Nutrition

With a focus on what we consume—and how, and why—these articles speak to choices that give our bodies and spirits the energy they need.

Posted on August 24th, 2015 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition, On and Off the Mat

Off the Mat: A Q&A with Kripalu Executive Chef Jeremy Rock Smith

Jeremy Rock Smith, Kripalu’s Executive Chef, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and began his career in classical French cuisine, working in fine restaurants in the United States and abroad. In 2005, Jeremy’s love for teaching and natural foods led him to Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, where he applied his classical training to […]

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Posted on August 12th, 2015 by in Ayurveda, Nutrition

Ayurvedic Nutrition for Health and Well-Being

Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, offers empowering tools to help you make sound nutritional decisions. In Ayurveda, no food is off-limits; rather, moderation and mindfulness are key. Ayurveda helps us “peel back the layers in order to discover the truth of who we really are,” says Cat Pacini, Program Coordinator for the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. […]

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Posted on July 27th, 2015 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living, Nutrition

Ayurveda for Keeping Your Cool

According to Ayurveda, it’s the season of pitta—hot, sharp and bright—and that can make us feel like wilted flowers, drained of energy, or we can find ourselves getting more easily irritated and hot-tempered. If you find yourself getting agitated, critical, and impatient during the dog days of summer, these practices from the Kripalu School of […]

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Posted on April 8th, 2015 by in Ayurveda, Conscious Living, Nutrition, Yoga

Spring Awakening: Practices for the Season of Blossoming

Spring is just around the corner! Can you feel it? After the long winter (especially here in the Northeast), it sometimes feels like a mad dash to the finish line when the first hints of spring stirs in the atmosphere. Yoga and Ayurveda teach us to be fully present and engaged as we shift seasons […]

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Posted on March 4th, 2015 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

The Pros and Cons of Fats

by Tiffany Cruikshank Fats and cholesterol are important components of life. Fats are responsible for many vital functions in the body. They are especially important for creating hormones, such as: sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone); adrenal hormones (cortisol that regulates metabolism); and steroid hormones and prostaglandins. Fats also create energy stores. They insulate and protect […]

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Posted on February 25th, 2015 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition, Studies, News, and Trends

Four Keys to Influencing Your Genes

In the conventional model of medicine, health is defined as the absence of disease. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but most of us want more. “There’s a huge distance between that definition and a state of well-being, resilience, and vibrancy,” says Lisa B. Nelson, Medical Director for Kripalu Healthy Living programs. The more we […]

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The Care and Feeding of Your Brain

A Q&A with Kathie Madonna Swift Kathie Madonna Swift, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist working in the field of integrative and holistic nutrition. A Healthy Living faculty member at Kripalu and a pioneer in the Food As Medicine culinary nutrition movement, she is author of The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, […]

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Posted on December 10th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Nurturing Pleasure

Pleasure and gratitude are two of the most important ingredients to add to any meal. One compelling option for exploring pleasure in the kitchen is to sensually appreciate the foods themselves. A wonderful practice is to focus on one sense each day, deepening your perception of sight, touch, hearing, scent, taste, and essence. Really look […]

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