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 Becky Striepe
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
Every dog’s situation is different, so what worked for Jenna may not work for your dog. If one of these natural remedies isn’t doing it for your nervous dog, try another one! This is a laundry list of everything that’s worked and one thing that didn’t work for us but does for too many other dog owners to leave out of the list...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: From thunderstorms and fireworks to traveling in cars and meeting strangers, some dogs can have quite the array of anxiety issues. Even if your dog just has one, tiny little phobia, it can make some situations awkward to say the least. Here are some great tips to help.
Animals & Pets
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 Elaine Rosales
Many people think that cooking oils like corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola are good for their health just because they’re made from vegetables or plants. But nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, these oils are probably the worst oils you can use for cooking...
A Note from ATH Supervising Editor, Sherri Carter: Coconut oil is so versatile and good for you. It's great for the kitchen and has many personal healthcare uses, such as moisturizing dry, winter skin. It's the go to oil our home!
Julie Langton Smith is a clinical health hypnotherapist and specialises in healthy minds and nutritional health. She is championing research into mind and body medicine and is currently completing an Msc in transpersonal psychology where she is conducting research into bio-resonance/communication therapy. She is exploring vibrational subtle energies and the relationship between the mind and the body with regard to achieving and maintaining good health. You can buy extended versions of Hypnotherapy for Health from Amazon, Waterstones, and direct from www.julielangtonsmith.com...
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
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.
by Caroleanne Wright
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
No need to bypass all the health perks of fresh superfoods this winter — simply grow them inside on a sunny window ledge...
Editor's Note from Cheryl Murphy: Superfoods aren't just for outdoor growth, according to Caroleanne Wright, author for Waking Times. One's windowsill is the perfect location for growing nutritious power foods during the winter. Stay healthy during colder months with a nutritious mini-garden indoors that could include arugula, cilantro or oregano as close as a sunny window ledge.
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