How did I go from being a 5’10”, 285-lb borderline pre-diabetic, to 5’11″ (Yes, I grew an inch!), and, as of this writing, 259 lbs, looking a feeling better than I ever have in my life? In a nutshell, I embraced yoga and plant-based eating.
Eastern medicine such as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine) suggest that cleansing during the transitions of seasons is crucial. Ayurveda points out that the windows of transition, the natural progression from one season to another is September (from summer to fall), January (from winter to spring) and May (from spring to summer.) If you’re not able to do all 3 then at least the spring time is the best time. Continue reading
Fasting during this weather/this time of year is not ideal according to Ayurveda. It’s like walking into the middle of the woods while it’s snowing and all of your clothing is quickly removed. Similarly, during the thick of winter the digestive fire must be maintained and the nervous system must be balanced, but isn’t done so when food relative to the season is taken out of or prevented from going into the body. There are modifications made according to constitution which shouldn’t be taken lightly and should be understood accordingly, based on Ayurvedic practices.