Winter is a time we eat more carbohydrates, fats and proteins to keep us warm. Nothing wrong with that! It’s nature’s way.
The holiday season filled with sweet foods, alcohol and excess portions of foods can add some weight around the middle of the body or can even make us feel a little bloated or somewhat sluggish. Weight gain according to Ayurveda comes from a. sitting too much b. eating too much and c. moving too little says Vasant Lad in his book ” A Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies”.
With the New Year approaching many women feel the dread of dieting, the exuberance of a new diet plan or the guilt of not following last year’s resolution to diet. We all know “diets” don’t work. I’ve lived long enough to know and have tried many myself. They are only temporary fixes and 90% of people who diet gain the weight back. So here are some SIMPLE, time honored truths from Ayurveda that DO work:
- Aim to walk at least three to four times per week for 45 minute (not a walking the dog pace). My daily walk has kept me trim over the years and it’s invigorating pace brings my mood up. Today when I began my walk in the park, I had a thought that invited me to walk the path as if it were my first time there. The wonder it created for me was rejuvenating. I saw birds and nests I had never seen before. I was grateful to have had that shift in my consciousness.
- Aim to eat your largest meal at lunch. You may have heard this before but have you tried it? For your husbands who like that steak at dinner let him know you will be trying this out and ask him to join you (unless he does the cooking ofcourse and he can make anything he wants!).
- Take the help of ” Vata Digest”, “Pitta Digest”, or “Kapha Digest” by Banyan to boost digestion and absorption or “Digest Tone” from Maharishi Ayurveda which has “triphala”; a gentle colon cleanser.
- Lastly here is beautiful digestive tonic recipe from The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico that will regulate and stimulate your digestive capacity and kickstart your inner fire , otherwise known as “agni” in Ayurvedic language.
- One quart water, One pinch cayenne, 2 handfuls ginger root, 1-2 tsp Rock salt- 1 Tbsp sucanat or other sweetener – Boil 20 minutes, cool some and drink with a squeeze of lime.
Food is nurturing, food is medicine, food is energy and food is love from mother earth. Eating according to your energy type in Ayurveda and eating according to your appetite will naturally allow your body to let go of unnecessary weight. Read my testimonials to learn more at www.gedaliahhealingarts.com/testimonials Ease your mind about dieting and approach the New Year knowing your Ayurvedic energy type for optimal health.
I offer a 30 minute nutritional consult that will determine your body type and help you get started without the “diet” pressure. 404-814-9808
Happy New Year 2016! And please send some topics YOU would like to hear more about in 2016.. I look forward to hearing from you.
Ayurvedic Health Specialist
“Specializing in transforming women’s emotional health using natural modalities”.