Balancing Chakras with the Colors on Your Plate

The 7 Chakras

A chakra is like a whirling vortex of energy. Chakra is the Sanskrit word for “wheel”, which in the literal translation from Hindi means “wheel of spinning energy”. Within our bodies we have seven of these major energy centers, and many more minor ones. They are subtle centers in the energetic system of a living organism that take in and give out energy. The functions of the chakras are to vitalize the physical body, to bring about the development of our self-consciousness, and are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions.  

Our health is determined by the flow of energy from the 7 chakras into the metabolic network of the body. Blocked chakras, due to emotional, mental, and/or spiritual issues, can restrict energy flow and lead to illness.

Foods, especially foods that share colors with the chakras, carry vibrations that can activate or balance our chakras.

The root chakra (Muladhara) is located at the very base of the spine/tail bone and is the home of a stable, slow vibration that enables one to be grounded in the workings of the world on a physical level. A healthy root chakra will promote core feelings of being part of a tribe or community, and it anchors the body in feelings of trust, safety, and protection.

Chakra Color:  Red

Physically:  It is responsible for body systems that provide physical structure, allowing for meaningful contact with the Earth: joints, bones, muscle, legs, and feet. It oversees the “boundaries” of the body through an internal and external defense system represented by the immune system and skin.

Weakness in this Chakra:  Feeling a lack of physical energy and vitality, fear, insecurity, foot and leg pain, colon problems, immune disorders or bone disorders and eating disorders.

Root Chakra Healing Foods:  If you’d like to release a fear around eating or feelings of distrust, the root chakra is the place to release it. Eating issues stem from the need to protect the Self. Under or over-eating may cause you to feel scattered or flighty, but the root chakra helps you to feel grounded and more easily arrive in the present moment. Assist your root chakra by eating with others in community and honoring your body’s instinct on what to eat by communicating with your body to make good food choices. If you are feeling the need to be more grounded then you may need to be eating more protein, root vegetables, beans, beets, red peppers, apples, pomegranates, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, watermelon, cherries, strawberries and red cabbage. Many red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful, healthy antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanin that do everything from fight heart disease and prostate cancer to decrease the risk of stroke.

The sacral chakra (Svadhisthana) is located in our hips, sacrum and genitals it houses desires, creativity, sexuality, sensuality, and emotions through all layers of the Self allowing us to connect and accept others and new experiences.  A healthy sacral chakra allows us to “go with the flow” of life.

Chakra Color: Orange

Physically:  Responsible for the liquid functions of the body: kidneys, bladder and the large intestine. Oversees the creativity of the body through the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, as well as cell division and growth.

Weakness in this Chakra:  You may often find yourself wondering if you will find the one, lack in confidence of Self and lack of desires.

Sacral Chakra Healing Foods:  If you feel like you are not going with the flow and consequently overeating to keep your emotions down then your Sacral Chakra may need to be nourished.  Allow your sacral chakra to flow freely by spending time creating meals and by paying attention to your senses when eating. If you are feeling like you need to stimulate your creativity or get back in the flow then you may want to eat more tropical fruits, seeds, nuts, oranges, tangerines, carrots, apricots, curries, sweet potato, pumpkin and mango. Beta-carotene is the best-known nutrient in orange foods and is a powerful antioxidant, which gives orange fruits and vegetables their brilliant color.  Experts say beta-carotene is not only good for eye health but can also delay cognitive aging and protect skin from sun damage. Orange foods are also full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that boosts the immune system, protects against cardiovascular disease and helps rebuild collagen in the skin.

The solar plexus chakra (Manipura) is located along the spine and deals with willpower, ambition and action. It contains fiery, transformative energy that radiates the essence of the Self to the outside world, harmonizing the inner and outer environments.  A healthy solar plexus chakra will manifest as a brilliant expression of personal power accompanied by balanced energy flow and clear perceptions of life situations.

Chakra Color: Yellow

Physically: It is responsible for the transformative functions of the body, including the digestive organs: esophagus, stomach, pancreas, small intestines, liver and gallbladder. It oversees the energy exchange of the body through the generation of ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate), the body’s physical currency of energy.

Weakness in this Chakra: Feeling powerless, suffering with self-esteem issues, constantly feeling like a victim or shaming the Self; suffering from frequent stomach pains and stomach anxiety.

Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Foods: The solar plexus is the flame burning bright within us to transform our energy inside and out. You may see problems here when we go into overdrive and then lose our power. However, you can harness your energy and power and transform it by looking at what foods you give yourself. Maybe you are eating too much sugar. Step back into power once again by eating more frequently through the day and by eating foods that sustain your energy. If you want to boost your self-esteem think foods for power and energy; foods that are low complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, yellow, tan and golden foods such as corn, ginger, bananas, squash, turmeric, pineapples, yellow lentils, amaranth, quinoa, whole grain breads and cereals. Yellow foods have an abundance of vitamin C and represent a class of water-soluble plant pigments that function as antioxidants. Studies suggest the nutrients in yellow fruits and vegetables will help your heart, vision, digestion and immune system. Other benefits of naturally yellow foods include maintenance of healthy skin; wound healing, and stronger bones and teeth.

The heart chakra (Anahata) is located along the spine in the center of the chest near our physical heart. It deals with compassion, self-acceptance, relationships and belonging by emitting a loving, compassionate rhythm that translates pure feeling into emotional wisdom, discernment, and kindness.  A healthy heart chakra will make love into a healing energy for all, including the Self, others, and the planet.

Chakra Color: Green

Physically: It oversees the nurturing functions of the body through the breasts/chest, shoulders, arms, and hands and is responsible for the circulatory functions of the body, including the heart, lungs, lymphatic system, and blood vessels.  

Weakness in this Chakra:  Needy in relationships, rarely open up to others, guarded, sabotage relationships with anger, and experience chest pain, heart disorders, asthma, allergies and circulation problems.

Heart Chakra Healing Foods:  A great way to open this chakra is through the process of sharing foods with others in a mutual exchange — with this, you can practice giving and receiving love in a healthy way. The heart chakra blossoms when we express gratitude for eating. If you have some deep emotional wounds or heart pain, think foods rich in chlorophyll, plant compounds like phytoestrogens and phytosterols (they can block cholesterols from being absorbed into the blood stream), any green raw foods, foods rich in chlorophyll and especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and leafy greens, asparagus, mixed greens, spinach, as well as other foods like kiwi, avocado, herbs, green tea and green grapes.

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The throat chakra (Vishuddha) is located in the center of the throat. It deals with honesty, integrity, expression and communication. It contains a communicative vibration that resonates truth. A healthy throat chakra communicates and expresses the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the other chakras through sound in a way that is authentic and true.

Chakra Color: Blue


Physically:
 It supports the neck, jaw, teeth, gums, mouth, lower sinus, throat and thyroid. It is responsible for the sensory apparatus of the body, including the lips, tongue, nose and mouth, as well as our voice and breath like the larynx, pharynx, and throat. It also oversees the metabolism through the thyroid gland, and through the coordination of the multitude of functions (e.g. chewing, swallowing, breathing, smelling, etc.) occurring in the throat area.

Weakness in this Chakra: Shyness, often afraid to voice opinions, sinus problems, swollen glands and soar throat.

Throat Chakra Healing Foods:  hen we do not speak authentically about our desired foods choices (e.g. saying “yes” when we really mean “no”), we create an imbalance in the throat chakra.  Uphold your throat chakra’s personal truth by honoring your body’s choices, eating mindfully and chewing carefully. If you feel like you are having a hard time expressing your feelings and want to enhance clear communication you can eat more sea plants, juices, water, soups and sauces (which bring together different elements like water and earth), and foods from different ethnic groups. The throat chakra encourages a variety of foods but mostly liquids.  Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. It also helps the muscles remove waste so that they can work efficiently.

The third eye chakra (Anja) located in the center of the forehead behind the brow deals with intuition as well as our sense of purpose and direction in life.  A healthy third eye chakra will encourage the path of internal visions and dreams.

Chakra Color: Indigo

Physically: It supports our upper frontal sinuses, eyes ears and outer layer of the brain. It oversees the perception functions of the body through the brain, eyes, and neurotransmitters. It is also responsible for hormone function and secretion, sleep/wake cycles, and dreaming.


Weakness in this Chakra:
Feeling lost when it comes to having a sense of purpose in life, indecision, and an over active imagination.

Third Eye Chakra Healing Foods: Sometimes we allow our intuition to be overridden by the intellect/ego, and in doing so, we lose sight of our highest path. There are several foods that stimulate the intuitive center, such as coffee, alcohol, and dark chocolate, keeping your mind and moods on overdrive. Respect your third eye chakra by avoiding these external substances and enable your intuition to be heard. If you are feeling as if you are spending to much time day dreaming and lacking intuition and focus then you may want to add the following foods to your diet tea, spices to stimulate and protect, purple potatoes, red onions, blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, lavender and eggplants. Purple foods contain anthocyanins, which are health-promoting chemicals that help protect cells and heal your body.

The crown chakra (Sahaswara) is located at the top of the head. It deals with our connection to the divine within us and around us. A healthy crown chakra will manifest as the ability for individuals to be confident in their spirituality, Self and inner and outer beauty.

Chakra Color: Violet

Physically: It supports our central nervous system and deep brain function and is responsible for infusing the body with life force, Prana.

Weakness in this Chakra: Feeling of loneliness or disconnected, strong attachment to possessions and relationships, migraines and tension headaches.

Crown Chakra Healing Foods: Since the crown chakra is more spirit than matter, it is not nourished with physical foods in the same way that we feed other chakras. To keep this chakra clear you can do a detox to re-energize, but the crown chakra benefits mostly by the balance of all the chakras as well as from sunlight, moonlight, air and meditation.

There are a number of techniques that can be used to keep chakras healthy, including Reiki, meditation techniques, and the assortment of foods you eat. Food can be used to heal, prevent sickness, and maintain a healthy body and mind; this includes a healthy chakra system. Healing and maintaining a healthy chakra system is one way of establishing balance and health in life.

Why to avoid drinking during Yoga

 

I’m often asked the question: Is it ok to drink water or other beverages during yoga practice? How about eating before class?

I personally will never tell one of my students not to drink, but instead I like to use that moment to inform them as to why it is recommended to not drink during your yoga practice.

One main reason is that we are building up “fire” in our practice, also known as ushna. If you are drinking during your practice you are cooling yourself down, bringing down the ushna and in turn making you more susceptible to colds, allergies and the build up of excess mucus. During asanas, we are trying to sweat to help the body naturally cleanse/detox through the pores of the skin, our largest organ.

Another  reason is that it can be distracting to yourself and to others in the class. Patanjali says we learn through pain, by avoiding it with non-attachment. Distractions are obstacles with painful consequences, like having to go to the bathroom. So instead of letting drinking distract you from your asana, if you really get too hot or tired, slow down by resting in a more calming asana like child’s pose (balasana) for a few breaths. This is a better alternative for reducing the heat/ushna than drinking water, which brings you out of focus.

Eating should also be avoided up to 3 hours before your practice as a general rule. Yoga gurus have advised practising yoga on an empty stomach. Having food in the digestive system can interrupt with the rhythm of the body while doing yoga. A light stomach also helps you follow your asana practice more easily, distraction-free.

While practicing yoga, your energy is focused on poses and transitions. This reduces the capacity of the digestive system to manage the process of digestion. Food in your digestive system may also cause nausea, bloating or gas during practice. With an empty, clean stomach, your energy will be focused on the your yogic poses, maximising the benefit.

Some tips and general rules to follow on eating before yoga:

  1. The ideal time to do yoga is early morning on an empty stomach (like my Tuesday class at 7:30!)
  2. If you are to eat before doing yoga, try to practise 3 to 4 hours after a heavy meal, 1 to 2 hours after a light meal, 45 minutes after tea, juice or fresh fruits and 15 minutes after drinking water.
  3. Try avoid heavy foods like meats, processed grains, fried foods, and spicy foods.

 

The goal of yoga is to be free from distraction, fully aware, and present 🙂

 

 

 

3 amazing juice recipes!

 

Thank you to all that came to the Detox Workshop yesterday! I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Here are the juice recipes if you want to continue on detoxing or if you just want to enjoy a nice healthy fresh juice.

Chia Breakfast Sunshine Drink  (2-3 juices)

1 Ruby Red Grapefruit

2 Carrots

200g  H2O

7ml Lemon Juice

25g Chia Seeds

Afternoon Beet, Plum, Orange and Ginger Snack   (2-3 juices)

1/4 of a Beet Root

1 Plum

1 Red Apple

2 Oranges

1 Thumb of Ginger

Autumn Green Dinner  (2-3 juices)

1 Pear

1 Cucumber

1 Leaf of Kale

15ml Lemon Juice

1/2 Avocado

1/4 of a bunch of parsley

 

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I also wanted to include some more information of why we are juicing.

Juicers + equipment type

Juicers (juicing machines) extract juice from fresh fruits and vegetables in one of two ways: by chopping and spinning the produce at a high rate of speed (centrifugal juicers), or by grinding the produce, pushing the juice through a grate at a slower rate of speed, separating out the juice pulp (masticating juicers). Masticating juicers tend to be more efficient and better at extracting juice from leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach.

It doesn’t really matter which type of juicer you choose, since both provide you with nutrient-rich juice. That said, juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed immediately because the nutrient content breaks down more quickly, while juice from a masticating juicer can be stored for up to a day.

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Easy to digest

Juices are quickly and easily digested. When you juice, the fibrous content of the fruits and vegetables is stripped away, leaving just the water and nutrient content that’s found in the flesh of the fruit. Fresh juices deliver vitamin and mineral content quickly and efficiently.

You can also pack a lot of fruits and veggies into a single juice as the fiber is removed from the produce you use; a single glass of juice actually requires about one to two pounds of produce. That gives you a lot of room to mix-and-match fruits and veggies to maximize your nutrient intake.

Calorie control

Juices are calorie-controlled, since fresh juices are made only of fruits and vegetables, the calorie content is fairly well controlled. You won’t be adding “fillers” such as milk or yogurt to the recipe to add flavor or smoothness like you do with smoothies.

Vitamin absorption

Some vitamins are more easily absorbed as juice, such as vitamin C and the Bs, while others, like vitamin A, E, K are best taken through the full digestion process. And some vegetables, such as tomatoes, actually provide more nutritional value when cooked. Taking that into account, the best fruit and vegetables that will maximize nutrition are: leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, kale, mustard greens), kiwi, papaya, grapefruit, red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, asparagus, garlic, parsley, blood-pressure-lowering beets (combine with carrot or apple to enhance taste), inflammation-fighter ginger root, potassium-packed cucumbers, and antibacterial lemons.

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Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.

Aiding and protecting the body

Juicing can aid in the digestive process and give it a little break, because it takes less energy to digest the produce as a liquid than as solid foods, which can take many hours after consumption to deliver optimal nourishment to the body.

It can also help in raising the pH balance in our bodies, and in turn, help protect us from conditions related to acidic imbalances, including heart and kidney disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

I hope this was helpful information.

Enjoy your detox, relax and allow your body to cleanse 🙂

X om

 

5 simple steps to prep for detox


In preparation for the detox workshop this coming Sunday, Januart 24, here’s a little more background on detoxing. Is it right for you? Do you have symptoms that could benefit from a cleansing reboot? Plus – if or when you do decide to do a detox – I give you 5 steps to follow one week prior to detoxing, in order to make the transition simple and easy (see below)

Do I need to detox?

When you hear someone say they need a detox, it’s usually because they feel sluggish or they are having problems with constipation, depression, or bloating, and they want to help their body do what it does naturally.

We often take in toxins that cause mental and physical problems, for example junk food, alcohol, cigarette smoke, or pesticide residues in food. Alternative medicine suggests modern foods are contaminated by various unnecessary elements, such as flavor enhancers, food colorings, and artificial preservatives, so we need to get rid of them too.

Why detox?

Doing a regular detox helps bring us back to a “normal” state, where we feel more focused and energetic. This is also a good time to listen to the body and see what it really needs in terms of food. It gives us a chance to see what foods make us feel good.

Detoxifying your body with fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains and nuts will also give your skin a glow and boost your immune system.

What should I nOt do in a pre-detox or during detox?

You shouldn’t stop eating. The big myth of detoxing is that you don’t eat at all, when actually it’s knowing what to and what not to eat that’s crucial. When you are detoxing you still need nutrients and doing it the wrong way can be harmful.

What are some symptoms that show I may need a re-boost or a detox?

  • History of alcohol or drug use
  • Long term prescription drug use
  • Sensitivity to chemicals, tobacco smoke, fumes, perfume, cleaning chemicals, etc
  • Stomach pain caused by unhealthy foods
  • History of nausea or upset stomach
  • Greasy or shiny stools, stools that float
  • Light or pale colored stools
  • Headache over the eyes
  • Gallbladder pain
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Easily hung over
  • Consumption of asparthame
  • Pain under right side of rib cage
  • Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
  • Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Severe PMS, fibroids, or cysts
  • Severe fatigue
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Trouble handling blood sugar in balance
  • Depression, anxiety or other mood disorder

5 steps to prepare for a detox : the “Pre-detox”

  1. Wean off toxins. You want to make sure the body doesn’t go into extreme shock when you start detoxing, so before beginning it is best to ease yourself into it. Wean off of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and smoking (if you smoke), as well as eat a mostly vegan diet for at least three days before the detox, and then three days afterwards. 
  2. Nourish the body. Start giving the body fresh and whole grain foods that are easy for the body to digest and full of wonderful nutrients, if you do not already have them in your diet.
  3. Stock up on fruits and veggies, vegetables for soups, lentils, quinoa and brown rice, and maybe even pick up some green juices to get the palette accustomed to the taste. 
  4. Get enough sleep. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night as to not feel tired or groggy. While we sleep, the mind is doing its cleaning process and the body is recuperating from the day.
  5. Start your day with lemon water and meditation. Wake up 15 minutes earlier to start the day off with a cup of warm lemon water to clean the insides and bring a (ph) balance to the body followed by a 5 minute mediation, while the mind is not yet full of distractions from the day. 

. . . Then you should be all ready for your detox 🙂 We will do the first detox day together the 24th of January. Try to have your warm water and lemon in the morning an hour before the workshop. 

I will post the recipes for the juices if you feel like you want to try for a 3 day detox continuing on after the workshop. 

Always listen to your body. Three days is more than enough for a good detox, but if you feel like you just need one day, a day in a half or two then that is all you need. Don’t let the ego get the best of you, practice Satya (honesty) with yourself. 

Jan 24 Detox Workshop — Round 2!

We’re back with another detox workshop! After a really successful first workshop in November (where we incorporated yoga, acupuncture, and detoxing juices) we decided to host another just after the new year. We’ve taken the feedback from our participants and have integrated it to create another, equally extending the time up to a full three hours. This workshop will take place Sunday January 24, just after the holidays — a great time for a cleansing of your system (both body and mind). Email us at cameilkettenring@gmail.com to reserve your spot (reserve by making payment). Looking forward to another great workshop! More info on the flier below.

 

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Holiday Gift List

Need some fun and simultaneously thoughtful gift-giving ideas this holiday season? Here’s a list I came up with of 7 creative gifts for your family and friends.

1. Support a small business

My friend Katie is making great active wear for women, to help support our active lifestyles and still be in the latest fashion.

Check her out: http://www.newpharaoh.paris/index.html

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2. For a better commute

Snag a Nite Ize Spokelit Bicycle Light!

For those of you who have friends or family, like myself, that prefer using their bike to commute. Here is a nice gift to help them be safe and cool.

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3. Books galore!

Yes, always.  Why? Because reading is awesome! One yoga related book recommendation, and one for your taste buds.

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A wonderful memoir of life and yoga.

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Ever in a cooking bind, not sure what to make for your in-laws?…Julia never lets you down.           I ❤ Julia Child!

4. It’s the thought that counts

I know a lot of us are living far away from our loved ones. This homemade gift idea I came across on lifeasmama.com. I feel is a perfect gift that will be equally fun to make as well as to receive.

It is meant for kids…but aren’t we all 😉

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5. For your lover

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6.  DIY — save and create

Organic Mason Jar Terrarium from Camorian Co.

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7. Treat your Body and your Mind

Last but not least, don’t forget to treat yourself our a friend.  Yoyoga will be hosting another detox workshop the 24th of January for those of you who missed the first one. More news coming soon!

 

Detox Juices – Recipes

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Thank you to all that came to the Detox Workshop today! I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Here are the juice recipes if you want to continue on detoxing or if you just want to enjoy a nice healthy fresh juice.

Chia Breakfast Sunshine Drink  (2-3 juices)

1 Ruby Red Grapefruit

2 Carrots

200g  H2O

7ml Lemon Juice

25g Chia Seeds

 

Afternoon Beet, Plum, Orange and Ginger Snack   (2-3 juices)

1/4 of a Beet Root

1 Plum

1 Red Apple

2 Oranges

1 Thumb of Ginger

 

Autumn Green Dinner  (2-3 juices)

1 Pear

1 Cucumber

1 Leaf of Kale

15ml Lemon Juice

1/2 Avocado

1/4 of a bunch of parsley

 

Birch Tree Juice/Jus de Bouleau (1 juice)

15ml of Birch Tree Jus (Juice)

15ml Lemon Juice

250ml H2O

 

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I also wanted to include some more information of why we are juicing. I did not have enough time to explain this to you in the workshop.

Juicers + equiptment type

Juicers (juicing machines) extract juice from fresh fruits and vegetables in one of two ways: by chopping and spinning the produce at a high rate of speed (centrifugal juicers), or by grinding the produce, pushing the juice through a grate at a slower rate of speed, separating out the juice pulp (masticating juicers). Masticating juicers tend to be more efficient and better at extracting juice from leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach.

It doesn’t really matter which type of juicer you choose, since both provide you with nutrient-rich juice. That said, juice from a centrifugal juicer should be consumed immediately because the nutrient content breaks down more quickly, while juice from a masticating juicer can be stored for up to a day.

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Easy to digest

Juices are quickly and easily digested. When you juice, the fibrous content of the fruits and vegetables is stripped away, leaving just the water and nutrient content that’s found in the flesh of the fruit. Fresh juices deliver vitamin and mineral content quickly and efficiently.

You can also pack a lot of fruits and veggies into a single juice as the fiber is removed from the produce you use; a single glass of juice actually requires about one to two pounds of produce. That gives you a lot of room to mix-and-match fruits and veggies to maximize your nutrient intake.

Calorie control

Juices are calorie-controlled, since fresh juices are made only of fruits and vegetables, the calorie content is fairly well controlled. You won’t be adding “fillers” such as milk or yogurt to the recipe to add flavor or smoothness like you do with smoothies.

Vitamin absorption

Some vitamins are more easily absorbed as juice, such as vitamin C and the Bs, while others, like vitamin A, E, K are best taken through the full digestion process. And some vegetables, such as tomatoes, actually provide more nutritional value when cooked. Taking that into account, the best fruit and vegetables that will maximize nutrition are: leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, kale, mustard greens), kiwi, papaya, grapefruit, red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, asparagus, garlic, parsley, blood-pressure-lowering beets (combine with carrot or apple to enhance taste), inflammation-fighter ginger root, potassium-packed cucumbers, and antibacterial lemons.

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Plus, since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.

Aiding and protecting the body

Juicing can aid in the digestive process and give it a little break, because it takes less energy to digest the produce as a liquid than as solid foods, which can take many hours after consumption to deliver optimal nourishment to the body.

It can also help in raising the pH balance in our bodies, and in turn, help protect us from conditions related to acidic imbalances, including heart and kidney disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

I hope this was helpful information.

Enjoy your detox, relax and allow your body to cleanse 🙂

X om

 

My Interview for Manna Paris

I had a wonderful interview with Hayley for Manna Paris on detox to help you prepare for the change in season as well as our November YoYoga workshop.

Manna Paris is an exceptional blog on health, beauty, life, style and travel.

Check it out and give me your feedback.

Thank you Manna Paris and Hayley Enright!

Enjoy 😉

X om

Manna Interview: http://mannaparis.com/what-you-should-know-before-you-detox-interview-with-healthy-chef-and-yogi-cameil-kettenring/

5 Steps To Prepare For a Detox


In preparation for the detox workshop this coming Sunday, Januart 24, here’s a little more background on detoxing. Is it right for you? Do you have symptoms that could benefit from a cleansing reboot? Plus – if or when you do decide to do a detox – I give you 5 steps to follow one week prior to detoxing, in order to make the transition simple and easy (see below)

Do I need to detox?

When you hear someone say they need a detox, it’s usually because they feel sluggish or they are having problems with constipation, depression, or bloating, and they want to help their body do what it does naturally.

We often take in toxins that cause mental and physical problems, for example junk food, alcohol, cigarette smoke, or pesticide residues in food. Alternative medicine suggests modern foods are contaminated by various unnecessary elements, such as flavor enhancers, food colorings, and artificial preservatives, so we need to get rid of them too.

Why detox?

Doing a regular detox helps bring us back to a “normal” state, where we feel more focused and energetic. This is also a good time to listen to the body and see what it really needs in terms of food. It gives us a chance to see what foods make us feel good.

Detoxifying your body with fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains and nuts will also give your skin a glow and boost your immune system.

What should I nOt do in a pre-detox or during detox?

You shouldn’t stop eating. The big myth of detoxing is that you don’t eat at all, when actually it’s knowing what to and what not to eat that’s crucial. When you are detoxing you still need nutrients and doing it the wrong way can be harmful.

What are some symptoms that show I may need a re-boost or a detox?

  • History of alcohol or drug use
  • Long term prescription drug use
  • Sensitivity to chemicals, tobacco smoke, fumes, perfume, cleaning chemicals, etc
  • Stomach pain caused by unhealthy foods
  • History of nausea or upset stomach
  • Greasy or shiny stools, stools that float
  • Light or pale colored stools
  • Headache over the eyes
  • Gallbladder pain
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Easily hung over
  • Consumption of asparthame
  • Pain under right side of rib cage
  • Hemorrhoids or varicose veins
  • Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Severe PMS, fibroids, or cysts
  • Severe fatigue
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Trouble handling blood sugar in balance
  • Depression, anxiety or other mood disorder

5 steps to prepare for a detox : the “Pre-detox”

  1. Wean off toxins. You want to make sure the body doesn’t go into extreme shock when you start detoxing, so before beginning it is best to ease yourself into it. Wean off of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and smoking (if you smoke), as well as eat a mostly vegan diet for at least three days before the detox, and then three days afterwards. 
  2. Nourish the body. Start giving the body fresh and whole grain foods that are easy for the body to digest and full of wonderful nutrients, if you do not already have them in your diet.
  3. Stock up on fruits and veggies, vegetables for soups, lentils, quinoa and brown rice, and maybe even pick up some green juices to get the palette accustomed to the taste. 
  4. Get enough sleep. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night as to not feel tired or groggy. While we sleep, the mind is doing its cleaning process and the body is recuperating from the day.
  5. Start your day with lemon water and meditation. Wake up 15 minutes earlier to start the day off with a cup of warm lemon water to clean the insides and bring a (ph) balance to the body followed by a 5 minute mediation, while the mind is not yet full of distractions from the day. 

. . . Then you should be all ready for your detox 🙂 We will do the first detox day together the 24th of January. Try to have your warm water and lemon in the morning an hour before the workshop. 

I will post the recipes for the juices if you feel like you want to try for a 3 day detox continuing on after the workshop. 

Always listen to your body. Three days is more than enough for a good detox, but if you feel like you just need one day, a day in a half or two then that is all you need. Don’t let the ego get the best of you, practice Satya (honesty) with yourself. 

Summer coleslaw, cold soup with almond bouillon, and eggplant domas: flash back photo shoot 2013

Cold soup with an almond bouillon

Cold soup with an almond bouillon

We’ve had quite a cold month this October in Paris, as autumn made an unforgiving arrival. But contrary to my last post, this blog post is void of warm cups of tea or thoughts of the winter to come.

Instead, here’s a few photos from a photo shoot in 2013, which include dishes reminiscent of a particular season perfect for making and eating coleslaws and cold soups — aka, the ever elusive Summer. The most lovely photographer Julie Ansiau took these at Café Pinson for a Be magazine photo shoot (find Julie on her webpages linked below).

Also, an exciting new addition to my website is coming soon…a full Winter Menu with accompanying recipes! I’m currently in the process of developing the Winter Menu, and am planning to publish in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

www.julieansiau.com
www.popquilts.com
desfruitsdesfleursetc.blogspot.com

Eggplant comas with vegan tzatziki

Eggplant domas with vegan tzatziki

Selection of raw and gluten free pastries

Selection of raw and gluten free pastries

Owner Agathe and myself

Owner Agathe and myself

My favourite summer coleslaw

My favourite summer coleslaw