Yoga — in da HOUSE!

Few would argue that home yoga practice is less legitimate than studio practice. In fact, part of a well-disciplined yoga practice includes personal home

"Yoga Girl" rap by David Wittman

“Yoga Girl” rap by David Wittman

practice.

But what if personal home practice was your entire practice?

Does yoga need to be shared and witnessed to be legitimized?

I’m asking these weighty questions because I’m going into my second week of home practice. My first experience with yoga at the tender age of five years was a home practice and it created the foundation for my adult practice. Sometimes it’s simply more practical to practice at home, and sometimes — at least for me — it’s a preference.

I may head to the studio next week, but if it’s anything like this past week, I’ll be building my yoga — in da house.

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Not Necessarily Yoga: Antibiotics. Yay or Nay?

As you may or may not know, I’m a fan of the graphic tee — who isn’t these days? My passion started in high school and continues to this day.

Threadless Tees has some excellent T-shirts — the designs are great, plus the cut and fabric are flattering and feel good on the skin. This one, by  Alia Rezk, isn’t a yoga shirt. I’m featuring it here because:

Pro or Anti Biotics? Threadless Tees takes on the tough questions.

Pro or Anti Biotics? Threadless Tees takes on the tough questions.

1. I love it

2. it tackles the classic antibiotics argument in a vivid and lighthearted way

There are lots of opinions on the use and overuse of antibiotics. I grapple with my use of antibiotics on a very regular basis for rosacea. Am I creating immunity issues for myself? Is there a more natural means of achieving the same result?

So far, I’m pro antibiotics — especially in treating rosacea flares. Probiotics are delicious and highly recommended, but I’ve yet to see the same results with them.

Wear Proper Protection

On my triumphant return from today’s yoga practice, I became aware of how super-hungry I was. After a sensible snack of last night’s baked chicken breast, rice, and spinach — right out of the pot — I started dreaming of a recipe from The Copycat Cook’s blog: the Black Bean Brownie.

As my brownie bakes, I thought I’d share a blog post I wrote about revising my diet and metabolism from acidic to alkaline. This  is torture a constant challenge for me, and I’m still nowhere near where I should be. The siren song of coffee and dairy are often too strong, and to be truthful, I’ve neither the will nor the want to say goodbye to either. Achieving balance will have to come mainly from additions to (and some subtractions from) my diet.

Here’s an edited version of what I wrote in December on the topic:

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Disclaimer: I’m not a dietitian nor am I a naturopath, so what I’m about to describe is anecdotal. It’s a combination of personal experience and tidbits gleaned from several online articles.

So what is this acidic diet/metabolism?

There are a number of foods that produce acid as a byproduct in the body and an abundance of this acid byproduct can lead to difficulties with metabolism, energy, and general resiliency. The route to neutralize this acid is through increasing the amount of alkaline producing foods that you eat. Simple enough, right?

So, which foods are acid-producers?

Most meat is acidic, with chicken breasts being one exceptionDrinks that contain phosphates, alcohol, and caffeine (oh coffee! how could you betray me?!) are also considered to be acid-producers.  Also add sugars, dairy, mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegars to this list. The rule of thumb that I found helpful when I was alkalizing my diet eight years ago was this: if it’s delicious and I love it, it’s got to go.

It’s not so grim. There are good eats in the alkaline family too. Take for example eggs, yogurt, sesame seeds, almost all vegetables, and a lot of fruits as well as legumes.  I have a massive sweet tooth and while some people will tell you that the craving for sugar goes away, it just never did for me. I used brown rice syrup as well as maple syrup though, and they were lovely.

Another thing you’ve no doubt found in your searches for diet-fixes online are articles with information about so-called substitutes. For example, I was told by my naturopath to substitute soy milk or brown rice milk for dairy milk, and it always felt as if I was playing a cheap prank on myself. I achieved contentment the day I decided I was going to get used to drinking these drinks instead of dairy, and using brown rice syrup instead of sugar.

Notice I didn’t use the word, “happy”. I wasn’t actually happy until about Week Eight of the big change. By then I was feeling energized and my body craved the foods it was supposed to crave. No need to worry about eliminating milk — alkaline diets can be rich in calcium. For example, kidney beans, black beans, and quinoa are excellent sources of calcium as are leafy greens, figs, and molasses.  Also, it’s important to note that I cater to my sweet tooth whenever it beckons. I deny myself nothing.

This is they key to success whenever you’re changing your diet. Wait, bear with me. Currently I’m still choosing a lot of white-sugary snacks, rich in animal fats. If I’m going to feel a change in my energy and health, I’ll need to stick with favorites like The Copycat Cook‘s black bean brownie!