She is such a Pitta

Balance. I need it, I want it, Im going to get it! I feel balanced in my mind, however my body has been a bit out of whack. I have been consistently practicing yoga and doing cardio but my digestive system and at times sinuses aren’t liking me very much. Recently I went to an ayruvedic lecture and it was incredibly interesting.

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What is an ayruvedic diet?

“Ayurveda is a holistic science of health, focusing on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state.” To find that balance you first identify which dosha aligns to you and then work to balance that dosha so that you feel great!  There are certain foods and activites that help to balance each dosha and should be exercised when a dosha becomes imbalanced. We each have a body and mind dosha, which can often be different.

I am bi-dosha, with a natural tendency towards Pitta. Inherently my genetic blue print is Pitta and I generally do align with this dosha. I am fire-y, passionate, aggressive  and medium build. However, my mind tends to align with the Vata dosha, in that I am always: go go go.

The Pita Diet

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I have been looking for the right motivation and plan to get my body back into alignment. I haven’t gained weight (in fact Ive added muscle) or anything drastic, but I feel YUCK inside. I know I am imbalanced and I yearn to feel clean inside. Its super interesting to read which foods cause imbalance in a Pitta because guess what… its the majority of what I consume. There was a week or two recently where I lived like a small squirrel and survived on nuts. Pitta’s are supposed to avoid all nuts which the exception of sunflower and pumpkin seeds, go figure!

What to avoid: 

Fried & steaming hot foods, salty, fatty, or sour foods (pickles, yogurt, sour cream, sour fruits, tomatoes, vinegar, and anything fermented). Avoid condiments and hot spices like mustard, cayenne, chillies, ginger, black pepper, and clove.

Avoid also hot drinks, yeast bread, aged cheese, red meat, potatoes, and reduce “heating” grains like brown rice and corn, and “warming” vegetables like carrots, beets, spinach, eggplant, onion, and garlic.

Stay away from honey and protein powder drinks, as they create hyperacidity. Pass up all nuts except coconut (shredded) and almonds (in small amounts). Any processed & fast foods are completely out of question, as they contain bad fats that create huge amounts of stomach acid and throw your Pitta dosha completely out of balance.

Gluten Free Oats with Apple, Cinnamon and Flax

I am going to try and maintain a pitta diet (I am up for the challenge) and try to track my results. My recipes for the next few weeks will align to the Pitta diet, enjoy!

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Let the BEET control you

I am now officially in yoga teacher training (WOO!). I am in class 4 days a week which means I am running around town like a crazy lady. I could not be happier to be this nutty women. This is one step closer to taking back my happiness and I am super jazzed about my choice.

OMwork! Anatomy!

OMwork! Anatomy!

I must say though that as I begin my journey into yoga school I am trying to be incredibly mindful of the little things that make my day better. The sun has been out during my drive to work this week. This is small but wonderful.

how could you not be in love?

how could you not be in love?

A consequence of my super busy schedule is I am eating all of my meals on the go. I prepped for this shift in schedule by purchasing a ton of yogurt and fruits this past weekend. Also, I have been in the mood for clean delicious salads. I have been jones-ing for beets.

on the go. lunch, snack and dinner.

on the go. lunch, snack and dinner.

Beets and I were not friends for a very long time. In the past few weeks I have started to really dig them.

Below are two recipes that I created this week and have found to be quite delicious! Enjoy!

Beet and Spinach Salad

low calorie, balanced.

Ingredients:

4 unsulfered apricots chopped
3 walnuts – crushed
1 c spinach
1 c mixed greens
2 beets (cooked and peeled) cubed
3/4c shredded carrots
1 laughing cow blue cheese cut into small pieces

Dressing:

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp strawberry jam

Directions:

Prep all salad ingredients and place in container. Mix together dressing ingredients and place in small air tight container.

Beet Fruit Salad

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Ingredients:

small green apple chopped
2 beets (drained and peeled) chopped
3/4c carrots
4 unsulfered apricots chopped
1 small pear chopped
1/8 c granola

This is all helping me stay grounded and focused while managing all of the tasks I have taken on. HAPPY FRIDAY! Let the BEET control you!

I need a break after this VERY long week.

I need a break after this VERY long week.