Yogini and Foodie: Blog facelift!

When I started this blog in Spring of 2012, it was all about yoga. I mean after all, yoga=life.  I practice Bikram yoga 5 days a week, and now I am even teaching it! Yippee!  Along with practicing 5 days a week, I eat 7 days a week – multiple times a day. Weird, I know.  We are all well aware that yoga takes care of your body and mind, but it’s also important to have some sort of mindfulness about what you fuel your body with.

I am not a raw vegan.  I am not a vegan.  I’m not even vegetarian.  I don’t really ever have plans to be because, I love meat.  However, I truly do not judge nor criticize my peers and friends who have choose these lifestyles for them.  I love eggs, I love shrimp cocktail, I love chicken parmigiana (with buffalo milk mozzarella) , I love a nice piece of steak over arugula, walnuts, cranberries and goat cheese.  However, I do NOT love cows milk.  Actually I love it, but my body does not love it.  I came to know at about age 16 that I was allergic to dairy.  Not lactose intolerant, but rather allergic.  Meaning, I really can’t have any part of cows milk (casein, whey, etc).  With this allergy manifestation came trying other types of foods that have no dairy such as Indian food (well my husband is Indian, so I get a two for one win when I eat Indian food), Ethiopian food, and a variety of Asian foods.  The lovely think about living in Raleigh is I can find a lot of these restaurants AND ethnic grocery stores around.  Both my husband and I love to cook, and we love to do so with cow dairy alternatives (but I do enjoy goat, sheep, and buffalo milk products) such as soy, and we love trying new food & local restaurants.  The thing is, I still like to enjoy the occasional fried food (um hello, BOJANGLES!) and I have a serious sweet tooth.  I don’t believe in diets, I believe in making good choices for eating as part of your lifestyle.  I don’t believe you should deprive yourself of something that you really enjoy, but at the same time I believe everything in moderation.

So – with all that being said, my blog will now be all about yoga AND food.  Oh, did I mention I love wine? I know, I lead such an “anti-yogic” lifestyle with drinking wine, eating some sorts of dairy, sweets, occasional fried food, but hey I said everything in moderation!  Life is to be enjoyed.  And yoga = life, food = life, so therefore you should enjoy what you put in your body!

I will blog about teaching Bikram Yoga (which I have yet to do yet, forgive me), practicing, cooking & baking with soy or other dairy alternatives including recipes, smoothies & other vitamix goodies, eating at local restaurants in the Raleigh & Durham, NC area, and survey of non-dairy products (& other grocery store goodies) my husband and I have come to love.

Now I am going to make a salad with soy ranch dressing!  This dressing is better than any non-dairy or dairy ranch I’ve ever tried, seriously.  I don’t lie.  Tonight I am practicing my 561st Bikram Yoga class, and I am teaching my 46th! Wow. “Can you believe it?!”

Recipe: Soy Ranch Dressing via silk.com

1/2 cup Silk original soy milk

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 cup mayonaise

1/2 tsp dried dill weed

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

2 Tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped

pinch of Salt & Pepper

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

*Note to vegan friends: Silk.com also has a recipe to make vegan mayonaise if you don’t already have a pre-made product you like.

1. Add lemon juice to soy milk and let sit for 10 minutes.

2. Whisk in mayo & all herbs and spices.

3. Refrigerate


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