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Ayurvedic Services

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

 – Ayurvedic Proverb


What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, or the “science of life” is a preventative system of medicine that originates in ancient India.  It continues to be practiced there today and has been gaining momentum throughout the world.

Ayurveda emphasizes the fact that all living things are a microcosm, a small part of a larger whole, derived from the macrocosm that is our universe.  It is a fundamental Ayurvedic belief that it is to our benefit to realign ourselves with the rhythms of nature within our universal structure.  Attuning ourselves to the flow of nature grants us the ability to become resilient to emotional and physical illness and live balanced and healthy lives.

In regard to eating practices, Ayurveda recognizes that by eating mindfully, in accordance to the seasons, and by paying particular attention to the circumstances in which we consume our food, we can significantly impact our digestive health, which is the foundation for our overall mental and physical well-being.  If we pay attention to the way our body interprets and utilizes food, that food has the potential to be used as medicine by the body.

In today’s fast world, improper digestive function is often the root cause of illness, but it is often overlooked as our bodies are infrequently examined from the point of view of how our digestive systems are functioning.  To address the root cause we must unlearn the common “one size fits all” model of care when it comes to our digestive health.  We can feed the body the most nutritious food, but if our body can’t utilize that food, we have turned that food into a substance that is largely unusable by the body.  In contrast, Ayurvedic principles urge us to think consciously and intentionally about the practices that surround what we eat and how we eat it.  Such mindful eating influences the body’s ability to digest and assimilate food so that it can be interpreted and utilized in a positive way, bringing our bodies back into balance and establishing a healthier digestive system.  Without a properly functioning digestive system, we are prone to illness and imbalance in all other bodily systems, including our emotional well-being.

Contact us today to schedule a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation to get started on your individual path to wellness! 

Ayurvedic Services

We begin with a comprehensive Ayurvedic Mindful Eating consultation.

We meet with you at your home, or another convenient location, to learn about your circumstances and challenges and identify how the Ayurvedic principles can help you form a relationship with food that promotes wellness, vitality and balance for your emotional and physical body. 

Here are some of the topics we may cover:

  • Assessing your individual body’s needs (e.g., low iron, difficulties concentrating, low energy, mood swings, challenges with maintaining a healthy weight…)
  • How to deal with food sensitivities and allergies
  • Timing of your meals and environment
  • Regulating your appetite
  • How to engage all of the senses during a meal
  • What to think about during a meal
  • Portions
  • How to chew properly
  • How to eat foods at the right temperature for your body
  • Adhering to eating foods that are in season
  • Posture

After the initial consultation, we schedule our next session(s) based on your individual needs.  Follow up sessions may involve doing an inventory of your kitchen, meal planning, shopping together, cooking assistance or recreating your space to support better digestive health. 

Fee for Ayurvedic Services

Our initial 2-hour Ayurvedic Mindful Eating consultation ranges in cost from $60- $75/hr, depending on your circumstances.  In order to limit the financial barriers that often influence our ability to receive the care we need, we ask you to self-select a fee in this range that feels good for you! 

Follow-up sessions are $30-$45/hr and are typically 1-2 hours long.


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Kind Words...

"I have struggled with the challenges of Chronic Lyme Disease for almost 15 years. Throughout my journey, I have seen some wonderful practitioners who have offered me lots of great advice on how to improve my health. Questions like: "What are you eating? How often do you eat? What's your appetite like?" came up fairly often. My answers were almost always the same. "I don't really prepare any good meals for myself because I don't have the energy to. I try to eat when I feel hungry, but find myself skipping and sleeping through meals. My appetite is poor." I've eaten many meals in bed. A lot of them consisted of applesauce and toast. Until recently, the "food conversation" and talk about digestion and elimination ended at my replies. Generally, I was sent out the door with new medications or supplements and occasionally, there was talk about an elimination diet to see if I had any food sensitivities. It wasn't until I had my first ayurvedic sessions with Liz that I fully comprehended that food is medicine and if our bodies are not digesting and eliminating properly, then our food cannot act as medicine and neither can any other modalities like supplements. Liz asked the same questions that the other practitioners did, but that was just the beginning, not the end! She helped me create daily habits to improve my digestion, go to the bathroom regularly and create and cook simple meals with foods that are healing and helpful to my unique body. She shared that how, where and with whom I eat my meals is just as important as what I eat. For the first time in a long time I feel successful in improving my health because Liz works with me to help me set attainable goals that turn into good habits. My mind and body are getting stronger and stronger. For the first time ever, I get excited about cooking and can eat a meal without feeling sick after. I highly recommend a session with Liz. She will help you learn to respect yourself in a way that is healthy, sustainable and feels good!"

~Sarah R, Bristol, CT

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