Monday, 7 November 2011

Outreach Yoga Challenge - Day 27 Something fishy?

Its the day Vancouver Yogi's have been waiting for, the Vancouver Yoga Conference and show and I'm meeting up with the lovely Michella whom I met at Teacher Training in Costa Rica ca ca ca ca. The show hosts loads of exhibits with the latest stuff out on the market for yogi's, but also loads of nutrition, free passes for new yoga studio's and teachers, opportunities to volunteer teaching, free tea, free cacoa, free coconut water, free yoga, free free free free free welcome to the FREE WORLD. Kind of :) I enjoyed chatting to everyone working on the exhibit stands and sharing their passions for each of their products. Some were able to answer, some were a little stuck, 'So what makes your yoga studio stand out more than others?'....'free shampoo with showers' SOLD! Its interesting what draws a person to a particular studio, I personally think that variety is great, and we should have a go at everything and keep our body guessing to whats next. Prana Yoga seemed to have some interesting music and ethnicity to it, Kundalini Yoga had amazing tea blends and a dangling carrot guaranteeing you to learn more in a week, than you could in a year about yourself and yoga...interesting. Just not diggin the white turban... especially since what you wear shouldn't be so important? Everyone was buzzing about Y yoga, seems to be the trendy place...Im not into trendy yoga, my armpits always need shaving, Im musty and have holes in my leggings from falling off bikes, not to mention Im not a lulu, BUT Ive have a free pass and Im told the teachers are amazing. New studio Chopra Yoga looks interesting, with Deepak coming in January to share some wisdom. So many studios, so many teachers, so much passion for Yoga everywhere you look, the vibrational energy was pounding off our bodies.

Michella and I gorged on Costa Rican memories, surfing, hot boys, yoga practice with a break out for crystal heated beds that drain heavy metals from your body, and a machine that jiggled everything from your bum to boobs that was meant to improve circulation and reduce fat. You can eat ginger and less cakes otherwise? :) It was great to spend some 'easy' time with a familiar friendly face, having the same passion for yoga (and hot boys) and life! Looking forward to getting to her next gig, look them up and check them out, she is a powerhouse! The best thing I learnt from todays show, was that its never the end with Yoga, there is no end, we are always discovering internally. I LOVE YOGA! I'm so happy and grateful for everyone who has let me know about their own yoga story, or have maybe started to learn yoga from reading the blog and feeling the cyber hip gyration, its great!!! :)

I spent the evening cooking up some delicious snapper, with some roasted beets, and butternut squash with some chopped up stripey tomatoes and garlic and olive oil, inspired from a recipe in Dels blog I'm trying to stop eating salmon and tuna, and understand a little more about sustainable seafood and the amount of these types of fish we eat. Bottom line is, we have raped the oceans of food and the supplies are getting low, thinking about our food and where it comes from really helps with nutritional decisions. Having only introduced fish back into my diet in the last 6 years, I'm a little fussy with textures that can appear meaty, but I enjoy the variety it gives my diet and I understand how important Omega 3 is to our health.

In order to have a healthy diet you may need to add Omega 3 fats to your food plan. Adding fats? Yes adding fats but these are good fats and can reverse, prevent, or alleviate some health concerns. Omega 3 fats are important for the production of prostaglandins a hormone like substance that is needed for such things as control of smooth muscle contraction. It also helps to lower blood pressure and body temperature as well as reducing inflammation. Other physiological functions that are regulated by prostaglandins are blood clotting, nerve transmission, kidney function and inflammatory and allergic responses. The production of other hormones is also aided by prostaglandins. A diet rich in Omega 3 helps cell membranes to function properly. Other health issues such as cancer, heart disease, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, diabetes, and ADD/ADHD can be positively affected by consuming Omega 3 fats. Brain and retinal health is supported by Omega 3's. DHA in high amounts will benefit brain function. Alzheimer's and memory are also improved with adequate amounts of Omega 3 fats either in your diet or in supplement form. Although there is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Omega 3, it is recommended that approximately 2% to 4% of your daily caloric intake.

This can be achieved by adding flaxseeds and certain fish to your food plan. There are many other foods that are rich in Omega 3 fats. Spinach, Brussell sprouts, Collard Greens are dark green vegetables that have high amounts of Omega 3's. Walnuts, salmon, scallops, halibut and shrimp are also rich in Omega 3 fats. Omega 3 fat supplements are available in capsule form. They are also available in concentrates. The concentrated forms are available over the counter or by prescription. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to determine if Omega 3 fat supplements are something you should consider adding to your dietary regimen. It is extremely important to look at labels aswell as knowing where your fish came from, is it caught wild, and is the does the company practice sustainability. This means, they dont overfish and allow the fish stocks to reproduce and increase their volumes before fishing again, check out what it really means and some useful info here

Saturday evening was spent learning French with some private lessons and drinking wine, they go hand in hand really don't they? Michelle is a French name afterall, I like the way it sounds with a Parisian accent.
I'm hoping to see much more of Canada including the Frenchie parts too. Did you know they speak French in Morocco? Oooooo la la! Merci de lire mon défi, faire un don!

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