Our Experience

For the past four weeks my partner and I have been researching, writing, analyzing, creating AND eating certain food choices. We started off researching about certain dishes and decided we would start things that seemed norm to us, and then end with something we knew nothing about. We made and tried a variety of different foods. Each meal we tried extracted a different emotion with each of us; what we chose to eat really coordinated on a variety of things such as our feelings that day, the weather, and what we wanted our food to express that day. That seems to be how we all choose our food when we go out to eat, cook something at home, or when we just need something to give a certain amount of comfort to us. We choose food to comfort us and to make us have a certain feeling.

For the first few weeks we chose foods that were bright and refreshing to really bring out the spring flavors, even if the weather wasn’t always what we wanted it to be, the first week was very rainy/cold so we chose both heavy and light foods for both comfort and others for brighter ingredients to lift our moods. That’s exactly how it worked for us; we discovered the brighter and lighter foods really did bring us comfort whether the day was cold and draggy or sunny and bright. We were able to reach happier feelings and emotions just through creating or eating our food. Even though we had some mistakes through our cooking/baking journey we had fun just going through the process of making our food.

There’s something about creating a meal that brings joy just doing so, no matter how the food turned out to be. The process of creating, cooking, and eating the food was an experience and brought out new emotions each day. We got to learn about the whole process, how much work it can actual be, the stress but also comedy of something not turning out how we hoped, and the joy/emotions when something does! Each course showed us something different and displayed all sorts of emotions. Whether its by yourself, with friends, or you’re sharing the process with family, food is something that can be enjoyed and create a bond between everyone (which is what we wanted to show with our blog)!

Thanks!

-Sommer & Ellie

This morning I woke up and decided it was time to try an Ayurvedic breakfast! A few days ago I began looking up recipes and one caught my eye, something really different, and so I decided to give it a try! The recipe was for Ayurvedic cheesy grits with jalapeños. Normally, I am not a jalapeño fan. It always left this burn and spice taste in my mouth that I was never able to get out and seemed to coat my mouth(I really don’t like spicy foods) but I thought maybe it would mix well with the rest of the recipe! Also, most of the ingredients below are common things so you don’t have to go out and find something of you’re trying to make a quick breakfast!
Here’s the recipe: 2 pinches of black pepper 1 tbsp. Cheddar cheese 1 clove of garlic (I used minced) 1/2 cup grits 1/4 tsp. jalapeños  2 pinches of salt 2 cups water 2 tbsp. yellow onion
I started off my adding the grits to a saucepan with the water. Once almost all the water had been absorbed I added all remaining ingredients. I chopped up the onion into little minced pieces and did the same with the jalapeño, I took most seeds out so it wouldn’t be as strong and overpower, then stirred till all water was absorbed. I then put all the grits into a bowl then shredded some extra cheese on top of the grits.  Once I began eating I was surprised how tasty/simple the breakfast truly was. I was expecting the jalapeños and onions to overpower the recipe but with the cheese balancing out the dry ingredients it all mixed very well together. I really enjoyed this recipe and how easy it was to make with such simple ingredients. It had the warm feel with just enough spice to really open up your body/breath. It left me feeling comfortably full, warm, and had the perfect amount of hotness from the jalapeño. I recommend trying this recipe out! Who knew that this recipe was so easy and Ayurvedic! Perfect for vatta/pitta
This recipe adds both warm flavors with an added natural spice with powerful ingredients for a spring cleansing. It spices will stimulate your blood, opens your vessels, and brings heat back into your skin. As well as nurish the cells in your body!
Recipe link:http://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/recipe/Cheesy-Grits-with-Jalapenos/153

This morning I woke up and decided it was time to try an Ayurvedic breakfast! A few days ago I began looking up recipes and one caught my eye, something really different, and so I decided to give it a try! The recipe was for Ayurvedic cheesy grits with jalapeños. Normally, I am not a jalapeño fan. It always left this burn and spice taste in my mouth that I was never able to get out and seemed to coat my mouth(I really don’t like spicy foods) but I thought maybe it would mix well with the rest of the recipe! Also, most of the ingredients below are common things so you don’t have to go out and find something of you’re trying to make a quick breakfast!

Here’s the recipe:
2 pinches of black pepper
1 tbsp. Cheddar cheese
1 clove of garlic (I used minced)
1/2 cup grits
1/4 tsp. jalapeños
2 pinches of salt
2 cups water
2 tbsp. yellow onion

I started off my adding the grits to a saucepan with the water. Once almost all the water had been absorbed I added all remaining ingredients. I chopped up the onion into little minced pieces and did the same with the jalapeño, I took most seeds out so it wouldn’t be as strong and overpower, then stirred till all water was absorbed. I then put all the grits into a bowl then shredded some extra cheese on top of the grits.
Once I began eating I was surprised how tasty/simple the breakfast truly was. I was expecting the jalapeños and onions to overpower the recipe but with the cheese balancing out the dry ingredients it all mixed very well together. I really enjoyed this recipe and how easy it was to make with such simple ingredients. It had the warm feel with just enough spice to really open up your body/breath. It left me feeling comfortably full, warm, and had the perfect amount of hotness from the jalapeño. I recommend trying this recipe out! Who knew that this recipe was so easy and Ayurvedic!
Perfect for vatta/pitta

This recipe adds both warm flavors with an added natural spice with powerful ingredients for a spring cleansing. It spices will stimulate your blood, opens your vessels, and brings heat back into your skin. As well as nurish the cells in your body!

Recipe link:http://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/recipe/Cheesy-Grits-with-Jalapenos/153

Balancing Pitta

  • Pitta is hot, sharp, sour, pungent, and penetrating. To balance Pitta, we need to make choices that are cooling, sweet, and stabilizing.
  • Balance rest and activity allowing some free time every day. Be careful not to create unnecessary time pressures for yourself.
  • Be certain not to skip meals and do not wait until you are famished to eat. Favor foods that are sweet, bitter and astringent. Favor cooling foods such as cucumbers, sweet fruits and melons.
  • Regularly spend time in nature. Take walks in the woods and along natural bodies of water. Keep plants and fresh flowers in your home and office. Walk in the moonlight.
  • Perform a daily oil massage using cooler oils such as coconut or olive.
  • Favor cooler colors in your clothing and environment such as blues, greens, and silver.
  • Laugh many times each day!
  • Favor aromas that are cooling and sweet. Sandalwood, rose, jasmine, mint, lavender, fennel, and chamomile are recommended.

Pitta-Balancing Nutritional Guidelines

                        Since an excess of Pitta dosha overheats the mind and body, favor cool foods and liquids. Foods with sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes are best. Reduce foods that are pungent, salty, and sour.

Recommendations:

  • Dairy can be helpful in balancing the heat of Pitta, take milk, butter and ghee. Sour, fermented products such as yogurt, sour cream and cheese should be used sparingly as sour tastes aggravate Pitta. Ghee (clarified butter) is recommended. Find our ghee recipe here.
  • All sweeteners may be taken in moderation except molasses and honey.
  • Olive, sunflower, and coconut oils are the best oils to pacify Pitta. Use less sesame, almond, and corn oil, which are more heating.
  • Wheat, rice, barley, and oats are the best grains to reduce Pitta. Eat less corn, rye, millet, and brown rice.
  • The sweeter fruits such as grapes, melons, cherries, coconuts, avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, fully ripe pineapples, oranges, and plums are recommended. Reduce sour fruits such as grapefruits, apricots, and berries.
  • The vegetables to favor are asparagus, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower, celery okra, lettuce, green beans, and zucchini. Reduce tomatoes, hot peppers, carrots, beets, eggplant, onions, garlic, radishes, and spinach.
  • Pitta types need to use seasonings that are soothing and cooling. These include coriander, cilantro, cardamom, saffron, and fennel. Hotter spices such as ginger, cumin, black pepper, fenugreek, clove, salt, and mustard seed should be used sparingly. Very hot seasonings such as chili peppers, and cayenne are best avoided. Chew on fennel seeds after meals to cool down acid in the stomach.
  • For non-vegetarians, chicken, pheasant and turkey are preferable; beef, seafood, and eggs increase Pitta and should be minimized.

Pitta Dosha

The Pitta dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. The primary function of Pitta is transformation.

Qualities of Pitta: Hot, light, intense, penetrating, pungent, sharp, acidic. Those with a predominance of the Pitta principle have a fiery nature that manifests in both body and mind.

                        Physical Characteristics: Pittas are usually of medium size and weight. They sometimes have bright red hair, but baldness or thinning hair is also common in a Pitta. They have excellent digestion, which sometimes leads them to believe they can eat anything. They have a warm body temperature They sleep soundly for short periods of time and have a strong sex drive. When in balance, Pittas have a lustrous complexion, perfect digestion, abundant energy, and a strong appetite. When out of balance, Pittas may suffer from skin rashes, burning sensations, peptic ulcers, excessive body heat, heartburn, and indigestion.

Emotional Characteristics: Pittas have a powerful intellect and a strong ability to concentrate. When they’re in balance, they are good decision makers, teachers, and speakers. They are precise, sharp-witted, direct, and often outspoken. Out-of-balance Pittas can be short-tempered and argumentative.

When Pittas are overstressed, their typical response is “What did you do wrong?”

There’s nothing more fun than cooking with friends! TGIF means cooking party with the girls! Tonight we made different kinda of pizzas from scratch. We began with raw dough that we rolled and stretched out until it fit the size of the pizza stone. Then we all helped cover the base of the pizza with red sauce and mozzarella cheese. We then topped each pizza differently, one a meat lovers, one cheese, and one vegetable. They all came out perfectly! Everyone was pleased with the pizza and had even more fun making it!

Mangos have always been a fruit that reminds me of warm weather. There’s really nothing better than a ripe mango on a warm day by the pool with some friends. Or maybe even throwing into the blender with some strawberries and bananas and making a smoothie! Regardless of how you eat it, mangos are a great source of nutrition and are scientifically proven to be a true preventer of cancer! Research has have actually proven that the antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes. Aside from this mangos are also known to clear skin, lower cholesterol, help diabetes and improve digestion. Who wouldn’t want to eat a mango!

Mangos have always been a fruit that reminds me of warm weather. There’s really nothing better than a ripe mango on a warm day by the pool with some friends. Or maybe even throwing into the blender with some strawberries and bananas and making a smoothie! Regardless of how you eat it, mangos are a great source of nutrition and are scientifically proven to be a true preventer of cancer! Research has have actually proven that the antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes. Aside from this mangos are also known to clear skin, lower cholesterol, help diabetes and improve digestion. Who wouldn’t want to eat a mango!

For lunch today, a chopped greek salad with grilled shrimp! This delightful lunch included chopped romaine lettuce, feta cheese, kalamata olives, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, red onion and chick peas tossed in a lemon dill vinaigrette. I was very happy to be able to enjoy this salad outside on the patio of Spirits Pub in Cary. The beautiful day made the shrimp salad feel more like a summer salad.

For lunch today, a chopped greek salad with grilled shrimp! This delightful lunch included chopped romaine lettuce, feta cheese, kalamata olives, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, red onion and chick peas tossed in a
lemon dill vinaigrette. I was very happy to be able to enjoy this salad outside on the patio of Spirits Pub in Cary. The beautiful day made the shrimp salad feel more like a summer salad.

This week my group partner and I decided we would try something new and very different to us, so we did some research. We found something called the Ayurveda diet which is the ancient medical system of India. We’ve never heard of it before so here is a summary of what it is:
It is said that it’s the fastest way to true health because it’s eating for your body type. There are three different body types and you pick one you think you best fit with.

Kapha Dosha
The first being the Kapha Dosha body type. This is the largest of body types and the people tend to have a wider body and have a lot of physical stamina based on their body built. People with this body type tend to have great memory and are also strong both physically and emotionally. However, it is more likely that people with the Kapha body type tend to have sinus issues, poor blood circulation, problems with digestion, and may have problems leading to obesity. Along with the ayurvedic diet other things such as massages/yoga tend to help the body and get rid of all the inner toxins.


Pitta Dosha
The second body type is the Pitta Dosha. These are for people with a medium built body, meaning having a more formed muscle tone. Their bodies tend to have reddish undertones and color to it. They may be more bubbly with higher energy’s than others, and also tend to have a good digestion system. I consider myself to be this body type. I have the reddish/sensitive skin. With this, people with this body type are more prone to rashes. They tend to be over stressed, which can actually cause inner body issues if not taken care of, which is why headaches are very common with this body type.


Vata Dosha 
The last, but not least, body type is the Vata Dosha. This is for people with more slender, have lower muscle tone and visible bone structures. They also tend to to be enthusiastic and bright people, but can also be more anxious than the other body types. Vata’s have a poor digestion system and it may be difficult for them to eat certain foods; which is why they are more likely to have more fatigue than most people. To help with the digestion system Vata’s should take herbal vitamin supplements and also keep a schedule so they can avoid fatigue.
These are all the body types of the Ayurvedic diet and with each of this there are certain foods to avoid which is where the diet part comes in.

Above is a picture chart of what foods should be avoided and which ones you should have more depending on your body type! We will be posting more and creating an Ayurvedic diet menu to show/try out very soon!

Photo source: http://www.cooldailyinfographics.com/post/basic-ayurvedic-diet-eating-principles

This week my group partner and I decided we would try something new and very different to us, so we did some research. We found something called the Ayurveda diet which is the ancient medical system of India. We’ve never heard of it before so here is a summary of what it is:

It is said that it’s the fastest way to true health because it’s eating for your body type. There are three different body types and you pick one you think you best fit with.

Kapha Dosha

The first being the Kapha Dosha body type. This is the largest of body types and the people tend to have a wider body and have a lot of physical stamina based on their body built. People with this body type tend to have great memory and are also strong both physically and emotionally. However, it is more likely that people with the Kapha body type tend to have sinus issues, poor blood circulation, problems with digestion, and may have problems leading to obesity. Along with the ayurvedic diet other things such as massages/yoga tend to help the body and get rid of all the inner toxins.

Pitta Dosha

The second body type is the Pitta Dosha. These are for people with a medium built body, meaning having a more formed muscle tone. Their bodies tend to have reddish undertones and color to it. They may be more bubbly with higher energy’s than others, and also tend to have a good digestion system. I consider myself to be this body type. I have the reddish/sensitive skin. With this, people with this body type are more prone to rashes. They tend to be over stressed, which can actually cause inner body issues if not taken care of, which is why headaches are very common with this body type.

Vata Dosha

The last, but not least, body type is the Vata Dosha. This is for people with more slender, have lower muscle tone and visible bone structures. They also tend to to be enthusiastic and bright people, but can also be more anxious than the other body types. Vata’s have a poor digestion system and it may be difficult for them to eat certain foods; which is why they are more likely to have more fatigue than most people. To help with the digestion system Vata’s should take herbal vitamin supplements and also keep a schedule so they can avoid fatigue.

These are all the body types of the Ayurvedic diet and with each of this there are certain foods to avoid which is where the diet part comes in.

Above is a picture chart of what foods should be avoided and which ones you should have more depending on your body type! We will be posting more and creating an Ayurvedic diet menu to show/try out very soon!

Photo source: http://www.cooldailyinfographics.com/post/basic-ayurvedic-diet-eating-principles