Christmastime can be very stressful mentally, emotionally and physically (think all the heavy foods with dairy that are typically eaten during the holidays)! Stress leaves imprints on our health in a variety of ways but with a few Ayurvedic principles, you can avoid holiday downfalls!
Ayurvedic food is delicious and can be just as savory as typical holiday dishes but without the heavy dairy and excessive richness - which means it is better digested by our bodies. Hearty soups, steamed and seasoned vegetables and lemon and ginger tea (perfect for all day) are particularly recommended.
Ayurveda offers a lot of great options for your health-conscious friends and family. An herbed body oil or Chyavanaprasam make great gifts!
Whether training outdoors (if it's not too cold) or doing Yoga inside or hitting the gym - a little training is simply good for us. Listen to your body - If you feel sluggish (but not exhausted, they're different!) a little movement is just the thing to help you feel better. If you feel tense or overwhelmed, taking a walk or doing some Yoga or light exercises is a good remedy.
It is tempting to stay indoors during the colder, darker days of winter, but regular social activities bring joy and energy. But balance that with sufficient rest. Going out once or twice a week with plenty of time to relax after work is a good way to start, though you can feel what is best for you.
We wish you wonderful, peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year, all in harmonious balance.
All views and information shared here is only for the sharing of Ayurvedic knowledge. Please do not try or prescribe or take any of the remedies and suggestions here without talking to your regular, qualified doctor. Kottakkal Ayurveda and no other person associated with Kottakkal is responsible for unwanted side-effects or contraindications in your health.
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Enjoy this delicious recipe anytime of the year! It's a gentle dish good for most Doshas in moderation and can be made in a flash. It pairs well with any vegetables and legumes.
Our lemon rice dish serves two with these measurements. Reduce or increase as needed for the number of people.
There tend to be SO many sweet and heavy foods during Christmas! From office parties to "friendsgiving" to time with family, it's hard not to over-indulge and accumulate Ama, the toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion.
Holidays can easily lead to over-eating, drinking alcohol and snacking and sleeping at irregular times, which promotes the build-up of Ama. If this process is left unchecked, you could face health problems and sickness.