Kara Lydon (AKA The Foodie Dietitian) is one of my favorite Registered Dietitians and food bloggers. I met her in Maine at an incredible Wild Blueberries event, and after chatting with her about life and business on a fun outdoor hike and tasting her winning smoothie in a friendly competition, I immediately had a RD crush. Kara’s food and wellness philosophy is very much like my own (which she perfectly describes in her book!) and I jump on any opportunity to make the gorgeous recipes on her blog. So, of course, I just HAD to grab a copy of her new e-book Nourish Your Namaste. Kara offers up science-backed nutrition tips along with mouth-watering recipes and totally do-able yoga poses with the goal of experiencing total body wellness.
[Disclosure: I received a copy of Nourish Your Namaste for writing this review, but all opinions are my own. This post also contains an affiliate link, meaning Gowin Nutrition will receive a percentage of earnings from any purchases made. Thank you for your support!]
Borrowing a term from the Mindy Project, I’m a bit of a coconut. You know…brown on the outside, white on the inside. It’s tough to admit, but growing up as first generation American does give you a bit of an identity crisis. Do you embrace your culture and be different? Or do you conform and do your best to fit in with everyone else? Or maybe you do a little bit of both. Anyway, that’s another blog post entirely, but the point I want to make is this: as I’ve become an adult (and especially after having my son), I have this burning desire to soak up as much as I can about my culture – that includes learning to cook the Indian dishes I was raised on, figuring out how to wear a sari (it’s 6 yards of fabric!), learning more about Ayurveda, and embracing yoga as more than just a means of stretching.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t really have a great understanding of Ayurveda until reading Kara’s book. Ayurveda isn’t voodoo magic done with herbs and spices to cure all ailments. It’s a 5,000+ year old preventative practice that focuses on living in balance with nature through nutrition and lifestyle. Kara does a great job of explaining what this means and how you can put it into practice every day (without having to give up all your worldly possessions and moving to an ashram).
Speaking of ashrams…I have an on-again, off-again relationship with yoga. Every time I start, it feels amazing. Yoga has the ability to satisfy my expectations of a workout and reach me on a spiritual level as well. Which is probably why I turn to yoga whenever there are major changes or shifts in my life. When I was pregnant with my son, I religiously went to a pre-natal yoga class at least twice a week. And now, after moving my family to a totally different state away from our friends and support system in New York, I’ve turned to yoga again to re-center (and hopefully make some new friends). It’s good to know that I can flip to this e-book whenever I can’t make it to a class – whether I need to relax, get my gut out of a knot, or boost energy (running after a toddler all day is exhausting!), Kara’s explanations for various poses are simple to follow and help me feel better in no time.
Whether you’re simply looking to eat in a way that nourishes your body and soul, or wanting to know more about how yoga can do more than just lengthen and tone, I highly recommend downloading a copy of Nourish Your Namaste. Just reading the title, I can already feel my stress levels dropping and and my heart sending some love to the rest of my body. Kara’s explanations are on point and she can make even the most complex wellness principles easy to understand – not an easy feat in a world where confusing nutrition information (and misinformation) spreads like wildfire. Not to mention, the recipes look mouthwateringly delicious and make me want to whip them all up in my kitchen…like, right now. Byeeeeee!