Last week I went through a brownie phase and ended up having one every day for an entire week, and since I had just gotten back from holidays I was too lazy to make them so I went to several difference places and sampled theirs. One thing I found was if I take a couple of bites it's great, but if I were to eat a whole one, it was way too sweet, so tonight I thought I'd make some that wasn't as sweet, but just as rich and yummy. These took 10 mins to make and tastes great!
Reading articles like this just renews my love for Bikram Yoga, owner of Bikram Yoga D15 in Dublin, Anne Marie found out she was pregnant in 2012, but what should have been an joyous time turned out to be full of challenges when she found out she had an aggressive breast cancer and a tumour the size of a grapefruit.
I first met Jeanne Heaton at my teacher training back in 2011. She had such an inspiration story of both her personal and yoga journey. After getting addicted to drugs, she was in and out of rehab facilities until she found the healing benefits of Bikram Yoga. She started One Posture at a Time, a recovery program and mission to help those who are also addicts. This lady now travels around the country, teaching classes, raising awareness and helping those who are truly in need. Just another story of how wonderful Bikram Yoga is!
Still drooling over the tacos I made few weeks ago, I thought I'd prepare a lighter version by making it into a salad bowl, and then adding some corn into the salsa as corn is just so delicious and what's Mexican food without some corn! I found some chilli lime tortilla chips in the grocery store, or you can use plain corn ones as well, or omit them altogether and just enjoy the fillings and sides.
I was at the Subi markets Saturday morning and I came upon some shimeji mushrooms so I got some and decided to have it for lunch, and what a great idea that turned out to be. These mushrooms are more flavoursome than the normal cremini mushrooms, but not as over powering as shiitake, and since they are much smaller, they actually soak up other flavours really well. You can substitute with a mix of different mushrooms, cremini, field, shiitake and enoki if you like. The stock makes a nice gravy which adds to the pilaf texture and the edamame beans gives it a nice crunch. I found some in Woolworths in the Japanese sushi station they now have set up.
For Chinese New Year my family and I went to a Thai restaurant to celebrate, as non of us are a fan of the Chinese food served in restaurants, and had a delicious meal of papaya salad with several curries. While the food was delicious the amount of salt and palm sugar they put into the food showed the next day as we were all a little bit puffy and bloated. Thai flavours are so nice though, so I thought it was better if I made my own. The sauce is what defines this dish, the peanuts and spices gives it a lovely kick and the crunchy components of the salad brings all the flavours together nicely!
"Imagine waking up from a coma in a hospital bed and realizing that you're connected to three life support machines, unable to eat or speak and the entire left side of your body is paralyzed..."
This article is truly inspiring and just goes to show the therapeutic benefits of Bikram Yoga. Joseph Parenti suffering a horrific car accident that left him with a broken body: traumatic brain injury, three heart attacks, whiplash and an inflammatory disease. He went through 13 years of chiropractic therapy, but still suffered tremendously. He was finally introduced to Bikram yoga by a friend and saw results just after a few class. Through regular practice he was able to reduce his weekly chiropractic visits eventually to an only needed basis and has now significantly improved his physical and mental health. It just goes to show... anything if possible if you have the right tools to make it happen!
I often find inspiration for recipes when I head out to eat, something catches my eye on a menu that sounds good, or I eat something that I want to recreate. I had a sweet potato yesterday and thought I would make my own, and it was actually surprisingly easy to prepare and the result was a hearty filling bake that's a vegetable medley of goodness. Not only are you getting a good dose of vegetables, but the added protein and fiber of the tempeh gives it a nutritional boost as well.
These are probably the best peanut butter cookies you can get, seriously. They're so addictive I made 3 batches in a week. They're soft, with a peanut crunch and the delicious melting gooeyness of chocolate chips with every mouthful. Best part? The main base ingredient is beans!
I made this recipe up for my friend Peter, who's favourite fruits are mangoes and bananas. He came over and helped me sort out my computer and as a thank you present, I thought I'd make lunch - taco salad and a fruit dessert, as he is on a health kick right now, being a cycling enthusiast, so a healthy desserts seemed in order.
As it's the height of summer I wanted to create something light and refreshing, and having the fruit by itself seemed a bit boring so I added coconut into the mix to give it a bit more texture as well as added flavour. One has coconut milk, the other coconut butter, and the extra chia seeds adds both nutrition as well as a more pudding like consistency.
This keeps easily in the fridge, you can use any fruits that you like, blueberries, kiwifruit etc. I have even made more exotic ones with dragon fruit and lychees before. Some fruits if they have a lighter taste, you can add coconut water instead and up the chai seeds. Get crazy and start mixing the fruits together as well, this is a great recipe to experiment with!
"I am not what happened to me,
I am what I choose to become"
Carl Gustave Jung
I'm Binny, a full time Bikram Yoga teacher that lives in Perth, Australia.
I started this blog to share the things I love the best in the world: being healthy and happy, food (especially raw), yoga, traveling and most importantly, learning how to love and be true to myself.
I suffered from severe digestive problems when I was younger, being gluten and lactose intolerant, and developed compartment syndrome and fibromyalgia in my teens. I have lived with constant pain for over 13 years now.
Over the past 10 years, I've shifted to a mainly raw plant based diet and realised that being well and healthy is a way of life. I have been teaching Bikram yoga since 2011, in the US and Australia. Due to my health issues I've also had a lot of bodywork done as well as explored alternative therapies.
I've become much more aware of myself as a result of all this - physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Right now I love my life. In my career I love what I do and I do what I love. I have traveled to some amazing places around the world and made lifelong friends. In between working and traveling, I cook up a storm in the kitchen, especially raw desserts, spend time with the people I love the best and also my dog Caileag, and I try to listen to my body the best I can.
I truly believe that we all have the power and the capabilities to heal our own bodies, to nourish the spirit and seek our own happiness and life's purpose. This my journey...