by Alex Duncan PhD
Please note, this is not an exhaustive discussion of the pros and cons of raw versus cooked food diets. As a rule of thumb, Ayurveda does not advise a 100% or near 100% raw food diet for long term use...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Eating raw foods is always a topic of interest when discussing diet with followers of Ayurveda. Most individuals do not posess enough agni, nor live in climates where a 100% raw food diet is possible. The Asthanga Hrydayam notes how an all raw food diet can significantly affect Vata and lead to disease. Ayurveda therefore usually advises against a raw food diet and supports fresh, gently cooked foods for maximum nutrition and building agni. Join Alex Duncan in his article's discussion of raw food diets and see how raw foods may or may not fit into your diet. Namaste
by Kristin Wartman
Over 5 million children ages four to 17 have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States, and close to 3 million of those children take medication for their symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But a new study reported in The Lancet last month found that with a restricted diet alone, many children experienced a significant reduction in symptoms...
Editor's Note from Angela McCoy: Great article on the foods we are feeding our children and the diagnosis of ADHD. I found it highly applicable, especially given that we are in the holiday season and foods we indulge in may be adding to the problems associated with ADHD.
Family & Parenting
by Georgianna Donadio, MSc, DC, PhD
Take all the “white stuff” out of your diet. You’ve read it in popular magazines, heard it from your friends and even from the lips of the long reigning queen of day time television. Taking away all things white from your diet – bread, pasta, bakery items and sugar can be an excellent way of reducing empty calories from what you eat as well as losing weight...
Editor's Note from Michael Jones: Many people are so unaware of what they are putting in their bodies and how it effects them. Taking all the "white" out of your body can dramatically change your lifestyle.
by Neda Smith, FDN, MTA, HHC
Most of us get stuck on our total cholesterol numbers as the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is actually the ratio between HDL (known as the "good" cholesterol) and the total cholesterol that we need to be concerned about...
Editor's Note from Neda Smith: The published evidence is quite clear in documenting that the actual total cholesterol level itself is NOT the most important risk factor of cardiovascular disease. In this article, I provide the ratios to assess and see if you are a predictor for heart disease. So pull out your lipid panels and lets take a closer look together. You might be healthier or sicker than what you have been told.
by Jamie Ann Montiel, RN, BSN
Now that organic has become mainstream, should we really hold organic as the gold standard when it comes to food production? Many million-dollar companies produce organic foods and products that are nowhere near healthy...
Editor´s Note from Cheryl Murphy: Jamie Ann Montiel, RN and health consultant, digs deep into the meaning of ‘organic’ and distinguishes the difference between certified organic and natural while questioning other labels that are loosely defined. Monteil discusses how 'biodynamics' is the new gold standard, a holistic approach that links the entire eco-system into one, creating a self-sustained community, that nature intended, recycling everything back into the environment.
by Alex Duncan, PhD
According to Charaka Samhita, one of the oldest medical texts known to man, one of the most important factors in human nutrition is the quantity of food we eat at any one meal. This may be stating the obvious, yet my impression, albeit anecdotal, is that many folk lack a sense of self-understanding when it comes to hunger, which combined with socio-behavioral conditioning, results in a failure to consume ‘correct’ amounts of food...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: As the holidays fast approach, many of us wonder how to keep a healthy, portioned diet in the face of delicious temtations. Ayurveda offers much advice on the quantity, qualities and timing of meals according to our environment and prakriti. Vaidya Alex Duncan offers some clarity as to healthy eating with reference to passages from the Charaka Samhita. Take a moment before your holiday season begins to reflect on how you may better approach food and celebrations through Ayurvedic eyes. Namaste
by Roshan Baskota
Rheumatoid arthritis is described as “Amavata” in Ayurveda. The word ‘Ama’ means undigested, toxic or unwholesome product, which is produced in the body due to weakening of digestive fire. This ‘Ama’ is then carried by vitiated ‘Vata’ and travels throughout the body and accumulates in the joints, which is the seat of ‘Kapha’ (one of the three bodily humors (tridosha) i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha). As this process continues, all the joints are gradually affected...
Editor´s Note from Sonica Krishan: Author Roshan Baskota shares with us his wonderful article on Ayurveda approach in treating the severe ailment of rheumatoid arthritis. He has mentioned in his article that along with recommending Panchkarma therapy, and Vata balancing medicines, Ayurveda lays down much focus on proper diet as well as lifestyle. Please go through the article. Namaste
Amy, with support from some enthusiastic parents and their little chefs, roasts a gorgeous, golden turkey breast; steams green beans to serve with caramelized onions and lemon zest; and prepares a crispy outside & tender inside medley of root vegetables with...
Editor's Note: Kids love to help and will often try foods they have had a hand in cooking. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to get them involved, as you celebrate good wholesome food, gratitude and time with family.
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