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Lora Hogan > Yoga  > Healthy Eating, Daily Meditating

Healthy Eating, Daily Meditating

I’ve got a lofty new goal: daily meditation.

So far I’ve made it a whopping five days. Five days of meditation. In class. Alone. With Yogaglo. Five days of meditation. Me. MEDITATING. It’s a crazy idea. And I’m pretty sure I suck at it.

I know, I know, people will tell me you can’t suck at meditation. That it’s IMPOSSIBLE to suck at meditation.

But trust me, I suck at it.

But…. I guess that is sort of the point?

This is me on meditation aka taking a meditation class:
Exhale. Inhale. Focus on my heartbeat, focus on my heartbeat. OH MY GOD, I can’t hear my heartbeat. Am I dead? Why can’t I hear my heartbeat? What’s WRONG with me!?!?! Gah, focus, focus, focus. Ooh! Is that it? I think I hear it, there it is, there it is!? Nope, I lost it. Ooph. My ankle is falling asleep. Heartbeat, focus on the heartbeat, heartbeat. Urgh I really shouldn’t have had that second cookie with my lunch today. But it was super tasty. Oh crap, I’m thinking again. Heartbeat, heartbeat, heartbeat. Why is my heart beating so fast now? Am I DYING? SLOW DOWN HEART, SLOW DOWN. Okay, focus, focus, focus. Hearbeat, heartbeat, heartbeat.  My nose itches. Like really itches. Should I stop and blow it? No, focus, focus, focus. Wait–we are shifting from heartbeat and using a mantra? Gah? What am I supposed to be thinking. Focus, focus, focus. Mantra, mantra, mantra. OH MY GOD, I AM DOING IT!! I AM MEDITATING!!!! AHHH! Oh crap, I just noticed I was doing it, now I’ve lost it. Crap crap crap crap. I sooooo have to pee. Is it time to be done yet? FOCUS LORA FOCUS!!!!!! Heartbeat hearbeat–wait, mantra, mantra, mantra. oooooooooh. NOTHING. I’m thinking NOTHING. My thoughts are–oh crap. Nevermind. MANTRA, MANTRA, MANTRA, MANTRA, MANTRA. BLISSFUL MANTRA. Crap? We’re done. But I was just getting into this. OPEN MY EYES!?!? Don’t make me go back to the world. There is too much to do. Noooo….This is so nice. Can we meditate for longer? Pretty please? Never mind, I’m hungry. I’ll open my eyes now. Thanks, “Namaste” to you, too. OMMMMMMMMM.

After meditation, to my friend:
OH MY GOD, THAT WAS THE BEST THING EVER. Have you tried meditation yet? You’ve GOT TO TRY MEDITATION. It is amaaaaaaaaaaazing. So amazing!! I love life.”

So I think I will give it a shot again tomorrow! What do you think? Have you ever meditated?

And of course, to go with my new meditation mind-set, it is time to eat more MINDFULLY with some healthy vegetarian food. Maybe the meditation just stirred my hunger, or maybe (just maybe) the meditation really makes me enjoy life more. Because I thought this stir-fry was pretty delectable. I hope y’all like it, too.

Vegetarian Peanut Stir-Fry with Tofu and Brown Rice
Adapted from  Naturally Ella’s “Spicy Peanut Sauce with Brown Rice Noodles and Veggies”

Vegetarian Peanut Stir Fry with Tofu and Brown Rice
Serves two.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic brown rice, cooked (I use the amazing frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tbsp organic creamy peanut butter, preferably low-sodium
  • 1/3 cup organic low sodium vegetable broth (or chicken broth if you are using meat)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1.5 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon local clover honey
  • Dash of ground ginger
  • Dash of salt and pepper (freshly ground)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz extra firm tofu, pressed and cubed (or 8 oz cubed chicken)
  • 1/2 white onion, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers (I used the frozen mixed bell pepper strips from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1-1/2 cup baby spinach, stems removed
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Lime Juice

1. If not using Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice, prepare brown rice.
2. In a small bowl combine peanut butter, broth, garlic, soy sauce, red pepper, honey, ginger, and dash of salt and pepper.  If you love heat, you may want to add a dash of Sriracha, as well. (Though most brands have MSG, so be careful!)
3. Heat pan over medium heat. Add oil (approximately one tablespoon) to cover pan. Add onion.  Cook onion for approximately four minutes, until juuuuust beginning to get done.
4. Add cubed tofu (or other meat). Cook until tofu begins to brown evenly, stirring regularly.
5. Add sliced bell peppers and cook for thirty seconds, may need to increase time if cooking from frozen.
6. Add carrots and broccoli.
7. Add sauce. Stir well. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for an additional six or so minutes–until broccoli is a bright green and carrots shine.
8. Mix cooked brown rice and spinach in a medium-sized bowl. Top with freshly squeeze lime juice. Add a handful of fresh cilantro, to taste.
9. Add sauce, tofu, and vegetable mixture. Toss evenly to coat rice and spinach. Spinach will wilt from the heat of the sauce. Divide into bowls. Top with additional cilantro and lime juice, if desired. Pair with a dry sparkling wine, grab the chopsticks, and enjoy this delightful dinner.

Note: If cooking for one, you can save a portion and re-heat the next day. To reheat: cook on the stove on medium-low, stirring regularly. You may want to add additional vegetables (I even threw in a sliced tomato), spinach, Sriracha sauce, or top with more fresh chopped cilantro and a tidbit of squeezed lime juice.

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