Good health comes from balanced and moderate living and eating. Make your choices wisely as to how you spend your time. Answer these questions for yourself:
If you are working long hours, is it taking you in the direction you want to go?
Are you living your life in accordance with your values and desires or are you doing it for some underlying motive? (Even something that you may not be aware of!)
Asking and answering these questions for yourself is often revealing. I suggest you make a list of your Top 5 Priorities in life and and make sure you are spending most of your time doing those things. Life is not meant to be a struggle or drudgery. Spend your time and energy on what is most important to you. Without having physical, mental and emotional health, not much will go well in your life.
Honestly, Ayurvedic food preparation is quite simple.
1. Stocking your kitchen monthly with grains, legumes and spices will make a big difference in your enjoyment of the cooking and eating process.
2. Schedule a time each week to review what you have and what you need, perhaps right before the weekly farmer’s market so you will know what to buy.
3. Choose 5-7 recipes that you like and then adjust them according to what is available fresh.
4. If you are preparing for others as well as yourself then have them be a part of the planning and cooking process.
5. Have other members of your family prepare the food in advance, then all you have to do is add spices, water and ingredients. This is a great way to teach young people about taking care of themselves and others.
6. Farmers’ markets are a great place to learn more about your food and your community. Talk to the farmers and get to know them. They are an important part of your community and your life.
One suggestion that came from a student in a workshop has been helpful to many:
To make kitchadi in a portable thermos, place uncooked split mung, rice, and two or less chopped veggies in it. (This could be done the night before but best in the morning.) In a separate pan heat ghee and spices until the aroma comes up, then scrape this into the thermos. Then fill your thermos with boiling water, close it up, and go to work. The boiling water will cook the vegetables, rice and beans over the hours until you eat lunch!
Creativity will take you a long way in terms of balanced living. Love is something you can come up with as it is in you always. Let the cooking draw this out of you. Long term thinking pays off royally. Short term thinking has long term expenses.
Myra Lewin has consulted, studied, and taught Ayurveda, yoga, nutrition, meditation, and subtle energy management since the late 1980s. Her in-depth knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and psychology enables her to approach people at their level to encourage the integration of healthy balanced practices as a foundation for living. Honoring the holistic nature of the human being, she has helped many people move from destructive paths toward fulfillment. Learn practical Ayurveda today with Myra’s Getting Started with Ayurveda program.