Here’s what my week looked like…
21 classes (including what you can see below plus one beginners course and 4 x 1-2-1 private sessions).
Oh and a charity event of 108 sun salutations!
Today I wanted to share with you what I found hard, what I found easy and how I did it…
Scroll down and read on…
The things I found challenging about this busy schedule:
- Getting enough sleep.
- The impact on my body physically (I feel new muscles forming from adjusting so much!).
- The impact on my laundry pile and general house hold chores.
- Fitting in my usual grocery shopping.
- Timing eating right to ensure I wasn’t teaching/sleeping/practicing on a full stomach but with enough fuel to keep me going.
- Finding time for me. Just Be-ing and not do-ing.
- Finding time for others (friends. family. Steve)
The things I found made this week feel easy even with this challenging schedule:
- When I put my head on the pillow – I slept – I mean really SLEPT!
- Knowing that I was learning so much every day – immersing myself in my dharma of teaching yoga and being around such inspiring individuals.
- My friends understanding and giving me a warming smile, a hug or some friendly encouragement.
- Relaxing a little on how much gets done and focusing on the quality of what does get done.
- My family – for understanding and helping out with simple things like a lift to the recycling bank!
- A great diet – keep it simple and light so I had excess energy to do what needed to be done. This is the opposite of what many people do – (i.e. there is a notion we must eat more to ‘get by’ which I find has the opposite effect on me!).
- Smiling. Laughing. Enjoying. Being grateful. Learning…
February Food – Saturday 18th February 2012
1 liter of warm water with 1 lemon juiced (skin and all)
3 teaspoons of raw honey
1 cup of white tea
500ml coconut water
1 dessertspoon Manuka Honey 5+
Juice – 3 apples, 1 Celery, 1 cucumber, 1 bag of spinach
1 cup of Pukka ‘Three Ginger Tea’
1 50g bar of ‘Pacari’ 100% cacao
Later… 2 apples
Green soup – containing
1 romaine lettuce,
2 salad packs,
1 bag of spinach
4 dessert spoons of hemp seeds (no shells!),
2 table spoons of cider vinegar,
*BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH*
Garnish with 1 BULB of Black Garlic…
Cancer Protection and Cholesterol Benefits
The month-long fermentation process in creating black garlic contributes to creating a kind of super-garlic. The compound S-allylcysteine, a natural component of fresh garlic and a derivative of the amino acid cysteine, was found in much greater concentrations in black garlic, and is thought to help lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of cancer, reports HealthMad.com.
White garlic contains anti-microbial, antibiotic and anti-fungal agents in its active ingredient, allicin. In black garlic, S-allylcysteine assists with the absorption of allicin, helping it metabolize more easily which could offer boosted protection against infections.
Garlic is also high in antioxidants. Black garlic has been found to have twice the antioxidant properties of conventional garlic. Antioxidants protect the cells from disease and are thought to slow down the aging process, according to OrganicAuthority.com. Because black garlic is so potent, the heightened levels of antioxidants offering protection from free radical damage make it an ideal food for thwarting chronic disease. Free radicals damage cells leading to heart disease, Alzheimer’s, circulatory problems, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic diseases.
The fermentation that produces black garlic reduces the pungent odor and strong flavor, making it more palatable and appealing to some people. The taste of black garlic has been compared to that of a dried fruit, smoky, sweet and slightly chewy, according to the Antioxidants-guide.com. Conventional garlic, even in freeze-dried capsules, emits a strong garlic odor that permeates the skin, causing objectionable body and breath odor in people using garlic as a health supplement, explains CandidaAlbicansCure.com. Black garlic has none of the strong odor of white garlic and can be consumed in large quantities without the olfactory effects.
1 liter of Pukka ‘Harmonise’ tea