My Journey Into Ayurveda

On My Crunchy Granola Yoga Journey, I am always looking to learn.

Lately, I’ve been drawn to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine that goes hand-in-hand with yoga. I have used food as medicine for myself and my family for decades now, and strongly believe in the power of food.

You, too?

I’d like to take you on this journey with me! As I discover all that Ayurveda offers, and how to use this with the Practical Wellness that I practice and teach, I’ll report back here. I hope you’ll learn along with me.

Remember, my form of wellness, Practical Wellness, is not about extreme conditions or restricting yourself. It’s not about following tight rules. Rather, Practical Wellness is meant to work with your already hectic life.

So, hopefully, together, we can find ways in which Ayurveda can fit into our demanding lives.

And, there’s no better place to start an Ayurvedic Journey than with ghee…

First of all, what is ghee?

Ghee is simply clarified butter, but it’s said to have no lactose, and is digestible even for those—like me—who are dairy-free and have been for a very long time.

In fact, I have been completely dairy-free for over twenty-five years. Needless to say, I was hesitant to suddenly add butter back into my life. In years past, the tiniest taste of lactose or dairy, and my body would instantly rebel.

But, thankfully, this wasn’t the case with ghee. In fact, I’ve tried it several times now and had no adverse reactions at all.

However, the taste of ghee can be a little overpowering. It’s not sweet like creamery butter (from what I remember all those years ago!), nor is it flavorful like cheese. It’s somewhere in between.

So, why ghee?

In Ayurveda, ghee is believed to be great for the body. It enhances “life energy,” and Web MD states that ghee has Omega-3s which are important for heart health, has anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in vitamins and nutrients, and may help with the absorption of nutrients.*

It is also believed to aid in digestion and reduce the Pitta dosha. (Both of which I need. )

So, as I begin my Ayurvedic journey, I’ll be incorporating ghee into my life and my cooking.

How about you? Do you follow an Ayurvedic path? Do you like ghee? I’d love to know!


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