It has been way too long. Let’s catch up!

Hey old friends!¬†Wow. What can I say…. Not much I suppose, except that it has been way too long since I wrote and I am pretty embarrassed. I love writing and I love hearing from you all. But so much … Continue reading

Book List

Hi everyone!

Today I want to direct your attention to a new page on my blog. ūüôā

Sound the trumpets and the drums! ….dum da dum….

I give you my BOOK LIST¬†located up above and next to the “About The Food Yogipage. ¬†It’s an easily accessible listing of recommended reading, books I am currently reading, and books I have on my shelf, cued up to be read.

I am excited to share these with you all! Quite often, I write about what I am reading and learning from these books and this gives a better chance to put a face with a name (so to speak).  The page will be updated as I move on to new and interesting reads, so check back often.  But of course, I will also be blogging and sharing that information with you all too.

On the Book List page you will find pictures of the covers of the listed books. ¬†Each cover is a link to each book’s Amazon page.¬† If you’re interested and would like to read more, click the cover and you can preview the book there, order yourself a copy, or download to your Kindle. Easy peasy!

Oh! ¬†And feel free to leave comments with any good reading recommendations. ¬†Nutrition, foodie-stuff, yoga, health, wellness, fun fiction…all are welcome. ¬†Thanks!

Have a wonderful day and happy reading! ūüôā

My Food Addictions

Believe me, I completely understand how it is super hard to fight the craving for a food we “love” and are used to consuming on a daily basis. The problem lies in the fact that when people hear that they have to give something up, they run for the hills. It’s not like you’re giving up food for the rest of your life. It’s just breaking a bad habit through a series of baby steps to eliminate it and then remaining vigilant about it so as to not fall back.

Chances are that your food nemesis is full of sugar and/or sodium and is harmful to your health. You may not notice it right away (what you can’t see won’t hurt you) but the long-term effects can be bad. Really bad, in certain cases. But I know, we’re all human. I’m not saying never drink a soda EVER AGAIN because you will die!! No. That’s ridiculous! ūüėõ Every once in a while is fine and be happy with that. It is so much better for your health to consume your food nemesis less often than consuming it 2-3 times a day.

So, I wanted to share two of my food nemesises. ūüôā This first one is actually my first and biggest learning experience in a food addiction and the harmful effects it can have on the body.

Chocolate milk. I loved Ovaltine as a kid and drank it often. But the chocolate milk served in one of the dining halls in college was so much more than just special. It was like a smooth, creamy frosty from Wendy’s. I was a little homesick the first few weeks of freshman year and that chocolate milk showed me a little comfort of home. I never had a problem with my weight and considered myself blessed with a decent metabolism. This milk was at my disposal and during the weeks between Labor Day and Columbus Day and I think I drank it nearly every day with lunch. Now, we all know the cliche “freshman 15” that women gain when they go to college. Well, in those weeks I gained about a freshman 30. I’m not kidding. I was around 120-125 lbs when I got to college and I ballooned to about 150ish. It was terrible. I never felt so bad and embarrassed. When I went home for Columbus Day, I had to buy new clothes. It was really hard to see my high school friends who could totally see the difference and tried not to stare. I went back to school after that Columbus Day weekend and decided I needed to change my diet. I did not have the invincible metabolism that I thought. I cut out the chocolate milk and slowly but surely the weight started to come off. I haven’t had chocolate milk ever since…in it’s cold form. I love hot chocolate in the winter. But I only have it as a special treat.

Potato chips. I don’t have any crazy story about potato chips except that I did eat a full bag once as a child. I love them and it’s obviously bad news if there’s a bag around. That’s why I stay far, far away. I only eat them on special occasions like my birthday or something. They’re even better when dipped in onion dip…:-)

Yeah, I went there. See!! It’s tough. But it’s better in the long run. I promise. I have mentally trained myself to stay away. And I’m happier this way because I don’t and won’t weigh a metric ton.

Tell me your food addictions? Did you have a similar experience? What did you do about it?

The Yoga Trinity: Music, Movement & Meditation

My yoga practice always involves a mix of music that is a big help in getting lost in flowing movement, breath and meditation.  As a yoga practitioner, music has inspired me to create what I like to think of as The Yoga Trinity: music that inspires movement and ultimately meditation.  The Yoga Trinity can apply to however you choose to exercise, and whatever age that you are.  Follow The Yoga Trinity and it will make for a great work-out.  Music is what will drive you to move, so pick some great, personally relatable tunes, breathe deeply throughout and then meditate and reflect.

Most of the time, yoga class starts in a meditative position such as child’s pose, lotus, or just a comfortable, upright seated position with a good meditative piece of music. ¬†If you’re running or doing some other physical activity, it’s best to start off with some slow stretches; so why not start off with some slower-paced music that you enjoy? ¬†Focus on what you’re about to do and breathe some life into the muscles you will use for your exercise. ¬†Once you begin to move, switch your music to something that speaks¬†to you while slowly picking up the pace or a driving beat. ¬†Wind down with a tune that brings a smile to your face, as it’s always nice to end your exercise with a smile. ¬†When you’ve finished, meditate with some quiet music¬†or reflect quietly on what you just accomplished. ¬†Move on to the rest of your day with your head held high because you did something good for yourself.

I was a music major in college and though I chose not to have a career in the music industry, music has always been a huge part of my life. ¬†It can keep us moving when we’re tired; it’s inspirational; it aids in communication; it can speak to us on a¬†subconscious level; it can bring forth raw emotion and it’s therapeutic. ¬†When I hear a really beautiful piece of music, there’s nothing I can do other than stop, listen and feel, and then use it as a means for creation. ¬†Music is like the breath and spirit of the planet. It’s constantly propelling us forward, and for me, is the biggest source of inspiration.

What are some of your work-out tunes?  Do you follow a similar pattern to The Yoga Trinity?