One of my usual Ayurvedic morning rituals is to start my day with a homemade soothing cup of hot lemon ginger and honey tea. It’s a delicious way to get straight in and cleanse your digestive system after resting overnight. To make this simply grate or slice some fresh ginger, place it in your favorite mug, and cover with hot water. Squeeze in some fresh lemon or add a nice slice. Give it a stir. Allow the tea to sit for a couple of minutes, before adding raw honey (heating honey too high means losing many of its nutrients, hence using raw honey and adding once the tea is warm, and not hot). About as warm as your underarm😉😉 You can also add turmeric for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
In truth I always follow up with a kick ass cup of coffee or chai☕️
I shared last week what Ayurveda is but to really explain how passionate I am about it I wanted to share my personal story and how much it has helped me, my body, by business, my relationships, and my life. I found Ayurveda when I had lots going on but in a good way. I felt physically strong, and alive, I was on🔥. Fast forward a couple of years and my Ayurvedic Practitioner was kindly explaining that I was on the edge of a burn out (one that I could recover from but never 100%). I made some recommended changes but continue to ignore the signs my body was giving me (you know how that goes, first a pebble, then a rock, then a boulder and if needed the good old cosmic 2×4 over the head). Fast forward another 12 months of physical suffering I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which left me on daily meds and a weekly injection. The specialist talks about my stress as most of the inflammation in my body was due to chronic stress. A bit sad to say that to the co-owner of a yoga and wellness studio who was teaching upwards of 16 classes/wk. Interesting how we sometimes don’t live what we teach. I remember looking in the mirror one day and I looked so pale and exhausted. What happened to the girl years ago who was radiant and grounded. I then found my way back to Ayurveda and my practitioner and became the CEO of my life. I made simple, easy, changes in all areas and we designed an attainable wellness plan. My business partner and I also made changes in our business (we were both burnt out). My wellness plan had me rest, slow down and heal. I struggled with feeling like I was failing but I LISTENED to my body FIRST. It was hard but my whole body responded well. In a time of unbalance, Ayurveda connected me back to my true self and gave me tools to listen and heal. I now have a proactive holistic system of medicine that supports me through life’s ebbs and flows. If you had a chance to get back into balance how would you do it?
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