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The ayurvedic way of traveling

The ayurvedic way of traveling

THE AYURVEDIC WAY OF TRAVELING

Hi guys!

For all who know me, they know, I LOVE to travel and explore the word. Especially in combination with yoga and surfing. As this involves taking the plane to get to your next destination I get often asked if and what I eat on the plane and what I do in order to keep my stomach happy. So, let’s look at this more in detail.

So, first of all, I do not eat the airplane food. Even though you get vegan options nowadays with most of the airlines, which is great, I rather do not eat those dishes. They do not make me feel good so I prefer to avoid them. As it is normal to get hungry, I always bring my own food. This does require a little bit of planning and preparing but it’s actually quite easy. Don’t worry, I got you covered!

Eating the right thing before and on the plane is not the only key to success. When we travel our bowels often rebel, becoming sluggish and constipated, that is just a simple fact and a result of the high altitude. Besides that, as we fly, the element of air gets enhanced in our bodies and that increases the vata dosha, which makes us constipated and bloated. All of this can be avoided and with some simple tricks and you can keep yourself in pretty good condition during your travels.

Let me walk you through my travel kit to stay healthy and happy on board.

BEFORE I leave

Body oil

Vata dosha needs routine, warmth and grounding. Oils are a fantastic grounding tool. So, I treat myself with some abhyanga with sesame oil the night before I leave and in the morning of the journey.

Food preparation

As I am preparing my own food, I always bring something which is grounding, moist and with the healthy sort of fats. Remember? Vata dosha makes us fly high, so we need some grounding. Something like cooked cinnamon apples, steamed veggies, greens, hot soups, rice.

As good as possible I try to avoid raw food, dried fruits and fried foods.

Get moving

Whenever possible I try to squeeze in a yoga session or a work out before I head out, just to get everything moving.

My own water bottle

I always bring my own bottle to sip my own tea or warm water during the flight. Along with the bottle I bring a couple of herbal tea bags, like ginger tea, CCF tea (cumin, coriand, fennel),tulsi tea, cinnamon tea or mint tea. They all strengthen the agni (digestive fire), improve the circulation and relax the mind. And besides that, by bringing your own thermos bottle along you can avoid buying PET bottles 😉

Supplements

I take a probiotic pill in the morning. I bring a ginger root pill with me, to support the agni and some magnesium, which I will take during the flight. Magnesium helps to calm the nerves, i.e. it keeps the vata dosha in check. It is also a muscle relaxant, which helps to relax the intestinal muscles and helps to have the bowel movements going.

DURING the flight

Tons of water

I usually drink a lot of water on the plane. More than usual. I completely avoid coffee, caffeinated tea, alcohol, soda and cold drinks in general. As caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and carbonation are dehydrating and they aggravate the vata dosha. (Which is anyway high flying already 😉 )

Eat

When I am hungry I eat my home made food and eventually some snacks like soaked nuts or similar.

Triphala

Triphala is an ayurvedic herbal remedy. It regulates the bowel, preventing constipation and calming jet lag. I usually take a little bit of the powder with me on the plane. After my meal, I add 0,5 teaspoon o fit into a cup of warm water.

Get moving and stretch

If I am on a long-distance flight, I try to get up every hour. Just to move around a bit and to stretch.

Here comes the oil again

I bring a small bottle of sesame oil with me for my body and some facial oil. The facial oil, I obviously use for my face. The body oil I put from time to time on my arms, stomach and on the crown of my head. I know, putting oil in your hair, right?!? But you anyway will wash your hair after your travels J

Save travels! Love, Céline

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Kitchari

Kitchari

Kitchari

Kitchari is the ultimate ayurvedic comfort and healing dish and so simple to prepare. Kitchari translated means mixture. And that is exactly what it is, a mixture between mung dal (mung beans) and basmati rice flavored with spices and veggies. This one pot this is suitable for all the 3 doshas and easy to adapt for your preferences. The skillful use of the spices and vegetables can produce balancing effects for the three bodily doshas. It has so many good qualities but one of the best is the quick and easy preparation which makes it a popular dish for almost every lifestyle. The mix between mung dal and white basmati rice creates a balancing complete dish and it is a great source of protein and fibers. Kitchari is easy to digest and gives your body and mind strength and vitality. It does support all your tissues, it detoxifies the body and purifies the digestive system.

Time: 40- 50 minutes
Quantity: serves 1-2

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 70 gramm white Basmati rice
  • 70 gramm mung dal/mung beans (soaked overnight)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 370 ml water
  • 1 – 2 bay leaves or curry leaves
  • Pinch of asafetida/hing
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 5 cm of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp fenugreek powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper freshly grounded
  • Pinch of salt
  • Fresh coriander (optional)
  • Favorite veggies (squash, kale, spinach, carrots, swiss chard etc.)

HOW TO DO IT:

  1. Rinse the rice and mung dal beans 3 to 4 times.
  2. Bring 1 tbsp of coconut oil to melt in a heavy bottom pan and sauté the bay or curry leaf with the asafetida. Add the rice, the mung dal beans and water. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes on low heat. After 10-5 minutes (depending on the veggies, evt. after 20 minutes) add your vegetables. Add more water if necessary. The mixture needs so be tender and soft.
  3. Use a second pan for the second mixture. Melt the 2ndtbsp of coconut oil and add the cumin and mustard seeds until they start to pop. Add the fresh ginger and sauté. Add turmeric, fenugreek and grounded pepper and sauté it for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add this spice mixture to the rice/dal mixture. Let it cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. Add some salt and if you like, the fresh coriander.

Et voilà here you have your delicious kitchari.

Bonne appétit! Love,Céline

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Ayurvedic winter diet

Ayurvedic winter diet

Ayurvedic winter diet

Late winter, which is from end of December to the beginning of March, is actually the season when the digestive fire is pretty strong. As it is cold outside, the body needs more fuel to keep itself warm and healthy. Naturally we crave a more substantial and more nutritional diet during this late winter season. The winter dietary habits actually come quite naturally, as you will see in a bit.

Most of your food should be warm, cooked, just slightly oily but well-spiced. Your food should be filling but not too heavy, something like a vegetable curry with leafy greens. Hearty and heating vegetables like radishes, spinach, onions, carrots, beetroot and other root vegetables are well received during this season. To spice things up a little, use hot spices like garlic, ginger, black pepper, cayenne, and chili.

Cooked grains like oats, barley, quinoa, tapioca, rice, or kitchari make an excellent breakfast. Steamed vegetables, whole wheat breads, and creamy soups and stews are ideal for lunch or dinner.Grab fresh, light and seasonal fruits from time to time. There are plenty of citrus fruits in season during winter.

You definitely should go for room temperature, warm or even hot drinks, like a herbal tea. A cup of hot, spiced almond milk with a pinch of turmeric or dried ginger and nutmeg before bed can be super tasty and helps you falling asleep better.

Try to reduce or avoid mucous-producing foods like dairy products, avoid it completely if you have a cold. Cold and frozen foods or drinks should be avoided as well. These will reduce the Agnior digestive fire. Stay away from late-night snacking. If you need something go for the cup of hot and spicy almond milk before bed.

Stay tuned for a super easy kitchari recipe. 🙂

Until then, stay warm!

Love, Céline

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Well-being tips for winter

Well-being tips for winter

We usually think of the seasons as spring, summer, fall and winter. In Ayurveda the seasons are divided into the 3 main doshas, Pitta, Vata and Kapha. Because during each season or period one dosha is more active than the others. Late fall and early winter is considered as Vata season; cold, dry, light, clear, and moving. The more we go into winter the more the Kapha season starts to show up; cold, wet, damp and heavy.

Luckily for us, Ayurveda has some tools in its box to help us thrive through this season:

  • Get up… – preferably before 6.00 am.
  • …and move – Even though it is cold, dark and wet outside, it is important that you get moving regularly and preferably sweaty. Go for a walk, do some yoga, go to the gym. Whatever makes you happy. Mornings are the best time to boost your circulation and metabolism with exercise.
  • Commit to a routine – It is a good time to start with a daily routine and maintain it as consistent as possible; this will help to keep your natural cycles and sleeping patterns in balance. Tongue scraping, neti pot and nasya oil are good morning routines to start with and on top they help to avoid the seasonal allergies.
  • Get oili – Perform once or twice a week a self – abhyanga, self-massage, with a good quality sesame oil.
  • Stay warm – Drink warm beverages, especially warm water during the day. It activates the metabolism, helps with the circulation and keeps you warm from the inside out.
  • Take a little time to relax – If you haven’t yet, start your meditation practice. It will help you to stay grounded and it helps definitely to get a good night sleep.
  • Spice it up – Drink warm almond milk with turmeric, ginger, cardamom, pepper and cinnamon (Golden Milk)

Take good care of yourself and stay warm! Love, Céline

 

How to manage this cold and dark time of the year

How to manage this cold and dark time of the year

“Ayurveda is about the delicate harmony of our mind, body and spirit, and tuning into the natural ebb and flow of nature and our own true nature.” – Jasmine Hemsley

Take a deep breath, close your eyes and listen to the stillness. Its winter, baby! It has been here for a couple of weeks now and will stay with us for a couple of more weeks. It is dark, cold and wet. But it is also romantic, cozy and calm. It is the perfect time to tune in and take care of yourself. First, I will tell you about my morning routine, then some well-being tips for this winter time and about the best food during this cold and dark times and then we tune in into some detox tips. So, stay with me!

Morning Routine

Set the tone for your day with your morning routine. Especially in winter, when it can be difficult to get out of bed, it
is important to have a set routine, which makes it easier for you. Dinacharya is the Ayurvedic daily routine. It
corresponds to a series of self-care rituals to be performed at specific times of the day. It provides us with a ready-made structure as well as support. Let me walk you through my morningdinacharya:

 

  • Get up before sunrise – In winter this is pretty easy as the suns get up so late. But I anyway try to get up before 06.00. As the body is still in the Vata time zone until 06.00 am, which makes it easier for the body to get up. You will feel more energized and refreshed.
  • Mouth cleansing – right after getting up I tongue scrape and brush my teeth.
  • Inner shower for the body – I drink 2 to 4 glasses of warm water. It is like an inner body shower and the digestive tract gets activated.
  • Neti Pot – I use a Jala Neti Pot to cleanse my nostrils and get rid of the mucus which was build up during the
    night.
  • Body cleanse – Before I take a shower I do a quick body brush all over my body using a natural brush. It boosts the blood circulation, the lymphatic system and soothes the skin before I take a shower. During showering I pull some sesame oil in my mouth to get rid of Ama, the build-up toxins and bacteria the body has released during sleep.
  • Hydrate the skin – I usually use some sort of body oil. Now, during winter I reach for sesame oil or sea buckthorn oil. When its warmer I go with coconut oil or jojoba oil.
  • Meditation/gentle stretches – When all of the above its done, I take some time to sit, breath, listen and be. I usually mediate between 10 and 30 minutes in the morning followed by some gentle stretches end bends.
  • Breakfast time – Now, I am ready for breakfast if I am not intermitting fasting. If I do eat breakfast it is something warm, like a cinnamon flavored oat porridge.

This is it! This is my very own and personal morning routine. It is by far not complete or perfect, but it makes it easier for me to get up and start a fresh, new, happy and energized day.

Enjoy your mornings and let me know how it goes with your routine.

Love,

Céline

 

 

 

Practice in color

Practice in color

 

BRING SOME COLOR AND FAIRTRADE INTO YOU PRACTICE

 

Whether you practice yoga, pilates, go to the gym or do some running session, it is just more fun with colorful pants.

One of my favorite brands is Justa Yoga Wear. Not only because of the colors and styles but also because all the pants, tops, bras and shorts are ethically produced by chilean women. The tailors in Chile get a fair salary, the fabrics are all hand picked by the designer and founder Daniela and every product is hand made in Chile. Justa Yoga Wear stands for fairtrade, respect, and making a difference in this fast living world.

On the colorful page from Justa you can read a bit more about the history, meet the team and scroll through the latest collection.

http://www.justayogawear.com

And here is the best thing:

Order your favorite pants, shorts and bras and get a 20 % discount with the code: Celinebloggers20.

And you know what? Justa is delivering world wide! yeahhh! I think it is time you gear up with some new active wear.

Don’t miss that chance and visit http://www.justayogawear.com still today.

Have fun exploring a new brand!

Céline

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