Happy Foods I and II-

Bringing true pleasure and balance back into our foods

by Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic Specialist, February 2021

Ayurvedic Cooking

For most of us we no longer just eat to survive, but instead eat for pleasure.  Yet today with the changes in our food, preparation and diet we often miss the pleasure we are expecting. An apple I used to eat in the past that was hard, crunchy, aromatic and bounding with flavor as the juice exploded from its flesh; is now mushy, mealy, less flavorful, less sweet, and sometimes less juicy.

As a compensation for this lack of nutrient flavor, wellness and health in our food supply we have now created extravagantly flavored sauces, added sugar, salt, and flavor enhancers to our foods. Fast foods and junk foods with these artificial enhancers and empty calories abound but only give a semblance of pleasure that is short lasting.

And the trouble is…

Those foods aren’t satisfying us at a deep level and often leave us unsatisfied and in the famine state which encourages us to eat more empty calories and junk that doesn’t provide the basic nutrients we need and doesn’t satisfy our taste buds long term. They’re just activating the dopamine reward centers in our brains fooling us into a false satiety.

In the long term, poor eating habits exasperate the situation which most of us feel at a deep level of knowing.

Degrading health, obesity, loss of energy, dopamine crashes, physical limitations, depleted nutrient reserves, constant snacking … don’t make us happy. They may even create a level of depression that we learn to survive with in modern life.

There are solutions, Happy Foods, that can help us reclaim our pleasure in eating and increase our health and wellness at the same time. Replacing them with whole, natural, and healthy foods that naturally give true satiety is a first step.

We can choose the happy foods that enhance our well-being, elevate our moods, increase our immune system, have broader nutrient values (replacing processed and nutrient –sterile foods) and add happy foods that replace some of the depleted nutrients that lead to poor health and depression while increasing joy. Coupling this with preparing our happy foods in ways that conserve the nutrients, concentrate the nutrients, and provide them in tasty, exciting ways that meet our unique body’s constitutional needs we can create Happy foods that do us well, satisfy hunger, and increase pleasure in eating.

Happy Foods for more Joy, Resiliency, and Immunity

Many common foods enhance our joy, our resiliency in times of challenge and our immunity. We we couple these foods with proper cooking techniques, real foods, and matching the foods we eat with our body’s constitutional requirements we not only satisfy our hungers but truly provide the nutrients and life force that keeps us active, healthy and alive. And a big plus with the Happy food program of real foods is that the whole food offers the individual vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in a balanced whole food way. Remember that eating the actual fruit or veggie is better than popping single-vitamin and multi-vitamin extract supplements since all the components in the food interact in unique ways that insure uptake and digestibility in the body.

Happy Food provides  an important tool to modify your moods and combined with proper foods for your bodily constitution to help you live healthier and with more joy. To make a lasting change we need to use foods that enhance our well-being, have broader nutrient values (replacing processed and nutrient sterile foods) and replace depleted nutrients that lead to poor health, feeling hungry, and other challenges of the modern diet. But the ingredients alone are not sufficient we must prepare our foods in ways that conserve the nutrients, concentrate the nutrients, and provide them in tasty, exciting ways that meet our unique bodies’ constitutional needs. To create Happy foods that do us well, satisfy hunger, and increase true pleasure in eating we must also consider: how we eat, how it is prepared, our emotional state (preparer, eater, and company) and when possible increase our conscious involvement to impact our experience and health.

Learn more about Happy Foods by joining us at our next seminars:

In Happy Foods I we provide the basics and sample a glorious lunch that we make as part of the seminar. This classes will give you the basics and provide the framework for healthy Happy Foods.

Happy Food I – bringing true pleasure and balance back into our foods

Saturday, February 20th from 9 am to about 2 pm at the Ranch

R400 each, R600 couples same family  (1 set notes)

Includes: snack and lunch, notes and recipes, 5 hours of instruction.

See the announcement, click here. Sign-up now for Happy Foods with Jim at 071-959-0786 or call the office, Lana at 083 290-1283.

In Happy Foods II we will dive deeper into health and body balancing and will answers questions for people learning these new techniques. We will specifically provide many tips and pointers on systematizing the program to save time, increasing your skill, improving your ability to make a scratch recipe, improving the taste, correcting taste challenges, etc. We will explore at an advance level matching your food and ayurvedic constitution as well as what chinese medicine has to say. Come for a wonderful deepening of your Real food – Happy food skills ad understanding. Look for the flyer in  February.

Happy Food II – deepening skills and balance in our foods

Saturday, March 20th from 9 am to about 2 pm at the Ranch

R400 each, R600 couples same family  (1 set notes)

Includes: snack and lunch, notes and recipes, 5 hours of instruction.

Sign-up now for Happy Foods II with Jim at 071-959-0786 or call the office, Lana at 083 290-1283.

In loving service, health, and expanding eating pleasure,

 

Jim Montrose, Ayurvedic Counselor

www.drzaidarivene.co.za/jimmontrose

071 959 0786

P.S. Join us for Happy Foods I in February and Happy Foods II in March and make food that is satisfying. Sign up for our newsletter and view our blogs at the website www.drzaidarivene.co.za.

P. P.S. Check out the website for other articles and resources on cooking, words, inspired living, health, chakra meditation, Ayurveda and other topics. Some of the programs we have planned include:

Balance your Body Type  offering in the Fall, email for information.

Awareness and Awakening Meditation, new online class offering soon, watch for the announcement, email for information.

Copyright January 2021

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From the N2 (Cape Town towards George) Take the first Swellendam exit (left). This is the R60. Proceed (1km+) through the 4 way stop and continue approximately 2-3 km and look for a sign for the Hermitage. Make a hard right (270 degrees). After the turn continue about 200 meters and turn left at first road (dirt). Proceed 300 meters and turn left into Red Roan Ranch and go to bottom of hill (the main house).

(Coming from George to Cape Town) Take the third exit (R60) right. Proceed (1km+) through the 4 way stop and continue approximately 2-3 km and look for a sign for the Hermitage. Make a hard right (270 degrees). After the turn continue about 200 meters and turn left at first road (dirt).  Proceed 300 meters and turn left into Red Roan Ranch and go to bottom of hill (the main house).

GPS:  S34 degrees 01.367 minutes, E020 degrees 25.193 minutes. Note most GPS units (Garmin, etc.) have the wrong coordinates for Red Roan Ranch.

Call if you have trouble 071 959 0786 or 083 290 1283