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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Living.

Posted on: February 26th, 2019 by thealife_admin in No Comments

Why the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda is relevant to us all today

Ayurveda is a simple and practical holistic healing system with principles that stem from ancient scriptures, known as Vedas, dating back more than 5000 years in India. 

Some of you may have heard of the universal intelligences of vata, pitta and kapha doshas – which are terms used in Ayurveda to describe all things within us and around us.  This includes things such as a season, an emotion, an action in the body or a time of day.  Knowing our personal constitutional dosha(s) helps us to understand our personality traits, our tendency towards illness, our strengths and our weaknesses.   It’s like being armed with a compass and we can begin to predict the direction of how and when we can fall into imbalance due to our nature.  Understanding our constitution plays a major role in how we can live our lives effectively.   

Even more importantly, is how to address our current imbalances, vikruti?  Vikruti means “after creation.”  Due to the less than optimal environment most of us find ourselves in, in our busy, modern lives, we are likely experiencing some form of stress, imbalance or less than ideal physical symptoms.  Knowing vikruti helps us identify which aspects of our environment have contributed to the disturbance.  Once explored and understood, the goal is to correct the environment. In this context, environment refers to both what a person takes in through their five senses as well as the nature of their lifestyle, relationships and diet.

Self-care is often an area we overlook.  Many of us are a parent, a spouse, somebodys’ boss, an employee AKA busy.  We rush from obligation to obligation, hastily eat meals, forgo exercise or meditation because we “don’t have time” and more often than not put the needs of others before ourselves.  Being selfless is an admirable trait, and parents in particular demonstrate this daily but being selffull is much more imperative so that we have energy to offer those relationships around us the best version of ourselves.   I draw your attention here to the airline safety announcement of securing your own oxygen mask first before helping others! We’ve become disconnected from ourselves and what we truly need moment to moment.

So, how do Ayur Vedas translate now for us in the 21st century?  The ancient scriptures outline a number of very tangible and practical routines to apply to our lifestyle to help maintain balance.  Ayurveda outlines which foods are best suited to us as individuals considering our needs – our prakruti and our vikruti.

If you would like to understand yourself more clearly through this lens and what regimes and routines will be best suited for you to align yourself to your true nature and move gracefully with the ever changing, ever stressful environment around you – sign up for our workshop!

I hope to see you there,

Phillipa Joy
Qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant

What is Cyclical Ketosis?

Posted on: February 14th, 2019 by thealife_admin in No Comments

What is it and why is it an important part of ketosis? Ketosis… It’s a bit of a hot topic. Is it good, is it bad? What does it mean and how do you do it properly?

I’m all about getting to the bottom of things. And usually I do this through trial and error! Read more about that on my recent post The Gut Repair Program – A Nutritionists take

Through my own gut healing process I had to revaluate my eating lifestyle and find a new normal. I’m not a huge fan of labels but I guess you could somewhat call it a ‘keto diet’ or ‘paleo-based diet’.

 

What does this mean?

The ketogenic diet is a dietary lifestyle that looks at predominately using fats as fuel, moving away from our traditional fuel source – glucose from carbohydrates.

THE RULES

high fat,

moderate protein,

and low-to-no carb. 

A ketogenic or low carb diet puts your body into ketosis, a state where we burn fats over sugar/glucose as our energy source. This results in rapid weight loss for most individuals, which has resulted in the diets popularity. 

 

What’s it good for?

Who is it not good for

How to do it properly

  1. Start the diet with a 10 day no carb phase. This will get the body into ketosis. This is when keto flu is likely to occur. 
  2. After this point, introduce wholefood, healthy carbohydrates sources in very low doses; incorporate around 20-50g of carbohydrates per day i.e. 75g sweet potato, ¼ cup of rice, quinoa, beans or legumes etc.  Always looking to healthy sources of carbohydrates that provide other nutrients and avoiding high sugar, refined carbs. 
  3. The overall goal is cyclical ketosis. This means that ketosis is broken daily or every few days, to prevent against ill health. 
  4. Macronutrient balance: fats, adequate proteins, occasional carbohydrate source and lots of vegetables! 

Cyclical ketosis

Being in a prolonged state of ketosis can be damaging on the body. You definitely can have too much of a good thing. 

The aim for cyclical ketosis is to bring our body out of the cycle, to give it a hearty, healthy dose of carbohydrates and remind it that it’s not actually starving (which is what initiates ketosis). Healthy, complex carbohydrates also have their benefit in the body, and it’s important to ensure balance, even if it’s not in the traditional sense.

As a person that practices somewhat of a cyclical keto/paleo-based diet, I’m a big advocate for doing it properly. I can go days without carbohydrates but I’ll never restrict and I’m conscious about ensuring I break the cycle every couple of days. 


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