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KEEPING BODY AND SOUL TOGETHER
EIGHT AYURVEDIC SUPERFOODS
6 LIGHTEN YOUR SOUL
Simple joys can satisfy the deepest hunger,
says Deepak Chopra
8 LEAVING FEAR BEHIND
Jeremy Ball celebrates the release from gaol of
Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen
10 THE EGO IS DEAD!
The ego is more than self centredness but that’s
where the problems arise, says spiritual teacher
David G Arenson ND
14 POLLUTION AND HEART DISEASE
Health researcher Peter Dingle PhD points to an
overlooked risk factor in CVD, our environment
16 EIGHT AYURVEDIC SUPERFOODS!
Ayur vedic cook Nadia Marshall explores the
healing power of India’s wonder foods
18 COLOUR CODES
Acupuncturist Olivier LeJus says our colour choices
can affect more than our mood
19 NATURAL THERAPIES FOR PROLAPSE
Naturopath Lyn Craven offers holistic approaches
to bladder and uterine prolapse
22 LOVING LIFE
Shiatsu therapist Erycka Pereira urges an early
start for an invigorating day
20 NOVA GUIDES
21 MUSIC REVIEWS
long with so many NOVA readers,
I have to admit to being fascinated
with India . It’s been some years
since I was last there and even
with all the tumult of recent times I have a
yearning to go again – soon!
I’ll never forget my first impressions 14
years ago when we stepped off the plane at
Trivandrum Airport in Kerala to be greeted
by a giant pile of suitcases, bags and boxes
marked ominously “mishandled baggage”,
immigration official s who seemed mystified
by an Australian passport and, most of all,
the a roma that pervaded everything on a
still, wa rm, tropical night. It was cloying
a nd den se, a heady mix of damp vegetation,
manure, cooking fires, diesel fumes and, as
I’ve c ome to discover since, K era la’s fabulous
spices. India has changed dramatically since
then – but the mystery remains.
Ayurveda, the wonderful 5000 year old
“scienc e of life”, is still widely practised in
Southern India and Sri Lanka and spices
are an integral part. Not only in cooking!
As I discovered in a memorable massage in
Sri Lanka some years later, leaves and oils
from medicina l plants are placed on your
body before you are enclosed in a heated box
to gently stea m in a cloud of intoxic ating
a roma s. Ac cording to traditional Ayur vedic
practice, the oils permeate your skin to infuse
lifegiving energy while the steam detoxifies –
and afterwards a communal shower allowed
us all – men and women, tourists and locals,
to compare notes and share our experienc e.
It was amazingly reinvigorating and fun.
Now this wisdom of the Indian
subc ontinent is well ac c epted in the West –
at least when it comes to spices in our food.
Turmeric , g inger, cumin, c hilli, sa f fron,
cinnamon and cardomom have made their
way into our kitchens for more delicious
food with powerful he alth giving properties.
Our Nutrition feature this month is
“Eight Ayur vedic Superfoods” by Byron Bay-
based Ayuvedic cook Nadia Marshall. You
probably have a few favourites of your own to
add to this list but it all goes to prove that the
recipe for good health starts with what we eat.
Another of Ayur veda’s great cha mpion s,
Deepak Chopra , joins us this month with an
exc erpt from his late st book What Are You
Hungry For? Deepak argues that when we
overeat, it’s often a signal that we’re hungry
for something completely different, whether
it be love, security or spiritual nourishment.
When we recognise that fact, we can begin
to eat c onsciou sly and lose weight. Se e what
he means in “Lighten Your Soul”.
Once again Peter Dingle PhD serves
up some thought-provoking research, this
month linking pollution with heart disease.
Maybe jogging or cycling along a busy road to
beat the traffic congestion calls for a rethink!
Or maybe we need to rethink cars. As Peter
say s, our environment has been largely
overlooked as a factor in this killer disease but
this research demands our attention.
As well this month we pay tribute to
Tibet in “L eaving Fear Behind”, a fi lm
made by an extraordinarily brave filmmaker,
Dhondup Wangchen, e xa mine the effect
of our c olour choice s on our emotion s and
health, learn that an early morning start
helps us love life and try to decide whether
mindfulness trumps chocolate!
A tasty mixed assortment for you to
enjoy this month.
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