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 […]
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]