• food as yoga

    January 31, 2010

    When I was training as a yoga teacher last October, the highlight of my day was not sitting down to meditate, it was sitting down to the two buffet-style meals from the ashram kitchen.  Was it Thai night?  Mexican?  Or, my favorite, Indian?

    If meditation is one-pointed focus, then I’m an expert.  Give me an onion to chop or a curry to slurp, and I can concentrate so completely that time (not that it exists, of course) stands still.

    So I was very excited to read this article in the New York Times about food and yoga, and whether you need to be a vegetarian to practice.  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like labels.  If you make the bulk of your diet plant-based and you throw in even a few minutes of yoga time a day, you’re making a huge positive difference to your body and the planet.  Yoga means union, after all.

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  • a return to suburbia and super-sizing

    September 25, 2009


    I wish I had put something for scale in this photograph, but this smoothie wasn’t much shorter than that fire extinguisher behind it.

    It was 11am, my mom and I were shopping for yoga pants*, and it was blazing hot outside.  Hence the smoothie stop.

    The Tropical Smoothie Cafe, funnily enough, has as many chicken salads on the menu as it does smoothies.  This one, “Sunny Day,” was a mix of mango, kiwi, orange, and banana.  Oh, and something they forgot to mention: a 2-ounce scoop of turbinado sugar.  How do I know?  Little chat with the manager during the 1/2 hour it took to finish the thing.

    The nice manager insisted that this little addition was not at all like regular sugar.  Let me check.

    Wikipedia:  Turbinado sugar, also known as turbinated sugar, is made from sugar cane extract. It is produced by crushing freshly cut sugar cane; the juice obtained is evaporated by heat, then crystallized.

    Hmm, sounds like sugar to me.

    It’s sad that Tropical Smoothie Cafe thinks it needs to add sugar to fruit.  It’s sad that we’ve become so hooked on processed sugar that perhaps their market researchers deemed fruit-only smoothies not profitable.  What else could be the reason?

    Lesson learned: always ask what’s in your smoothie. Even if there’s a menu.

    *I’m going to yoga teacher training next week!  An intensive, one-month immersion program in an ashram on two meals a day.  Stay tuned.

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