Soy has been cultivated for centuries. In ancient China, the soybean was considered one of five sacred crops. It has some of the highest protein levels found in the plant world, along with nutrients such as fiber, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Is there such a thing as “bad” soy? As with any whole […]
An important component to any celebration is the inclusion of a little something sweet, created with loving intention. In the Kripalu tradition back in the day, that little post-celebration sweet was often a small ball of dried fruit and nuts rolled in coconut or more nuts. In the Indian tradition, when food is offered as […]
This is the foundation to my family’s favorite start to the day. It’s simple, extremely nutrient-dense, can be made with local fruits (as well as bananas when we want to include them)—and it tastes great! I recommend different versions of this raw breakfast for individuals who need to avoid various types of gluten or are […]
Beginnings are so important—and what better way to start the day than with a breakfast that fuels your vitality? This week, we offer you a vegan, gluten-free breakfast option. Combine it with a warm herbal, white, or green tea, and breathe and relax into the new day. Here’s what Kripalu faculty member John Bagnulo has […]
The Paleo diet trend is catching on.
It used to be called dieting. Now our food restrictions, most of them self-imposed, are called a lifestyle choice. From the vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free to nut-free, low-fat, no fat, no carb, and raw, pretty much everyone’s not eating something.
The newest abstainers may be followers of the Paleo diet, also known as the “caveman diet” and populated by Loren Cordain, PhD, author of three books on the topic: The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet for Athletes, and The Dietary Cure for Acne. Cordain and other proponents of the Paleo diet argue for a return to prehistoric ways of eating, pointing out that the human body was designed to thrive on—and best digest—the foods available to us when we were hunter-gatherers: meat, vegetables, and fruits, but not dairy or grains. Before the invention of agriculture and processed foods, we were fitter and less disease-stricken, he argues; those who’ve had success on a Paleo diet, meanwhile, credit it for everything from losing weight to lowering blood pressure and eliminating acne. Like nearly any other restrictive way of eating, including veganism, the Paleo diet has dedicated followers and ardent detractors.