Wild Sister Magazine

 

I was drawn to this publication when I stumbled upon it somewhere in my Twitter world and I’ve been smitten ever since.  It is filled with beautiful art work, positive words, great stories and a feeling of connectedness.

I was honored to share a little bit about Ayurveda in their May issue, out today.  Check it out, Ayurveda even made the cover!!  

Tis the season…..

There are two optimal times of the year for completing a cleanse; the Spring and the Fall although depending on the cleanse you can certainly do them whenever it works for you in your life.  I’ve been so excited to offer this spring detox cleanse with The Yoga Spa and Yana Yoga in an effort to couple the nutrition piece with the wonderfully necessary yoga piece.

Yoga is naturally a detoxifying activity but when a detox practice is coupled with a proper nutritional plan, the results can only be enhanced.  My goal was to do as much yoga over the course of this 10 day cleanse (3 pre-cleanse days, 4 on the cleanse and 3 post-cleanse days) but each day through the cleanse period.  This is the time to remember all your self-care practices, be kind, nourish and rest appropriately.  For me that means yoga and meditation each morning.

As I’ve received many inquires; here is what my final pre-cleanse day-in-the-life looks like.

6:30am: lemon water

7:30am: 20oz green juice

8:10am: ½ serving slow cooked oatmeal w/almond milk, cinnamon, cardamom, walnuts + maple syrup  

9:30am: purple leaf tulsi tea

12:30pm: a large serving size NO MORE cravings kale salad + my basic lemon vinaigrette

   (I added ½ avo for good measure)

3pm: honey orange tea

See, real food.

I’ve also had 1 ½ liters of water so far today, more to come as well as more tea and a good dinner.  Tomorrow I cleanse and I’m ready!

Although you may not want to complete a full on cleanse, maybe you can find sometime over the next couple weeks to regroup, rethink what you’re doing to care for yourself.  Is it working?

Does it need tweaking, do you need to add some self-care practices?

Massaged kale; a recipe

Since I was on such a kale kick I thought it would be a good time to finally try the massaged kale salad I’ve seen all over the place.  I don’t remember where I acquired the recipe exactly but I’ve had it jotted down, waiting.  The kale was washed and chopped ready to go and I knew I could scrap up the rest of the ingredients so it was to be.

This is my variation the recipe I had written down called for a handful of pine nuts which would have been amazing, but I didn’t have any on hand.

Let me know if you make a variation of the massaged kale, I’d love to try it out as well.

Massaged kale salad

1 head kale

1 clove garlic, finely chopped or grated

Juice from 1 lemon

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 avocado

handful of grape tomatoes, sliced

few shakes of slivered almonds

pinch of cayenne

pinch of black pepper

Put the washed + chopped kale in a bowl.

Sprinkle the kale with the olive oil, salt + lemon juice and massage it in with your hands.

Once it is massaged into the kale, the kale will begin to soften.  Allow it a few minutes to soften.

Add the remaining ingredients.

I was surprised at how good the touch of spice was with the cayenne, it was the perfect touch with the lemon juice. Enjoy.

Easy being green

In preparing for a spring cleanse to be held in a couple of weeks I compiled a few tips to help the body during the process.  Eating dark leafy greens like kale, chard, spinach and arugula is not only effective in removing excess toxins from our body but so nutritious as well.  Kale is the green I am featuring today as it has been a staple in my diet for several months now.  From sauteing and serving with eggs, juicing into a green juice or enjoying mixed into a salad it is always on the shopping list.  Kale is high in fiber, vitamin A, C and K, is rich in calcium and iron, it is high in anti-oxidants as well as anti-inflammatory nutrients as well.  We don’t hear much about vitamin K but it is one of the key nutrients that regulates our bodies’ inflammatory process.  Very important.  Kale also has a highly concentrated amount of carotenoids and flavonoids which have been tied to cancer prevention.    It is a super food, by my definition.  As we move into spring and your body wants more raw foods, try enjoying some dark leafy greens, you won’t be sorry.  In the meantime, you can check out a few of my favorite recipes here;  kale mushroom marsala, kale + spicy beans and veggie kale soup.

Enjoy,  Amber

photo credit: kelly rossiter

What your skin is telling you

We slather on sunscreen, apply makeup, lotions, oils and beauty cream of many different kinds but are we looking and examining our skin for signs of diminished health?  An overburdened liver will express itself through skin concerns whether a rash, acne, eczema or psoriasis it is likely your liver that needs a break.  Spring is the season of the liver and gall bladder which is probably why so many are looking to do a cleanse of this or that to detox the liver and the body.  I’ve written about cleansing already here however as many that aren’t well thought out or supportive to the body there are that many that are supportive, nourishing and cleansing.

Signs you may need a liver cleanse this spring;

>  You have been having frequent headaches.

>  Your eyes feel strained unnecessarily.

>  You have joint pain or muscle spasms.

>  You feel restless or in a state of agitation.

>  Your skin is acting up or your hormones are going crazy.

> Lastly and most interesting to me; palpate between your ribs at the top, just under your solar plexus.  If you palpate with your fingers in between and a little to the right and it feels very hard or quite tender, your liver may be toxic.

If you find that you need to clear the toxins, reset your digestion and eliminate waste there is likely a cleanse for you.  You may be at the point where removing caffeine, alcohol, sweets and dairy is it, work on that for a week or so while drinking lots of warm water with lemon, including detoxifying foods like dark leafy greens and getting LOTs of rest.

Or you may be someone who is ready for a juice cleanse or even a partial day juice cleanse drinking juice through mid-day before introducing wholesome clean meals for the remainder of the day.  Like this one by Ashley Pitman of Vixi.com you can do at any time, on your own time.  Or check out Healthy Crush and Jenny’s delicious juice recipes for some inspiration.

For those of you that are local, I’m leading a customized Ayurveda inspired cleanse mid-April that will couple a guided plan with some amazing detox yoga sessions at The Yoga Spa and Yana Yoga.

Stay tuned for more information + happy cleansing !

photo credit: Thea Coughlin Photography

Spring Cleaning

It is hard to believe with the 70 degree projections today that the kids were home with a snow day just twelve days ago.  The sun is shining at the moment but it keeps ducking behind the clouds, those that will shower us with rain a little later today.   As exciting as the Spring air makes me it does wreak havoc for some people.

My little one for instance.  According to Ayurveda, she is Kapha dominant through and through and although we’ve done a great job of  keeping most illnesses at bay this year, the early entry of Spring weather has  led to a very runny nose and congested cough.  As we move from late winter to early spring our bodies naturally expel any extra we have accumulated throughout the winter months into our digestive tract.  As a result it can become sluggish, slow and over-burdened causing mucus to accumulate in the stomach and if not addressed in time eventually coming through as a cold symptoms.

Luckily I’ve learned a few things that can help and cut down on how long it lasts.  A remedy I picked up while learning Ayurveda is one in which you coat the tongue with  necessary spices via raw honey.

Joyful Belly has a great recipe here, which involves mixing the spices into honey and over the course of a 10 minute period or so slowly ingesting it.  It calls for 1/8 tsp each of ginger powder, black pepper and turmeric mixed into 1 Tbsp of  honey.  The spices aid in heating the body, the digestion and circulating the blood while essentially expelling excess fluids.  The honey sweetens the mixture while also breaking up the mucus.  You could even add some cloves to clear lung tissue if needed.

enjoy.

200 hours

200 hours, 14 women and memories to last a life time.  I’m so thankful for this experience and the friendships made or deepened.

I’m now ready to share something so close to my heart.  Very grateful.