Why I Love Every Ounce of Fat in My Body

(As published on Elephant Journal)

“You look fatter, Ripa,” my Ayurveda teacher said to me recently.

I smiled and replied “I never thought I’d take that as a compliment as much as I do now.”

Having once struggled with anorexia nervosa, starving myself for long periods of time to achieve a feeling of “skinny,” I have now come 360 degrees on my journey. I have not only been able to gain much-needed weight, but have experienced a transformation in my whole attitude towards my body. Ayurveda, the ancient art and science of life from India, has inspired me to now love every ounce of fat in my body.

Here’s why:  Continue reading

Our Destinies Lie In Our Own Hands

(As published on Elephant Journal as a “Staff Pick” and featured in “Popular Lately”)

Ayurveda is often thought of as being an art of living. Our life is the canvas, and our thoughts and actions are like a palette, from which we can paint any picture we wish. It has been said that as we act, so we become. Continue reading