SparkPeople Ayurveda for Health Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=46354 Using Ayurvedic principles to change to a healthier lifestyle and a healthy weight SparkPeople Ayurveda for Health Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=46354 Our New Feature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x57705172 Spark People has introduced new features to the team boards: among others, a "wall" at the top of the page that displays general messages to the team members for 48 hours and an option to encourage more participation by team members by sending them goodies for actions they performed for the team. For starters, I'll be awarding goodies to any team member who has posted in the preceding month. Thanks for being a part of our team. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:12:38 EST Choosing Vegetarian, Choosing Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x55343824 I just got back from a weekend conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, where the meal options are mostly vegetarian. There was some cheese, some eggs, choices of dairy and non-dairy milk, and one chicken at dinner one night. I had no trouble going with mostly vegan options. [I did sample the scrambled eggs one morning to compare them with the tofu scramble.] The vegan dishes were inventive and tasted really good.So I'm optimistic that I'll be able to develop a more vegan style of... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:52:59 EST Trying New Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x55223525 As I move into a more vegetarian diet, I'm really enjoying the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables. Many times, I'll seek out a recipe from SparkRecipes.com. Last night, for example, I made a quinoa and pomegranate salad, as part of my dinner. Like so many of the recipes I try, it wasn't especially complicated. [I did have to check out some video tips for extracting the edible portion of the pomegranate: scoring the skin and then pulling the fruit apart under water was quite helpful.... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 07:30:25 EST someone please become the leader!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x55092187 I would love to learn more about Ayurveda practices. I am so green on the subject I would hurt the group rather than help otherwise I'd be on it! <BR> <BR> I will keep praying and checking in <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:08:32 EST Not Just Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x55027513 Went to a YogaFit Conference to take two more trainings toward my registration as a yoga therapist. One of them was an introduction to Ayurveda, applying the principles of the system to a yoga practice, e.g. movements to stimulate the immune system to help our constitutions sustain their natural balance. An "off-the-mat" assignment from the training was to commit [mutually, with another participant] to an Ayurvedic principle and check in after thirty days. I committed to revising my wake-up a... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:57:05 EST Finding Indian Seasonings and Produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x54716036 I'm fortunate to have an Indian grocery within fifteen minutes of my home. But when I found a recipe that recommended "mango powder" as a seasoning, my "local" grocery didn't carry it. Is this something to seek on-line? Has anyone had good [or not-so-good] experiences with on-line grocery shopping? Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:51:42 EST Eating Mindfully when Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x54596226 After a brief illness, my mother passed away on August 11, 2013. During her illness and the subsequent need for addressing funeral arrangements and notifying friends and out-of-town family about her death, I found myself experiencing very high levels of stress. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, as a practitioner of yoga, twelve-step recovery, and DBT mindfulness, I've already experienced a spiritual renewal that has helped me to find acceptance and serenity through a variety of practices. Socially, for... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:53:40 EST Non-animal Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x54242443 I read that Ayurvedic Nutrition encourages a diet with minimal protein from animal sources. In an earlier approximation of a vegetarian diet, I used tofu as a source of non-animal protein. This week, I added TVP, texturized Vegetable Protein. The package came with a recipe for chili, using TVP in place of ground beef or turkey, I guess. I've made non-meat chilis before, but I liked the texture that the TVP gave to this version. So did my family. I especially liked the reduction in cholesterol... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:05:04 EST Pressure Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x53465222 The website for the local Ayurvedic clinic in metro Pittsburgh recommended cooking foods in a pressure cooker to avoid high heats that microwaves, for example, can generate. Such heat destroys valuable nutrients in our food. <BR> <BR> So I bought a pressure cooker, one with various digital settings, such as rice, low heat, saute [used without the lid, of course]. <BR> <BR> I haven't found a non-Ayurvedic cookbook to provide Ayurvedic recipes that use a pressure cooker. I would imagine, th... Fri, 24 May 2013 15:30:35 EST Favorite Magazines, Newsletters, Blogs, etc? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x53152849 Has anyone gone to periodicals -- print or on-line -- for nutritional/health advice? Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:47:41 EST Juicing, Smoothies and Ayurveda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x53050268 This past week I happened to hear a proponent of juicing (especially wheatgrass) and smoothies (especially kale) discussing the merits of these two ways of preparing foods to retain their nutrients and make them more accessible for our bodies. Both touched on the value of providing a more alkaline quality for our foods to maintain health because many pathogens that make us sick thrive in an acidic environment. What they were saying makes sense to me scientifically, and I was wondering if anyo... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:04:16 EST My 1st Ayurvedic Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x53027275 Hello all. Yesterday I found a really good Subji recipe and decided to try to make it for the family. We all enjoyed it. The kitchen smelled wonderful. I will say the cauliflower and broccoli were not the greatest veggie choices for my Vata-Pitta dosha but my Kapha's LOVED it. I did bring the leftovers to work today to share with my fellow employees. They are intrigued and the smell (even cold) was still wonderful. <em>4</em> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:52:03 EST Getting into Ayurveda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x52973640 I've been practicing yoga since I turned 65 and training to become a registered yoga teacher since 2011. Earlier this year, I began teaching a yoga class at a local wellness clinic that emphasizes nutrition over medication as a path to wellness and better health. I've also discovered, on-line, an Ayurvedic clinic near Pittsburgh that offers medical services, which also emphasize appropriate nutrition. Although I haven't begun a change in my diet to an Ayurvedic model, I will be exploring that... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:15:02 EST Namaste from San Diego, CA. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x52212640 Topic question.... what have you done to improve self and your health this 2013? Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:37:29 EST Is anyone active in this team? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x50058875 I'm new to spark, looking for team interested in whole foods ayurveda, eating clean am I in the right place Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:59:05 EST Anyone still here?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x47454902 Hi, I am relatively new to this team and have not seen much going on...is anyone still here and active? Blessings, Pam <em>213</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>172</em> <em>148</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 11:19:27 EST Lunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x43393871 Hi everyone. I am always trying to figure out easy things to bring for lunch. I usually workout in the morning, so don't spend a lot of time preparing. Occasionally, when I get a Sunday free, I try to prepare things that I will eat during the week. So much better than sitting at my desk at noon and trying to figure out where and what I will eat. <BR> <BR> I was eyeing the Zojirushi lunch thermoses today. Some people dump dahl or rice in them in the morning with hot water and hopefully ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 01:09:50 EST drinking hot water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x43250299 I find this is a pretty easy thing to do. I like sipping on hot water, although when I am working in the heat or exercising I prefer to drink cold water. <BR> <BR> Do any of you drink hot water? How much? how often? What do you know about the benefits? Fri, 29 Jul 2011 00:14:22 EST Gardening Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x43179467 Does anyone have a garden? What are you growing so far this year? <BR> <BR> Will you plant anything for fall harvest? Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:48:32 EST Favorite "Go-To" Recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x42903963 I am very new to ayurveda. I am working on changing my diet habits. I recently started making some ayurvedic recipes that were shared with me by my yoga studio. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the recipes: <BR> <BR> http://www.elementalom.com/index.php?dyn<BR>amItAction=content.show&id=78 <BR> <BR> So far I have tried the Breakfast Dahl; the Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salad; and Otto's Easy Beans. Today I think I'm going to try to make the Asian Lettuce Wraps. <BR> <BR> I'd love to... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 10:11:35 EST Let's Interact! Looking for hints, tips, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x42668446 I recently attended an ayurvedic luncheon. I had no previous exposure to the ayurvedic lifestyle, foods, etc. The purpose of the luncheon was to provide information about a cleanse being offered, starting at the end of July. I am interested in the program, but my hesistation is that there are no "shortcuts," so to speak. I don't like to cook! The food we sampled was absolutely amazing and this seemed like a very reasonable eating plan. (The Eat Taste Heal Book/Cookbook). <BR> <BR> Bu... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:22:07 EST cross cultural eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x41930149 Anybody else have preferences for food that is not American? I live in Cajun Louisiana and we are famous for eating anything that doesn't eat us first with well entrenched groups of Latinos, African-American, Vietnamese, French, and other types of foods. I am just wondering if any of you have noticed that some cultures have certain dosha/food preferences, like anti-pitta foods for hot climate cultures (like us) or anti-vata foods for other climates? Also, are y'all all vegetarians? I'm not, a... Thu, 19 May 2011 21:48:22 EST Namaste, my new friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x41908229 My name is Sue and I am 45 years old. I have been working with Sonam Targee, an Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine herbalist, for 11 years. I consider him my primary health care practitioner. He has also become a dear friend and teacher. As he would say, I am a “Kapha Gal.” When I first went to see him, my Vata was so out of whack that I palpated through most of each day. At first, I simply did whatever he told me to do. I didn’t understand Ayurvedic principles. But then oth... Wed, 18 May 2011 20:35:04 EST what's your favorite book on ayurveda http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x41553359 What's your favorite book on ayurveda? Just curious. Sun, 1 May 2011 14:16:50 EST Keeping Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x41502901 Is anyone having a hard time keeping balanced while trying to lose weight? <BR> I discovered ayurveda a few years ago, and although following a vata lifestyle was good for me in many ways, I gained about 20lbs in just one year. I have a pitta figure, not a vata one, nor do I have a vata metabolism. <BR> <BR> I recently found a workout that I love, and I'm losing weight. I've been working out 5 days a week, and gaining muscle, which I love, but I'm noticing all these changes are bringing an i... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:19:22 EST Seasonal Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x46354x41132708 I am in South Louisiana and the hot wet summer season is already here. One thing that interests me is the difference between Indian seasons that are mentioned in almost all the ayurveda books and the way that translates to American seasons. We spend most of the year here in Pitta season, while I imagine that is much different in the rest of the country. <BR> <BR> What season are the rest of you in and how do you adapt to them? Do you make a formal acknowledgement and effort or does it just ... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 13:57:27 EST Welcome to Ayurveda for Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x37890707 Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I recently discovered Ayurveda in a search for health. I'm almost 50, and I have been feeling awful for a couple of years due to an autoimmune disorder. I'm trying to learn more about an Ayurvedic lifestyle, especially as regards diet, and I hope you'll share your knowledge and experience here. I do know that since I gave up dairy in April, I feel much better, and I've lost 50 lbs. I still have so much to learn! Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:55:45 EST I am the second member of the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x46354x37889342 Hello, I am glad to have found this group on Spark! 'Was first introduced to ayurveda by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar <link>www.ayurthai.com/dr_suhas.html </link> <BR> while living on the island of Kauai. That was over six years ago. As I have taken a deeper interest in my health, diet, spirituality etc., Ayurveda is a component. 'Just became vegetarian on 10/10/10 and want to include ayurveda cooking and philosophy in my diet and lifestyle. I am going through the book Eat Taste Heal <link>www.a... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:28:17 EST