Grab your kimono and get your Zen on. Matcha Green Tea is one of my top three favourite foods. Studies on the health benefits of green tea have gone off the scales in recent years and rightly so. Green tea is proving to be effective against a range of illnesses. It is known as The Elixir of the Immortals however I don’t remember seeing Edward necking it back in Twilight. It must have been in the outtakes. Green tea has…
I could not resist naming this dish after my Irish roots. Ok I lie slightly. I made this dish for the Purple Valley Ashtanga Yoga YouTube channel. We had run out of red cabbage in the kitchen that day and all that was left was white cabbage. The final dish looked like the Irish flag and I renamed it Raw Paddy Thai.
Living in Ireland one season merges into the other on a daily basis. As an island we don’t experience the hardship of long bitter winters, nor the scorching heat of endless summer days. Our two most distinct seasons are Spring and Fall and they are my favourites. Spring signals life emerging and blossoming blooms whilst Fall heralds preparing for hibernation and long deep sleeps.
Are you confused about eating fats? There are plenty of natural sources of healthy fats such as a group of fatty acids called MCFA’s – medium-chain fatty acids alsoreferred to as MCT’s medium-chain triglycerides. What makes these good for us? Researchers believe these fatty acids fight against obesity by keeping body fat from accumulating.
It began on the first Saturday of August. A busy day with many commitments. In the afternoon I was feeling a bit unwell – nothing too serious. I mused to myself that perhaps it was too much cake and too many cappuccinos. The Sunday was also full. In a morning training session, I remember saying “I am feeling pretty ropey”. In the afternoon, there was a workshop that I was leading.
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).