Ideas differ on how to eat right for your body type by Edwin Arnaudin

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Living in harmony

The ancient Indian philosophy ayurveda teaches that all things in nature are composed of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether. These elements combine in various permutations to form the three doshas: vata (air and ether), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (earth and water). Practitioners believe each person has a unique balance of the three doshas, called their prakruti.

At Asheville Ayurveda, specialist Greta Kent-Stoll assesses each client’s physical constitution and physiological, psychological and emotional habits. She also looks at the person’s appetite and metabolism, ability to gain and lose weight, ideal number of meals per day and reaction to missing a meal.

Kent-Stoll says one or two of the doshas usually predominate in each person and natural tendencies reinforce these, which can lead to problems. “If we are eating foods and living in such a way that simply exaggerates who we are, and we keep doing that day after day over time, then that will eventually create some kind of imbalance,” she says.

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Sunbutter Cookies! My Original Recipes

Full disclosure. This cookie recipe was born out of my own laziness. While living in San Francisco, I was lounging on my couch one foggy afternoon, dreaming of fresh baked cookies. The only problem was that I was feeling too cheap and lackadaisical to go to any great lengths to procure baked goods that required much thought or effort. Any recipe that needed more than one step and a few simple ingredients was out of the question. I also wanted something relatively wholesome—no yuck ingredients, such as white sugar or bleached flour for my cookies!

Like all good San Franciscans, I turned to my smartphone for an answer. I don’t remember exactly what I typed into my keyword search, but it was something to the effect of “really easy cookie recipe” or “cookies for really lazy people.”

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Introduction to Ayurveda: What’s My Dosha?

Ayurveda and the terms vata, pitta, and kapha are slowly making their way into alternative health lexicons. However, many readers may still be mystified by these concepts, or perhaps this is the very first time you are learning about these terms. This post is intended to provide you with a basic overview.

However, it is wise to keep in mind that Ayurveda, like yoga and all the ancient traditions, is an ocean of wisdom that is the product of thousands of years of practice, study, and observation. My hope here is to give you a peek into the wealth of wisdom that Ayurveda has to offer.

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Masala Fried Apples

While apples are the perfect autumn food, as temperatures drop and daylight becomes scarce, sometimes the cool energy of a raw apple just doesn’t provide the warmth and nourishment that your body needs. I have found that frying apples in ghee with a little spice is a great way to warm up this cool, astringent fruit and make it a little more comforting. This makes a lovely breakfast or mid-afternoon snack. Here’s how!

Masala Fried Apples

2 whole apples

1 T ghee

1/8-1/4 tsp garam masala powder

Thin slice two apples. You can core the apple first, or just cut around the core. I like to use honey crisp apples, but a number of varieties will work. Heat 1 T ghee in a frying pan. Add 1/8-1/4 tsp of garam masala powder (depending on your spice threshold) to the heated ghee, and put on medium. Add the apples and cover. Stir occasionally. Allow the apples to fry for five minutes or until they are soft. This is a great stand-alone light meal, or consider frying dates and/or walnuts right along with the apples.