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The Sacred & Delicious Food List is an addendum to the cookbook, Sacred & Delicious. Author Lisa Mitchell decided to distribute this comprehensive list of the foods through her website so that she would be able to update it more easily. These are foods found in most modern kitchens. The list organizes the foods into categories to reflect how they fit in your diet from an Ayurvedic perspective.

The free webinar with Vaidya Smita Naram that Lisa Mitchell is hosting will be held in the spring of 2019. Dr. Naram is one of India’s leading Ayurvedic pulse masters, herbal pharmacologists, and clinicians, and she has helped thousands of patients overcome serious health problems with the time-tested tools of Ayurveda. Lisa will conduct an interview with Dr. Naram about how to embrace an Ayurvedic diet and other health care approaches that have the potential to transform your health or to sustain optimal wellness. Here are some topics that will be covered:

  • Stories of people who have overcome serious health problems through modern Ayurveda— without taking pharmaceuticals
  • An in-depth discussion about how diseases take take root and evolve in the body from the perspective of Ayurveda.
  • A safe weight-loss plan that never leaves you hungry
  • Dietary recommendations to support chronic health conditions, including acid reflux, acne, headaches, back pain, perimenopause/menopause and more

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Chocolate and the Sweetness of Life

When my husband and I married, almost twenty-one years ago, we exchanged pieces of chocolate as part of our wedding ceremony. The event was conducted by my mentor and friend, Diana Vela. At the point when Tom and I fed each other chocolate, Diana spoke these words on our behalf:

“I, Tom, share with you the sweetness of my soul, and may we share in the light and food of life together. I, Lisa, share with you the sweetness of my soul, and may we share in the light and food of life together.”

Although I had always loved chocolate, its sweetness took on a new layer of meaning for me in that sacred moment!

Years before, I’d read that there are chemicals in chocolate that make us feel loved. If you enjoy chocolate, you know intuitively that eating chocolate makes you feel happy, at least for the moment! And scientists who have researched this subject report that eating chocolate increases serotonin, the feel-good chemical in the brain, and also releases endorphins, a brain activity that inhibits pain and brings a feeling of euphoria. All of this is achieved by eating just a bit of chocolate, a piece the size of a gourmet truffle!

What is Ayurveda’s take on chocolate? Let me share my conclusion based on study and a lot of personal experience! Eating a modest amount of chocolate from time to time is just fine. Eating too much disturbs all the doshas. Chocolate straight-up increases vata and pitta. And we rarely eat chocolate without at least some sugar, which also increases kapha.  Chocolate contains theobromine, a natural stimulant similar to caffeine, which is why a large dose of chocolate may keep vata types awake at night.

Some practitioners who adhere strictly to Ayurvedic principles will tell you not to eat chocolate at all, but I prefer a more moderate approach. When we go to a restaurant on special occasions, nine times out of ten I order a dessert that’s chocolate. And some days when I’m working at home and want a treat, I have a few stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. I once heard Dr. Vasant Lad say that it’s healthier to follow an Ayurvedic diet 70 or 80 percent of the time—while occasionally enjoying the foods that fall outside our doshic prescription—than it is to follow the diet so rigidly that our longing for those forbidden foods causes us to dismiss Ayurveda altogether!

So on this Valentine’s Day, I hope you rise above any sense of guilt, if you’re prone to such feelings, and become totally absorbed in the pure—if momentary—joy of your chocolate indulgence!

Wishing you love!






3 Responses

  1. Ingrid says:

    Awe, that is such a lovely Valentine’s story. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. Eliza says:

    Beautifully written, Lisa Joy! Looking forward to learning more from you about Ayurvedic principles and how you have found to apply them in your cooking and lifestyle. Thank you!!!

  3. My husband is content to have small amounts of dark chocolate with nothing in it but unfortunately, I am partial to Hagaan Das ice cream bars and Ghirradeli Dark Chocolate Squares with Raspberry filling. I don’t have any in the house right now to check the proper spelling 😉