This One’s for the Ladies: 5 Natural, Ayurvedic Tips for Pain-Free Periods

(Originally published in the “Popular Lately” Spotlight and as one of the Top 10 Blogs of the Week on Elephant Journal)

It was not until relatively recently that I really believed that a pain-free, normal period was possible.

Having popped various pills to mitigate the excruciating pain I used to feel during each and every cycle, I made a firm resolution at age 22 that I would no longer take any kind of painkiller during my periods; I decided I would simply take the pain.

It was not until encountering the amazing science of Ayurveda three years later that pain-free periods became not only a perceivable possibility, but rather a reality for me.  Continue reading

5 “Healthy Habits” that Can Actually Be Harmful

(As published in the "Popular Lately" section of Elephant Journal) 

As members of our modern, globalized society, we are continuously exposed to a variety of magazine articles, television and radio shows and other forms of online media that bombard—and often confuse—us with contradictory information.

One research report negates what another confirmed to be proven true, leaving us in quite a quandary as we seek to form and follow healthy habits.

I, too, was once lost in the quagmire of modern media when it came to health.

Having encountered, studied, practiced and then taught Ayurveda, however, I now feel certain about how we can not only obtain, but sustain, amazing health.  Continue reading

You Are What You Eat: 3 Ways Food Impacts Your Mood

(As published on Elephant Journal)

“You are what you eat.”

How often have we heard this phrase in regard to health, nutrition and wellness?

We read it in books. We hear it on TV. Maybe our own mothers remind us of this from time to time, too.

It might even make sense to us, on some level. And yet, what in the world does this phrase really mean, and how do we start to actually eat what we want to be?

Ayurveda, the ancient sister science of Yoga, holds the answers to this question and teaches us three potent ways that food can profoundly impact our mood.  Continue reading

Why I Love Every Ounce of Fat in My Body

(As published on Elephant Journal)

“You look fatter, Ripa,” my Ayurveda teacher said to me recently.

I smiled and replied “I never thought I’d take that as a compliment as much as I do now.”

Having once struggled with anorexia nervosa, starving myself for long periods of time to achieve a feeling of “skinny,” I have now come 360 degrees on my journey. I have not only been able to gain much-needed weight, but have experienced a transformation in my whole attitude towards my body. Ayurveda, the ancient art and science of life from India, has inspired me to now love every ounce of fat in my body.

Here’s why:  Continue reading

Don’t Lose Sleep Over It: Ayurveda’s Top 3 Insomnia Solutions

(As featured on Elephant Journal)

Do you feel pain all over your body?

Have a heavy head? Experience excessive yawning and drowsiness? Have indigestion often? Do you feel like you just don’t want to do anything most of the time?

These are all signs that you may not be getting enough sleep.

As a veteran of New York City, the city that very literally never sleeps, I once could raise my hand and answer “yes” to all of the above questions.  Continue reading

Why Getting More Exercise Doesn’t Always Mean Getting Healthier

(As originally posted as “Featured Today” highlight and in the “Popular Lately” section on Elephant Journal)

Eat well and get plenty of exercise.”

We hear this blanket statement of ‘health’ all the time in the health and wellness world. Doctors prescribe it, the media promotes it, and so we practice it.

We work out and we feel better. We even come to crave the release of endorphins that accompanies our exercise routines. It makes us feel so good that the more we do of it, the better we will feel, right?

Having fallen (hard) for the endorphin release that comes with a great workout in the past, I can say from hard-earned experience that getting more exercise does not always equal gaining more health.  Continue reading

4 Surprising Ways That Ayurveda Can Aid Poor Digestion

(Originally published as “Featured Wellness Article,” in the “Popular Lately” section and Top 10 Blogs of the Week on Elephant Journal)

Are you experiencing heaviness, bloating, and pain upon elimination?

Do you also suffer from inexplicable chest pain and headaches?

Do you feel tired all the time, yet have difficulty sleeping and not know why?

These are all signs that your elimination system could be compromised. Unlike the popular elimination diets promoted by modern, western science and mainstream media, the ancient, 5,000-year-old Indian science of Ayurveda recommends certain health-increasing dietary and lifestyle practices that need not be discontinued after a specified time period.  Continue reading

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