Keep It Simple Stupid!

“Simplify, Simplify, Simplify” -Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau was on to something here, and it wasn’t just living at Walden Pond. I’m realizing how often I over-complicate things and make things so much harder than they need to be. At work, with relationships, even with my food! I thought eating more Paleo-ish and cooking with a lot of whole foods would be difficult, but it’s actually so much easier! Most of the recipes have very little ingredients. Take for instance my banana pancakes this morning. Here’s the ingredient list:

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-1 Banana, mashed

-2 Eggs

-Lots of cinnamon (my only cinnamon measurement)

-Coconut oil for the pan

Mix together the banana, eggs and cinnamon in a bowl, throw it on the the pan heated with coconut oil and that’s it! The pancakes came out a little crepe like, but oh so delicious! I topped them with a little peanut butter and sliced strawberries. OMGood. This is what Jack Johnson’s songs are all about.

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4 ingredient banana pancake

Now just for comparison, lets look at a Bisquick ingredient list real quick:

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Don’t forget you still need to add the milk and eggs! This isn’t just about the pancakes. There are probably lots of things I’m making unnecessarily complicated when it could be easier (and better). Keep it simple stupid (or keep it stupid simple). Can you think about anything else in life you can simplify, simplify, simplify? Food for thought.

K.I.S.S.

-Megan

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Strawberry Moon

Full Moons- Despite all the chaos they tend to bring with them I find there is something lovely and calming about a full moon in the sky. I’m really hoping the weather clears up over the city tonight so I can catch a glimpse of some of the June Strawberry moon that is upon us. It’s also known as the Honeymoon. Either way it sounds delicious!

I think most all yoga practitioners are aware of the strong connection between the practice and the sun. Sun Salutaions (Surya Namaskars) are fairly standard in most of the classes I take and teach, but Moon Salutations- not so much. Then there is the whole Ashtanga belief in Moon Days- taking a break from practicing on days with both full and new moons.

I’m feeling a little more mellow than usual with this cold, dreary June weather. I tend towards the hot, firey chatarungas but In the class I’m teaching tonight (no moon holiday for this Vinyasa teacher!) I’m thinking something a little more chill, meditative & moon-like.  If you can’t make it to class here’s and easy practice-at-home moon sequence/mediation to follow.

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Vacation Countdown

6 days. By this time next week, I’ll be in Paris. I am so excited I can hardly stand it! Trying to do my best to stay present though, since there is a lot to get done before we go! Lots of work & teaching (Mon-Sat this week, basically working right up until my flight leaves) and also packing and prepping. Mostly I’m trying not to think about how sad I am to have to be away from our little Mango for 2 weeks. I wish we could bring him with us, but I know he’ll have a great time with family down the Cape for 2 weeks (and he’ll have his own private beach… lucky dog!)

We got so many helpful travel tips from friends and family and random strangers. I don’t know what I would do without you guys! Now if someone only wanted to come over and pack for me and also buy me a whole new wardrobe, since non of my yoga pants seem chic enough for Le Paris, that would be le great.

It’s also a countdown to my diet sabatage 😉 I know full well my new ‘diet’ (or should I say nutritional lifestyle?) will be going out the window when in Europe, I’ve been still really feeling better and staying pretty much grain-less and limiting sugar/dairy/processed foods without stressing as much about it as I did in the beginning of the nutritional challenge. I’ve been giving in a little more with the sweets & treats (you gotta live a little) and made these REALLY good paleo coconut flour brownies last night.