As a holistic practitioner, there’s an unspoken assumption that you basically have your act together. Though I try to keep myself emotionally and physically balanced every day, life often takes over. Being Tridoshic, and who are we kidding a mum of three in NYC, I often keep going until my body yells “Enough!” For me, this happened a few months ago.
One sunny morning in July, I woke up at 6:30 am with a tightness in my esophagus making it hard for me to breathe properly. I partied a bit too much the night before (full disclosure) and assumed it was a really bad hangover. As the pain worsened to cramps in my stomach, nausea and constant burping, I reached for all my herbal gas remedies. Nothing worked sufficiently and by the evening, I resorted to Tums and Gas X to make it through the night. Fast forward two days and no relief, I made an appointment to see my Ayurvedic doctor.
One trip down to Tribeca and one pulse reading later, she said the words, every Ayurvedic student dreads, “What have you been doing to yourself? Your body is severely acidic!” She assigned me a special diet and within three days my symptoms were alleviated.
What was the magic solution?
5 small meals
Breakfast can be eggs, avocado, sweet potato, basically anything with a very soft texture
3 S's: Only soups, smoothies and stews (Happy to share some fabulous recipes)
After 5 pm, no smoothies
NO brown rice, quinoa, beans, lentils. White rice or kitchari is fine.
NO shellfish, meat or poultry, spices, carbonated drinks, alcohol and caffeine
Avoid all cruciferous vegetables and nuts unless cooked and blended
CHEW 2 licorice DGL before breakfast and dinner ( this is amazing stuff - please keep it in your cabinet!!)
If you can stomach it, mix 1 teaspoon of Carom powder with water and drink once a day
For those of you who do suffer from heartburn or acidity I really hope following this regime for at least a week relieves some pain and you may also lose a few pounds! If not addressed, these can lead to more serious medical problems later on.
By recommending small healthy homemade meals, I was forced to slow down and look after myself. Months of working 2 jobs, limited help, family obligations and kids had basically caused me to deprioritize my own health. Though my physical symptoms dissipated quickly, I knew I had to make larger lifestyle shifts. My body had forced my mind to acknowledge this need for change.
Leaving you with a quote that resonated with me this Summer, and as always message with any questions.
“There is no shame in making mistakes while trying to figure things out. The goal is to live a fulfilling life, not a perfect one.” (Rob Hill)