The Namaste Counsel


July 24, 2019
Diabetics: Try Yoga with Low Glycemic Diet

Like me, Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends a low glycemic diet, for blood sugar management. And, yoga. “We are a nation in a diabetes crisis,” says Dr. Oz. “Over the course of my career, I’ve watched patients who were destined for diabetes completely rewrite their fate by losing weight and getting in shape,” he states. Dr. […]

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June 10, 2019
Yoga and GI Disorders aka Gutsy Yoga

Gutsy Yoga. That’s the name of my signature workshops that explores yoga and GI disorders, helping people deal with digestive issues. (Note: A GUTSY YOGA workshop will take place at The Namaste Getaway on June 15. Contact Deborah to register.) I developed Gutsy Yoga, in part, because of my personal health history. And, my solution: […]

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December 25, 2017

Today, most Americans are disconnected from what is a natural part of life: planting and harvesting. Farm-to-table food. People surf the internet. They stroll through unending lines of shelves in a big box store. All to find food. Unfortunately, this has a detrimental impact on our health, and the environment. We are committing himsa (violence), […]

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December 21, 2017
Plant-Based Eating: Then and Now

When Pizza Was King By the time I got to college, I was already a committed vegetarian. However, I knew nothing about nutritious plant-based eating, nor how to forage for wholesome meatless options on campus. In my entire dorm, there was just a handful of us vegetarian or kosher dairy folks. Fortunately, my dorm had […]

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December 11, 2017
Preserving Ahimsa: A Road Warrior's Guide

Ahimsa for the Warrior in You During my 15 years working for one agency, we called ourselves “road warriors.” Beginning 35 years ago, I was trained to have a bag packed and ready to go for last-minute, business trips.  At airports, and in the sky, I ate popcorn or nuts. Oftentimes, I opted for nothing. […]

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September 10, 2017
Yoga and Healthy Sleep Patterns

Surya Namaskar: My Ayurvedic Dinacharya in Belize I’m in Belize. By 6:30 at night, the sky is pitch black. There are no cars or trucks on my small island. That's because there are no paved streets, anywhere. Nor, are there bright lights or neon signs hanging from the streets to bring about an unnatural sense of time. […]

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July 29, 2017
Natural Healing According to a Nicaraguan Herbalist vs Ayurveda

To learn about natural healing, I choose a homestay with Dona Lucia in Nicaragua.  Call her a curandera, herbalist, or a campesina. Clearly, Lucia understands the value of nature as medicine. We relate. First, I believe in natural healing. For example, I have great respect for the Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Indigenous teachings. Plant-based Organic Foods […]

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June 13, 2017
Laura Plumb On Sneha: Self-Care with Oils

I’ve always hated perfume. My mom used to buy cheap "toilet water" and douse the toilet with it. With my keen sense of smell, I retreat when someone laden with perfume is near me. On the other hand, I relish the scents of aromatherapy and natural oils (like coconut). They feel nurturing and nourishing to […]

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September 11, 2016
Making Healthy Choices: It's Time Texas

As I passed the five decades marker, I decided to step up my fairly decent health and fitness regime.  I upped the ante on healthy choices, making diet and fitness a priority in my life. (Scroll down, to read about my personal path. Fortunately, as I stepped up my commitment to good health, I saw parallels […]

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July 9, 2016
San Antonio Vegan Options

In 1998, when I arrived in Texas, there were no San Antonio vegan options. If I wanted to eat out, I typically went to Whole Foods. Today, there’s a great assortment of San Antonio vegan options, plus vegetarian, kosher, and gluten-free dining spots. Now, a new “multi-plex” or food court of gluten-free plant-based food and […]

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May 5, 2016
Yogi=Ahimsa in New Orleans

The yoga that I follow isn’t just about the postures. Yoga goes beyond breath and body work. It’s a lifestyle. That’s why I’m a vegan yogi. I stopped eating animals 40 years ago, after visiting a slaughterhouse in Mexico. I said no to dairy and eggs once I realized the inhumane treatment that factory farming produces. […]

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January 31, 2016
Ayurvedic Diets and Food Journaling

In my Tummy Bust, Sugar Drop, and Gutsy Yoga signature workshop series, I stress Ayurvedic diets. Not calories, but what is appropriate for you based on learnings from Ayurveda, as well as a myriad of modern nutritionists and integrative doctors. In Ayurveda, each person is unique. Furthermore, what might be appropriate for you to eat when […]

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