All posts tagged: food

Friday Food for Thought: Habits

“You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself.” – Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras I’ve struggled a lot with food this past year. I got kind of a pass on being a disciplined eater since I’ve been breastfeeding Bear Shark and need the calories. I probably could have been more discerning about what kind of calories I was consuming, but I also really did not have the time to be that focused on my diet. I remind myself daily that the first year of a baby’s life is all about survival as parents. We took a lot of short cuts to get meals on the table, trying to make the healthiest choice from a takeout menu as we can or making big batches and eating the same thing for days. Lately, the 3-year-old tells us that his food is “boring” and won’t always eat his lunch at school. And then there are days (weeks?) where we did not care at all and ate EVERYTHING. Last weekend, our …

Blogging in 2014: Top 5 posts

Happy New Year, everyone! Not surprisingly, 2014 was a year of blogging about everything related to our big event of welcoming Bear Shark to the family. I’m not much of a mom blogger, but I also can’t avoid talking about this phase in my life where motherhood is obviously a dominating factor. Thanks to my readers for coming along this journey with me! Without further ado, these were the top read posts from 2014. 1. Bear Shark: The longest birth story ever 2. Review: Barefoot Yoga Mat [+Giveaway!] 3. Is maternity yoga wear necessary? 4. Still yoga-ing at 38.5 weeks 5. Mama needs food I’m looking forward to what will come in 2015, continuing to find ways to live a yogic lifestyle and learning to face challenges as they arise. Hopefully, I’ll also have more time to reflect on these things in blog form. “Slow and steady” seems to be the yoga way, right?

Mama needs food

I’m still on postpartum house arrest by Chinese tradition for the first month. When I had my first son, I was really annoyed by this and many other rules that my mom placed on me. (The no fans on near the baby drove both my husband and I nuts since it was still hovering 100 degrees that September.) In retrospect, I have a much better understanding and appreciation for the mandated “resting period” for baby and mama. Western culture does not value rest, recuperation and relaxation. We’re such a go-go-go society (I’m rolling my eyes at that Cadillac commercial featured during the Superbowl). We see this pretty clearly with the lack of paid maternity leave and lack of vacation time compared to other developed countries. I feel bad for moms who have to return to work after just 4 or 6 weeks. That’s barely enough time to be functional again! I can guarantee that I’ll still be a [walking, semi-functional] zombie when my 12 weeks are over. To be forced to stay home the entire first month and …

Avoiding sweet tooth temptations

These are the weekend treats that show up in the office kitchen on Monday mornings. Leftover birthday cake or weekend baking experiment or “sharing the calories”, as I like to call it. When I see all that decadent chocolate, my stomach starts calling out to me Smegal-style. I wants it. I needs it. My precious! I’ve fallen for this trick many times over. I ask my cube mate to help me stay accountable. “Don’t let me eat another cookie,” I tell her. My sweet tooth is strong. But I’m trying to be stronger. My latest technique to avoid the sweets is to give it a few hours. The email is sent, announcing that there’s something amazingly tasty in the kitchen. Usually, the young men in our office are racing toward the table. Their metabolism is much better than mine, and they probably work out each week WAY more than I do in a month. So I let them get their fill first. If I’m still craving the sweet, I might go peek my head over there to see if …

Sweets and the Holidays

I have been bombarded with sweets since about Thanksgiving. The biggest downside of working in an office is all the weekend leftovers that people bring from birthday parties, cookie exchanges and family get-togethers. I guess for the 20-somethings who work here, it’s probably the BEST part of working in an office. But I am not 20-something anymore. My metabolism and many years of working a desk job mean every extra calorie is finding its way onto my butt, thighs, arms and belly. With Decemberween right around the corner, I know there are more feasts ahead of me. I’m trying my darnedest to get rid of the sweets and get on my mat. I’m on a 3-4 times a week pace lately. I’m not doing a 90 minute practice each time though, so it’s pretty much not canceling out anything I stuff in my mouth. The good news? My back is feeling more flexible. Yay, back bending! And remember that thyroid thing I told y’all about? Well, now that it’s back to functioning at normal levels, …

Yoga Myth: For veggies only

I wanted to take some time and de-bunk the myth that all yogis are or have to be vegetarians or vegans. We’re not. I still love a good burger and think bacon can save almost any dish. And for this Thanksgiving, I’m taking on the task of making my first turkey. It’s a 14-pounder that is currently thawing in my refrigerator. There is the idea of ahimsa, Sanskrit for non-harming or nonviolence, which some yogis follow in terms of their food consumption. Obviously, the non-harming part means no killing of animals. But it’s not mandatory or a prerequisite to being a yogi. Now, what I am willing to bet is that yogis eat healthier than the average American. I don’t have any hard numbers to back this up (and don’t feel like digging through a Google search at the moment), but knowing how much a heavy stomach can affect a physical practice tells me that yogis are probably watching what they eat a little more closely. So much of yoga is being aware of your own …

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