In this book, Blissful Belly, the authors appear to have done the seemingly impossible.

“[Noah Volz and Katrina Svoboda Johnson] have introduced a process that takes the reader from an introduction to Ayurvedic principles through a program that will effectively re-ignite their digestive fire. Ayurveda sees this fire as the cornerstone of the health of the body and when it burns bright and clean, the entire body shines in radiant health.

“This is not a cleanse, rather it is the essence of what cleansing should be—sustainable and effective. The program they set forth spans a manageable 16 days and includes dietary, lifestyle, and herbal recommendations to support the process. They include recipes for both herbs and spice blends that are easily adaptable to one’s life and tastes.

“Advice throughout the text serves to support the reader in avoiding the common pitfalls of putting one’s self through a regimen without direct supervision or support. They introduce a tried and true technique that they have developed over their years of practice to the benefit of the reader.

“In the first section, they cover basic Ayurvedic knowledge and both a Western and Ayurvedic view of the digestive system in a clear and easy to understand manner before they take the client through a simple diagnostic questionnaire to determine their best path moving forward. This allows the process to be individualized. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ practice but takes into consideration what is best for the unique person and goes a step further to explain the “Why?” of the practice.

The reader is supported every step of the way with well thought out instructions and tips to assure success. Throughout the 16 days, one is introduced to many Ayurvedic principles including health supporting lifestyle practices, such as morning routines of self-care, and the importance of daily movement and time for reflection.

“It is clear that at the end of the 16-day Blissful Belly process, the reader will have rejuvenated not only their digestion, but will have a new and clear approach to many aspects of their life. The resources, instructions, and recipes that they provide are ones that the reader is likely to return to time and again. The text ends with a recap of what has been done during the process and suggests ways to extend the practice and take the positive impact of this program into their home, work, and community.”

—Mary Thompson, Ayurvedic practitioner and educator, Grass Valley, CA

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