Call polenta what you will–it was considered the poor man’s food in Italy and in my native South Carolina, where it’s known as grits. There’s little difference in the two forms except for a slightly grittier texture in the southern version. And at a dollar a pound for the organic version in the bins at your local health foods store, it’s undoubtedly a good deal. But that doesn’t make it any less tasty, especially topped with garlic roasted mushrooms.
Yogis have long known the benefits of mindfulness. It’s sort of like riding a bike, once you’re aware that you’ve been living your life without actually living your life, you can’t escape the knowledge. I remember when I first moved to South Carolina, I was bored, knew few people, and my husband was in class much of the time. I adopted yoga at first for fitness but it took only one class to realize that I had only scratched the surface.
Stuffing isn’t just reserved for Thanksgiving anymore. I was recently sent a copy of Jazzy Vegetarian, Lively Vegan Cuisine That’s Easy and Delicious by Laura Theodore. You may have heard of her because she has a cooking show on Public Television. Her new cookbook is filled with thoughtful recipes that show the blossoming vegan how to feed a crowd.
We started class off in a seated twist. Admittedly, dragging myself out of bed this particular morning had been a task. I think my hair was still shaped by the pillow I had slept on the night before. Immediately, the instructor came over and asked me to plant my left leg a little deeper and unwind my tightly shaped twist.
A friend of mine proclaimed at the start of the New Year that you don’t resolve to make changes in 2012, rather, you proclaim that changes will be made. Whatever you want your life to be, you are its keeper and at the same time it’s you that can sometimes stand in the way of the person you want to be.
Once you’re done with your 6 Days and 6 Ways Total Yoga Detox, where do you go from here? You’ve made space in your body so it’s incredibly important what you do with this new found space. It’s crucial that you refill it with the good stuff and that you take time to decide what real changes that you want to make and stick with in the future.
It becomes problematic that detoxes are so often associated with certain parts of the year. Whether it be spring or New Years, both times of year symbolize big life changes and meeting weight loss goals. But the fact of the matter is that if you want to make changes in your health you can start tomorrow. You’re the only one that tells you that you can’t do it. You’re the only one that concedes to failure. In fact, I venture to say, we set ourselves up for failure by depriving ourselves of nearly everything during our so-called “fasts” and more than anything else, doing them for the wrong reasons.
The only reason to make health changes in your life is for yourself. If you make them because you want to look good for that high school reunion or because you want that boy in the cubicle next to you to give you a chance, then you’re destined to fail. Sooner or later you’ll slip up and say screw it, ‘I always do this’ or ’I can’t do this,’ because in the end you don’t think that you’re worth making real health changes. Detox your diet and your life because you want to nourish this body that you’ve been given so that you feel good inside and out.
This is in no way intended as a doctor’s advice.
So let’s get started. Pick the amount of time that you want to detox and don’t overdo it. If changes are too big you’re sabotaging yourself. I think a week is a good place to start. You’ll move through the fast and then at the end of it in an evaluation period, you can meditate on making real, long term changes in your life.