Do you ever find it challenging to celebrate family gatherings and still maintain your mindful eating habits?
If this challenge is showing up right now around Mother’s Day, you’re not alone!
After all, most families have their own eating habits and traditions that often don’t include consciously preparing seasonal recipes, eating for their unique body types or using food as medicine.
But, I can tell you from experience that there are two keys to happy multi-family meals:
1. Taking the initiative to contribute or cook food a dish that you will enjoy eating.
2. Present an invitation for your mom and the rest of your family to try something new. It could be a new dish, a tea for post-meal digestion or a yummy treat. The fact is that nobody likes to be harped on or made wrong about what they’re putting in their bodies so it’s import to learn how to gracefully usher in change.
If you’re up for being a Wellness Warrior this Mother’s Day let’s talk strategies for food.
Right now, we’re still in the heart of Spring, which is Mother Nature’s detox season. If you’re feeling an urge to detox and get rid of any heaviness and stagnation from winter, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re on the right track according to Ayurveda.
The best way to experience vibrant health is to pay attention to what’s naturally growing in your environment right now. You’ll likely notice an abundance of bitter roots, sprouts, greens and berries. These pungent (spicy), bitter and astringent foods help us naturally detox any excess fats and proteins out of our system.
This is really important for obvious reasons like disease prevention and immunity boosting. But it’s even more important for subtle reasons like being able to listen to your body, being able to tune into your intuition and your ability to show up fully in life.
Now you might be curious about what to specifically eat during the spring, so here’s a quick rundown:
* Eat more foods that are Pungent (spicy), Bitter, Astringent / Light, Dry, Warm
* Eat less foods that are Sweet, Sour, Salty / Heavy, Cold, Oily
Just for Yoga Today Readers
* A springtime Ayurvedic grocery list for you to keep as a resource
* The 12 foods you’ll absolutely want to buy organic (due to pesticides)
* The 15 foods you can get away with buying non-organic
* 5 easy-to-make celebratory drinks for Mother’s Day
* 3 Ayurveda-approved dishes mom will love
Have fun incorporating Ayurveda into your Mother’s Day celebration (or just use this guide for specially-crafted spring inspiration)!
Want to dig a littler deeper? Click here for more information on the Ayurveda lifestyle.
Ashley Pitman is a fresh and authentic voice that brings potent ancient wisdom to the dinner table – as something the entire family can understand, embrace and enjoy. She supports thousands of people in crafting a thriving day-to-day experience that’s in favor of their best work – we’re talkin’ raw foods, ayurveda, cleansing, life-enhancing relationships, yoga, meditation, conscious business, and community. For tons of free valuable content visit her blog or sign up for the free weekly newsletter.
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