Ayurvedic Recipe for Disaster
Lately in the podcast I've included a recipe. In this week's podcast is the Recipe for Disaster. You see, I got snot. And when I listened to a few of my friends, I heard tales of sore throats, flus, and sinus infections.
The Recipe for Disaster
- Ignore that you palette is shifting. Ignore your food blahs. Say in the same food pattern.
- Stir in a night or two of poor sleep.
- Add a handful of stress. Any kind will do. Overscheduling yourself works every time.
- Add a pinch of congestion or constipation – cook's choice.
Now, when I get snot, I get serious. I start to look for the cause. I take stock. I stop, drop, and notice what is going on.
I've noticed when people get unwell during the change of seasons they blame external factors. “The kids always bring stuff home from school this time of year.” Or, “It's just my allergies. They get bad every fall.” Or, “It's the weirdest thing – I got a sore throat even though I was doing fine. I have no idea where that came from.”
The beauty of Ayurveda is it loves to figure out just where that came from. We get that the problem is built into the solution. If we don't know where it came from, not only can we not truly uproot the imbalance, but we can't prevent it in the future. Double whammy. But, it's not hard to figure out once we know what to pay attention to. Usually, it all begins with a feeling of tiredness that we disregard or a change in appetite.
Why Disasters Happen at the Change of Seasons
It goes something like this:
Most of us are in a change of seasons somewhere on the planet. If you're in the northern hemisphere, your body wants to do 2 things:
- Eliminate stored heat from summer
- Lubricate the channels.
Specifically the body want to lube the digestive, respiratory and mind channels. If you're in the southern hemisphere, you body wants to do 2 things:
- Eliminate stored congestion from winter.
- Refresh the channels for a cool, easy summer.
If you see the pattern above, you'll notice the #1's are about elimination. Eliminate can mean burn up. It can mean move out through the channels of evacuation (poop, urine, sweat, snot, menses, etc.) Let's go with burn up. If your belly is burning up energies or doshas it doesn't want, your palette isn't going to be hungry for much of anything. Ignore this, and eat a little too heavy… and you've got a recipe for disaster on your hands.
To learn more, listen to the podcast. And… remember to do a detox. . You'll be glad you did. You can get the free recipe book and home course at yogidetox.com. Or, you can join me and the posse for a supported experience. My Yogidetox starts Oct. 12