Today I am thinking about fitness and how it has changed for me. A post on Yoga Therapy on Mark’s Daily Apple, and much discussion on the benefits of yoga has changed how I look at fitness and health.
I have been doing yoga off and on for a number of years… starting with hot yoga and moving to practicing regular yoga. I remember hot yoga used to feel really stressful; I would be sweating buckets, and getting sweat from other people flung on me, sitting (or standing as the case may be) in a smelly room trying not to throw up from the heat. I know many people swear by it but it is definitely not for me! Then I found myself in a yoga class in the workout room on the first floor of our office and absolutely loved it.
I have always been the kind of person that had so much pent up energy and impatience that I thought yoga would be too slow, too easy, and not do anything for me. My opinion definitely changed after that first class… yoga is not easy and slow can be good! Especially now as I recover from years of working at a computer, whiplash and over all neglecting my physical health, yoga has helped me feel better and move forward in a way no other exercise did. Yoga makes me stronger than I ever thought it would, emotionally, spiritually and physically. I am not a guru by any stretch; I am only going to one class a week, but it has made a huge difference in my life.
Thank you to the people that introduced the practice of yoga to the world!
I often get asked what I eat for dinner since I have cut grains and sugar out of my diet.
Tess and I were both pretty tired when we got home from work, so we threw together a quick meal and I thought I’d note it down for those who always ask:
We had our own slightly updated version of a BLT + Chicken (Tess is allergic to pig meat so the bacon was all mine!)
Our ingredients consisted of cos lettuce, sliced tomato, slices of mozzarella, bacon, cooked chicken breast and mashed up avocado (I like to add a little lemon juice, salt and pepper to the avocado too)
As I was messing around with my blog today, I realized that it was pretty heavily weighted to my posts on fashion and style. While I do love fashion and style and of course my own jewelry ;), I love many other things as well, including health and nutrition. Mark Sisson, author of the blog called Mark’s Daily Apple and the book “The Primal Blueprint”, posted a blog today called Is Wheat Addictive?. This topic is something near and dear to my heart, something I have struggled with since letting go of grains… my absolute addiction to bread and pasta.
I love the taste, texture, and feeling I get of satiety as I chow down on a big piece of sourdough bread slathered in butter; I DO NOT love what happens within hours of eating that stuff, but that’s a story for another day. When I gave up eating grains, bread and pasta was the hardest thing for me to let go, and I still find that when I am confronted with bread I start to drool like my 16 year old cat.
Back to Mark’s blog… apparently it isn’t chemically addictive, but we all know how attached we can get emotionally to that floury goodness. For me it requires a big commitment and a lot of healthy substitutes to let go of wheat products, and now that it has been awhile, I don’t miss them nearly as much as I did. There are lot’s of great Paleo and Primal recipes out there that we can use to nourish ourselves and make the withdrawal from wheat products less painful.
Stay tuned for more posts on the topic of bread/Paleo/nutrition, and happy reading!