Sweet Potato, Baby Kale and Black Bean Bowls & Meal Prep

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I am spending the few spare moments I have this morning in meal-planning mode.  I did some prep work last: roasted parsnips, toasted spiced nuts & seeds, soaked some nuts & raisins and made Coconut & Coaca Nib breakfast pudding.   For lunch today it will be easy to throw together a salad topped with the parsnips and toasted nuts & seeds and dressed  with a little homemade dressing of EVOO, Fire Cider and garlic. Perfect and quick. 

My shopping list for the rest of the week looks like this: 

Potatoes (for potato salad, I need to use up dill & scallions I have hanging out in the fridge from last week, if you are vegan leave out the mayo and sub vinegar, and add a dash of turmeric for color and health benefits)

Broccoli, baby kale, onions, sweet potatoes, garlic, daikon radish, berries, dates, lemons, limes, cilantro, black beans, cannellini beans, quinoa, ginger, turmeric, eggs and shrimp. 

I am not vegetarian but I don't eat a whole lot of meat, about once a week, and the shrimp will serve as that source this week. I always have  hard-boiled eggs on hand for my daughters school lunches or to add some protein to my own lunch. 

I cook about three dinners durning the week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (I teach on Monday nights so my family fends for themselves and Thursday we have evening plan. Either of those nights can be quick throw together meals from the meal prep I've done for the week.)

My menu this week:

Monday- Honey garlic Shrimp with broccoli over steamed rice (no recipe, I am going to wing it)

Wednesday- Sweet Potato, black bean bowls with Quinoa (I am also adding baby kale)

Friday- Aloo Matar (Potatoes and Green Peas) 

I am also pickling some vegetables, I love the tartness of pickled vegetables and they are another great element to have on hand to quick and healthy meals. Pickling is a great way to store an abundance of food from the garden and is a great food for cleansing the body at the end of winter through the beginning of spring: 

Turmeric and Ginger Pickle

Pickled Summer Vegetables

Pickled Beet

For more recipes check out my Pinterest page.  If you want to learn more about my cooking method or how to cook for YOUR dosha check out my Ayurveda Consultations.

Where can you learn more!? Pinterest!

For Ayurvedic recipes, lifestyle tips and a more in-depth look at yoga check out our Pinterests Boards!

Ok, so I've been on Pinterest for awhile, mostly pinning the usual House of my Dreams and Kids Crafts type stuff. And then I tool this AH-MAZING 7 day online cleanse with Amanda Stanley of  Jupiters Labyrinth and I was wowed with her use of Pinterest! She incorporated her Pinterest Boards into the cleanse as a tool for recipes and self-care.  How (simply) brilliant! 

So off I went, re-organizing and updating my Pinterest board to be of more service to myself and  YOU! 

What's on there? Well for starters, literally, if you are just starting a yoga practice, check out my Yoga for Every Body! You can find the basic of yoga and poses to get you started at home, and learn a little more about the practice. 

Or check the Meditation, Mantras and Mudras Boards (mudras are special hand positions in yoga, super fun- and powerful!) 

I have also created Recipes & Food~ Preventative Medicine to give you some of my favorite recipes so you feel good! 

AND lost more! Yoga for Back Health, Yoga for Better Sleep, Migraine Relief, Yoga and Ayurveda for Menstruation, Dosha specific boards. Get on Pinterest and check it out! Let me know  what you think, and if there is a board you would like to see! 

 

 

 

 

Englewood Healthy Living Magazine

I am so proud to announce that our teacher, Randy Moore has published the first of what will be an ongoing magazine in Englewood! Randy owns Triple 3 Marketing, is the teacher of The Activators Stress Release Stretching Class andalso offers Private Meditation Instruction at our studio. 

Englewood Healthy Living magazine serves South Venice, Englewood through Boca Grande. A new issue is published each January, late April and late October.  

I am honored to be on the cover of the inaugural edition of Englewood's Newest health and wellness magazine! Look for our articles on Ayurveda and Private Yoga.  

Randy also offers Private Meditation Instruction at our studio. 

Join Randy's Class on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 at the studio, The Activators will release stress, tone your muscles, strengthen your central nervous system, relax and focus your mind, and tap unused energy reserves. These positive outcomes are the key to using your feelings and thoughts to direct your subconscious mind more effectively. The Activators include a series of full-body stretches on a mat, standing isometric stretches and a guided imagery exercise. 

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Yoga for Motivation

A few months back I found myself in stagnation, a humungous rut, have you had an experience like this?  I was incredibly unmotivated, tired, and drained….I felt slow and sludgy. I wasn’t practicing yoga, I was eating to many sweets and I was zoning out in front of the telli. It took me a bit to realize that my Kapha was out of balance, it was one of those things that was so obvious it became hidden, then, like the sun rising in the morning, it dawned on me. I pulled out all my well-worn Ayurveda references, just to make sure….and to map out a plan for re-balancing and using yoga for motivation.

I needed some vigorous movement, but not just a fast paced sun salutation sequence. What I really needed was to release some Kapha energy by moving deeply into poses that were most beneficial for reducing Kapha. I needed to get quiet, turn my attention inward and listen to my body. This is exactly what is at the heart of yoga. Listening. Discovering. Inward Focus. This can be done to suite each dosha.  Read on to find the pose for your dosha and to see how and why it benefits your body.

Get Motivated With These Yoga Poses

Kapha Energizers

Warming up the body prior to starting any practice is a necessity, begin with 12 rapid rounds of Sun Salutations to counteract Kapha’s slow, cold and stable nature. Poses that will balance and relieve Kapha will open and expand the chest where Kapha tends to accumulate. Kapha influences the sinuses, nostrils, throat and lungs, mountain and bridge poses expand the intercostal area where the muscle bands surround the rib cage and respond to the contractions of the diaphragm.  Plow helps to relieve congestion in the chest and throat and lungs with constriction. Plow also helps increase flexibility of Kapha where the tendency is to be energetically and physically rigid and stiff.  With the in breath draw the energy up through the tips of your toes and out through your fingertips, drawing the energy up and out in this way with give Kapha a sense of lightness.

Warming Up Vata

Warming up Vata will benefit from 12 rounds of slow Sun Salutations used as a meditative practice to counteract its warm, dry and quick nature. Poses that will balance and relieve excess Vata will stretch and relax the pelvic cavity, the dominion of Vata. The Vata constitution is related to the small and large intestine, Spinal Twist, Cat and Cow will for a ‘wringing out’ of the intestine and spine, allowing for a physical and energetic loosening of Vata. Vata will also benefit from spending extra time in Resting Pose, allowing the mind relief from fast thought and allowing the body to restore its quickly depleted energy.

Cool Energy For Pitta

Pitta will benefit from starting with 12 round of Moon Salutations to counteract its hot, oily and sharp nature. The seat of Pitta is in the Solar Plexus, and is in charge of balancing and maintaining the other two doshas. Pitta is related to liver, spleen, stomach and pancreas in the body.  Camel and bow will benefit Pitta by activating the energy of the solar plexus chakra through the opening and lifting of the hips, and lengthening through the front and back bodies. In bow the balancing of the posture will allow the Self to surrender to the pose, a much needed relief for the competitive Pitta. With the hips and front body pressed into the floor, bow also allow for a gentle massage of the organs related to Pitta. Lotus physically opens the hips allowing for a sense of balance throughout the entire body. By allowing the body to come to complete stillness and turning the focus inward in this pose it give pacify Pitta’s competitive nature

(Nadine's Guest Blog from Dosha Fit http://doshafit.com/yoga-for-motivation/)