Cooking with Love
Before I start cooking, I always try to create a good intention. I take a few moments to focus on my breathing and think about the people I'm cooking for. I ask myself to add love and light to the food. then I light a candle and play some uplifting music.
In this book the most important message is all in the title, Cooking with Love'. Here I reveal everything you need to know about how to add that extra something to make your food unique and special. You'll also learn fascinating facts about the nutrition, history, mythology and legends of my favourite ingredients.
A meat-free meal basically requires replacing meat with vegetable protein. The best plant-based protein sources are pulses (beans and lentils), although many people tend to be a bit wary of them, thinking you have to be up all night soaking them. Yes, some beans do need soaking but you don't have to stand there watching them! in the Dru kitchen, we use mainly split pulses such as split lentils and split peas because they cook more quickly, or small pulses such as mung or adzuki beans.
Gut flora are very important. The right ones help create a healthy environment in your digestive tract. But the wrong gut flora hinder digestion. Undigested food creates toxins, no matter how healthily you eat.
Good gut flora are a bit like boy scouts or Girl Guides on bob-a-Job Week'. Keen and helpful, they will tidy up your digestive tract and help repair it, always putting your needs before theirs. The bad bugs are more like unwelcome house guests who eat up all your nice food, create a mess and never clear up. Worst of all, they're hard to get rid of!
Fats : The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Knowing which fats and oils to eat (and which to avoid) has become ever more confusing with so many different opinions having been expressed over the last few decades.
I remember being told to eat margarine instead of butter. Then to avoid all saturated fats and to use refined, polyunsaturated fats instead. But now we're told that butter is better than margarine after all!
It might help to think of fats as the good, the bad and the ugly. Like the film of the same name, the good are not always well-behaved. The bad can sometimes be good, but the ugly can be relied on to be truly wicked!
Ayurveda is an ancient medical system used alongside yoga to create health and wellbeing, so naturally I use a lot of Ayurvedic principles in my cooking. Some of these principles are quite simple, and just plain old common sense.
An Indian Ayurvedic doctor once told me most of the western people who come to him want complicated herbal remedies, diet lists or in-depth therapies when most of the health problems he encounters are caused by people simply staying up too late, eating at the wrong time or eating in a hurry. I make my living from Westerners who skip lunch!' he joked. With Ayurveda, you can benefit a lot by just getting the basics right first.
The Three Doshas
The idea of constitution types is not necessarily exclusive to Ayurveda. Indeed, traditional Chinese medicine has a similar system based on five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Until the 1800s, Western medicine was founded on the four humours, which originated in Greek and Roman philosophy.
All of these systems recognise that people are unique and have individual needs based on the balance of elements within them.
Written in ancient Greek on the Apollo temple in Delphi, the dictum know thyself' is also crucial in ayurvedic healing. An ayurvedic doctor can check your prakriti (ayurvedic type) from your pulse, or through vedic astrology. Alternatively you can estimate it with questionnaires and checklists.
When you are healthy and well-balanced, you are naturally attracted to the right foods and activities suited to your body type. However, when you are out of balance you will be attracted to the wrong foods and activities which make you worse.
A perfect catch 22' situation!
Ayurveda and Yoga
The main aim of Ayurveda is to restore and maintain harmony in individuals so they can enjoy and offer their positive qualities to the world. Unfortunately modern life encourages us to rush around, travel and eat at irregular times, all of which upset the delicate balance within us. The good news is that yoga is the best way to balance all the constitution types. In fact it was designed to do just that! A good yoga session will have an activation and relaxation, a variety of postures and forward stretches balanced by backward bends. Yoga creates activity, but also inner stillness.
Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Walnut Oil – the three oils at the top of the healthy oil food chain will go head-to-head to finally see which one comes out on top.
Healthy weight as a vegan is not exclusive to adults.
Surely many readers have had thoughts such as, I wish my tummy was flatter, or how can I get rid of that pouch....I want to loose weight around my waist....well, here are some tipps to aid these goals with some nutritional advice and a list of DOS and DONTS
To facilitate the myriad of biochemical processes that go on inside us each and every day we all need a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. To get these nutrients we need to eat a wide variety of different kinds of food, but, alarmingly, many of us eat a very restricted diet in which we repeatedly choose our favourite meals. In contrast, in Japan people eat a far more varied diet, often consuming around 100 different varieties of food each week. Is it any wonder, therefore, that the United Kingdom finds itself at Number 37 in the world rankings for life expectancy, while Japan finds itself at Number 3?
When you eat soup, you feel full faster, which stops you from consuming other foods. More than that, eating soup improves your digestion and hydrates your body. You won't feel hungry at all after eating plenty of soup, that's for sure!
People suffer from all kinds of ailments and are very often not aware of the fact that a healthy nutrition and active lifestyle in terms of regular exercises can make a huge difference! Start healing yourself and use some of the tricks mentioned on our blog!
There's a lot of truth to the old saying - you are what you eat! This is of course especially true when you are trying to achieve maximum health, tone and fitness in the shortest amount of time. Check out our smoothie recipe!
Of course, we should be eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day....but did you know that even the colours of the vegetables have an impact on our health and wellbeing?
Whether you have made the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up, sans the meat, once a week, this healthy, meatless main dish will have you swooning...
It is not what we eat but what we digest and assimilate that adds to our health, strength and usefulness.
Fats, also called lipids, are provided in the diet from such sources as animal protein, butter, oils, nuts, and many refined products. Fats are often thought of as bad, a myth perpetuated by the many fat-free products flooding store shelves.
Do you still think that nuts are a snack to stay away from, because of their high fat content? Well let us show you something you might not have known!
Those who want to maintain their weight or loose weight need to eat...DON'T stop eating, eat differently...we will show you how: First up: Oranges & Grapefruit
Eating soup in the evening instead of heavy meals will help you achieve just that. Diets will only make you loose weight for a short amount of time and when you start eating the way you ate before, the pounds will just double up. Try our tasty soup or salad recipes for your evening meals instead of fatty snacks.