As those closest to me know, I have recently embarked upon my formal studies in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine). One of the byproducts of this experience is that I am becoming increasing aware of my daily habits and choices and the consequences that follow. Rarely short on ideas and never bored, the vayus (energetic winds) have a way of whipping me into a whirlwind causing fragmentation and overwhelm. Then my Pitta (the discerning fiery side) comes in and starts with the self-judgement. What to do? What to do? Starting off with a little self compassion and acceptance is good–practicing patience with my own nature and accepting that the chaos is a fact of life. On the flip side the fire in me that wants to blaze through and make sense of it all has its function too. It’s just the nature of things.
It’s just the nature of things, and yet the need to find some grounding and to come back to nature is a healthy urge. Taking time out to breathe, do my yoga practice, unplug, or take a walk is always helpful. Finding ways to ground and simplify is comforting and necessary. Ayurveda teaches us that healing starts in the kitchen so I can work from there. Preparing meals that are wholesome and simple helps to ground and nourish us, and can also make for one less thing to think about, thus preserving some our decision-making powers for more complex arenas of life. Of course I love creating and trying new things, but there is great wisdom in simplicity.
This morning I prepared a big pot of kitchiri which will serve as breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. And then I’ll eat more kitchiri tomorrow. This may seem a little dull in the land of plenty, but really it’s quite liberating! Here’s my simple recipe. You can use mine or make your own!
1 cup mung beans
1 cup raw oats
2/3 head red cabbage
1/2 head kale
1 sweet potato
fresh grated ginger
Chop, rinse, and combine all ingredients in a big pot. Cover with purified water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 45 minutes. You want a mixture that is mushy and soft. Season with coriander, turmeric, cumin, and a dash of sea salt. Optionally add olive or coconut oil. Makes a great breakfast, lunch, and dinner!