Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda

by Pratima Raichur with Marian Cohn

LOVE this book!!!

I read alot, am entirely enamored with our local library network, and come across literary inspiration regularly. However, I have found myself particularly taken with Pratima Raichur’s book Absolute Beauty. In addition to interesting information about how to cultivate beauty through internal nourishment and external treatments, she also dedicates a whole section of the book to the concept of inner harmony and beauty that blossoms from a healthy soul. This is a neglected topic in our superficial, consumer driven culture. What if standard operating procedure was to cultivate joy instead of taking out a loan for breast implants? What if  it were normal to consider balance, flexibility and purpose qualities that contribute to one’s loveliness? What would America be like and what would it be like to be a woman of the 21st century if we were taught from early on healthy, wholesome ways to nurture our image. What if we ate whole foods knowing that they would give us a glow no makeup ever will? What if we made rest and rejuvenation a part of our regular routine aware that it would boost our attractiveness? Can you imagine if we spent the same amount of money that we spend on cosmetics on wholesome foods and regular massage therapy?! Ayurveda can be described as the science of life. Raichur has outlined a science for natural beauty. Definitely a wonderful and inspiring read!!!  

Have you ever eaten the sweet little adzuki bean? This cute pinkish-red, high protein brain food helps regulate sugar, water, and other aspects of metabolism, as well as promotes balanced sexual activity and proper growth and development of the body. According to Paul Pitchford and his book Healing with Whole Foods, legumes have drying and diuretic qualities.

Adzuki beans in particular are thermal in nature and relate to the heart and small intestine. They tonify kidney-adrenal function, detoxify the body, remove heat conditions, remove swelling and support weight loss.

Mix adzuki beans into soups, salads or grain dishes. Drizzle with flax or olive oil. Serve with seaweed or salt to enhance moistening properties.

For recipes and ideas Heidi Swanson’s 101Cookbooks.com showcases a lovely butternut squash-adzuki bean soup among many other remarkable creations…

What is your relationship with beans? Do you eat them regularly? What is your favorite legume dish?

Ayurveda

The Science of Life

Are you familiar with the ancient Indian practice for wellness? Ayurveda translates as the science of life and offers an approach to wellness that is thousands of years old. Last weekend I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. John Douillard speak at Lincoln Center. Ayurvedic and chiropractic doctor, athlete and father of six, Dr. Douillard is a dynamic man who offered some interesting philosphies for diet and lifestyle. Are you a Vata? Pitta? or Kapha? Check out the Chopra Center’s free Dosha Quiz.

Are you living in rhythm with life? How can you experience more balance? What is one thing you know you can do to take better care of yourself?