Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Moving

I've decided to move my blog over to Tumblr. I like the lay out and customizing options of blogger but much before the posting capabilities and reblogging from other Tumblr blogs more. I feel like there is more of a community feeling with Tumblr, which is what I wanted.

So I hope my handful of followers will continue to read my posts over at http://www.nourish-mindbodysoul.tumblr.com/

Friday, September 16, 2011

Svarga Dvidasana - Bird of Paradise

So the other day in class I was led through this pose. It’s something I had never really attempted and didn’t think I could do, but I DID!! It felt so freeing to be able to pop up into this pose. Although, mine looked more like a wilted Bird of Paradise because I was not able to fully extend the leg that is up in the air.

Bird of Paradise is actually considered to be an advanced pose, so I was even more excited about that. My practice seems to be coming along stronger and faster than I think. I keep telling myself that I’m not growing, or can’t do this or that pose, but I seem to keep surprising myself. I have to get out of my head, and into my body so to speak.

Svarga Dvidasana is great as a hip opener, stengthens the standing leg, and helps to calm a scattering mind. And as a pose, it just looks cool to do. Now to find an amazing location to do this pose for a picture to add to Birding Pics

Friday, September 9, 2011

As a Vegan, are you getting enough protein?

This is one of the things I hate the most when people ask me about being Vegan! I often hear things like "How do you get protein?", "You can't be eating enough protein?", etc. Especially from meathead weight lifters that think you can only sustain health, strength and muscle building on JUST protein!! Don't get me wrong, I know how important protein is to all of those things, but the fact is you need far less than everyone thinks you really need.

For instance, take a look at a large muscular animal such as an elephant, who only eats plants. They are able to get all the nutrients they need from a plant based diet to support and maintain their shape and muscular makeup. If you think about it even further, plants (which have all of the important amino acids your body needs) are often eaten by animals, and which in turn humans are eating. So you are essentially get a diluted source of natual amino acids. Why not go right to the source? Plants!!

So how much protein do we really need? The RDA, set by the Food and Nutrition board recommends 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight! I've seen/heard of many bodybuilders eating WAY more than this. Even has an athelete you don't need much more than this! So for me, being 6'4", weighing 205 and being an endurance athelete (of sorts) and training to run long distances, I need to shoot for a daily intake total of 75-130 grams of protein. 75 grams of protein being the bare mininum. You can easily remember this too by thinking that 10% of your daily calories should be protein.

Let's also take into consideration that eating TOO MUCH protein can actually be a bad thing! The more proetin you eat, does not a bigger muscle make! Taking in too much protein can eventually cause stress in your body as it works to break it down. Too much protein causes keytone buildup and the liver and kidneys work to flush those out. This can cause dehydration, and bone calcium loss, as well as further issues with the liver and kidneys in the future.

"How do you get enough protein as a vegan?" Easy!! Your body actually takes something like meat proteins and further works to break them down into the amino acids your body needs. So one step nutrition would be to eat something like a green that is chock full of amino acids and doesn't recquire being broken down further like a meat!

Some of the best sources of Vegan proteins (other than beans, nuts and seeds) is Hemp, Quinoa and Chlorella. Hemp is a complete protein, containing 10 essential amino acids, which aids in muscle and tissure recovery! Hemp is also a complete renewable source (let's save the eco topic of veganism for another blog post) that is raw and keeps all of it's active enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! Quinoa is 20% protein and is great to serve with beans for even more protein intake! Chlorella is known as a superfood because it contains 19 essential amino acids making it 65% pure protein!! It also provides tons of essential fats, minerals and vitamins including B12!

As far as the protein you need for an activity like endurance running, you have to remember two simple things: simple carbs for fueling before and during runs, and protein for recovery! It's not great to ingest too much protein prior to your runs. Protein (especially from an animal source) recquires a lot of water to break down, leaving you possibly dehydrated during runs, and can causing cramping. Save the protein to have within 30 minutes after your run to help with recovery and repair of muscles and tissues!

The best source I've found for Vegan nutrition, especially for athletes is Brendan Brazier's "The Thrive Diet"! Check it out!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What Are Your Talents?

So during today's meditation, we focused on "What Are Your Talents"? When you think back to when you were a kid, a teen, or a young adult what do you find yourself doing? What kind of activities did you enjoy?

For me, it was writing. I used to write all the time, and for a few years had hopes of being a journalist. When I was a senior in high school, I took journalism classes, wrote for the school newspaper, wrote for a local paper that was geared towards high school students, and wrote and submitted poetry. I even read some poetry at an open mic night once when in high school.

Throughout the years, I always revisit writing. I will come up with an idea for a novel, and start clacking away on the computer. After a few chapters, I either lose interest or don't know how to further the story. I have trouble continuing these projects and seeing them through to the end. So I scrap them. Yes, I actually delete my writing once I lose interest.

I've even joined National Novel Writing Month twice in the past ten years or so, but never complete it. After a month of writing, I just give up. I've joined and wrote articles for two different online magazines, but have publishing two or three articles I just get bored and quit. In my defense though, these were beauty related sites and that gets old really quick. Especially, after I decided to leave the beauty industry and pursue other paths.

The only thing I have been consistent in with my writing is blogging, and now my journaling. Okay, to be completely honest, I have blogged regularly for several years, but after a year or two of doing one blog, I move on to another blog with a different topic!

So now I have this idea for a book, and it is something I am researching, and wanting to bring into my life. So this book could be a great resource not only for the topic itself, but as a tale of my journey into it. Can I keep up with this and finish it? I have gotten some signs lately that I should be a writer. I've seen signs that I am meant to be a teacher, and I can teach through writing. I can write on the topics I'm interested in.

Is part of my path of serving and helping others to be a teacher through my writing? I think that is something I need to explore at least. Look out for my name coming to a book store shelf near you!

P.S. I know you are probably reading this and thinking "How can he be a writer, there are so many grammar and punctiation errors in this journal post?!! Ugghhhhh!!!!" Well, for all you word Nazis, when I journal I tend to not edit myself. I just basically word vomit in my journals, and let the words from freely from my thoughts. I do tend to edit my blog posts though! And certainly any official writing is edited before being submitted! So there!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Guerilla Yoga


 Well if you lived in my town, this is what you might have seen on your way to work yesterday. Our group got together to do Guerilla Yoga on the side of the Mass Pike to gain attention for the upcoming Salutation Nation on 9.10.11





Thursday, August 25, 2011

Abundance and Prosperity Manifestation

I just finished a meditation on Abundance. Abundance can be of a spiritual nature or even a material nature. My focus was to be able to have an abundance of time and money that will allow me to work towards becoming a Reiki and Energy Healer and Yoga Instructor. I have can manifest the time and money to move towards my dream of opening my own Spiritual and Wellness Center that I can share these gifts with others and be of service to others, without fear.

I keep Aventurine on me at times that I wish to focus on manifesting Abundance and Prosperity. Aventurine is great for abundance, good luck, money and prosperity. Keep it with you when interviewing for jobs, working on manifesting abundance and prosperity, or to help you get through financial rough patches.

Since Aventurine is green, it's also great to use for the Heart Chakra to balance any emotional blockages you may have. It will clear the Heart Chakra, balance your emotions, heal the heart, and enhance creativity.

I also meditate on Lakshmi and chant a mantra to her. Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of Abundance and Prosperity. Call upon her when you need an abundance of time, money, or knowledge. Lakshmi works will with Ganesh who is the remover of obstacles!