Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The 4th earth body: The mental body


The mental body has an electric quality. It is fast to obey commands and to hold concepts, beliefs, memories, ideas and thoughts. It also holds your power of discrimination (in truth or in judgments).

This body has a relationship with the 6th chakra, your seat of projection, intuition and command. The mind has the essential quality to be faster than time and space, as it transcends both. Mind seeks to be directed and to be given a purpose.


The 3th earth body: your emotional body


The emotional body has a plasmic texture (plasma is a state of matter. Here, it is a gelatinous or gas-like body). It has a strong ability to fluctuate and gives passion and intensity.
This body is located between 2 and 4 inches from your physical body. It is connected with your third chakra, and the water element. It is also connected to the palette of your nine emotions.

Your second earth body: the etheric body


Your etheric body is a magnetic force surrounding your physical body.
This body has a sense of your personal identity (me). It supports your interactions with other people and your environment.
The etheric body starts at your skin and ends 2 inches from your physical body. It is connected to the second chakra.

Your first earth body: your physical body


The 4 earth bodies– the physical, etheric, emotional and mental bodies –  are dedicated to self-expression, creative powers, the management of matter and your relationship with density. These bodies are called “Earth bodies” simply because they are given to you to manifest your potential on Earth.

Some parts of the earth body can be seen and touched. Other parts of the earth bodies are more subtle, like thoughts, chakras and the central channel.

The structure of being

Representation of earth bodies
By knowing the structure of your being, you may understand better the impact of food in your well being. It is the intention of this book to give you a spiritual foundation and an inspiration for the earth bodies. The interaction of the elements in your earth bodies and the quality of food, relationship, mind dynamics and emotional stability will determinate the lightness in your daily life.
Your being is composed of 12 bodies. Each body has a distinct role and structure. Harmony in these bodies brings peace and completion.

Almond cookies

 Healthy and Sattvic are the two words that come to me when we refer to almonds. The texture, purity, and nutritional value of this cookies are suitable for all doshas. Makes 15 cookies.

Almonds hold large amounts of manganese and Vitamin E. They are powerful antioxidants. The copper content helps in development of bone and improves nerve functioning. Almonds are good for proper brain development because of their Tryptophan content. The Vitamin B is good for healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Almonds are also excellent for relieving stress and controlling mood swings.

Fresh Cucumber Salad



Cucumbers are usually cooling, making them ideal for the Pitta constitution and hot summer. However by adjusting the spices, this recipe can still be savored by Vattas and Kaphas.

Serves 2
5 minutes

Columbian Arepas with Peppered Goat Cheese


Corn is drying in nature, and is therefore ideal for Kapha.

I love making this 8-minute recipe to impress my foreign friends. The patties are traditionally eaten for breakfast, but make a delightful accompaniment to vegetables and soups.

Serves 2

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Bananas in Tropical Dressing



Bananas are mucous forming and coconut is cooling in nature, therefore this scrumptious dessert is not ideal for Kapha, though is very soothing to Vatta.

This is a lovely breakfast in the winter time. 

Serves 2

10 minutes

HALVAH BALLS

Sesame: either in the form of a cream (tahini) or by itself is one of the super foods.  It is rich in iron, protein and zinc making the tiny seed an indispensable supplement for vegetarians.  I have heard that one teaspoon of sesame paste is the equivalent of 100 grams of beef in terms of protein content.  Enjoy this classic dessert of the Bioenergetics Institute.
from Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners, Amadea Morningstar

Sun flower seeds with spices

15 minutes
Treats and snacks can not be more simple that to roast for a couple of minutes seeds.Sunflower seeds roasted with spices and ghee is nutritious and appropiated for all doshas. . It's really simple and can be combined with salads, rice, or vegetables. ... and so yummy and delicious. For vatta you can add other type of seeds that had being resting in water for a couple of hours.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

6 taste salad


This delicious, satiating salad incorporates all 6 tastes of Ayurveda. This dish is lovely served with fresh basmati rice with mustard seeds. Friendly to all three doshas.
The paste can also be used as a salad dressing.
The chlorophyll in the celery aids digestion and gives fiber to the colon to support healthy elimination. Celery contains a lot of water, supporting Vatta and giving Pitta a break from heavy oils. The pumpkin seeds are excellent for parasites. 
Serves 4 people
15 minutes

Green sprouds and portobello salad


This light and complete salad is good for all doshas.
The nutritional yeast, as you may know, does not actually contain yeast; that is just the name it is commercially is given. It is instead very rich in Vitamin B12.


For Vatta: add ginger and an avocado.
For Pitta: replace sesame oil with coconut oil or sunflower oil, replace lentils with aduki beans.
For Kapha: omit portobello mushrooms, add ginger.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

kale chips


Kale is rich in vitamin A, K, and C, but that do not make kale the super food that is. Kale is also the green to enrich the minerals in your blood. It contains Magnesium, Calcium, phosphorous, Potassium, zinc, and iron.
Minerals are good for all of us, but specailly to our air constitutions;Vatta,
Eat kale cooked, boiled or just as a snack in a form of chips.

Sweet Potatoes in Cranberry Sauce


the best food for kidneys

 2 servings
This Vatta-reducing dish nourishes the colon and the kidneys. It helps to neutralize acidity in the body and comforts your craving for sweets. The nourishing aspect of the dates provides a fortifying food for the women`s reproductive system.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

SELF TEST TO KNOW YOUR GUNA



The purpose of this test is not to evoke within your mind that there is something wrong with you. It will simply locate the type of food that you need to apply in your diet to achieve balance.

The 3 qualities of earth bodies


There are 3 natural forces that move, sustain and bind the entire creation. These 3 forces are qualities that the 5 elements take in the process of manifesting and binding matter.
These qualities are intrinsically acting all the time in all organic and inorganic matter. These qualities give character, flavor and foundation to the earth bodies (physical, etheric, emotional and mental.)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thai mango salad

Vatta increasing, Pitta increasing in excess, kpha reducing.

20 minutes 4 people

Our salad repertoire is not complete with a thai green mango salad. It is great summer addition to rice and stews. This recipe can take a twist for each dosha depending on the sour or sweet preferance.

Avocado and Parsnip Salad


Vatta reducing
Pitta increasing in excess
Kapha increasing
For 2 people
I enjoy doing this 10-minute fresh salad at the end of the fall. The parsnips are collected from the garden after the first frost so they are tender and sweet. The parsley is at the peak of its flavor and the avocados are surely a creamy and comforting addition.

Mango and blue berry stew


Vatta reducing
Pitta increasing in excess
Kapha reducing
10 minutes, 2 people
There is nothing more comforting than stew in the fall and winter. I favorite the stew as a breakfast or as a warm fruit snack. It is also a good base for a warm smoothie.

Monodiet therapy

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Mono( one)diet( for a period of time) is a term that may scare your ego, simply because for the ego, it may imply discipline, determination and detachment. On the other hand it is very self-empowering  simply because it provides a direction to apply your will power.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

How to prepare your own detox waters

If you feel your impurities are located in either the bowel, urinary tract or the skin, you can follow these special recommendations while preparing to detox and during the actual self-detox program. You can also follow these recommendations whenever you feel toxins building up in that particular area.

Your daily detox routine

Lemon juice in warm water before breakfast is a powerful detox drink

After you have had 4 or 5 days of daily massage with warm oils to loosen toxins from the cells and to direct the flow of the toxins towards your intestinal track, you are ready for your next detox step.

3 Steps for your Spring Self-Detox Program


PREPARATION FOR SELF-DETOX
(15 Days)


I. Follow the Detox Diet

1. Avoid ama-producing foods. In general, you'll want to avoid foods that produce ama, such as leftovers and dead foods such as packaged, canned and frozen foods. You'll have to stop coffee, alcohol, nicotine, drugs, protein, sugar, wheat, and dairy, as this will make your detox easier and more thorough. You'll also want to avoid foods that create garvisha, such as non organic foods, foods grown with chemicals, pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and foods with chemical additives. Stay away from nightshades, which are tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers and eggplants.

3 types of toxins to consider before you detox

Ayurveda recommends internal cleansing at every change of seasons. 

Detox is considered especially beneficial in the spring, because that is the time all of nature is rejuvenating itself.
There are three different types of toxins that can impact the physiology: ama, amavisha and garvisha.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The 6 Tastes (Rasas)

There are 6 Tastes (Rasas):  
Ayurveda classifies all foods into 6 tastes, (rasas).    The rasa is determined by our perception of the taste of the food when it first enters our mouths.  For example, if we put a cherry lollipop into our mouths, most of us would agree that the sweet taste is our experience.    The six tastes are as follows: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent.