Happiness. I don’t think there is anyone out there who doesn’t strive to be happy. The greatest human goal is to be happy – in love, in your work, with the people around you and in the end, and most of all, with yourself. To me, happiness means being healthy, feeling inner freedom and consciously living in the here and now. I believe that being happy requires being in balance. And despite the fact that that’s pretty difficult to achieve in our busy lives, you’ll get a long way by just maintaining balanced eating habits. When your digestion is functioning well, all the parts of your body, all your cells and tissues get the nutrients they need. Your body gets exactly what it needs. But how do you create this balance?
To gain some new insights into what my body needs, I have ventured into Ayurveda, an age-old natural health system from India, which literally translated means ‘science of life’. The system focuses on rebalancing the internal balance of the body in the event of illness, and preventing dis-ease by bringing the energy in your body and your spirit into balance. Ayurveda refers to three doshas (types of energy): Pitta, Kapha and Vata, which provide more information on what you need to achieve balance.
As curious as I am, of course I investigated my own dosha and it appears that I have the most in common with Pitta: determination, lots of willpower and energy. Yeah, that sounds familiar! Unfortunately, according to Ayurveda, I need to avoid hot spices, cocktails and coffee, which is too bad since I really do love those things. I also need to emphasize fresh fruit, vegetables and cool drinks… Very interesting. I’m definitely going to look into this in more detail! It really is worth your time to find out which type you are. It may give you some insight and help you to achieve balance. Find out what your dosha is at: www.ayurveda-test.com.
Some general advice based on Ayurvedic teachings:
– Try to avoid using a microwave or induction hob
– Watch out for additives and read packaging
– Drink at least two liters of water or herbal tea per day
– Eat a varied diet and use a variety of vegetables in every meal and
– And in addition to that, eating a diverse array of nuts, seeds, grains and fruit is also important
– Drink sips of room temperature water or herbal tea with your meals
To help you on your way, I thought up a delicious Ayurvedic breakfast for you:
serves 2 or 3
1 day in an airtight container in the fridge
blender or food processor
250 grams cooked brown rice
½teaspoon fennel seeds
5 dates or a small handful raisins
3 pinches cinnamon
a pinch vanilla powder, unsweetened
2 pinches ground cardamom
a small handful mixed nuts
a pinch of sea salt
450 ml rice mylk (or other non-dairy mylk)
Chop the apple into small pieces. Put 250 ml rice milk and all the other ingredients – except the rice – in the blender or food processor. Mix until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a bit of water. Then stir 200 ml rice milk and the rice together in a small pot, add the blended mixture and cook until warm. Transfer to nice bowls and enjoy a tasty, warming Ayurvedic breakfast!
Did you make this recipe?
Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with #powerfoodies and #renskroes. Enjoy!