I am a farmer’s market ‘nerd’ and always navigate my way to one during each of my travel adventures. On one such getaway I met the very gracious Carmen at the Boulder (Colorado) farmer’s market.
She had a very neatly laid out table with an array of Molés (Mexican cooking sauce), salsa and adobo sauce. The recipes for the Molés originate from different regions in Mexico. I still have remnants of the robust flavors of the Oaxacan Molé…rich, with a hint of cacao and a peppery aftertaste. I dunked some tortilla chips in the salsa and adobo, and can’t even begin to describe the confluence of flavors!
Of course with much enthusiasm I struck up an interesting conversation with with her and now here I am interviewing this very inspiring lady for a blog post. Without revealing much, I’ll let Carmen describe her story. I’m all for supporting small business’ and Carmen’s passion and devoutness towards what she does is very uplifting.
I was this chubby girl through high school and participating in any sport related activity wasn’t really my thing. Of course I was conscious about my weight and how I was going to be perceived by people around me, so I never gave myself a chance to even attempt running, let alone running a race.
After moving to the States things changed and like everyone else who moves and grows, I evolved and so did my body. CrossFit and HIIT workouts became my thing over time, I enjoyed the adrenaline rush after an intense workout, even now its the best feeling in the world and I wouldn’t trade that for anything! I worked out 4-5 days every week (still do) and occasionally there was 1 mile run squeezed into the workout. BUT, I could never run more than a mile, I believed in not being able to run so strongly that everything hurt and I was gasping for breath at the one mile mark.
Part 1 post about the 21-Day Sugar Detox (21-DSD) exemplified the fun products that made this program interesting. This Part 2 post is a rather challenging topic – cooking and meal prep. Cooking of course is fun, however planning ahead of time and meal prep can be an arduous task.
If you’re preparing for a round of the 21-DSD, Whole30 or any such program for the first time, I highly suggest doing it with a friend or partner. Its always a plus to have someone around to share ideas, recipes and frustrating moments (only initially). I did this all by myself but I had some experience after the Whole30’s.
Major sugar cravings, grueling headaches, irritability is what I anticipated during the first few days of the 21-day sugar detox, to my surprise none of what I describe really happened. After completing couple of Whole30‘s I wanted to change things up a bit…why would I do that to myself is a question I’m very often asked, so here are some reasons why:
- When cravings turn into habits its time to make some changes – I was getting into the habit of eating a piece of dark chocolate after lunch or dinner which is not terrible as such but it was more a case of habitual eating versus mindful eating.
- It’s always interesting to observe how my body behaves in different scenarios, physically and mentally
- Strengthens the willpower muscle
- Opens up an array of foods, aromatic herbs and spices to explore in the kitchen
- Helps hone my creative skills when it comes to cooking as well as meal prep
Shweta and I went to high school together and reconnected again after almost 15 years! It almost felt like nothing ever changed. She’s the blogger behind The Weekend List, and we also discuss fashion and beauty ideas on a regular basis. We often talk about how natural products we have been using in India for ages is the latest fad in the West. This is a great post with lovely ideas to pamper yourself and create a spa like experience at home –
Its been a while since I wrote in this space, the holidays were busy especially with my mother visiting. We cooked together a lot and I learnt some great recipes which made it even more special. It was time to get back in to the swing of things, plan meals and a workout schedule around work…the usual beginning of the year things. I did my first Whole30 in January 2015 and it was about time for another one in 2016. Even though I eat paleo for the most part the first Whole30 was tough. No form of sugar like honey, agave or maple syrup was a big deal for me. The first couple of weeks were difficult but around week 3 I felt great. I could crossfit six consecutive days without feeling fatigued. As a result of that one month of eating clean, I didn’t have sugar cravings until almost the end of the year. I feel like my sugar cravings have been kind of out of control since around thanksgiving time, the holiday season didn’t help either.
Happy Thanksgiving! (my most favorite holiday of the year). This year I realized its time to make expressing gratitude a habit rather than just wait for today. Not only does it keep you grounded but is proven to promote positivity and happiness.
This guest post from a friend couldn’t have come at a better time. He’s been a great influence in helping me define my relationship with nature. Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did!
This is possibly one of the most difficult posts to write after a few weeks of no action on the blog. I didn’t want to feel pressured to write just because it’s something that has to be done and compromise on quality of the content. I want blogging to continue to be a very fulfilling experience, so the mini break really helped to step back and contemplate.
Often when I get overwhelmed with all the information out there on diet, fitness and overall well being, I reflect and think about what is it that really makes sense for my body. We came to this world with a body and mind, the mind truly rules the body. This holds true for everyone but every body is unique and needs to be looked after differently. I can just talk about what worked or is working for me but that doesn’t necessarily mean its the same for all. The best way I think is to observe, listen and love your body.
I write this post while sitting in a train headed to Washington DC. To me there’s no better place to retrospect, think, create and write than sitting in a train. I have always had this thing for trains, be it the crowded local trains in Mumbai or the very peaceful Amtrak here in the States.
Local trains in Mumbai were an imperative part of my daily commute to college and back. They were crowded, noisy, hot and not necessarily clean. Nevertheless I enjoyed the experience, observing people of different age groups, eavesdropping and listening to their conversations. Couple of hours everyday in the train helped in understanding behavioral patterns of people, issues they faced, how they made ends meet and taught me so much about life in general. I believe it played a major role in making me a grounded person.
After two guest posts for a friends blog, it was time for my own! This is an experience I had to share.
I took off to Maine for the July 4th weekend this year and had one of the most cathartical experiences of my life. The best decision ever was to choose AirBnB for accommodations.
I seriously had no idea what I was getting into when I picked this –