It's almost impossible to pass by any location that features magazines without being bombarded by stories about the latest and greatest dietary triumphs. From "Seaweed-eating Grandmother loses 175 pounds-Gives Birth to Triplets at 65," to "You can Stay Slim, Smart, and Supple eating 5000 calories/Day," we are obsessed with different types of consumptive behaviors. With all the attention on food and diet it's even possible to conclude that the information available is easily understood and consumers can make intelligent choices without any problems. Unfortunately, that doesn't play out in reality since the United States has one of the highest obesity rates in the world among industrialized nations and close to 25% of children and teenagers in this country are either overweight or obese.
For over 30 years, Dominick Mason has been learning, teaching and cooking food utilizing the Ayurvedic system that comes from India and has its roots in an oral tradition stretching back thousands of years.
Ayurvedic cooking takes into account the physiological state of those at the table, the seasonal influences, a balance of six different tastes, and many other factors. Sounds complicated, but Dominick has plenty of practical ideas for the home cook to assist in easily putting these principles to work in daily food preparation. His objective is to simply help you cook in a more healthy manner.
In the studio we'll prepare a dahl (soup) plus cook some fresh spiced (not hot) cheese, and a cooling drink to help beat the heat.
Join Dominick, Kathy, and me in the KRUU studio or catch us in cyberspace at kruufm.com. If you miss Wednesday's show, the rebroadcast is Friday morning at 7:00 CDT.
Join Monica and Caroline this week on Writers' Voices as we bring back one of our favorite guests, Linda Egenes, to discuss her latest book "Super Healthy Kids: A Parent's Guide to Maharishi Ayuveda," coauthored with Dr. Kumuda Reddy. This is the first book on Maharishi Ayuveda and children, and follows in the footsteps of "For a Blissful Baby: Healthy and Happy Pregnancy with Maharishi Vedic Medicine."
As explained in Super Healthy Kids, "All parents want the best for their children. Yet when faced with a sick kid, it's hard to know what to do. The time-tested wisdom of Maharishi Ayurveda offers surprisingly effective solutions to children's health problems today—from ADHD to obesity." We will be talking to Linda Egenes about what it takes to write an authoritative book on such an important topic.