Yoga Night at the Museum

Happy Spring! If you didn’t know already, Thursday was the official start of Spring, and like seasons past I like to ring in the new solstice with some epic yoga. Many yoga groups and schools around the world hold open events to the public during the Spring and Summer solstices especially. Mine just happened to hold it in an art museum this year! The only event that could possibly top this experience would be going to New York for Solstice in Times Square this summer. I didn’t get to go last year, but hopefully I’ll be able to make it there on June 21st. (Two hippie) fingers crossed!

Solstice in Times Square 2013
Solstice in Times Square 2013

Thursday’s event was held in the Chie Fueki art exhibit and the room was a buzz with 125 chattering yogis, newcomers and old awaiting for Continue reading “Yoga Night at the Museum”

Turkey Muffin Recipe

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These little muffins are perfect for when you’re on the go, breakfast, or for a pre-workout snack. They’re packed with protein, gluten-free oats, and healthy vegetables. When I’m in a rush and have very little time to eat something, I’ll usually have a batch of these made and stored away for the week in my fridge. This recipe yields about 16 muffins.

Servings: 16 muffins

Per muffin:

86.5 calories

3 g fat

5 g carbs

9 g protein

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (218 Celsius)

Bake for ~ 40 minutes

Ingredients

2 lbs. Lean ground turkey

1 cup Ground Gluten-Free Oats

4 eggs

1 cup Bell peppers

1/2 cup white onion

2 celery stalks

2 scallions

1 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons Garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon Red crushed peppers

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 Tablespoons Weber’s All-Natural Gluten Free BBQ Sauce (optional)

Chop all your vegetables. I like to use a vegetable press. It cuts my chopping time by more than half the time, and not to mention saves me the hassle of dealing with those pesky onions. No tears for this girl.

IMG_0049 Measure out your spicesIMG_0095 IMG_0104 I like adding Bob Red Mill’s Gluten Free Oats for more body to the muffins. It’s also a great filler to help you feel full.

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Throw the oats into a small blender so it becomes Oat Flour

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Combine all your ingredients

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Optional: I like to add Weber’s All-Natural Gluten Free BBQ Sauce for a slight mesquite flavor

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Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutesIMG_0158

Enjoy by itself or in a meal. I like pairing them with sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli!IMG_0258

Runnning in the Dark

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I’ve gotten to do some interesting things in the last few weeks though, and one of them was the 5K Neon Run. You basically run in the dark, (it sounds dangerous, but it’s lit well enough to where you can see), and you get splattered in glow in the dark paint.

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Our shoes

Now I’m not very much of a runner because of my asthma, but my best friend has been on a health kick like I have and she’s lost A LOT of weight and I’m so proud of her for it so I decided I’d to join her in another run, why not. Plus I decided I wasn’t going to let my asthma keep me from doing some good old fashion exercise.

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Like my Pink Neon tights?

The first run I did was the Color Run, but I’d have to say the Neon Run was way more fun. There were 3 stops along the course where you got hosed down in color and got to go through a black light tent, called the Neon Zone. There were DJ’s at every one so you could jam out to the music and feel like you were a part of a rave. The cutest thing was watching the kids running with their parents and seeing the excitement on their faces. I didn’t do anything this cool when I was a kid so I know I would’ve been STOKED and gone back to school to brag to my classmates.

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Ode to Tebow

All in all, the run was loads of fun and I’d definitely do it again. The organization is fairly new but I know they’re growing and adding more locations. If you’re interested in doing the Neon Run check out their website: http://www.theneonrun.com/neon-run-media

And as always…

Health Motivation Tips For Success

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if you focus on results you'll never change if you focus on change you'll get results littleblissbook quotes life
Whether this is your first time going on a cleanse/diet or your nth time, motivation is key to keeping yourself on track with any type of diet or fitness goal.

Here are some sure-fire tips I used when I went on my own personal elimination diet:

Go public!

Share your journey by telling your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, and your friends. It shows accountability. If Susie at work knows you’re going on a health cleanse, but sees you stuffing your face with a handful of fries at lunch you’ll look less credible. We tend to break the promises we make for ourselves, but when we know another pair of eyes are watching us we’ll most likely stick to our goals. It may seem scary at first, coming out so openly, but you’ll be surprised with how many people will actually cheer you on in full support. So forget about the judgement. If anything, you might just inspire someone to start their own detox or fitness journey and they’ll be the ones coming to you for advice.

Use social media

Share your fitness pictures or recipe ideas. Just be careful not to spam your friends’ Facebook walls everyday. In this case I would use Facebook sparingly, and use a blog, or Instagram to document everything. These platforms are great for documenting lifestyle changes because they’re niche-specific. If you don’t feel like you have the time to blog, definitely go with Instagram. Don’t underestimate the value of a good hashtag. They’ll help direct you to the categories you’re interested in, and lead you to connect with other like-minded people that can inspire you. I suggest using or searching tags like #fitness #cleaneating #healthy #recipe.

Trust the process

Expect that there will be setbacks. There will be days when you don’t see progress, and you’ll feel like giving up, but that’s when you need to push through it the most because after that hump you’ll see the results. Once you start to see the progress, you’ll feel too good to go back to feeling bad again. If you fall off the wagon, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Start where you left off the next day. I mention this in Making time for a Detox:

It took me nearly 3 months to get myself ready to fully commit … One week I would cut down on my sugar and wheat intake, and the next week I would see a piece of strawberry shortcake beckoning my name and I would cave…The following week when I felt like I was ready, I would start up again and this time I would try to cut out a said food for 2 weeks. I did this on-and-off-again for the next 3 months, gradually increasing from 2 weeks to 3 to 4, etc. until I felt like the changes I had made would allow me to fully commit…

Stop counting

Leave that to your accountant. No more counting calories. As long as you’re keeping your processed foods to a minimum and have less than 30 grams of added sugar a day, you really can eat all the healthy food you want.

Document

Write down what you’re eating. If you’re at work, fill in your calendar while you’re on a break. At school? Jot it down in your planner if your teacher’s putting you to sleep. If you’re always on your phone, there’s apps like MyPlate among others that help track what you’re eating, and even breakdown the ratio to carbs, fat, and protein you are consuming.

Most importantly stay positive and enjoy the process. Have fun with creating new meals and recipes that you would never pair together before. You don’t have to be a great cook…I know starting off I certainly wasn’t. I could get by with the basics, but I had no clue until I started to really get dirty in the kitchen of how I could play with different flavors. Good luck and as always…

Summer Solstice and Small Steps

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Happy first week of summer! Boy is it a hot one. It’s time to officially break out the bathing suits and flip-flops (if you don’t already live in a tropical environment) and go sans on the rain boots. If you’re still working on getting your beach body it’s not too late. Summer is a great time to start back up on those resolutions you made back in January, remember those? Just think of the Summer Solstice as your New Year’s Resolutions 2.0.

I’ve decided to jump start my fitness by ringing in the Summer Solstice as many in New York City’s Times Square did this past weekend by doing 108 Sun Salutations. That’s 108 push-ups, 108 namaskarams, 108 upward-facing dogs, 108 downward-facing dogs, and warrior ones in 2 hours. Before my detox thanks to my joints, I could barely get past 25. So initially, I was probably a little crazy for thinking I could do 108, but I’ve always liked a good challenge. Surprisingly I got through the first 60 without needing to take a break and in total I finished about 90 with the rest of my yogi peers. I may have been about 18 short of the 108, but it was still 65 more than I could’ve done 2 months ago.

 Baby steps. That’s all it is. Whatever your goals are for this summer, for the rest of this year, for the rest of your life, know that every accomplishment starts with the decision to at least try, because as Confucius once said (Cliché quote alert): “Every journey starts with a single step.”

 Good luck and Follow Your Bliss!

 What are goals for this summer and what are you doing to stay motivated/what obstacles are keeping you from attaining them?

Feel free to leave a response in the comments below, I love receiving feedback:)