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8 Limbs

Last night in Yoga we studied the 8 limbs of yoga .  For a quick review—> http://www.yogadork.com/news/patanjalis-8-limbs-of-yoga-quick-study-chart/

It is a really interesting… SO I am trying to focus on this path of study in the ways of Non Harming, and Love.  When you think about it, you can attempt to physically practice these ideas and practices a lot more easily than dealing with mental garbage.  How do you get rid of the thoughts and feelings that cross your mind recularly that are harmful spiritually?

It seems that most religions get it right.  They want you to practive love and forgiveness.   But it is WE that twist it and shape religious practive into only what is convenient and easy for us.  We need to fight for our selves spiritually…and many of us are not willing to do that. 

Anyway…Vegan… One of the 8 limbs “Yamas” which is “Ahimsa” presents the act of “non-harming.” This applies to ourselves, animals and other living things.  Non harming actions and thoughts.  Ahimsa was the only thing Ghandi truely focused on throughout his life, and he is one of the most revered yoginis.  And he only focused on this one aspect.  The 8 limbs are not something that you need to choose one aspect to focus on, they are almost supposed to be fluid…if I am correct.  As you practice yoga many of them just happen… Some at the same time as the rest.  It really is a lovely entity of yoga. 

Namaste.

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Beans beans Are good for your heart? And make you do what?

Look… I know beans may be the unsexiest food ever. But for us veggie people they are completely necessary. I got to thinking about beans yesterday because of my best friend. Julie and I have very different ideas of a healthy diet. Basically, while we have a mutual respect for one another’s choices, we both think the other’s diet is a fast disgusting trudge toward death… She basically would jump off a bridge before becoming a veggie. Apparently she and her equally as fabulous boyfriend follow an atkins-esque diet minus the dairy, which is not something that is my cup of tea.

So as we were talking yesterday, she yelled at me for eating so many beans. This took me by surprise… She said something like, “Dude, do you know how many carbs are in beans? Stay far away from them. And seriously….You want to be fartin’ all the time around people? You’re gonna gross out your man. No way.” My response, “Please don’t ruin beans for me too Jul…Im still not over the loss of cheese from my life, I can’t handle losing beans too.” . Anyway…This got me contemplating my beloved bean.

First of all, we all know the saying about beans. Don’t act like you don’t. I am a huge bean fan… But apparently for many people beans tend to make their bellies a little gassy. Personally, I never really knew if it was true, or if we were all experiencing a sort of placebo effect as a result of the bean/gas rumors and songs. I truly was not sure if this mean bean rumor was some what of a legend made up by kids on the playground just so they could sing a song about farts.

Well, in my google research, I stumbled across this fabulous little blog that tells you all about beans, and why they do in fact make you gassy!http://scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious/2012/04/13/friday-weird-science-beans-beans-a-magical-fruit/

Hold on to your seats folks, beans can make you stinky…If you hadn’t realized this already. Apparently, the combination of fiber and resistent starches that are difficult to “break down” is what causes your belly problems. But that doesn’t mean you should’nt eat them. Every person is different and every body’s reaction is different. Being a complex carb, they are full of yumminess as well as nutrition…If you really want to know what your talking about, check out these links.

http://fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/food/beans/carbohydrate– for carb info broken down into types of beans

http://www.livestrong.com/article/8776-need-beans-carbohydrates/ Why beans? What do they do exactly?

http://www.pritikin.com/your-health/healthy-living/eating-right/539-want-to-live-to-be-100-eat-more-beans.html– live to be 100 with beans!

http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/foodpyramid.aspx a sweet lil food pyramid according to Dr. Furhman.

So here is my favorite bean recipe… HUMMUS! And FYI your hummus doesn’t have to be fattening. You CAN make hummus without tahini. It is not a necessary ingredient. And it is so simple.

  • 1 can BPA free garbonzo beans
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil (start w a little and add to your taste)
  • Lots o garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh or dried Dill (add more to taste)
  • garlic powder to taste

Throw it all in a blender and blend until smooth. You can add anything you want. If you don’t think it will taste right with the dill, leave that out. Simple, less fattening without the tahini, and you can build on this lil gem. Add red peppers, jalapenos, more garlic…Anything. And so many veggie foods that could be boring you can just slap some hummus on it and it becomes so much better.

Some great bean recipes according to this sweet little blog I stumbled across…http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2011/11/01/4-great-vegetarian-bean-recipes/ The enchiladas look amazing.

As the month is wrapping up, I need to pinpoint what my November goal is going to be…I am proud to be keeping up with my journey. Just over 11 months to go!
Xo


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Today I woke up feeling good and HUNGRY!!! 🙂 I wanted peanut butter and jelly on a french toast bagel so bad.  Overall right now, I would say I am pretty happy with my weight and the way I feel with my body.  Let me tell you though, this was NOT always the case.  But, even after 9 days of being vegan, I feel my body changing.  I feel healthy and light, and happy.  Last night, I did a little Christmas shopping with my mom, and for the first time for as long as I remember… almost everything fit me.  I thought I could have cried a little in the dressing room.  It has not been an easy battle.  But that is not what this is about.  This is not what my vegan journey is about.  It is just a positive side effect I think. 
So… I learned about these cool water crystal experiments last night at yoga that were conducted by Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author. I am going to see if I can explain this properly… He claims that he conducted experiments in which positive words, thoughts and prayers have the power to actually change the molecular structure of water, in a beautiful individual manner. Apparently he took jars of water and prayed or mantra’d over them, shared positive thoughts and words, and when he was finishe he froze the water immediately.  He did the same with jars of water that he relayed hate speech upon.  Words like, “I hate you,” “You make me sick, I will kill you,” and “murder” were set upon these jars verbally, and hadwritten and taped on the front. According to Mr. Emoto’s photos and documentation, the crystals with the loving speech and emotions were beautiful crystals that look like snowflakes, and intricate beautiful designs.  On the other hand, the crystals that were produced after the hate speech was put upon them were ugly and cracked and did not form any sort of pattern of beauty.  Now…Is this something you believe?  There are different theories on this.  Some people claim that this is a hoax, some sort of scientific quackery.  Some others are strong believers…Maybe, see what you think?  ——->http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html
Since 1999 Emoto has been producing works called Messages From the Water.  My stance on this?  I am a believer.  I think that positive thoughts,  words, and actions…caring about yourself, and loving and taking care of your body and soul have just as much of a positive impact on your health as does a healthy diet.   It does not surprise me that the emotions and truth we put on words of hate or love would have the power to change water.  Essentially, we are water (at least 75% of us is…) so I think this proves that we should be much more self aware and cautious of the verbage that we put into this world. 
I always think about the different ways people are blessed. I think being grateful for what you have, creating a positive prayer and meditation practice, and developing a love for yourselves and the people in your life is so important.  If that doesn’t work for you, develop something that helps you have a positive outlook with a grateful mind set. Hateful words and thoughts get you no where.  Think of how you feel when you are talking about somebody, or when you say something terrible that may be funny in that moment… More than likely there is a small (or large) part of you that feels guilt. Imagine creating an honest life, where you don’t have to drag around that guilt.  Let yourself feel lightness.  You deserve it. 
On a different note, I visited my local mall yesterday that I used to go to all the time growing up.  I am not sure if that place is going down the tubes, or if getting older my needs have changed.  It seems like there are no good stores left anymore…And Macy’s is just not as good as I remembered it to be! Oh well…I probably do not need to spend the extra money anyway! 
Peace and truth
xoxo