When people find out that I am a vegetarian, I am met with all sorts of things. Curious looks. Blank stares. 5000 questions. When I was new to this gig, it used to intimidate the heck out of me. I was always afraid that I would somehow be challenged by someone who knew more than I did about nutrition and they would debunk everything that made me WANT to eat the way that I eat. Now that I have a few years under my belt, it doesn’t phase me so much. You see, I eat a plant based diet because this is what works for me. I feel at my best when I don’t eat critters. If I eat any other way, I not only feel like crap, I start looking like crap and functioning like crap too. I don’t like it one bit. [Read more…]
I keep seeing posts all over social media about shakes, powders, pills and liquids that will improve your health and people are eating it up – quite literally. I am sick of it. It has been all that I can do to keep from lashing out at the claimants. The only thing that has kept me in check about blowing my top is that these posts are coming from people that I know. People whom I don’t want to upset or offend but I have to say SOMETHING because these claims of health are just 100% false. Do any of you even have a clue what you are trying to sell? Have you looked at the labels of these products before you brag about their effectiveness to your friends and family or are you simply in it for the cash? [Read more…]
I have a secret addiction to both my pressure cooker and my crock pot. They make meals so stinking easy and especially soups. During the cooler months, I could eat soups 24/7. They are filling. Healthy. And oh so warm. You can doctor this one up a bit to suit your tastes but I like it just as it is. [Read more…]
Calories. We count them and cut them. But do we really know what they are and what on earth they do to us?
According to Websters, a calorie is a unit of energy. It is the amount of energy, or heat, it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). One calorie is equal to 4.184 joules, a common unit of energy used in the physical sciences. When we are talking in terms of food though, a calorie contains 4,184 joules. The same rules apply when we are talking about exercise. Specific exercises burn x amount of calories. [Read more…]
I admit, as I write this post, I am sitting at my desk, snarfing down a bowl of cheese grits and drinking some good ole sweet tea. I have just returned from teaching my evening yoga class and I find that I am angry. Yes. Just exiting my mat and I am angry. Not very yoga like but guess what? Neither are the cheese grits and neither is the sweet tea. I am human.
As a yoga instructor, I encounter woman every single day who feel that they are less than they should be. They come to my classes searching for answers. Answers to questions lately like “Why don’t I look like HER?” [Read more…]