Recipe: Fall Harvest Soup (Vegan + Gluten Free)

Fall Harvest Soup- Squash, Apple, Carrot, Ginger, Coconut Milk

Fall Harvest Soup Sprinkled with Cinnamon

Ingredients:

One large acorn squash, peeled and cubed (butternut or kabocha squash would also work great)
One large yam, peeled and cubed
Two large carrots, chopped (about 1/3-1/2 cup chopped)
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Living Gluten Free: My Story

Healthy gluten free food

Going gluten free can be a huge challenge, but the challenge is SO worth it for the reward. It was one of the best things I have ever done for my body and mind. I used to be sick all the time in multiple ways. I had stomach pains that felt like there was a huge sticky mass in my stomach that wouldn’t digest (which I did and I called it my gluten baby). I had hives and weird rashes all of the time. I had acne. I had chronic sinusitis (pretty much constant sinus infections). I got urinary tract and yeast infections way too often (once every month or so).  I would exercise like crazy and never lose weight even when the rest of my diet was healthy. I was always tired and lethargic. I would catch colds numerous times per year, and the worst part… I couldn’t poop. I would sometimes go a whole week without pooping . Continue reading

Oil Bathing: Abhyanga

One of the best self care practices that my teacher has taught me is oil bathing, or Abhyanga in Sanskrit. Sometimes when I would have a bath, my skin would end up being so dry and I would have to lather on lotions. Now I actually put oil on my entire body BEFORE I get in the bath and my skin feels so much better and I stay warm and relaxed longer. It also helps to move lymph towards the centre of the body to be processed as waste. So here is what I do:

Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, Oil Bathing Instructions, Abhyanga

First I boil a small amount of water. I pour that water into a big jar. In a smaller jar I add coconut oil and then put the small jar into the big jar so that the coconut oil melts and gets warm. Then I run my bath water. I normally add a few drops of lavender oil. Continue reading