Eating Seasonally (and Ayurvedically) at Sweetgreen

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In true Vata style, “build your own” bowls and meals at restaurants can leave me paralyzed. There are just SO. MANY. OPTIONS.

Well actually, I take that back. Sometimes, there aren’t that many options. As a plant-based eater who focuses on eating unprocessed food, it’s much more likely that I face a plethora of cheese-filled or sugar-laden choices at most restaurants.

 

So I should actually say: “in true Vata style, whenever I look at the menu at Sweetgreen, I’m so excited by all of the fabulous options that I get overwhelmed.” Which is really not an awful problem to have.

 

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Communicate with your boss at work: Ayurveda style

About two weeks ago, I gave a talk on Ayurveda to a group of employees at a large advertising firm in DC.

 

We covered the usual topics like the three doshas and how to eat in a way that supports that dosha. However, the truly game-changing conversation was from our discussion of how you can use your knowledge of Ayurveda to have a better communication and a better relationships with your colleagues, including your boss.

 

Communicate at Work with Ayurveda

Seriously! When you understand your colleagues’ dosha, you can set up meetings and communicate in a way that will resonate with them.

 

Your dosha determines your body type, but it also relates to what you value, how you communicate, and what causes stress. If you go through your day assuming everyone has the same preferences and communication style as you, you’ll run into issues pretty darn quickly.

 

Instead, use your knowledge of doshas to better understand the people you’re working with and making sure that you can work productively with people, especially if they have a different dosha then you.

 

If you don’t know where to begin, figure out what your dosha is and learn about these three mind/body types.

 

Then, start to think about how the principles of Ayurveda apply to your boss and colleagues. The kind of work they do might give you a clue into their dosha. Their preferences and daily habits could let you know.

 

 

Then, you can apply this handy information below to work and communicate most productively and with your colleagues and bosses.

 

Communicating at work with a Vata

  • Don’t surprise them with a meeting. Schedule it beforehand or ask them “when’s a good time to talk”? Give them a heads up, so they can clear their mind of their other projects and pay attention to what you want to talk with them about.
  • When you meet (and even beforehand), tell them why you’re there and how long it will take, so they can feel certain and grounded in what the conversation is about.
  • Don’t have the meeting in a crowded, busy, or loud place.
  • Bring them a tea or something warm if it’s in a cold or drafty place.
  • They might be resistant to making a decision RIGHT at that meeting. Instead, say “think about it, and let’s have a meeting about this next Monday”. Give them time to get used to the idea and mull it over, rather than trying to force them to make an on-the-spot decision.

 

Communicating at work with a Pitta

  • Definitely set the meeting ahead of time. Pitta’s are busy! Give them a start and end time, and get bonus points by sending them a calendar invite. Show them that you’re acknowledging and respecting their time.
  • Have a plan for their meeting. You can even send them bulletpoints or a checklist beforehand! Make it linear, on target, and without a lot of extra unneeded small talk.
  • Be on time. Which means 5 minutes early.
  • Bring them water with mint or cucumber to cool them down.
  • If they’re giving you a hard time, remind them: you’re a team. You’re supporting them and they’re supporting you. Make sure they know you’re on the same side and you’re there to support them.
  • Do have a final action item – a decision or a follow-up plan. Just make sure there are concrete next steps.

 

Communicating at work with a Kapha

  • Schedule the meeting, but don’t make it too early in the morning.
  • Even better – make your meeting over lunch or coffee so there’s a feeling of connection and purpose.
  • If they’re late, don’t take it personally. (This is true for all of the doshas, but most likely to happen with the kapha.)
  • Ask them about their family and other hobbies before getting down to business. They’ll appreciate you caring about them as a real person.
  • Bring them some spicy roasted pumpkin seeds or a nettle tea.
  • If you need extra support for something, remind them of the community and the team. Let them know you’re working together and ask them for ideas on how to support that team effort.
  • Make sure to celebrate them and the team as people, not just workers.
  • Give kaphas small tasks with fast deadlines/turn around times. Just saying “get this huge project done” can lead to procrastination. So make them small, doable tasks that they can just get moving on.

 

With these tips, you’ll communicate more effectively and ultimately have a more productive team.

 

This can seem like manipulation, but I actually think of it as respect. You’re respecting their desires, preferences, and strengths so that the team can be a success.

 

If you’re trying to figure out how to deal with the Vatas, Pittas, and Kaphas in your life (including yourself!), consider a consultation with me. Learn more here, or send me an email at sam[at]behappyhealthyhuman[dot]com.

 

  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,   samantha attard sig

 


samantha attard happy healthy humanSamantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.

 

Join the Happy Healthy family to get special invites, event discounts, and lessons on living with intention.

 


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Grain Free Vegan Zucchini Muffins

grain free vegan zucchini muffin photo 1 It’s been a pretty crazy year. Starting a food company apparently takes time (I know…crazy!). Between making, packaging, and selling snacks, teaching yoga, and Ayurvedic coaching, my weekdays and weekends have been pretty hectic.

 

 

The stress and days without a break started to get to me. I was working with my coach on how to create more space, and we decided to start slow. My goal was to have one weekend morning off each week (seriously, that’s how much I was working).

 

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Power-up Morning Cordyceps Tonic

The last few days I’ve been feeling under the weather. OK… let’s be honest. I have my period.

 

My period has the fun habit of giving me some debilitating cramps, often with a side of dizziness, a drop in blood pressure, and just general desire to sleep.

 

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Mindset shifts to make you better at building habits

Last Saturday, I taught a workshop at Steadfast Supply about building healthy habits.


When I was planning the workshop, the phrase that kept coming back to me is “motivation is a muscle”.

So often, we believe that some people are blessed with a large amount of motivation, and other people simply don’t have it.

I know that motivation is something you can build. Just like any other muscle, as you work your motivation and put habits into practice, you get better and better at it. Yes, it’s a challenge, yes it’s uncomfortable, but it’s possible.

I also realized that there are 3 key mindset shifts you need to make in order to keep with your habits and achieve your goals.

Let’s dive into these mindset shifts, and as we do, ask yourself: Which of these do I already have? Which do I need to cultivate more of in order to be successful?

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Delicious, high-protein vegan frittata with no tofu

vegan frittata no tofuWhen my boyfriend and I decided to go egg-free this past summer, there was one dish we were pretty worried about: our frittata.

 

Frittata is a delightful Italian omelette full of potato, onion, and greens. Shaun had one every morning for breakfast, and we’d often make them on the weekends. They were perfect to pack up before a road trip or flight, and a super easy picnic to share with friends.We were obsessed with it, and didn’t know if we could find good replacement vegan omelette.

 

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My favorite books on Ayurveda

I’m right there with you. Ayurveda is a huge and complex topic.

 

You took the quiz, you figured out your dosha, but where do you go next? How do you figure out what foods to eat, how to balance your hormones, and how to treat common ailments with Ayurvedic wisdom?

 

Here are some of my favorite Ayurvedic resources to help you go deeper into this powerful science.

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October Events

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Things that make me excited about October:

  • crisp breezes
  • red leaves
  • pumpkin bread
  • amazing conversations about health, Ayurveda, yoga, and delicious food!

 

Check out our list of amazing events we have going on over the next few weeks! Can’t wait to see you there.
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Find the best career path for you with Ayurveda

Can a 5,000 year old system of healthcare teach you about your career?

It sounds crazy, but it actually can. Beyond being a system of medicine, Ayurveda can help you find balance throughout your life – diet, morning routine, and *career* included.

There’s a reason why I call Ayurveda “Meyers-Briggs on steroids”.

Here are some examples:

  • Feeling overly anxious before presentations? Maybe it’s b/c you don’t have that much Pitta in you.
  • Frustrated at the 1st graders making noise? Leave the job to someone a little more Kapha.
  • Struggling again and again with writer’s block? Turn up your Vata.

 

Of course, roadblocks happen in our career for many reasons, but knowledge of your Ayurvedic dosha can help you understand why certain aspects of your job aren’t going well, and make sure that you’re setting yourself up for success.

First, I’ll take you through some general guidelines of what sorts of careers Vata, Pitta, and Kapha type people would be good at.

Then, we’ll discuss what to do if you are not in a job position that utilizes these Ayurvedic strengths.

Please note: if you’re not in a career that your Dosha is not naturally called to, it doesn’t mean you need to automatically quit. We’ll talk about ways that you can continue to find balance, and even thrive because your dosha is different than your job’s.

Don’t know your Ayurvedic dosha? Learn more about it and take the quiz here.

What careers and job positions are best for each Dosha type

Pitta:
We know you like to talk, and you can sell. You’re a great manager because you can keep track of everyone’s tasks. If you’re given a job, you will get it done. On time. On spec. Some might even say it was done perfectly.

You’re charismatic. People are excited by your vision and you can captivate a room. You do well as a sales exec, a TV host, VP or manager.

Kapha:
You’re nurturing. You’re there for your colleagues with whatever they need – cookies, a helpful ear, or a ride. Always reliable, you’re the ringleader for employee gatherings.

You make everyone feel good around you. You do well as an HR manager, as a teacher, a nurse, or anyone that needs to do a reliable, good job, and be there for the team.

Vata:
You’re a dreamer. You’re artistic. You’re okay working by yourself – your vision changes so much, it’s just easier to do it alone. You see the whole picture. You can envision and communicate a grand vision that makes people excited.

You are the artist and the creative. You’d do well as a writer, a director, a dancer, a freelancer, a designer.

Which career path resonates most with you?

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What to do with this information

If you’re completely in sync with your current job, great! Recognize that your personal strengths are your career strengths, and that you’re in alignment. Awesome.

If you don’t feel in sync with your current job, there are a few options. This could be the wake-up call and permission that you needed to follow an alternative path. Go you!

But, please remember: Just because your dosha doesn’t sync up with your current job doesn’t mean you need to quit. We can’t pretend that one paragraph of a random blog post could ever tell you that.

If your dosha doesn’t sync up with your current job, you can still be amazing at it. Here are some ways that can be the case:

See your unique strengths
Recognize that having your dosha in your field of work can actually be an asset. For example: if you have a busy sales role and you’re a Vata type, notice how your ability to tell a great story and see the whole picture allows you to pursue the best sales leads. If you’re in sales and have a Kapha dosha, you might bring a carrying, nurturing aspect to your job that makes your sales leads loyal and love you.

Find the unique strengths you get to bring to your position, and play those up so you stand out in your organization.

Give yourself permission to rebalance
Having a different dosha than your work role might require extra energy/balancing time.

Using the example of the sales role – people with a more Pitta dosha might be able to spend all day doing sales, go home, hang out with friends, and feel completely energized. If you have a more Vata or Kapha dosha, you might find yourself drained at the end of the day of sales, and need to take some quiet time or a nap to recharge.

Alternatively, if you have a Pitta personality and you teach kindergarten, you might want to take a graduate class, sign up for a race, or find another way to push your body and mind after work.

Next steps

Unhappy at your current job? Ask yourself whether an incompatible dosha could explain some of the difficulties.

Interviewing? Ask about the typical day in the life for the prospective job, and see how they jive with your energy. You might even want to see if you can understand the dosha of the interviewer/your prospective boss to see how you would mesh (perhaps that should be a conversation for another blog post 😀 ).

Enjoying your job, but still feel like you could be more productive/happier? Ask yourself if there’s something you need to do to balance your energy during or after work.


I don’t get too prescriptive because balance looks different on everyone.
If you’re interested in learning more specifically about how your dosha and career are interactive, send me an email at sam@behappyhealthyhuman.com, so we can set up a free Ayurvedic consultation.

Conclusion

There you have it – a 5,000 year old system of healthcare can tell you about your career. So let’s hear from you: What’s your dosha and what’s your job? Do they match up? Feel at odds? How does this article change how you’ll approach your work tomorrow morning?

  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,   samantha attard sig
samantha attard happy healthy humanSamantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach and yoga instructor who helps people eat, move, and live with intention. Learn more here.

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