Monthly Archives: July 2012

Accidents happen

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and let’s say: I am OK with it.

 First of all, a few days I injured a muscle behind my knee. OMG- what a crappy feeling, not to be able to walk. The funniest part is that I really have no idea, when and how. After teaching my evening class on Tuesday I came back home and a few hours later my knee started to feel weird. Then I started to walk funny and on Wednesday morning I couldn’t put any weight on left foot. I still had to teach my morning class, even told my clients that if they see me doing anything they have my permission to yell at me, or throw a block at me. Later I cancelled the rest of my classes until Friday night.

Practice what you teach- and honoring my body is the best I could do at this point.

I know that almost everyone who works as an instructor or working out a lot at some point have to deal with injury but let me tell you it drove me crazy. I felt so helpless, so I was icing my knee and did nothing for 3 days. I had the best intention to check it with my doctor but I didn’t realize that my health card expired so I couldn’t really see him. Tip of the day:make sure yours is still valid…

So now I am a bit better, I still feel a pulling on my hamstring and can not really stretch my leg but I can step onto my foot and that’s a progress. Hope it will heal quickly so I can go back to my routines.

It’s really tricky how your mind works, how your body works and when something goes wrong how it shake us. Great life lesson that brings you back to basics that I repeat on each of my classes over and over again: listen to your body and honor it wherever you are in your practice right now.

So yeah, that was one thing that I am dealing with now.

On the same note (of accidents), I was making a smoothie a few days ago and I didn’t really have lots of options in my fridge so I just put a very ripe mango, 1 apple and the rest of the Greek yogurt and blended it. Holy smoke-how good was that. It came out as a mousse more than a smoothie but that’s OK. Please try this very tasty and refreshing Mango mousse.

 Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Xoxo

Izabela

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Just eat an apple

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I am on a big fruit craze right now. Every summer I am just craving fruits so today I wanted to share some recipes that include apples in your daily snacking.

 Apples have tons of antioxidants that are disease-fighting compounds; research says that apples can help with healing and lowering risk of Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes or cancer…

Apples are full of pectin, known as a soluble fiber (4g in one apple) that brings you lots of health benefits, such as: lowering cholesterol levels, detoxifying your liver, helping with IBS, curing constipation/diarrhea, boost your immune system and so on.

So why not to choose a simple solution for your optimum health. Especially thatan apple +PB combo is so tasty.

Good Morning Apple Smoothie:

1 apple, chopped and cored

3-4 dried pitted prunes

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 tsp cardamon

¼ tsp fresh ginger

1 Tbsp all natural Peanut butter (of course)

cup of almond milk or dairy milk of your choice

 Place all ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth

PB Apple rings

Cut an apple into rings, spread Pb and add some almonds on top.

 Apple Pie post workout snack

1 chopped apple

½ cup cottage cheese

1tsb Pb or Sunflower butter

1 tsp of cinnamon and some raisins

 Fist place a chopped apple into a bowl and microwave for 30-50 sec. until soft. Add other ingredients and enjoy your protein tasty snack

Fresh Apple juice is always a healthy choice. Mix it up a bit with a bunch of parsley or apples and carrots are always a great combination.

 Until next time

Izabela

 

Weekend eats

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I hope you had a beautiful weekend. Mine was pretty busy so I am quite exhausted over all. Teaching 5 hot yoga classes in 3 days drained me completely so I hope to have a very relaxing evening on my couch, watching “Breaking bad” -yupi, New season starts today!

I just wanted to stop by and share some weekends eats:

Grill Rainbow trout and a salad with a Dijon Balsamic dressing

Dinner was delicious and full of nutrients that I needed on that day.

After my class for a quick lunch I had an Egg-Avocado sandwich with “Tofutti” cream cheese.

Ezkiel bread with cocoanut oil, an egg, avocado and  tofu cream cheese-perfect, filling made in no time

Next dinner: Salad with “Goddess dressing” from Trader Joe’s (bought on my trip to Chicago), grilled chicken and Tom’s fav. Italian spicy sausage and Mary’s crackers 

New find for a dessert: “Ciao Bella” Coconut sorbet with chocolate and PB chocolate chip Larabar

It’s actually very tasty, even Tom, who always choose chocolate over coconut enjoyed it.

Besides, lots of coconut water to replenish your fluids.

I think I had my calorie intake for a week but that’s OK, It was worth it;)

I am going to rest now.

Till next time

Izabela

 

Cool off with the Blueberry Grape Sorbet

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I hope you had a fabulous weekend everybody. We spent Saturday at our friend’s house for the twins’ birthday party. It’s such a joy to watch kids running around, playing and seeing them happy and healthy. They turn 3 already. One more time happy Bday guys!!!

Kids didn’t care that it was crazy hot and humid while adults were trying to cool off in any way to survived.
I find it very challenging to feel comfortable while being outside in this heat. I love summer, but this tropical weather makes me more tired than in winter time blues. So if you are looking for ways to cool off, you can try to make this
Blueberry Grape Sorbet. It’s vegan and dairy free, delicious and very refreshing just in time for days like these.

Ingredients:
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 cup of frozen seedless grapes
1 tsp chia seeds
½ c almond milk
1 tbsp of honey/Agave or Maple syrup
(you can add a scoop of protein powder or nuts if you wish)

Blend everything in the food processor until you get a smooth consistency and place it in a freezer for a bit.
Enjoy as you need frozen pick me up treat.

Till next time

Izabela

Chicago get away

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I am sorry for neglecting you but I really needed a break from …everything pretty much: daily routines, working out, worrying about what to eat&cook, what to teach, how to manage my schedule etc. Finally I motivated Tom to get away for the weekend. Of course New York was our first choice but since it’s crazy hot over there right now and it feels like we just came back from it, we decided to see something new.

Chicago was on our radar.  It’s reasonably close (8hr drive) so we could go there for just a couple of days.
We left on Friday morning, the drive was smooth both ways, even thou it was a long weekend in Canada. Unfortunately I packed only snacks to go and we needed to stop at one of the three “restaurant” chains you typically see by the highway:Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Subway for lunch. I do not want to comment on that, I know that fast foods chains are trying to add “healthier options” to their menu but they really should taste this food first, before serving it…blehhh

Anyway, I, we, didn’t really have any expectations from Chicago or plans what to do there. Like with NY we kind of knew how it looks like and what we want to see but Chicago was more spontaneous and adventurous – which I liked.

Sightseeing: downtown Chicago is beautiful no question about that. The whole “Loop” and the waterfront is really impressive and I can wander these streets all day long and experience the atmosphere of this city. I love the blend of architecture and modernity; bridges and “ ugly” overhead trains that sink into the Chicago image. We didn’t plan on going to any of museums, the only thing that we were both excited about was to see The Shedd Aquarium but the line was so long in the middle of the hot hot day that we gave up. We walked everywhere, taking lots of pics; at the end of the day we were so tired that there was no chance or urge to experience any of the night life in Chicago;)
Food: of course my mission was to stay as close to a clean diet as possible, even better -vegan diet;) and convince Tom that he can do it with me. I am always really concern about my GI issues and especially when it comes to eating out. I researched vegan restaurants (or at least the one with the vegan or gluten free options) and unfortunately the one I found were pretty far away from the place we stayed. I managed to drag Tom to The Protein Bar and that was a success!!! This place has everything I need from food; main focus is protein and you can choose to eat it in any form you like: vegan or meat or powder. I was amazed by the variety of choices I had there and that I could eat a huge meal and just walk out without having any stomach issues what so ever. We came back twice. Other places we tried were,,,just Ok.
Of course I had my things that I wanted to check (like visiting Trader Joe’s store that we don’t have in Canada) and Tom’s mission was the deep dish pizza- so we went. , OMG so good, so heavy so unhealthy so good. I needed to stuffed myself with probiotics and digestive enzymes after so I could still be awake and not to fall in to a coma after…but still this is one dish that you have to try in Chicago.
Summary: Chicago was a great get away destination, relaxing atmosphere, lots of things happening in waterfront, reminds me Europe. You can easily spend a weekend there without getting bored. Next time we will probably explore further from the downtown to check out more places/restaurants and plan ahead of time. It’s always a great idea to get away and have a break from your daily routine…

Check out the pics:

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xoxo

Izabela