Archive for September, 2010

8 Easy Steps to Plow Pose

In honor of the last day of September, which is National Yoga Month; I thought it would be appropriate to end this month with a yoga pose. Plow pose is amazing. I like this pose for a few reasons. First of all, it feels good on my shoulders. Second, my yoga teacher says plow is excellent for stabilizing & balancing your metabolism, great for the immunity. Also, it is good for your thyroid and the throat chakra. Thanks Francesca!

1. Lay on your back.

2. Kick your legs over your head.

3. If you can’t touch the floor behind you, rest your hands on your bum.

4. If you are more flexible you can touch your toes to the floor, your feet will be over your head behind you. Put your hand down on the floor.

5. Keep your head straight.

6. If you want an additional stretch, bend your knees to your head and squeeze your temples with your knees.

7. When your ready to come down press your hands towards the ground. Slowly roll yourself back down towards the floor.

8. Folding your knees into yourself and holding them for a couple of minutes.

Livestrong.com has some wonderful meanings for the chakras.

Throat Chakra

Chakra five is in the V of your collarbone and is associated with the neck, throat, jaw and mouth. A deficient throat chakra will manifest through neck stiffness, shoulder tension, under-active thyroid and a resistance to communication, whereas inability to listen, excessive talking and an overactive thyroid are related to an excessive third chakra, Herring says. Yoga poses that work to balance the throat chakra include camel pose, bridge pose, shoulder stand and plow pose.


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Judging Others is Judging Yourself

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
Gandhi

Last week, I focused on not judging others.  It’s not that I am a judgmental person only that I was put into circumstances that allowed my mind to be filled with judgement.  I realized at the end of the week I was judging myself for having judging thoughts.

I found this quote from Gandhi.  I really like it.  If I keep positive thoughts in my mind about everyone and everything that I do, there won’t be any space left to be filled with judgment.

A Rescue for Type 2 Diabetes

Do you know someone that has Type 2 diabetes? What if they didn’t need to take any medication? It’s possible to go from insulin dependent to insulin free. Check out this amazing video below to see how it’s possible.  I changed my diet completely about two weeks ago. I have endometrios and the more I research, the more I learned that diet is everything. I have gone completely vegan(a little fish) and gluten free, plus I eat nothing that comes frozen or in a can. I believe this will help with the endometriosis. I am not completely raw yet, but a majority of our meals lean that direction.

My husband and I have more energy, no more sluggish days. He still has some wheat in his diet. I feel amazing, I feel more focused. Remember we are what we eat.

This video came from a very cool free site with over 1250 documentaries available http://documentaryheaven.com

An Easy Meditation For The Full Moon

This is an exciting time when the seasons change. The moon will be officially full at 5:17am ET on the 23rd. Equinox is about balance and this is a good time to focus on yourself. If you look to see where you are in your life you might see something that isn’t balanced.  For example, I just started working again and going to school full time. I am in desperate need for balance. This is what I am focusing on. Fall is time for hibernation or death. I know the word death seems so sterile but it works. Think about it; the leaves die, the bears go to sleep and it all comes back to life during spring. Find your balance and release and recreate.

I found a great meditation for the Full Moon Equinox from Karen Murphy a Reiki master, I would like to pass it along.

Try to practice it at least twice over the coming three days, paying especial attention to when you need to create this connection on the Equinox itself.

Close your eyes and focus on the breath. Feel how your body, your cells, expand along with the rise and fall of your chest, your shoulders, your abdomen. Feel how this breath move along tiny passageways into every cell in your body, infusing you with the energy of this moment. It is this moment – right now – in which you are creating what happens next. In this breath, you plant the seeds of your next week, month, year, and decade. In this breath, you infuse your being with all your hopes, dreams, and expectations, and in this breath you embrace also the stories and dreams of all those who share breath on this planet with you. Breathe now and breathe in those stories, allowing them to mix with your own. Breathe out again and send your hopes out into the universe to be co-created by all those who share breath on this planet with you. Rest now in the immense possibility that you have created with one breath. Breathe that knowledge – knowledge of your innate power to create – into every cell, down to your toes and beyond back down into the Earth again. Feel the door that you just opened, and choose to walk through it into your next breath.

Vegan Gluten Free Black Bean Burger

I juice almost every morning. I usually have tons of pulp left over and haven’t found another recipe to use the pulp in until now. My vegan gluten free black bean burger. It’s super easy. If you don’t juice, no worries just cut up the veggies you like.

Recipe:

2 cups of black beans

2 cups of cooked brown rice

2 cups of veggies pulp ( or chopped vegetables of your choice )

1 diced onion

1 green pepper

1/4 cup of flax meal (put meal into 5 tbsp of water and let sit for 3 mins)

2-3 tbsp- Bragg Aminos (use more if want)

4 tbsp Dijon mustard (without sugar)

1-2 tsp of Cumin

1-2 tsp of chili powder.

A dash of salt and pepper. I also sprinkled some cayenne pepper for a little heat.

(makes 8-10 patties)

Mix it all together. I use my hands to mix and mash some of the beans at the same time. Shape into patties and place on a cookie sheet that has been greased with olive or grape seed oil. Bake at 375 for about 35-45 mins. Depending on how thick you want them. I flipped them over when top of patty was hard. You can also fry them if you want.

I don’t use any foods from a can. I boil my beans but if you don’t have time use canned beans. This morning I juiced kale, carrots, purple cabbage, celery, and ginger.

The flax meal is great for an egg substitute. It’s pretty inexpensive, I bought Bob’s Red Mill for under $4.  Flax meal and rice is what is holding the patty together.

I served it on a bed of Spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and topped it with guacamole and a little dijon. My husband likes it on a bun with cheese and all the fixings.

Enjoy!

High Fructose Corn Syrup Might Get A New Name

There’s been a lot of hoopla about the key ingredient in most of our processed foods: High Fructose Corn Syrup. So what is it? It’s a sugar substitute that is commonly found in soda, bread, yogurt, cereal, lunch meat, soups and more.  Some researchers point fingers at high fructose corn syrup for being related to causing obesity and other illnesses when consumed in large doses. Some might think that they don’t partake in large doses but look at what it’s in; yogurt, soups, bread, common things that are supposed to be healthy. High Fructose Corn Syrup might be  getting a new name read more here.

Sprouting Life For Your Life

Sprouting your own nutrients is very common and can save you money. I went to my local health food store and noticed the prices on sprouts were very high. I knew that I could do it myself and some money.

You can sprout almost any legumes, seeds and grains. The nutritional value is astounding when the legume or seed comes to life. The protein and vitamins  increase while the calories decrease. I decided to sprout lentils. Lentils are good in salads, soups and other recipes. Sprouted lentil protein is about 3.5 grams for 1/2 cup, vitamin B, C, folate and iron all go up higher.  You are eating the true essence of life.

How to sprout: I will use the lentils for example.

1. Measure out how much you’ll use in 2 weeks since that is about the life for sprouts. Remember it will double in size.

2. Soak your lentils for about 8-12 hours depending on the size. The smaller ones will be about 8 hours.

3. Put a cheese cloth or very thin cloth inside of a colander and transfer lentils to it and rinse (filtered water). * You can also buy a special sprouting jar at health food stores.

4. Rinse twice a day. Put your lentils in non direct sunlight on the second day for a few hours. This will help the growth and fill them with chlorophyll (delivers magnesium and helps the blood in carrying the much needed oxygen to all cells and tissues) Lentils will start to sprout the first day after the soak.

5. You can eat your lentils on the third day. You can continue letting them grow for a couple more days.I went for a total of four days

6. Store them in a freezer bag inside the fridge to stop the growth. This will not hurt the nutritional value but it will make them dormant. You can store them up to two weeks.

You can eat the lentils with the sprout. The lentil will be much more softer than before it started to sprout. The taste reminds me of alfalfa sprouts, which I am not a fan of. It taste like dirt to me. My husband loves alfalfa sprouts and loves the lentils. I know how much nutritional value I am eating and have acquired a taste for them.

This is my sprouts after four days. Enjoy your sprouting!