Every new year there are a bunch of weight loss books that hit the shelf come January 1. It’s only natural since this is the prime time for anyone to recommit to a healthier lifestyle. So when I was contacted to review THE PRIME by integrative neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D., I wasn’t overly excited.
I assumed it was going to be a general book about eating right, exercising, and a few other random tips and tricks that I would most likely never do. However, I am always a sucker for a great weight loss trick, so I said yes. But within the introduction, I was hooked on Dr. Chaudhary’s story.
I could easily give you a full recap of this book and share The Gut IQ and Fake Fat assessments (soooo helpful!) – but instead I want to focus on 2 things. (1) Dr. Chaudhary’s story and (2) what you can do today to see if this book is a great read for you.
Dr. Chaudhary was raised in a traditional Indian home that practiced Ayurveda, the most ancient system of heath care in the world. The emphasis in Ayurveda is on prevention of disease through balance of the body, mind and emotions. However, as a child, she didn’t really know that this was what it was. She naturally ate certain combinations of foods, herbs, and teas as a part of her daily life.
Like most young people who go away to college, our diet changes. (helloooo freshman 15!) She talked a lot about how her mind started to feel foggy, and then the stress of medical school set in making matters worse. Over time, she development migraine headaches that impacted her daily life, so she sought out medical help. She was prescribed a drug called Topamax that has some pretty nasty side effects. As a medical doctor prescribing and taking medications, she quickly learned that the side effects can almost outweigh the benefits of the medication.
So she located an Ayurvedic Practitioner to help her get back to her roots and traditional Ayurveda medicine. Over time the migraines left, she no longer felt cloudy, she dropped excess pounds, and regained control of her life. Ultimately this changed the way she practiced medicine. Changing her own approach to health and neurological issues, in turn made her change her entire practice.
A few weeks ago when I had the opportunity to speak with the author – I asked her the question that everyone who wants to lose weight wants to know.
What’s the one thing that my readers should know going into this book that they can do immediately before they get into the whole practice of all your stages?
Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary: That’s a great question. This happens a lot, by the way, in my practice, because I’ll have a patient come in and then other family members want to start.
They’re like, “Now what are you doing? You went to see her. What are you doing now?” I would say the one thing you can start immediately is the Prime tea. It’s so gentle but it has such a powerful effect, and people start noticing changes fairly quickly…
I don’t know what it is about this tea, but it has this infectious quality that people start sharing it with each other. They start turning it into Christmas presents, birthday presents. I think it’s so easy to do, but there’s such a notable improvement. It’s so tied in to what needs to happen through the whole program that you could be sipping your tea while you’re reading the book.
If somebody goes, “Okay, I’ve started the tea. I really want to go a little bit further,” the next step I would say is triphala. It’s the same reason, those berries have such a profound impact when you combine it with the tea. They’re so easy to do, and they’re pretty readily available, that you start noticing immediate benefits.
PRIME TEA RECIPE`
Boil 4 to 5 cups of water in a pot. As the water is heating, add the following ingredients to the pots.
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
Let the water boil for 5-10 minutes with the seeds, depending on how strong you want your tea to be. Afterward, strain the seeds out of the tea, then pour the tea into an insulated vessel to keep it hot all day. If you have a tea ball, use it for less cleanup. Then sip the tea throughout the day until it’s all gone. Try to finish it before 6pm, so you don’t have to use the bathroom multiple times during the night.
Because I really and truly loved this book (I’ve already passed it around to my friends!) – I will be giving away one to a lucky reader. Please comment below and tell me how you’re getting your body primed in 2016.
RULES: One (1) winner will receive a copy of The Prime. Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Harmony Books. Giveaway closes on January 13th, 2016 at 12am EST.
This post is proudly sponsored by Harmony Books. All opinions are my own.