Hello hello out there! Who is ready for the WEEKEND! I know today is busy busy busy as usual but at least it’s a REST day! I’ve been doing a ton of jumping lately in my workouts combined with not enough stretching or foam rolling, so yesterday my Achilis gave a few warning twinges. It is starting to threaten me that I better back off. So yesterday I tried out the Stairmaster instead of running to see how that would feel. It felt pretty good but I got a little sore at the end, so like I said today is a complete REST day! PS here is the workout I did, after this workout, it was sweaty and amazing….
Nourish Your Namaste
Today, I’ve got something really exciting to share with you guys. A month or two ago my friend Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT reached out to see if I’d be interested in reading her new ebook Nourish Your Namaste.
Of course, I said yes because if you have ever checked out her Mindful Monday series on her blog you would know that Kara is not afraid to be real, raw, self-loving and forgiving. She also makes some out of this world DELICIOUS recipes! I glanced through this book and immediately sent her a message back letting her know how amazing it was. Yesterday, I finally got the chance to sit down and read it. Let me just tell you guys I didn’t just skim it like I do most nutrition books, I read it e-cover to e-cover. It was absolutely amazing.
She starts out by describing how yoga and nutrition helped her holistically heal from the inside out. Her story is truly remarkable and her struggle with freeing herself from restrictive eating is one that I can absolutely relate too. I also love her intertwined yoga-nutrition philosophy. Anyone else ever feel like you’ve got to be a full-fledged vegan to be a true yogi? She makes a great point that the non-harming philosophy also applies to our bodies. When I was vegan I gained 10 pounds, had zero energy, felt like crap, and became anemic. I still support my vegan friends and clients because what works for you may not work for me and visa versa. I focus on the quality and living standards of the meat I eat, I love that Kara gives us permission to make that choice.
Eating Based On Ancient Yoga Teachings
She also gives insight into what your diet should be based on ancient yoga teachings.
Just in case you were wondering…
When imbalanced you may experience: feeling hot, irritated, angry,critical, impatient, loose stools, acid reflux, nausea or discomfort upon missing meals, excessive perfectionist tendencies, acute inflammation in body/joints, rashes or cold sores
Eat more: Cooling and refreshing foods (like salads); sweet, bitter and astringent foods; cooling herbs like cilantro, coriander, fennel and cardamom
Avoid: Hot and spicy foods”
Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT ~ Nourish Your Namaste
That firey only child temper of mine shines through. I guess I’ll have to cool it on all my beloved hot sauce, sirracha, and all things spicy for a while!
What Else You Can Expect to Learn
- When to eat before and after your yoga practice
- What to eat before AND after your yoga practice
- How to encourage your body and mind to relax through nutrition and yoga
- Which foods and which yoga poses will help give you a boost of natural, long-lasting energy
- How you can improve your digestive health through nutrition and yoga
- Which foods and which yoga poses help boost your immune systems
She had many great tips, recipes and focus areas for improving digestion. However, since many of my clients are IBS, migraine or auto-immune, I get a little passionate about that subject. For instance, mushrooms are wonderful for the immune system unless you have a sensitivity to yeasts, molds, and fungi like Mr. Hungry, in which case they would make your symptoms much worse. So, I would just add that if you have unresolved digestive problems after following her tips for foods and decreasing stress, you may need to work with someone one on one to devise an individual and unique plan to help bring down inflammation.
Yoga At Home
Yoga, well hot yoga, is something I love to do but haven’t been able to in a while due to my back injury. I loved that the book included over 20 yoga poses aimed broken down by relaxation, immunity, energy, and digestion. I can’t wait to start incorporating more of them at home until I can head back into a class. I also can’t wait to try some of her recipes like this immunity-boosting buddha bowl with turmeric tahini dressing! Holy yum!
She really did a beautiful job on this book, I can tell she poured her heart and extensive knowledge into every page.
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