“The body is your temple…

June 12, 2010 § 6 Comments

…, keep it light and clean for the soul to reside in.”

— B.K.S. Iyengar (Founder of Iyengar Yoga)

This, along with a few other quotes by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, is a quote I live by daily. It can mean so many things in one sentence. How one perceives to “keep the body light and clean” differs from individual to individual. For example, alot of fitnessistas/foodies circulating the bloggie world would maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating wholesome meals and exercising regularly. Others may meditate or pray daily to cleanse the mind and soul. Yogis observe their bodies by eating clean, mostly vegetarian, diet, along with body rejuvenating practices that allow the mind to declutter. Meditation is also often practiced daily by enthusiastic and serious yogis. Whichever category mentioned above you belong in, Iyengar has described you all. Because when your body is healthy, your mind is healthy, and consequently your soul is at peace. By maintaining a healthy body, you are not worrying about diseases that may plague you in later years,  your weight issues, whether you’ll be hit by another insomniac attack tonight, or having to drag your battered body through another day. You would feel energized, and face your everyday with a carefree mind, and hence a carefree soul.

“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.”

–B. K. S. Iyengar

I consider myself an atheist, though my family leans more towards Buddhism. One of the reason why I love yoga is because it is not a religion, but rather a philosophy you embrace. Regardless of whether you’re Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, Jewish, atheist, etc, yoga welcomes you into its practice and art with open arms.

On that note, I hereby present you what nourishment I gave my body today! 😀

Btw, I loved reading what you guys put down as your fave types of movies to watch! It seems like most of us were in a consensus there that horror movies are a no-no, and thumbs up for funny, light-hearted movies! 🙂 I love to curl up on a couch at home with some popcorn or a cup of tea and just relax with some funny movies to cheer me up after a long day!

At 6:50am, my eyes fluttered open, but my body lay in bed till 7:30am. Ahhh, love it when you get to roll around in bed on the weekends and just take your time to wake up! I made myself some blueberry-infused Green monster similar to the one on Thursday.

(Unashamedly recycled picture)

Yumm-o!

The mix included:

  • 1/2 frozen sliced banana
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 2 T plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • a splash of H2O
  • 1/4 tsp xanthum gum

I had to go into lab this morning to finish up some stuff, so I did. It was only an hour or so, no biggie on a Saturday morning! When I came home at around 9:40am, my boyfriend was still sleeping, so I busied myself with some blog-reading. When he finally did wake up at around 10:10am, he grabbed some breakfast (bread with nutella) and I drove him out to San Bernardino to pick up the bike he bought on eBay! a week ago.

Record: He lost his bike TWO TIMES within the past year.

And of course, he rode home from San Bernardino, all 21 miles, while I drove back for some lunch. Just some leftover Chipotle salad from yesterday that I didn’t finish. I am sparing you guys the picture because you wouldn’t want to be turned off by the slightly blackened guacamole! 😐 No no, can’t do that to Chipotle!

For snackage, it was half a mango and 1/4 cup cottage cheese.

This has got to be the best mango I’ve had in the United States! Hah, but I got this from an Asian Market. Does that count? My encounters with mangoes here have been sour, dry, cardboard-like. Mangoes in Taiwan are the REAL mangoes! Oh. My. Gosh. I can probably eat 2 lbs of mangoes in one sitting.

It was cold today (63 degrees) so I fancied myself a cup of Yogi Detox tea.

Then it’s errands time: Trader Joe’s then Sprout’s Farmers Market. Yum yum I got La Tortilla wraps again! 😀 Also restocked with plain yogurt (I see more Greek yogurt making in the future!) and a dozen bananas! I go through bananas sooo quickly. Those green monsters, banana soft-serves, and just plain frozen bananas…I can’t get enough of those!

I puttered around a little after I got home, and ate a snack:

10-grain toast spread with PB2 and blackberries, topped with cottage cheese and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Because cinnamon just makes everything tastes better. I was opting for a PB&J sandwich, but made this healthier version instead. Does that remind anybody else of shortbread and custard or cream?

decided to go out for a run seeing that the weather has warmed up a little bit more. It was only 63 degrees the entire morning! Brrrr…SOOO not So-Cal!

I managed to cover about 5 miles in 46 minutes. Woohoo! I think this is my new record, as I’ve never ran a full 5-mile before, and this is just under 10 min/mile (I usually run 10 min/mile…yep slow runner here)! I felt great. I felt rejuvenated.

A leisurely shower after, I leisurely strolled to the kitchen and leisurely prepared a fantabulous dinner. Just before I headed out for a run, I put a spaghetti squash into my oven to bake for an hour at 375 degrees. I instructed Dmitri to take it out of the oven when the timer goes off. He obeyed accordingly. 🙂

I’ve never had a spaghetti squash before, so this was all fun and new to me!

Look at that heapin’ pile of strings!

Next, I got to work with the sauce. First, I chopped up 1/2 onion, 1 small zucchini, and about 9 cremini mushrooms. Threw in a handful of fresh basil in the last minute. Because, like cinnamon, basil makes everything tastes better.

Next up, it was the pan. I heated some olive oil and sauteed the onions until golden.

Then I threw in the other veggies.

I deglazed the pan with some white wine vinegar while sauteeing. When they’re almost cooked, I stirred in about a cup of TJ’s Tomato Basil Marinara and added pepper to taste.

Let it simmer for a few minutes to let the flavors blend together! Just before turning off the heat, I threw in the bunch of basil leaves. Annnnndddd……

Ring, ring, ring. Dinner’s ready!

Topped with some more peppah and served with a side of steamed asparagus, drizzled with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a dash of salt. Tell me that looks delicious!

Despite the fact that it was a superb dinner, and we both had a heaping plate of spaghetti squash, the plate was still full of veggies. My body and stomach was in post-run mode, and Dmitri in a post-bike mode. We were still hungry for carbs. And because  I got lots of tortillas today from my grocery run, we both decided we wanted home-baked tortilla chips. I went for sweet ones while he favored salty.

We first cut the round tortillas into triangular shapes. For the salty ones, I lied the tortilla triangles onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, covered ’em with another coat of spray, and sprinkled salt all o’er. For the sweet cinnamon ones, I pretty much adapted the method from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. Pop ’em into a preheated oven to 425 degrees, and bake for about 15 minutes, flipping in between, or until starting to get crispy. Let cool slightly before digging in!

Salty.

Sweet.

These are, HANDS DOWN, the BESTEST OF BEST tortilla chips I’ve ever had! And Dmitri agrees too! No salsa or dipping sauce required.

I also made myself a dessert version of my Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie.

This yummy bowl was topped with two slices of my last frozen bananas, fresh blackberries, and April’s protein brownie batter.

And now, we’re lounging in the cool evening before the sun sets, complete with homemade tortilla chips and a lovely strawberry dessert. Ahh…life can’t get any better can it? 😉

Have a great weekend folks!

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+ Have you had spaghetti squash before? If so, what other ways have you eat them with? If not, what recipes would you come up with?

+ What do you do to keep your body “light and clean”?

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§ 6 Responses to “The body is your temple…

  • I want to try spaghetti squash really badly! It looks so interesting and fun to prepare… What did it taste like?

    I try to eat mostly unprocessed, but I won’t turn down meat. I believe that a healthy balance keeps me light, clean and refreshed 🙂

    I think that a healthy mind is essential to bodily health, too. The mind isn’t separate from the body, and if the mind is heavy and depressed, it’ll show in the body, too.

    Wei-Wei

  • nattietan says:

    I’ve had spaghetti squash once before but somehow, it came out really watery. =S And I think I didn’t cook it long enough cos the strands closer to the skin refused to come out properly so it got pretty frustrating. It was tasty though. Hehe. Just that I’m too lazy to go through the trubs of making it again. x)

    xoxo

  • jqlee says:

    I love spaghetti squash. It tastes reallly good with just butter and lots of parmesan cheese. Try it!!

    I try to eat raw fruits and veggies to keep myself feeling light and clean. Plain yogurt makes me feel good too.

    • Good call! Mmm..butter + parmesan. Can’t wait to try!

      I love the feeling of having a tummy full of veggies. It keeps me full but at the same time I don’t feel sluggish after certain heavy meals.

  • Kelsey says:

    spaghetti squash is such an adorable food. its like natures way of giving us something extra adorable.. i mean how fantastic that u can scoop noodles out of a vegetable 🙂

    i keep my body clean by keeping toxic people out of my life.. and respecting myself .. not giving that control to someone else 🙂

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