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Eight Tips to Shop Smarter at Whole Foods

I have to admit when Whole Foods moved into the neighborhood I had second thoughts about shopping there. I try to support farmer’s more directly at farmers markets and through CSA’s (community supported agriculture), when they are seasonally available. But most importantly I’m concerned about shopping healthy on a budget, and I’ve avoided Whole Foods because I too have heard it called, “whole paycheck.

Eat, sleep, love – The three pillars of Ayurveda wellness

Ayurveda recognizes three main pillars of wellbeing: proper diet, sufficient sleep and loving relationships. When kept in balance, these three pillars keep us healthy, happy and fulfilled and promote good digestion, proper detoxification and increase vitality and contentment.

Ayurveda recognizes three main pillars of wellbeing: proper diet, sufficient sleep and loving relationships. When kept in balance, these three pillars keep us healthy, happy and fulfilled and promote good digestion, proper detoxification and increase vitality and contentment. When out of balance we may experience digestive discomfort; feel disconnected from our partners, family and friends; become exhausted and stressed; and experience a host of other imbalances.

20 inspiring quotes on life, love, happiness, and gratitude

I love quotes, alway have. I keep a running list on my ipad notebook, have torn pieces of papers posted around the house and a bookshelf filled with dog-eared pages marking my favorite passages. Quotes have served as a means for my personal evolution, motivation and inspiration. Here’s a few of my favorites. What inspires you?

I love quotes, alway have. I keep a running list on my ipad notebook, have torn pieces of papers posted around the house and a bookshelf filled with dog-eared pages marking my favorite passages. Quotes have served as a means for my personal evolution, motivation and inspiration. Here’s a few of my favorites. What inspires you?

Five powerful reasons to eat a plant-based diet

What we eat significantly impacts how healthy and happy we are, and moving towards a plant-based diet is one of the simplest ways to radically improve your health, your sleep and your mood.

If I could make a single dietary recommendation to people looking to establish vibrant living, it would be to eat more plants! Most people I talk to desire more energy, better sleep, clearer thinking and brighter moods. What we eat significantly impacts how healthy and happy we are, and moving towards a plant-based diet is one of the simplest ways to radically improve your health, your sleep and your mood.

Ayurveda Nutrition: Understanding the Six Tastes

Taste, or rasa in Sanskrit, is the keys to understanding Ayurvedic nutrition. According to Ayurveda, the sense of taste is a natural guide towards proper nutrition. For ages, humans relied largely upon taste to discover healthy foods and avoid toxic ones.

The wisdom of Ayurvedic nutrition rests in your taste buds. Taste, or rasa in Sanskrit, is the keys to understanding Ayurvedic nutrition. According to Ayurveda, the sense of taste is a natural guide towards proper nutrition. For ages, humans relied largely upon taste to discover healthy foods and avoid toxic ones.

Our taste buds do much more than simply identify tastes; they unlock the nutritive value of foods and provide the initial spark to the entire digestive process.

Food Combining 101, from Kate Towell

Poor food combining can wreck havoc on your digestion and your health. Ayurveda believes that all disease begins in the gut and the foundation of Ayurveda wellness starts by optimizing your digestive fire (Agni).

Do you ever finish a meal and feel tired, heavy or experience gas and bloating? Well you’re not alone. About one in three Americans has some kind of digestive problem. Poor food combining can wreck havoc on your digestion and your health.

Ayurveda believes that all disease begins in the gut and the foundation of Ayurveda wellness starts by optimizing your digestive fire (Agni). Understanding proper food combing is key to maximizing digestion.

Meditation 101 – Six Tips to Start a Meditation Practice

For years “meditate” was on the top of my New Year’s intentions list. I would go into the new year full of fire and start a practice whole heartedly but somewhere over the course of the year the commitment would fade.

For years “meditate” was on the top of my New Year’s intentions list. I would go into the new year full of fire and start a practice whole heartedly but somewhere over the course of the year the commitment would fade. I knew meditation was good for me and that it could do wonders for my mind, body, and spirit. And, although I deeply desired having a daily meditation practice and read countless books on how to meditate, it took me years of having an on again off again practice to fully incorporate meditation into my daily routine.

Five Ayurvedic herbs for optimal health, by Kate Towell

Herbalism, or the use of plants for healing and creating optimal health, has a long standing tradition in Ayurvedic medicine. In Ayurveda, herbs are used in healing and prevention, and the simplest ways to use herbs are either in cooking or infusing (teas).

This weekend I taught a class on Ayurveda herbal healing basics. What fun! Yogi Bhajan said, “If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” I don’t know about mastering the subject, but I sure learned a lot from teaching the workshop.

Apple Carrot Quinoa Chili recipe from Kate Towell

This time of year I love making soups, stews and chili. These one-pot-wonders are great time savers, healthy and delicious. I make them often and have already shared a few of my favorite recipes with you.

This time of year I love making soups, stews and chili. These one-pot-wonders are great time savers, healthy and delicious. I make them often and have already shared a few of my favorite recipes with you.

I saw this recipe on Kris Carr’s fan page and thought it looked interesting. I switched a few things up and added veggie broth, celery and red pepper to the recipe. It turned out very tasty. I served it with organic corn chips and topped with cheese.

Ayurveda Tips to Boost Your Immune System by Kate Towell

According to Ayurveda, what we need to thrive this time of year is warmth, nourishment, plenty of rest and regular routine. Ayurveda is big on self-care remedies that are in accordance with nature’s rhythms.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the cold, damp weather of fall has arrived. Is it affecting you? I know I am feeling the shift. Kids are back to school and cold and flu season is here.

According to Ayurveda, what we need to thrive this time of year is warmth, nourishment, plenty of rest and regular routine. Ayurveda is big on self-care remedies that are in accordance with nature’s rhythms. How tuned into the season are you?

Kitchari – Ayurveda Super food, by Kate Towell

In India, kitchari is a hearty porridge made from rice and mung beans that is loaded with yummy Indian spices. It is considered a cleansing food and is used to purify digestion and nourish and heal the body.

In India, kitchari is a hearty porridge made from rice and mung beans that is loaded with yummy Indian spices. It is considered a cleansing food and is used to purify digestion and nourish and heal the body.

Ayurveda believes all disease (and therefore all healing) begins in the gut. The concept is simple. When you give your body a single, completely nourishing food that is easy to digest your body has energy to eliminate toxins and heal.

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