Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Does Your Food Suit Your Mood?

By Anita Rangaswami (Guest Blogger)
Know how to feed your mind and body properly!
Individuals who lead a "wellness-oriented" lifestyle are generally concerned with nutrition, fitness, stress, and typically care about their environment as well. Health conscious individuals are into eating raw foods, drinking Kombucha tea, being on the cutting edge and going to yoga/pilates fusion classes, running ultra marathons, meditating, dancing, drumming, and so much more, just to keep fit.
However, in this age of information overload in every field, there is too much to digest and the consumer is often times overwhelmed with confusing and sometimes contradictory information. We pay more attention to ensure we consume foods that are listed as healthy or rich in anti-oxidants, but are we paying close attention to the “negative effects” of certain foods that are consumed on a daily basis?
With Ayurveda, a natural medicine system known as the “Science of Life,” we learn to understand our mind body type and become aware of foods that are nourishing for our body, while avoiding others that may not be as conducive. According to Ayurveda, every individual is unique and has a specific mind body type. “You are what you eat,” an old adage, takes on special significance when we use these nature based principles and work towards alleviating physical and mental imbalances or disease symptoms. Food is considered to be the first and foremost form of medicine, and without the right kind of food in the body all other healing modalities can only be partially effective.
Join me next week for more on Ayurveda including three key principles to help feed your mind and body.
Anita Rangaswami is an Ayurveda Consultant registered with AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Physicians of North America), Yoga & Meditation Instructor certified through the Chopra Center and Yoga Alliance registered. Originally from Bangalore, India, Anita has practiced Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love and devotion for over 30 years. She is the Founder of Prana Gyana Holistic Health and Wellness Center in Tempe, offering holistic, Ayurvedic consultations, group and individual yoga and meditation classes, chakra balancing and holistic nutrition, and stress relief workshops for kids and adults. Go to for more details. Phone – 480-598-9961

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