Spiced Rice Kheer

Spiced Rice Kheer

One of the most common desserts is a very simple preparation of milk and rice, better known as Indian rice pudding. It is a wonderful, nurturing dessert for the winter months but since we are still in winter mode at the moment I am still, at the same time being wholesome and vata-pacifying.

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Milk – to boil or not to boil

Milk – to boil or not to boil

With so much questioning around the subject of milk, whether it’s good for you, if the alternatives are more digestible, are most people lactose intolerant etc etc. There is no doubt there is confusion. Here is the Ayurvedic perspective. Cows milk is considered to be the best and a complete food, providing unique nutrition with ‘saatvic’ qualities when it is digested properly, nourishing the body tissues, balancing the doshas and promoting emotional balance and ojas (a refined substance providing strength, immunity and contentment). With such nourishing properties why would we want to exclude milk from our diet?

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Insight into ayurvedic food combining

Insight into ayurvedic food combining

Unlike the traditional view of a balanced diet consisting of basic food groups, such as dairy, grains, fats, meats, fruit and veg. Ayurveda suggests an approach for correct diet based on the individual’s doshic constitution (vata, pitta, kapha). Every food has its own taste (rasa), a heating or cooling energy (virya) and post-digestive effect (vipaka). When we combine food that consist of different tastes, energy and post-digestive effect, the digestive fire (agni) gets disturbed, slows down and start producing toxins in the system.

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A Sattvic Diet – cleaner, fresher, purer, energetic food choices

A Sattvic Diet – cleaner, fresher, purer, energetic food choices

What is Sattvic Diet?

Ayurveda is the ancient science of life dating back over 5000 years and within this science, food choices and eating habits were outlined to benefit all humans according to their constitution (body type). According to ayurveda, a sattvic diet is the most conducive diet for living a naturally balanced life and to keep our minds clear, happy and peaceful and of course free from diseases.

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