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natural eating

So, if you remember reading my post about my new year thoughts, I talked about how I was going to make a list of everything that I wanted to accomplish in my life, do, travel to, etc. One of those lists consisted of lifestyle changes.

The biggest “lifestyle change” that I want to really dive into, is living as natural and an organic way of life possible. I kind of started this a while ago, but really, thinking back, I didn’t put as much effort as I probably should have. But, that’s what the new year is for! Remember, I am making incredible moments here (or, at least trying my very hardest to!).

Back to the point of living naturally and organically. I really want to eat better. I was talking to a friend, and I told him that instead of completely nixing out every single bad food I enjoy eating from my life, I can make a list of all the “unhealthy” foods, and limit myself to them. If I get a craving, I get a craving. I mean, if you know me, you know that I can’t live without Taco Bell. So, why torture myself with not eating TB? The longer I go without these foods I love so much, the quicker I’m gonna snap and go scarf down as much of the unwanted foods as I can. Remember, distance makes the heart grow fonder. And, not eating yummy unhealthy foods makes you want to eat astronomical quantities of it.

So, why cut them out all together? I made a list. My hope is that I’ll slowly wean myself off, and my cravings will be cut down all together. Is this a definite solution? I can’t tell you for sure. But, I’m gonna try. It’s about the effort.

I really love to eat. People think that just because I’m a vegetarian, I’m really picky with my food. But in reality, I am a HUGE foodie. I love eating and trying new things. I love cooking and baking (ask my roommates from college. I was definitely the mom amongst our friends). My problem is, is that a lot of times when I eat meals, I eat things that don’t fill me up, or they only fill me up for an hour or a little longer. Does this happen to any of you? Okay, so this happens mainly during breakfast time. I even started a habit of kind of having breakfast and lunch together, or just one or the other. Bad habit. I know.

I’ve begun experimenting with different food options, that are healthy, vegetarian, and more filling. And one of the new things I want to do with my blog is share my recipes with you guys! So, here’s my first one.

This is spin off of a bagel sandwich. I love bagels. But I get so full immediately after eating them from all the excess bread. So, when I found that they now make “bagel thins”, I got really pumped. Bought them, tried them, got hungry 30 minutes later. What the heck.

Here’s what I did to make the bagel thins fill me up longer, and get in my extra nutrients for the day.

-1 whole wheat bagel thin (here’s what they look like)
-Cream cheese (I prefer veggie cream cheese, but can’t find it in Memphis, so regular low fat Philadelphia cream cheese works just fine)
-1 slice of provolone cheese
-Vine tomato slices
-Handful of spinach

Toast the bagel with the cream cheese and provolone cheese until the cheese is a little melted. Then just top with the spinach and tomatoes, and you’re good to go!

Of course, you can add any toppings you love. But, make them healthy, filling, and delicious to you!

So there you have it! I hope you guys like this new addition to my blog. If you think it’s a dumb idea, please let me know! Happy day 5!

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one month report

woah hey folks. it’s been a week since my last post! what’s up with that?! sorry, I’m losing track of time here like it’s my job. My mom got in yesterday, which officially marks one month of being here. I have a lot of posts I’m going to be publishing/posting in the next few days, so hope you guys are still enjoying reading about my experiences of my life in India. But, in the meantime, I wanted to do an update post on how I am faring as far as my goals go. (In case you missed my first post about why I’m here and what I want to accomplish, check it here!)

So, goal numero uno: to become a yoga fean. man, let me tell you guys, I am having so much fun learning about yoga and the different asanas and everything. I can definitely see growth here. I used to make fun of my my mom when she would sit in the house and do pranayama, but now here I am, spending 20ish minutes each morning practicing it. I am beginning to appreciate my body more and more. I’m realizing that I do need to take care of it, physically, emotionally, and mentally. There is a whole new meaning for me that “your body is a temple”. There is so much truth to that, and I need to start literally treating it like a temple. By taking care of it, not putting toxins in my body, etc. I’m really learning this from my daily yoga practice. And, it’s awesome!

Goal numero dos: an understanding of sanskrit. My classes have become a mix of philosophy and Sanskrit and it’s amazing. I’m learning so much about the complexities of life and what our ancestors and how they wanted us to live our lives. I think everyone should take the time to study their roots. It’s filling a void in my life, and you begin to appreciate who you are a lot more.

Three: traveling. Though, I haven’t traveled outside of Ahmedebad yet, I’ve been doing a lot of sight seeing within the city, and am learning a lot about the history and culture of this city. I can’t wait until we travel outside of the city.

So overall, things are going great, and I’m proud of myself for having the guts to decide to come here and really work on my personal growth. I can’t wait to see what the next 2 months bring. 🙂

Mosquito Bite Count: 1 I think | Serious Craving: Apparently it’s Free Taco day at Taco Bell on Tuesday.

 

Here’s a heads up on my upcoming posts: my trip to Gandhi Ashram (Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram in Ahmedebad), Sharad Purnima and our relation with nature, and much more!

it gets personal.

I finally have internet. This was seriously a pain and a half to get this thing set up. Anyways, I made it! That was a feat in itself, and I am pretty freaking proud of myself. I can now cross “travel internationally alone” off my bucket list (not that that’s really on my list, but figure of speech? idk). I’ve been in India for about 3ish days, and I am surviving. Ha. But, the heat is ruthless and the struggle is real y’all. I want to shower again as soon as I step out of the shower, it’s that bad. I’m just trying to ignore this aspect. But everything else is going awesome! I’ve started both my Sanskrit and yoga classes and I could not be more pleased with how they are each turning out. My teachers are so incredibly intelligent, and I really feel as though I’m going to get a lot out of these next couple months here! Time is going by so quick here already. Even when I’m not doing anything in the house, the clock is just ticking away. I don’t even realize that it’s afternoon time. I had some serious jetlag though when I got here. I just wanted to sleep all day. I still randomly get really tired, and I am still waking up around 4 in the am, and can’t fall asleep for an hour, and then I’m up around 6:15 since my yoga instructor comes around 7. My grandparents have this decent-sized balcony, and in the morning it’s actually cool enough for us to sit outside and take the class there. It’s pretty great.

I had forgotten how personal of a country India is, seriously. At the airport when I was waiting for my bags, I had my buggy and I was standing in front of it so I could grab my huge bags, and there were people hanging all over my buggy and my backpack and my neck pillow! Of course I didn’t say anything, because it didn’t really bother me, but whatever. People are just so close to one another here and it’s cool. Even when you go to a store or anywhere, everything is so informal. Everyone talks to each as if they’ve known each other since birth. What I’m getting out of that is, if we treat those we meet like family, I think that initial awkwardness can almost be eliminated. But, on top of that, it can make it easier for us to see the positive in others as opposed to the negative. I’m guilty of this as well, but we’re so quick to judge others, that we forget that we have flaws that make us imperfect as well. But, if we can just treat the other individual with a little bit of love, and a lot of respect, we’d get along with so many more people than we already do. This has been a recurrent theme of a lot of my conversations with different groups of my friends over the past few months. How can I see the positive light in others and why is it so hard to see the positive first? Over and over I kept saying just don’t focus on the flaws, accept them as they are. But, it’s even simpler than that—it’s something we’ve been taught since kindergarten—treat others the way we want to be treated. This is a practice that I definitely need to put more effort in.

My Sanskrit teacher put it in a really awesome way. He was teaching me the meaning/significance behind the word Ohm. It is a symbol of Brahma (God). But, it’s such a powerful syllable, that we have to pair it with something else. Brahma means vast, not just big, but so freaking huge that we can’t grasp how vast we’re talking. But, in that vastness is love for every single creature that walks this planet. I mean every single one. Our love for others and everything should be that vast, because God does not make mistakes when he’s creating. So, who are we to say that someone else or something is “bad”? If this supreme being/energy/ball of fire (whatever you call it/wanna call it) has made that other person or that other animal or whatever, do we really have the place to question the beauty of it? He went into more detail, but I just wanted to capture it real quick. My spiritual journey in life is getting a turbo boost here. My faith in my culture and my religion is becoming stronger, but the goal isn’t just religion. It goes beyond that. Religion is a path you can walk on, but spirituality is something so much greater than that. Everything I’m learning here is creating a stronger relationship between me and the Greater Force and Creator that encompasses this universe we live in.

Today, really appreciate the beauty of something, whether it be your family, someone you meet, nature, or even yourself.

Mosquito Bite Count: 6 | Serious Craving: Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

outside the gparents/circa 630am

outside the gparents/circa 630am