Make Summer More Enjoyable Through Food!

Yoga and food are inextricably linked but eating healthy is more difficult than ever. Eating healthy everyday is essential to our health and wellbeing. We need to eat nourishing food to maintain energy levels, stave off illness and encourage healthy relationships, etc.

I work irregular hours and have no motivation to shop, prep and cook dinner at the end of the day. Supper Works in Toronto has been an answer to my woes. I go into the store once a month and prep fresh, healthy dinner entrees that I take home and put in my freezer. That means more time for me to enjoy my summer and no-brainer dinners.

Below Susan Patterson, the owner of SupperWorks Leaside, provides a few ideas how you can make your summer more enjoyable through food:

  1. Slow down and plan ahead to makes dinnertime less stressful. Being organized doesn’t have to take much time but it can save a lot of last minute headaches- and will certainly save you time in the end. You might even invest in setting up a weekly meal planner. Plan and shop for meals a few days or even a week in advance so you can be sure you have the ingredients you need on hand. Keep very perishable items and some ready-to-cook dinners in the freezer to save having to shop frequently. You don’t want to have to run to the store from the cottage or even stop on your way home from work to pick up one essential but missing ingredient. Wouldn’t it be nicer to go straight home?
  2. Try some fresh new foods. This is a great time of year to try something new. You might find some new vegetables or at least some interesting variations on familiar foods at local farmers markets. Think heirloom tomatoes, purple carrots, the many varieties of mushrooms. Take your kids and let them choose – they will be more likely to eat their veggies!
  3. Cook extras. That way you will have easy leftovers for lunches or spontaneous dinners when unexpected company drops by. BBQ’d meats, chicken, shrimp or fish are also great to use on salads the next day for lunch or a lighter dinner. For example, all of SupperWorks’ Flat Iron steaks and marinated chickens such as Lemon Rosemary Chicken make a bed of leafy green salad something special.
  4. Speaking of salads, always have salad ingredients on hand – some of my favourites are berries, nuts, seeds, mixed greens, avocado, crumbles of cheese (goat!). A great salad can accompany almost anything – like a delicious burger – to complete an easy, summery supper. For an easy and delightful salad dressing, try one-third good quality olive oil, one-third balsamic vinegar and one-third maple syrup.
  5. Quiche is another excellent staple in the summer. It can serve as a breakfast, lunch or dinner and comes in many different varieties. It can be served hot or cold. And it’s an first-rate source of protein.
  6. Have some fun with your child (age 8 or over) at a special Saturday morning Bring Your Child session at SupperWorks. Children learn how to put meals together and experience shows that children who have a hand in making dinner are much more likely to enjoy eating it – and are even willing to try more adventurous foods!
  7. Ok, one more thing. You’re probably not going to be happy if you add a few pounds to your frame eating all this good food. It is bathing suit season after all. So enjoy all the flavours but watch your portion sizes. Esstablish a portion size that works for you and use it as a guideline. And get out and enjoy all the opportunities for outdoor exercise!

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Spring Detox – Body, Mind & Spirit

The 12 Day Complete Mind-Body Cleanse by Lindsay Keefe, E-RYT, OCT and Dr. Corina Dinca, ND

Feel better, look better, live better. We all want to enjoy life more. And in order to enjoy life more, we need to feel good about ourselves, mentally, emotionally and physically. When we feel great, happiness and joy radiate and the people around us feel it too.

Our lives are getting increasingly busy with the demands of work and we need to remember to balance those demands with the rest of our lives. Self-care begins with a decision to value yourself and your health as a priority. What does a six-digit income matter if you are not healthy enough to enjoy the privileges it brings?

The 12 Day Mind Body Cleanse was created to support your body and mind in various ways and help your detoxification organs  work optimally so you can start to feel better, faster. This starts with education about how and what you are eating. By understanding the impact of the food you eat, the products you use and your individual habits and lifestyle you can begin to make appropriate changes that support your own individual needs.

The particular program that Dr. Corina Dinca, ND and myself  are offering is unique from any “detox” program on the market. We will educate you on making healthy food choices that support your bodies innate ability to process and eliminate and support the various systems and organs in your body related to natural detoxification. Although you can’t make the liver detoxify faster you can use herbs and food to support your livers health and remove internal and external toxins that can accumulate leaving you feeling, tired, sluggish and sick. Our program also uses the ancient wisdom of yoga to strengthen your body, mind and spirit as we move towards better health. Our goal is to help you kickstart a permanent lifestyle awakening towards health and wellness.

This gentle yet effective cleanse program targets the body, mind and energetic blockages through herbs, specific foods, yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation and will serve as a lifestyle awakening to help you become healthier and happier! Get educated on how to make the right food choices, understand the bodies systems and have the chance to win amazing prizes!

Over the course of the 12 days you will attend 5 workshops to get educated on a new topic and support your cleanse with a yoga asana/meditation practice.

Sunday May 28 – 1-3pm – Registration. Intro to detox, intro to breathing, yoga and meditation.

Thursday June 1 – 7-9 pm – All about Stress! Restorative Yoga.

Sunday June 4 – 1-3 pm – Environmental Toxins and your body. Building internal heat with twists and inversions.

Thursday June 8 – 7-9 pm Food labels and supplementation. Yoga for longevity.

Sunday June 11 – 3-5 pm – What to do after the cleanse. Yoga: letting go of the past and looking ahead.

Bonus: Program may be covered by naturopathic extended health insurance – inquire in person, by phone or email.

Contest – Is Your BOSS the Best?

It is important to honour the special people in our lives, teachers, parents, bosses – and express gratitude for all life gifts they bestow upon us.

Boss’s Day just so happens to be on October 16th and you could win $200 in Innergy Corporate Yoga gift cards. That’s a $100  gift card for you and a $100 gift card for your boss.

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All you have to do is tell us why your Boss is the best and you are both entered to win!

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Making New Years Resolutions

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It has become a cultural tradition to make a New Years Resolution every year which is essentially a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something nice.  I stopped making resolutions years ago because they always ended up being empty promises or else never fulfilled because I had no game plan. Don’t get me wrong, self-improvement is great for personal growth and to feel good about yourself and to help others. In fact, I highly recommend self-improvement, just under different terms.

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsAs we have learned throughout our lives, words hold tremendous power and unfortunately, there are some problems with the word Resolution.  The Merriam-Webster diction defines “resolution” as the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something
: an answer or solution to something.  The not so clear problem with using the word resolution is the assumption that something is inherently wrong or broken or something that needs to be fixed. Why must we always find fault with ourselves and feel like we must resolve to change something?

new-years-resolutions-300x219This year resolve not make a resolution and instead make a New Years Intention.  “Intention” means the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose. This word is positively charged and implies personal growth and success; it implies clarity and understanding. The words you choose to use do make a difference! Grab your journal or a piece of paper and answer the questions below to begin the New Year with a positive, fresh start.

 1. Make a list of all the pleasant incidences in 2015 and all the unpleasant incidences in 2015. (Notice which list is longer)

 2. What lessons did I learn from 2015?

 3. In what way did I grow in 2015?

 4. List of my 2016 Intentions:

 5. My Bigger (long term) goals:

After you make your list of intentions, go back through your list and make a concrete plan on how your will achieve those goals. (E.g. blanket statements such as “lose weight,” “get out of debt,” “eat healthier”- how will you achieve these goals? Breakdown the steps you need to follow to achieve your intentions.)

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If you are feeling keen, continue by completing these exercises:

  1. 10 things I am grateful for:

  2. 10 things I’m excited about (not related to yoga)

  3. 5 things I am excited about/curious/passionate about (in the yoga realm)

Now place your list(s) somewhere that you can reference it often and check on your progress. Some times all we need is a quick glance to remind us of what important to us.

Namaste,

Lindsay

Developing Your Mindfulness Practice – Part 6

Over the last 2 months or so I have talked about Mindfulness exercises that have begun to shape our perceptions of ourselves. Perhaps you have already begun to notice shifts in how you think, how you react to situations and how you feel physically. If you have been keeping a Mindfulness Journal, take a look at your entries and see how your experiences have affected you. You might not notice any changes yet and that is completely normal (so don’t worry!). Continue to be a witness to your experiences and take them as they are in each moment. Remember, try not to cast judgement on what you are experiencing. Drop any expectations you have about where you think you should be in terms of your mindfulness practice (notice that expectations exist and then, let them go….). Expectations are a form of desire that block the process. No one ever said this was easy work.

This next practice helps us to examine our relationship to food. How we eat is usually a reflection of how we go about our day to day lives. We rush through a meal or snack, maybe you are watching TV, driving a car or reading a book while you eat. Maybe you don’t even notice what your food tastes like anymore.

Mindfulness Practice 6:

Mindful Eating

The first time I consciously practiced this exercise was in mindfulness meditation class where my yoga teacher brought in apples for everyone. If you’d like, have an apple ready for your first go at it. However, because I want this to be accessible to you to try at any time, start with any meal or snack of the day. It’s easier to start small.

  • Give yourself at least 5 minutes to eat your snack, if not more. For example, you have an apple. Clean your apple, notice the beauty of the apple (it’s shape, texture, colour, smell).
  • Take a moment to thank the universe for it’s abundance (and while you eat or before you eat, acknowledge all the people who made this apple in your possession possible: express your gratitude to everyone/everything involved in making this apple available for you to eat (i.e. the sun, water, earth, the farmer who planted the seed, and cared for it, the pickers, the transporters, the farmers who hired the workers, the grocery store (the staff who stocked the shelves, the clerks, the store owners who made the store possible), the bankers or government who have the farmers and store owners capital to their work, the builders who built the grocery store, your boss for giving you a job so that you could afford to buy the apple, your teachers/parents who gave you the knowledge to go to school to get an education to get the job so that you can make a living, etc etc).
  • The Eating process: take a small bite. Chew that piece until it is completely gone. You may not even need to swallow. Repeat one bite at a time.
  • While you chew, notice the taste, notice the texture, the juices, how the taste might change, and any other thoughts that arise. Repeat until apple if finished. Pause and reflect on the experience, comment in your journal. (Post it notes are great when you are on the go!)

While  healthy choices are ideal for our well-being, don’t feel guilty when you indulge in a tasty treat. Instead of scarfing it down and then feeling guilty, take your time to truly savour and enjoy.  Watch how this practice, over time, changes your relationship to what you eat, how you eat, and even how much you eat.

Namaste,

Lindsay

Developing Your Mindfulness Practice – Part 4

IMG_1628This week we will learn a walking meditation. You can do this while you walk to and from your car, take the dog for a walk or during your lunch break. Try to pick a time where you can do it at the same time everyday. Over time you can make your walk longer.

Mindfulness Practice:

Walking Mindfulness Meditation

  • To begin your walk, slow down your pace. With awareness of each step you take, step your foot heel to toe, feeling the entire foot making contact with the Earth. It might begin to feel like you are getting a nice foot massage!
  • With each step you take you can recite to yourself a mantra like, “Thank you.” (Heel touches down “thank”, ball of foot touches down “you”-repeat with each foot and each step you take).
  • Breathe deeply while you walk, try to relax the muscles in your body and your face, walking with a light step.
  • Notice how this exercise makes you feel. If you have started a Mindfulness journal, jot it down with today’s date.

By expressing gratitude for each step, you are recognizing your ability to walk and move easefully through space. You might notice that you don’t have any injuries or pain that restricts movement, that your arms swing freely, etc. Focus on the feet and the movement.

Other options: another mantra, may simple be “right, left” or “stepping”

Don’t forget to make a quick note in your mindfulness journal about your experience today. How did this experience make you feel compared to sitting and breathing?

Namaste,

Lindsay