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Ayurevda View on Headaches

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Ayurevda View on Headaches

Headaches can be Managed with Ayurveda 


Headaches according to Ayurveda can indicate certain imbalances of the nervous system. Ever suffered from tension headaches, migraines, and sinus headaches? All of these correlate to a specific dosha accumulation in the body. Usually, pain is associated with vata dosha, but further investigation is needed to understand what other doshas are are play, either pitta or kapha in the mix of the headache. Sometimes certain doshas can mask symptoms of another, so it can get tricky to determine what to do. 


Migraines are specific to pitta-vata, Hot pitta becomes burning, searing pain, there can even be light sensitivity. Often these types het worse by heat and working on computers or smartphones. These headaches are indicative of digestive disorders, exposure to environmental toxins and stress, anger, frustration and moodiness. 


Sinus headaches are all kapha. Kapha accumulates in the head , congestion is a definite sign of the cause. Many people fell dull and heaviness sin the head surrounding the sinus area. This headache comes with symptoms of sluggish slow digestion, accumulated digestive toxins , overeating, addiction to sweet foods, cold foods etc. Also is one doesn’t exercise adequately,, this stagnation can cause headaches.

Tension headaches are vata dominant, and are aggravated by cold, fast moving vata. The pain feels like you have a headband wrapped around your head cutting off circulation, the pain is sharp and fluctuates. Causes of these headaches are definitely stress, multitasking and non routine based activities. If one eats and sleeps sporadically this will also set off the headaches. Also, eyestrain from computers or electronics can trigger these types of headaches. 


The root cause of all types of headaches comes from imbalanced digestion, thus embarking on a cleanse or simple kitchari fast can help eradicate the accumulated toxins of the doshas in the body that are contributing to the headache. Once the cleanse has been completed, a purgation can remove these excess doshas. I like to use Avipathi Choornam to help with evacuation of toxins through the anus. Chronic stress or fight or flight can also be a contributor to headaches. There are some Ayurvedic diet and lifestyles principles which can erridacte the root causes of headaches, like following an appropriate ‘dinacharya’ daily and nightly routine. Examples include rising early, doing abhyanga ‘daily self massage’ and following various principles that can help remove toxins. To be honest, daily routine is a very powerful medicine.


To embark on resting your gut, or starting with cleanse, contact us here. I wish you all the health and wellbeing in your life,. 


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Kaayasekam or Pizhichil

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Kaayasekam or Pizhichil

Kaayasekam

Today I had a wonderful treatment called Kaayasekam on my full body. The therapists warm some therapeutic oil and do a rhythmic pouring of this oil all over my body. The oil was mainly ‘murivena’, a very good herb for pain management and inflammation. Also used for certain cases of arthritis etc. During the treatment I felt love, warmth and grace. It was really such a luxurious and calming feeling. Apparently this treatment enhances nerve conductivity and circulation and the strengthening of joints. Slipping and sliding on the table is part of it; the feeling during the treatment was of love being poured all over my body. What an amazing feeling of warmth and security. 

This treatment, feels like it would pacify my already over active vata. After the treatment, I felt tired and somewhat drained. Being pretty active usually, I have learnt to slow down and allow the therapy to work its magic on me. Even though I really wanted to do some form of light exercise today, I opted for the passive approach of resting. Lets see if this approach pays off. Hopefully it will help to alleviate some of the stomach issues that I am having. 

Part of  rejuvenation therapy for Ayurveda, one must really figure out which dosha is accumulating, which dhatus or tissues are affected, and whether Agni is high or stagnant. This indicates health. If Agni is strong, usually disease can burn itself out or purify itself, even if dhatu Agnis are high, the metabolic waste can be purged out, BUT if it’s not, AMA, or undigested food particles accumulate in the gut, spread through the blood, and accumulate deep within the tissues. This sticky mass, can be thick and hard to eliminate. Thus Ayurveda uses thick substances, similar to that of Ama, to remove it. 


The next treatment that I am doing is Choorna Pinda Sweda, which is one of powdered bolice applied to skin via transmission of heat and just a tad of oil for enabling  herbs to transmit to the skin. The idea of the powder is known as ‘Lekana’ which pacifies and is administered before any oil therapy. ‘Lekhana means reducing, reducing tissue mass, or reduction of toxic accumulation. I guess the best way to explain this is catabolic vs anabolic. The reason behind this is because oil or anything nourishing or building can aggravate accumulation of Ama, and m are matters worse. 

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Ayurvedic Cleansing

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Ayurvedic Cleansing

Prevention means creating balance in Ayurveda. Ayurveda gives us the tools for how to live our life in a state of peace. This means creating joy, happiness and fulfilment. Ayurveda teaches us how to live within society and in our own minds too. 

Health is firmly grounded when we are able to  achieve the four goals in life: Kama (activities), Artha (prosperity), Dharma (codes of conduct) and Moksha (liberation). Health is the prerequisite for all aspects of life. In other words health is wealth. 

The definition of a healthy person is a person who has maintained his or her Body Constitution, examples includes experiencing balanced functions of the three doshas, state of digestion in the form of agni, balanced tissues or dhātus and eats products (malas).

A person who has clear thoughts, sharp sense organs and a calm and peaceful mind is considered to be balanced. This is all good and well talking about it, but what can we do to achieve this balance??? Well the first line of dance is prevention. This could means different things to different people. In my own life prevention is staying away from anything that causes you dis-ease, whether toxic relationships, toxic foods or environments etc. Once we know what causes us dis-harmony, we can stay away from these things. This is also a part of Yoga philosophy called yama and niyama, observances and abstinences. 

So in a nutshell, balance and prevention of illness can be achieved in three ways according to Ayurveda; 

1) hara (diet),

2) Nidra (sleep) and

3) Brahmacharya (walking the middle path)

We can do this by following; 

1. Dinacharya: Daily Routines

2. Rātricharya: Nightly Routines

3. Ritucharya: Seasonal Routines

The way we behave can effect vāta, pitta and kapha. So it is important we don't do things that aggravate the already surfacing doshas. 

 

For more information or to schedule your consultation please email LTF@lovetruefood.com 

 

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Health Benefits of Jaggery

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Health Benefits of Jaggery

Jaggery is also known as 'gur' in Hindi, and is a sweet delicious brown sugary substance coming from raw sugar cane, date palm or coconut sap. The deeper coloured jaggery is from date palm whereas the sugarcane form is the most common of all. I like to use jaggery as an alternative to sugar as it is non refined and tastes delicious. a little goes a long way indefinitely. It is loaded with antioxidants and contains minerals such as zinc and selenium. It is known to lower vata and pitta dosha, but people with kapha dosha should be careful from consuming too much.

Jaggery is one of the best cleansing agents for the body, as it works on the deeper tissues to remove unwanted toxins. It is also good for the lungs, liver and stomach to prevent acidity and heartburn. Take this from someone who suffered from acidity all her life!!! Another relevant point is that is actually is good is weight loss due to its high potassium content. As its a digestive aid, a little goes a long way, and this is true with the usage. many Indians eat jaggery after a meal to aid in digestive processes. 

Lastly, for that time of the month, PMS! Jaggery is known to help combat moodiness, menstrual cramps and abdominal pain. 

So next time your thinking of a sweetener, look no further than jaggery. 

 

 

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Love True Food - Food for the Soul

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Love True Food - Food for the Soul

This is a time to write about feeding the soul. when I started Love True Food, it was in the hopes of sharing sustainable, healing food to everyone. As we have evoked over the years, it is with great passion that I'd like to present Love True Food's cleanse plan. What we put in to our bodies is important, but, what we feed our mind's is equally as important. So with this cleanse, LTF makes a promise that we can bring you down the path to purifying your body and mind, which eventually allow you to re-set and literally detox old emotional patterns since childhood.

How can we make such a promise? Well in Ayurvedic medicine, most of the old patterns are stored in 'fat cells', and to gather more information about this, please visit Dr. John Douillard's Blog, he elaborates with scientific proof, showing that cell memory can be shifted and altered whilst we detox physically, emotionally and mentally, we are able to really get down to re-wiring our behaviour patterns and thoughts. Imagine a world where the idea of cleanse is taken further than physically? How much more can you accomplish. In a world where ‘temptation is everywhere’. Imagine gaining will power and knowing thta your cravings can shift from poisonous foods to nourishing foods.

Imagine choosing the right thoughts for your mind? How much better and happier we will feel.

Join our 4, 9 or 21 cleanse program and really see and feel the difference. We recommend doing this before January 1st, hahahahahaha, as that time will be a mercury retrograde, and you don’t really want to start something new during this time, as the energies may not be in your favour. 

Instead, try this cleanse before and really feel the difference of how such a simple cleanse can truly benefit your body, mind and soul. 

Check out our store for kitchari cleansing. To make the cleanse more effective, we recommended the following products;

 

  • Organic Ghee
  • Triphala Powder (at nigh before bed)
  • Sugar Cease (John Douillard’s Brand)
  • Sesame Massage Oil
  • Neti Pot
  • Neti Salt

 

Till next time, LTF crew. 

 

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Hong Kong Healthy Cooking Classes

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Hong Kong Healthy Cooking Classes

I converted my apartment in West Kowloon into a small cooking studio for those wanting to hone in to their creative abilities as a master chef. The catch is that all classes are vegan or vegetarian, and you know what, the food tastes so much better than a diet full of meat and dairy. Whilst I am not a hardcore vegan, I do proclaim to be the best vegetarian cooking instructor in town. You can book as an individual or within a group of 8, for a partial participation experience. After the class, get to taste your creations with a glass or two of wine or one of our healthy detox drinks. You really won;t find such an exclusive experience elsewhere in Hong Kong. Health is cool, and focusing on healthy plant based food is not only good for you, but also good for the environment. Don;t get me started on why, that's saved for another blog post. 

Our most popular class is the vegetarian Thai Cookery Class, see offerings below; 

THAI- RIFFIC

Learn true authentic Thai food from a vegetarian and vegan perspective.  Learn the basic skills necessary to build on a foundation of true culinary delight without the harmful effects of animal protein. Menu includes:  Home made vegetarian Tom Yum Paste, Tom Yum Soup, Pomelo Salad, Tofu or Seitan Basil, Garlic Fried Rice.  

Duration: 2 ½ to 3 hours    Price: HK$880

* Menus may vary according to seasonality of ingredients. 

 

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Why I am SO OVER Quinoa, Refined Oils, Gluten Free Fads and Low Fat Crap!

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Why I am SO OVER Quinoa, Refined Oils, Gluten Free Fads and Low Fat Crap!

I was exposed to Quinoa over 9 years ago In New York, where quinoa was marketed as a high protein and amazing health grain, and above all gluten free. In fact it still is marketed like that!!! During that time I was able to introduce it into my diet with much ease. It was easy to cook, tasted good, and ‘wow’ , the amazing health benefits seemed too good to be true. Well that’s what I thought anyway. Whilst doing a total ‘western, superfoods overhaul’, I noticed my health was deteriorating in New York. I became fat, pimply, exhausted and angry all the time! On one hand I was learning about all these ‘so called’ healthy superfoods and on the other was suffering from a range of health and emotional disturbances. This didn’t quite add up. 

The more I ignored the traditional ancient wisdom I had learnt as a child,  the more I suffered. I delved deep into health and Ayurveda, and have been studying it for a good 9 years. Always learning more. Having a rich Indian heritage to fall back on I looked at traditional foods and saw that they were all-health nourishing. This is not based on journals or experiments, but on my own experience. The proof was in the pudding; my ancestors survived and flourished and I was determined to survive and flourish too. I began eating full fat oils like ghee and coconut oil. I began introducing ‘kitchari’ back into my diet (an ancient rice and lentil dish), I began incorporating pickled and fermented foods back into my diet, and guess what. I dropped all the weight and my moods were uplifted. (from eating more fatty foods.) It is so funny that now I do the opposite to what is marketed! 

Coming back to Hong Kong I’ve seen all these fads take shape, the newest ‘Gluten Free’ fad, which by no means is bad, but only really necessary if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance. As an Ayurvedic Nutritional Therapist and Chef, I never put anyone on gluten free diet, unless they have celiac disease or gluten intolerance in one shape or another. The reason for this is because there are a lot of 'non-nutrient compounds', which are essential for the body that you fall short on when you avoid gluten. Yes I understand that our modern day wheat has GMO written all over it, but what about ancient grains like spelt, which can be just as delicious and organic and non modified? 

Now I’m not saying that everyone should load up on the cookies, cakes and biscuits, but what I am saying is that a preventative approach to health is far more sustainable than going with the latest health crazes of marketing. Eating foods enriched with vitamins, mineral etc. is worse than consuming the whole food as it comes from nature in its purest and most assimilable form. Taking out healthy fat and replacing it with skim or low fat versions is not how my ancestors lived, and it is not how I am going to live either. They flourished! 

In Hong Kong I see people searching for quinoa, California almonds and other superfoods which are not even indigenous to Hong Kong, China. Yes I understand that some Chinese crops are ridden with toxins and heavy metals, but at least consider the benefits of eating local or even regional. For example quinoa has been cultivated in the Andean region for over 7,000 years and was considered sacred by the Inca Empire. As the demand for quinoa continues to grow in western markets it robs the local farmers deserving consumption of their grain as they switch to more western based diets for higher profit. As the price increases for quinoa it is consumed less and less in Bolivia. Not to mention the thousands of miles it takes to reach our supermarket shelves. People, wake up, we have rice and millet!! Why do we as a culture seem to think that everything can be fixed by robbing another nations crops! Also, why do we suffer from the ‘grass is greener on the other side’ syndrome! It really upsets me when people think the grass is greener, when they have so much abundance and nutrition right at their doorstep! Eating local and seasonal can really be a preventative health approach, protect the environment and also help nations economically thrive. 

Mis-guided health advise is a form of harassment, end of. Food and health advise should be reasonable, sustainable and be based on actual experience rather than tested on lab rats! You don’t necessarily need to buy some products to make you healthy. True health is unique and can be achieved through a determination to listen to what our thriving ancestors have told us. But most importantly to what your body is telling you. 

The truth is that refined food items are highly toxic, even if they are marketed as being the most healthy food in the world. Trust me, a newer food will come along very soon. Yesterday its was Vitamin D today it is algae! Lets take Ghee for example (clarified butter). Ghee the golden liquid is so healthy and beautiful, yet at one point in time people in India were avoiding it and going for more refined clear vegetable oils or western versions of olive oils and canola. What happened? The hydrogenation of the refined oils made these oils far worse and less nourishing and our bodies have told us so. Also robbing India's natural resource of ancient wisdom. But we choose to ignore our bodies! The word refine makes people think that the item is better, but it is removing everything good in the item. 

So, after my rant I conclude that ‘Ancient Food Wisdom’ is worth preserving, and if you are lucky enough like myself to have access to the rich and abundant wisdom, delve deep and know that true health is your birthright!

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