Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Big Move

I am so thankful for all who have followed this blog and tried the recipes and read my words. I am working on creating a more concise platform where all my yoga & ayurveda ventures can be together. Please visit me at www.alaskarootwellness.com to learn more about what I do, where you can find me and of course, new blog recipes. 

Much love to you all! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Diamond Date Recipe

Diamond Dates

Dates soaked in ghee are a great snack. Dates increase vitality and strengthen immunity.Also great for Ojas, the fine essence of kapha.

Slice the dates in half and remove pits. Quarter the dates if you want smaller bites sized pieces. Fill a jar with dates and pour ghee over them. Add cardamom and/or cinnamon. Soak for 1 day to 2 weeks. Will keep indefinitely unrefrigerated. Best for Vata types or in the winter when you may need more nourishment. Dig in!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ayurvedic Products

There are some great companies out there that are creating some amazing Ayurvedic products. This is one of my favorites. While I was attending the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico I toured their wholesale warehouse and met with their lovely wholesale manager. This company has some great things about it. One that spoke to my heart was that they support local Indian Farmers In India, since that is where the herbs originate from) so that they could keep their family farmland while making a living wage. The farmers use organic practices and all the herbs grown are kept in their most natural environment for their wellbeing (I also learned that keeping the herbs in their natural environment gives them the highest medicinal value). This company thinks full circle and that is what I value. So check them out. I will definitely be linking to specific products and educating you about them with posts to come! Happy learning.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

3-5 Day Kitchari Cleanse

3-5 Day Kitchari Cleanse

Before you start a cleanse, make sure you check with your health provider first. And limit the amount of activity you do for the days that you are on the cleanse. Be gentle to yourself. Your body will be working hard to clean itself so it is important to support it by reserving your energy and resting. Do gentle yoga and meditation each day.

In any cleanse, making sure that you are having regular bowl movements, once to twice per day, is very important. Stool carries away the toxins from the body. I also recommend taking a hot bath or sauna to open the pours and allow your body to sweat, which also releases toxins. Drink lots of water, warm- hot. Lemon added will give an extra boost to the cleaning properties of the water and hot water in the morning with lemon will get the 'system' moving. 
You can also order or buy triphala. I have seen it in some whole foods and natural grocery stores. You can also purchase them online at http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/triphala-tablets-11. Take 2 tablets with warm water every evening before bed. If your bowel movements are still slow increase by 1 tablet, but do not exceed 4 tablets per night.  This will help balance the GI tract and colon and help eliminate toxins in a non-habit forming way. Triphala cleanses but it also acts as a rejuvanitive to the GI and colon.

Kichari Recipe (my favorite coming from www.lifespa.com)
This recipe makes enough to last you for 3 or 4 meals. You can play with the mixture of spices. Many people prefer this recipe when the spices are doubled (or even tripled).

  • 1 cup Split Yellow Moong Beans* (see for ‘weak digestion’ below) Can find at ethnic supermarkets or on amazon.com, Some health food stores may have them as well. 
  • ¼ – ½ cup White Basmati Rice
  • 1 Tbs Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 tsp each Mustard Seeds, and Cumin and Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp each Coriander powder, and fennel and fenugreek seeds
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 7-10 cup Water
  • ½ tsp Salt (rock salt is best) or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.
  • 1 small handful Fresh Chopped Cilantro Leaves (add just as you about to eat)
  • You can add any freshly steamed vegetables to this recipe to switch it up. Stay away from starchy ones like sweet and regular potatoes.
It’s important to get SPLIT MOONG DAL beans because they are easy to digest and due to their cleansing qualities, they pull toxins from the body. They are available at Asian or Indian grocery stores or through LifeSpa. Different spellings include “mung” and/or “dahl.” Please note that you do not want the whole moong dal beans, which are green, or yellow split peas.
  1. Wash split yellow mung beans (dal) and rice together until water runs clear.
  2. Heat a large pot on medium heat and then add all the spices (except the bay leaves) and dry roast for a few minutes. This dry-roasting will enhance the flavor.
  3. Add dal and rice and stir again.
  4. Add water and bay leaves and bring to a boil.
  5. Boil for 10 minutes.
  6. Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until dal and rice become soft (about 30-40 minutes).
  7. The cilantro leaves can be added just before serving.
  8. Add salt or Bragg’s to taste.
* For weak digestion, gas or bloating: Before starting to prepare the kicharee, first par boil the split moong dal (cover with water and bring to boil), drain, and rinse. Repeat 2-3 times. OR, soak beans overnight and then drain. Cook as directed.

NOTE: The third day of your cleanse you might feel a bit weak, possibly nauseous and have a headache. This can be normal and means that you have toxins that are leaving the tissues and coming into the GI tract. If you need to vomit, allow yourself to do so, and if you are not having a bowel movement eat 2-4 soaked prunes along with your triphala at night.