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How-To: Banana Boats!

9 Aug

Last year when planning the food for my first camping trip of the summer, I came across banana boats. I had never made them when camping as a kid, but now they’ve become a staple on my camping trips! Continue reading

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Spicy Hot Chocolate

25 Apr

Here’s the original article from Bodhi Tree’s February 2011 newsletter.

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One of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras reads, “Consciousness settles as one radiates friendliness, compassion, delight and equanimity toward all things, whether pleasant or painful, good or bad.” This could be interpreted as directing our attention outwards to loving interactions with friends, family, coworkers, and equanimity towards the opportunities that arise and pass in our lives, or we could shift our focus inward for a moment – to our relationship with Self. Continue reading

Cravings – Kale Chips and Chocolate Coconut Balls

20 Apr

Here’s the original article for the Bodhi Tree’s January 2011 newsletter.

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Each time we step onto our mats we resolve to be steadfast in the present moment. By doing this we bring attention to our breath, to the quality and content of our mind, and to whatever sensation our physical body is experiencing.

New Year’s resolutions can feel counterintuitive to developing compassion for Self and discovering joy in the moment. Determination to start exercising, eat healthy, be positive, be more loving, can lead to a desire to dive right into the deep end, skipping all the baby steps, while expecting immediate mastery. I’ve discovered that when I put too much pressure on myself after setting an intention, I judge myself harshly for falling short and each step forward is met with three steps back!

I can recall numerous times in my yoga practice when the teacher reminds us to be mindful of what our bodies are asking for. I often receive gentle reminders that moving into a posture that doesn’t feel right – skipping all the preparatory work – will not only result in injury, but will deprive my body of the basic alignment and foundation needed to set me up for success.

The same goes for healthy eating. Cravings for those high-in-everything-that’s-bad-for-you things after cutting them out, can get overwhelming. Especially when it’s cold outside and all you want to do is eat comfort food. So start slow and build up a repertoire of foods that are good for you, satisfying and won’t be forgotten by mid-February. Continue reading

The Best Muffins

10 Apr

Here’s the original article from the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre’s December 2010 Newsletter.

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The draw to pick up a muffin with your coffee on the way to work can be hard to resist. But what’s really in that muffin?

Baking at home allows you to choose your ingredients, avoid allergens and incorporate your ethical choices about food. I know it can seem overwhelming, time consuming and sometimes tedious, but I have a simple fix for you: a good base recipe!

Just like setting the foundation – hands and feet – in yoga allows you to build from the primary poses into more advanced variations, having a good base muffin recipe allows for a reliable quick cake that can handle varying flavours and textures. You can ensure you always have the ingredients you need on hand, so when the urge to bake arises, you’re ready to go.

To save time, make a double or triple batch every few weeks, then freeze them. Take a few out of the freezer whenever you want and pop into the toaster oven. You’ll pull out perfectly baked muffins every time!

Here’s my favourite base muffin recipe. I’ve included variations I like to do in brackets and flavour combinations at the end. This recipe can easily be made wheat-free, dairy free, or vegan. Continue reading