We all love a good bliss ball, but did you know that you could be adding some incredible ingredients to that can help to reduce your stress and bring the bliss back into bliss balls?
Stress and anxiety is in running high in 2020, which is why I created these ‘Calm Bliss Balls’. When things begin to feel overwhelming, we often stress-eat to give ourselves a sense of stability and a burst of comfort. So we will go for the foods that bring us this joy, such as a block of chocolate or coffee. Yes, these foods would give me a sense of feeling better, but it would wear off quickly, making me reach more comfort food. They were here for a quickie, not the long haul.
Recipe: Calming Bliss Balls
Makes Approx 7-15 Balls, Depending on how big or small you roll them.
1 cup Medjool Dates – seed removed and chopped
1/3 cup Rolled Oats (or oat flour)
4 tbsp Cocoa Butter
2 tbsp Hemp Seeds (Hemp Hearts)
2 tbsp Matcha Powder
1/2 tbsp Bhrami Powder
3-5 drops Peppermint Oil
Pinch of Salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor, and blend/pulse until mixed together till smooth.
Scoop out mixture and roll into little bliss balls.
Can be placed in an airtight container and placed in the fridge for a week. (although mine never lasts that long!)
Why do these balls make you calm?
A good question! These balls are little bit sized moments of delicious goodness and contains different herbs to help calm your mind and body.
Matcha – Matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, and contains high levels of the Amino Acid; L-theanine; which is known to reduce stress while giving your mind a calm alertness. (which makes these balls a perfect 3pm pick-me-up!)
Bhrami – Bhrami known as its botanical name as Bacopa monnieri, is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries in helping to calm the mind and relax the body.
My favourite Ayurvedic inspired calming elixir. 🍵🌿 This is my go-to drink to help calm my body and mind during the cooler months.
Ingredients: ▪︎1 cup milk (your choice, I use nutty bruce almond/coconut) ▪︎I tsp cacao powder ▪︎ 1 – 2 Medjool Dates (de-pipped ) ▪︎ 1/2 tsp Bhrami powder ▪︎ 1 tsp Ashwagandha powder ▪︎ 1/2 tablespoon Ghee (optional) ▪︎ 2 tsp Maple Syrup or Jaggary
To Make: ▪︎ Put all ingredients together in a blender (except Ghee, Bahrami and Ashwagandha), and blend together. ▪︎ Pour blender content into a pot and add ghee. ▪︎ Heat milk on medium till required temperature. ▪︎ With heating, using a whisk, add in the Bhrami and Ashwagandha, whisking to mix them in, and to create a milk froth. ▪︎ Once at the desired temperature, pour into a cup and enjoy.
How often do you hear the saying “Eat local in-season food”? It is one of those sayings that we hear about a lot, but without a clear indication of the ‘Why’ behind it. In Ayurveda, it is high up on the list of ways to help keep you at optimal health and wellbeing, so let me explain why.
When we eat seasonal local produce, we are helping our Body and Mind to align with the Earth and our natural environment. This food has the current energy of the season it is produced in, which then helps our own energy to customise to the current season. We as humans are part of the natural eco-system and the natural laws of the earth. Which means that we get affected by the seasons just like how the plants and animals do. In our modern-day world, we have lost this connection, especially when it comes to our diet. We can eat produce all year round, regardless of the time of year or season. While some might think that is great – I mean who wouldn’t want mangoes all year round right? They are delicious! This way of consuming food is having negative effects on our body and mind.
Let me explain why…
By eating local, fresh, seasonal food, we are fueling our body with food high in nutrients, rather than the depleted food that has been sitting in storage for months before hitting your supermarket shelves. This food, is low in Prana, aka Life Force, and it is often loaded with chemicals and waxes to keep them looking fresh.
With our modern-day food system, it means we can eat foods like for example tomatoes all year long, but that doesn’t mean we should. Nature has everything figured out for us and provides us with the food needed within that season.
For example, Oranges are best between June – October in Melbourne, with its high Vitamin C and warming energy, this fruit is naturally designed for us to consume during winter to help fight off touches of flu and colds and keep us warm.
Not sure what is in season? The Seasonal Produce website HERE has a great month by month list of seasonal fruit and veggies that they put out. Or just hit up your local farmers market, or try growing a few of your own fruit and veg!! Nothing tastes better than a homegrown carrot or freshly picked apple!!
Something that I notice time and again in the clinic, and from just generally chatting with friends and family, is this classic routine that people fall into.
Coffee in the morning to wake up, wine (or other alcoholic drink) at night to wind down. Anyone guilty of this?
While there is nothing wrong with enjoying your coffee or a glass of wine, there is something out of balance if you are relying on it to function properly each morning and night!!
What this routine is doing is constantly playing with our nervous system, which for most people, is something that is incredibly burnt out! By constantly having to jolt start it with caffeine in the AM and sedate it in the PM, we are creating a not so healthy and supportive routine that we believe we cannot live without!
Coffee and alcohol are great when we are enjoying them out of just the pure fact that it is delicious, but when it come into a co-dependant relationship with these drinks, then something isn’t right.
Have a look at your relationship with these drinks. How is it? Do you feel you may be in a co-dependent relationship with one or both of them? If so, it might be time to step back and change this relationship.
During a consultation, I can help to find why you have developed this relationship, and show you ways that best suit you, to create a new healthy relationship with these drinks. Call or DM to book in. (Skype sessions available)
In our modern day society, especially here in Australia, we LOVE our food. Our social connections are dominated by food. Catch up for brunch? (avo smash anyone?) How about an alfresco dinner with family and friends – fire up the barbie (BBQ) and bring on the potato salad. Or even just some popcorn at the movies or a takeaway coffee on our morning walk. Food is a huge part of our social life and our life in general. We love our food.
But the question is:
“Is our food loving us back?”
The problem with our “foodie” culture – especially with the rise of the insta-foodie; we are more concerned whether our food looks amazing, rather than if it will make us feel amazing. There is so much information out there telling us what to eat, how to eat it, and what not to eat. The problem is: so much of this advice is conflicting. Like seriously, where do you start and who do you believe? Back in the day, we were told that drinking soft drink was good for us (seriously…) and that oil was bad for you, but now it is good for you? It is no wonder we are confused. My biggest advice when it comes to our food is trusting your intuition. Tune into your body and notice how food makes you feel. Do you feel sluggish after eating, or do you feel satisfied and energised? Another thing that can confuse us in choosing what to eat, is all the diets and fads that we get bombarded with daily. Do I go Paleo or Vegan? Should I try the Ketogenic diet or go all Raw? A thing I truly love about Ayurveda is that does not have a one-size fit all approach to health and diet. We are all individuals, with our own personal genetic and energetic makeup. This means that what might work well for your friend or partner, won’t necessarily work for you.
One thing we often do not consider when thinking about how healthy food is for us is the combination of the food. We often think about the nutritional value and how much protein vs carbs there is, which is important of course. But thinking about what foods we are actually combining together to form our delicious healthy meal, is just as important. Not all foods should be eaten together. In Ayurveda, we call these the “wrong foods” combination or “incompatible foods”. These foods should not be eaten together, as they can cause toxins to build up in the body, or cause things like indigestion etc. Whether we are eating out or making our meals, it is important to keep these food combinations in mind*.
* Quick side note: Something I have noticed people do when discovering these food-combinations is, that they become so fixated on avoiding them, that they create stress and guilt in their relationship with food. Please note these are guidelines, and to not punish yourself if you do have a combination on this list from time to time. Remember our thoughts and energy are just as important as our diet, if not more important.
Incompatible / Unhealthy Food Combinations
Lemon should not be consumed with yogurt, milk, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Grains and Melons – Melons digest faster than the heavy grains – which can cause indigestion and ama.
Milk and Meat Products – Any type of meat (fish, beef etc) should not be mixed with milk. Milk is cooling while meats are heating.
Honey – Honey should only be taken uncooked. According to Ayurveda, when you heat honey, it turns into a toxin (ama). It also weakens/destroys enzymes, vitamins, minerals, etc.
Milk/Yoghurt with fruits – unless cooked (such as stews apples and pears). Fruits digest at a different rate from dairy products, which can cause indigestion and ama.
Milk and Banana. Yes, I know this will be harder one, especially for smoothie lovers! However together these two lower Agni (digestive fire) and produce Ama (toxins). This can cause allergies, congestion, coughs and tiredness to occur.
Milk and Melons – Melons are a fruit that should nearly always be consumed by itself.
Vegetable starches and Fruit – Fruit is a simple sugar, while starches are a complex sugar – which means they will digest at different times. Avoid eating these together. eg. Potatoes with fruit.
Nightshades (which are eggplants, potatoes, chillies, tomatoes etc) are not to be consumed with melons, cucumbers, milk + milk products.
Eggs should not be eaten with meat, banana, yogurt, melons, cheese, fish or milk.
Corn should not be eaten with fruit.
Salt and milk together should be avoided due to opposing qualities in the two.