Cultivating gratitude is something we can practice year-round, according to Kripalu Yoga teacher Devadas Gregg Day, who says that when he is “paying attention, gratitude just (naturally) bubbles up.” Studies find that showing gratitude helps lower stress and depression. In The How of Happiness, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky explains that “grateful thinking promotes the savoring of […]
A source of essential vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium, pumpkin can spruce up your meals while providing you with health benefits. The beta-carotene in pumpkin is a nutritious antioxidant, and a potent part of a health-conscious immune building diet. For a treat, this week’s Kripalu Recipe is an exotic pumpkin and […]
I can barely keep track of how many people are in my immediate family—somewhere in the thirties and growing, when you count siblings, spouses, their children, and their children’s spouses and kids. Yes, we got the “go forth and multiply” memo. I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving for several years now for those of my family who […]
Today’s Kripalu Recipe for Squash Bisque is warming and tasty. Enjoy this healthy yet decadent version of classic squash soup. Serves six. 1 butternut or buttercup squash 1 onion, chopped 2 tablespoons Earth Balance or butter 1 cup heavy cream or ¼ cup maple syrup 3 cups water or stock ½ tablespoon salt or to […]
With all the focus on overindulgence—of food and family—we often forget that Thanksgiving is, at heart, a day for giving thanks and being grateful. That said, let’s get back to the food. Some of us choose to “let go,” and eat whatever we want, giving ourselves myriad excuses: It’s tradition, it’s etiquette, it’s just so delicious! But Thanksgiving offers a bounty of ways to enjoy fresh, local vegetables, so while it’s okay to treat yourself, it’s also entirely possible to indulge but not overeat—and, even, put together an optimally nutritious Thanksgiving dinner that sacrifices neither taste nor holiday spirit.
Still, if you can, try to avoid flour and bread products, says John Bagnulo,PhD, MPH, who teaches nutrition in Kripalu’s Healthy Living programs. “This will significantly help reduce the tendency to overeat,” says John. “Grains and flour raise levels of leptin—the hormone that controls appetite and cravings—more than any other food after sugar.” We asked John to share his ideal grain- and cruelty-free Thanksgiving meal.