Wellness Webinar: Ayurveda and the Three Doshas

Welcome, everyone. My name is Laurina Carroll, and I’m an Ayurveda
Wellness Consultant. It’s a pleasure to be here with you this
evening. I’d like to tell you a little bit about
myself. Then we’re going to delve into Ayurvedic
principles and why it’s something that you’ll want to take an interest in, as a way of healing
yourself in a more holistic way. This is how my journey began. When my daughter was born, I was only 24 years
old. I was a very young mother. I was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I took my daughter to an Ayurvedic physician. He gave me herbs to help her with her cold,
rather than antibiotics. I had taken her to a regular physician and
he gave us antibiotics. She kept spitting them up. I was very worried. As a young mother, I thought, “What am I
going to do?” I took her to this Ayurvedic expert. He was Dr. Vasant Lad. I walked out with a little packet of herbs. He said, “Mix this with honey. Give this to your daughter and see what happens
in a few days.” Her cold cleared up. When my daughter first got sick, I thought,
“She won’t take these antibiotics. What can I do to help my daughter heal?” With Dr. Vasant Lad’s help, I started to
understand why it’s important to have a more holistic approach to healthcare. From that point on, I would visit with him. I took cooking classes with Dr. Lad and his
wife. I learned all about how your kitchen is your
medicine chest. What you put into the physiology is going
to either create disease or prevent disease. My daughter is now 29 years old. We rarely had to use medications, if at all. Our medicine chest was our kitchen, with herbal
preparations and diet. That’s what started this journey for me. It’s almost 30 years now that I’ve been
practicing Ayurveda. I have been able to heal my family through
natural means. Here is why this is important. Now, we have doctors writing books and telling
us, “Be careful of solely relying on modern medicine.” Why is that? The research shows that, people who do everything
that their doctors tell them to and don’t follow a good diet and lifestyle, get sick
more often and have more illnesses. This is opposed to those who try to find more
holistic measures. They are healthier. We know the perils of modern medicine in terms
of medications, and all of the negative side effects. You turn on the TV and that’s all they talk
about. I speak to a lot of doctors and nurses. I talk about Ayurvedic medicine to them. I want to be respectful. If I am dying and need to be put on medications
or a respirator, I want you to hook me up to everything. I joke with the physicians. I say, “I’m not knocking modern medicine. I want to be hooked up to everything if you
need to save my life.” But I hope that those circumstances are lessened,
due to my healthy lifestyle. This is what’s really important. The medications continue to have negative
side effects. Often, my clients will say, “I’ve been
to the doctor. I have anxiety.” The doctor will give them medication. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. Often, people will say, “I felt a little
dull on the medication. I wasn’t as mentally alert.” We know that this happen time and again. There are a few wonderful books that I suggest
you read. They are not filled with information on Ayurveda,
but they will give you insight into what modern doctors are talking about in terms of having
more of a holistic approach to healthcare. One of them is The Blood Sugar Solution by
Dr. Hyman. He talks about how it’s very important to
maintain good health through diet. I don’t recommend everything, because there
are some things that I don’t agree with in terms of Ayurveda. I will clarify and define that over the coming
weeks and months. I think it’s really interesting to hear
a medical doctor who is highly trained and very well-respected talk about the perils
of modern medicine. We have to really take care of ourselves. That’s what it really boils down to. Dr. Hyman talks about blood sugar levels,
not only from people eating sugar and carbs. Sometimes the doctors are unable to test for
pre-diabetes. If you have high blood sugar and you know
it earlier, then you won’t become diabetic. Often, the testing has to be done later. He goes into this whole thing about reducing
sugar dramatically in the form of carbs. He gives a lot of nice suggestions. Ayurveda has a different angle, which I will
talk about in a moment. Another wonderful book is called The Prime
by Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary. She is a neurologist. She’s connected with Scripps Clinic in La
Jolla, California. She’s a very well-known researcher. She had a very interesting experience. She is Indian in heritage. Ayurveda is from India. She went full-in with modern medicine, and
did not know anything about Ayurvedic medicine. She was giving her patients medications for
their migraines, and treating different disorders with medications as a neurologist. She was thinking nothing of it until she started
having headaches. She started to take the medications and she
felt absolutely horrible. They made her gain weight. They made her sluggish. Her mother said, “Why don’t you see an
Ayurvedic wellness consultant? I think you need to have a more holistic approach.” It was an Indian man. That’s what she did. She then started on this whole journey with
Ayurveda, just like I did. What’s interesting is that, as a medical
doctor, she started much later. Whereas, I was able to do it at an earlier
age. Now she’s following an Ayurvedic diet. I will educate you in this next year on all
of the Ayurvedic principles, many of which she talks about in her book. I find it so interesting and exciting in the
world of holistic medicine. Now we can actually say that doctors agree
with many of these holistic practitioners. Certainly, Kulreet Chaudhary is one of them. I’d like to give you a review of Ayurveda
and define Maharishi Ayurveda. I am using herbal preparations and knowledge,
based on my degree. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Ayurvedic
Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Vedic Science. I achieved that at the Maharishi University
of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. This was after I had raised my daughter for
so many years. I had worked in one of the top Ayurveda clinics
in the world, in Schledehausen, Germany. Then I went back and worked at the Raj Health
Spa in Fairfield, Iowa, which is one of the top ten health spas in the country. They do these wonderful, luxurious and highly
effective detoxification treatments. I saw how it was healing people. It was not only my personal experience with
Ayurvedic medicine and raising my family. I saw other people coming to these clinics
with very severe health issues. Some of them had MS or fibromyalgia. They could barely walk. They would go through treatments. Here is the reason why this works. In everyday life, we purify out toxins. If you sweat in the summertime, go for a steam
or exercise, you will sweat. There are natural ways that we eliminate toxins. We know that toxins are the cause of disease. We eliminate these toxins very easily. However, those are water-soluble toxins that
are very easy to eliminate through sweat and steam. In Ayurveda, what’s more important to us
in terms of preventing disease is something that’s called fat-soluble toxins. It has nothing to do with being overweight. Even slender people can get them. The fat-soluble toxins become embedded in
the fatty tissue, and they remain there. They cause free-radical damage. They cause inflammation. The root cause of all disease is stress. We know that 80% of all disease is stress
related. If we’re going to get to the root cause
of disease, we have to get there from the angle of stress. There are foods that we eat that can make
us more stressed, because they impact our physiology in a negative way. There are foods we can eat that will make
us less stressed. We’re going to talk about meditation, yoga,
diet, exercise and many lifestyle changes. If we don’t do things that are holistic
in nature, that go along with the body enlivening its own inner intelligence rather than relying
on medications and allowing the body to heal itself, then we are going to build up these
fat-soluble toxins. You’ve probably heard about inflammation. Inflammation runs rampant in the body, and
then you have some form of disease. We will go through those different diseases. It’s very important, in terms of Ayurveda,
that we eliminate these toxins. For example, if you go to the Raj Health Spa,
you can eliminate 50% of all of the environmental toxins that you accumulate in a lifetime,
in just a five-day treatment. These are things like DDTs, PCBs, herbicides
and pesticides. We live in a world where, everywhere, there
is toxicity. It’s in the air we breathe and the food
that we eat. We’re going to talk about genetically modified
foods, and how it’s very important to avoid them. We’ll talk about eating foods that are organically
prepared. We’ll go into that in detail. In the context of Ayurveda, it’s very important
that there are multi-modality approaches. It’s not just one thing. Food will be one area that we’re going to
look at. Then there is diet, and different kinds of
foods for our own body type. Then there are things like meditation, yoga
and exercise. In Ayurveda, yogurt could be nectar for one
person, but poison for another. That’s because there are different bodily
humors. There are these doshas that make up, air,
space, fire, water and earth. This means that all of us contain the five
elements. Here is a funny example. Maybe you eat a lot of hot and spicy foods. Especially in climates like New Mexico, where
I live, chili is running rampant. Why do Mexicans tend to be a little more passionate
and vivacious? Is there something in the fire element, heating
up the fire within? It is affecting them emotionally to be more
passionate or impatient. There are some negative things that can happen
when you have too much fire. This is called the Pitta dosha in Ayurveda. Fire is strong. Sometimes we need to balance that fire with
certain foods. Let’s go through the main three body types. You can be a combination of all three. I will review the Vata, Pitta and Kapha body
types. You might think, “I’m a little bit of
all three. I’m predominant in one.” I will send you a PDF with more principles
on Ayurveda. It will also have a questionnaire that you
can fill out. When you answer the questions, you will know
which body type you are. We are going to help you with that. It could also be that, in certain seasons,
you have certain imbalances that you don’t in other seasons. It’s also a seasonal thing. We will go through that. The Vata is the first dosha. It is the leading dosha in Ayurveda. It is responsible for bringing balance to
all of the other doshas. Vata types are lighter in build. They are the types that can eat a lot, and
they don’t gain weight. Everyone hates them for it. There are also some negative aspects. They are dry in nature. In a negative way, they could have constipation,
dry skin and very frail joints. They get a lot of arthritic conditions. They can get tension headaches. There are a lot of things that could be negative
to that dosha. But when they’re balanced, they sleep well. They are very creative. They are very enthusiastic about life. It’s important to maintain that Vata dosha
so that you can have all the positive qualities. In Ayurveda, we treat the whole person; mind,
body and spirit. We hear that as a cliché. But it is important that we take into account,
not only the physical body, but how we are doing emotionally. That’s what I love about Ayurveda. If someone is really impatient or worries
all the time, they could be eating the wrong foods, that increase those negative emotions. With Vata, their negative emotions are fear
and worry. Those worry warts have an imbalance in Vata. It doesn’t mean that they have to be slender. They could be overweight. They’ve created some other imbalances throughout
their life that made them gain weight. Vata is typically slender. Anyone who worries, has fear, anxiety and
can’t sleep at night due to those things, that is due to the Vata dosha. I will help you to bring that more into balance
in the coming sessions. That is an overview of the Vata dosha. Let’s move on to the Pitta dosha. I alluded to the fact that Pitta dosha has
more fire in the system, whereas the Vata dosha has more air and space. Vata dosha gets more irregular types of digestion. They can have constipation, gas and bloating. Pitta dosha tends to have more acidity, and
more acid reflux. They tend to be people of medium build and
muscle tone. They are very good speakers. They can be very enthusiastic and dynamic. They are usually a Type A that wants to get
everything done yesterday. They can stress themselves out if they don’t
have a lot of balance. A lot of CEOs and top leaders have a lot of
the Pitta element, which you need. They’re very quick to get things done. They have a lot of intense focus. A lot of the top athletes can also be Pitta. You need to have that Pitta dosha to be very
focused and highly successful. However, when a Pitta goes out of balance,
their negative emotion could be anger. They might lash out at people over nothing. They’re impatient. You need to carry some food for them all the
time. If they skip a meal, they get very irritated,
whereas if the Vata dosha skips a meal, it’s not a big deal. If the Pitta dosha skips a meal, they get
very irritated. That’s an overview of the Pitta. Now let’s talk about the Kapha dosha. The Kapha dosha is very interesting. They’re larger-build people naturally. They do have a harder time losing weight. However, with Vata dosha, you could have been
Vata dosha, but you can accumulate a lot of weight due to stress. Then you might overeat due to that stress. Some Vata types tend to have more Kapha qualities. Kapha also has some very good qualities. When the Kapha is out of balance, they tend
to put on weight easily. They have more of a tendency towards depression. They can be very happy when they’re balanced. They can be charming, happy, calm, balanced
people. Everyone loves to be around Kapha people. They’re usually your grandmother types. They are cozy, warm and uplifting. When they get out of balance, they can have
depression. They get attached to things and can’t let
go. They are your hoarders. There are many negatives. The positives of Kapha are wonderful. They are strong athletes as well, especially
long distance runners and any type of sports that take a lot of physical endurance and
strength. That’s your Kapha dosha. It’s a wonderful dosha to have. Everyone wants to have as much of it as you
can, in balance. It means that you’re going to have strong
bones. You’re going to be well lubricated. You won’t have too much oiliness. You’ll have just enough. You won’t be dry, like the Vata dosha. In Ayurveda, we have something called Ojas. It’s a Sanskrit word. Ojas is when you have so much balance that
the body produces a chemical that balances the whole nervous system. The opposite of Ojas is Ama. Those are your toxins. The more we eliminate the toxins, the more
we accumulate this Ojas. When you have more Ojas, you have a glow about
you. The digestion is working properly. Why are we discussing these three doshas? Why is it important to know about them? Digestion is the root cause of all disease. If we balance these three doshas, then you’re
going to have better digestion. This is what we’ll be working towards. The Vata dosha has gas and bloating. That will lead to a lot of issues with constipation
and IBS. Vata dosha has more problems in the lower
region and the colon. The Pita dosha is more the stomach and the
esophagus. They can deal with acidity and acid reflux. Kapha dosha get colds. In the winter, a lot of people have that Kapha
imbalance with a cold, flu, sinus conditions and allergies. All of those things have to do with the head. There are many types of headaches. You can get sinus headaches, which is Kapha
related. Tension headaches can be Vata related. You could have 10 people who each have a headache,
and it can all be for a different reason. That’s why it’s important to practice
trial and error with different remedies in Ayurveda. Food is the main one. When you do this, over time, you will see,
“I took this herb, and that was very helpful. I eliminated yogurt.” Yogurt may not be good for everyone. It depends on how you eat the yogurt and the
time of day. You need to know your plan for your individual
physiology for good health. It may be different from someone else. We’re going to focus primarily on digestion. How can we get the digestion working properly? You don’t want it to be too fast. You don’t want it to be too slow. You want it to be just right. When you eat something, it is going to take
a couple of weeks before it is transformed into the cells. If you don’t have proper digestion, the
nutrients from the foods that you’re eating will not reach the cells. That’s why people get disease. People might say, “I’m eating really well.” Maybe due to stress and not eating the right
foods, at the right time, properly spiced, is not allowing the body to absorb the nutrients. You go to the doctor and say, “I’m eating
these vegetables. I’m eating these fruits.” But your metabolic paneling will show that
you’re deficient in calcium or B12. You know that you eat enough meat and dairy
to satisfy that. These are some indications that you’re not
assimilating the nutrients from the food. This brings up another point. I recommend that you go to the doctor and
get a physical every year. It’s very important. This is what’s wonderful about modern medicine. They can do blood tests and find out where
we are, in terms of our nutrients. That is key. Many people are walking around nutrient or
vitamin deficient, and they don’t know it. If they were to take some supplements, it
would help. I recommend
that you go to the doctor. They know what a metabolic paneling is. They can test cholesterol, thyroid, blood
sugar, calcium, D3 and B12. You may want to have a heavy metal testing
done. You need to pay extra and request that. They won’t automatically do it. If you have mercury fillings or if you think
you may have been exposed to lead or other metals, you may want to do that. That could cause some problems in the nervous
system. The clearer you are with what your physiology
is telling you, with the doshas and the metabolic paneling, the better I can help you. I want to open up a dialogue with you. As we do this detox, I want to know your health
issues. I want
to know how you’re doing. I want to know how you’re progressing. I want to be there for you. This will allow me to not only help you, but
to help other people who might not have known they had a specific issue. Sometimes they have so many ailments, they
don’t know where to begin. This is how we’re going to proceed. It will be a wonderful journey. We’re going to cover topics such as meditation. Some of you already practice transcendental
meditation. If you don’t, I do highly recommend it. If you live in the Chicago area, I can be
your teacher. If you’re in another part of the country,
you can go to TM.org and find a local teacher. Transcendental meditation is such a wonderful
technique to reduce stress. It reduces the major stress hormone, cortisol. We know that, when cortisol is reduced, serotonin,
the mood elevator, is increased. This can do wonders for your health. The American Heart Association came out with
a statement saying that transcendental meditation is the only non-pharmaceutical approach that
they will endorse for lowering blood pressure. There is no other form of meditation that
does that. It’s the only form of meditation that dramatically
reduces anxiety. We have 700 scientific research studies. I give one-hour introductory presentations
three times a week. You can connect by phone or in person and
follow along with a PowerPoint. Even if you’re out of the country or the
state, you can connect. You can learn locally with your teacher. This is the number one recommendation that
give to people when I do a consultation with them. If you do this twice a day, you will be over
the moon with the benefits. It is unbelievable. You can go to the TM.org website and hear
top business people, actors, movie stars and doctors talk about it. Loyola Stritch Medical College here in Maywood,
Illinois has a program for the nurses and doctors to help them with burnout. I’m going to be writing a book. In the book, I will talk about all of the
things that we’re going to be doing over the next year. I cannot say enough about Transcendental Meditation. February is Cardiac Awareness Month. We know that TM reduces one’s chance of
heart disease by about 65%. You’re sitting comfortably in a chair for
20 minutes and meditating. It’s a special technique. I suggest that you look into it. If you have not had your meditation practice
refreshed, I recommend that. The next thing that I recommend for good health
is sleep. If you don’t sleep well, then transcendental
meditation will help you. It is excellent for insomnia. These are the two things that I will be asking
you to work on. Sleep is very important. It’s imperative that you sleep seven to
eight hours a night. If you’re sleeping five or six hours, even
if you feel you’re getting by, it’s just not good enough. Research says that people who don’t sleep
at least seven hours have very poor health later in life, maybe earlier. I want you to have fun with this. I have many different meal plans for different
ethnic types of food. I want to make it fun. My mom always said that Ayurveda is too restrictive. I hope this proves that it’s not, by giving
you some things that you love to eat, but in a healthier way. For the Super Bowl, I told people to get healthy
corn chips, organic, non-GMO. Get some healthy chips. Make sure they’re organic and non-GMO. Don’t eat them every day. Have them once a week. You can have a nice guacamole dip. You can have an avocado dip. You’re getting some protein. You’re getting oils with the avocado. This is not all doom and gloom. We’re not going to be eating raw foods. Many people’s sleep issues are not only
worry and anxiety. It is that they’re eating the wrong foods. I want to give you something to work on now. Each week, I will give you a few more tips. You can’t do everything at once. This is doable. I’ve been doing this for 30 years. We’re going to ease into it. I will guide you every step of the way. Learn transcendental meditation and start
going to bed by 10:00. You can even go to bed at 11:00. Maybe you work late. That’s okay. One woman said to me, “If I go to bed at
4:30 in the morning and I sleep until noon, I’m still getting over eight hours of sleep.” It’s not good quality sleep. Between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM, the body goes
through a huge transformation. It is working on everything you ate. It metabolizes all of the experiences that
you’ve had during the day and the food that you’ve eaten. If you go to bed earlier, you’re going to
digest your food and experiences better. If you’ve had a stressful day with your
boss or someone is mean to you, and you meditate, that helps your resiliency to those stressors. If you go to bed earlier, the chances of having
better digestion is great. I highly recommend it. If you go to bed at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning,
don’t try to backtrack too quickly. You won’t do it. You’ll set yourself up for failure. Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night
for a week. If you go to bed at 1:00, try 12:45 for a
week. Try 12:30. Then, when you get up earlier, you can do
the things that you would normally do at night. These are the things we’ll be working on
so that you can have a healthier lifestyle. In terms of food, I want to give you some
tips for the week and talk about a detox diet. For those of you who want to lose weight quickly,
you want to start the detox as soon as possible. However, I think you can ease into that as
well. That is my recommendation. I think you will lose the weight that you
want. More importantly, if you start to add things
to your current diet without stressing yourself out, then it will be more beneficial. One thing that is important to do is to get
all of the foods out of the house that are not good for you. I know you won’t like this, but stay with
me. There is no processed food in Ayurveda. When I say “no processed food,” I don’t
mean that you can’t have anything out of a bag or box. It just has to be minimally processed. Maybe you have a sweet tooth and you tell
me, “I am completely addicted to sugar. I cannot get off sugar. There is no way that I can.” You can have organic non-GMO cookies. They are absolutely delicious. They do have sugar. They are chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. There are regular chocolate chip. You can get them at Whole Foods. The brand name is Ginny Bakes Organics. I also have one called Chocolate Chip Macadamia
Love. If you are really addicted to sugar, start
to switch to healthier forms of sugar. Don’t buy junk. If you like salty foods, you can have pumpkin
seeds. They won’t put weight on you. They’re very filling. You can have pumpkin, sunflower or sesame
seeds. You want to get roasted or organic. You want to either roast the nuts or soak
them. Almonds are your go-to friend for energy,
protein and nutrients. Almond milk is the best. You can make your own almond milk. The store-bought version contains the skin. The skin is very thick. My husband and I always have a jar of these
in the house. We have a couple for breakfast. We might have some for lunch. I make almond milk. These are your snacks. There are also Brazil nuts. You see them in mixed nuts. You can roast them or soak them. You could try hazelnuts. The nuts that are most nutritious are almonds,
walnuts, cashews and pecans. Cashews are heavy. If you’re trying to lose weight, you may
not want to have cashews. If you’re looking to put on weight, then
cashews are very good. You can make cashew butter. You can’t use almond butter, because most
almond butter is made with the skin. You can sometimes find almond butter without
the skin. If not, you can make your own. Blend it with a little oil. Get almond oil and put it in the blender. You’ll have to eat it more quickly so that
it doesn’t go bad. If you’re hungry and you like salty, then
go for healthy, natural things. I’d like you to add a leafy green vegetable
to your diet. Do that every day. If you’re going out to eat, go to restaurants
where they don’t have frozen food. Italian restaurants are excellent. There are Greek restaurants. Mexican restaurants will often have zucchini. Call the restaurant beforehand. I am off processed foods. The only thing that I put in my freezer are
dirty dishes. Everyone laughs at that. I don’t use my freezer to freeze food. People think it’s okay if it’s organic
berries. That is processed. On occasion, you can have frozen food. We don’t have anything out of a can. We don’t have anything frozen. Amy’s makes delicious bars. They are candy bars with organic cane sugar. You can have those. There is another bar that they sell for diabetics
at Whole Foods. It’s made with only chocolate and coconut
nectar. It’s all organic and non-GMO. If you like to nibble and you like chocolate,
these cocoa nibs have no sugar. It’s right from the cocoa bean. You have to watch your teeth. You may want to put a little water in your
mouth to soften it a bit. Cocoa contains magnesium, zinc, iron and other
wonderful nutrients. It’s no wonder that we crave it all the
time. Chocolate is the most powerful antioxidant. Feel free to eat it in moderation. When it contains sugar, fat, lecithin and
is genetically modified, that’s when it’s bad for you. In terms of sugar, I recommend organic coconut
sugar. Even diabetics could eat this. It has the lowest glycemic index of any sweetener. That’s compared to honey, agave, cane sugar
and Sucanat. This is your sugar. Even with this, you don’t want to overdo
it. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic and you
really like sweet, you can use Stevia. Don’t use any other artificial sweeteners. They’re not good for you. You can have this and not feel like you’re
being deprived. You can slowly wean off the sugar. Let’s go through some basic health plans
and talk about what you can eat. Then we’re going to expand on that over
the coming weeks. Here are some breakfast ideas. If you wake up and you’re not hungry, it
could mean that you ate too much at night. Be careful. You should have some level of hunger in the
morning. It doesn’t have to be a lot. If you aren’t hungry in the morning, it
is a sign that you might be eating too much and too late at night. In Ayurveda, we recommend not to eat your
evening meal past 6:00 PM. However, you could have warm cow’s milk
or almond milk. This brings up a point about milk. Many people are lactose intolerant, mainly
because of the way the milk is processed. I had someone who was lactose intolerant. I gave her the milk that I drink. I gave her fresh cheese that I made at home. She had no problem. She had no reaction. Normally, when she has hard cheese or highly
processed milk, she has a negative reaction. This is the phenomenon of Ayurveda and knowing
what to eat and how to prepare it. You could give these things to someone who
is lactose intolerant, and they will have a less negative reaction. In the morning, you want to eat. If you’re not hungry and you have weak digestion,
or a low digestive fire, then you could skip it, if you don’t get irritable. You could have a stewed fruit. In Ayurveda, your main meal is at noon. That’s when the digestive power is the strongest. Most people graze and grab things throughout
the day. Then they go out to eat for a big meal, or
they will eat at home in the evening because they can finally sit and relax. They’re eating too late at night, and they’re
eating too much. We have to switch things around. Everyone who has followed this diet plan has
been so happy. They cannot believe how good they feel within
a few days. Ayurveda does not promote raw foods. I had a woman come in for a consultation. She had a big smoothie, filled with kale and
beets. It was huge. She thought she was being healthy. Many people do this, she’s not the only
one. She drinks it throughout the day. I said, “Don’t you have gas and bloating?” She said, “Yes.” Ayurveda does not stop and start the digestion. Everyone’s biggest crime is grazing. You eat something, then 10 minutes later,
you grab something else. This is going to be the biggest challenge
for me, to get you to buy into all of this. I want you to try it. At some point, you will have to. Many of my clients have inflammation, achy
joints, fibromyalgia or Hashimoto’s disease. Many immune disorders are due to weak digestion. Once we get them on this diet, they love it. Their body is craving it. They are so happy. Let’s go through some meal options for the
morning. For breakfast, you can have stewed fruit if
you’re not hungry or if you’re trying to lose weight. You cut up apples or pears and throw them
in a pan. You can add a little water and ghee or clarified
butter. Add a little fresh ginger or cinnamon and
sauté them. You could add ginger powder, pumpkin spice
or cardamom. You have to see what you like. Then you can have some warm herbal tea. You don’t want to have milk with stewed
fruit. However, you can have almond milk and tea. If you have coffee, that’s okay. We’ll talk about caffeine later. You could have oatmeal. Oatmeal is a little bit heavy. Cream of rice or cream of amaranth is preferred. I do recommend gluten free. Amaranth is a grain that is very healthy and
high in protein. It’s not a real carb. I think you’ll enjoy that. You can get amaranth flour and boil it with
water. You reduce the temperature after about 20
minutes. You could cook it whole. You could have quinoa, whole or in powder. Some people say, “I don’t want carbs in
the morning.” I’m talking about four tablespoons. My husband is more slender and he can handle
it. He has strong digestive power. I can’t. I don’t have strong digestion. I’ll have about four tablespoons. Then I add almonds. I might have a few Brazil nuts or walnuts. Walnuts look like a brain, and they’re good
for the brain. There are a lot of omegas in walnuts. I have soaked walnuts or pecans. I eat to my capacity. I don’t overeat. I know that I’m going to eat at noon. You have to eat breakfast. I would like you to be famished at noon. I hope that most of you can take around 20
minutes to eat, between noon and 1:00. If you can’t take time, we’re going to
work on that next week. Take 20 minutes. You will be eating mung beans for your detox. They are split mung beans. They don’t sell them organic at Whole Foods. You can get them from me if you’d like. I send out shipments to people. You can’t get them organic at Whole Foods. This is very light to digest. You can make a hot thermos flask lunch. You start the cooking at home. You throw it in the thermos and it will cook
over a couple of hours while you’re at work. You can have rice or quinoa, and then a vegetable,
like broccoli. If you soak this overnight, it only takes
about 20 to 30 minutes to cook. Broccoli only takes about 10 or 15 minutes. Then you throw in the beans. I do this in the morning before I go out. I will put the beans on and then go take a
shower. I’ll come back and throw the broccoli in. Over the weekend, you could chop things up
so that, during the week, you have things available for you. You’re going to have a grain. Here are the proportions. You want 50% to be vegetables. You want 20% or 30% to be protein, like nuts,
seeds or mung beans. Then you have a little bit of starch, like
quinoa or rice. That’s how breakfast and lunch time work. If you don’t have much time, you could have
an almond date shake for breakfast. There are other options. If you like salty foods, you can have salty
cashews. You could have an avocado. There are other options. During the detox and in the winter months,
we dramatically reduce raw food. Raw food produces gas and bloating. We have to be very careful that we don’t
eat too much raw food in the winter. In the summer time, you can get away with
a little bit more. Another aspect of Ayurveda is the six tastes. They are salty, sweet, sour, pungent, bitter
and astringent. Most of the time, you’re getting them anyway. If you have a grain, vegetables and a protein,
like a legume, red lentils, brown lentils, chicken or fish, you’re going to be getting
all of these tastes. It’s very nice to sprinkle lemon on your
food because it gives it a good flavor. It enhances the digestive qualities. You can start by adding a leafy green for
now. Then we will go into more details about the
diet. You can get organic green beans. Sometimes you can get them pre-washed. You can also get pre-cut squash. You can get spinach that’s already washed. You can throw it in a pan. It takes two minutes. I don’t like kale, except for baby kale. It’s very tender. You can add some garlic or curry. We’re going to talk about spicing the food
with curry so that it’s more digestible. It’s absolutely delicious. You take the mung beans and add some squash. You can add the spinach. You can make it all in one pot. Maybe you want it all separate. That’s fine as well. Then you can have the same thing for dinner. You just have a smaller portion. Then you have your snacks. I told you about all of your goodies. You can have seeds, nuts, almond milk, dates,
healthy cookies and organic corn chips. When we do the detox, it will primarily be
stewed fruits, mung beans or red lentils, quinoa and rice. We’re having small amounts of grains. We’re going to talk about making a healthy
bread. I have a wonderful mung bean pancake that
I’m going to show you. We’re going to make our own bread. It’s very important to have bread without
yeast. You
can get decent bread at Whole Foods and some other healthy food stores, but I
think you will be amazed at how simple it is
to make the bread yourself. We’re going to make the bread together. Ayurveda is my passion. I love cooking and sharing these tips with
people. It has proven to work in my life, to make
me happier, healthier and create balance. I know that, whatever health issue you might
have, whether it’s minor or major, we are going to create
more balance for you as well.

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