It can be challenging to step into more holistic choices in our lives. The fact that everything is so easy to get whenever we want it can make it very hard to make good choices. When talking to my clients that are a few things that I have discovered are very helpful, especially if you are working full time.
Crock Pot or Thermos Meals
Ayurveda encourages eating only freshly cooked foods that are organic and suitable for your body to keep your doshas in balance. Since we are all unique this involves a bit of effort on our part and it typically means there is rarely anything we can pick up to eat when out and about. Eating out at a restaurant is a wonderful thing to do on occasion, but when it is done regularly it can lead to challenges that result in chronic inflammation issues. Most food choices that are prepared for us by our favorite fast foods are rarely made from fresh ingredients. The majority of the foods are packed full of chemicals so they can sit on a shelf for years.
So we have the choice to either eat foods that aren't leading to greater health and vitality or to bring our prepared meals from home. Essentially, we are looking at the day-to-day regular choices that make a profound impact on our wellbeing. According to Ayurveda, freshly prepared food with no additives would be the most ideal way to support your body. However, this is becoming more and more clear in all areas of health care.
But if you are busy running from the demands of home life, to work duties, and anything in between then you know spending hours making a freshly cooked meal is not reasonable in our day and age. There just aren't enough hours in the day. This is where wonderful inventions like the crock pot, pressure cooker, and thermos can lead to greater success and more nutritious meals. Making a thermos lunch is easy to do in the morning and takes about 5-10 minutes. The food cooks in the sealed container resulting in a warm meal being ready when lunchtime rolls around. At the same time you are making your lunch you could prepare food in the crock pot so you have a fresh meal waiting for you when you get home. Many of the newer versions have a timer so it can kick on at the precise moment you need it to for dinner to be ready when you get home.
Buying in Bulk
When buying anything that is marked as an Ayurvedic product it can be quite expensive. To save resources you can buy herbs and spices that you know you will use regularly and combine them yourself. For example, there is something called CCF tea. It stands for cumin, coriander, and fennel. You can easily purchase all of these seeds in bulk and combine equal parts of each. This will save you tons of money!
I have also found that my favorite toothpaste company (Auromere) gives you a nice discount on many of their items if you buy them in bulk. For instance, you save $1.50 on each tube of toothpaste when you buy the 6pack as opposed to just one. This also minimizes the amount of energy used to get your toothpaste delivered. So when you know you are going to get the same toothpaste or other beauty product getting a larger amount delivered makes a difference.
We are looking at saving time and hassle in this post. One way to do that is to have things measured out in advance. If we were to look at the example of the thermos lunch, we could spend one day lining up the entire week's worth of ingredients so they are easy to grab first thing in the morning. You might wait to cut the vegetables until the morning for the best quality. But you could have everything you need sectioned out so it is easy to pull together before work.
This is also a great idea for teas. Bringing an herbal tea to sip on throughout the day can be another very helpful way to keep your body hydrated and nourished from the herbs. Having this set out the night before so all you have to do is boil water will keep you motivated to bring your tea with you and potentially help you avoid buying sodas or other sugary drinks.
Having things like essential oils and massage oils beside your bed is another time saver. For those of you that have a hard time falling asleep at night, putting oil on the soles of your feet before bed works miracles. For me, I would forget this climb into bed and then not want to get up even though it would help me sleep better. Now I leave the oils beside my bed so I can easily apply them before sliding them into my covers.
The purpose of this blog is to allow Sivani to express thoughts on Ayurveda, yoga & meditation that are not typically found when googling the topics. Sivani's deepest desire is to encourage autonomous living in all people. There are no infallible persons to whom one can turn for perfect guidance to ensure success. When it comes all the way down to it, we are each responsible for our choices regardless if others have led, will lead, or actively attempt to lead us in any direction either for our good or our destruction. Even the best-intentioned individuals make grievous mistakes. Yet, within each individual is an Infallible Source that governs all of existence. Through exploration and discovery, individuals can connect to and build a strong relationship with this Source and thus make their own choices based on their moral objectivity. Does this approach come at an expense? Potentially. But blindly following others has proven to be just as dangerous. Stimulating others to approach any and all exploration to deepen their first-hand relationship with the Inner Intelligence active within the confines of their nervous systems is Sivani's life's mission. The more this is done, the more the Inner Intelligence permeates and pervades all of creation and will be unmistakable.