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!!!  


Sweet Tender Love for Trader Joe’s

Thank you Trader Joe’s for supporting my single, small- kitchen habits… I appreciate having you near.

1. Vegetarian Tamales from the Fresh Food Section

2. Organic Tomato Bisque in a Can

3. Dried Tart Cherries

4. Home-Made Corn Tortillas

5. Pacific’s  Organic Original and Chocolate Almond Milk

6. Organic Micro-Greens

7. Lemon-Ginger-Echinea Juice Splashed into Water or Tea – Served Hot or Cold

8. Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

9. Peach Salsa

10. Organic Oatmeal Packets – Great for Travel

Do you have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood? What are some of your favorite healthy products? Do you have particular items you buy and use consistantly? What are a few TJ’s treats you long for?

Let the beauty you love be what you do.

~ Rumi

I’ve just returned from an amazing first weekend with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City!!! I’ve joined 1500 other like-minded people from around the world committed to improving the health and happiness of Americans which therefore radiates around the world.

Being healthy is NOT complicated!!!

IIN respects bio-individuality.

IIN remains neutral –  Different foods work for different people.

IIN promotes primary foods as well as edible foods.

Primary foods include the myriad ways we nourish ourselves – for example – relationships, work, intimacy, sexuality, love, spirituality, family, hobbies, etc…

IIN practices deconstructing cravings:

What is the underlying imbalance?

What is going on for me?

How is my body trying to recreate balance?

IIN values healthy, wholesome, fresh, preferrably organic foods.

Simple is best.

Cooking is an art form.

Food is for sharing.

How can your food nourish you and your relationships?

Treat everything like it matters.

Everything is an opportunity.

IIN offers excellent tools to provide wellness services for clients to recognize how food and lifestyle affect health, happiness and quality of life.

As a wellness coach I am excited to support you to identify and achieve your health and personal goals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions…

Thank you!!!

The new year is almost upon us… 2009!!! Do you find yourself mulling over the last year? What did you set out and create? What did you want to create for yourself and didn’t? With the holiday season stepping up full force many are grappling in particular with health and weight issues. Are you comfortable in your body? Are you taking good care of yourself? What could you do differently in 2009? Are you willing to establish new and healthy habits? What is one thing you could do starting today to take better care of yourself?

This link provides a variety of fun, easy tools to calculate healthy body weights, body mass (BMI), caloric intake and more… Check it out!

Keep me posted on affirmative New Year resolutions… not what you aren’t going to do… but rather… what ARE you going to do…

What do you want more of? What sort of experiences do you want to have in 2009? How do you want to feel? What habits do you want to have as a part of your daily life? What sort of conscious commmitments to your health and well-being are you willing to make for 2009?