Welcome to my very first weekly(ish) newsletter. Every Wednesday you can expect this informative email to be delivered directly to your inbox - for as long as you choose, of course
What to expect?
1-2 nuggets of information pertaining to Ayurveda, fitness or wellness in general.
1 motivational or inspiring quote.
1 recommendation - either a healthy recipe, wellness product, book, youtube video or otherwise.
One of the many things I enjoy doing is sharing wellness tips and motivating others to live a healthy life. I hope you will enjoy reading this newsletter and that you find it helpful. So let’s dive right in!
What is Ayurveda and 6 reasons to give it a shot.
Offers time-tested holistic solutions
Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the most comprehensive holistic health systems in the world. It’s approach is effective in treating a range of chronic conditions including IBS, acid reflux, chronic constipation, anxiety, fatigue, depression, insomnia, headaches & migraines, skin conditions, allergies and arthritis.
Focuses on the long-term
The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain good health, promote longevity and prevent disease. Therefore, the focus is always on removing the root cause of disease rather than simply treating the symptoms.
Recognizes your Uniqueness
Ayurveda acknowledges that every individual is unique and therefore does not follow a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Your body constitution, health concerns, diet & lifestyle are specific to you and therefore, treatment plans are also tailored specifically to you.
Understands the complexity of life
Ayurveda recognizes that health imbalances are caused by various factors including diet, lifestyle, environment, stress, genetic predisposition to disease as well as mental and emotional states. Therefore, all aspects of an individual are considered when assessing one’s health.
Offers wellness for all
Ayurveda is affordable and accessible to everyone. A typical treatment plan consists of Ayurvedic nutrition, lifestyle recommendations, herbal remedies and holistic practices & body treatments. Additionally, once you’ve learned the basic principles of Ayurveda you can apply them to your life to maintain your balance.
Empowers you to live a healthy life
Through Ayurveda, you can gain a deeper understanding of your own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. In fact, the Sanskrit word ‘Ayurveda’ itself literally translates to “knowledge of life.’
🎯 Quote of the week
Saying that you don’t have time to improve your thoughts and your life is like saying you don’t have time to stop for gas because you are too busy driving. Eventually, it will catch up with you.
— The monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
🌿 Recipe Recommendation
Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to eat those leafy greens which, according to Ayurveda, have cleansing and cooling properties. Combine them with healthy fats to offset their dry qualities, add some herbs, spices and citrus to balance out the cold quality that is inherent in raw vegetables and you’ve got pesto - a delicious Ayurvedic-approved sauce. Below is a quick, easy and customizable recipe for you to try out.
THE ‘ANYTHING’ PESTO
1/2 cup nuts or seeds (pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds)
3 cups tightly packed chopped greens (choose one or mix: basil, spinach, cilantro, kale, beet greens, carrot greens, dandelion greens)
1/4 cup shredded cheese (Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano or aged Manchego)
1-2 tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. Pink Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Roast the nuts on a pan for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and toasted. Set aside and allow the nuts to cool down for a few minutes.
Add the toasted nuts to a food processor with your choice of greens, cheese, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic. Pulse until ingredients are all finely chopped.
Add the olive oil and process until the mixture forms a rough paste. Process until desired texture is reached. You can add a little more olive oil if you prefer a smoother pesto.
Taste and make any necessary adjustments with regards to salt, pepper or lemon juice.
Transfer the pesto in a clean glass jar and drizzle a small amount of olive oil on top in order to prevent browning. Seal the jar and store in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Now that your pesto is ready, try it in these 4 different ways!
Drizzle pesto over your favorite breakfast eggs
Add it to your pasta sauce
Spread it on your sandwich or flatbread
Add it as a condiment to your meals
That’s all for this week — be happy and stay healthy!
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