Ayurveda is an ancient medicine whose principles are tried and true. I am convinced that why Ayurveda works so well is that we really address lifestyle and diet – the basic building blocks of being well.
- EMF pollution and children’s vulnerability to this exposure
- Recipe of the month – spiced Lentil soup with coconut milk
- Wrap up of the Bali retreat – pictures say a thousand words
- Invite for Ayurveda Cooking classes where we look at how we can use our kitchen spices and foods as medicines.
One thing that was not around thousands of years ago, that in my opinion, needs to be addressed today is the issue of EMF – or Electric Magnetic Force. I have become more aware of this, as it can be measured through the hair profiling that Ayurveda Health offers, and it seems that young people in particular have particular high readings. The obsession with smart phones, laptops, desktop computers, home theatre systems, and all things electronic has made our lives easier in some ways, but much more complicated in others. This excessive uptake of EMF’s has contributed (especially to those who are sensitive) to poor sleep, anxiety and stress, decreased energy levels, gastrointestinal issues, thyroid disorders, and inflammation. EMF should be considered a harmful invader to your body, as it interferes with your health at a cellular level (after all we are all electrical beings). In yoga and Ayurveda we would see this has affecting the Prana (life-force) of the body.
What does happen at a cellular level? …..
Your cell membrane receptors recognize the electromagnetic fields at very low levels of exposure producing a stress respond – similar to when the body is exposed to toxic chemicals or heavy metals. This often referred to as ‘oxidative stress” – damaging DNA, which canbe the first step to cancer and contribute to conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia and fibromyalgia. Children are more affected than adults and this article makes an interesting read
What can we do?
1. Use it less and turn it off more. Even when your cell phone isn’t in use, it emits harmful radiation. Turn it off when not in use. And start using that landline again!
2. Keep it far away from your body. Don’t stow your cell phone in your pocket or your bra, or tuck it under your pillow at night. Keep it far away from your body so that you don’t expose yourself to unnecessary radiation.
3. Only use it when there’s good reception. The harder your cell phone has to work, the more radiation your body absorbs. Pay attention to those bars, and try to only use your cell phone in areas that get good reception.
4. Use a well-shielded wired headset. Not just any headset will do. If the wire isn’t well shielded, then it can transmit signals directly to the brain! Look for a well-shielded wire headset, particularly one with a combo shielded wire and air tube.
5. Have protection in your home. Plants in the home help, as do crystals and EMF protection devices. I am sure there are many more companies that provide, but I have used these products so feel OK about recommending them. Check out Life Energy Solutions – note they have a great offer at the moment a free radiasafe (protection from cell phone radiation) when you spend over $80.00 Click here to view now.
Recipe of the month – SPICED LENTIL SOUP WITH COCONUT MILK // Serves 6
This is a yummy warming soup for the colder months. The recipe calls for green lentil as split or red lentils will likely get too mushy here. I used 4 cups broth because I like my soups on the stewy side, if you prefer more broth to your soup, add another cup or two when cooking the lentils.
1 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed (green suggested)
4 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp both cumin & coriander powders
1 – 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 large red onion, diced
2 stalks lemongrass, outer layer removed, lower portion finely minced
1 tsp. sea salt, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of red pepper flakes to taste
pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1 1/4 cup coconut milk (use full fat, just believe me)
3 Tbsp. lemon, lime or orange juice a few handfuls of swiss chard, spinach or kale
1 /2 cup flake coconut, toasted (optional) chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Add the rinsed lentils, broth, thyme and turmeric or curry powder to a large pot. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes. While the lentils cook, heat the coconut oil in a pan. Add the onion and saute until just browned. Add the lemongrass, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, pinch of red pepper flakes and some fresh ground nutmeg and saute another minute. Add the onion mixture to the lentils and stir, keeping the heat on a low simmer.
Add the coconut milk and greens and simmer another five minutes, stirring occasionally until just wilted. Taste for salt andspice and add as you prefer. Finish with the citrus juice and serve warm with toasted coconut flakes and cilantro on top.
The Ayurveda and Yoga retreat 2016
No words are needed – the photos say it all. Thank you to all those who attended! Until next time…
Ayurveda education and cooking classes – This is more than a cooking class!
– How can we use our kitchen spices and food as medicine?
These classes are always popular but due to time restraints I have been unable to offer them until now. Lots of you have asked me, but to be honest I cant remember exactly who, so am offering “first in first served” as numbers are limited.
What you will learn
- Learn how to make food taste great and also be good for you
- Learn how to use food as our medicine
- Learn how to aide digestion to prevent bloating, gas, indigestion etc
- Learn the importance of utilising the various tastes in food to remain healthy
We will be cooking delicious, nutritious food.
The groups will be small (8 people max)
Dates and Times
Saturday 27th August 11.30m to 2.30pm
Thursday evening 31st August 6.30 to 9.30pm
The cost will be $120 per session.
Please confirm your place firstname.lastname@example.org