Daily Fats and Oils

Rekindle your Inner Agni, in the right way this Monsoon!!

We have learnt about superfoods, their facts and myths till now. But the most important, last but not the least, are fats and oils. Let’s know more about this macromolecule.

Now, the monsoon is going on and the people have cravings for oily & spicy food due to the cool climate. In monsoon season particularly our digestive fire is low (Agni Mandya). One should avoid too much oily, deep-fried and spicy food.

In Ayurveda, sneha means a soft, oily or lubricating substance and snehana is the treatment process of oleation of the body and gut, in this procedure ghee or medicated oils are applied to the body. Snehana can be administered both externally (bahya) and internally (abhyantara), with the main types of sneha: oil (taila), clarified butter oil-ghee (ghritha). Snehana is used to detoxify organs and lubricate or soften tissues in the body.

If you are not undergoing such Ayurvedic methods of oleation then you may add suitable fats and oils to your daily diet according to the season and tridoshas.

Nutritional facts of oils and fats:

Oils and fats suitable for sauteing/shallow frying in monsoon:

The Oils & fat which are rich in monounsaturated fats are beneficial for sauteing and shallow frying. (For example olive oil, groundnut oil and unsalted butter.) For deep frying purposes Sunflower oil and ghee are suitable.

Oil recommendations according to Tridoshas:

Vata Body type:
People with this body type are thin, fast-moving, and quick thinkers. They have a dominance of wind and space in their body, which makes them prone to dryness, poor appetite, and irregular digestion. People with this body type should refrain from consuming cold food items and should consume nourishing food containing healthy fats.
Eating food items which are hot in nature can be beneficial for people with vata body type in monsoon as the vata is aggravated in this season. Hence the best-suited cooking oils for this body type are –

  • Peanut Oil
  • Mustard Oil
  • Olive Oil

Pitta Body type:
Pitta body type people have the dominance of fire and water. People with this body type have oily skin, a fragile body and an aggressive personality. These people are prone to heat and have good digestion. People with this body type should consume food items that will keep them cool and hydrated. Along with consuming food items that are cool in nature and have high water content, the food for these people should be cooked in either of the following oils –

  • Ghee/ Clarified butter
  • Coconut oil

Kapha Body type:
People with Kapha body type are dominated by the elements of water and earth. People with this body type have a solid body(body structure is broad and bulky musculature), calm nature and are transparent in their behaviour. Due to their bulky body type, they are lazy in nature and have slow digestion. People with this dosha should include foods in their diet which would help to enhance their metabolism. The oils to be avoided by these people in monsoon are cold in nature and should include oils that are hot in nature –

  • Safflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Mustard Oil
  • Groundnut Oil

To restore your wellbeing by enhancing your metabolism and reducing the aggravated vata, one must follow Rutucharya. i.e. seasonal recommendations as per your body type.
We recommend such seasonal changes in our food plan. Do visit our websites and and know which oils and fats to consume to stay healthy as per your Prakruti & Vikruti changes.

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Mrs. Archana Patil (Wellness Coaches)

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Shruti Kulkarni (Clinical Nutritionist)

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Worship Woman’s Psychological and Mental Strength

– an Ayurveda Perspective

या देवी सर्वभूतेषु शक्ति-रूपेण संस्थिता।
नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमस्तस्यै नमो नमः॥
Meaning – Goddess Durga is omnipresent. She is the embodiment of power, peace, and intelligence in all beings. I worship her with all devotion so that she blesses me with happiness and prosperity.
Different words from above chant like शान्तिरूपेण, श्रद्धारुपेण, छायारुपेण symbolises the unique power of Goddess and unique power of every woman. These sets of emotions; power purely belong to womanhood.

Women are the centre of creation and with this unique power, she possesses a special set of emotions including extra tolerance, multitasking abilities, affectionate, nurturing, and caring abilities.

This strong emotion set is a reflection of good psychological health which is interdependent on physiological changes or physical health. As women are facing constant changes in lifestyle due to evolving physiological changes. These changes always affect her mental or psychological health. So special care will be required to maintain equilibrium.

Psychological, Emotional, and Mental states of women in their different life stages:
  • Behind every successful man, there is a woman, and my wife is that woman, but she might not be happy because she may have sacrificed her career. Does that lead to mental disturbance?
  • I am successful due to my mother, but your mother may be struggling with an emotional breakdown due to menopausal changes. Does anyone notice or care for her during menopause?
  • She is coping with post-pregnancy changes, less breast milk and feeding issues, and sleepless nights. Now she is talking about baby blues / postpartum depression and asking for psychological counseling help. Does the family help her to cope with it or advise her to neglect it?

Changing physiology is a constant thing in women’s lives. Monthly menstrual cycle-related changes from Menarche, pregnancy, postpartum period, perimenopause period and menopausal period all are impacting both physical and psychological domains of her health.

These constant changes and hormonal imbalances often lead to disturbances in Tridoshic (Vata – Pitta – Kapha ) balance. This imbalance always affects the mental health of women very commonly.

Anxiety, stress, body shaming, family pressure, postpartum depression, menopausal depression, and emotional breakdown are often associated with women’s life. She always tries to neglect this burden to maintain family harmony.

This Navratri, let’s understand her better for caring for her psychological needs.
Ayurveda can be helpful to maintain this harmony of Tridosha within her by monitoring inner health and Nadi along with Tridoshic balance. Tracking of Emotional quotients, stress, and thoughts levels are the unique feature of Nadi Tarangini. Required lifestyle modifications for maintaining a good emotional quotient will be advised for maintaining harmony and health.

Caring tips for maintaining good mental health for Women

  • During Adolescence age –

Girls are vulnerable at this age. They are facing numerous new changes in the body including starting from menarche, breast development, etc. Along with hormonal changes, the extra stress related to school performance, identity crisis, family tensions, and body shaming always leads to a complex mental breakdown.

Family support, friendly talks, identification of exact problems and its solution, and proper guidance on diet and lifestyle changes according to Ayurveda are very essential at this age.

  • During pregnancy and postpartum period –

Proper nutritional, and diet care is very essential during pregnancy. Ayurved mentioned briefly antenatal care.

Postpartum depression and stress are common nowadays. The struggle of a breastfeeding mother with emotional breakdown along with tired sleepless days always leads to many psychological problems.

Proper dietary guidelines and family support are a must to overcome this phase.

  • During menopausal age –

It is the period of cessation of many hormones. This change is not so easy to cope with for everyone. Menopausal depression and anxiety are the most common and highlighted subjects.

Socializing, and encouraging women to continue their hobbies and excel in their skillset is the best way to cope with it.

This required balance between physical and mental health can be tracked every day with the help of Ayurveda. The physical and emotional quotient can be tracked and scored. Dietary modifications, water intake, and lifestyle modifications are suggested to maintain the harmony of balance and to improve mental health.

So, accept the changes, correct them with Ayurveda and lifestyle guidance and move on happily.

Authors –
Vaidya Tejaswini Sameer Bhale (Ayurvedacharya, Nadi Pariksha Expertise)
Vaidya Gaytri Mulaye (MD Ayurveda)


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Honour the strength within YOU!!

Today’s century is Women empowerment. We daily observe such multitasking ladies around us.

But there are some lacunas in their personal life, which are related to physical and mental strength.

Let’s see a few examples –

  • I had participated in a full marathon before I had a baby. Now, I have totally lost that strength. I am not that obese but not that fit too.
  • I was fit and fine up to the menopausal period. Suddenly after menopause, I gained too much weight along with blood pressure.

According to Ayurveda, women have unique sets of physical as well as emotional strengths. Perseverance, empathy, adaptability, creation, nurturing ability, and intuitions are some of these unique strengths. These strengths are reflections of their excellent emotional and physical health. Maintaining a proper balance between physical and psychological health is very important for nurturing and balancing these strengths.

जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी ।
दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते |

Meaning – Oh Goddess, you who are known by the names of Mangala, Kali, Bhadra Kali, Kapalinee, Durge, Kshama, Shivaa, Dhatri, Swahaa, Swadha, I pray to you.

The different names of Durga always represent features of either physical strength or emotional strength. These strengths are unique features of womanhood. This unique strength always makes women special.

Women are constantly facing changes in their bodies. From menarche i.e., Starting of the menstrual cycle to menopause i.e., the end of the menstrual cycle, women undergo many physiological changes. These changes always affect the tridoshic balance of their core health which again affects their strengths. Nowadays, Women face tremendous lifestyle changes, work stress, family responsibilities, etc. Post pandemic period increases this stress manyfold. Ignorance towards health, poor nutritional intake, negligence, and lack of proper exercise are making women more vulnerable to many lifestyle disorders at a very early age.

Ayurved has mentioned different phases of women’s life including Gouri, Rohini, rajaswala, Taruni, adhivruddha and vruddha. Each phase represents age-wise changes in women’s lifecycle apart from monthly menstrual changes. Every phase has a very particular dosha predominance which reflects through her health parameters.

Balavastha has kapha dosha Predominance.

Tarunya/ Adolescent age is pitta predominant, the Post-partum period is vata predominant, the perimenopausal period is primarily kaph-vata predominant, and the menopausal period is vata predominant. This predominant dosha if you get vitiated with the wrong diet and lifestyle then it always leads to different health problems.

Identifying prakruti, predominant dosha according to physiological phases and proper care of that dosha is called Streecharya according to Ayurveda. This Streecharya helps women to maintain their physical as well as emotional strengths.

Ayurveda, by Identifying prakruti, current imbalances of dosha, and its causative factors will always help to maintain this ideal lifestyle specially designed for women. Its unique diagnostic method, Nadi pariksha, assessment of physical and emotional health will give you more guidelines to achieve and maintain your strengths.

Here are some suggestions for maintaining tridoshik balance –

  • Adolescent age –

It is a period of pitta Predominance. There are many physical and emotional changes taking place during this phase. Proper nutritional requirements along with exercise and emotional support, understanding the expression of kids at this age is very important.
Pitta vitiation of vata-kapha imbalances always leads to problems like acne, PCOS, weight gain etc. So a healthy lifestyle is very essential.

  • Postpartum period –

It is a period of vata Predominance. Proper diet including ghee, milk, and protein is very essential for strength regaining and recovery. For balancing vata, it is very necessary to follow proper postpartum care like abhyanga ( massage), steam, dhupan etc.
Balant kadhe always plays an important role in maintaining vata dosha.
Vata vitiation always leads to back pain, leg pain, body ache and long term joint related pain. So proper care is very essential.

  • Perimenopausal care –

It’s a crucial period varying from months to Years depending upon individual. In this stage, imbalances always lead to sudden onset of many diseases. It is the period where tridoshik imbalances always leads to physical as well as emotional health hazards. Proper calcium rich diet, strength giving diet along with milk, ghee is very important.
Exercises of brain is very important for overcoming the changes. Hobbies, social activities help to retain good emotional health. Strength training for muscles, bones are very important to maintain physical fitness.

  • Menopause and old age –

It is the period of Predominance of vata dosha. After so many ups and downs, menopause finally ceases all the required hormones. Skin dryness, hair fall, irritability, and sudden weight gain are common problems.
These problems can be avoided by maintaining proper tridoshic balance. A good diet, exercise, and mental involvement are very essential which keeps bay diseases away.

Finally, strength is nothing but power. Respect that strength and nourish it for yourself, your family, and your nation.

Every woman should boost her physical and mental strength to gain healthy long and peaceful life.

Happy Navratri !!

Authors –
Vaidya Tejaswini Sameer Bhale (Ayurvedacharya, Nadi Pariksha Expertise)
Vaidya Gaytri Mulaye (MD Ayurveda)


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Navrang of Navratri

Navratri is the festival of Navdurgas that helps humans awaken from within. Navratri brings so many changes in weather as well as in daily routine. This mainly helps us to detox the human body.

Every cultural activity/festival has a scientific significance that positively impacts our mind, body, and soul.
For example:
Makar Sankranti | Chaitra Navratri | Shardiya Navratri

Shardiya Navratri:
This Navratri festival is celebrated in Sharad Ritu, which starts on the 26th of September 2022 and lasts till 5 th of October Dussehra. The duration of the Festival is nine days. Many people do fasts for 9 days and eat particular foods only. Even wear a certain colour clothes according to the day.

According to Ayurveda in Sharad Ritu pitta is provoked as Agni (digestive fire) is mand (low) and may lead to various disorders of the digestive system like Acidity, Indigestion, Nausea, Skin allergies, etc. The body needs detoxification to eliminate the toxins accumulated in the body. Fast should not be excessive as it may cause deterioration of body tissues( Dhatu Kshaya). Fasting is one of the ways to detoxify the body. Fast is of 9-day duration and could be of different types as below.

  • Dry Fast (No Food – No Water)
  • Fasting on Water
  • Fasting on Fruits
  • Fasting on Liquids (Herbal Drinks)
  • Fasting from Grains
  • Fasting on Sugar and Salt
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Circadian rhythm fasting [a time-restricted feeding (TRF) in which a person eats all of their food across a span of hours in the earlier part of the day].

According to Nutritional Science aspects, Fasting is one of the ways to healthy detox, rejuvenate and energise the body. Navratri food recipes are nutritious, Gluten-free, high in fibre and low in fats. This kind of fasting provides well hydration, and high vitamins, and minerals. Such kind of fasting imparts self-discipline as we develop healthy habits and reduce mindless eating. This Navratri fasting is not only useful in detoxification of the body but also useful in various disorders like PCOS, Hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, Obesity etc.

Navrang colours and their sequence will be different every year. Below is the list of this year’s colours and their sequence is as follows:

Day 1 (Colour – White) :
White colour foodstuffs are Milk, Curd, Buttermilk, Makhana, Cashew, and Varai (Kodo Millet).

Day 2 (Colour – Red) :
Red colour foods are Apple, Strawberry, Watermelon, Pomegranate, Plum, Mulberry, and Raspberries.

Day 3 (Colour – Royal Blue) :
Blueberry, Cowpea Flower infused Water.

Day 4 (Colour – Yellow) :
Banana, Sweet Lime, Lemon, Sweet Potato, Potato.

Day 5 (Colour – Green) :
Bhindi, Lauki, Cucumber, Mint, Green Grapes, Star fruit, Amla.

Day 6 (Colour – Grey) :
Singhara Flour, Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds, and Dragon fruit.

Day 7 (Colour – Orange) :
Pumpkin, Orange, Papaya, Carrot, Apricot.

Day 8 (Colour – Peacock Green) :
Pista, Guava, Green Grapes.

Day 9 (Colour – Pink) :
Kokam Juice, Pomelo (Papas), Groundnuts.

People celebrate Navratri by doing Pooja, Fasting, Rangoli and floral decoration at their places, Chanting Vedic Mantras of Goddesses and wearing particular colour clothes on particular days. This shows unity and brings us closer to nature as we are a part of this nature.

Diversity is the main important characteristic of Nature, and humans should adopt this characteristic in their daily routine by eating various colours of food in their diet. Nature has an ample collection of colours, which are due to different types of pigments. These natural entities have antioxidant activity which is helpful in the ageing process, and chronic disorders.

Navrang of Navratri (Nine Colours) enhances the physical beauty of the person as well as could make the mind and soul healthy through eating Navrang colour foods available in nature.

We recommend such innovative, Nutritious, Local but Low cal fast recipes for Navratri in our food plan at Atreya Innovations platform.

Do visit our websites and and know which recipes to consume to stay healthy as per your Prakruti & Vikruti changes.

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Authors –
Vaidya Shilpa Jamdarkhana (Wellness Coach – Ayurveda)
Mrs. Archana Patil (Wellness Coach – Nutrition)


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Spiral of Happiness – Chakali!!

“Shine like sparkles, glow like lamps and burn all the negativity like crackers this Diwali”.
The most awaited festival of the year is here and our homes are bustling with positive vibes, sparkles, new clothes, new belongings and loads of Festival goodies and delicacies. It’s time to sparkle with joy this “Diwali” and tickle your tastebuds with “Spiral of Happiness” with your favourite Diwali snack – Chakali!!

Diwali is also distinctly mentioned in our ancient texts, epic tales and mythological facts as one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Ayurveda, the ancient science of India, also follows the festive clock and brings synergy with the “aahar-vihar” patterns as per the “Ritucharya and Dinacharya”. It believes that the pitta humour aggravated in Sharad ritu starts to decline in Hemant ritu to its normal healthy levels. Jatharagni or digestive fire that has been reduced in Sharad also starts to rekindle and our body’s digestive capacity increases in this season.

The body needs sound nourishment to energise the body tissues ( Sapta Dhatu poshan).
As this is the beginning of winter, the body needs warmth and can digest Guru ahara (heavy-to-digest food) like foods made from Ghee, Dry fruits, Milk & milk products, and deep-fried foodstuffs. As “Diwali- the Festival of Lights” falls during this time we all indulge in extremely rich, heavy and lip-smacking delicacies close to every Indian palate.

We Indians wherever we are always are eager to celebrate Diwali with family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours with great pomp. The whole land is lit up with dazzling diyas, fire-crackers and wholesome Diwali Faral or festive sweets. Big and small boxes of mithais, dry fruits and thalis full of Diwali Preparations are distributed as a token of love and bonding. We wait throughout the year to celebrate, eat and live this festival. Among the array of Indian Diwali delicacies here is a range of the most popular ones: Chivda, Chakli / Murukku, Kadboli, Ladoo, Shakarpare / Shankarpali, Karanji / Ghujiya, Shev / Bhujia, Chirote, Champakali, Anarase, Bhakarwadi, etc.

In this blog, we are going to focus on the most traditional and the most savoured Diwali delicacy – Chakali!!!

Chakli, Murukku & Kadboli are famous Diwali delicacies that have a spiral or chakri shape and were traditionally made by the women folk only during Diwali festival, but nowadays we get them all year long in the market. Still “Chakali” remains one of the most popular, at times difficult to make, savoury and tasty items. Popular with people of all ages and across the world.

The funny thing is that Chakali, Murukku & Kadboli are like twin sisters with slightly different versions from each other. Chakali is the spicy version. The word chakli is derived from the Indian word chakkar which means dizziness or like a maze. Just like its name “Chakali” it has a long and twisted list of ingredients right from 5 grains called as “Bhajani” or the roasted and fine ground flour which is the base of the Chakali dough- Jowar, Bajra, Wheat, Poha, Gram flour and a long list of spices- coriander seeds, carom seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies, hing / asafoetida, turmeric, methi seeds. Finally, they are brought together deep fried to perfection to get those tasty spirals. Chakali is most consumed in the different parts of Maharashtra and Gujrat.

The heavy version of Chakali called as Kadboli is a dark flour mainly made using Bajra flour, matki and other grains along with more spices. It is made spicier and rolled to perfection using hands instead of a Chakali maker and deep fried to give that crispiness and crunch.

Murukku is the light, crunchy version. The word Murukku is traditionally a Tamil word meaning ‘twisted.’ Hence, making it obvious that the shape of this snack is round and spirally twisted. Murukku in other regional languages are murukulu / jantikalu / chakralu (Telugu), dantkali (Odiya), chakkuli (Kannada) and chakri (Gujarati and Konkani). They are made up of rice flour and have a distinct flavour and crunchiness. Sometimes benne or homemade white butter is added to make “Butter chakli or Benne Murukku” mostly deep-fried in coconut oil. Variations of this recipe and slight changes in the shape along with names are also found in Gujarat, Odisha, Maharashtra and the Konkan region. These spiral forms like Chakali are also found in some South-Asian countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji and are savoured during Festive times.

According to some fiction stories, when the first chakli was made, the maker, after eating it, went into a maze of unending happiness and satisfaction so he decided to give it a hypnotic shape of a spiral. It represents the state of the brain when all those exotic Indian flavours explode in your mouth and bind with the taste buds.

The shape is round as the Chakli can be made easily without any break in a round shape instead of a square or triangular shape. The round shape and the texture of Chakli helps to cook it well from all sides and gives that unique crispiness.

At times having too much Chakali can cause acidity or heart-burn, but don’t worry you can enjoy Chakali with home-made white butter or Loni or home-made fresh curds and the taste will enhance ten-folds and you can enjoy this spiral of happiness with your loved ones. So this Diwali don’t shy away from eating this magnificent spiral of Taste and happiness. Enjoy your festival and indulge in Diwali delicacies to the fullest. Keep reading our newest blogs and stay informed to know how best you can indulge in festive foods this year and still stay healthy.

We talk about such interesting facts and give innovative options to our clients through our “Festive Special Diet plans” at “Atreya Innovations Wellness Platform”.

Do visit our websites and and know which recipes to consume this “festive season” and still look great and stay healthy as per your Prakruti & Vikruti. You may also connect with us at +91 7774040185, Call to know more Today!!

Mrs. Shruti Kulkarni (Nutritionist)
Mrs. Archana Patil (Wellness Coach)
Vaidya Shillpa Jamdarkhana (Wellness Coach)

Credits –
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale (Ayurvedacharya | Nadi Parikshan Expertise)


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