HEALTH: Attorney Makes Great Case for Choosing Ayurvedic Lifestyle
DOSHA POPS: EYE CANDY THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT
We’ve all been there, done that trying to juggle everything under the sun while any semblance of balance eludes us. The demands of career, home, family and friends can overwhelm the best of the bunch yet we keep chugging along to the next project. Instead of becoming a cliché, Chicago native Peggy Andrews found herself turning to Ayurveda when signs suggested it was time to rethink her routine as a busy lawyer in Manhattan.
“A lot of people living in New York are out of balance,” says Andrews, founder of the boutique artisanal candy company and social enterprise Dosha Pops. “I was suffering from acid reflux. … I spent a lot of hours sitting down in front of a computer, then I’d have dinner late with friends eating rich foods and wine. I didn’t know what it was because I was pretty healthy.” Deductive reasoning pointed to sedentary excess taking its toll and no amount of antacids could get to the root of the problem.
“I wanted to make lifestyle changes,” explains Andrews during our recent chat this spring. The world traveler and “huge” foodie who loves sharing homemade treats began exploring holistic natural health care and took a few Ayurvedic cooking classes. Andrews learned a lot in the kitchen about herbal teas and herself in the process — such as what specific dosha fit accordingly (primarily Kapha, but some Pitta influences). Then, in 2012, she decided to create something “sweet and fun” for the holidays that would ultimately land her a coveted spot on the red carpet.
“It’s been a real Cinderella story,” says Andrews, whose botanical recipe blends of Ayurvedic herbs, spices and essential oils provide a spectrum of flavors for gourmet lollipops like Chai Me Up, Head Over Hibiscus, Inner Glow and Velvet Rope (with notes of chicory). Within an hour and a half of launching her website last December, interest piqued and calls poured in (among them: organizers for the Grammys and Oscars). Lucky celebs found her yummy organic candies tucked inside their swag bags this year!
Turmeric, ginger and cardamom are just a sample of infusions distinguishing Dosha Pops from typical snacks that may satisfy your sweet tooth. And, at 70 calories a pop, you just can’t go wrong! Andrews adds that Ayurveda’s key mission is simple: to bring the dosha back into balance. It’s also the mission of Dosha Pops, she says “but with the addition of confection and a portion of the proceeds donated to charities that address human well-being.” Besides coming up with new seasonal flavors, she’s excited to initiate more partnerships with like-minded organizations.
Dosha Pops: https://doshapops.com/