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What a Treat


Generally, I’m a very happy person. I’m aware that I live a very pleasant life filled with supportive loved ones. What more could one ask for?

Maybe this…

…and this, prior to going to a workplace that has been a rather challenging environment as of late.

A smiling barista that remembers my favorite drink even though I haven’t visited for two months? I’ll take one of those too!

Soy latte w/ one pump of pumpkin spice? Twist my arm.

Since I’ve started following the clean eating philosophy a little closer, I’ve simultaneously cut a lot of dairy out of my diet, without even realizing. As a result, I opt for soy b/c dairy in large portions is no longer my friend (unless we’re talking ice cream). For many, soy is not a good option, unless it’s fermented, but I don’t find that it bothers me. Plus, I don’t know a coffee shop around me that carries almond milk!

For arguments against the use of soy, please view the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website. This article was fairly intriguing to me on various levels, as I work[ed] in a state women’s prison: Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Soy Diet for Illinois Prisoners. I find it very interesting and feel that I should be avoiding eating soy products, unless they’re fermented. Thoughts?

To decompress after a workday that will leave me contemplating my options in the near future, I will be visiting this lovely farm and market on the way home from work. Now, what to make for dinner with all the fresh produce?

Pumpkin spice latte, a trip to the farm market, crisp autumn air and fresh produce? Ahhh. A clean eater’s therapy (and a run wouldn’t hurt either).

What a treat.

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Simply Yoga: Week 1


It was a rainy, chilly Sunday morning. And I was thrilled! What better way to start an 8 week beginner yoga workshop than inside a cozy studio?

I’ve taken quite a few yoga classes in the past, including semi-private classes in someone’s home years ago as a remedy to help me deal with stress issues. At that time I had difficulty taking the concept of yoga seriously, but I did learn how to breathe into my stomach. You breathe into your lungs, you say? Well, I do too silly ;). In yoga there is a practice of distending the stomach through your breath in order to create further flow with the movement. This form of breathing is actually the way I breathe on a daily basis, as it helps tremendously in dealing with stress, which I happen to carry in my stomach. I have genetics to thank for that one. Gracias mamacita ;).

My friend Laura told me she was taking an 8 week beginner yoga workshop. While it sounded like an exciting opportunity, I felt that maybe yoga 102 would be a better option for me, but I decided to sign on with Laura anyway, in the spirit of simply fit. simply clean. simply experience. After reading a little more about the class, it was evident that this may be somewhat of a review for me, but a valuable learning experience as well. When going to group fitness classes at commercial gyms, the focus isn’t necessarily on the exact movement, but rather the muscle in the workout. After attending week 1 of beginner yoga, I already have a new, enlightened frame of mind and a deeper respect for the practice.

Highlights to share:

  • There are eight “limbs” of yoga. During this workshop, we will focus on two most heavily: asana (Sanskrit for “postures”) and pranayama (Sanskrit for breathing)
  • Yoga is exceedingly healthy for the body – it helps individuals with various issues pertaining to the mind and body
  • Your everyday breath is called your centering breath, which is about focusing on relaxation
  • Beginner asanas from which to build: cat, cow, downward dog and legs-up-the-wall pose

I encourage anyone who may think that yoga is not a challenging enough workout (cough, cough –> me) or too “out there”, to re-direct your focus and give this practice a try. After attending a few classes outlining the purpose, benefits and basic postures of yoga, feel free to send me a thank you comment ;).

While I still have just a basic knowledge of all that yoga can do for the mind and body, I’m so excited to thoroughly learn the beginnings of yoga, so I feel comfortable in building upon a solid foundation as I pursue further training.

Namaste.

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