Simple, everyday Ayurvedic cooking for a peaceful mind


If you are like most people eating healthy and well is high on your new year’s resolution list. Is it?

That’s not surprising. After all, good food is a foundational piece to lasting health and happiness. With bad food we feel blah, bloaty, uninspired. Who wants that? With good food we feel uplifted and inspired. I attest to it.

Well, I hate to break the news to you, but if you want to feed yourself well, home cooked food is essential for a peaceful and harmonious mind … and a vibrant body of course. Are you cringing? Does cooking at home sound like a whole lot of work? Hold your horses and read on …

If you are a person who eats out a lot you have very little control about what goes into your body (and mind). Restaurants typically get their ingredients from big suppliers who give a d&*% about where they source their food from. The main goal is to keep costs down so you can eat affordably. It’s likely that you eat artificial ingredients,  hormone fed beef and unorganic lettuce. Those ingredients ain’t creating ease and peace.

When eating out, you also have no control over the emotions that go into your food. Yep that’s right? The emotions of the cook go right into your food. And having worked in restaurants, I know what a stressful environment kitchens are. How is that creating a peaceful mind for the eater? Check out my conversation with Alec Hurley on that.

When cooking at home you have way more control over what goes into your body.


Now, if you are anything like me you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I am way into simple, easy and delicious. That’s why I talked to Kate O’Donnell who has written two Ayurvedic cookbooks. They are filled with simple recipes that take less than 30 min to prep, are  nourishing and tasty. Yahoo Kate. Well done.

I chat with Kate about the ins and out of everyday cooking and how it impacts our minds.

What you get from tuning in:

  • The 3 states of the mind
  • The types of food that create harmony in the mind
  • Why seasonal eating makes sense
  • The impact of cookies and holiday treats on the mind
  • Inspiration that cooking can be simple and time saving
  • How to overcome food cravings … using the fire boys

Want to make good decisions in life?  It’s the mind that drives decision making. Thus, eating foods that create clarity in the mind makes a lot of sense.


Kate’s cookbooks make a great Holiday present.


Kate O’Donnell is an author, lecturer, and senior yoga teacher.

She is the author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook, and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Sattvic Recipes. An Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ashtanga yoga teacher, Kate is on the faculty for Kripalu School of Ayurveda and Boston Ayurveda School. She travels to India annually for study and teaches internationally.

An avid interest in the healing powers of food have inspired her study and practice of the ancient arts of Ayurveda and yoga for more than twenty years. She teaches trainings, cooking classes, seasonal cleanses, and retreats when she isn’t practicing yoga, writing, or having a chai.

Kate O’Donnell

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