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Hello, dear viewer, and thank you for visiting my blog! I am a dedicated (and certified) Food Coach and Personal Trainer with a very individual attitude to coaching. I search to look beyond people's health issues and modify their lifestyles so that they can live a healthier life, increase vitality and longevity. Recently as a strong believer in natural healing I have published two books on Ayurveda and how to use Ayurveda lifestyle and food at home. Further, I am very much into TCM and the concept of original Chinese Food, especially after my recent stay in China. I am striving to become a Yoga expert through intense training and am practicing some kind of exercise every single day. My second blog http://thrumyeyes-kat.blogspot.com/ is dedicated to my passion to capture the world with my camera and create my own world like that. Everything you will find on these pages about nutrition and exercising is authentic and self-tested. Enjoy and don't forget to send me your comments, which are always welcome in my attempt to meet your expectations even better!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Spring awakening with Ayurveda

Dear audience,

It is springtime again. The weather is warming up, the first buds very shyly and carefully are peeking out of the cold winter soil, the first green tips are becoming visible on the trees, the migrating birds are returning – everything is in transition, renewal, regeneration.

 Also our bodies claim to be prepared for the warmer time of the year after during winter he has been kept warm and armed against the cold with heavier, nourishing food. He wants to be detoxified and regenerated. Spring is the ideal time for a Panchakarma cure (for example at www.lankaprincess.com). Get rid of winters’ waste products and toxins, relieve the metabolism, stimulate digestion and cell renewal.  If you don’t recognize this natural pattern or worse try to resist it by loading up on heavy foods, it will lead to internal clogging – spring allergies, sluggishness, water retention, heaviness in the limbs, and seasonal affective disorder.

If you do not have the opportunity to do a 12 day Panchakarma cure, there is a lot you can do at home. Maybe you have the chance to book some purifying massages, to perform a cleansing of the intestine?

At home we can get prepared for spring. The heavier, fatty crèmes, with which we have nourished our skin during winter, go into the fridge until the next winter or – according to their expiry date – can be finished on dryer body parts.  Face and body can be revived with cleansing and invigorating peelings. Use the sauna! It is very healthy and cleansing, as well as cardio exercise, which makes you sweat a lot.  Exercise and a lot of movement in general will put your winter tired body back on track, book a new class at your gym, start to do Yoga, this is the time to implement something new into your life in order to make this a very successful year.

How do I detox from the inside? To imagine that you have to starve yourself is not exactly uplifting. And there are much better ways. It is very important to give your body a lot of liquids in form of drinking water of excellent quality, herbal teas and green tea. In order to stimulate the excretion of toxins, hot water with a dash of cayenne, ¼ lemon, 1 tsp honey and a few drops of apple cider vinegar are a fantastic tonic. Fat digestion is being stimulated.

In order to help your liver to detox, bitter greens, herbs and spices are very helpful. Remember that lunch should be your biggest meal, whereas in the evening it is rather indicated to eat light vegetarian dishes or soups.

A wonderful, Ayurvedic detoxifying juice (www.thechalkboardmag.com):

- ½ bunch parsley
-4 big leaves swiss chard
- ½ pink grapefruit
- ½ cucumber
- 1 cm ginger
- 2 green fennel stalks
- 1 dash cinnamon

Juice and sip slowly!

Light meals, which support your body with its spring cleansing work and do not burden the body. Avoid too much meat, 1 x / is enough during this period. Prefer white fish with light, steamed vegetables. Ghee instead of butter contributes to the detoxification of the body.

A wonderful dish – at any time of the year, but especially in spring time – is the classic Kithchari. Usually a mix of two grains, prepared with a special mix of spices and herbs, is extremely nourishing without straining the metabolism and supports the cleansing process. A recipe: https://www.doctorblossom.com/index.php/nutrition-a-recipes/63

Have a wonderful spring! Enjoy it with lightness and vitality!