I am sitting in my office, finishing this off. It's taken me a while this week - among other things, the newsletter service that I use was updated, in a matter of hours, I am sure, but the technological update that has to go on in MY head takes somewhat longer. But this is not a problem. Outside it is really smokey, and not too far up the road, the bush burns, as it does north and west of Sydney. This is a problem. For many. Our emergency services are stretched to the limit, and there is much devastation.
It's good to keep a perspective on the problems in our lives.
I just love it when there is a glut of one of my favourite vegetables...then I get lost in the kitchen trying to find 101 uses for it....it happened this week with Beetroot. I will share how I incoprporated Beets into my meals with you over the coming weeks.
Beets are awesome. They are full of nutrients and are a great source of vitamins B3, B6 and C, plus beta-carotene, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and iron. They assist our liver and gall bladder in breaking down toxins, and their fiber is great for digestion and elimination. Roasted, mushed or raw...however you can, get these superhero powerhouse veggies into you.
Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
Leonardo da Vinci
It's so weird...I was moving forward through space and time, yet completely stationary, with gravity and pressure having their way with me.
Also, a combination of circumstances and bad planning meant I had not packed sufficient food for the trip, so I was at the mercy of the Fast Food Gods and the Kings of Confectionery, who produce food only fit for the devil.
If you are reading this, and you spend a great deal of your time sitting at your desk...how do you do it?? No really. I know if I don't get up and move regularly from my desk in my office, if feel kinda blah (no technical term required).
If you don’t have an office job, don't switch off now...you probably sit in the car a little more than you should. Or in front of the TV, checking out your emails, Instagram and Facebook pages. I would suggest we all, at some point in our days or weeks, spend a little more time than we should... just sitting.
We all need to move
For lots of reasons. For your overall health. To increase blood flow to the brain to keep you sharp; to keep the joints in the body lubricated; to increase blood circulation to all parts of the body to keep everything ticking along nicely; to reduce the risk of varicose veins and stroke; to alleviate back issues, not to mention reducing the size of the pear shaped bottom.
Besides, moving makes us feel damn good....there's all those happy hormones that get released when we become active.
If you think of it this way....
Movement creates ease and comfort in and of the body
Stagnation creates (dis)ease and (dis)comfort.
Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to energy flow in and through the body as Qi (chi). Disrupted, blocked or unbalanced energy leads to illness in the body.
So for your self care routine this week, you can start
- by using a refillable water bottle – good for the environment as well as you. Refill a few times each and everyday.
- Really...take the stairs
- Walk, run, go to the gym, do pilates, do yoga, play netball, garden...whatever it is that you love to counter the effects of sitting...just do it.
- Write it in your diary in red after finishing your activity...or put little post it notes, like this picture below right, numbered 1-21, and remove as you do your activity of choice. After 21 days, it becomes a very visual reminder what days you were slacking off. I have just used this for a my meditation practice. Kept me accountable!
This week we set the flavor for our class, as well as our day and week by really noticing how fabulous we feel at the end of class...
because we ALWAYS feel fab!.
By marinating ourselves in these fab feelings, it helps us to take them with us as we move to and through our off the mat life.
Anyone who thinks you can't have a workout in yoga should try this class. It's challenging, but accessible, although not great for those with major physical limitations. This week, The Rolling Stones, Style Council, Eddie Vedder and Michael Franti helped us move through this more vigorous practice (resting childs pose is still an option!)
Wednesdays 12.30PM - 1.30PM
CHILLAX YOGA is a great class for absolute beginners, those who need to really take time to rest, or if you are recovering from illness...we still do poses, and stretch the body, but the focus is on the breath. A truly restorative and beautiful class.
Fridays 9.30AM - 10.30AM
I made a fab salad this week. Cooked once...it stretched to 3 meals.
Uncomplicated and delicious.
It’s a visual and belly delight.
Having lived in Asia for a few years, I love rice. I had some brown, red and black rice in my cupboard, so I mixed them all together and cooked them up.
(I subsequently found a pre-packaged mix of the three at the supermarket).
Nuttier and nutrient dense, high in fibre, Vitamin B, iron and antioxidants, they are also bolder in flavour. In a nutshell, super delicious and really really good for you. I am always mindful of my readers in the Northern hemisphere. This dish can be eaten warm or cold - so good for every season, wherever you are. I had been given the last of some home grown broccoli - thank you Sally - which added a dose of home grown love to the dish. Go crazy and substitute the walnuts for any other nut - pistachios would work well...throw in some sunflower seeds or pepitas. I ate this dish on its own, but you could serve it alongside some lovely roast chicken.
2C coconut water (fresh or store bought - added nutrients, and delicious flavour - or just use water)
Asparagus - cut into 2cm long pieces and cooked
Peas (frozen are fine, cooked)
Beetroot - 1 roasted and chopped plus 1/4C grated raw beetroot
1 bunch coriander
zest and juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper
- Cook the rice with the coconut water. If you are using a fresh coconut, feel free to throw in the scraped coconut meat from the inside of the coconut ( remove any brown bits of shell) I use a rice cooker, so I simply threw everything in and let it cook. This rice, whatever method will take roughly an hour unless you soak the rice for a few hours beforehand.
- Add the vegetables, nuts and the zest and juice of the lime.
- Season with salt and pepper
roasted pumpkin or sweet potato
spinach – raw, shredded finely
black and white sesame seeds
Well that was a bit of a read. Hopefully you found something in there to inspire, energise or feed your soul.
Wherever you are stay safe