Want to get stuck in and learn a bit more about Ayurveda? Ayurvedic Consultant Johan Silver regularily teaches workshops and now he can help you too right at home. Specifically designed to be relevant to yoga practitioners. There will be more courses coming from Johan so get this foundation under your belt so you can go in greater depth when you are ready. See below for lesson topics and free lesson.
What does being sattvic actually mean? According to Ayurveda, sattva is the quality of nature that brings about balance, peace, Sattvic lifepurity and clarity. It is one of the three subtle qualities or ‘gunas’ that exist in all of nature. The other two qualities are rajas and tamas, rajas being the quality of energy, movement and transformation that creates imbalance in life, while tamas being the quality of solidity, heaviness and stagnancy that creates inertia. If we want to become healthy or to maintain good health using an Ayurvedic approach then, without doubt, moving towards a sattvic life is a key element in this process.
“Sometimes we are not fed by food but by the energy in our lives… everything is food… We hunger for play, fun, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure and spirituality” Joshua Rosenthal, Integrative Nutrition.
When I studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I was introduced to the concept of Primary Foods – the idea that there is so much more in life that nourishes us than what we put into our mouths (secondary food).
And I’m not just saying that because I’m Irish! Greens in every form are so nutrient rich, you’re instantly on to a winner by adding more of them into your diet. Dark leafy greens in particular. You cannot eat enough of them, unless that’s all your eating of course. Don’t go too wild! Eat a wide variety.
Our bodies are made up of between 60-75% water and we wouldn’t survive more than a week without it. As they say – water is life. Most people know it’s important yet many are chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. So how do you know if you are drinking enough?
Like many things it depends on the individual and a number of key factors such as body type, climate, level of physical activity and current health.
If you’re trying to determine what’s causing you to feel a bit ‘off’ and suspect food intolerances, then a simple elimination diet can do the trick. For severe symptoms a food allergy test is recommended. But for milder symptoms like fatigue, low immune system, headaches, skin issues, constipation or bloating then the elimination diet is one effective and easy method for finding out if they are food related.
This is not an anti-raw food rant – just to clarify! I simply want to look at the big picture when it comes to raw vs. cooked food. The way I see it is that many of us grew up eating mostly cooked food and I know I will probably continue to eat cooked for the rest of my life, not because raw is ‘just a craze’ but because it feels natural for me.