Five things to remember when doing a detox

detoxFive things to remember when doing a detox

  1. Check out your mindset
    • Before you go on a detox you should understand clearly your motivation. For example, if you are doing a detox with weight loss in mind, because you feel criticized, you are very likely to fail because the reason for your detox comes from the outside. Make sure you are 100% committed to your detox for reasons of better health and clarity of mind. Never go on a detox under pressure
  2. Choose detox according to your needs
    • Everyone is an individual and the kind of detox to go on is to be chosen accordingly. The first thing to understand is whether fasting is needed. Certain body types should not fast, even when detoxing. It is perfectly possible without depriving oneself of food. For example, maple syrup, lemon juice and cayenne pepper detox is a very harsh fasting detox and should not be taken on by people with strong, fast or erratic digestive systems and especially not in autumn and winter. Seasons are also to be taken into account.  Juicing is ok in summer but not in winter. When you start your detox is of great importance
  3. Relaxation
    • Your body is the strongest healer and cleanser. It does not do that if it is under stress. Toxins lodge in the fatty tissue. Under stress the first thing the body wants to do is to withhold fat
  4. Do a no 2 every day
    • It is important to eliminate every day, preferably in the morning. If you do not eliminate toxins will start creating inside of you. And that is exactly what you are trying to avoid
  5. Stay positive and motivated
    • If you are struggling with your detox you are under stress. If the occasional feeling of hunger does not bother you too much and you can concentrate on doing things instead of thinking of food you are in a good place. If you are not obsessively pacing around the fridge thinking whether you should open it or not you should consider changing tactics
  6. Sip hot water
    • Sips of hot water make the enzymes thrive. Enzymes are responsible for digestion and metabolism. You want them to work to their best ability to break down the mucous and toxins in your body. Avoid cold water in large quantities at one go. It will slow down the enzyme function and increase mucous

Detox usually requires some strength of mind because you will have to say no to a number of things you might have been used to indulge in. During a cleansing program your mind should stay alert and positive with increased levels of energy. If you start feeling tired, faint, can’t sleep, have mood swings and almost uncontrollable cravings you are not in the right path of clearing out toxins. In the worst case you might even be getting more toxic. If nothing moves inside of you and your mind is feeling negative you have chosen the wrong detox and/or time.

 

Cooling summer drink

Ingredients for cooling summer drinkSweet bitter and astringent are the tastes that pacify pitta energy, the one governing in the warmest third of the year. The summer heat is best pacified by what the nature provides in harvest at the moment and the tastes mentioned earlier are present in this produce. A great cooling summer fruit is pomegranate. Add some of its seeds to your salads and squeeze some fresh fruit out of it. We here in the shop also have pomegranate juice and a pomegranate molasses, all great additions to your summer kitchen. A great cooling summer juice to cool you down is

1 part pomegranate juice

1 part aloe vera juice

1 part cucumber

Fresh mint

Mix together in a mixer and enjoy, preferably room temperature or without ice. Anything cold slows down your digestion and creates sluggishness and mucous in your digestive system. Also, cold drinks do not quench your thirst well but are likely to increase mucous, which easily creates when you have e.g. an unnamed black fizzy drink. Highly sugary drinks generally are not good to drink for thirst so between an occasional juice like the above, drink plenty of warm or room temperature water and enjoy the sun!

Hanging out with Rebecca in Portobello

rebeccaI enjoy working in Kensal Rise for many reasons one being its closeness to such cool places like Portobello. Having found out that the co-founder of the yoga teacher training school Yoga London lives just there is a great excuse for me to detach from the usual work surrounding and get some inspiration.

Rebecca Ffrench has been in an incredibly successful journey with Yoga London and has created, with her co-founder, a business of wellbeing and positive energy. I myself give a module on ayurveda in this teacher-training course of viniyasa style. Having been there since the beginning I have come to greatly admire Rebecca for her achievements and am happy that now she lives around the corner and we can share a cuppa down Portobello.

Nowadays, Rebecca does not do much teaching in the school but has moved into marketing and managing of her business including creating a retreat and training space in nothing less than Equador. They have already organised one teacher training this year in this wonderful eco-resort, rustic and close to nature, perfect for a yoga enthusiast who wants to get in touch with the real things. Rebecca is clearly very happy about finding this resort so I recommend everyone to have a look at the highlights in here. I think you’ll start feeling the same.

Life – Light – Love

Anu

P.s. If you feel inspired to sign into the Equador course or retreat do mention you got the pointer from me. 😉

A little heart to heart

SAMSUNG CSCLike every parent I connect with my little one through play and laughter, closeness and conversation. The connection you make through touch is the most powerful and there are different ways to make it even more so.  When the time is right, I create a bit more awareness than usual in the play and take it to the heart level, where the spirit dwells.

I try to do my morning yoga routine before she wakes up. Usually this is fine but sometimes she wakes up and walks up to the lounge where I’ve set up my mat and all the useful paraphernalia. She has always had a weird understanding of not disturbing me in my practice so I usually can carry out my routine until my meditation. Then she just comes and lies on my lap and even falls asleep whilst I work on my mind.

I also find her sometimes walking around our home with my prayer beads chanting yam yam yam yam. She sometimes hears me doing this as I work on my heart or anahata chakra during my morning routine. Yam is the bija mantra for this particular chakra. She sometimes again sits on my lap and I place my hand on her heart and go on chanting.

When I put her to bed I give her a massage, which not only nourishes her skin (with eczema) but calms and grounds her quickly so she can get a good sleep. After having massaged the legs, back , arms and tummy I concentrate on her ears and finally on the heart. In a few seconds she usually falls asleep. It is magical.

The palm of your hand is an energy point, or marma, which is associated with your heart. When you walk hand in hand you are actually walking heart to heart. When you massage another human being with your hands you are actually touching them with your heart. The power of touch by hand whether it is by holding or massaging goes into much deeper levels of your being or your shared space of existence. It is amazing to give your child a heart powered sensory experience creating a calming, grounding and replenishing moment of rest. An evening massage routine is especially recommended for children with problems of overcharged nervous systems and the ones being over exposed to media. Or even, like in our case today, if you’ve had a busy day playing in the park running around randomly eating all sorts of picnic foods and being absolutely exhausted when getting home.

My daughter resting there on my lap while meditating or chanting is one of the most wonderful things in my experience of motherhood. Your hands are a tool to connect on a spiritual level, in your core being. Through them you can communicate peace and love, creating a magical space of energy, devotion and compassion. Your heart is in your hand, always.

P.s. A heart massage is also one of the best ways of healing from having lost a loved one or after breaking up a relationship. You can do this to yourself as an easy remedy to bring some comfort and grounding in a period of heartache.

For heart massage: use warm oil and massage first clockwise to stimulate the area and then anti-clockwise to calm down. At the end just hold the hand on the heart for a few minutes and then place a warm towel or a hot water bottle on top.

 

Ghee is the love of my life

SAMSUNG CSCGhee is the love of my life. My story with this healthiest of the healthy fats is a story with a happy ending.

Ghee has myriad health benefits, not least being the best one to fry with. You might have heard about fats going rancid or turning into those harmful, trans fat ones when heated. Ghee does not go bad quickly. In fact Teflon goes bad before ghee does. So, if you need to enjoy fried food, make sure you fry it in ghee. I have even changed olive oil in my Italian kitchen to ghee. I add the olive oil at the end of cooking so that it keeps its good qualities and I get the flavour I want.

When good quality ghee is used in reasonable quantities it reduces blood cholesterol, enhances digestion and metabolism. In fact, the gut produces ghee on its own, called butyric acid, and without it the gut cannot function properly. Ghee is also brain food, it nourishes and lubricates the nervous system and is very good for the eyes. In fact, I often prescribe an application of ghee straight into the eyes for those having problems with dryness, heat and tiredness. I also heal eye infections with ghee, the last one being those of my 3-year-old. Talk to my previous receptionist. She had an infection in both eyes and it was dealt within three days with a frequent application of ghee. It works wonders.

Here’s how to make it:

  • Melt 2-3 packs of organic unsalted butter in a pot

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  • Let the butter melt really, really slowly so the milk residue (proteins) settle at the bottom of the pot

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  • Pour the mixture through a muslin cloth and what is strained through the cloth is fresh ghee

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If your hob is too hot to let the butter melt slowly, don’t worry – you can still obtain good ghee by slowly letting it boil for a few hours. The milk solids then come to the surface and you can peel them off and, in the end, pour the mixture through a muslin cloth to get your homemade ghee.

Pulling oil

photo-1One of the most interesting and certainly most exotic sounding routine to integrate in our daily life is oil pulling, an ancient ayurvedic practice of detoxing. By this we mean gargling our mouths with a high quality oil for 10 to 20 minutes at one time. This method is increasing in popularity because new research is showing its efficiency. Every magazine, blog and health related publication is talking about it and so are we. This is because it really works. I can’t stop praising this practice and it has, yet again, proved it is the best way to heal my gums.

Oil pulling is excellent for the health of your teeth and gums. It is a marvel against sensitive teeth as oil, especially sesame oil, pacifies the nerves and reduces pain and sensitivity. Being antibacterial sesame oil reduces plaque and pulls toxins from the mouth. This wonderful quality also works really well on gum disease, like I can personally prove now. I had a naughty trigger happy dentist doing a cowboy’s job in my mouth. Never mind… (I took him to court but he is still practicing). Anyway, amongst other things I am left with a reoccurring gum infection. But, this is not my undoing as I have my dear sesame oil at hand: the best weapon ever towards oral bacteria and plaque.

Two days ago the infection started again and in two days I’m in the clear again. I usually pull oil two to three times a week. Now I increased the frequency to every evening and every morning. The result always impresses me. In two days the problem is solved. I’m so excited I just can’t stop writing about it in a public blog!!!

Wishing you all gum disease colleagues a life of healthy gums!

Life – Light – Love

 

Buckwheat flat bread with spinach and ricotta filling

I’ve really been enjoying making flat bread from buckwheat flour. It is a great alternative to white flour and yeasted bread. To make the dough it only takes two minutes and it is very easy to work with. I’ve been using it as a wrap or a crepe, stuffed it with whatever the season provides. These wraps are a great addition to the lunch box menu and, in fact, my three year old loves them for their playfulness. She rolls them into easy to pack and eat rolls and I never find any leftovers.  photo

I usually fry the bread in ghee or coconut oil, which are the only fats that do not turn bad when heated. Sometimes I don’t use fat at all and bake them dry.

This recipe is just one of the variations and is my great favourite. I love pasta with spinach and ricotta cheese. Here is a friendlier version for the slow spring digestion.  Although ricotta cheese is not the best option for this season I find it necessary as it smoothens down the pungency of spinach. Also a little chilli makes dairy much easier to digest. I might also add a bit of parmesan cheese to the mix.

 

100g buckwheat flour

¼ tsp salt

12 tbs water

ghee or coconut oil for frying

 

Filling:

Ghee for frying

1 clove of garlic

Chilli

1 big bag of spinach

½ tub of ricotta cheese

Himalayan rock salt

Pepper

Grated Parmesan cheese

 

Work the dough into flat circles depending on the size of your baking pan. Add ghee or coconut oil in the pan and fry on both sides until golden brown.

In another pan fry the garlic and chilli lightly in ghee and add the spinach. Cook until soft and then add the ricotta cheese. Savour with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Enjoy together with the flat bread.

 

Cruelty Free Milk soon in our shop – call for pre-orders

Greetings cruelty-free dairy friends! HappyCow

I am writing to you as we are creating a highly exciting collaboration with Ahimsa Dairy Foundation (ADF). Supported by celebrities like Brian May and Chrissie Hynde, they are a company that has made the solemn vow of not committing violence towards any of their cows that produce milk. These beautiful animals living in Kent are producing the purest dairy products we can have in UK and the wonderful news for us is that we will be selling them directly from our shop! You can come and buy or pre-order the dairy products that serve your purpose from the following selection (subject to availability):

  • Milk
  • Ghee
  • Plain Yoghurt
  • Halloumi
  • Paneer
  • Soft cheese
  • Hard cheese

This milk is the most animal-friendly that you can get. It has been pasteurized but not homogenized and, because in ayurveda tradition milk should always be boiled and not consumed raw, we find no contradiction in this kind of processing. Without being homogenised (when cream sets on the surface) the milk still conserves its natural state and molecular structure, and this really is the true milk of nature.

Because of the high level of care and love these cows receive, Ahimsa milk vibrates at a higher energetic level and comes closer to what in yoga we call sattvic milk – the milk that has the capacity to elevate your state of mind. If you are a dairy lover, your taste buds will be satisfied because of the great taste, but you will also feel happier because you know the dairy was obtained without violence, addition of hormones, antibiotics, bleach or any other additives.

So, all of you conscious dairy consumers, do get in touch and make your orders by contacting us on email at info@jivitaaurveda.com. The delivery day to the shop will be Saturday mornings and if you want to ensure you can collect products by Wednesday 28th May.

P.S. The Ahimsa Dairy Foundation collaborates with a farm in Kent. However, ADF have recently found a farm in Leicester to raise the cows using even more traditional ways than at the organic dairy farm of Commonwork.  If you feel this cause is close to your heart, please sponsor their endeavours by making a donation or sponsor a single cow which you can choose from their website.

 

Pukka Herbs Sensory Event

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Wholistic herbs

Our main supplier of herbs is truly on a mission to get the word out there to let everyone – not only the aficionados of ayurveda – know how herbs can be of massive benefit when it comes to improving our health and wellbeing. I, a practitioner of ayurveda, am well aware of the power of herbs and use this particular brand in my practice because the products are certified organic, ethically sourced from small producers and are also a local brand, which is important when I source products for my retail space.

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Herb garden

I went to a PR launch event in Shoreditch where the revamped selection of their herbal products was presented in a fashion that would easily win over anyone’s mind to the enchanting world of herbs. There was a garden for fresh herbs to taste, teas to try (and I must say that these new entries in their selection rock), a chat with the founders of Pukka Herbs, a mocktail bar of herbal superfoods and a super calming and energizing session at the same time of gong therapy. It’s certainly a clever way to get the mind to relax after a full day of work and receive all the information about the new products.

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Mocktail bar

I must say am very intrigued by their new “wholistic herbs”. I was presented with cinnamon and turmeric – a taste of each was quite mind-blowing. Pukka Herbs has worked to develop a very concentrated form of a single herb, not by singling out an active ingredient (for example extracting curcumin out of turmeric) but making a concentration out of a liquid herbal decoction, an alcoholic herbal infusion and an infusion of the specific herb in CO2. The result is powerful. I tasted a cinnamon that was ten times stronger in taste than the normal. They have then created ranges to suit our everyday needs for prevention and healing: products to sustain our “get up and go”, Digestives, Vitalisers, for Female health, for Moods and for Cleansing. Compared to the earlier Pukka Herbs selection I think this new branding provides an easier way to navigate through different herbal products giving direct information on the action of different herbs.

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Pukka Herbs owners Time and Sebastian

I keep a stock of loose herbs by Pukka, which I prescribe on the spot for clients who come for a health consultation as this is the way I work with individuals who come to me for specific health issues. When you have an ad hoc need of a supplement of quality and safety, you will soon find a selection of the new wholistic range in our shop.

 

Rules for sensible eating

sheknowsHave you ever noticed that after finishing a plate of food you actually didn’t taste much of what you ate? Did it go down with such speed and volume that the only thing to stop you eating more was the stomach stretching to levels that started hurting? Yes, I’ve done that too. Many times. What used to happen after hurrying back home from work with an empty stomach is not something I want to share here, but my point is that when stressed, you make wrong decisions. This is the number one rule of sensible eating: you should be relaxed when you start your meal.

What and how you eat is incredibly important and often how is even more important than what. Even the healthiest foods can become toxic if you eat them in a wrong way, be that too much, too fast or eaten in a wrong combination. If you have a plateful of raw spinach that you firstly don’t want to eat because it has no salt or butter on it, your salivary glands don’t excrete enough saliva. Your digestive power goes down when you have no appetite for what’s on your plate. Then, the enzymes in your stomach do not work well because you haven’t secreted enough saliva, and whatever happens thereafter in your gut is not something to brag about (but it has something to do with toxins). So this then is rule number two of sensible eating: make sure your food is appetising.

You also have to make sure you have understood if your need to eat is because you are actually hungry and not just because you have an appetite. Rule number three consists of making sure you don’t eat before you’ve digested your previous meal. There is however (& hooray), a trick you can try to test this. When you get a craving have half a glass of warm water. If this makes you burp, you have not fully digested yet and should wait until the previous meal has left the bottom of your stomach.

These are a few helpful practical tips for your everyday life. If you are interested in knowing more, come for a health consultation at our centre. When you book, remember to mention this article and you’ll get a 15% discount on your first session, or if you prefer to book online, simply use the promocode “toxinfree”.