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  • eating for vata and chelating I’ve posted on the whole vata thing before – it’s an Ayurvedic diagnosis for A-types who move and talk fast, get flighty and unearthed easily, as well as, well, get toxic. You know, joint-achy and congested and bogged up. Me, basically. And many of you, I suspect. I made the point in my previous post more
  • How to tame your “vata” Yesterday, in an interview for Yoga Journal, I was asked what lifestyle techniques I wholeheartedly swear by. I’ve been saving this trick up for a while to share…it’s certainly one of the main approaches I live by for maximum wellness and solid-to-goodness ground-ed-ness. I tame my vata. But I have a theory. I believe untamed more
  • Five recipes that have helped my anxiety At the back of my new book, first, we make the beast beautiful, I promised to share on my site a few of my favourite meals and recipes that have helped my anxiety. This is that list. (Most of these recipes feature in I Quit Sugar: Simplicious.) As I explain in the beast, it’s best to eat more
  • My Simplicious Kitcheri Recipe Yesterday I shared the gist of what kitcheri is all about. Now, here’s the recipe I work to, which keeps it as simple as possible. I also have a Nourishing Kitcheri recipe in I Quit Sugar For Life and an Inside-Out Sprouted Kitcheri Loaf inSimplicious. I’ve also shared the whole deal with Ayurveda healing. And written more
  • How to make Ayurvedic kitcheri…for beginners First, what is this kitcheri (pronounced kich-ah-ree) stuff I speak of rather often. (I have a recipe for Nourishing Kitcheri in I Quit Sugar For Life and an Inside-Out Sprouted Kitcheri Loaf in Simplicious; I also shared how I ate it at the Indian retreat I did some time back.) In Ayurveda this mung and rice curried bowl more
  • The only (Ayurvedic) sleep advice you need to follow I’ve contemplated and researched every insomniac’s trick out there. (You can catch up on my personal experience with insomnia and my 14 insomnia solutions if you find yourself with an hour to kill at 3am sometime soon.) Eventually you have to drill things down to The Thing That Works. Of course, there are always several factors. more
  • One month without exercise, soap and loo paper… I just got back from a month in true retreat. I was rather cryptic about where I was heading and I committed to not sharing my experience in real time on social media. Golly, what freedom! I’m happy to now flesh out the details because I reckon a few of you will find them interesting. more
  • Got gut bloat? Here’s the ayurvedic cooking tricks I use. Ayurveda is one of the most grounded wellness approaches around. The central thread of Ayurveda is balancing through food and energy restoration. I love this. Catch up on previous tips here and here.  For today, some Ayurvedic cooking tricks to ease digestion and cut the gut bloat. 1. Start your meal with a small piece of fresh ginger or a more
  • 7 ayurvedic spices for sugar cravings I covered off the ayurvedic reason you might be craving sugar recently. You should check it out. Today I’ve asked Nadia Marshall of The Mudita Institute, a training and education organisation and health clinic in Byron Bay, Australia, to share how to use regular kitchen spices in your regular cooking to, ah, regulate your blood sugar. Fun stuff… more
  • The oils I use: a personal listicle I shared last week why I use oils for the bulk of my beauty regime. As promised, here’s a bunch of products I’ve used or currently use. I mix it up. Always trying things out… Please be aware, I’ve not been paid to run this list. By anyone. The recommendations are genuine. In the past few days a few more
  • Why I use beauty oils instead of cosmetics Last week I shared my personal toxin-free cosmetics listicle. In the past I’ve also covered off safe sunscreens, toxin-free nail polish and safe fake tan. An update from my ablutions front: Slowly, slowly I’ve been reducing what I use to a very small kit. And it pretty much comes down to…oil. Even my mascara. And cleanser. I follow Ayurvedic more
  • The Ayurvedic reason you might be craving sugar I’ve shared on oodles of occasions how Ayurvedic healing is, in my opinion, the most grounded wellness approach around. You can catch up on my previous posts here and find out which dosha you are here. And if you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know my dosha is, yeah, vata. I’m a poster child for more
  • The time I did something mildly generous and it kept going… Today I share a lovely story that unfolded over the past two weeks, culminating in a triple donation (and dominoing) of a piece of artwork I auctioned last week. It went like this. This letter below arrived in the mail on February 4 from someone called Hazel. With no last name, return address or email. more
  • my daily health routine…since you asked for it Gosh, we’re really getting down to the rats and mice of my life here…but I’ve been getting too many emails from you asking how I order my wellness habits to ignore the topic much longer. I’m no expert (on anything much), but I have taken consulting of experts on this topic to pedantic levels and more
  • The Healthy Foodie’s Guide to Auckland Whenever I travel I like to check out and then share great low-carb, sugar-free places to eat. As well as accommodation that doesn’t have a heaving ecological footprint and are… quiet and tranquil, suitable for thyroidy types. You can catch up on my New York, Byron Bay, Sardinia and Provence guides here. I was in more
  • Anxiety in your bones today? Here’s the practical fix I feel compelled to share when I’m anxious. Or, more to the point, I feel compelled to share when I find a pithy solution that might just help others orbiting the same tetchy vibe in the Zeitgeist. And even more to the point, I know that when I do share (from on tetchy high) so more
  • A Field Guide to dealing with Trolls and Snippities Troll baying seems to come in waves. Is it a lunar thing? Lately, something has been going on. They’ve been making quite the cacophony out there in the social media zoo. It’s not just the traditional trolls either. It’s everyday people who get all snippety about an issue and forget that online slam-downs are no more
  • How I travel: New York on a bike I don’t like flying. Or driving. I’ve always ridden. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve owned a car for seven years  of my life only. The rest of my adult life, I’ve ridden a bike to get around. Indeed, just three weeks ago I became car-less again. I really do prefer it. My tendency more
  • cooling cucumber and yoghurt soup Here are a few food rules I subscribe to: eat stuff in season, when it’s cheap, and in contrast to what’s going on with the weather. The first two edicts are self-explanatory. The third might need some detail. I eat in a “roughly Ayurvedic” way. I’ve written about how this works here. It’s mostly about more
  • do what you’re not doing There’s a long story behind how I came across this poem, written by a second grader*. Social media…it’s a curious thing. The poem, however, is just so perfect and a Thing to Reflect On. So much depends on busy people in cities rammin’ on rickety computers gettin’ really really tired. I was walking through the more
  • this is what a thyroid day looks like Since I’ve been back my thyroid has been wreaking it’s annoying old havoc. While I was away it was so much calmer, perhaps one day a week of pain. For the past week, it’s been four days of pain, which is how it was before I left. I’m still trying to work out what triggers more
  • A slow food and hiking guide to Provence I passed through France a week or two back, specifically Provence. Embarrassingly, Peter Mayle is responsible. I stumbled on one of his Provence books as I was deciding where to head after Spain and followed the “sign”. I had a perfect time there. A splendid blend of comfort and rusticness and, as always, a focus more
  • how to make Ikarian soufiko As I mentioned a few days back, I came to Ikaria to look at food. Specifically the food the locals here have eaten for eons which might give an insight into why they live so damn long and well. I travelled around the island with the National Geographic team for a week chatting to old more
  • my best-ever recipes #2 We’re all soooooooo full. And our livers are ANGRY. And they’re wanting to be cooled down and cleaned out. Yeah? Get into the kitchen and try these recipes. They’re my favourites this time of year – they’ll calm down your internals and help reboot your liver. rawvocado soup This is a great time to up more
  • five books: cookbooks and nutrition guides I eat by I’m starting an occasional series where I share a couple of my favourite books. First up, cookbooks and nutrition guides I live by. I’ve put nifty links to Amazon if you’re busting to get your hands on them…. Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions Sally is the co-founder and president of the Weston A Price Foundation, and more
  • Tuesday Eats: a green detox for spring It’s almost spring. Which, for all kinds of reasons, is a good time to get fresh with our foods and clean things up a bit.  Our bodies respond so well at this time of year to a “cleanse” – it shakes us from the winter heaviness and gets us digesting light and breezily ready for more
  • my remedy kit (for thyroidy/crappy days) So, below is my insta-fix for my thyroidy days. But, really, it’s a remedy for crap days in general – if you’re premenstrual, toxic, hungover, over-worked or got another type of auto-immune disease or illness I reckon it will be of use, too. HAPPILY, after three years of trying EVERY trick in the book, I’ve more
  • Tuesday eats: the deal with agave (plus, the sweetener you should be using) A little while back, my friend Gez got fired up with me that I included some info about agave syrup, without explaining the downside of the stuff. So, I’ll try to rectify things here… Never heard of it? It’s a sugar substitute made from a Mexican succulent. Tequila is made from the same plant. The more
  • stuff I’m not paid to endorse: beautiful oils Every Thursday I post a list of things I like. I’m not paid to say these things. I just think you might find them useful. Today, it’s all about oils, ain’t it! *This post has been updated There is a lot of misinformation about oil, as something to ingest, but also as a beauty product. more
  • i don’t wear makeup on weekends A cute ad from UK dating site Match.com I wrote about how I joined a dating site a few weeks back, by way of applying myself to the process of consciously working out what I like doing and who I am and what I can offer to the world. You have to do this when more
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