Woot! Believe it!
They say “80% of how you look is how you eat.” Doesn’t it makes sense that ‘how you eat’ = ‘how you digest?’
Makes sense to me! Check this out!
Sleep More, Weigh Less!
Many studies are proving that consistent lack of sleep (you need at least 7 hours!) leads to a myriad of health problems… namely, weight gain!
Here are the basics to a better night’s sleep:
1. Limit caffein (Less in the morning, NONE after 2pm, and make sure that bedtime tea is actually caffein free - hint: Green tea is often full of caffein)
2. Don’t go to bed too full. It may give you a sleepy feeling, but leads to a less “rested” sleep.
2. Bedrooms are not for electronics, bedrooms are for sleep and sex - Get more of the latter items and you’ll have less need for the former (who needs late-night TV when you and your honey are catching some post-lovin zzz’s?) *hint: the lights in screens of most electronics we use now are so bright, they may actually confuse our body’s ability to sense whether it’s day or night… Try to cut the crackberry/ipad/laptop/TV consumption off 1 hour before bedtime.
3. Dump your brain 2 hours before bed - get into the habit of writing down your reminders, going over your agenda, bills, kids lunches… Whatever tends to nag at your brain as you fall asleep - start dealing with it BEFORE you get into bed. *hint: this includes stimulating/upsetting conversations
4. Get up at the same time every day. If you can really challenge yourself to do that (it’s hard), your body will take care of the rest by making you super sleepy at a time that suits you. After a week or two of training your body’s clock in this way, you’ll want to go to bed “on time.”
5. Keep your bedroom at a cool 18 to 21 degrees celsius. Temperature has a lot to do with the hormones that regulate the biorhythms of sleep.
Check the above site out, it’s interesting and cites some cool research.
Presented by Lisa Kerr of Living with Metta.
Join us Saturday May 4th 2:00 – 4:00pm at Ananda Hot Yoga Aurora
Enjoy an afternoon of pure pampering as you are guided into a restorative yoga posture then gently massaged.
As you are lying in a fully supported asana with bolsters, blocks and blankets, a skilled Thai therapist will adjust and apply pressure along the sen (energy) lines in the body.
The ancient healing art of Thai Massage will encourage the body to further release and surrender deeper into the posture.
Allow your body to be like melted wax and ease away stress and tension. Pure bliss.
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your pillow (yes your pillow!!).
Yummy Awesome Smoothie Recipe
The options for smoothies are virtually limitless - Freeze or purchase some frozen fruit/veggies that you like, add some liquid for the right flavour & consistency, throw in whatever added ingredient (flax seed oil, protein powder, acidophilus, whatever vitamins) you might be taking, toss the whole mess into a blender and voila!
Smoothie Paradise :)
Here’s my favourite recipe
1/2 C frozen mango chunks
1/2 C frozen strawberries
1/2 C Plain Greek Yogurt 0% (or 2% fat depending on the time of day)
(If you’re vegan, or lactose intolerant, you can just skip the yogurt without the consistency of the smoothie being noticeably affected. Consider getting acidophilus from the drug store and adding 2 capsules to your smoothie for a healthy gut and happy flora!)
1/2 C coconut water, if post workout or if I’m in need of electrolytes (cough cough) ** you can just use plain water, or juice too **
1 C baby spinach - TRUST ME, you cannot taste the spinach, but your smoothie will be green :)
(You don’t have to use spinach, try kale, swiss chard, - or forgo the veggie step completely if it’s not for you)
1 tbsp All Natural Almond Butter (you can use natural peanut butter too)
30g Protein Powder (I use a vanilla flavoured whey isolate powder, great for post-work out, you can find this stuff at local health supply stores, or check Walmart’s pharmacy section!!!)
If you’re concerned about carbs, skip the coconut water, and maybe switch to fruit that’s lower in sugar… berries are less of a hit to your daily carb limit than tropical fruits like mango and banana.
This smoothie, for me, is a meal replacement (breakfast OR post-workout snack).
446 cals, 5g fat, 14g fibre, 66g carbs, 48g protein
Then leave your smoothie sitting on the counter for a minute, come back and find it mysteriously evaporated, and your dog hiding under the kitchen table, licking her chops… (yes, that’s what really happened while I was making my smoothie for this blog post)
For someone who has never tried it, the word “yoga” may conjure an image of a room full of double-jointed 20-somethings twisting into pretzels. An image that seems ridiculous to a person who feels too out of shape, old or inflexible to ever try yoga for him or herself.
Yoga, when practiced safely and slowly, can increase flexibility, mobility and may improve lubrication of joints. One study suggests that yoga can improve flexibility by 35% after just eight weeks of practice.
If you know someone who you think could benefit from the many health improvements offered by yoga, tell them to check out this article.