|Take a deep breath and imagine breathing in love, light and goodness.|
Now let that breath go and feel love, light and goodness flow from you.
How good does that feel?!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
1. My commute. I can't even believe I just said that. I'm trying to dwell on the good parts of it though! Since I leave so butt-crack early in the morning and drive home so dang late at night I get to catch the sun rise on my way to work and catch a killer sunset on my way home. Since we're approaching the cold, longer days coming up I love soaking in those moments because before I know it I'll be commuting to and from work in the pitch black dark. But, driving under moonlight can be very beautiful, too! =) No pictures for this thought because I'm very much against doing other things while driving especially fiddling with the phone.
2. Hard boiled eggs & 22 Days Nutrition bars. Being vegetarian all these years I became really comfortable with the fact that I was a "grazer" just like any other vegetarian in nature. I was giving myself a free pass to eat all day long because I wasn't eating any flesh. WHAT?! I've stopped my CONSTANT snacking habits and amazing things have happened: I've lost weight (whoo-hoo!), I've made SURE that my plate is balanced at each meal (with healthy fat & high quality protein), my sugar cravings are no where near where they used to be & I feel so much better. However, every so often I do need a snack since I'm constantly on the go. This is where hard boiled eggs come in and 22 Days Nutrition bars. I am NOT a fan of granola, protein or nutrition bars since most are loaded with SUGAR and nonsense...but these are one of the very few bars that I actually give an OK to. I swear by the Pumpkin Seed bar if I know I need something on the go. Cracking open a HB egg is easy and yummy, too.
|Jamilia & I with the amazing author, David Singer. So lucky|
to have had him at Amscan for our Wellness Program!
4. This inspiring thought from David Singer's book: Don't put off adopting a healthier lifestyle. Make it a priority.
|Sun, breeze, sand, ocean, good reads, |
hot surfer boyfriend = all a gal needs!
Back in March of 2012 I decided to do these posts because it's really easy to be suckered into negative thoughts when we're surrounded by stressful media, unhappy people and whining Facebook status updates. My guru, Swami Vishnudevananda says that for every negative thought you have, replace it with 2-3 positive ones. I love this concept and practice it regularly. I usually find the most effective way of climbing out of a negative attitude is to think about something that I'm grateful for. Feelings of gratitude really lift you up. In honor of this concept, I'm starting a post with this same theme and will blog it regularly. I'll list a few things that make me happy, lift me up and keep me smiling! Let's face it, world peace is something that will never happen. However, I can create my own little world of peace and happiness in my mind through my thoughts! Please give it a try as well and share how it affects you.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Whether you call it a chickpea or a garbanzo bean, there's no question that chickpeas are a healthy addition to any diet. Chickpeas are naturally low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. Eating chickpeas regularly can help you manage your weight, boost intestinal health and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
|Buddha says, "every human being is the author of his own health|
or disease." We forget (or perhaps not know) how powerful our
minds and thoughts are. The body sure does listen to our thoughts,
so think wisely!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Classic one-pot wonder: Sean's spicy curry shrimp with veg's
This recipe was literally born out of the union of parts of my friend's red curry dish she makes, ingredients I found on the back of the Thai Kitchen can and the fact that squash and broccoli slaw were the only veggies I had left before my next grocery run. Many people would serve this type of dish over a bed of rice, or a pile of grains as I call it, but I challenge you to enjoy it as is.
About 1/2 or more of a julienned sliced onion
A bunch of shrimp, peeled and deveined, of course
2 tablespoons, or so, of red curry paste
1 can of coconut milk (unsweetened, unpressed, I like Thai Kitchen brand)
2 sliced or cubed small fresh yellow squash
1/2 bag, or more of Dole Broccoli slaw
Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
1. Slice and dice your squash and onions
2. Clean up, or unthaw your shrimps
3. Toss them, along with the broccoli slaw, into a large sauté pan, or medium-sized pot
4. Let the veggies soften up pretty good, then toss in the shrimp, coconut milk and red curry paste
5. Add salt and pepper if you are feelin' frisky
6. Cook until shrimp is an opaque pinkish-white, veggies are to your liking and the smell of coconut curry fills the kitchen
Note: If you want to make more, just add more of everything and keep tasting. It's not a measurement-specific kind of dish.
Being a bachelor and follower of the Paleo diet, I tend to make a ton of these one-pot wonders for myself. I like throwing my favorite flavors, veggies and proteins together and hoping an edible dish magically appears. I aim to get 3-5 meals out of one recipe to save time and avoid having to eat out for lunch the next day.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
We all know that yoga is good for us, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to be reminded! Read on and try and think about taking a new yoga class this month in your area to change things up a bit. It's important to keep an open mind with your practice and be inspired by different teachers. Click here for more details.
10 Reasons to Practice Yoga
1. STRESS RELIEF: Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.
2. PAIN RELIEF: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions. Some practitioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.
3. BETTER BREATHING: Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.
4. FLEXIBILITY: Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Many people can’t touch their toes during their first yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible. Yoga also helps to improve body alignment resulting in better posture and helping to relieve back, neck, joint and muscle problems.
5. INCREASED STRENGTH: Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.
6. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well-being and self-esteem.
7. IMPROVED CIRCULATION: Yoga helps to improve circulation and, as a result of various poses, more efficiently moves oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
8. CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONING: Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
9. FOCUS ON THE PRESENT: Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
10. INNER PEACE: The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.
Text courtesy of Yoga Alliance.