by Dr. Ikram Abidi
When it comes to organic food versus non-organic food, one of the most important questions that most diet-enthusiasts and food curious people want to ask is how to tell the difference. In other words, how to identify or differentiate organic food from the conventional food...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: From the looks of it, organic food can be hard to identify next to non-organic. Here are some ways to become proficient at knowing what is organic and what is not.
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Low on Energy? Ayurveda aims to continuously restore balance to the doshas and supply fresh energy for the body and the mind.
In this lovely YING & YANG LIVING video interviewing Ayurvedic expert Jenny Ahn, several Ayurvedic suggestions are offered to restore energy to each of the doshic constitutions known as Prakriti.
For Vata, Pitta & Kapha prominant prakritis, different self-care steps can be taken in diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Jenny discusses yoga styles, nutrition and bedtime routines to benefit each constitution.
by Andrea Beaman, HHC
It seems almost all cultures around the world have used some type of pickle or other fermented food; in Japan they ate takuan and oshinko pickles, and umeboshi plums; China is famous for it’s kimchee (Kimchi); throughout Europe, dill, sour and garlic pickles were the flavor; in Germany it was sauerkraut; Russian people ate kefir, pickled cabbage and beets; and people in the Mediterranean dined on olives and yogurt...
Editor's Note from Neda Smith: Every culture around the world eats some form of fermented food to help aid in digestion. Unfortunately, today in our fast paced world, many people have walked away from these traditions. Andrea Beaman talks about the benefits of fermented foods and provides us with a very easy recipe to make our own.
Editor´s Note: Protein bars seem to be the perfect source of nourishment, especially immediately after a good workout, but is the tasty treat really that healthy for us? Take a look at the clip to see what may be hiding in the delicious bite, besides protein.
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: The healing of mind, body and spirit that Ayurveda offers comes from constantly balancing what we take in and what we expel out. Our food, drink, emotions and environment all form what is know as ahara. Many times, toxins are carried along with ahara and create ama in the body. Ayurveda offers guidance on how to use food as medicine to detoxify the body on a daily basis. In Dr. John Douillard's Gaiam video, he discusses how different foods and rasas (tastes) will help purify the body and remove ama to restore balance. Using an Ayurvedic approach provides life-long tools to keeping our body clear of toxins with a healthy lymphatic system and alkaline body. Enjoy!
by Andres VergaraLAc, MAc and Michele Collins, RH (AHG), MPH
The concept of sweet that we tend to think of in the west is very different from the way traditional systems, like Chinese medicine classify sweet foods. Sweet foods in any traditional system include nearly all vegetables, meats, as well as whole grains and legummes. These foods comprise the basis of a healthy diet...
Editor´s Note: This is a great article that explains the concept of 'sweet' foods according to Chinese medicine. It offers an explanation to the process of cravings, and a simple and convenient way to counteract a sweet tooth.
Editor´s Note: The pomegranate is a healthy, beautiful and delicious fruit, but how many of us pass right by them, thinking "too much work" or just have no clue on how to prepare. This short video presents the simple preparation of this ancient fruit, packed with powerful anti-oxidants and fiber.
by Lynn Colwell & Corey Colwell-Lipson
Summer’s long over. School is back in session. And that means Halloween is knocking at your door.
We thought that in addition to reminding you to check out GreenHalloween for ideas, we’d pass on some tips from our fellow green bloggers...
Editor´s Note: Whether it's using tea oil to preserve a pumpkin from molding or avoiding lead in Halloween candy, authors of "Celebrate Green" Lynn Colwell and daughter Corey Colwell-Lipson have summoned top bloggers that are in the know for a green Halloween.
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