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Winter Wellness

Wintertime sure is the season of sickness, whether you are in the snowy midwest or sunny California. The change in season sure accompanied by bugs and viruses, but the cold temperatures aren’t entirely to blame. The common cold rhinovirus is not caused by the cold. Rather, what we do when it gets cold is the cause. Chilly weather draws people indoors, building air is recycled, and viruses or bugs are circulated between people in close proximity–whether it is in the workplace, classroom, or gym. Essentially, we are all sneezing, sniffling, and coughing on each other through shared air or items. Not to fear! While it may seem impossible to avoid, there are so many ways to naturally boost your immunity– or if you’ve already come down with something, to ease the symptoms while you recover. Although no one cure kills off all strains of cold viruses, your best bet is to incorporate immunity boosting preventative methods to decrease your susceptibility to the cold. Let your body’s immune system serves as a front line defense against the nagging cold virus, …

Inspired Inner Foodie

So, I finally decided to start a blog. Ever since I started my Jain food album on Facebook, my friends and family have urged me to blog my recipes. Growing up in California, maintaining a pure Jain diet is definitely a challenge, but it is not impossible. It’s not nearly as hard as you may think. Jainism is a religion based upon non-violence toward all living things, in thought or action. Jains follow a very strict vegetarian diet which excludes any type of meat, fish, or animal product, as well as eggs, root vegetables, and certain vegetables which contain many seeds (like eggplant for example). So, many people get the whole vegetarian thing. But a lot of people are confused by why we avoid root vegetables. Jainism believes in non-violence toward all living things: from the largest animals, to the most microscopic beings. Root vegetables contain innumerable amounts of tiny organisms that inhabit the root. When these vegetables are uprooted, many organisms living in the roots are killed.  The reason why Jains do not consume …