Thursday, June 14, 2012
...and potato- a classic in Moldova, Italy and many other places obsessed with dumplings. A bit more elaborate than the mold released ravioli, but worth the try. Seasoned with garlic sauce and served with tomato sauce-delightfully filling and tasty. And healthy.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
I thought of celebrating my 3rd Blogoversary with some food for thought. I did very little editing from the original source, mainly paragraph breaking and making a few titles bold for easier reading.
Anatomic therapy by Healer Baskar- just reinforcing the old wisdom of Ayurveda.
Healer Baskar from Tamil Nadu preaches how we can, on our own, prevent and cure all disease without any medicines. Here is a link to his website . He has his preaching in videos. You can find these in youtube.
There are several parts and it takes a total of about 6 hours. Since it is in Tamil (now you can also find them in Telugu, Kannada in youtube), below you will find the essence in English (I have just added a few items on top of what someone had already captured). Those who understand even slight Tamil can get the most out of the videos as he uses a lot of English.
According to him, the contamination of blood is the root cause for all diseases. If you rectify this, and follow his simple instructions, you can cure almost all diseases.
Here is the gist.
• By cleansing the blood of impurities all diseases can be cured.
• By regulating the food, drinking water, breathing air, sleep and work or physical activity the blood can be purified.
• By regulating the food 50% of the diseases can be cured.
• But only by regulating, drinking water, sleep, physical activity, and breathing air, the permanent cure can be maintained.
What is Anatomic Therapy ?
We need to take our time and chew our food until it has turned to mush. Take small bites instead of big bites. This means at least 4-5 chews per bite of food. Don’t go for big bites. You can eat just a smaller portion and feel satisfied if you give your system time for the digestive and hormonal processes to take place so the signal gets to the hypothalamus in your brain.
Eating slowly helps to keep the amount of food you're eating small until you feel the satisfied feelings. It also prevents you from gorging yourself, and gives you more time to accurately reflect on whether your stomach feels full yet or not. It takes about a whole 15-20 minutes for your stomach
to send the message to the brain that you are full, so you could be eating 15 minutes more than your body wants. Eating slowly prevents overeating and will get you satisfied with less calories without feeling hungry or deprived; there are now "plates for eating slowly" that keep your food warm
while you enjoy.
Don't fantasize about food. It is a proven fact that watching TV makes you want to eat more. It's because of all those mouth-watering commercials with close ups of perfectly prepared food. Instead think about how good those fresh strawberries you are going to taste for lunch.
Sweets aren't the only things that taste good. Cakes and cookies taste good to your taste buds. Have fatty foods but by no means should be eating it as much as some do today. But yes, it does taste so good. But remember, other things taste good, too. These are all perfectly acceptablefoods, eaten in moderation of course, as with everything else. And even foods that don't seem so appealing can taste good with a little preparation, such as adding some Cinnamon to applesauce, or cooking broccoli before eating it if you don't like the taste of raw broccoli.
Add Six Tastes in your Food.
There are 6 tastes and it’s having a balance of these tastes in our diet that creates harmony in the body and mind. Each taste has contains certain elements (space, air, fire, water, earth), so depending on what you are made of, there are tastes that will be more balancing for you than others. A table has been attached at the end.
Eat only when you're hungry. Modern Western culture seems to think that people get hungry at about 9 AM, 12 noon, and again at 6 PM. While this may be a generally good schedule for eating, remember that (usually) you don't have to eat at meal time if you're not hungry yet. Also, if you are hungry between meals, go ahead and have a healthy snack. It's not good to starve yourself between meals; if you allow yourself to become too hungry, you'll just overeat when the meal comes. It's all about listening to your body. You cannot follow this suggestion, however, until you have mastered Step 2, knowing when you're hungry. Another thing to remember is that by eating a little bit whenever you're hungry throughout the day, you shouldn't be eating so much at meal times, because you won't be as hungry and because you haven't waited and starved yourself. If you follow the suggestion of eating between meals if you're hungry, but continue to eat the same amount as if you had not snacked at meal times, you'll only end up gaining weight.
When you're having a meal, stop when you're satisfied, not when you're full. Don't you hate when you feel as if your stomach is full? This is a sign that you have made a mistake in the way you just ate. After you're done eating, your stomach should not feel empty, but also not completely full. Acquire the habit of eating slowly so you can stop when you are satisfied, not full; the brain needs about 20 minutes to get the "Not hungry anymore" signal.
Know what being hungry feels like. This takes some practice. Know that being hungry is a feeling of needing food, any food, in the pit of your stomach. You are not hungry whenever you want to be, but when you HAVE to be.
Quick points for proper food intake
• Chew food with saliva (don’t rush), take your time
• Eat with lips closed
• Do not talk, watch TV etc.,
• Just focus on eating
• Think of good thoughts, enjoy the food
• Sit down on the floor or cross leg and eat.
• No water 30 minutes before and after (just a few teaspoon will do if needed)
• Wash feet before eating
• Don’t over eat. Listen to body signals when to stop
• Eat six taste foods each meal
The Six Taste Foods:
Earth, water: sweet
Grains, pasta, rice, barley, bread, starchy vegetables, dairy, sugar, honey, Legumes such as lentils and beans, sweet fruits like mangoes and bananas as well as certain cooked vegetables (such as sweet potatoes, carrots and beets)
Water, Fire: salty
Table salt, soy sauce, seaweed
Earth, fire: Sour
Citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, pickled foods, salad dressing, yogurt, cheese, sour cream, vinegar, soy
Fire, air: pungent
Peppers, chilies, onions, garlic, cayenne, black pepper, cloves, ginger, mustard, salsa, raddish, wasabi
Air, earth: astringent
Lentils, dried beans, broccoli, green apples, pears, grape skins, cabbage, pomegranates, tea, turnips,
cauliflower, asparagus and artichoke. Grains include rye, quinoa and buckwheat, and herbs and spices
like turmeric and marjoram.
Ether, air: bitter
Green leafy vegetables like spinach, green and yellow vegetables, kale, celery, broccoli, sprouts, beets,
eggplant and zucchini. Additionally herbs and spices such as fenugreek, turmeric and dandelion root
and certain fruits like olives, grapefruits as well as bitter melon.
Priority of foods for best health
Baskar lists the priority of foods for us to follow per his technique. Topmost priority is fruit as there is jeevan (life) in it. Meat is very low in his
priority. So does alcohol, tea, coffee.
2. Cereals, sprouts
3. Vegetables cooked
4. Cooked items like roti, chappati, rice etc.
6. Tea, coffee, alcohol
Tell or talk to body to heal condition. Do a lot of breathing exercise.
He recommends taking oil bath with sesame oil frequently, not to drink water especially when we are in an air conditioned room as we will work
the liver a lot, etc. o i