Entries by Divya Alter

Tips for Improving Airy Digestion

Excerpt from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen (copyright Rizzoli) Check out “Setting the Stage for Your Meals: It’s Not Just What You Eat, But How You Eat It”—this practice is always useful no matter what your digestion is. The following tips are specific for irregular Airy digestion: Follow the […]

Time-Saving Tips for Cooking

Making Time to Cook My dear friend Michael Halsband is not only an extraordinary photographer but also one of the most committed yoga practitioners and at-home cooks I’ve ever met. When I ask him, “How do you manage, considering your unpredictable schedule as an artist?” he says, “I use yoga and cooking as an investment […]

How to Select a Good Pineapple

Buy it in peak season, from March through July, ideally a day before you want to use it. Buy it ripe and sweet: more yellow than green in color, with a mild pineapple aroma at the base. Look for a surface that is firm and gently yielding to the touch and single-tuft crowns that are […]

Avocado Tips and Tricks

I learned these from my friend Gail Herson, who owns Heavenly Avocados, an organic avocado ranch in California. Her Lamb Haas avocados are so magical, the best I’ve ever tasted. When in season, you can order them at www.heavenlyavocados.com—Gail will pick them for you right before shipping! If you have several avocados and don’t want […]

What Type of Digestion Do You Have?

Excerpt from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen (copyright Rizzoli, 2017) The mechanics of the initial stage of our digestion are very similar to cooking food in a pot. Imagine that your stomach is a pot cooking on the stove of your digestive system. Strategically placed in the center of […]

Why Avoid Onions and Garlic?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions in our cooking classroom. It is easy to understand why to avoid meat, but giving up onions and garlic—that’s shocking news, even among the healthy eaters! “I thought they were good for you.” “I know someone who’s been eating raw garlic every day; he’s in his […]

Turmeric: The King of Spices

I was 18 years old when I first walked into a yoga ashram and was served a dish cooked with turmeric, and I still remember my amusement: “This rice is yellow!” If you’ve eaten Indian food before, you know that the glowing yellow color comes from cooking with the king of spices: turmeric. It is […]