Seasonal Wisdom

My passion to feed others delicious, local, organic and easily digestible food has always been present in my life, from my time as sous chef at Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia to my cooking time in my own kitchen at home. These days, quality family time is of the essence and there’s no time to waste, especially during the holidays. Each year I buy $250 worth of local squash and I place them around my house, which allows me to keep an eye on them. If I see one going off...

Christmas is coming! The excitement and anticipatory anxiety are becoming palpable around us, there’s so much preparation to do. And especially if you hosting the Christmas Day meal at home too! That’s the day when the whole family will be together under one roof, and we want it to be perfect! Just tip-top amazing, easy, non-confrontational, and beautiful, so that we can cherish those memories into the years to come. It’s not too much to ask, is it? Christmas Flashbacks Although the flashback from last year shows otherwise. Maybe you are familiar with the...

Do you find yourself emotionally overwhelmed during the holidays?  If you are living in the USA, your holiday season may look something like this: eating, feasting, and most likely consuming more calories at each meal than you typically need for a week. The emotional overwhelm of the holidays causes many of us to over-indulge with wine, spirits, food- or all three!  This year, try inviting a mindfulness-based practice to your holiday cooking and celebrations. Meditation and mindfulness practices help buffer the gap between holiday emotional triggers and our ability to make...

Do you often feel overwhelmed by all the glitz, bling and noise of the Christmas Holiday Season? It’s no wonder if you do. There is an overabundance of plastic packaging, cheaply made consumer products and the pressure to commercialize the season. And many people are searching for ways to keep things more simple and wholesome this year. They are looking to spend more quality time with family and friends. And less time stressing about meeting the demands of unrealistic “Wish Lists”. Many are hoping to avoid busy malls and box...

I’ve been so focused on the new tip sheets I haven’t had the time to share my top podcat for the month. This December, Alejandro, my podcast curator found these 6 Holiday podcasts from the past. He’s listed them in the order of most popular. Ayurveda and the Holiday Season Listen to this episode as I talk you through the basic practice of Kitchen Sadhana, and then interview John Immel, founder of the Joyful Belly. Listen to the full episode here. Cold Remedies & Dr. Claudia Welch on Coming Home to Yourself in the Season...

Each Autumn I press my reset button. When you get deeper into seasonal rhythms you notice there are junctures of time to empty your own bucket of whatever imbalances have accumulated since your last “empty the bucket period.” For me, the last empty the bucket period was in April. Now it's six months later. My body knows what time it is. My mind wants a timeout too. And my spirit is begging for more time on the cushion. You see time, and timing are everything. When we miss these windows of...

Twice a year since 2002, without fail, I lead a group cleanse, based on the seasonal wisdom of Ayurveda. Over the years I've amassed books on the topic of detox. Of the dozens of books I've read a few I use more than others. I've selected 5 that I'm recommending for my Yogidetoxers right now. Read below and I'll tell you why I've selected that book in particular.   1.  The Seasonal Detox Diet:  Remedies from the Ancient Cookfire If there is 1 resource I use with every Yogidetox, it's The Seasonal Detox Diet....

MY PREFERRED NIGHTCAP! Golden milk has officially become my favorite nightcap as the weather gets colder and the nights get longer here in DC. It’s one of those delicious treats that taste almost sinful, yet so good for you. I like to end my day with a warm cup of golden milk made with my homemade almond milk (you can find the almond milk recipe in the blog section) for several reasons – turmeric is the ultimate spice, it’s anti-cancerous, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, relieves heartburn, improves cardiovascular function, helps with brain function,...

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