Teacher training update – 2 days down and I am loving it so far. Yesterday we covered basic sun salutations in the morning and anatomy (!) all afternoon. Today I think is pretty much the same layout. I am loving the anatomy lectures (seriously).
I’m currently sitting here with a cup of instant miso soup (this brand – totally natural and delicious.) I have to leave soon for training, but I’m taking a few minutes to just relax.
Without further ado, here are my links for this week.
Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why. Here are some lines straight from the article, to summarize: “Half of all drugs that fail in late-stage trials drop out of the pipeline due to their inability to beat sugar pills… Some products that have been on the market for decades, like Prozac, are faltering in more recent follow-up tests…It’s not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. It’s as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger.” Sounds like drug companies are realizing something that yogis have know for years – how powerful the brain is.
I’m trying to cut down a bit on sweet things, but maybe when I break my sweet-fast I will try out these Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffins from Balanced Bites.
Do you like parsnips? I want to try Choosing Raw’s Parsnip Sushi Rice. (I never got to eat parsnips growing up because my dad hated them. But I tried them a year or two ago and ended up loving them. I think I like all root veggies.)
I’ll leave you with a song. I’m off to class… and to Starbucks for some coffee. It’s 8AM on a Sunday.
Last night’s dinner out was really nice. We went to Sprout Cafe and followed it up with frozen yogurt (soy) at Fraiche. I love the cucumbers in the water at dinner.
It was a base of romaine hearts, with 10 toppings (!) – bean sprouts, broccoli, chickpeas, cucumber, green beans, kalamata olives, red bell peppers, sweet corn, apple, and grapes. The dressing was a chili lime vinaigrette – delicious.
Here’s an old picture of the soy yogurt I got – topped with cinnamon.
After dinner we went to a friend’s house to hang out with another college friend that was visiting! He’s getting a PhD in something bio-ish. I ended up snacking on 2 mini apples after we got back (around 11pm). Right before bed Bobby and I did yogadownload’s lunar flow #1 – really relaxing.
This morning I woke up sore. I went for a 3.5 mile run yesterday after not running since November, and I don’t think I stretched properly. So I went for an easy Cardio Dance routine by Paula Abdul. I’ve done it a few times recently and I finally have the moves down. I followed it up with yogadownload’s balancing flow #1, which was nice.
Breakfast was a new & yummy combo – whipped banana old fashioned oats and wheat bran + a big spoonful of PB&Co’s Mighty Maple peanut butter. I’ve missed oats since I discovered oat bran! And miso soup of course.
I am off to tackle more todos:
cleaning – done!! (mostly)
nap (just kidding… maybe)
getting outside for a nice walk – good weather today!
I continued the 31-day Yoga Challenge this morning with YogaDownload’s 20 Minutes of Power #1 (Dawnelle is the instructor – my favorite). I did this routine after 25 minutes of the Firm: Cardio Dance, which has been a recent addiction. I plan on doing at least one Gentle Hatha Flow later on today as well (20 minutes).
I also tried a new breakfast today – oat bran AND wheat bran. Wheat bran was on sale and I had no idea what it was, so of course I bought some. Apparently it’s what gives Raisin Bran the “bran” taste. I had miso soup on the side (this is a great way to get in veggies early in the day if you’re not in the mood for a green smoothie). In this bowl:
1/2 cup oat bran
1/3 cup wheat bran
spoon of PB&Co’s Mighty Maple
I’m thinking this might be a major “brick in my belly”, to quote Heather. I hope you all try it – wheat bran is amazing with respect to nutritionals. Per 1 cup serving: 125 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 37.4 grams carbohydrates, 24.8 grams fiber (!!!), 9 grams of protein.
I have so much on my to-do list right now. Some of it is urgent, some of it can wait, but I’m feeling overwhelmed!
Change the sheets
Finish and put away laundry
Tutor for a few hours this afternoon/tonight (this is one of my side jobs)
Work on semi-pro bono website (web design for friend of a friend)
Work on logo for consulting project
Work on template/website for consulting project
Make travel arrangements for upcoming cruise to Mexico (out of LA; this cruise has John Mayer, OAR, and Guster playing concerts on the boat)
Happy Monday! What do you do when your to-do list gets out of hand?
Wanted to share a few plates and activities from my day with you all.
I started off this morning with breakfast – whipped banana oat bran. I also had miso soup. This is a pretty macrobiotic breakfast – especially the soup!
I did do some Morning Yoga from YogaDownload.com, which was nice. I am never disappointed by their podcasts.
In other news, the sweet Kailey at Clean Veggie Eats gave ma a Kreativ Blogger award.
Check out her blog – she is an incredibly passionate and intelligent young lady and I’m proud that she passed this award on to me!
Bobby and I had the nicest do-nothing night. We just chilled, ate dinner late, went to Whole Foods, and came back to our clean apartment. Our friend came over and now we’re just hanging out. Tomorrow Bobby is going to San Francisco to volunteer at a comic convention (nerd!), which I don’t do… so I’m on my own. I’m thinking a yoga class, painting my nails, napping, reading, and making yums. Then we’re going out to eat when he gets back from the city. What are your Saturday plans?
This morning I did a lovely yoga flow – yogadownload’s Power Yoga #4, a 60-minute donation class. It started out slow but increased in intensity and I was so ready for savasana at the end. This class had a lot of twisting for detox, which I’ve been feeling and needing this week.
I followed up my flow with a macrobiotic breakfast:
3/4 cup (dry) oat bran with cinnamon & a big drizzle of brown rice syrup
miso soup (bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil, add 2-3 teaspoons miso and some dried seaweed)
My mom informs me that I have had oat bran before – it was one of my first foods as a baby! She would sweeten it with ground up raisins that she ground with a baby food grinder. My mom has been touting the benefits of whole foods since before they became a fad.
On Wednesday I went to Whole Foods to pick up some goodies to help me adjust to macrobiotics.
Lundberg’s organic brown rice syrup (one of the approved sweeteners)
Westbrae unsweetened ketchup (ketchup is NOT macrobiotic – but I’m having a very hard time giving it up so I thought I would at least use the unsweetened kind)
San J organic shoyu soy sauce
Redmond RealSalt all natural sea salt
Cold Mountain red miso
lots of veggies = more kabocha squash, jicama, greens, apples, and more
The thing I’m having the most trouble with is cutting back on fruit; I usually have 5-7 pieces a day, and I’m trying to get it down to 1-2 pieces per day.
Stay tuned for a post this weekend that gets into the specifics of the macrobiotic diet I’ve been following – what I can and cannot eat, how I should be eating, and some of the principles behind it. When I first started the experiment I didn’t realize just how much I was taking on, so it’ll help me to be consistent if I write it out.
Have you ever done a food/diet experiment? How did it work out?