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Meditation As Medication

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Meditation As Medication

Meditation should not be a chore, it is an art of being. The minute you let your mind 'be' it settles down to its most ideal rhythm. Go to a quiet place and disengage. Try and experience that joy. We are losing that in the 21st Century.

Solutions to most mental health issues can use meditation, however not ALL. Most of today's mental health issues are caused by too much 'doing', something known in Ayurveda as AtiYogam. Step back and just be, it is very healing. 

Stress is the 21st Century killer. We've lost this, everything is 'go go go'. We have to look within us, the entire universe is within us. We should become one with the inside and thus become one with the outside. Turning the senses inwards will delve into healing. Once you start looking within, you'll find a resource, a higher self, a soul, an all pervading being. All the answers are within you; chew on this.

STRESS in Ayurveda in the Astanga Samgraham AD3, states that it is exposure to stimulus physically, mentally, environmentally, beyond the body, mind threshold causes disturbances in the functional principles of the body (vata, pitta, kapha) and the mind (tamas and rajas). This manifests as Physiological and Psychological disturbances. 

It is not surprising that harmony is being disturbed causing disease in our modern lifestyles. Excessive living is something that we can collectively resolve. Ayurveda and Yoga and can aid these manifestations of diseases. From childhood we are trained to engage in excesses. Children are victims to our stresses.

Physical stress, Verbal Stress and Mental Stress are categories of stress according to Ayurveda. These are foundations in Rajas and Tamas. Rajas deals with V and P and affects body/mind channels, manifests as anxiety and other symptoms.  Tamas deals with Kapha and also affects mind body channels and manifests as depression and other symptoms.  All are caused by a weak mind. Thus meditation is medication.

Being lonely is a problem when it comes to mental wellness. You could be surrounded by people and yet be lonely. It has nothing to do with solitude. This is why self love or love of self is an important practise in Ayurveda and Yoga. 

In Patanjali's surtras he states "by the practise of the 8 limbs of Yoga the impurities dwindle away and there downs the light of wisdom, leading to discriminative discernment." 

This is why mind over matter can work, but also from body to mind can also work. 

For yoga classes please contact me on 95040288. 

 

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Food as Medicine

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Food as Medicine

Harness the power of food as a means to reducing inflammation in the body

 

Inflammation occurs when the body needs to heal – it’s the immune system responding to an injury or defending it against viruses or bacteria, but it can also be part of something more systemic.

 

When inflammation occurs white blood cells and the chemicals they produce flock to the injured area of the body to heal it. But there are two types of inflammation, one more short-term and reflective of the body trying to cure itself, the other chronic that can be extremely detrimental on health in the long-term.

 

Acute inflammation usually occurs when the body is injured. The effects, which can include swelling, pain and redness, usually subside after a few days once the body has healed itself.

 

Chronic or systemic inflammation, is long-term and is common in chronic and autoimmune diseases. It can be caused by bad habits or environmental influences, which can include an unhealthy diet, particularly one leading to obesity, lack of exercise, stress, smoking and pollution, to name a few. The symptoms are often not easily directly attributable to inflammation but heart disease, diabetes, lung issues, depression, cancer, anger disorders and skin issues have all been linked to chronic inflammation.

 

A carefully considered nutrition plan can, however, work wonders, particularly when anti-inflammatory foods are incorporated, the majority of which are healthy foods anyway regardless of the hard evidence promoting the efficacy of anti-inflammatory diets.

 

Like most healthy diets, the anti-inflammatory diet involves eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, incorporating small portions of nuts, reducing red meat consumption and even having a glass of red wine once in a while.

 

The best anti-inflammatory diets to follow are the Mediterranean or predominantly vegetarian diets. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale contain sulforaphane, an anti-cancer compound thought to inactivate the key inducer of inflammation while also encouraging enzymes that lower inflammation.

 

Quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant found in a range of fruit and vegetables, particularly red, green and purple-coloured plants, is another substance to incorporate into an anti-inflammatory diet as it can inhibit inflammatory pathways and functions and neutralise cancer-causing free radicals. It’s found in apples, peppers, dark cherries and berries, green vegetables, cranberries and asparagus, to name a few. Lycopene, too, has a combative effect on free radicals and work as an antioxidant. It’s found in watermelon, tomato, papaya, grapefruit, guava, mango, carrots and red cabbage.

 

When consuming fats, the focus should be on healthy ones, such as those found in olive oil and hemp oil. Reduce red meat consumption, instead focusing on plant-based proteins. And look to foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids –which can help to prevent inflammation. Walnuts contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while avocadoes contain omega-3 fatty acids as well as phytosterols, carotenoid antioxidants, and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols, all of which help in the fight against inflammation.

 

It is important to get enough fibre in your diet. Avoid refined flour, and focus on whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa and bulgur wheat. This fibre can help feed beneficial gut bacteria associated with lower levels of inflammation. This is also why fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut are recommended from their probiotic effect.

 

Herbs and spices, too, can be anti-inflammatory. Try incorporating fresh oregano, rosemary, ginger, cayenne, cloves and nutmeg into your diet, all of which have been shown in studies to inhibit inflammation. Turmeric is considered particularly potent for the anti-inflammatory curcumin it contains.

 

It’s not all about what you should eat, but as much about what you shouldn’t. Foods can be directly inflammatory, and it’s best to avoid the oils found in fried foods, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners and additives and processed foods in general.

 

These simple dietary guidelines are as much preventative as they are a means to reducing and combating chronic inflammation, and the results of following an anti-inflammatory diet will be beneficial in both the short and longer ter

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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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VIRSA

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VIRSA

We made the cover. Here chef Lakshmi is interviewed. She discusses much about her passion for food and healing, especially in context to Ayurveda. 

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Private Vegetarian Dining

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Private Vegetarian Dining

What a great evening, with private dining and a full vegetarian menu. We served up the following; 

Toasted Hemp with Goat’s Cheese and Balsamic Onions

Vegetarain Dumplings with Ginger 'Shoyu' Sauce

Homestyle Potatoes 

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Asparagus Soup with Truffled Cream and Eggplant Caviar

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Mushroom Wellington with Ayurvedic Spice & Red Wine Reduction, Green & Orange Salad with Pistachio Fig Dressing

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Vegan Masala Cashew Chocolate - Doughnuts with Lavender Infusion- 

Homemade Lemon/Lime Granita

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Turmeric for Inflammation

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Turmeric for Inflammation

The best spice for inflammation is turmeric. It helps ease digestive disturbances and is used fairly often in Indian cooking. Not only does it have anti inflammatory properties but it is used extensively in beauty products. Incorporating small doses into food and drink can really help the gut heal. I've seen this first hand . Especially with those suffering from digestive issues like IBS, gastritis, heartburn and pain. 

 

So the next time reach for your turmeric. 

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Mung Beans- The Benefits

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Mung Beans- The Benefits

Mung beans are so versatile that they can be added to many dishes including soups, casseroles, stews and even bean burgers. In Ayurveda they are revered for their easy digestibility and absorption into the body, this is why they are called tri-doshic, meaning that they can be eaten and assimilated by many different body types and digestive capacities. Combined with basmati rice, they make for a nutritious food source known as kitchari.

In Ayurvedic medicine, a kitchari fast is done to eliminate toxins from the body and help maintain homeostasis. The combination of of green mung beans with basmati rice and varying levels of spices is all it is. The person fasting, depending on their capacity to digest, assimilate and eliminate, can add various vegetables to the kitchari or stew depending of what dosha they are. Combined with either ghee or sesame oil, this food is so nutritious that you can live off it. 

Doing a fast requires attention to detail, and therefore no alcohol, dairy, cold foods, caffeine or sugar should be consumed during this time. Also it is advisable to reduce over exerting the body and doing gentler forms of physical exercise like yoga, swimming or walking. 

As stated, mung beans are incredibly versatile, check out our vegan shepherd's pie recipe in the blog section. Subscribe today to get amazing healthy recipes. click here to subscribe

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Feeding Hong Kong - rooftop garden

It was a great and successful event at the rooftop garden. Three students from HKU Space participated in this then. It was one of those events that was conducted on a very hot day, yet we all managed to pull off the feeding of 60 people

 

According to Gabriele, this event was to raise awareness on the need to have more rooftop gardens for Hong Kong to become a more sustainable and environmental place. 

 

These gardens can provide food where there is a need. It also educates children and adults alike on the benefits of planting rooftop gardens in urban areas.  This can be used as a carbon offsets tool. 

 

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If you would like to volunteer for the next event, please contact me at LTF@lovetruefood.com 

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My Thai-riffic cooking experience

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My Thai-riffic cooking experience

When we arrived at Love True Food’s home kitchen studio, we were greeted by the fragrant smell of basil, lime and galangal. We eagerly sat down around the island that surrounded the open kitchen with our tongues wagging and our stomachs grumbling.

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All about Kiwi's (the fruit) and Chilis

Kiwis are a great source of vitamin C and E. They aid in proper elimination of food items and have a great effect on the overall digestion. It is no doubt that these fruits are super foods. Kiwis help with skin conditions such a acne (the cystic kind) because they help cleanse toxins from deep within the gut and system. In addition, the have potassium, folate, polyphenols (phenolic acid), and fiber.  In particular they break down hard to digest proteins from the system... as they contain actinidin (an enzyme that breaks down proteins into amino acids).

So the next time you feel constipated... reach for a kiwi and in time you'll be sailing smoothly again.

Chilis on the other hand are also an excellent source of vitamin C. They are great relievers of intestinal parasites. And did you know that in remote villages in India, they eat raw green chills to help ward of flus and colds, especially during the Monsoon season.

Here at Love true Food we have began to test the market for our chill and coriander chutneys, excellent accompanies to breads and rice dishes. As the chills help to break down the carbohydrates...

Find us at the Green Queen Event on the 15th March, 2014 at the Space...

 

 

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