Did you know that for thousands of years, Ayurveda has illustrated the importance of living in harmony with the changing seasons. When we connect with Mother Earth through gardening and observation, we connect to Her changing seasons and witness what special nutrients are being offered during each seasonal shift. For instance, this summer, I look forward to enjoying the medicinal benefits of cilantro greens that I planted. Fresh cilantro greens help to regulate digestion, support the liver and reduce heavy metal build up in the body. Once the cilantro plant bolts, I will be able to harvest the coriander seeds which have their own unique medicinal profile.
Cringy Cat, an Ayurveda book for children that I wrote, is now published and available for international shipping just in time for Christmas. This is an easy and funny story with big print and bright illustrations to teach children basic Ayurveda and helps children problem solve the nutrition and lifestyle sources of 3 types of “cringy.”
I am very excited to announce to publishing of my new book CRINGY CAT – Ayurveda for children.
Cringy Cat is a children’s book that helps families understand the basic principles of Ayurveda. This silly and fun story illustrates three types of “cringy” and how they feel physically and mentally. Meema helps the child figure out why she feels the way she does. Together they discover what nutrition and lifestyle imbalances caused the “cringe”.
Baked zucchini casserole is packed full of flavor and nutrients. Zucchini is filling, satisfying and a great substitute for noodles in a casserole. Did you know that zucchini is high in vitamin A which helps support the health of your immune system, skin, heart, digestive system and vision? Zucchini is also rich in antioxidants that…
Join Craig Williams LAc of Ayurveda Austin and I starting April 30th as we cover Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Functional Medicine approaches to healing and balancing the digestive system! TOPICSModule 1: Healing Digestion: Ayurvedic Tools Recognizing the signs, symptoms and sources of digestion abnormalities based on Ayurvedic principles. Learn Ayurvedic approaches for healing digestion. …
Today I had a great multidiscipline discussion with Craig William LAC on the topic of pulmonary health and longevity. We presented important concepts surrounding lung health from Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medical models. This presentation also tied together relationships between lung health, the immune system, food as medicine, zinc, vitamin b3, agni, digestion, rasayana and breath practices.
This conversation interweaves concepts from functional nutrition, sports fitness, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yoga and more. The main focus was on the following:
AGNI related to jatar-agni, digestion and nutrition
AGNI related to srota-agni, dhatu-agni and health of the physical body constituents
AGNI related to immunity to disease and cellular modulation
AGNI related to manas-agni, mental fortitude, adaptation and psychiatry
AGNI in relationship to cosmic forces and advanced mental development
It was a pleasure and honor to be a guest presenter for the Necessary Nutrition Academy to introduce theories behind Ayurvedic Nutrition. During this presentation students will learn the basic theories of Ayurveda as applied to nutrition principles, including the panchamahabhuta and tri-dosha theories. This information will be integrated to understand how certain foods aggravate…
Is it summer time again? Let’s look at ways to have a healthier summer by keeping in balance with the elements through Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic Nutrition Guidelines for Balanced Doshas by Dr. Christie Smirl Ayurveda is the comprehensive science of wellness that originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is still widely practice globally. In Ayurveda each person has a unique Prakruti which is your body constitution. Each person’s Prakruti is determined by a unique combination of Doshas,…
The respiratory system is responsible for bringing life the the body. In Advanced Life Support or CPR, breathing is the first thing assessed. No breath, no life. The respiratory anatomy consists of the nose, mouth, sinuses, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, right lung with three lobes, left lung with two lobes, the diaphragm, cilia and alveoli….
The liver one of the most important organs in the body responsible for a wide range of functions including: Regulating the composition of blood, including the amounts of glucose (sugar), protein, and fat in the bloodstream. Removing bilirubin and other toxins from the blood. Bilirubin is a by-product of the breakdown of red blood cells….
Post traumatic stress disorder (P.T.S.D.) effects up to 8% of the United States population. P.T.S.D. can be temporary or lead to serious life-long complications unless recognized and managed. There are many reasons people experience P.T.S.D.
The vernal equinox signals the beginning of spring once the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. After the spring equinox we will start enjoying earlier sunrises, later sunsets and beautiful blooms. This change in season also triggers a change in the doshas (Ayurvedic biological forces) within our bodies. The ancient science of…
Mental well being is a primary pillar of health. Everybody strives for optimal concentration, memory, sleep patterns and emotional balance. Western allopathic medicine and modern psychology can be dramatically augmented with the medical science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda understands the functioning of the human mind according to three gunas (qualities). The three gunas that influence the…
Cheesy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower by Dr. Christie Smirl HealthierVibrations.com
Whole and fresh food recipes are the best way to ensure your nutrition is clean and healthy. Here is a satisfying ketogenic vegetarian avocado cucumber hemp salad.
Ketogenic Vegetarian Walnut Egg Spinach Salad by Dr. Christie Smirl
Tofu Sesame Brussels Sprout Stir Fry by Dr. Christie Smirl
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Smoothies have been all the rage for quite some time now. The smoothie health craze has created a different way of obtaining nutrition, which at first glance seems “Oh so good”. I remember the first time I walked into a popularized smoothie retailer and ordered a concoction that sounded like a really healthy meal. I…
Fennel is a delicious celery-like winter vegetable full of amazing health benefits. The white bulb, long green stalks, seeds, and leaves are all edible. Fennel is harvested in the fall and traditionally seen in fall or winter recipes. Fennel as a vegetable can be steamed, sautéed, chopped in salads, blended or juiced in health drinks…