Kichadee: A Great Source of Protein!

One of the most common questions I receive when it comes to food is, “How do you get enough protein if you’re a vegetarian?” Actually, most Americans get way too much protein and believe that protein is only available from meat and animal sources.  The truth is, you’re probably getting plenty of protein from the vegetables, legumes, and grains you eat!

Ayurveda & Mung Beans

Mung beans are one of the most cherished foods in Ayurveda. They are tridoshic, good for everyone. They can be eaten to balance all three doshas, especially when cooked with dosha appropriate spices. They are very nourishing, while being easy to digest – they do not generally create abdominal gas or bloating, the drawbacks of larger beans.

Persons with low ojas , who are ill, or who are cleansing are often recommended to eat kichadee, a combination of rice, mung beans, vegetables, and spices. Mung beans have ability to provide a good level of nourishment without overtaxing the digestion. It is best to soak them for 1-2 days, changing the water daily before cooking.

Mung beans can be eaten on their own or combined with vegetables and greens to make hearty soups or ground into flour to be used to make crepes or added to breads. Turmeric, cumin, dried ginger and coriander are some spices that work very well with mung beans.

Why Kichadee

A staple of an Ayurvedic diet, Kichadee (meaning mixture) mixes savory basmati rice, mung beans, and a blend of healing spices for a light and flavorful dish. Kichadee is a delicious, gluten free meal. This delicacy is for the truly health conscious and busy person like yourself.

Nutritional Information

Kichadee is rich in Protein, Calcium, and Iron. Mung Beans are a good source for dietary fiber, provide about 14 grams of protein per cooked cup, and contain Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. A blend of spices adds a balance of basic elements: Earth and Water for increasing energy and immunity, Fire for stimulating digestive enzymes, and Air and Ether which aid in detoxification.

Health Benefits & Weight Loss

Freshly cooked Kichadee, eaten with 1 teaspoon of Ghee (clarified Butter) provides the right amounts of macronutrients – complex carbs, protein and fat. It builds good tissues, thereby building our immune system. Mung beans are easy to digest, so in many digestive problems, Kichadee is a good staple. In Ayurvedic detox therapy – Kichadee is the only food that is recommended.

With his ageless axiom “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food,” Hippocrates, regarded as ‘the father of medicine’ might as well be referring to kichadee. In fact, kichadee is the most perfect therapeutic recipe of all because it detoxifies the entire system, while kindling the body’s digestive fires called ‘agni.’ Unlike other fasts or restricted diets, an exclusive diet of kichadee for one to several weeks with the addition of steamed seasonal vegetables, fresh fruits, and a few tablespoons of yogurt mid-day, is the safest and best way to lose unwanted pounds and will supply you with all your nutritional needs. This is one meal you will walk away from feeling nourished, satisfied, and will help to reduce cravings!

Here is my favorite kichadee recipe – I just made this yesterday!!!

10 Ayurveda Routines in 10 Days!

One of the reasons I fell in love with Ayurveda was because of its simplicity. Hence, I named my practice, SimpleVeda. The word Veda means knowledge or science – this Simple Knowledge makes sense for even the most common individual. Ayurveda is a way of living in harmony with Mother Nature and thrives on prevention of dis-ease.

Living an Ayurvedic lifestyle isn’t only about eating foods that are right for your body type but it also consists of implementing simple Daily Routines – Dinacharya, that are appropriate for your body type.

Ayurveda reminds us what our ancestors did without thinking, naturally – to follow theimages222Z36RB rhythms of nature. When the sun goes down, time to go to bed, when the sun rises, time to get up! Seems pretty simple, right? Wrong! With the modern age of electricity, ipads, phones, microwaves, television, and fast food restaurants open 24 hrs a day, we’ve completely lost touch with our true nature as Spirit.

Within the body there is a natural rhythm that governs our natural urges. Our natural urges are food, sex, and sleep. In Ayurveda, these are referred to as the three pillars of life. They can also be seen as digestion, creativity, and rest. While we all have unique rhythms based on our unique body types, our basic rhythms need to be in harmony with nature for our more subtle (mental, emotional, spiritual) rhythms to manifest.  The first step toward getting back in touch with these rhythms is to create a routine!

Through daily dinacharya (routines), we can begin to bring balance to the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) and re-create a life of balance, health and happiness.

For many, Ayurveda can be overwhelming at first. Start SIMPLE by beginning with ONE dinacharya from the list below, adding a new one each morning or day. By the end of 10 days, routine will settle in. Remember, Ayurveda encourages a lifestyle that is unique for you. While these practices are generic, choose what feels good for you or talk to an Ayurvedic Practitioner for personalized guidance.

10 Daily Routines in 10 Days!

  1. Rise with the sun (or as close to the sunrise as possible) to allow the body to harmonize with the rhythms of the sun. Sunrise varies according to the seasons, rising earlier in the summer and later in winter. In general, the Vata dosha should wake around 6 AM, the Pitta dosha around 5:30 AM, and Kapha around 4:30 AM.
  2. Scrape your tongue each morning with a copper tongue scrapper. These can be purchased at our  office or on Amazon. Begin at the back of the tongue and move to the front, scraping 3-5 times to stimulate the digestive fire, agni and aid in the removal of toxins (ama).
  3. Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that dates back to over 5,000 years. The term ‘oil pulling’ refers to the way you move the oil  around in your mouth by pulling, pushing and sucking it through your teeth. This supports killing bacteria. I personally love to use coconut oil with a drop of peppermint essential oil. Sesame oil is a good option too.
  4. Neti/Nasya. The nose is the pathway into the mind, sinuses, and lungs. When Neti,images64R9980Q or nasal irrigation followed by the use of nasya oil is performed, it enhances mental clarity, cleanses the sinuses and respiratory,  prevents dryness, protects against pollens, pollutants and pathogens and maximizes the absorption of Prana, life force energy.  If you suffer from allergies this is life changing! Start by practicing 1-3x a week. Use a neti pot with slightly salty, warm distilled water (should be as salty as your tears; ½ tsp salt per ½ cup water), followed by nasya – place a drop of herbal (can be purchased at our office) or plain sesame oil in each nostril with the tip of the little finger. self-massage
  5. Abhyanga. The word for “oiling the body” in Sanskrit, is Snehana, which means “TO LOVE”. Self Abhyanga is a warm herbal oil massage that has amazing benefits if practiced 3-5 times a week! Read my blog post on the benefits and how to practice this ancient therapy!
  6. Drink a glass of warm water upon rising. This cleans the digestive tract, encourages a morning bowel movement and stimulates agni, our digestive fire or metabolism. If the bowels don’t evacuate naturally at first, don’t worry, the warm water and tongue scraping will eventually send you into this rhythm.
  7. Yoga/Exercise. If you don’t already have a regular routine around exercise, keep it simple. Begin with 5 rounds of sun-salutations or light stretching. If the weather is nice spend time in nature by taking a short but brisk 20-30 minute walk in your neighborhood. Being in nature also provides better immunity, ojas.untitled
  8. Meditate. A few minutes of quiet time after movement is beneficial for reducing stress, anxiety, depression and anger. It’s a time to listen quietly, read or journal. You could also use an app like Headspace for a guided practice. Eventually, try a self-guided meditation by following the flow of your breath, inhale and exhale. Then, begin coordinating  your breath with a mantra, inhale – ‘joy’, exhale – ‘love’. This will support the mind from drifting off. An Ayurvedic practitioner or meditation teacher can support you to deepen your practice.
  9. Eat your breakfast (never skip breakfast; even the name suggests that it’s the ‘the break of the fast’ and therefore very important). Eat lunch, which should be the most substantial meal of the day, between 12-2PM. Eat dinner before the sun goes down, which is later in the summer and earlier in winter. In general by 7PM is a good habit. Short walks after your meals are beneficial.
  10. Go to bed between 9:30-10:00 PM to insure adequate rest. Avoid stimulating activities right before bed such as watching TV, using your phone, etc. Curl up in bed with a warm cup off chamomile tea and allow your body to rest easily and effortlessly.

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What is Ayurveda? Prakruti and Vikruti

Ayurveda is considered to be the oldest healing science, the “Mother of all Healing.” In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The science of life.” Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and was taught in oral tradition from masters to their disciples. Many natural healing therapies that exist here in the West have their roots in Ayurveda: Polarity Therapy, Chinese Medicine, and Homeopathy, just to name a few.

Prevention is Ayurveda’s greatest emphasis and promotes right thinking, right dieting, and proper lifestyle choices. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables you to understand how create balance of body, mind and consciousness according to your own individual constitution.

Just as you have a unique fingerprint, you have a unique pattern of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics – your constitution. Your constitution is determined at the moment of conception – this is your state at it’s purest & healthiest form. In Sanskrit this is your Prakruti. Many internal and external factors can disturb your constitution, such as food, the seasons and weather, and your relationships. When we move from our balanced state, Prakruti, to an imbalanced state, this is called, Vikruti.

How to find your Prakruti andVikruti:

Your Prakruti and Vikruti can only be identified by visiting a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Your practitioner will obtain your health history and current state of well-being along with taking your Ayurvedic Pulse and complete a Tongue Diagnosis to determine your Prakruti and Vikruti.  From there your practitioner may recommend many therapies to help bring you back into a state of balance such as: herbal therapy, diet and lifestyle choices, aromatherapy, yoga, and meditation.

In today’s world, there is no doubt that everyone could use Ayurveda. As individuals we are inundated with daily stress, anxiety, and fear. We live in a world where too much is available at our fingertips. Many of us have digestive and mental disturbances that we call “normal” like gas and anxiety. By understanding your constitution you can create balance, minimize the impact of stress, and improve your digestion.

Ayurveda is simply taking your yoga practice off of your mat and into your home, kitchen, and bedroom. It is conscious living that reminds you of the simple things in life that you already know but that you’ve forgotten!

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Welcome to SimpleVeda!

Welcome to SimpleVeda! I’m so glad you’re here!

SimpleVeda was created with a passion for healing the WORLD!  In order for me to do that, I had to first heal MYSELF!

My journey began as a yoga student and then led to becoming a yoga teacher. As a yoga teacher the common question I received from my students was, “what do you eat?”  Geez, do I really tell them?  This common question forced me look at my eating habits and question IF what I was eating was the best choice for my mind and body.

After seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner in 2005 I began to understand my digestion and what foods resonated with my body and which ones didn’t. Through this process I was able to lose weight, reduce many digestive disturbances that I thought were “normal”, and begin what I call my “Spiritual Journey”.

After 3 years of self study, I decided I wanted to know more about Ayurveda, beyond what foods to eat and which ones to avoid. I wanted to understand this ancient science that the yogis lived by for thousands of years! It had to be more than just what you eat!

In 2009 I graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley, CA where I learned the deeper dimensions of Ayurveda. It was the most amazing journey I’ve been on! Living this lifestyle has bettered my life and the lives of my family. I feel so fortunate to be teaching this to my 2 year old son!
In today’s society we are inundated with responsibilities and the amount of stress on American’s is gross. Every day we get caught up in the dramas of life and we get lost.  Ayurveda is THE pathway to find your true Self. Ayurveda creates a balanced life; it will help you to slow down while still being productive, it will reduce the aging process, it reduces the impact of stress, it will lead to an understanding of WHO you are and your purpose!

I invite you to connect with me as I post Ayurvedic related information, recipes, and more on this blog!  Connect with me on my website and if you feel empowered, come see me for a consultation!

In Divine Health,

Christina