Kitchari is Ayurveda's foremost healing dish. It combines protein and carbohydrate in a single dish. This particular Kitchari contains barley, which is a mild diuretic and kidney strengthener. This grain is best for Pittas due to its cooling and drying qualities, but since its winter season, we will add some pungent spices to the dish.
Serves 3 to 4
Fight The Flu Season With These Immune Boosting Remedies
According to Ayurveda, Kapha season starts in January and lasts into spring.
Heavy, wet, and cold are the three main qualities of Kapha season. An excess of these qualities can lead to sinus and lung congestion, flu, sluggish colon and weight gain. It can even lead to such serious condition as pnuemonia.
Don't become a victim to the winter season and take the necessary precautions. Here are a few helpful tips for the season.
What if you do get sick?
Here are two remedies which work wonders: "The Flu Bomb" and "The Fire Cider" remedy. One can be prepared instantly and the other needs a little bit of planning.
1. "The Flu Bomb” is easy to make.
It was formulated by Barbara O'Neal, an incredible Australian naturopath. I use it on myself and my family and I promise it works.
Mix all ingredients together and take sips until you finish decoction. Use up to three cups per day.
2. The "Fire Cider" Remedy.
This famous remedy from the great herbalist Rosemary Gladstar. It takes some preparation, but it is a valuable one especially if you have a big family. Use it if you are feeling run down, have sinus congestion, need more heat in your body and as a throat spray.
Chop all ingredients and add to a pint or quart jar. Fill jar to the top with Apple Cider Vinegar. Close it tightly and store in a dark room for three to four weeks. Next, strain and pour into another jar. Add some honey or maple syrup to sweeten it a bit. Store it in the refrigerator. Will keep for a few months.
Whenever you feel a cold coming, take a shot of this powerful remedy and say goodbye to your ailment.
Stay healthy this season.
Ayurveda has been around for millenniums and its methods have been proven time and time again. There are new fad diets which come and go such as the Atkins and the HCG diet, which injects your body with harmful synthetic hormones. These diets have not been tested over long periods of time, but Ayurveda has. I personally lost 45 Lbs in a period of four months using the Ayurvedic diet. I have also seen many clients that successfully lost weight using this method.
The Ayurvedic Diet:
The main emphasis of the Ayurvedic Diet is on the five Universal Elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether). Ayurveda uses the element theory to customize each individual's needs.
How Does Ayurveda Use The Element Theory For Weight Loss?
The elements water and earth, come together to form Kapha Dosha. We know that these elements build tissue and nourish the body. When you are trying to lose weight, you want to reduce these elements. A Kapha reducing diet is the best for losing weight. Find your local Ayurvedic Practitioner and get a copy of a Kapha reducing guideline. Kapha foods are mainly sweet and salty and have heavy and cold characteristics.
Examples of Kapha foods to avoid:
Cycles Of The Day:
Ayurveda breaks down the day into three cycles.
The Kapha times of the day are dominated by the water and earth element. The Pitta times of the day are dominated by the fire element. The Vata times are dominated by the air element.
In Ayurveda we take advantage of these cycles and adjust our food intake accordingly. We have our largest meal during the Pitta cycle, which is between 10am and 2 pm. This is when the sun is at its highest and your digestive fire is the strongest.
Our smallest meal should happen during the Kapha time of the day, 6pm to 10 pm. Many people mistakenly have their largest meal at this time. All energies slow down at this time and this includes your digestive power. Eating a large dinner is the cause of many digestive problems and can lead to chronic diseases over a period of time. You should favor light and easily digested foods. Soups and salads are ideal.
Other Ayurvedic Tips To Help You Lose Weight:
To summarize, look at the foods you are eating. Get a hold of a Kapha reducing diet and follow it. Take advantage of the Ayurvedic cycles of the day and eat accordingly. Largest meal at noon and smallest meal at night. Simple concepts and strong results.