Articles for the Month of July 2013

Mostly Raw Vegan Spring Menu Plan

This raw vegan spring menu plan was created in April when I was traveling.  Right now I can say I’m eating mostly bananas, then bananas w/ frozen fruit in smoothie form and then sometimes the same thing for dinner or either rice noodles, vegan homemade pizza, potatoes w/ okra, rice w/ okra, green salad, etc.  Breakfast might also be datorade, watermelon or some fruit salad combo w/ peaches & plums.  Tonight I made a quinoa dish for dinner and ate smoothies all day before that.

raw vegan spring menu staple

Fruit salad April 2013.

Grocery List for this week:  Bananas, dates, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, potatoes, oranges or pears or berries(whatever can be found), apples, avocado, pineapple, coconut water, carrots, raisins.

Sunday: Breakfast: Banana icecream  Lunch: Salad w/ hemp seeds & citrus & raisin Dinner: beet/cabbage slaw & rice salad w/ citrus & pineapple

Monday:  Breakfast: banana icecream  Lunch: Salad w/ nuts & grapefruit & berries Dinner: cinnamon raisin rice  & beet/cabbage slaw

Tuesday: Breakfast: Banana icecream Lunch: Pine nut hummus w/ tomato/citrus maybe tahini Dinner: Rice in lettuce wraps w/ tomatoes & cooked veg soup (beets, carrots, zucchini)

Wednesday: Breakfast: Bananas & citrus Lunch: Grab & go snackies  Dinner: Potatoes & curry salad

Thursday: Fruit salad Lunch: Dates stuffed with berries & bananas in coconut water Dinner: Curry rice in lettuce wraps

Friday: Bananas in coco water Lunch: Pineapple/fruit in lettuce Dinner: bell peppers stuffed w/ berries & guac & cuke chips

Saturday: banana berry icecream  Lunch: Green salad w/citrus/hemp Dinner: Potatoes & cuke/tomato/citrus salad

Sunday: Mono fruit of choice Lunch: Dates & berries & mint Dinner: apple/cashew butter “sandwiches” Dinner 2: pasta salad

Even though this raw vegan spring menu was created in April, most or all of these meals can be achieved up until mid to late summer in most places.

This is where you can check out more menu plans(tons more):

Watermelon menu link-up

Summer Menu Plan Monday

Sadhana: The Cornerstone of Kundalini Yoga

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On this blog you will hear me talk about sadhana a lot.  It is basically a dedicated(hopefully daily) spiritual practice, specifically a yogic practice, especially emphasized in kundalini yoga.

A traditional sadhana as taught by Yogi Bhajan is done in the ambrosial hours(before the sun rises). It includes chanting, meditation, pranayama (breathwork) and at least one kriya that is repeated daily for a period of time, hopefully to mastery.  A cold shower before yoga is recommended.

It’s a great way to begin each day.  Sadhana can be done with a group (and is great that way) or alone.

Most Kundalini Yoga teacher trainings will require sadhana practice.  I fell in love with Sadhana during my teacher training.  Yoga festivals (such as 3HO Solstices, Sat Nam Fest, Wanderlust, etc.) also have sadhana. Many yoga centers in big cities also have sadhana, though the hours are usually not the traditional hours (4-6:30am).  Sadhana classes are often free or by donation.  It is usually a more relaxed, meditative and atmospheric class than regular yoga class, but there can be a portion that is a work-out.

If you’re doing sadhana on your own, in private, it’s important to have a good location in which to practice.  You can however do sadhana at whatever time works best for you.  If you’re not experienced I’d recommend sticking to a sadhana organized or recommended for you by a yoga or spiritual teacher.  If you are experienced, feel free to experiment.

My sadhana has at times consisted of transformational (reichian) breathwork and ecstatic yogic dance, along with chanting and meditation.  At other times I would do traditional kundalini yoga warm-ups, pranayama, a couple of kriyas, meditation and chanting.  Sometimes I split my sadhana into morning and evening.  Doing just an hour in the morning of meditating with music and doing a very simple (non-noisy) kriya, usually spinal kriya, so as not to disturb others sleeping, and reserving my energy to move with force and ability to chant loudly for my evening sadhana.

For more information about setting up your own Sadhana practice, check out this article.  Sadhana Q & A with Yogi Bhajan

For Kundalini Yoga and spiritual practice advice check out Siri Mera Kaur, where you can sign up for a free “Bliss Path E-course” to get you started on the yogic path.

What’s Ripe Where You Are? (Fruit of course) Pt. 2

Update By: smk
Date: July 13, 2013

Ripe fruit, is my favorite thing ever.  Ripe fruit, that was grown where I live and picked fresh that day or a few days ahead of time is even better.  I have moved to a place where more fruit grows compared to where I was living before.

It’s not exactly fruit season here though.  There are melons galore, and I’ve seen huge ones for just $2 on the side of the road.  There are peaches and plums as well as berries.  But I’m not quite in the tropics.  The next few months will be better for variety.

However, I could very happily base 80% of my diet on the four fruits listed above!

Could you base your diet on what’s ripe where you are right now?  What’s ripe in your 100 mile radius, at the moment?