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Transition to better eating habits with ease: Realistic Recommendations to meet Realistic goals
GBO Competitive Bodybuilder and Personal Trainer, Dale Payne, offers realistic ways for everyday people to establish healthier eating habits. Start your journey here!
RING IN THE NEW YEAR
NEW YEAR DECLARATIONS
A New Year brings with it all sorts of new moments. Prepare your hearts and minds for each of those precious moments ahead and Breathe new life into your year with these I DECLARE statements set by Theologian Veya Henry.
The lord is my Shepard. I have everything I need.
My belief in the one true living God.
that my current situation does not determine my spiritual well-being and health.
that a purposeful creator has wonderfully made me.
that loving my neighbor is as important as loving myself.
that I can only get out what I put in.
that I will not allow my success or failure to determine my attitude or altitude.
that I believe in myself and my abilities.
I can do hard things.
that I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
that by improving myself, I am improving my family.
that by helping my fellow man, I am doing the work of God.
The "A" In B.A.Y
Curious about Ayurveda? Why not read about it? Here is your chance to learn all you need to know about Ayurveda. LUCID B.A.Y Magazine is your go-to source concerning all things health and wellness. Enjoy a read from our Ayurveda Corner to learn more about tips on balancing doshas, Ayurvedic recipes, learning your dosha type, and more. Stay tuned for more updates!
FOR THE LOVE OF HERBS: EXPLORING DOSHAS, SPICES AND THEIR CONNECTION TO AGNI
January 11, 2022
Regardless of the Dosha type, there is one thing in common for all of them. They all share beneficial properties for our minds, bodies, overall well-being, and quality of life. We can use herbs and spices for all sorts of things: medicine, brewing teas, candle making, baking, and eating. Spices and herbs aid in maintaining a healthy gut balance, getting rid of toxins, and perhaps best of all, are great for consumption.
When consuming spices, there are a few ayurvedic rules to follow. As someone who may not be familiar with these rules, try to remember this one: Eat according to your dosha. That is, eat what is suitable for your Agni to avoid imbalances. An imbalance can look or feel like: fatigue, overstimulation, stress, constipation, heartburn, and more. Knowing your dosha and balancing or preventing these things will help avoid those issues. Plus, your colon and tummy will indeed thank you.
Vata, Air and Space
Vata types are recommended to steer clear of hot spices for the most part. The digestive fire, or Agni, of Vata types is generally not strong enough to handle spicy seasonings and herbs. They are better balanced when consuming more warming spices than hot.
If consumed in moderation, some dry spices are okay. Still, Vata types are better off without them. To maintain a balanced digestive tract and avoid overstimulation, Vata should have more warming spices.
Example spices for VATA:
Pitta, Fire and Water
Of the three doshas, pittas typically favor all spices. However, spicy spices should still be consumed in moderation since it offsets digestion.
Though pittas are fiery by nature, spicy foods aren't suitable for maintaining balance. Pittas need cooling spices and herbs to help keep digestive health balanced. Pitta types are likely to start feeling imbalanced if too many spicy seasonings are consumed. Though they may crave the spicier herbs and spices by nature, Pitta should remember to consume them carefully.
Example spices good for PITTA:
Kapha, Earth and Water
If you're a Kapha type that happens to love all spices, then you're in luck. All of the above spices and more are generally good for Kapha types. Kaphas can consume many different herbs and spices because spices speed up their metabolism and have healing qualities. Consumption of salt is to be avoided, but Kaphas especially can generally have most other spices due to their heavy nature.
Words to Know:
Agni = in Ayurveda, Agni refers to digestive fire.
Metabolism= is our body's way of converting consumed food and drinks into energy.
** Talk with your doctor before making changes to or starting any new diet.