My Panchakarma Experience – Ayurveda

From where to start? I`m just back from Sri Lanka where I went for a Light Panchakarma Programme, by the end of the week I felt a deep sense of relaxation and peace of mind, which was amazing.

I learnt that Ayurveda is much more than I expected, I now see it as a synchronised and interactive science where real foods and self-care practices come together in harmony as a natural medicine to recover the body and eliminate “ama” toxins.

I`m so glad and grateful that I got to know Sri Lanka, it is just a sweet and happy place of easy smiley people, sunny weather and tropical sea. The King coconuts makes its presence everywhere, hugely used in the culinary, from delicious recipes to roof tops, cookery utensils and religious ceremonies.

I went to Sri Lanka to learn more about Ayurveda, but really, I felt in love with the elephants ❤ Enormous, sturdy, strong and grounded creatures with a sweet slow pace chewing on greens all day, not as peaceful as you think, they will let you know if they are not happy. A little bit like me I believe, in a much bigger version!

The panchakarma itself was like hell and heaven, more heaven than hell of course. It looked like a lot of massages with incredible quantities of oils, like those ones we use cook with (ghee, sesame oil, coconuts, sunflower etc) among other foods, weird to start with until you start seen you skin and hair glowing like never before!

Panchakarma means “Pancha” 5 and “karma” detoxifying actions, is it a very intensive cleansing system exclusive to Ayurveda which is preventive as well as healing. The aim of it is to balance the “doshas” and harmonise the body.

The 5 measures are Vamana, Virechana, Nasyam, Vasti or Basti, Rakta Mokshana, the indications for each treatment is determined by an Ayurvedic doctor. It wasn`t indicated for me to do all 5, I`m a pitta-kapha but the pitta was the one more out of whack, so I only did 2 of the treatments. The most effective was Virechana (balance pitta) and my favourite was Nasyam (balance kapha), I don’t remember the last time I was able to breath so well. I always had horrible sinusitis until I reduced dairy and gluten from my diet, the diet helped a lot, but the treatments really takes things to another level, the sensation of cleanliness can`t be described.

When I wasn`t in the cookery lessons or Ayurveda lectures, I took the time to be on my own in silence, practice mindfulness (especially when eating), meditate, do yoga, enjoy the beach and swim in the warm sea. It was the best self-love practice I could have ever given to myself.

If you are mum, work hard and has a very busy routine like me you can get easily burnt out, anxious or/and depressed. Putting yourself first is not selfish, in fact, you will become a much more caring, loving and mentally balanced professional, wife, girlfriend, mum, daughter, friend etc, to be able to deal with your intense everyday tasks.

It`s like learning how to be your best friend, all you have to do is to check in with your feelings, be kind and show up for yourself.

I know you don`t have the time, me neither but we need to create the time and hold the space to nourish ourselves mentally and emotionally and make it a priority, daily. The world would be a better place to be if everyone was practising more self-care, I concluded.

Some self-care practices I enjoy are: meditating, yoga, dance class, massage, reading, relaxing music, long warm baths, nature walks, etc. How do you practice self-love? I would love to know, comment below 🙂

Natural Water Filtration

As a brazilian born, I have used water filters my whole entire life. Who wouldn’t? It cuts down on buying bottled water as tap water in Brazil is NOT drinkable! But even the English tap water didn’t`t seem to be very clean to me, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other nasty stuff you can find in there click here and check it out. Plus, bottled water is terrible for the environment and your wallet, too.

Initially I had the traditional Brita filter but recently, I became concerned about plastic leaching chemicals into my water, especially BPA and estrogen-like hormones and decide to find alternatives to replace my water filter. Plus, I was interested in finding more ways to cut back on the amount of rubbish, specially plastic, and for this reason we decided to try this Terracotta clay water filter, which we are enjoying it very much – click in the image bellow to buy it from Amazon.

 

Stefani Equivalent Replacement Filter for all Stefani Water Filter Systems (SCD-10-LM)

Another added benefit is that terracotta filters help keep water cool without electricity, which means it’ll take up less space in your refrigerator and won’t need to be plugged in.

The big advantage of a terracotta filter is that you can purify a good quantity of water and the filter is good for years. All you have to do is clean the filter regularly and change it every 4 to 6 months, worth the price.

Don’t be put off by the initial clay taste, your persistence will pay off after about 3 weeks of curing the filter. I personally don`t mind, it quite reminds me of my childhood but if it is too much for you just use the water for cooking and other things while you wait.

I hope this post helps you to make your decision. What’s your favourite way to purify water?

Spiralised Winter Veggies on Salsa Verde

Spiralising is an amazing technique to add variety and include more veggies to your diet!

Cooking your regular veggies in a different way will get you more interested at eating them too, its improved texture and flavour works beautifuly once spiralised and roasted! You should try!

You can make very nutritious pasta/noodles that are even better and cheaper than those gluten free ones you find in the shops, the only 2 things you will need to have are: good quality veg and a good spiralizer.

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I`ve tried a few spiralizers but my favorite at the moment is the Eletric Morphy Richards. It is very easy to use, super easy to clean (dishwasher safe) and fits well on my kitchen, just perfect.

You can fit carrots, parsnips and courgettes easily and I also do round shaped veggies like swede and beetroots with a little bit extra effort and a few ajustments. This spiraliser has two different blades, one for ribbons and another one for spagetthi shape, both very easy to connect and  tomake those lovely veg curlings 🙂

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For this recipe I used carrots and parsnips, but it also works well with other veggies like squash or swede for example. It is great fun and super tasty!

That`s where you can find this incredible spiraliser, link below.

Check the recipe out and enjoy!

Spiralised winter veggies with salsa verde

Serves 4

4 spiralised carrots

2 spiralised parsnips

Salt and pepper

1 small jar of roasted red peppers, drained and sliced

For the Salsa Verde

Serves 4

70g parsley

70g basil

30g of dried oregano or thyme

2tsp of capers

1 small shallot

1 clove of garlic

3 tbsp of lemon juice

125ml extra virgin olive oil

Season the spiralized vegetables and roast over medium-high heat covered in foil for 10 minutes or until they are cooked. Uncover, stir in the red peppers and let it cook for another 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, place all the ingredients for the salsa verde into a food processor adding the olive oil slowly.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add in the salsa verde. Toss and serve

If you like this recipe share with your friends and leave us some comments, we would love to hear from you!

Is protein powder really necessary? 

Is protein powder really necessary for fat loss💃 or muscle gain💪?

Not at all! You can get all the protein you need from real good quality food like organic free range eggs, wild fish, grass fed meat, nuts and beans… so really it should be used just as a convenience tool to add variety and ease to the diet💁🏻.

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