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Kate Towell's Blog

Oil Pulling – Truth or Hype?

Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice of detoxifying and maintaining oral health. The oil acts like a cleanser and pulls harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organism out of your teeth, gums and throat.

What’s with oil pulling? Have you heard about it? It seems to be getting a lot of press these days, and I have been getting loads of questions about it.

I have read some of the same articles and blogs that you have, and to be honest, although oil pulling is part of my daily morning routine I don’t agree with everything I have read.

"Understanding the Acid/Alkaline Balance – Three Ways to Balance Your pH," by Kate Towell

Understanding how to create the proper acid/alkaline balance in your body will increase your energy, boost your immunity and create a solid foundation to lasting wellness.

The standard American diet is full of acid forming foods and acid leads to inflammation. Most modern imbalances are inflammatory in nature including obesity, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, chronic allergies and a weakened immune system.

Understanding how to create the proper acid/alkaline balance in your body will increase your energy, boost your immunity and create a solid foundation to lasting wellness.

Why Ayurveda Rules!

Why Ayurveda Rules. Ayurveda – (pronounced i-yer-vay-da) literally means the wisdom of life, and it is an ancient science of healing derived some 5,000 years ago from the wisdom of Indian scholars.

A few of years back I was experiencing a number of seemingly disconnected symptoms; low energy, joint pain, constant stomach issues, mood swings and headaches. After seeing a number of health professionals from a range of modalities with no resolution I found my way to an Ayurvedic practitioner. What I discovered about myself, my connection to the world around me and my ability to take charge of my health amazed me. I was hooked.

Three powerful reasons to eat mindfully

Learning to eat mindfully is an important step toward obtaining long-term wellness. Many of the most common health conditions we face may be prevented or reversed if you become more mindful while eating.

I have been reading the great monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s new book on mindful eating called “Savor” and am loving it.

Learning to eat mindfully is an important step toward obtaining long-term wellness. Many of the most common health conditions we face; stress, depression, weight gain and digestive disorders, may be prevented or reversed if you become more mindful while eating.

Juicing vs. Blending

Kate Towell discusses the benefits of both juicing and blending the light, fresh foods of the season.

Hey look what I found, my old Juice Man Jr. I bought this guy a few years back when I was doing a juice cleanse. You probably have noticed information and recipes for green juices and smoothies are popping up all over the place and they are becoming a more mainstream approach to healthy eating. I have to be honest, I never took to juicing the way I have to green smoothies.

I drink a smoothie every day. It has become part of my daily routine. I know there are people who love juicing but I found it messy and not as satisfying as having a smoothie. But hey, since I found my juicer when I was cleaning out the cupboards I took it as a sign to give juicing another try.

Six tips for healthy summer travel

So, whether you’re road tripping, flying or maybe taking a cruise, here are some simple tips to optimize your summer travel–keeping you balanced and healthy so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

The season of summer vacation is here. As a kid that meant a road trip! We would pile in our green Oldsmobile station wagon and head to the beach; some national historic landmark, or if we were lucky Cedar Point (Ohio’s greatest theme park).

Summer travel, when done right, leaves us refreshed, relaxed and with great memories, but we have all had vacations that leave us feeling like we need another one as soon as we get home. So, whether you’re road tripping, flying or maybe taking a cruise, here are some simple tips to optimize your summer travel–keeping you balanced and healthy so you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

Keeping Cool this Summer – with Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, Summer is the season of Pitta or the fire element. Pitta governs our metabolism and intelligence and is our ability to digest food, information and emotions.

Summer’s in full swing and BBQs, flip flops and sunscreen are in high demand. According to Ayurveda, Summer is the season of Pitta or the fire element. Pitta is the energy of transformation. It governs our metabolism and intelligence and is our ability to digest food, information and emotions. Pitta’s qualities are hot, sharp and intense.

Pitta is increased by excessive heat like too much hot spicy foods or a lot of hot emotions like anger, frustration and intense competition. Since the summer is the season of Pitta when it is hot outside the fire element in us increases too. We may experience irritability, skin rashes, increased sweat, red itchy eyes, acid indigestion and even be prone to road rage.

One of the main principles of Ayurveda is “like increases like” (that’s why hot things increase the fire element) and balance is achieved by the opposite qualities. So if Pitta is hot, sharp and intense think calm, cool and peaceful to bring balance.

Greens will do ya’ good - whole wheat arugula pizza recipe

Kate Towell's whole wheat arugula pizza recipe piles on the greens.

This week I harvested my first batch of greens from the garden and they were fantastic By now you know I am BIG fan of eating greens. One of the first things I did when I began my journey to healthy eating and vibrant living was to load up on dark leafy greens. Dark leafy greens and other green veggies are the single most powerful foods you can add to your diet to create vibrant health. Soon after I began to green up my diet I immediately noticed shifts in my moods, lack of cravings, increased energy and brighter skin!

Dark leafy greens and other green veggies are nutrient dense. That means they pack a lot of the good stuff in each calorie. The result? Loads of energy. In addition, these powerful foods can eliminate cravings, boost energy, balance digestion, strengthen immune function and give skin a radiant glow.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Kate Towell modifies her mother-in-law's rhubarb crisp recipe by adding strawberries, switching up the sweeteners and adding a few other ingredients. It turns out fantastic!

Last week I was gifted some amazing rhubarb from a friend at the yoga studio (thanks Beth). I have to admit I had never cooked rhubarb before so I went searching for ideas on how to prepare it. In the end my husband who loves rhubarb crisp called his mom for her recipe. The recipe below is loosely based on hers. I added strawberries, switched up the sweeteners and added a few other ingredients. It turned out fantastic.

Enjoy! And please post your favorite rhubarb recipe.

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