This Yogis Breakfast

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Dear Diary,

This Yogis Breakfast is all vegan protein and all kinds of delicious…the perfect breakfast for a lazy and rainy Sunday morning in NYC…so healthy, so good! You all know that I’m a yoga lover– my Sunday morning routine usually consists of a hot yoga session followed by an epic brunch… but this morning, I’m feeling exhausted… and the bad weather is the perfect excuse to stay in bed for just a little longer.  With some extra time on my hands, I wanted to make something hearty, delicious and of course healthy.

I woke up, made this in about 8 minutes flat, and went right back to bed… haha … and in about 3 hours, I will be having breakfast # 2: aka eggs, avocado, and smoked salmon… sounds like a good plan, right?  Well here’s the recipe if you want to give it a go!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED/ HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

Boil 1/4 cup of steel cut oats in 3/4 water and 1/4 unsweetened vanilla almond milk

when the steel cut oats are soft and ready to eat, take off the heat and add a half a scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake “French Vanilla” protein powder

on top: add blueberries, raspberries, chia seeds and bee pollen… or whatever else you have around ;)

HERE’S WHY

steel cut oats: less processed and lots of fiber… oatmeal is the perfect carb to start your day

blueberries: antioxidants, DUHR

chia seeds: omega-3 and antioxidants

bee pollen: hypo-allergenic, sweet and natural energy boost! ** I also suffer from seasonal allergies, so this local NY bee pollen will help my body fight against the elements!

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Enjoy your lazy Sunday and eat up right!

Jackie’s Take on Summertime Scarves

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Dear Diary,

As I struggle this summer to find a job, I also continue the struggle to find balance in my life– social work, acting, family, friends, blogging– I’m constantly being pulled in 15 different directions and somehow I’m supposed to find the BALANCE!?  SFG’s… I know you can relate!  The term balance is often used loosely by a lot of people but it seems so important nonetheless– us ladies do it all, and somehow we all like to pretend that’s easy!  Balance is meant to suggest that we’re able to juggle everything at once, but seriously it’s NOT possible.  Life nowadays is too hectic– but for some reason we keep on trying!

We all know that cooking is one way that I try to find my zen, but another is through yoga.  I am an ultimate yogi– no that doesn’t mean I can meditate in a headstand or make every yoga position look easy, but what it does means is I go regularly, sweat A LOT (a lot may be an understatement), and practice yoga not just for the awesome work out.  I go to focus on nothing… but my breath.  Yup, that’s right!  I go to regain that “balance” that is so often missing in my every day life, and reconnect to myself for just a moment during my day.  As I struggle to complete the class (usually by the 10th chaturanga I’m ready to pack up and completely quit this whole “yoga-thing”), I try to remember that just like in life… perfection is not the goal!  Life (and yoga) is about focusing on the moment, taking each day in and trying to find what’s meaningful and purposeful for your right then and there!  If I start my day off with a yoga class, I feel rocketed into the day!  I not only know that I did something healthy for my body, but I did something healthy for my mind and spirit!  I feel confident and excited to start the day… and I’m no longer dragging my feet, anxious about the next thing that I have to do.

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We came across tiny devotions online and I immediately felt that I had found a kindred spirit in their message and brand… not to mention in their style ;)  hah… I’m all about the bohemian look… it’s sexy, laid-back and looks fabulously effortless.  So when I saw their “hipster scarf”– it was love at first sight!  This scarf makes me feel like I can conquer anything, and not to mention look pretty chic doing it… hey, it even makes my yoga pants look inspired!

All the things that I have to do… work, blog, friends, family… they’re not going away– and I wouldn’t want them to!  I’m devoted to it all… just like my yoga practice!  It’s the only way I’ll stay sane… :)

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Motivation for Monday

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Dear Diary,

Growing up, my family never went to Church, but we did go to the gym religiously.  These outings weren’t a causal family affair, they were intense. Though, my parents will never admit it, I’m convinced they would have shunned me, if I wasn’t dripping sweat by the end of the workout. So, you can image how puzzling yoga was when I first encountered it in Los Angeles.  I mean, without a significant increase in your heart rate, my upbringing said what’s the point? Turns out… stopping to smell the roses is the point, as cliché as that sounds.

I’m my father’s daughter and while, that comes with a lot of great traits, it also comes with the inability to stop and enjoy the present.  Several year ago, I went to a free yoga class because I will go to anything that’s free…I was startled by everything that my body had to stay by being still. The yoga instructor talked about poses unlocking emotions. I attest that this statement is 100% true. I found this out, while doing camel pose and the tears started and wouldn’t stop… This one yoga class turned into several, and then, I became my parent’s worst nightmare a yogi. :)

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However with an increased workload, wedding on the way and enough laundry to make a fort my nephew would be envious of, yoga has gotten away from me. It wasn’t until our recent trip to Hawaii, that I was re-inspired to find some time to be still in my day. Granted, I feel like going to Hawaii is cheating because the sights are so humbling. But whatever works…works. Hopefully, they will inspire you to take a moment in your day.  Though it goes against my family religion, it’s not always about the run…sometimes it’s about the roses… or in this case hibiscus.

 

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Weekend Inspirations

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Dear Diary,

I love discovering ways to trick myself into exercise. It was Sunday and my body was still trying to recover from both a gnarly cycling class and 2 mile run from the day before.  Max was away this weekend, so I felt the need to get out of town as well. I went to visit a dear friend in Santa Barbara.

 Three years ago, I too, called Santa Barbara my home. It’s a place that I encourage everyone to visit once in their lifetime. The town is perfectly painted soft earth tones, designer sweatpants are the dress code and organic vegetable juice is the morning ritual. It’s a culture centered around yoga, hiking and mountain biking – fit isn’t an option, but a requirement.

So, as I headed back up this weekend, I got into character – Lululemon’s, “organic” sunscreen and green juice in tow. We were planning on going straight to yoga class, but it was so beautiful out, the beach won out. Walks on the beach are the “it,” thing to do in Santa Barbara, kinda what the Runyon Canyon Hike is to West Hollywood. And SFG fact, if you walk 3 miles at a brisk pace, you are burning about the same amount of calories if you run 3 miles. Plus, walking on sand provides more resistance, so it helps tone your legs as well.

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I’m obessed with floppy beach hats, they are so fun and chic…compared to my usual baseball hat ensemble.

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I felt very zen at this part of the walk… Maybe Mr. Miyagi’s motivational hand kept us walking.

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 On this walk (at a very brisk pace) I discovered I need something to love..and I’d prefer it to be furry. Yes I have my “now forever “boyfriend, but I’m not sure that’s enough. I want something that doesn’t really talk back…

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This is the view, when you look away from the ocean. It’s where you wished the Hobbit movie started and maybe ended…

We did end up going to a night time yoga class at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center. It was an hour and half class without music! That was a struggle, the only sound was heavy breathing and the occassional grunt from the older gentlemen in the back row. It was an all levels class, he was clearly a beginner, so I have to applaud the effort. But I had to hold in my laughter when his downward dog turned into a flying squirrel…But that’s the thing about yoga and life,  I suppose, if you don’t try you’ll never know what you can and can’t do.  I left Santa Barbara a little lighter, namaste._MG_7745#2

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