Tomorrow is the Chinese Lunar Festival, so I came come home tonight to Dad taking over the whole kitchen cooking up a storm. He's making mooncakes with a black sesame and nut filling, and one with a red mung bean. Watching him and taste testing the fillings got me hungry, and seeing all that rich red mung bean colour got me thinking about beets, so I decided to make nori wraps. These are super quick to make, just blend and wrap!
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Sometimes the best thing to wake up to is a refreshing energizing juice that alkalines the body. The last few days have been heavy eating days and after an allergic reaction to an accidental dosage of milk, I decided I needed something light but fresh that will help flush out the body.
One of the visiting teachers Megan is leaving Perth, so us yogis congregated together to have a going away celebration, of course it was a perfect opportunity for me to make something decadent. I decided to go for a lemon cheesecake. The torrential downpour recently meant my lemon tree was in fine form, and when life gives you lemons... you make CHEESECAKE!
This morning I felt like something not so sweet but still refreshing so I settled upon pineapple and lots of greens. I always think it's a good idea first thing in the morning to get the digestive system going so I threw in some mint and fennel for an extra kick.
I love cheese, even though I'm lactose intolerant - when I eat it my face goes puffy and I pass out in a food coma for an hour or so. I can't digest it so it sits in my stomach and I feel bloated and gross. However every now and then I still eat it, from ripe cheddar to creamy goat cheese, it's all delicious. Then I decided instead of making myself sick, I could make my own versions of nut 'cheese'. I haven't touched real cheese since. Tonight I decided to make a basic chilli cheese.
This year the mint in my veggie garden has really taken off, I have been adding it into all my juices. Then this morning I thought why not my smoothies too? Usually the coconut smoothie is so satisfying, but a little variation now and then is a good thing. Turned to be a brilliant idea! I also threw in some vanilla bean to balance it out... and voila! Creamy coconut with a fresh burst of minty goodness.
Every Saturday or Sunday morning, as long as I am not teaching class, Dad and I have our weekly ritual of heading bright and early to the markets at Subiaco Station Street. As well as stocking up on our groceries for the week, we also have some father-daughter bonding time which is always nice.
I love any sort of farmer's market. The produce always smells amazing and seeing the rows and rows of wholesomeness is worth getting up at 7am. Subiaco has most of the staple items I purchase every week - apart from produce, they also have stalls for Prana Health Foods, Angry Almond (their online store is now 2 Brothers), a butcher, The Spice Library, a bakery as well as an array of food stalls from Mexican, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese, to fresh made crepes and fresh juices.
I also find it much cheaper overall than the normal supermarkets and there is just a better energy in a market with each little stall, the farmers and the owners, than a big commercial building with just people working in there.
"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 and studio owner 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 16 years now.
Over the past 10 years, I've shifted to a mainly 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, which now includes a yoga husband, a mini yogini Estell, and our dog! 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...