Our Philosophy & Story

PURE & SIMPLE
THE AYURVEDIC WAY

ayurveda-titleAs our lives become more and more fast paced and complicated, one of the biggest side effects is that we have lost connection with what we eat. We are becoming more removed from it’s creation than ever before.

At The Positive Kitchen, our aim to bring people back to real and whole foods. In order to achieve this, our philosophy is simple.

  1. Principles of cooking: Ayurveda is a 5000 year old science in which we place complete faith. It is our guide as we combine ingredients to create meals that are customized to your specific dosha (body constitution). 
  2. The finest ingredients: All our ingredients & supply materials are responsibly sourced and as close to natural, sustainable and organic as possible.
  3. Foods that nourish: Our food is cooked with love and devotion, with the intention to nourish & replenish.

 


What you eat becomes your mind.
As is the food, so is your mind.
~ Ayurvedic Proverb
"Sarvaani drawyaani panchbhoutikaani."
Each and everything is made up of the five great elements.
~ Ancient Ayurvedic texts
Let food be thy medicine,
thy medicine shall be thy food.
~Hippocrates
"annam brahma raso Vishnu
pakto devo maheshvarah
evam jñaktva tu yo bhunkte
anna dosho na lipyate"
The creative energy in the food is Brahma.
The nourishing energy in the body is Vishnu.
The transformation of food into pure consciousness is Shiva.
If you know this, then any impurities in the food you eat will never become part of you.

Radhika's Story

Born and raised in Pune, India, I grew up immersed in a culture that believes strongly in Yogic and Ayurvedic philosophy as a part of our daily lives.
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The spices considered part of Ayurvedic medicine are simply what we cooked with on a daily basis - Turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, ginger and amla berry. I didn't realize this at the time but these foods were helping us fight diabetes, cancer and obesity.
Dealing with minor health concerns was Ayurvedic too.
If we had a stomach ache my mother and grandmother would give us Ajwain seeds to chew on. A scraped knee or small cut was treated with a quick slap of turmeric paste, and an ulcer in the mouth was healed overnight by putting some ghee on it at bed time.

Upon moving to New York almost 15 years ago, I intuitively realized that I needed to find a balance between my knowledge from this ancient culture and the fast paced and modern culture that is my reality now.
Along the way, the dozens of modern day recommendations and facts about food were confusing, contradictory, and served as a pathway to bring me back to Ayurveda - a food science that respects the uniqueness within each of us.
I love Ayurveda and how it respectfully looks at us as complete emotional, physical and mental organisms. I am a firm believer in the infinite power of food and our digestion as a part of our quest for a healthy mind and body. 

My journey with food and inspiration for Ayurvedic recipes has grown from my practice of a spiritual lifestyle.  I am a certified RYT 200 teacher, a passionate inquirer and learner about food as the ultimate healer, cooking and feeding with love & devotion and being a steward of the earth with my every choice.


With Love,
Radhika Hira