As an avid yoga practitioner and yoga teacher, I am eager to show the world that not all yogis eat the exact same way (like anyone eats the exact same way anyway)!
You don’t have to cut out the meat and alcohol to still be considered a yogi. Ya feel me?
So just to show my case, I thought I’d share with you some meals I’ve been eating recently. I tend to focus on real veggies, organic meats and healthy fats. My eating style is always changing so I can’t promise that this is how I will always eat, but it IS how I am eating as a late!
I haven’t eaten everything shown here in just one day- it’s mostly some meals that I eat on a regular basis in some form or another that I’d love to share with you. Ready to see what a yogi eats? Okay!
Breakfast is generally eggs and avocado (seriously like 75% of the time) + whatever else I feel like eating it with that day. This day looks like some Applegate peppered turkey breast and kale. YUM. With hot sauce, because this yogis can’t live without hot sauce.
Sometimes when I’m craving a more sweet breakfast instead of my usual savory appetite, I’ll go for banana/egg/flax seed pancakes. Topped with coconut butter and almond butter. And coffee, always coffee.
I only allow myself 1 cup of coffee per day. After that I drink tea allll day long. See? Sometimes I’ll even have a bit of chocolate with my tea in the afternoon for a little pick me up
Lunch is generally either leftovers from the night before or a salad with some sort of protein (fish, eggs, jerky, etc.) Here I had to eat on the run for the day and kept a cooler in my car with a kale salad with tahini dressing and some Krave Jerky (the best jerky!).
Dinner these days is quick and easy. The hub and I have both been working like crazy so our meals are pretty quickly made. Sometimes it’s roasted veggies with some sort of sauce (this one had ginger-cashew sauce that is pretty much heaven in my mouth).
And 75% of my dinners include some sort of fried egg on top. I eat a lot of eggs. LOTS. OF. EGGS. Here I had some already cooked acorn squash that I sauteed with a red pepper and ate with some avocado.
The secret dinner weapon lately is definitely our crockpot. Throw some organic chicken in there to cook away during the day and eat it over a baked sweet potato and a side of some sort of veggie. (Clearly this pic was taken pre-thanksgiving! Christmas decor does NOT go up until after the day of giving thanks. Totally one of those people).
Have you ever had that experience where you were drawn to something that you didn’t entirely understand, but still felt this pull towards it?
This has been happening to me a lot lately.
I’m finding myself being extremely drawn to personal development (books, articles, TED talks, inspirational leaders), spirituality (through meditation and yoga), and learning about how to be an entrepreneur. I was never necessarily interested in any of these things until the last 6 months or so…and it recently happened again.
My yoga studio was offering a Certificate for a Level 1 Reiki Attunement. I’d only heard of reiki a couple of times beforehand, so I honestly didn’t know a lot about it. Yet, I felt this desire to attend and learn more about it. Your intuition is such an interesting feeling.
So I signed up. And wow, did I learn a lot. About myself, about the practice and about life. It’s fascinating to always strive to learn more, to grow more and development as a person. It’s what makes life interesting!
I’m sure you have a lot of questions about what it is, so here is what I learned during my level 1 certification process.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is, simply put, the method of working with energy for healing purposes. Sounds pretty trippy and hippie, I know. But hear me out.
Reiki itself isn’t energy, but reiki is actually the act of channeling energy for healing the body, mind and soul. The official definition of reiki is,
“a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional wellbeing”
The word reiki originated from Japan and literally means “universal life energy”.
Sounds deep, right?
When someone is performing reiki on a person (or an animal or plant…any living being), they use either a “hands-on” or “hands-off” (literally) to assist in reliving or reducing pain and discomfort by balancing the body’s energy centers, or chakras. While the energy flows through the living being, the body becomes more restored and balanced, you will feel relaxed and and it sparks your bodys natural ability to heal itself.
What happened to me during my first Reiki session (mind blown)!
One of the first things we did during the certification process was to perform reiki on ourselves and then partner up and perform reiki on each other. Interestingly enough, I had sprained my lower back pretty badly a few days beforehand. It was one of the worst sprains that I’d ever experienced- I couldn’t sit for long periods of time and was heating/icing it almost all day long for days at a time. I could barely bend over. Not cool.
Since we know that reiki has the ability to bring energy flow into your body to assist it’s natural ability to heal itself, I was really curious to see how this would help my lower back.
After the first day of performing reiki on myself, my back pain started to relieve. It wasn’t completely gone, but I’d say that it was reduced enough that I noticed.
The following day was the day we partnered up and performed reiki on each other.
During my session, I could literally feel energy flowing up and down my back. It was almost a tingling sensation.
The next day my back pain was gone. 100%.
I swear I’m not blowing smoke up your ass. Would I lie to you?
It’s that powerful. I experienced it first-hand myself.
Why the ‘Attunement’?
Generally speaking there are 3 levels of Reiki certification levels. I have completed level 1.
Level 1: You are introduced to Reiki energy and begin your physical healing process (ummm yes, I’d say that is accurate after my experience above!). During this stage, you are initiated, or attuned. The teacher expands your energetic levels and prepares your chakras for channeling Reiki. (All I had to do was sit in a comfortable, seated position with an open and calm mind. The teacher did the rest. It was very normal and safe. Promise!).
Level 2: You are provided with 3 reiki signs to work with, which will help with your intention and energy flow. This is a more intense certification process. You should wait at least 3 months after you are attuned to participate in this level.
Level 3: You are a Master Reiki. You receive a 4th symbol and are able to teach and attune others into reiki.
The 5 Reiki Principles
The 5 Reiki Principles by Dr. Mikao Usui are a suggested guideline for reiki practitioners and people interested in reiki to strive for and live by on a daily basis. Ultimately they will help you live a loving, healthy life! Everyone can live by these principles.
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will not be angry.
Just for today, I will be grateful.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing.
If doing all of them today seems overwhelming, start with just one. Maybe today you will not worry. With the high level of stress most people deal with on a daily basis not worrying for just 1 day can bring you more peace and calmness than you could ever imagine.
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I wish I could sit here and tell you that I’ve always known what to do during the holiday season, I have never been stressed during it and have never gained weight. Lies. Even though I am a Christmas baby (yes, my birthday is on December 25th!), it has taken me years to learn just how to navigate through this snowstorm of cookies, drinks out with friends (so many reunions and holiday parties, am I right?) and how to not eat the entire plate of taco dip in one sitting.
IS THIS YOU?
If you just said yes, then you know how hard it can be during the holidays. Let’s be honest- the holidays are built around food and being too busy to be bothered to work out! I used to think that eating healthy was just not possible during it’s the holidays. That it only comes “once a year” and to YOLO it up and eat whatever and however much I wanted. But what I’ve discovered is that YES- the holidays are a special time. And YES- you should eat the cookie. But there are so many small things you can do that add up to big results. And I want to show you just what these things are.
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Can you believe it’s the middle of November already? I’ve been trying to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving and am being much more mindful this month about things that I’m thankful for. It always helps a lot when I say what I’m grateful for either to myself or in my journal first thing in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. Among many, many others on my list, I have recently been thankful for football season!
Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan to ever walk the Earth. But- I love what football can represent: connectedness, quality time with loved ones, high energy, fall weather, and of course, tailgating and couch time…..which equals food. See what I did there?
I’m so thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered up with one of my absolute favorite healthy jerky companies, Krave to create some fun recipes for you! The meat is very high quality, made without any nitrates and artificial flavors, high in protein and comes in some killer different flavors.
So I took a couple of my favorite flavors and turned them into magical tailgating/football watching goodness. I assure you that both of these recipes are very much man-approved. The hubby couldn’t even choose which one was his favorite between the two. That my friends, is what I like to call a win.
Hard boil the eggs. Place eggs in a pot of water. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover with a lid and let sit for 10 minutes. Remove hot water and let eggs sit in ice cold water for 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, finely chop the jerky in very small pieces.
Remove egg shells. Carefully cut the eggs in half. Remove the yolks into a bowl.
Mash the yolks together with the avocado. Squeeze in lime juice and season with lots of salt and pepper.
Stir in almost all of the jerky, leaving enough pieces for garnish.
Carefully fill the eggs with the avocado-jerky mix. Top with leftover jerky pieces and sprinkle with chili powder.
Serve with lime slices and squeeze over top just before eating.
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I am willing to bet my last dollar that either of these recipes would be the first to go at your next football hosting party/tailgate.
Have you ever used jerky in a recipe and turned it into something else? This was my first time! I had a lot of fun with it and discovered that you actually really can use jerky in recipes. I highly recommend it now :)
How was your Halloween weekend? What’d you dress up as? The hubby and I went with another couple as a foursome of the Angry Birds (iphone app game….tell me you know what this is!). It was magical.
First time I dressed up as a ridiculous, huge costume and I am seriously wondering why I haven’t done it before. 1) It kept me warm. 2) my dance moves were on point because you literally cannot do anything wrong in a costume like that and 3) I got to wear pants and a long sleeve shirt with FLATS. No heels. Ahmazing.
I actually was able to dodge the candy trap this year! It happens when you work for yourself (have you signed up for your free 30 minute “appetizing” coaching session yet?!), and aren’t tempted by the candy that coworkers bring into an office. But the hubby on the other hand brought home all of the goods. A couple pieces of candy, some pumpkin sugar cookies and fruit roll ups. I had a couple of bites of each, not going to lie. You know I’m all about the 80/20 rule! No need to deprive yourself, but also not necessary to eat the entire bowl of candy.
So no matter how much (or little) candy you may have indulged in this holiday, here is how I’m going to cure a sugar hangover thought you might want to partake in curing yours with me, yes?
1. Start the day with a detoxifying drink. I’ve recently gotten the hubby on this train and he’s a big believer now. He says he feels really good after drinking it. I try to drink this almost everyday, but it probably is about 4 days a week on average.
1-2 TB Apple Cider Vinegar (organic and with “the mother”!)
Mix together and drink. It’s sour and slightly bitter but I promise you will feel great. Lemon is extremely detoxifying, cleans the liver, boosts the metabolism and can clear ya out. Try to do this before you eat or drink anything else in the morning. Good stuff. You might not even need or want your morning coffee afterwards. But if you do, that’s cool. Just don’t add any sugar or milk to it!
2. Cut the sugar cold turkey- for one week! If you can go longer, dooooo it. Otherwise see if you can manage at least one week without any sugar. This includes any baked goods, candy, pop, sugary drinks, anything with refined sugar.
Try replacing your sugar intake with dates, raw honey, or fresh fruit instead.
3. Fight the sugar cravings with FAT. Just to clarify: fat does not make you fat….sugar does. Healthy fat can keep you full, balances your blood sugar levels and gives you the energy you need to power through the afternoon and fight those 2 pm slumps!
For some recipes with healthy fat, try any of these:
4. Cut out the sugary cereal & granola for breakfast. Swap with some eggs, avocado, and squash instead. Or try a green smoothie. Your body will love that you didn’t feed it sugar first thing in the morning. Notice how you feel throughout the day. Feel better? Ahhhh, yes.
5. Get your sleep! Why is this so important? More sleep = less stress. When you’re stressed, your cortisol levels soar, which causes you to want to eat more than usual and stores belly fat. So less stress = good. Want more tips on how to get your best nights sleep ever? You can check out my favorite yoga poses to do before bed (pretty much guarantee you will sleep like a baby), and you can sign up for our newsletter! Tomorrow we are talking all about sleep. It’s only going out to our VIPS so get on the list if you want in on the fun.