave Juice works also well!)
  3. The texture of the Porridge should be creamy and not too sticky, if needed, add a bit more plant milk. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Put in a bowl and add the toppings: Start with the berries and the delicious juice, add the chias and the almonds.
  5. I had warm cocoa also this morning, spiced up with cinnamon and cardamom as well! Enjoy!

Doesn´t this sound perfectly to start your day with? Here are some pro-hacks to save time in the morning:

  • Prepare oats and other grains overnight, your porridge will be much creamier and also faster done!
  • Chop your fruits in the evening and add them in a small bowl into your fridge!
  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier to find time to prepare and eat a Moment in silence before you leave the house.
  • Go seasonal with your toppings to find more variety! The Farmers market can inspire you!
  • Try to drink a warm water in the morning first – 30 Minute before you have breakfast. I do this always in the bathroom when I prepare myself for the day.

Can´t wait to share with you some amazing Pitta facts and recipe next Sunday! We will also talk About Kapha and all mixed types! And what about a chart on ingredients for the Doshas? I dive myself now in endless creativity and productivity and wishing everyone a Beautiful start into the new week! Namaste!

Monday Motivation Meditation

Find here my first video of a guided meditation! This meditation is for beginners and will help you to start reflected and inspired into your new week!

Grab a pillow or folded blanket, or a block and sit down with me for a few cycles of breath and setting an intention!

Cultivating a practice like this can help you to focus more on the important things in life and find joy and peace. Find better sleep, wake up more energized, concentrated and relaxed!

I had fun doing this and will do some more for sure! Exploring the possibilities of techniques and technology was fun! If you like my blog, I would love a subscription – visit us soon again and have a beautiful week ahead!

Namaste!

Meet Kevin Parenteau from Vancouver – The most handsome Yoga teacher!

Kevin is a wonderful Yoga teacher from Vancouver in Canada. He is sharing his journey for a while

on Instagram and I also can not wait to work with him. Let your Monday and new week get inspired by

some gentle Shiva energy!

From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell

us what you are compassionate about?

I help a local animal rescue by fostering and delivering dogs.
   
Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?

I live in west Vancouver, Canada. I own a design build construction firm called reVISION Custom

home renovations. In 2019 my Yoga plans are teaching more Yoga, take a Bernie Clark Yin Yoga

training and serve a 10 day Vipassana. Likely I’ll add a thing or two.

Travel a bit – I’ve got some plans, but things are being added as I write this.
   
Where do you teach actually?

I actually teach at “Studio 202” in North Vancouver.

What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?

I was introduced to it in a Yoga teacher training years ago. I don’t practice it yet.

 What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?

Thought it was interesting but don’t know a lot about it.

 Do you know which Dosha you are?

Someone told me they thought I was Pitta. That’s about all. (Kev, we need to change that!)

 How does your perfect morning routine looks like?

Wake at 5 am to shower etc, go to yoga at 6 am, leave about 8 am, eat the breakfast I bring with me.

What kind of Yoga do you practice actually or mostly?

I practice Ashtanga Yoga at a local Mysore Shala.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?

Living half the time in California and traveling. Likely still working in my business.

Perhaps some special building in California!

 What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

Micro management…I’m doing nothing about it.

 How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?

I don’t know if there is a key moment. It’s been a series of exploring my curiosity and interests.

How important is meditation to you?

It is as a daily thing and the yearly retreats are key.

Tell me about your Yoga Teacher training!

I trained with a traditional Tantra Yoga teacher for a while then I moved to a Vinyasa program

and completed my RYT200 there.
   
What has helped you to improve your classes since your first started teaching?

Experience and being willing to try new things. Maintaining a strong personal practice.

Getting feedback has helped too!

What is your Yoga philosophy?

I don’t know if I have a specific philosophy. I believe it has many tools to clean the mind and body.

A strong asana practice helps create a space for the other Yoga tools to work.

Why do you want to be an Yoga instructor?

I love Yoga and sharing. It is fulfilling. Plus – I love the Yoga community!

What is your philosophy and spiritual path?

Don’t have anything concrete. Also Gautama Buddha teachings I’ve learned in Vipassana and some

I observe and adopt some of reading.

What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?

Applied more discipline to the personal practice.

Who has been your greatest influence?

Not sure. I’ve had many influences but there is no one that I follow. That being said Vipassana

retreats have pivoted my life in a very meaningful way.

What is your greatest strength?

I would say team building and leadership.

How do you handle stress and pressure?

I try get ahead of it with my practice. Work on not not being attached to the stress and

letting it go as good as possible.

What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?

Yoga, retreats, intermediate fasting.

Are you into Wellness?

Yes!

Where do you find your ideas for creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides

porsting and blogging, like painting?

Creative ideas are everywhere. I’m a curious person so I find inspiration in many things.

I love discovering independent and emerging bands. Love collecting records and going to concerts.

Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?

At Instagram it is @kevinparenteau and you can find my Homepage

here: http://www.revisionrenovations.com/

Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?

“You can accomplish anything in life providing you don’t mind who gets the credit.” (Harry S.Truman)

Thank you so much Kev and see you soon! 🙂

I also hope you enjoyed this little chat and have a perfect start into the new week!

Next Monday we will have some Monday Meditation together! (Yaaaay! A video!)

Can’t wait to see you here! Namaste!

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!