Plant-based food

I am truly a foodie. I actually do plan my entire day around what I’m going to eat and when (well almost). I admit my Virgo moonside comes out and can be a bit food-obsessed, but I see this discipline as a strength in terms of maintaining good health.

I follows a vegan diet (apart from the odd bite of someone’s brownie from time to time) I’m gluten free (most of the time!), and I try to follow Ayurvedic methods of eating for maintaining a happy, healthy mind & body. I LOVE a good coffee and believe it can be medicinal when used at the right time and in moderation. Yoga & Coffee = YOFFEE and is a recipe for magic. Alex my lovely partner and I wish to start our own cafe based on the principles of Yoffee. Watch this space! As far as alcohol goes, I avoid it as much as I can because the more I do yoga, the more I have become sensitive to what substances do to my body. I feel a bit poisoned after a couple of wines. One is definitely enough, and not very often. Everyone is different though and it is important to listen to what your body feels it needs, rather than what your mind thinks it needs.

My core belief is that food should be a joy to eat. It should be prepared with love and care, and eaten in a tranquil setting for good digestion, and it should be delicious!

Food is sacred. Food is medicine. Food is AMAZING.

A little about Ayurveda:

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system meaning ‘The Science of Life’ or ‘Science of Longevity’.

Ayurveda
ˌɑːjʊəˈveɪdə,-ˈviːdə/
noun
noun: Ayurveda
  1. the traditional Hindu system of medicine (incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas), which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

Have a read up about Ayurveda sometime online and see if it gels with you. I find it provides answers to a lot of common health problems that western medicine can’t quite fix. Western medicine to me, seems to often fix the symptom but not the underlying or root cause of it, which is according to Ayurveda, an imbalance within the Tri-dosha.

In Ayurveda, each individual is made up of a combination of 3 doshas; Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Usually we are dominant in one or two of these.

Vata is cold, light, mobile, quick and dry. Pitta is hot, mobile & liquid. Kapha is cold, damp, heavy and sluggish.

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With Ayurveda, the key to good health is balancing all three of these within your body and mind. When one dosha is out of balance, this will cause a symptom.

The principle of ‘like attracts like’ applies here when it comes to balancing yourself out. For example, if you’re a Vata type and you eat something cold and dry like a cracker, your vata will increase. Symptoms of over-vata or vata imbalance include anxiety, coldness and dry skin. If you eat something warm and heavy like a risotto, your vata will decrease and you’ll feel more grounded. There are many symptoms for each type of imbalance and many ways to re-balance.

One of the BEST ways to rebalance is through a nourishing bowl of Kitchari

Kitchari:

Ingredients: 2 cups rice (preferably soaked overnight), 2 cups mung beans (definitely soaked overnight), veges of your choice (usually I go with pumpkin and carrot because they mush up well and peas), onion (optional), spices (I tend to choose gentle balancing spices such as cardamom, coriander seeds, cumin, turmeric, and ginger) and cold-pressed sesame oil.

Method: So easy! Rinse your rice and mung beans well & strain. Cook onion and veges in a pot with a splash of sesame oil. Add spices, stir through 1 minute. Add the rice, mung beans, stir. Pour hot water in until it’s all well covered and cook on a low heat for about 1 hour. Add water as necessary to stop it drying out. Stir regularly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

It should have the consistency of a risotto or porridge with all the rice, beans and bits well broken down. Serve in a bowl with lashings of sesame oil on top and fresh coriander leaves. It tastes amazing and leaves you feeling so warm and loved up. I usually try to make this meal once a fortnight, more often in winter.

In this recipe I used Ayurda Summer Spice Mix as it’s heading into mid Spring here.

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Om NOOOM Nom!

I also make my own vegan icecream. It is very easy to make. Message me for the recipe or I’ll post it one day soon xox