On Thursday, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ingrid Vaicius, health coach and headache expert, at Sweetgreen. Our topic was listening to your body: paying attention to the annoying health symptoms like headaches and bloating. These symptoms are annoying, not disastrous, but they take energy to manage and make your day more stressful.
As we were discussing the various symptoms, what they signaled about your body, and how to prevent and treat them, you could feel the air in the room get a little heavy. These kinds of conversations can be overwhelming: first you have to cut out dairy, then you have to drink water, then you have to reduce stress…on and on and on.
But as the evening continued, I came to an important realization: the point understanding these symptoms isn’t to make your to-do list longer. Rather, we understand these symptoms so we have information. This knowledge is empowering.
Well! The 3 day kitchari cleanse is over! The most common question I’ve received since embarking on it is why the heck I decided to do a 3 day cleanse. Here’s what I was thinking:
I have traditionally stayed away from cleanses and fasting. I’ve done one 3 day juice cleanse, and I only did that as an experiment because so many clients were asking me about their efficacy. I undertook the kitchari cleanse in the same way: I wanted to know what were the impacts of this cleanse (which unlike most others is made up of whole, balanced foods) on my body, so I could decide whether it was a regular practice I wanted to pursue, AND if it would be a useful practice to recommend to my clients.
Join me and health coach Ingrid Vaicius for a workshop about how your silly, seemingly annoying symptoms can be signposts for habits and routines that need to change. There will be free salad from sweetgreen!
Clean out the winter cobwebs with this yoga class designed to get your heart pumping and your body moving. We’ll focus on core activation and back integration so you’re ready for a gorgeous Spring ahead!
Sunday 3/18, 6:00pm, Patagonia Georgetown: Yoga and Ayurveda 101!
A yoga class and Ayurveda 101 at Patagonia Georgetown! We’ll have salads from Sweetgreen as well. Space is limited, call the Patagonia store to reserve your spot! 202-333-1776.
Sunday 3/25, 10:30am, Realignment Studio in Capitol Hill: Ayurveda 101!
Interested in learning what your dosha is and how Ayurveda can help you achieve balance and wellbeing? Check out my signature Ayurveda 101 workshop in Capitol Hill. We’ll have Ayurvedic snacks, tea, and lots of fun discovering how our bodies and minds work. Reserve your spot here!
Thursday 4/19, 6:30pm, Realignment Studio in Capitol Hill: Ayurvedic Cooking Class
Learn how to cook a simple, Ayurvedically balanced meal. We’ll cook and eat, sharing how yo ucan cook easy, nourishing dishes that will help balance your mind and body. Space is limited: reserve your place now!
Thursday, June 14th-Sunday June 17th: Shenandoah Ayurveda Retreat!
Spend 3 days immersed in the nourishing practices of Ayurveda. We’ll have daily yoga practices, cooking classes, and workshops designed to help you balance body and mind. Learn more here.
What do you do when you’re nervous? Do you tell yourself to cut it out, to calm down? Do you try to breathe deep and slow your heart rate? It might not be as helpful as you think.
Alison Wood Brooks, a professor at Harvard, found that when people tried to calm down their nerves they didn’t perform as well as a group that was asked to turn their nervousness to excitement. Why is that?
Thank goodness my 87 year old Italian grandmother doesn’t know how to work the internet, because this is the best tomato sauce I’ve ever tasted.
This sauce combines the sweet acidity of tomatoes with the umami and depth of mushrooms plus the creaminess blended cashews. The result is creamy, flavorful, and delicious, all without having to add meat or dairy.
If I had to come up with one foundational healthy habit, it’d be sleep. Yep. More than eating wholesome food. More than consistent exercise. Even more than meditation!
Here’s why: if you’re not sleeping well, you don’t have the brain space to make any of those healthy decisions anyway. Your body is trying to *survive*, and doesn’t have space for much else.
For the first time in many years, I’ve been having some sleep issues, so I’ve been looking deeper into what helps us get a good night’s rest. In my research, I also learned that my sleeping issues were uniquely pitta-type issues (not surprising given my recent pitta imbalance), so I’m sharing recommendations based on that dosha.