A Springtime Recipe + Practices to Kick Your Health into Gear

barley kichadi

Spring barley bowl–great to put a spring in your step in the spring.

Sick of colds, coughs, and allergies this time of year?

Why do we get colds in spring, anyway?

Spring is the time when kapha dosha melts. Think of this as the equivalent of winter ice melting to make way for spring’s lush growth in our bodies. If we don’t adjust our heavier winter diets to address the melting kapha this can mean colds, allergies, cough, asthma, or just a feeling of heaviness or sluggishness. Blech.

Ayurveda’s wisdom says that that if you’re trying to rid your body of accumulated winter fat and heaviness, it’s time to switch to a light, easy-to-digest diet. OK, most wisdom says that.

Keep reading for dietary tips to keep you healthy and a light springtime barley bowl at the end of this post to help you feel right.

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Stop Being Lazy and Unlock Your Motivation

lazy-dogI’m cozy in bed, snuggled up in my comforter, having a nice dream, ahh so comfy…then the alarm beeps. Just one snooze, I think. 9 minutes later, one more snooze. Raise your hand if this has happened to you.

Oh, here’s another one. I’m on the couch, watching trashy TV shows, but I should be doing something productive. Ugh, but being stuck on the couch is so much better.

This force, the force keeping you on the couch, keeping you snuggled up cozy in your bed is called tamas. It’s a Sanskrit word that I think probably means lazy slob.

The universe, our bodies, pretty much everything is made up of three forces, or gunas: tamas, rajas, and sattva. By truly understanding the different energies in the body (and around us), we have power to change them and counteract them.  Here’s how…

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