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Sugar & relaxation – hunger or thirst?

During Summer the pace slows down and we can take the time to reflect/relax/take a step back to start new habits before the September “back to school” rush.

It’s also a time when we tend to enjoy more sweet food. Ayurveda explains why.
In Ayurveda the sweet taste is one of the tastes that helps to cool down the body being made up the elements of water & earth.The water component is important. When our cells are dehydrated they hold on to toxins rather than letting them go.

When we become stressed our body produces more heat, and the cells dry out. At this time our body may require more water to support its reaction to stressors. Our individual reaction to stressors produces toxicity resulting in acidic chemistry within the body. The more acidic (=dehydrated) we are, the more the body needs water to neutralise the acidity and flush out the toxins (a reason why we may urinate more when we drink more at this time).  Flying, for example, is stressful/ dehydrating for the body so, in addition to our normal water intake, it’s useful to drink a glass of water for every hour you are in the air.

So we may be able to understand why some people who are dehydrated may have a tendancy to want to eat more sweet & sugary foods in summer.

What can be done to manage sweet cravings and stay cool & hydrated
Here are 3 simple ideas!
1. Have a glass of water the next time you feel hungry.  Mild hunger pangs come sometimes when in fact you are just thirsty.
2. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables – some are up to 80% water!
3. Have a water schedule – the body likes routine. For example, drink a glass an hour after breakfast, one an hour before lunch etc. Drink water away from meals as far as possible. If you forget and feel thirsty during a meal, sip warm water /herbal tea but not cold water, which will impair efficient digestion of food.

The following recipe is a classic Ayurvedic one for keeping the body hydrated at any time of the year!
Cumin, coriander, fennel tea
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 litre boiling water

Place the seeds in a heat-resistant jug/teapot. Pour the boiling water over it. Leave to steep for 10-15 minutes. Sip & savour.

What next?
Choose at least one idea to put into practice in the coming week that you can continue for the next four weeks.
I’m happy to answer your questions to support your choice so feel free to contact me. 🙂

Ready for Spring – clearing with care

Clearing with Care

We’re in the first few weeks of Spring. Are you ready ?

Join me for a day of gentle cleansing with Ayurveda & yoga techniques to maintain balance on all levels to clear with care. As we take the time to reflect and explore attitudes & practices to support the rising and clearing energy of Spring,

You’ll discover
–  healthy ayurvedic nutrition & eating principles
–  simple daily cleansing rituals

Together we’ll practise
– routines for relaxation & restoration in a busy lifestyle
–  appropriate asanas (postures/exercise), pranayama (breathing) & meditation

You’ll receive, for your individual Spring Cleaning practice,
-meal suggestions
– support items e.g. neti kit, tongue cleaner
– 1 week e-coaching support

When? Saturday 5 April  9.30 – 4pm

Where? Phosphorus 19-21 rue du Village, 1214 Vernier, Geneva

Suggested Price: 150 frs * (including organic & seasonal vegetarian lunch  and all support material)
*Anyone wishing to learn is free  to give a donation of what s/he can afford.

Ad hoc Vitality sessions

Ad hoc vitality sessions at your workplace during your lunch hour in person or by phone. Sessions may be 15, 30 or 45 minutes depending on your schedule.

They may include any of the following to enhance vitality for the group/individual:

  • specific yoga postures/asanas
  • ayurvedic foot treatment (in person only)
  • breathing exercises /pranayama
  • meditation

Other ayurvedic/yogic treatments/techniques also available depending on your needs

Contact me if you  feel that you or your work colleagues would benefit from individual or group relaxation sessions.

Organic Shopping – where?

Question: Though this would be limited to Geneva, I would be interested to know where to buy organic products here
My answer: 
Here are a few online and offline hints of where to go in the USA, UK, as well as France and Switzerland. Feel free to let me know if you know of other good links

Online sources of information include
For the USA

For Online Organic food delivery in the UK
A comprehensive listing of companies offering organic food delivery – locally and nationwide.

Local sources in Geneva, Switzerland and (neighbouring) France include
Alna Diététique & Bio, rue de Cornavin 3-5, 1201 Genève – 022 738 1028
Espace Santé/Bio-Servette , 3 route de Meyrin, 1202 Geneva – 022 733 8708
Le marché de vie, 25 rue des Eaux-Vives, 1207 Geneva – 022 735 44 34
Satoriz , 2 rue René Cassin – ZAC de la Chatelaine 74240 Gaillard, France – +33 450 94 20 49
Satoriz , 31 rue Voltaire, 01210 Ferney-Voltaire, France – +33 450 407862
Satoriz , Z.A Pré de Fontaine, 01710 Thoiry, France – +33 450 99 14 94
La Vie Saine », 5 rue des Esserts, Annemasse, +33 450 84 2841
LACOMBE traiteur Au deux portes, Rue Schaub 10, Geneva 022 734 11 22
Supermarkets in Geneva and other parts of Switzerland
e.g. Coop, Migros, Manor, Globus
In the German-speaking part of Switzerland