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!!
When it comes to food it is not only what we eat, but also how we eat that plays a big part in our health and well-being. Our thoughts and our environment have just as much of an impact as the actual food we put into our body.
Here are a few tips to help you get the best out of every meal!
1. Before eating, take a moment to pause. Take a few deep breaths and give thanks for your food. This prepares your mind and body for the coming meal.
2. Avoid eating in stressful situations or on the move.
3. Avoid drinking cold liquids just before or during a meal, as this will dampen your digestive fire.
4. Avoid liquids in general during a meal as this can water down and dilute your digestive juices.
5. Chew each mouthful slowly. Putting your cutlery down after each bite is a great way to focus your attention on the mouthful you have rather than mindlessly swallowing to fit the next mouthful in.
6. Be mindful. Take in the beauty of your meal. Notice the smells, the tastes, how it looks, and how it feels in your mouth. This helps us to be in the moment and connected to our food.
7. After eating, give yourself time to digest for a few minutes before heading off to the next thing.
8. And lastly, truly enjoy your food! When we are eating things that we don’t like (even when they are healthy and good for us), this can have a negative impact on what we are eating and the effect it will have in our body. Since our mind and body are one, when we think negatively about our meal, this causes our body to react negatively towards the food we’ve eaten, through indigestion and poor absorption. So bring love and joy to each meal, and let your food truly nourish you inside and out.
Every time you eat – is an opportunity to nourish your body.