What does being sattvic actually mean? According to Ayurveda, sattva is the quality of nature that brings about balance, peace, Sattvic lifepurity and clarity. It is one of the three subtle qualities or ‘gunas’ that exist in all of nature. The other two qualities are rajas and tamas, rajas being the quality of energy, movement and transformation that creates imbalance in life, while tamas being the quality of solidity, heaviness and stagnancy that creates inertia. If we want to become healthy or to maintain good health using an Ayurvedic approach then, without doubt, moving towards a sattvic life is a key element in this process.
Have you ever wondered what to eat on your travels to help prevent jet lag? Well the answer is simple: Nothing! Seriously. After years of experimenting, the most effective way that I’ve found to beat jetlag is to fast as long as possible on long haul flights. I eat before I leave home or at the airport and then try to fast for the duration of the flight while drinking as much water as I possibly can. If really hungry I eat some fruit or a small healthy snack that I’ve brought with me and that’s it.
“Sometimes we are not fed by food but by the energy in our lives… everything is food… We hunger for play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure and spirituality” Joshua Rosenthal, Integrative Nutrition.
When I studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I was introduced to the concept of Primary Foods – the idea that there is so much more in life that nourishes us than what we put into our mouths (secondary food).
These tiny black seeds are pretty incredible when you have a look at what they can do for us, from boosting energy to lowering cholesterol. Here’s why you should consider adding chia to your diet… Nutrition: Chia seeds are rich in protein, calcium, fiber and antioxidants, and for those essential omega 3’s they even beat fish oils and flax seeds. They are the highest plant source of omega 3 essential acids. Digestion:
Chia seeds are super easy for us to digest and don’t need to be ground up like flax seeds. Also, because of their high fiber content they aid digestive issues, the way they bulk up when mixed with liquid helps cleanse the intestines.
David Wolfe, leading authority on superfoods and advocate of raw foods and nutritional healing for many years, calls superfoods the ‘Food and Medicine of the Future’, due to their nutrient dense qualities, compared even to high quality foods like organic fruit and vegetables. To optimize health and vitality, superfoods David suggests, give us the biggest bang for our buck by meeting and exceeding all our protein requirements, our vitamin and mineral requirements, glyconutrient requirements, essential fatty acid requirements, immune system requirements, and so much more.
Not all fats are created equally as we know. There are good and there are bad. Bad fats can indeed make you fat, not to mention bring on a host of other health problems – high cholesterol, risk of heart disease and inflammatory diseases, to name but a few. Good fats on the other hand are not only good – they should be positively embraced for their amazing ability to prevent or slow down certain health issues, in particular the ones associated with ageing.
Inspired by the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie tradition, I’ve been experimenting lately with some unique ways of enjoying this delicious and nutritious vegetable. Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, cancer fighting antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C, while the seeds are high in tryptophan, an amino acid key to serotonin production – the mood enhancer. And it’s orange. And totally versatile as it can be enjoyed sweet or savoury. What’s not to love about pumpkin!
Thought I’d share a few top tips for those of you in wintery climates and potentially suffering from an invasion of the slimy stuff! We all get it from time to time but right now in the Northern Hemisphere is Kapha season when excess coldness, dampness, heaviness and congestion within the body is much more common.
These gorgeous bright red berries sure pack a punch when it comes to nutritional value. Superfood guru, David Wolfe, describes them as potentially the most nutritionally rich berry-fruit on the planet. Gojis are a powerful antioxidant, a complete protein source, they contain all eight essential amino acids, trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper and calcium, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. They have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds.