Month: October 2013

Easy Guide to Oil Pulling

I thought I’d share a quick and easy guide to Oil Pulling as I find there is so much information out there, that it can be a little overwhelming. My previous post is more detailed with lots of links and updates on my experiences to date (view it HERE). I’ve been Oil Pulling for the past 5 months and can definitely say it has benefited me. I’ve used sesame oil (which is recommended) and coconut oil. I would recommend starting with sesame oil (try that for about 6 weeks) and then switch to coconut for a few weeks and see how you feel. We have to remember that each one of us is different, with varying constitutions and past/current ailments, and therefore will experience different results. By nature, sesame is a more warming oil, and coconut has a cooling effect on the body. 1, 2, 3 Oil Pull Me 1. Take 1 tbsp of organic, unrefined sesame/coconut oil first thing in the morning (you can have a sip of water first if you need to). 2. Swish it …

Oh-So-Yummy Dragon Fruit

One of the things I love about living in Asia is the variety of different fruit and vegetables available.  A quick pop down to the market and you never know what you might find! The Dragon Fruit (aka Pitaya) is my latest addiction. I love this tropical superfood because it tastes oh-so-good and is extremely nutritious. As you can see in my pic, it’s covered in a scaly bright pink skin, which is actually thin and peels off effortlessly. The entire inside is edible and consists of white or pink sweet tasting pulp and tiny black seeds (my favorite is the pink pulp variety). I could feel it was good for me, especially my digestion (I had proof!),  so I researched more. Here’s what I found out… – Dragon Fruits are rich in antioxidants and contain a multitude of nutrients. What’s notable is the Vitamin C content – a whopping 9mg per 100g. Typical nutritional value per 100g: Nutrition Amount Water 82.5- 83 g Protein 0.159- 0.229 g Fat 0.21- 0.61 g Fiber 0.7- 0.9 g …

(Ha) + (Tha)

People often confuse yoga for some sort of religion. They couldn’t be more wrong. It is in fact, as Yogi Bikram Choudhury states, “the science of living life correctly so that we can get to that point , our ultimate destination.” So why does Mr Bikram refer to it as the science of life? “Science helps us understand the physical world. Yoga helps us understand not just the physical body but also the mind and the Spirit. Yoga helps us understand nature; and nature helps us understand the voice of our spirit, or God.” The Symmetry of Hatha Hatha Yoga refers to the practice of yoga asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and relaxation. In Sanskrit, Ha means ‘Sun’ and Tha means ‘Moon’. Isn’t that just perfection in itself? I’ve known this truth for a long time, but I love the way Bikram expresses it so simply and aptly in his book, Bikram Yoga. Let me share it with you… “In nature there is a strong symbiotic movement between the Sun and the Moon, a balance between …