Food for the body and mind

Au­thor says lis­ten­ing to your body is key to main­tain­ing health and hap­pi­ness

The Northern Star - - LIFE | EASY EATING - Sjonelle Hod­gins

FOR Ayurvedic health and life­style coach Lorien Wal­dron, good food is all about good di­ges­tion and great health. The Byron Bay res­i­dent has been fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing nu­tri­tious, de­li­cious food for the past 10 years with the use of Ayurvedic prin­ci­ples. Ayurveda orig­i­nates from In­dian cul­ture, but the prin­ci­ples are univer­sal and can be ap­plied to the cook­ing of any food, ac­cord­ing to Lorien (pic­tured). “One of my teach­ers says ‘we are what we digest, not what we eat’. I love the prin­ci­ples of making food light, warm and moist so that the food we eat is easy to digest and so we can re­ceive the most nu­tri­ents pos­si­ble out of the food we eat and have a healthy di­ges­tive sys­tem and healthy, happy body,” she said. Lorien said Ayurvedic cook­ing was about cook­ing in­tu­itively and preparing your food so you could digest it as eas­ily as pos­si­ble, as well as making it de­li­cious. “Yum­mi­ness is very im­por­tant for de­vel­op­ing a healthy ap­petite and re­la­tion­ship with your food,” she said. Lorien’s fo­cus on good health be­gan at a young age, and has led to her cre­at­ing nu­mer­ous recipes for an up­com­ing e-book. “I’ve al­ways loved food,” she said. “To me cook­ing is a cre­ative out­let; it is a rit­ual and a way of nour­ish­ing and lov­ing my body and those around me. It was through food that I was first in­tro­duced to Ayurvedic medicine over 10 years ago and now it is whole­some nour­ish­ing food that I am pas­sion­ate about shar­ing with oth­ers.” Lorien’s style of cook­ing is based on the con­cept that a per­son’s qual­ity of mind de­pends on the qual­ity of food they are con­sum­ing. “Eat­ing is sa­cred and a very im­por­tant part of the day as the food we digest be­comes one with our body, and in Ayurvedic medicine the food we eat is con­sid­ered to nour­ish the tis­sues of our body as well as the mind and our thoughts,” she said. Lorien said many peo­ple suf­fered from food al­ler­gies and in­tol­er­ances, but Ayurveda en­cour­aged eat­ing for your body type, and eat­ing in­tu­itively so you get the most nu­tri­ents out of it. “There’s no point eat­ing the best su­per foods in the world if your body isn’t di­gest­ing them well,” she said.

Love Me Up Vegie Subji

Veg­eta­bles are divine and this is one of the sim­plest yet ex­ot­i­cally de­li­cious ways you can enjoy them. Warm­ing, easy on the di­ges­tive sys­tem and light, this subji will love your body up and give you some warm­ing spice to keep your di­ges­tive fire thriv­ing. Serves: 4 / Time: 35 mins

In­gre­di­ents

1 tbs ghee or co­conut oil 1 tsp co­rian­der seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp gin­ger, freshly grated/chopped 1 tsp turmeric pow­der ¼ of a large pump­kin, chopped into small–medium-sized cubes 1 large hand­ful of green beans, chopped into thirds 1 medium zuc­chini, chopped into cubes ½ cup fresh co­rian­der ¼ cup wa­ter 1 tsp sea salt A few cracks of black pep­per

Method:

Warm ghee or co­conut oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Add cumin and co­rian­der seeds and stir as they siz­zle for 1–2 min­utes. Add fresh gin­ger and turmeric pow­der. Stir with a wooden spoon to mix gin­ger with the spices. Add green beans, zuc­chini and pump­kin. Stir con­tin­u­ously to toast the veg­eta­bles evenly in the pot. Add ¼ cup of wa­ter, a pinch of sea salt and a few cracks of black pep­per. Con­tinue to stir reg­u­larly on a medi­umhigh heat for an­other 2–3 min­utes then place lid on and sim­mer on medium heat for 10–15 min­utes or un­til the veg­eta­bles are soft. Tip: You can make a subji out of any se­lec­tion of veg­eta­bles that are in sea­son. The main prin­ci­ples are to toast the spices and add a lit­tle wa­ter to let the ve­g­ies mois­ten and soften.

Lorien’s e-book of recipes will be re­leased next month and you can visit her web­site www.Whole­someLov­ingGood­ness.com for free sea­sonal Ayurvedic recipes and in­spi­ra­tional health and life­style tips. Or con­nect with her on Face­book and In­sta­gram, @Whole­someLov­ingGood­ness.

PHOTO: SHAN­TANU STAR­ICK

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