Natural healing with Ayurvedic cooking
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates, father of Western medicine
We are particularly looking forward to our October 28th class with Dr. Marc Edwards as we delve into the subject of Ayurveda which technically means the science of life. It’s a system of natural healing that teaches you how to live in harmony with the laws of nature (health, healing, and harmony). Ayurvedic cooking is the practice of creating balance through food with every meal. Along with eating the most nutritious foods that provide the most benefit to your overall health, the importance of eating the right amount, seasonally, and blending combinations of each food is paramount. By incorporating foods that are well flavored and aromatic, your body will have the ability to heal for an optimum level of health. Our class with Dr. Marc Edwards on October 28th will cover a collection of his delicious recipes and self-care practices that fosters good health.
Marc will show us the whole foods, utensils, ingredients, and methods that work best in preserving good nutrition. He will also explain why preparing a meal with positive intention, love and attention, makes it rich with healing properties. We’ve often heard “never cook when you are angry as the energy is transferred to your food”. Many of us recall when our mothers made delicious soup when we were sick, and we remember it was the best comfort food ever. You were tasting love. We can give that love-infused food to others by cooking with awareness. We can turn ordinary dining experiences with family and friends into heartwarming occasions.
Here are just some of the principles of Ayurveda cooking:
One of the most important principles regarding the Ayurvedic preparation of food is the idea that only fresh food should be consumed. Preparing food in this manner isn’t difficult, with delicious dishes and drinks. At the same time, we’ll be nurturing and healing our body and mind, removing toxins, and getting the most nutrition from the foods we eat.
Ayurveda can work for anyone. Maybe you have digestion issues, an eating disorder, fatigued adrenals, constipation, low energy, or depression.
Nutrition, digestion, and cooking are all integrated. The focus is always on eating in such a way where food is easily digested. This allows the body to extract the most nutrition it possibly can from the food that was eaten.
Food and diet change depending on what season it is helping a person’s body adjust more easily to seasons as they change. The practice of eating different diets depending on the season is an effective way to prevent illnesses that are season specific. For example, when it is warm in the summer, salads, fruits and other light foods are perfect, while during the cold winter months, heavier foods and spices can be used frequently. No matter what lifestyle that you have, there are methods of cooking that can begin converting your body into a healthier one with this way of eating.
Along with eating the most nutritious foods that provide the most benefit to your overall health, the importance of eating the right amount and combinations of each food are also stressed. If a well-balanced diet is consumed throughout a person’s life, the belief is that a person’s vitality and longevity is enhanced if they adopt this practice.
But, how do you find out what foods are best for you and what lifestyle choices will make you feel more balanced? How can you learn to use food as medicine? The answer is learning more about Ayurvedic cooking with Dr. Marc Edwards on October 28th!