Craving Sweet? Try Our Delicious Chutneys & Preserves! Plus: New Year New You! – Study with Traci – your SV Ayurveda Newsletter Dec 2, 2020 – #47, Vol 10

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Craving Sugggaaaaarrrrr? Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

Do you ever wonder why you crave more sugar and sweet stuff when the weather gets cold? Do you ever find yourself wishing you could curb your sweet tooth so you have a better chance losing, not catching that cold, and staying more fit? You can do something about it. First off, did you know it’s OK to crave more sweet stuff during the winter time? It’s not you, it’s your srotas!!! Because here’s what happens when the weather gets cold – very cold: just like low temperatures slow down and shrink the elements in nature (water freezes), just so it shrinks the physical channels in our bodies, or our srotas. When our channels constrict, things slow down, and guess what happens next? Circulation is blocked or slowed down and vata gets stuck and goes up up up. In addition, metabolic fluids also get slowed down and stuck – agni is stuck and you feel more hungry and crave more sweet heavy somagenic stuff. So you see, it’s not just ok but it’s important to eat more soma rich foods, including sweets, in order to help pacify vata and also feed your agni (metabolic enzymatic fluids). BUT, as Vaidya Mishra reminded us with a laugh, the trick is to eat the healthy fresh pranic stuff – not the chocolate bars, or the cold heavy vata aggravating foods. If you eat un-intelligent food, chances are your agni will not be able to process it and you will make ama – toxic bi-products. And then what? You’ll get the sniffles and a cold! It’s important to eat balanced in ayurvedic terms. Which means what? Have all 6 tastes… 
According to the basic principles of Ayurveda, the natural taste of a food item is very important because it gives you information about what it is going to do in your body, what actions it is going to perform once you eat it. This is why, in Ayurveda, food is first and foremost categorized and evaluated according to its taste. In total, there are 6 tastes: madhur (sweet); amla (sour); lavan (salty); katu (pungent); tikt (bitter); kashai (astringent). 
The first three tastes are known to be vata pacifying (the sutra says:
tatrādyā māruta ghnanti trayastiktādaya kapham|
kaāyatiktamadhurā pittamanye tu kurvate||171||
the first 3 tastes pacify marut/vata or the air principle. So craving and eating sweet, sour, and salty during winter is actually recommended. Vaidya’s “Sweet Orange and Mango Chutney” contains a balance of both the sweet (madhur) and sour (amla) tastes, and a pinch of Soma Salt too, therefore, it pacifies all vata aspects right away – body and mind. But does this not aggravate kapha dosha – since only the bitter, pungent, and astringent tastes pacify kapha?
Vaidya’s chutney is made of raw sweet mangos that are known to be astringent, and in this recipe, the astringent taste or “kashai rasa” counter-balances the sweet and sour properties of the chutney keeping kapha in balance.
This chutney is also pitta pacifying as the sutra says: “kashai tikt madhura, pitta manyecho kurvate”- astringent, bitter and sweet tastes all pacify pitta. The chutney contains the astringent (kashai) and the sweet (madhura) tastes that pacify pitta.
So, this chutney is actually tridoshic when kapha individuals consume it with perhaps an added chilli or two on the side, and in moderation!
But beyond doshas, this fruit spread is very balanced because it not only contains premium ingredients but these ingredients have been meticulously put together to balance each other out, so for example, the natural pectin binds the micromolecules of the raw organic sugar so the sugar does not go into the system in a fast-forward fashion but rather at a sustained-release pace, so when you consume it you do not get a sugar high and come back for more after you’ve crashed from your high. With the sustained release of sugar, you satisfy your craving and walk away happy with a small amount! The sugar is also balanced by the ascorbic acid and all the other ingredients.
Plus, Vaidya’s chutney is naturally preserved with no hidden sodium or potassium benzoate, no synthetic flavors or colors or aromas. Only nature’s goodness of the most delicious mangoes and sweet oranges in a jar…
So here it is, the perfect delicious answer to your sweet craving: a sweet fruit spread that’s delectably perfect to balance pitta and vata doshas without aggravating kapha! Free from chemical and toxic additives, colors, and flavors, and made according to the most ancient ayurvedic principles that help balance the body and the mind, a delicious chutney you can use daily with your meals or eat alone at snack-time. 
Some miracles are possible after all! 

11 Health Benefits of Cranberries & Prunes
There are many reasons we should eat cranberries more often. And that’s why now you don’t have to wait for the Fall, or Thanksgiving. With my new Cranberry Preserve, you can enjoy the health benefits of cranberries year round. Read all about the health benefits of adding cranberries to your diet. 
Top 11 Benefits of Cranberries
1) Antioxidant powerhouse
This disease-fighting fruit is one of the highest ranking, regularly consumed foods for antioxidant content per serving, according to the Cranberry Marketing Committee. Antioxidants protect cells from the damage that oxidative stress and free radicals can have on them. That damage can lead to serious conditions like cancer and heart disease. 
Some of the antioxidants found in cranberries include anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, resveratrol, selenium, and vitamins A, C and E.
2) Rich Source of Phtyonutrients
Type of Phytonutrient Specific Molecules & Phenolic Acids: hydroxybenzoic acids including vanillic acids; hydroxycinnamic acids inculding caffeic, coumaric, cinnamic, and ferulic acids, Proanthocyanidins, epicatechins, Anthocyanins, cyanidins, malvidins, and peonidins, Flavonoids. quercetin, myricetin, kaempferol
Triterpenoids, ursolic acid
3) Low-calorie flavor booster
One cup of fresh cranberries contains 46 calories, according to the USDA. If you like them raw, they’re a great low-calorie snack — but their tart flavor makes them an acquired taste. Use them in cooking and baking to add a pop of flavor while not adding a lot of calories, as in these recipes:
4) Urinary tract infection preventer
Cranberries and cranberry juice have long been associated with preventing UTIs. There’s a substance in cranberries that prevents “infection-causing bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls,” according to WebMD.
Study results, however, are very inconsistent. Some studies suggest that cranberries can lower the chance of repeated infections in young women. However, an October 2016 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that female patients in nursing homes who took cranberry capsules for a year didn’t have fewer episodes of UTIs than those who took placebos.
5) High in fiber
One cup of cranberries contains 4.6 grams of dietary fiber. The Mayo Clinic says fiber maintains bowel health, lowers cholesterol, and helps control blood sugar. Foods high in fiber can also help control weight because they make you feel fuller for a longer period of time.
6) Full of Vitamins and Minerals
One cup of cranberries contains 24 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and 7 percent of the recommended daily values of vitamins K and E, according to Self Nutrition Data. It’s also a good source of the mineral manganese, containing 20 percent of the recommended daily value.
7) Cardiovascular Disease
Some evidence suggests that the polyphenols in cranberries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by preventing platelet build-up and reducing blood pressure via anti-inflammatory mechanisms.
8) Research on Cancer
Research has shown that cranberries are beneficial in slowing tumor progression and have shown positive effects against prostate, liver, breast, ovarian, and colon cancers.
9) Supports Dental Health
The same proanthocyanidins in cranberries that help prevent UTIs may also benefit oral health by preventing bacteria from binding to teeth, according to Researchers at the Center for Oral Biology and Eastman Department of Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Cranberries may also be beneficial in preventing gum disease.
10) Ant-inflammatory Benefits
For the cardiovascular system and for many parts of the digestive tract (including the mouth and gums, stomach, and colon) cranberry has been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s the phytonutrients in cranberry that are especially effective in lowering our risk of unwanted inflammation, and virtually all of the phytonutrient categories represented in cranberry are now known to play a role. These phytonutrient categories include proanthocyanidins (PACs), anthocyanins (the flavonoid pigments that give cranberries their amazing shades of red), flavonols like quercetin, and phenolic acid (like hydroxycinnamic acids).
11) Immune Support
While research in this area is somewhat limited, recent studies on the immune support benefits of cranberry are exciting. In studies on very small numbers of human participants, intake of cranberry extracts has shown the ability to improve multiple aspects of immune function, and to lower the frequency of cold and flu symptoms in the subjects. In several of these studies, the cranberry extracts were standardized to contain a known, higher-end amount of proanthocyanidins (PACs)—somewhat comparable to a double-strength cranberry juice.

Prunes are Great for you!
Prunes are a great addition to your diet, as they have many health benefits. They carry great benefits with least side-effects – all in moderation always, we thus adopt them fully into our daily diet.
Top 11 Benefits of Prunes
1) Helps Digestion
Prunes are high in fiber, which helps prevent hemorrhoids brought on by constipation. Chronic constipation is a common problem in older adults and can be caused by pelvic floor dysfunction or the side effects of medication. It can also be a painful problem for infants. Prune juice acts as a laxative thanks to its high sorbitol content, so ask your doctor if it’s right for you. A serving size of six prunes has 4 grams of dietary fiber, and one-half cup contains 6.2 grams. Women typically need 25 grams of fiber each day, while men need at least 30 grams
2) Aids Normal Body Functions
Prunes are a good source of potassium, an electrolyte that assists in a variety of vital bodily functions. This mineral helps with digestion, heart rhythm, nerve impulses, and muscle contractions, as well as blood pressure. Since the body doesn’t naturally produce potassium, consuming prunes or prune juice can help you avoid deficiencies. One half-cup of prunes contains 637 milligrams of potassium. This accounts for nearly 14 percent of your daily recommended need. Most adults should consume about 4,700 milligrams of potassium a day.
3) Provides a good source of iron
Anemia occurs when the body doesn’t have sufficient healthy red blood cells, which iron helps to make. Shortness of breath, irritability, and fatigue are all signs of mild anemia. Prune juice is a great source of iron and can help prevent and treat iron deficiency. One half-cup of prunes contains 0.81 milligrams of iron, while 1/2 cup of prune juice contains 3 milligrams. The average adult needs 10 milligrams a day, while menstruating or nursing women need 15 milligrams, and pregnant women need 30 milligrams.
4) Builds Bones and Muscles
According to some studies, dried prunes are an important source of the mineral boron. Boron can help build strong bones and muscles. It may also help with improving mental acuity and muscle coordination.
Prunes may be particularly beneficial to fighting the bone density loss that is a common side effect of radiation. A 2016 animal study has found that dried plums and dried plum powder can reduce radiation’s effect on bone marrow, preventing bone density loss and promoting bone health.
Prunes even have some potential as a treatment for osteoporosis. Another recent study presented evidence that dried plums can prevent bone mass loss in postmenopausal women who are prone to osteoporosis. Only 50 grams (or five to six prunes) a day were necessary to see benefits.
5) Reduces Plague Buildup
Plaque buildup in the arteries causes atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries, which can result in a shortage of oxygen and blood to the tissues of the body. If left untreated, this can lead to heart failure, stroke, and heart attack. Research suggests that dried prunes may help slow the development of atherosclerosis. Scientists have shown that eating prunes and drinking prune juice can significantly reduce blood pressure.
Prunes can also be good for overall heart health. A 2010 study reported that blood pressure and hypertension were reduced in groups that were given prunes daily. This finding suggests that prunes can reduce hypertension and boost cardiovascular health.
6) Regulates food intake
Dried plums can help you manage your weight by keeping you feeling full for longer. One study found that eating dried plums as a snack can suppress hunger for longer than a low-fat cookie.
7) Lowers risk of colon cancer
Colon cancer is often hard to detect, but it can be aggressive. Diet can help prevent colon cancer, and research has shown that adding dried plums to your diet may reduce your risk. A recent study conducted by Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina determined that eating dried plums can positively affect and increase microbiota (or beneficial bacteria) throughout the colon. This, in turn, can reduce the risk of colon cancer.
8) Prunes help to lower cholesterol
The soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol by soaking up excess bile in the intestine and then excreting it. Bile is made from cholesterol in the liver in order to digest fat. When the body excretes bile along with the fibre from prunes and plums, the liver must use cholesterol in the body to make more bile thereby lowering the amount in circulation in the body. Soluble fibre may also inhibit the amount of cholesterol manufactured by the liver in the first place. A 2011 study found that prunes are more effective than psyllium at relieving constipation.
9) A good source of vitamin K and beta carotene
A 2013 study showed that an increased intake in beta carotene can actually make people happier. Beta-carotene also protects and fixes the damage of free radicals on our cells meaning it can help reverse the signs of aging. Vitamin K works in conjunction with beta carotene to fight the signs of aging by helping reduce bone loss and improving circulation.
10) Improves Vision
Prunes are a great source of vitamin A, essential for healthy vision. Vitamin A deficiency is linked to night blindness, dry eyes, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
11) Aids in managing type 2 diabetes and obesity
Prunes are high in soluble fiber that helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. Soluble fiber slows the rate that food leaves the stomach and, as a result, delays the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. Soluble fiber also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin. The soluble fiber in prunes helps you feel satisfied after a meal, which can prevent overeating and subsequent weight gain.
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