Posts Tagged ‘digestion’

Cozinha Intuitiva

Experiência culinária com Karina Bonnadiu e Luciana Ferraz

PROGRAMA

Aprenda sobre a escolha de ingredientes e afinidades com o corpo com um entendimento ayurvedico

Demonstração de execução de um menu inteiramente vegano e delicioso! (Entrada, Prato Principal e Sobremesa)

Degustação de todas as receitas

E-book de receitas com diferentes variações para adaptar na sua cozinha

MENU

Entradas: Pão de Sementes / Ricota de tofu e amêndoas

Prato Principal: Quibe de abóbora com creme de castanhas e limão / Salada de brócolis com maionese de abacate

Sobremesa: Potinho de chocolate

+1 receita bônus!

INSCRIÇÃO

Sexta-feira, 12 de Novembro / 10:00am – 2:00pm / Brickell Avenue

Investimento: $150

INSCREVA-SE

* Aula presencial em Português

**Teste de Covid negativo necessário para participar

***Vagas limitadas!!!!!

QUESTIONS?

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7-Day Nourishing Cleanse

A guided detox program with Luciana Ferraz

AT A GLANCE

Join this 7-day group cleanse with Luciana Ferraz to rejuvenate your body and mind. As we cleanse and nourish following Ayurvedic and Integrative Nutrition principles, we will explore the six tastes and their significance on our state of balance.

It takes place August 24 – 30, and you’ll receive everything you need for a successful cleanse.

Goals of an Ayurvedic Cleanse:

  • Remove physical, mental and emotional ama (toxins) from deep within your system.
  • Give your digestive fire (agni) a pause to rekindle itself.
  • Halt your exposure to toxic substances.
  • Cleanse your body, allowing prana (life energy) to flow freely again.
  • Step away from unwanted habits, pause for reflection and create healthier habits.

Other benefits of seasonal cleanses:

  • Clarity of mind, greater sense of presence and better focus
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Diminished inflammation, chronic pain and allergies
  • Clearer, glowing skin

REGISTRATION, DETAILS AND MORE

Monday, August 24 – 30 | $540

Location: Online + Meal delivery

What’s Included:

  • 7 days of delicious Ayurvedic food prepared by Chef Leila Pires (all meals included)
  • Program opening webinar
  • Daily Q&A through WhatsApp group during the program 
  • Daily inspirational messages and cleansing tips
  • E-book with supporting material for during and after your cleanse, including recipes, articles, healthy shopping list and more
  • E-book on Ayurveda daily practices for overall well-being
  • Curated information to help you transition between phases, including post-cleanse
  • Discounts on wellness products from Essence Yogi, Dani Chuahy Healthy Breads and Mayara Beckhauser
  • 10% off your first Ayurvedic session with Luciana (held after program week)

BOOK NOW

After booking, please get in touch to let me know what food allergies you have, if you have any.

CLEANSE SCHEDULE

We follow a time-tested protocol based on the core principles of Ayurveda and Integrative Nutrition. This protocol is specifically designed to support detoxification, natural purification and proper nourishment while building digestive strength and integrating self-care routines.

2 Days Before: Webinar

Information to come via WhatsApp about the webinar taking place Saturday, August 22

Days 1 – 2: Purification

Plant-based diet, gentle exercise, breath work, simple meditation practices and self-care routines

Days 3 – 5: Purification – Active Cleanse

A mono-diet of primarily kitchari, gentle exercise, breath work, simple meditation practices, eliminating toxic build-up, self-care routines

Day 6 –7: Reintroduction

Identifying food sensitivities, introducing foods that are rejuvenating and easy to digest, and deepening self-care routines

Afterward: Rasayana, Rejuvenation

Sticking to your health goals; continuing to eat foods that are nourishing, unprocessed, rejuvenating and easy to digest; maintaining your daily self-care practices

QUESTIONS?

Don’t hesitate to send a message or email me at info@blueberrybunch.com.

All material and information presented by Blueberry Bunch is intended to be used for educational purposes only. The statements made about products, supplements, or treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on blueberrybunch.com is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Please consult with your own physician or health care practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle.

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7-Day New Year Reset Cleanse

A guided detox program with Luciana Ferraz

AT A GLANCE

Join this 7-day group cleanse with Luciana Ferraz to kick off the New Year feeling rejuvenated and experiencing greater vitality. It takes place January 20 – 26, and you’ll receive everything you need for a successful cleanse tailored to your individual needs and preferences.

Our focus will be to:

  • Remove physical, mental and emotional ama (toxins) from deep within your system.
  • Give your digestive fire (agni) a pause to rekindle itself.
  • Halt your exposure to toxic substances.
  • Cleanse your body, allowing prana (life energy) to flow freely again.
  • Step away from unwanted habits, pause for reflection and create space for renewal.

Other benefits of seasonal cleanses:

  • Clarity of mind, greater sense of presence and better focus
  • Increased energy and vibrancy
  • Diminished inflammation, chronic pain and allergies
  • Clearer, glowing skin


REGISTRATION, DETAILS AND MORE

Please register for your choice of cleanse.

OPTION 1: 7-Day Reset Cleanse

Monday, January 20 – 26 | $135

Location: Online

What’s included:

  • Daily Q&A through WhatsApp group during the program 
  • Daily inspirational messages 
  • An e-book with shopping lists, recipes and Ayurveda daily practices for your reference
  • Curated information to help you transition between phases, including post-cleanse

Food is not included.

BOOK NOW

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OPTION 2: 7-Day Reset Cleanse & Ayurvedic Consultation

Monday, January 20 – 26  |  $275 

Location: Online

What’s included:

  • 90-Minute Ayurvedic Assessment with Luciana Ferraz (Appointment times are limited. Please contact Luciana for availability.)
  • Daily Q&A through WhatsApp group during the program 
  • Daily inspirational messages 
  • An e-book with shopping lists, recipes and Ayurveda daily practices for your reference
  • Curated information to help you transition between phases, including post-cleanse

Food is not included.

BOOK NOW

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ALSO AVAILABLE: Cleanse Essentials

For your convenience, I’ve bundled together 10 Ayurvedic products that support a healthy 7-day cleanse. Price: $128

What’s included:

Daily Massage Oil, Kitchari Spice Mix, Yellow Mung Dal, Organic Ghee, CCF Tea, Tongue Cleaner, Daily Swish, Nasya Oil, Ear Oil, Triphala powder

Ordering:

Before placing your order, please contact me to confirm availability and your preference for delivery or pick-up.

ORDER NOW


CLEANSE SCHEDULE

We follow a time-tested protocol based on the core principles of Ayurveda and Integrative Nutrition. This protocol is specifically designed to support detoxification, natural purification and proper nourishment while building digestive strength and integrating self-care routines.

2 – 3 Days Before: Preparation

Assessing lifestyle and goals, making a commitment, reading your cleansing guide, purchasing Ayurvedic products and goods, preparing foods for day 1

Days 1 – 2: Purification

Plant-based diet, gentle exercise, breath work, simple meditation practices and self-care routines

Days 3 – 5: Purification – Active Cleanse

A mono-diet of primarily kitchari, gentle exercise, breath work, simple meditation practices, eliminating toxic build-up, self-care routines

Day 6 –7: Reintroduction

Identifying food sensitivities, introducing foods that are rejuvenating and easy to digest, and deepening self-care routines

Afterward: Rasayana – Rejuvenation

Sticking to your health goals; continuing to eat foods that are nourishing, unprocessed, rejuvenating and easy to digest; maintaining your daily self-care practices


QUESTIONS?

Don’t hesitate to send a message or email me at info@blueberrybunch.com.

All material and information presented by Blueberry Bunch is intended to be used for educational purposes only. The statements made about products, supplements, or treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on blueberrybunch.com is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Please consult with your own physician or health care practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle.

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Take control of your life with dinacharya: a powerfully balancing Ayurveda routine

Do you ever start the day thinking, “I’m going to work against myself today?” Of course you don’t. Not knowingly. The thing is: The way you go about your day does affect how you feel and how your body functions. So if you’re like most people I talk to, who could benefit from greater life balance, let’s talk about something that really works. There is a way: how to intentionally start your day so your mind and body can work in harmony as you’re challenged with day-to-day tasks, distractions and everything else that comes your way. It’s an Ayurvedic practice called dinacharya.

What dinacharya is and how can it help you

Dinacharya is a powerful daily routine used in Ayurveda. In Sanskrit, the word dinacharya means to follow the knowledge of the day, and that’s what we are doing: following a schedule of practices that are aligned with the natural rhythm or flow of life. This puts you in control of your day—and it can bring radical change to your mind and body. For example, it stabilizes your circadian rhythms, eating patterns, and bodily functions, which in turn improves your digestion and your overall feeling of happiness.

What it means to follow the rhythm of the day

Even if you’re not well-versed in Ayurveda, you probably already know how certain things like sleep are best to keep at the same time each day. To understand it from an Ayurvedic perspective, let’s look at our day in terms of doshas. During the day, we flow through different phases: vata, pitta and kapha. Just as these three doshas, or energetic forces of nature, make up your personal constitution, they are also represented in the day. When our practices follow the flow of the day, we set ourselves up for optimal digestion, focus, productivity, health and wellbeing.

  • 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. is kapha time. This can be a sluggish and heavy time, making it ideal for lighter eating and Ayurvedic practices (introduced in the next section) to start your day well.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is pitta time. This can be characterized by increased heat in the air and in our bodies, which can be harnessed for productivity and high agni (a Sanskrit word meaning “digestive fire”).
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. is vata time. This is generally a time of transition, good for promoting creativity, problem solving or peaceful comfort, depending on your nature.
  • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. is kapha time. The return of sluggish and heavy feelings influence a smaller meal and winding down in a soothing way.
  • 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is pitta time. Active qualities return in the form of internal cleansing.
  • 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. is vata time. As another transitional time, it can promote deep rest and peaceful rising.

11 Dinacharya day-starters that promote overall balance and health

Here are my 11 favorite Ayurvedic practices for starting the day. They’re things I like to do before breakfast and looking at my phone. I realize that may sound like a lot, but don’t let it overwhelm you. When adopting Ayurvedic practices, start gradually and realize even small, consistent changes make an impact. For me, these morning rituals take 1 to 1.5 hours and make all the difference, helping me feel more grounded and peaceful as I go about my day.

List of My Top 11 Dinacharya Practices

1. Wake up early for optimal refreshment.

It is best to wake up before sunrise, or on average before 6 a.m. It can be far more refreshing to rise and start your day when vata is dominant rather than kapha’s heavy, sluggish period. Before going to bed, set an intention to wake up early and dedicate it as a time of self-care. It’ll be your opportunity to create inner awareness through silent practices. Putting it first allows you to harness this energy throughout your day and ensures other demands won’t get in the way of this important practice.

2. Set an intention before getting out of bed.

Say a positive affirmation, prayer or mantra with personal meaning to set your intentions for the day.

3. Makeover your mouth with oil pulling.

Oil pulling cleanses your mouth and strengthens your teeth, gums and mucus membrane. It also aids with bad breath and inflammation when present. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil or sesame oil to your mouth, swish it around 5 minutes, spit it into the trash and then rinse. I love Banyan Botanicals’ Daily Swish. Another option is swishing herbal tea.

4. Enhance skin and circulation with dry brushing.

Dry brushing promotes cell renewal by exfoliating dead skin while also increasing circulation and helping flush out toxins. Use a dry brush with natural bristles to brush your entire body, starting with your extremities and working in toward the lymph nodes. This practice can be done daily or three times per week.

5. Massage your body with warm oil.

Abhyanga massage is widely practiced in Ayurvedic medicine and is a good daily health practice. In addition to nourishing and softening the skin, it enhances circulation, lubricates joints, removes metabolic waste and helps balance your doshas. After dry brushing, incorporate a few minutes of self-massage with coconut (pitta), almond or sesame (kapha), or sesame oil (vata), and follow with a shower.

6. Clean your teeth naturally.

Use a natural toothpaste, such as a neem clove toothpaste to brush your teeth. Herbs like neem and clove have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and pain relieving properties that not only cleanse and freshen breath, but also enhance taste buds and help with sensitivity. This toothpaste can be found online and in some stores where vitamins or natural products are sold.

7. Detoxify with tongue scraping.

Use a metal tongue scraper to remove residue that has built up over night, including bacteria, dead cells and toxins you don’t want to reabsorb. Tongue scraping should be performed lightly 1 to 3 times with a stainless-steel tongue scraper, or copper if it’s available and you are kapha-dominant. They can be found at most drug stores and online—just refrain from choosing plastic.

8. Hydrate with warm lemon water.

Drinking warm water with lemon in the morning is a great way to energize, rehydrate, increase your metabolic rate, stimulate your digestion, maintain your body’s pH balance, help fight infections and help your liver flush out toxins that have accumulated overnight.

9. Tune into your breathing with pranayama.

Using breathing (pranayama) techniques helps balance your body’s energetic channels (nadis) and bring heightened awareness and clarity to your mind. These are some techniques you can try while seated:

  • Alternating nostril breaths (nadi shodhana)With your right hand, you will use your thumb to control passage of air through your right nostril and your ring finger for your left nostril. To begin, gently close your right nostril and breathe in slowly through the left nostril. Next, close the left nostril while opening the other so you can exhale slowly through your right nostril. Inhale slowly through your right nostril, and repeat for around 12 total rounds, or longer if you’d like. This can be practiced no matter your constitution.
  • Cooling breaths (shitali): Stick out your tongue and roll the outside edges inward so your tongue forms a straw-like tube. Inhale and exhale through your rolled tongue around 16 times. Since it has a cooling effect, it can be especially balancing for pitta.
  • Short, fast breaths (bhastrika): Inhale and exhale through your nose forcefully so your abdomen expands and contracts with equal duration—about one or two seconds each. Complete around 10 breaths, rest with a couple of normal breaths and repeat (slowly building up to 5 or 10 rounds). Since it can have a warming effect, pitta should practice gently, in moderation. Do not practice this if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or any illness.

10. Activate good vibes and focus with meditation.

Meditation offers a feeling of relaxation followed by a release of energy boosting endorphins. It’ll help spring you to life—without coffee—and get your mind into a flow state to handle the day’s challenges with greater ease. If it’s new to you, start with a 5- or 10-minute practice, and work up to 15 minutes or more a day. There are many techniques, such as mantra meditation or Empty Bowl Meditation, as well as many resources like local classes and mobile apps.

Contact me if you’d like direction, and don’t think of meditation as taking up time. The focus and energy you get can make you happier and more productive.

11. Get moving with exercise.

In Ayurveda, regular physical activity early in the morning increases stamina and stimulates the immune system while promoting circulation and burning accumulated fat. Yoga is by far my favorite physical and mental activity as it also encourages the flow of oxygen, moves toxins, nourishes joints and stimulates the digestive fire in the body. Ayurveda generally recommends breathing through your nose and exercising at 50 percent capacity, until you break a mild sweat. Or from a doshas perspective: mild exercise for vata, moderate for pitta, vigorous for kapha.

Important healthy practices for other times

I could fill a whole new post with practices for other times of the day, but there a few I feel just have to be shared now.

Take a digital detox and get your Z’s.

A good night of sleep is extremely important for good health. During the night, cells repair more rapidly. Your digestive system gets a break, giving the elimination process an opportunity to catch up. Your mind also needs plenty of rest. Plan to get at least 8 hours of sleep each day. To help you sleep well, lower your consumption of TV, cell phones, iPad, computers, etc., at least 2 to 3 hours before going to bed. Remove electronics from your room, and if an alarm clock is essential on your cell phone, place it in airplane mode.

Flush toxins with a steam treatment.

Swedana is a treatment performed at an Ayurvedic clinic that consists of an oil massage followed by a steam bath. The heat enlarges your pores and increases circulation, aiding digestion, the release of impurities, elimination of excess water weight and reduction of inflammation. It also promotes healthy, glowing skin and deep relaxation. It can be a great treatment to have when you’re dealing with a cold, sinusitis, aches, some digestive issues or as a pre-operative procedure.

Pamper yourself with another favorite.

Have you heard the saying, “Take care of yourself before you take care of others?” Self-care is absolutely essential for a happy life—and when you tend to your own needs, you are more open and present to support others. Choose one of your favorite pampering rituals and make that part of your weekly routine. Whether you take time for a massage, acupuncture, a visit to the nail salon, a walk on the beach, or something else, taking regular “me” time is a very important part of healing and balancing your dosha.

Now that you have several ideas you can incorporate into your dinacharya, don’t think of this as another to-do list. By aligning the activity of your mind and body with the natural rhythms of day and night, you will set yourself up for optimal health, happiness and productivity. Commit for a few weeks and start gradually. Add more only as you feel inspired and don’t be hard on yourself if you veer off course. Simply return to what serves you best, and enjoy.

Until next time, live well!

Luciana

All material and information presented by Blueberry Bunch is intended to be used for educational purposes only. The statements made about products, supplements, or treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on bluberrybunch.com is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Please consult with your own physician or health care practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle.

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Basil Sauce: delicious, healthy and versatile

During a recent trip to the Farmer’s Market, I was immediately drawn to the bunches of fresh basil available. The lush green leaves and rich fragrance had me thinking of all the delicious ways I could prepare it—and the many health benefits.

Fresh basil bunches by Luciana FerrazThis time, I decided I would make a basil sauce that I could enjoy with vegetables, fish, gluten-free pasta and avocado. It was so tasty, I became obsessed.

Basil Sauce served with vegetables by Luciana Ferraz

If you’ve never made a basil sauce, it’s pretty simple and can add a burst of flavor to so many foods. If you can keep yourself from devouring the whole batch, you can even freeze it.

Besides being delicious, basil is a powerful herb with healing properties. It’s used in Ayurveda to promote the long-term health of the respiratory tract, boost the immune system, enhance digestion, stabilize blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, aid in weight loss, enhance mental clarity and reduce painful inflammation, among several other benefits.

In terms of eating for your specific body type, basil is balancing for vata and kapha, as well as for pitta if used in smaller quantities. Don’t know your dosha balance (or body type)? Ask me and I’ll send you an assessment to complete.

RECIPE

Basil Sauce

Basil Sauce Recipe by Luciana Ferraz

Ingredients

  • 3 Large bunches of fresh organic basil (or 6 packed cups)
  • 1 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 small slices of parmesan cheese or vegan cheese of preference (for creamier texture)
  • 1 clove of garlic, or more if you’re a garlic lover (optional)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Lemon zest to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients in Basil Sauce by Luciana Ferraz

Preparation

  1. First, wash the basil carefully and add the leaves to a bowl with cold filtered water and ice. This will preserve the bright green color of your basil sauce. Gently dry the leaves.
  2. In a food processor, mix basil leaves (small bunches at the time) with the olive oil until you reach a smooth consistency. You can add small amounts of water if needed. Add the walnuts, cheese slices, lemon juice and garlic. Mix until it becomes a creamy paste. Add salt, pepper and lemon zest to complete the sauce.
  3. Enjoy immediately or divide into small glass containers for optimal perseveration. This sauce will last up to two days in the refrigerator and a few weeks in the freezer.

Until next time, here’s to a healthy, happy you!

Luciana

 

All material and information presented by Blueberry Bunch is intended to be used for educational purposes only. Statements made about products, supplements, or treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on blueberrybunch.com is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Please consult with your own physician or health care practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle.

 

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