Meet The Owner of the Gogreen and Ayurveda Center, Tina Woodley
Tina Woodley, the first woman world champion power lifter and bodybuilder, started her career in Bonaire. Tina was captured by the beauty of the island and felt a strong desire to be part of Bonaire’s future. It inspired her to try to use her experience to enhance all aspects of human wellness. Tina raised her daughters while studying psychology and pursuing her sports career abroad during the 1980s. After winning the IFBB (International Female Body Builders) European Championship and numerous other titles she became the owner of a fitness center in Austria, then in Wiesbaden, Germany. She’sa certified Pilates and physical fitness coach and is a licensed NLP (Neurological Programming) coach. Tina now specializes in life style changes, she is helping people to lose weight. She is known to inspire the people around her.
I had 2 reasons for getting more involved with Ayurveda and becoming a vegetarian:
- To lose body weight
- It is not possible for me to buy organic meat here on the island. Although I was a not a big big meat eater I did enjoy it occasionally.
I have been reading Ayurveda books for the past 15 years with great interest in the cooking system. When I became vegetarian I decided to use this way of cooking to make my food more tasty. That’s when I truly fell in love with herbs and spices. I have always enjoyed cooking as it is very important to me what kind of food I eat and how it is prepared,
Ayurvedic cooking takes all the boredom out of eating only vegetables. The problem I have had for many years with my digestion after eating is now gone.
The extra pounds are also gone, there are many ways to lose weight, but the methods that give you lasting results are the ones that change your daily habits, one step at a time.
For the past months I have been sharing many Ayurvedic secrets with others. And I am now cooking daily lunch for others to enjoy.
Ayurveda offers a unique perspective for people who want to stop eating meat but still want to taste spicy food. Ayurveda is not only about food but is also a sister science to yoga. They both come from the same tradition. Yoga asana (poses) and Ayurveda are both part of a holistic lifestyle.
Ayurveda categorizes everything – our minds, bodies, interactions, natural world, food, energy – as a mix of five basic elements. Earth, water, fire, air and space. Each person has a unique constellation of these elements in his or her body and mind, a pre-set constitution determined at the moment of conception that remains in place throughout one’s life. This is your Dosha, or Prakriti. Which kind of food you eat and how it is prepared also has a big impact on how you are feeling after eating.
An Ayurvedic diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fibrous food, which contribute to keeping the body energetic, glowing and in good health. An Ayurvedic diet uses little salt to prevent potential fluid retention and also discourages the intake of coffee, sodas and alcohol.
Ayurvedic diet Benefits:
- Ayurvedic diet is low in fat and helps to maintain an optimum body weight.
- Ayurvedic diet is endowed with minerals that charge the body with energy and radiance.
- Ayurvedic diet is rich in vegetable proteins that are quickly digested and assimilated into the body.
- Ayurvedic meals are easy to digest due to the inclusion of spices – garlic, ginger, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper. Fresh organic foods that Ayurveda relies upon, are high on nutrition, and endow the body with strength and vitality.
The Six Tastes of Ayurveda:
I find it a fascinating and intriguing system, whatever your own beliefs on the topic may be, the use of curry leaves, turmeric, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom, cumin, and fresh ginger and teas can change your whole understanding of food.
This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively.