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Keeping Pitta Balanced In Autumn

I love my Pittas Doshas or Pitta Body types, in fact I’m a Pitta Doshamyself, so naturally I want to share the goodness on how you can keep yourself balanced in Autumn if you a Pitta Dosha/Body type.

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Autumn heralds dynamic, light, and airy qualities that may be aggravating to pitta-types. This would be a time to focus on stability and a routine; the emphasis is to stay grounded.

For Pitta types, Fall ushers in a welcome respite from the heat—it is the natural antidote to summer. However, if you don’t take full advantage of Vata season to clear out any excess Pitta you accumulated during the summer, you may find that you are quite disturbed by autumn’s dry, light, mobile, and subtle qualities. Here are some tips on how to make a smooth and healthy transition from Pitta season to Vata season.

What you want to be eating

Apples and pears harvested in Fall can aide in clearing out pitta accumulated in the summer through the cooling energy, astringent taste, and fiber content they provide. Eat as much of these fruits in the early Fall, when they are in season. Focusing on a diet that pacifies Vata without triggering too much of the hot, sharp, oily, or liquid nature of pitta is your goal from there. Foods that will help you strike this balance include soaked raisins, sweet berries, coconut, avocados, dates, figs, asparagus, cilantro, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, green beans, okra, parsnips, rutabagas, zucchini, amaranth, oatmeal, summer squash, quinoa, basmati rice, wheat, mung beans, tofu, milk, ghee, fresh yogurt, soft cheeses, soaked and peeled almonds, buffalo, and sunflower seeds. You can also use cooling spices like coriander, fennel, and cumin, and garnish your food with cilantro, shredded coconut, and fresh lime juice.

Are you a Pitta, Vata, or Kapha? Take this quiz to find out!

 

Enjoy eating these foods

Both vata and pitta can be pacified by the sweet tastes of these foods, which provide nourishment and grounding. Hearty and sweet autumn breads (pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, etc.) are a wonderful choice of food at this time of the year. You might also want to try something sweet and creamy like rice khir, which is a type of pudding, a date smoothie or some spiced-milk boiled with a pinch of nutmeg, some natural sugar, cinnamon, and a bit of ghee. This season in general, you get to eat more beans and astringent vegetables than some because of your strong digestive fire. Feelings of bloating, or a sense of dryness would be an indication that you may be overdoing these foods.

Try to avoid these

You’ll definitely want to be mindful not to overdose on heating foods. Even though vata season is cool, your internal heat as a pitta type is naturally quite high. Red meat, for example (aside from buffalo) can be very heating and may prove a bit much for you. You’ll also want to watch your use of really heating spices (like cayenne and dried ginger) and limit your exposure to foods that are aggravating to both vata and pitta like cranberries, burdock root, corn, eggplant, kohlrabi, raw onions, radishes, turnips, millet, and rye. If your pitta is relatively balanced and you’re eating seasonally appropriate foods, just learn to watch for subtle signs of increased heat and minimize any foods that seem to cause acidity, diarrhea, a rash, or a sour taste in your mouth.

Know what you should be avoiding? Knowing your body type helps!

Adjusting your lifestyle

Autumn heralds dynamic, light, and airy qualities that may be aggravating to pitta-types. This would be a time to focus on stability and a routine; the emphasis is to stay grounded. During this season it is important to also modify some of your practices to ensure that you do not bring on too much heat. Very hot showers or frequent steam baths, for example, can potentially throw you off-balance. When getting a massage, it would be best to swap out sesame oil for coconut oil, as sesame oil can be too drying for pitta-type skin. It is best to exercise when it is cool outside. Lower the intensity of your workout so that you do not come out of it flushed and panting. If and when you practice yoga, take care with inversions, and focus on a grounded, relaxed effort throughout your practice. This fall, you should emphasize relaxation instead of your usual pitta-typical intensity and focus.

Are you more focused? Relaxed? Always moving about? Learn your dosha to find out!

Wishing you peace to your mind, Wellness to your Body and Tranquility to your Spirit!

Namaste,

 

Rochel Marie Lawson- The Queen of Feeling Fabulous

P.S. If you’re ready for personalized help keeping yourself balanced – click here and schedule at chat with me!

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Meditating At Your Busiest

ellyot-588130-unsplashIs your mind abuzz with thoughts? If your mind is streaming dialogue, then you must be exhausted and anxious from all that mental chatter. One solution? Meditation.
But wait. Having trouble finding the time to sit still? Here are some on-the-spot tricks for practicing mindfulness on your daily grind:

At the office: In the morning, right before you check emails and voice messages, sit at your desk and close your eyes for a few moments to let yourself arrive, really arrive. This kind of short, daily meditation helps to break the cycle of constantly leaning into the future with thoughts, like “Will I make my deadline?” or “What do my co-workers think of me?”

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At the supermarket:
Stuck at the slow check-out line yet again? Instead of wondering why this always happens to you, become aware of your breathing and notice your anxiety and self-judgment. You will definitely notice that while this situation is happening, it is not happening to you. Realizing that situations like these are common, and that it isn’t youthat the situation stems from will reduce your anxiety.

Washing the dishes:This dull chore very quickly turns into a pleasant ritual once you connect to the sensory elements of the water, soap, and dishes. A simple but powerful practice is giving thanks. Give thanks for your sense of touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing to fill yourself with appreciation for being able to do this chore. Being aware on this level helps keep the mind from drifting into negative thoughts that tend to occur when doing something you might consider boring or mundane.

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For more tips on meditation on the go contact us at: info@healthhealingwellness.com

Namaste,

Rochel Marie Lawson,

The Queen of Feeling Fabulous

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Natural Tips to Help You Fall Asleep Faster

Most people have an idea of what to do in order to get a peaceful night’s rest, but for one reason or another they still find themselves tossing and turning. Their mind won’t quit – it won’t shut off.

We all know that lack of sleep can cause many significant health issues and increase stress levels. And yet, for about 50% of the nation’s population, getting a good night’s sleep is harder than mining for diamonds in Africa!

In Ayurveda, sleep is one of the three pillars of health. In order for our bodies to have perfect health and well being, we need to have time to relax and rejuvenate ourselves. With the intention of decreasing stress and reducing its effect on our bodies, here are some simple tips for falling asleep that have helped my clients and myself tremendously.

alfonso-navarro-693877-unsplashLavender Essential Oil

Put a drop of highly therapeutic lavender essential oil [LINK: previous post on essential oils] on the bottom of each foot and massage it in to your skin. Use your finger to rub it in about 8-10 times. The oil will be absorbed into the body very quickly, and you can use the remaining oil on your shoulders. This will help to cool the winds of the mind and move into a relaxed state.

Make Your Diet A Routine

Eat three cooked meals a day, preferably at the same time of day. This will help the mind fall into a normal routine or pattern to decrease feelings of chaos and unpredictability. As much as you can, keep things stable and regular.

Choose A Bedtime

Ideally, go to bed by 10 pm and wake up by 6 am to set a predictable pattern for the mind. Use the lavender oil on your body about 15 minutes before you’re ready for lights out to relax your body.

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Turn off the television and any electronic equipment in your room! The electromagnetic energy and radiation that comes from these devices keep your mind alert, especially if your cell phone makes a sound every time you receive a message. Ideally, turn off the TV at least 15 minutes before you go to bed and keep all electronics away from the area where you sleep.

Drink Warm Milk

Make a nice, warm, yummy drink to help relax your body: warm 4-6 oz. milk and put a pinch of nutmeg in it. Allow the nutmeg to be absorbed and enjoy. If you’re lactose intolerant, this recipe still works great with other kinds of milk (coconut, almond, soy, etc.).

Nutmeg is a natural sleep inducer because it allows melatonin to release naturally, but be careful not to add too much as it can be harmful to the body.

Diffuse Essential Oil

A diffuser is a container that you fill with water and a couple drops of essential oil. It works similar to a mister or vaporizer to add essential oils into the atmosphere, and is a lovely way to help your body relax. Let it be part of your 15-minute ritual before you go to bed.

adult-beard-blur-810775Meditation

Try a 5-minute meditation to calm the mind. It doesn’t have to be formal, it can be as simple as laying in bed with the lights off and giving gratitude for the things that happened during the day.

When thoughts come up, repeat the word “calm” to yourself. Say, “I am calm, I am at peace, I am relaxed and I’m being restored.” Repeat this phrase and allow the rambling thoughts to disappear. Eventually you’ll fall off into slumber and have a great night’s sleep.

Are you ready to create more relaxation and peace in your life? Visit www.FreeGiftsFromRochele.com to discover the best ways to promote health and vitality for your body type.

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Ayurveda Herbs for Dissolving Stress

In Ayurveda, we understand that there is a need to create inner calm without diminishing our alertness and awareness of our surroundings. Herbal remedies are a great way to support this naturally without creating brain fog (which is often a side effect of pharmaceutical drugs).

When herbs are ingested, your body receives the natural medicine right from the plant. Pharmaceutical drugs are also created from flora, only the drug companies extract the natural medicine from the plant and tinker with the chemical composition in ways that can have harmful side effects.

Scientific research has shown that utilizing herbs can reduce stress and anxiety as well as create a sense of calm and heightened alertness. They allow us to build up Ojas, the essence that helps keep our immune system strong.

There are several herbs that I like to call the “worry-free” or “stress-free” herbs because they enhance the power of mental processing. The herbs I’m about to talk about have a special nature: they relax the anxiety in the mind, bring us a sense of awakening and enlightenment, and help us to feel connected with Mother Nature in a natural, nourishing way.

Jatamansi, Greater Galangal and Ashwagandha

These herbs help enhance the mind’s overall ability to fight stress. They’re thought of as the cleansing herbs because they clean out the toxins of the mind and help open up the gap for understanding and awareness.

Between stress and calmness is a gap where our intelligence resides. We always want to tap into this intelligence to heighten our level of clarity and enlightenment.

How to Use Them

I suggest making a tea with these three herbs. You can combine all three of them together, or use the one at a time.

Place ½ – 1 tsp herbs into a tea steeper with boiling water. Allow the tea to sit about 3-5 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the stronger and more effective it will be.

You can use natural sweeteners like agave nectar, but the tea will be delicious without any sweetening as well. Sip on the tea and watch what happens with your mind: you will find yourself becoming more clear, focused, stress-free and anxiety-free.

How to Buy Them

Often these herbs are already formulated in tea bags, but you can also get them in capsules at different health food stores.  The capsules are basically the dried herbs that is crushed and put in the gel caps.

I recommend purchasing the best quality, organic, non-GMO herbs online from Banyan Botanicals or Mountain Rose Herbs. Sometimes these herbs are imported so you’ll have to wait a little longer; often there may be a wait for Jatamansi and Ashwagandha because they are such potent and powerful medicines. You can also contact me for help in purchasing the products.

If you’re ready to improve your health in a meaningful and natural way, visit www.FreeGiftsFromRochele.com for some easy and free ways to enhance your well-being.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Immunity and Energy – Part II

Often we think about boosting our immune system during cold and flu season, but throughout the entire year things come up that can throw us off-kilter and create havoc to our system and energy levels.

Last week, I talked about Ojas and Ama and explored how food choice can affect toxin-levels in our bodies. Today, I’m going to share a few more strategies that I use with my clients to help them stay healthy and energized 365 days a year.

Spices

anise-aroma-art-277253In Ayurveda, we use a lot of herbs in natural medicine and cooking, and spices play a very important role in assisting our bodies to absorb the intelligence that we eat. When you add spices to your cooked vegetables, grains and legumes, the food can more quickly convert into the essence of Ojas that helps naturally build our immune system and increase our energy. Try some of these spices the next time you’re whipping up a meal:

Turmeric

This spice has an immune modulating effect. It is a detoxifier and enhances the intelligence of the immune cells. Turmeric is really delicious and is often found in East Indian cooking.

Cumin

Often found in Latin dishes, this spice burns away the Ama in the digestive tract. It has a great smell and tastes wonderful.

Black Pepper

This spice clears tissue channels so the essence of the Ojas travel deeper into the body and build a healthy and stable foundation for good health.

All three of these spices are great for any dosha type.

Fruit

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The main goal in eating fruit is to keep your bowel cleansed and free of undigested foods that can create Ama. Organic, tree-ripened fruit is the best option. If you don’t have access to fresh fruit, frozen is next best, but be careful to avoid canned fruit. It’s dead, it’s dead, it’s dead.

Apples contain antioxidants, and insoluble and soluble fiber which helps cleanse the bowel. They are also sweet and juicy. Whoever said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away was really tapping into some higher intelligence.

Pears, peachesplumssweet pineapples and mango are some fruits that transform quickly into the essence of Ojas. Pomegranate seed juice or chutney keeps the body in balance as well.

I love having some papaya after a big meal to satisfy my sweet tooth without adding excess fat in the middle of my waist.

Essential Oils

aromatherapy-bottles-close-up-672051Essential oils are a really powerful way to support the immune system. If you’re newer to essential oils and would like to find out how you can use them and where to find them, there is more information HERE [LINK: previous essential oils post].

Peppermint Essential Oil

naturally supports the respiratory system and is awakening and energy enhancing. It gently increases the essence of Ojas in the body.

Lemon Essential Oil

helps to naturally jumpstart the liver into detoxification mode and push Ama out of the body. It’s great at assisting the body in absorbing the nutrients from our food without over-taxing the system (it’s also really great for naturally increasing energy levels).
If you do all these things, in no time you will be digesting your food in a much more healthy and productive manner! Did you love all this information, and want to go a little deeper? Visit http://www.FreeGiftsFromRochele.com for more tips

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7 Ways to Boost Your Immunity and Energy – Part I

Often we think about boosting our immune system during cold and flu season, but throughout the entire year things come up that can throw us off-kilter and create havoc to our system and energy levels. Today I’d like to share some strategies that I use with my clients to help them stay healthy and energized 365 days a year.

Ojas, Ama and Toxins

adult-autumn-autumnal-712413In Ayurveda, we refer to the essences that help keep our immune system strong as Ojas. When we eat healthy, nourishing, organic, non-GMO food, the nutrients are absorbed in our body and the end product of those wonderful essences creates Ojas. This then helps us complete our digestion and create radiant skin and good health, as well as instilling a sense of happiness and well-being.

If the food we eat is full of pesticides, or if we don’t eat the right food for our body type, we can build up Ama, which are toxins. The goal is to always try to keep your body as free from Ama as possible because it’s so debilitating and can cause illness.

The term “toxins” in Ayurveda doesn’t only refer to chemicals like pesticides. It also refers to toxins we take in through our environment, things that we see and hear. This might look like a violent television show or music with aggressive or sexually explicit lyrics. Toxins, or Ama, are anything that assaults our sense of wellness and balance.

When our system is under attack or working very hard, our bodies become fertile ground for illness. The goal is to keep the seeds of disease from sprouting in the first place by maintaining low levels of Ama and high levels of Ojas.

Food Choice

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One of the most basic and important things to look at in building Ojas is food choice. It is optimal to choose intelligent, immune-boosting types of food that are easy to digest. When I say “intelligent,” I mean fresh vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lite, fresh, organic, non-GMO dairy products.

When you choose foods that are unaltered by genetic modification and pesticides, you give your body a great foundation to absorb the nutrients. These foods help us wake up the intelligent nature of our bodies and create Ojas.

The foods to stay away from are processed, canned, frozen or packaged goods. They are the hardest to digest and create Ama in our digestive tract since they are so difficult to break down. When food stays in our colon, it petrifies and can be harmful to our immune system and deplete our energy.

Preservatives, pesticides and GMO’s deplete foods of their intelligence. When we consume them, they deplete our intelligence on a cellular level and set us up for illness and disease.

Cooking

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When cooking, it’s important to be mindful of how long different foods need to be cooked. Steaming vegetables can make them more easily digestible for the body, but when they start to lose their natural color they’ve been cooked for too long. Overcooking reduces the immune-producing part of the food, depleting it of important vitamins and minerals.

Meat does need to be cooked to a certain temperature in order to kill harmful bacteria, but it should also be eaten in moderation, as it can be difficult for some body types to digest.

Stay tuned! Next week, I’m going to talk about how cooking with spices, eating certain fruits, and essential oils can all help boost the immune system.

In the meantime, if you want to take a more personal look at boosting immunity for your body type, click here for some great starting tips.

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Sensuality and Romance, Naturally

Throughout time, fragrance has played a subtle yet significant role in the art of romance. In Indonesia sweetly scented ylang ylang flowers are scattered on the bed of a newly married couple. Cleopatra, one of the most renowned lovers of all time, was reputed to have scented the sallies of her barge with rose water to seduce Mark Antony as she sailed to meet him. Studies have shown that the majority of people consider smell to be the lease valuable of the five sense, yet it is the most highly developed at birth, and we choose our mates in part because of their unique scent.

 

Today, the perfume industry is a multi-billion dollar business based on the notion that fragrance makes people more attractive to one another. It’s more than marketing and fancy packaging- there’s a logical explanation for why scent has such a powerful effect on romantic feelings.

 

The olfactory lobe of the brain is part of the limbic system, the same area associated with memory, emotion, learning and sexual desire. When scents are inhaled, they have an immediate, powerful effect on the emotions, Scents perceived as pleasant and stimulate the production of neurotransmitter, the body’s “feel good” hormones.

 

There was a study conducted to see which scents naturally aroused men and women and the results were quite interesting. The scents that naturally aroused men sensually the most were lavender, and pumpkin pie, which produced a 40% increase. Other high ranking scents included orange and the combination of black licorice and doughnuts.

 

The women’s result of the study proved to be even more interesting. The scent of baby powder, a mixture of Good and Plenty licorice candy and cucumber were the top sensuality arousing scents.  The scents of lavender and pumpkin pie also ranked high with women.

 

Now there is some food for thought however most people aren’t going to have Good and Plenty candy around… hopefully but lavender, pumpkin pie and cucumber are much easier scents to incorporate into our lives.

 

Sensuality and Romance blossoms in a relaxing and beautiful environment.  You can easily create this type of environment to fit your taste, desires and needs, naturally by using aromatherapy like Cleopatra did.

 

Here are some tips and suggestions on how you can use fragrance play a role in the art of your Sensuality and Romance.

  • Lighting candles is a sensual and romance environment enhancer, the preference is to use aromatherapy candles or scented candles.
  • Aphrodisiac scents you can use are: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Rose, Clary sage, Jasmine, Neroli, Pathouli, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang. These scents can be used in a diffuser or topically on pulse points such as the wrist, heart center, abdomen, behind the ear and throat area.
  • Adding fresh flowers to the environment can add to the feeling of freshness, aliveness and comfort.
  • Misting comfy pillows for lounging, with a mist of a mixture of distilled water and Rose, lavender or one of those other essential oils suggested is a seductive way to further enhance the romantic environment.
  • Start with a Seductive Blissful Beginning– This includes taking a warm bath where the water is just warm enough to be relaxing and not make you sleepy. Add 3 to 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice along with ½ cup of Epsom sale to relax tense muscles and 1 cup of baking soda to soften the skin. Float a few Rose petals in the water, light a few candles and bathe by candle light.

 

May your Sensuality and Romance be naturally taken to another level!

 

Namaste,

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