sugar cravings

4 causes of sugar cravings and how to banish them

Sugar cravings can be very powerful and you don’t need me to tell you that sugar isn’t great or that we are having too much of it.  Most of us are aware it causes weight gain and diabetes if we eat too much.  What is less obvious is that it also can suppress the immune[…]

Winter Eating

Enjoy your Christmas roast with impunity this winter

With Christmas around the corner, you’ll be pleased to know that a traditional roast with accompanying root vegetables, a few brussels sprouts and some herbs thrown in, fits in very well with the ideal foods to eat in winter.  Enjoy it with impunity. By eating what nature offers up with the seasons, you satisfy your[…]

Shirodhara

Shirodhara helps the worries flow away

Meditation is the buzz word in the mental health field right now.  And for good reason.  It provides so much strength and stillness to deal with the hectic whirlwind of our lives.   Sometimes, though, it can be hard.  Do you ever feel that your mind is buzzing so much you can’t even sit down to[…]

Saag aloo paneer

Saag-aloo-paneer (kale-potato-paneer curry)

I love saag aloo; that well known spinach (or kale) and potato curry.  I also love saag paneer; substituting the potatoes for indian cheese.  For a hearty, full meal, I thought why not combine them?  The result, saag-aloo-paneer is delicious and of course, very nutritious, especially made with kale.  If you blend the sauce well,[…]

Panchakarma – powerful therapy, intense results

The elder tree that lurks in my garden makes an attempt each year to take over.  Every year, I chop it back to its stalk and ensure it doesn’t achieve its goal.  Every year I think I should probably dig it up and prevent any further dashes for glory but it looks like a monumental[…]

Avoid disease by keeping free from ama – the number 1 cause of disease

Sluggish, lacking in energy, disturbed bowels, lack of proper hunger, excess phlegm or just out-and-out exhaustion. These are just some of the things you may feel if you have āma.  If you recognise any of these symptoms, read on, the prognosis is good. The majority of my clients have some degree of āma, especially those[…]

Pantry essentials

Whether you are looking to eat healthily or are diving head-first into a prescribed Ayurvedic diet to fix a problem, here are some top pantry essentials. I’m going to assume you have your own policy on organic v. non-organic and I’ll leave that to you.  If you don’t do anything else organic, dairy and meat[…]

Good sleep, great health

When I was 13 I suffered from severe insomnia for a few months and it was, to that date, the most painful thing I had had to endure.  Lying there awake, feeling like everyone was asleep apart from me was a deeply lonely and exasperating experience.  Thankfully that was my only foray into the world[…]

Pulses – the best kept protein secret

Here are 10 things you may not know about pulses. Pulses (or legumes): fuel your body with protein are cheap are good for the environment – protein from crops to stomach are low-fat, full of fibre, vitamins and minerals (including iron) count as 1 of your 5 a day are versatile and delicious go down[…]

Neti pot

Your nose doesn’t have to welcome germs; introducing the neti pot

If you haven’t had a good old cold this winter, don’t let your guard down now.  Spring often arrives with a nice sprinkling of viruses which are desperate to get into your nose and mouth. Ideally your digestion will be working well, your body tissues will be well nourished and your immunity (ojas) thus strong[…]