Articles in: Diet and Seasonal Eating

In my book, The 3-Season Diet, I discuss how nature has 3 growing seasons. The spring, summer and fall are the growing seasons, with winter as nature’s dormant season. In this section, learn how to eat with the seasons, according to your body type and the natural digestive cycles, and the importance of eating regular meals in a relaxed way.

Chocolate: From Bean to Bar


Average Reading Time: 5 minutes and 18 seconds It’s hard to say “no” to chocolate when the research is so compelling. There are so many studies touting the health benefits of dark chocolate and cacao. (1) Cacao comes from the species of theobroma, or “food of the gods,” and has been consumed as far back […]

Coffee: The Good, The Bad, and The Ayurvedic Perspective

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Average Reading Time: 8 minutes and 51 seconds In recent years, we have seen an astonishing amount of research being published touting the health benefits of coffee. The question is: do these studies negate the health risks reported in studies past? We know that caffeine consumption is highly prevalent in our culture; studies between 2001 […]

June Superfoods

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 28 seconds A transitional month in Ayurveda, June is an exciting month as spring finally starts rounding the bend towards summer. Depending on where you live, June can feel like the middle of summer or like the April showers of spring. While we suggest to eat off the Spring […]

Guar Gum: Finally, A Healthy Food Additive

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 29 seconds Finally! There is a food additive that is actually derived from a plant rather than an army of genetically-engineered bacteria. Guar gum is derived from a legume (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) commonly called the cluster bean. Eighty percent of the world’s production of this food emulsifier comes from India. […]

Recovering from the Low-Fat Era

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Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 36 seconds After almost 60 years of being told that cholesterol is “Public Health Enemy No. 1,” along with an overwhelming amount of science debunking the “cholesterol theory,” (2,3,4) the prestigious Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which sets the FDA’s Dietary Guidelines, has decided that cholesterol is no longer a […]

Edible Flowers Annual Guide


Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 10 seconds With spring upon us, wild flowers, lilacs, violets, pansies, chrysanthemums, daisies, and other blooms explode onto the scene, taking over gardens, fields and mountain sides as if they were here for a reason, perhaps screaming, “Eat me!,” or at least, “Look at me!” We all know that […]

Episode 20: Getting Back Into The Kitchen with Emma Frisch and John Douillard


Join us for the airing of a lively and inspiring video podcast between Emma Frisch, Food Network Star, and Dr. John. Emma asks Dr. John questions she has as a nationally recognized chef regarding seasonal eating, harvests, food microbes, emotional eating, local versus global, the medicinal benefits of each seasons harvest and strategies to make […]

Move Saffron To Your Medicine Cabinet

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 18 seconds Saffron may be the most prized spice, according to Ayurveda. Harvested from the stigmas of the Crocus sativus flower, recent research is giving credibility to why our ancestors used to compare saffron’s value to gold. (1) Numerous studies suggest that saffron offers a wealth of health benefits […]