One thing I will say about Ayuveda is that it is very thorough. It dives deep into all the possibilities and provides insight and answers too many of life’s questions and quandaries. This level of comprehensiveness is often interpreted as complication.
There are many gifted Ayurvedic practitioners on the scene who have taken it upon themselves to make Ayurveda more accessible. The New Year Re-Solution program is inspired by them. It is geared towards making Ayurveda useable for everyone.
As the health and wellness culture seems to have a “hard on” for cleansing this book was written with that in mind. Also re-solution is not a true cleanse.
In Ayurveda there are two primary therapeutic actions that are employed and these are rejuvenation and detoxification. I talk about them briefly in the book and mention their Ayurvedic names of Brahmana and Langana. All interventions can be differentiated to have one of these intentions.
Within the category of Langana is the advanced Ayurvedic cleansing technique of Pancha Karma, which is still very young in the West. The many practices that make up a Pancha Karma experience have elements of both detoxification and rejuvenation. That is because the practitioners of this art recognized that cleansing had to be balanced so that the body would not get stressed and respond by holding on to toxicity.
This approach that blends rejuvenation to reduce depletion and cleansing to remove toxicity is called palliation. The definition of palliation is:
to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate
Palliation takes a long term view of the situation. It provides small steps that have a cumulative effect over time; which lessen, mitigate and alleviate the symptomology that would inspires someone to do a cleanse. So why didn’t I call it New Year’s Palliation. Well besides the obvious word play using people’s inspiration in the new year to have a resolution I’m not quite sure anyone knows what palliation is outside of the medical community. So let’s break down the word resolution.
Re is defined as:
Preposition: in the case of; with reference to
a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, or with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate backward motion.
The preposition is obvious. We are all looking for a solution to our problems. The prefix is less obvious. The Re-Solution is not a magic bullet, it is not a one-time event. It is a ritual that when done year after year it has a profound effect on the body. Believe me I have seen the results with countless clients over the last decade. The backward connotation of re refers to most peoples want to be young again. Re-solution, like its parent Pancha Karma, works to turn back time and help you to look and feel young again.
In essence the Re-solution program is aimed at providing a thorough program that can be easily followed. The recipes and recommendations are geared towards repetition year after year and so they are focused on being delicious and nutritious. Lastly the small steps taken every year through this program will have a cumulative effect so that over a period of time unique to you as an individual you will find yourself transformed by the new habits and practices that you have adopted.
While Re-Solution is simple and safe it can be a powerful way to change your life for the better, but like many things it takes time and will not happen all at once. Hopefully you will feel inspired to experience the thorough, tasty and transformative effects of a Re-Solution.
Chances are you are a foodie. Maybe you love food as much as I do. Finding yourself meandering through specialty grocery stores looking for obscure ingredients or spending a Sunday afternoon cooking just for the love of it. Or perhaps you are not as crazy about food as I am.
Either way you are probably interested in food not just for its delicious flavor but also for its health benefits. You recognize that food can be used as medicine and so you spend time in your kitchen, not just because it is your favorite room in your house, but because you want to improve your health. This was me in 2006 when I graduated from the California College of Ayurveda and started to offer detoxification programs to my clients.
I would try and impress them with my culinary skills and create programs that would get them back on track. Those early years of clinical experience were not easy. All the theory I learned in school did not add up to be useful to the person sitting across from me.
So I studied deeper into Ayurveda and yoga, but I also started to dive into social and behavioral psychology and I started to simplify my relationship with ethnic and exotic food. Over time I continued to refine my approach. What I found is that there are some simple steps in healthy food preparation and that recipes do not have to be overly complicated in order to be flavorful and delicious. So I started to simplify. I took the less is more approach. I started to ask myself what is the minimum that I can ask this client to do and get the most results.
Fast forward to 2010 and I started to feel like I had finally found a framework that worked. The reason is that I started to get a lot of clients asking if I could put the program I was leading them through into book form so they could share it with their friends. Honestly I was reluctant. I am a huge fan of personalized medicine and providing high quality support to my patients so putting the program in a book seemed, well inconsistent with providing the best quality care possible.
I kept teaching the program and kept refining it and I started to notice something else. When I first started I would receive a lot of emails asking for clarification and support about the program and so I would answer the email and then include the information in the next version. I had the great gift of clinical experience to teach me how Ayurveda was useful for the modern woman and man (the women outnumber the men). So that over time I started to get a lot less questions.
It was at this point that I realized maybe a book could be sufficient. The challenge was breaking through cleanse mentality. Everybody wants to cleanse. Many people feel out of sorts and they believe if they can just cleanse they will finally find the breakthrough that they have been searching for. Not to devalue this possibility I have seen it happen, but it is rare.
The Re-Solution program could be considered a gentle cleanse, but its primary aim is to reset positive eating patterns after the holidays. It does this by treating any deep seated depletion from excess work and overdoing for long periods of time. It encourages you to slow down and to replenish your reserves of energy and vitality so that your body has the strength to cleanse more deeply when the time is right. That is why it is called a Re-Solution and not a cleanse.This is really what makes this program unique.