As an Ayurvedic nutrition consultant I observe the disconnect my clients have with the critical developmental stage of their first menstruation. Many of them did not experience menses as a rite of passage, contrarily it was often forgotten, silenced, ignored even abhorred. Our formative attitudes towards menstruation are shaped by our parents and society. For…
Author: Michele Mistry
From Dukha to Sukha: A New Year Cleanse
The transition into new or different states of being brings a necessary pause and time of reflection for me. It’s a mixture of growing older, discerning and scepticism. Expanding on this idea, it’s also a way of digesting what has gone before. I relate it to Agni (the fire needed to digest and transform what’s consumed) and Ama (the build-up of what is undigested, that becomes stagnant and eventually toxic).
Understanding Ayurveda & Nutrition
What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is an ancient health science, which originated more than 5 000 years ago in India. It looks at good health as the balance between different aspects of life. Healing is addressed by looking at disease within the context of your life, rather than as isolated events that need to be medicated, operated…
Towards an environmentally aware Diwali celebration
When we gather to celebrate Diwali this year, wouldn’t it be great if it wasn’t at the expense of the environment?
Cooking Diaries: Forte Kochi, Kerala
Forte Kochi lies across a bridge from Cochin, away from the crazy toot-tootering synonymous with city life in India. Any hotel you choose here is surrounded by places of historical interest. They span the eons between this coastal town’s illustrious past, layered over with its colonial history. It is delicate and beautiful. The people live…