Tag Archives: plant-based diet
Posted on August 30th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen

Kripalu Recipe: Coconut Yam Soup

The Healing Powers of Garlic and Ginger, Cinnamon and Cilantro Our Kripalu recipe for Coconut Yam Soup is packed with satisfying and health-enhancing ingredients. Many herbs and spices, and certainly the ones offered here, are powerful healers. This is how feeling great tastes—flavorful! Garlic contains a sulfur-based compound called alliin. Alliin and the enzyme alliinase […]

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Posted on June 26th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Gaining to Lose: The Additive Approach to Weight Management

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “diet,” what I really hear is “deprivation.” Having been on array of diets over the last 30 years (I started young!), I’m intimately familiar with self-imposed food restrictions that leave me cranky. In fact, I’m on a “diet” as we speak, but what I’m […]

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Posted on May 10th, 2013 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

Detox Deconstructed

Nutrition and lifestyle choices to support the body’s natural release of toxins “Detoxification” can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Kripalu’s Healthy Living programs teach people how to support the body’s natural detoxification process. Detox is conducted primarily by the liver, which removes toxins from the body by converting them from a fat-soluble state […]

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Posted on March 22nd, 2013 by in Nutrition

Eat Clean for Less

Clean organic produce is more widely available than ever before, yet whenever I check out at my whole foods grocery, I imagine my father (a rural farmer cash-on-the-barrel sort of guy) fainting dead away at the grand total. The price of grass-fed meat, high-quality dairy,  and organic produce can be daunting, after all. If you desire […]

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Posted on September 14th, 2012 by in Kripalu Kitchen, Nutrition

Food as Medicine

Western medicine teaches us that good food is the basis for good health. Food has the power to prevent much of the chronic illnesses we experience today and can play a critical part in treating these illnesses in a safe and more balancing way than pharmaceuticals alone. Eating a fresh, whole-foods diet is a very different experience from eating things that have no nutritional value, many of which have properties that can hurt us. Plant-based foods are particularly nourishing and healing as they supply us with nutrients and energy on many levels.

Food nourishes more than our bodies, it nourishes our souls and provides us with cultural meaning. Throughout history, meals have been a natural setting for people to come together. Our religious ceremonies often involve food. It is through food that we love and nourish our babies. Food brings prana, or life force, into our bodies, where it is transformed into energy to sustain us as people living authentic, meaningful lives who serve our communities as much as ourselves. Food touches the deepest levels of who we are as human beings, inviting health and wholeness.

Do you have any traditions or rituals around food that bring meaning to your meals?

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Eating Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) one-quarter of Americans report having occasional sleeplessness, and 10 percent of us struggles with chronic insomnia. In late July, SleepBetter.org released an analysis of the CDC data to help us determine if we are well rested or sleep deprived.

By any measure, challenges to a restful night’s sleep are on the rise, and it’s of concern since sleeping well supports our positive energy, cognitive health, and better moods, as well as our physical health. And most of us have had the experience of how poor sleep can lead to less-than-stellar eating habits. Several recent studies, covered in depth by Michal Breus PhD in the Huffington Post, illustrate the mechanisms by which we are more likely to reach for sweeter, saltier foods when we’re overtired.

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