Let’s face it – yoga classes can get expensive pretty quick. Most individual classes cost about $15, and a monthly membership runs above $100. Not to mention, there are days where you are just not motivated to trudge through the cold or rain to your local studio. Enter Yogaglo.com – a website that has elevated my yoga practice from good to great.
Walking around Manhattan this weekend, I came across the van pictured above. I had to take a photo of it because I thought the “meat without feet” thing was clever, and it made me want to write about the benefits of a diet high in fish consumption vs. one that is high in other animal proteins. While I think that being vegetarian is wonderful, I myself am not one. I try not to eat more than one animal/fish protein per day, if that, and when I do, it is fish 95% of the time. I eat fish over other proteins because it has many health benefits that chicken, pork and beef do not, and it also usually has a lower rate of the various chemicals and hormones that are pumped into the land-locked protein variety. That, and cooked the right way it is simply delicious!
I am never one to turn down a hot plate of good pasta. While pasta dishes can be high in calories, if you make it at home, you can control what goes into the dish and make sure you and your family (or whomever you may be inviting over for dinner) has a well-rounded meal made of high quality ingredients. When you eat pasta at restaurants, they generally add a ton of salt and oil to make the flavor most enjoyable for diners. This can bring the calorie count of a single dish up to 1,000 + calories, way too much for a single meal, and many times these dishes may have higher sodium than is recommended to eat in an entire day.
The bodies that we call our home are the most important vehicle in our lives, yet people often overlook the importance of fueling our bodies with things that will make it thrive. Think about it- we bring our cars in for regular maintenence, giving it the oil and gas it needs, and would never give a second thought to putting anything into it that may be harmful. If someone told you that you could get by putting coca-cola into your car’s engine instead of oil, but it would decrease the life of the car, would you do it? I’m sure most of you wouldn’t, yet you don’t think twice when hitting up the vending machine for a mid-morning coke.
Kombucha probably brings to mind one of three things: 1) mmmm… addicted 2) never again or 3) Kom-who? Well, as someone who recently gotten into drinking the stuff, I have to say I am loving it. It definitely has a unique taste, and one that some may not warm up to immediately. When I first tasted it, the smell reminded me of a 5th grade science project, but its nothing you can’t get past – in fact, you get used to and crave it after a while!
As someone who was born and raised in the wonderful city of New York, it goes without saying that I consider it one of the best places on earth. For three years now I have lived an arm’s length away from the city that never sleeps, but I make trips back often to visit my friends, parents (who still live in Manhattan,) and old haunts and stomping grounds. This weekend I am going to be in NYC with my husband visiting with some dear old friends, and it inspired me to write about the magic that just oozes off the tree-lined streets of the city, and whispers from the skyscrapers and legendary venues.
A lot of people shy away from yoga for a number of reasons. Classes may seem intimidating, you may think you need to be super flexible to even attempt it, and maybe some still think it is a bunch of people sitting around cross-legged chanting strange languages together. Well, yoga certainly doesn’t have to be, and is not, any of those things. When I first got into yoga a number of years ago, it was just after I graduated college. Unfortunately, in college, my idea of exercise was playing beer pong, and my diet majored in pizza and late night snacks from our cafeteria. (Anyone that went to Muhlenberg that is reading this, I’m talking about Bagel Bombs from GQ :)) Needless to say, I was certainly not at my peak of physical fitness when I began dabbling in yoga.