i made this stir-fry for lunch yesterday (Tuesday, 1/24):
I decided to bring my lunch to work this week. We do have a cafeteria at the office, but it’s not that healthy. This stirfry is made up of:
broccoli + broccoli stalk (you don’t have to throw that part out – it’s great sauteed)
can of tuna
garlic + chili powder
cooked in bacon fat (I save this each time I make bacon)
I had a sesame bagel alongside the stirfry.
I also vowed to bring breakfast. I normally shy away from drinking my calories, but I have found several drinks to be quite delicious as of late, in particular:
This is Siggi’s probiotic drinkable non-fat yogurt in plain (it also comes in strawberry). I don’t like siggi’s greek yogurt (too thick) but I did find this drinkable yogurt to have a good consistency (not too thick, not too thin — just right!) and flavor. I added some cinnamon to mine before drinking up. Only 45 calories in this small bottle which leaves plenty of room for other breakfast goodies like no-sugar scones.
What do you put in stirfrys? Do you drink your calories or save them for chewing?
I only have a few links this week. Hope you enjoy.
Random Links of Love
Gena @ Choosing Raw linked to a really insightful article on HuffPo about the half lives of eating disorders. Gena does a much better job dissecting the article than I could, so I encourage you to check out her thoughts on the matter. As a recovered ED-person, I found myself nodding along with both posts, and I think anyone with an interest in mental health would find them intriguing. Liu delves into the genetic aspects of ED susceptibility and personality traits associated with the disease.
I’m sure most of you have seen the various “Sh*t XYZs Say” videos floating around lately, but just in case you haven’t, here are some of my favorites:
Don’t move. Feel the breath go in your mouth, through your throat, into the chest, into the belly. Out the belly, the chest, the throat, the mouth. Breath it into your fingers and your toes. Close your eyes. Listen. Breathe.
2. Meditate for 5 minutes.
If this is hard, try repeating a mantra as you sit, cross-legged, in a comfortable seat. Perhaps sit on a blanket. Back and neck are long. On the inhale, think, LET, on the exhale, GO. Inhale, LET, exhale, GO. Set a timer, or just stop when you’re ready.
3. Accept yourself today. (Or at least try.)
Don’t wait for when you are thinner, are in better shape, get a promotion, accomplish some goal. Accept yourself today, because it’s wasting time if you can only think about the future or the past. Be present, and be okay with you as you are. (This is not to say don’t have goals – just don’t beat yourself up if you’re not where you want to be.)
4. Drink a cup of tea. Savor it.
Be present as you sip your hot drink from the mug. Feel the warmth in your hands. Feel the tea in your belly. Watch when and where your mind starts to wander.
5. Try a sun salutation.
The simplest sun salutation variation I know is this:
Inhale, sweep your arms up overhead, press the palms, look up.
Exhale, swan dive forward, fold over your legs.
Inhale, look forward, flat back.
Inhale, reverse the swan dive, sweep arms up, press the palms, look up.
What was your first wristwatch like?
–I don’t remember.
What lately seems to have been a thief of time?
–My “chitta vritti” – the whirlings and turnings of the mind. I’ve been distracted and unable to focus. Need to reign it in and start being present.
What were yesterday’s quietest five minutes like?
–Savasana after an Ashtanga practice.
In what way have you lately been saving time?
–More home yoga practice instead of going to the studio. Good in that it saves time; bad in that I probably am not doing all the poses I should be doing.
We are often charged hourly rates for labor, but we never get to reciprocate in kind when promised completion times don’t match actual completion. If you could bill people for the time you spend waiting, what would be a reasonable amount?
–This could be like some deadlines in school – for every day it’s late, it’s a letter grade off. I suppose a reasonable “letter grade” charge would that any additional work past the original estimate would be at least 10% off.
I am posting today to draw attention to two dangerous bills that are currently going through the House of Representatives and the Senate. These bills are SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act).
It is worth a few minutes of your time to get familiar with these bills and understand how they may affect you (even if you’re not in the US):
Still there? I hope so, and I hope that this site and many others will be here, online, for your consumption, for many many days and years to come. Don’t let the government black out the internet.
My 3rd Flow Yoga Playlist
(Only a few new songs; many taken from the last 2 weeks because I had no time! But it’s actually my favorite so far because I was able to pick and choose exactly what worked and what didn’t work from earlier.)
Comptine D’Un Autre Ete – L’Apres Midi – Amelie Soundtrack
Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
My Love – The Bird and The Bee
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds
Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
Love Song – Sara Bareilles
What You Wish For – Guster
A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth) – College
Heartbreak Warfare – John Mayer
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Remember When It Rained – Josh Groban
La Femme D’Argent – Air
My song of the week is “Somebody that I Used to Know” – I love it: