Bold and Spicy Gwinnett County

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Sesame Crackers

Working on a recipe for Live Vegan Sesame Sticks.  Its a work in progress.  So far, this is what I have:

1 cup flax meal

1 Tbs tahini

2 squash, roughly chopped

1.1/2 cup walnuts, soaked 6-8 hours

4 tsp sesame seeds

1 clove garlic

1 chili pepper (or 1 tsp chili powder)

¼ cup olive oil

1 shallot, minced

1 Tbs nutritional yeast

2 Tbs agave

Place flax meal in medium sized bowl.  Process all other ingredients until smooth.  Add mix to flax meal and stir, mix well.  Spread on dehydrate sheets to 1/2” thickness.  Sprinkle with ground sesame seeds and sea salt (gomasio)

Dehydrate at 115 for 6-8 hours, until almost completely dry but still pliable.  Transfer to dehydrator screens for 24 hours.

Banana Nut Pancakes

I love making these at night, so the flavors can dance together overnight.  Then at first light, I put them in the dehydrator.


They are perfect for a leisurely morning munch with fresh fruit juice, and ideal for a pre- and post-workout boost.


And best of all .. they are ridiculously easy to make!


Banana Nut Pancakes


1 cup sliced bananas, ripe

½ cup chopped nuts, your choice .. I prefer pecans

1 cup ground flax seed

½ cup young coconut flesh (or dried and shredded)

1/8 cup maple or agave syrup

1/8 cup coconut oil

½ cup water


Blend all in a food processor.  Add the water slowly (if the bananas are very soft, the mix will be loose).  You want a cross between a thick batter and a soft dough.


Drop onto dehydrator sheets, about 4” wide and ½” thick.  Dehydrate at 140 for 30 minutes, then reduce to 115 for another half hour.  They will be warm, moist and dreamy!


Namaste and Peace Out!


Change Your Diet Change Your Health

Why change your diet?


Well, most people do it for the truth, and that truth is that what they are currently eating, though tasty, often has an ill-effect the next day.


So why eat vegetarian or vegan?


Because not only is your diet not helping your health, but it’s also disrupting the planet’s health.


Just the other day, one of the local pediatricians was telling me he’s seeing all kinds of illnesses that he never used to see. Not only juvenile diabetes, but inflammatory and autoimmune diseases that a lot of the doc’s don’t even know what to call. And girls are going through puberty much earlier, and kids are allergic to just about everything, and asthma is out of control. Everyone knows it’s our food. We’re messing with the genes of these animals, and then feeding them growth hormones and all kinds of drugs that we don’t really know enough about. And then we’re eating them. Kids today are the first generation to grow up on this stuff and we’re making a science experiment out of them.

-Frank Reese, Good Shepherd Poultry


We know this is going on.  We see this every day in the news.  How much longer do you think you can put this off?  How much longer do you think your health will last until you can’t put it off any more?


Maybe it’s time to consider what your putting into your mouth and if it can honestly be called ‘food’.


Namaste and Peace Out!


Homemade Lotion

What do Live Vegans put on their skin?


Well, anything they want.  But the more conscious ones may try this ..


The general ingredients:
-coconut oil
-other oil
-pure water
Optional: essential oils like linden, rose, lavender, and the like.


The ‘other oil’ can be anything, like: almond, grapeseed, hemp, olive, wheatgerm, or some other.


You can also add other ingredients like shea butter or aloe vera gel.  Like the essential oil .. this is a personal preference (what works good on your skin).  Additionally, you can add beeswax (for thickener), but I don’t think it’s necessary; but I don’t like wax on my veggies let alone my skin.


Basic method:
-Warm the pure water
-Warm the coconut oil
I do both in the dehydrator.
-Mix in the other oil
-Put into container (a recycle pump container or glass jar, tupperware, and the like).


This is true kitchen chemistry.  Lots of trial and error, so make small amounts to start (like teaspoon amounts); and jot it down!  If you find a combo that works for you, you want to be able to recreate it.


Namaste and Peace Out!


Obstacles / Antaraya

The question is:  “What is the most common weakness or obstacle that hinders your clientele in pursuing and obtaining their fitness goals and how do you fix it?”

When we start any fitness approach, it’s with enthusiasm, which, more often than note, fizzles out.  One shouldn’t feel bad about this because, first, it’s quite common, and second, quite surmountable.

Yoga, being a practice developed in ancient times, has literally thousands of years of advantage over all other workout routines.  In the case of “common weaknesses” and “obstacles” generally encountered in pursuing / obtaining an fitness goal .. Yoga not only has a name for it: Antaraya (“to come between; obstacles”), but has it codified.

The inner obstacles that disperse the mind are

complaint, self-defeat, self-doubt,

lack of persistence, non-commitment,

misunderstanding, lack of self-confidence,

self-depreciation, and instability.

Rajayoga sutra 1.30-31

The first is Vyadhi, which is physical health and mental preparedness.  For example, one should never start a fitness routine when unhealthy.  This is why there are warnings attached to starting a new exercise; and we’ve all seen them, “Before starting this exercise routine please consult your physician.”  Does this pertain to you?  Well, if you have several existing medical conditions, and/or if you are obese, then yes, this is certainly an example of Vyadhi.

Regarding the ‘mental preparedness’ of Vyadhi, this is simply preparing psychologically.  Often, the initial enthusiasm wanes before the practice is begun, making positive thinking very important.  I suggest to my students that they visualize seeing themselves doing Yoga – without strain or effort, with deep, smooth and rhythmic breathing, with ease, strength and grace.  Such a mental exercise bolsters and prepares the body for the actual practice.

Second is Styana, which is apathy, or defeating one’s self before even beginning.  For example, people tell me, “I can’t do Yoga because I’m not flexible”; which is silly, because the best way to become flexible is to come to Yoga.  Eitherway, my standard comeback is always, “Flexibility is a state of mind”, meaning, we must be rid of Styana – or that reluctance to commit, that idea of defeat before we begin, or of procrastination – or else all attempts will fail.  And if one looks honestly at their life, they have probably experienced Styana time enough to strengthen their lack of commitment so find themselves in a “rut”, or “spinning their wheels”.  The cycle of self-defeatism, though not easy to be rid of, must stop; or else always be the ass that pursues the carrot.

Third is Sanshaya, which is self-doubt.  When we lose faith in our capabilities, when we have lost sight of what we have already accomplished in our life, then our own blindness of our ever present potential interferes with our Yoga practice.  Sanshaya leads to deviation from our goal, from what we most desire.

Fourth is Pramada, which is the lack of persistence, commonly known today as ‘boredom’.  The bodymind has become adept at creating excuses for not continuing with a fitness practice, so that for every good reason one has for exercising, the bodymind has three reasons why not.  Pramada then is a major obstacle.

Fifth is Alasya, which is laziness – in both the body and mind.  This one relates back to Styana (apathy) because it’s the idea that one must be in shape first, before starting a fitness program.  This pretzel logic is further related to Pramada (lack of persistence, making excuses).  Yoga trains both the body and mind, so it’s not just a fitness routine, but mental stimulation as well.

Sixth is Avirati, which is non-commitment, or an absence of vows / resolutions.  The idea of a ‘couch potato’ is that of someone committed to sitting on the couch, stuffing their face, watching TV, and eventually creating a permanent indentation there.  Avirati is a lack of determination, a lack of respect for one’s body and mind.  If sick, the appropriate action is to get better, by whatever means.  The same is true for fitness.

Eighth is Bhrantidarshan, which is misunderstanding, or exercising for the wrong reasons.  This is very common today; for example, I will have new students tell me they want to do Yoga “because Madonna does”, or they want “to get a Yoga butt”, or they heard it was a “great way to lose weight fast”.  Because Yoga is more than a physical routine, this perspective is not balanced.  Now .. if a new student says, “I want to be fit, with a tight body and a balanced mind”, then they will do well.

Ninth is Alabdha-bhumikatva, which is self-depreciation or low optimism.  This relates back to the defeatism found in Sanshaya (self-doubt), but manifests on a much deeper level.  Alabdha-bhumikatva is true low self-esteem or the idea that one is not worthy.  This Antaraya (obstacle) is rooted in our subconscious mind; meaning, perhaps one has been told they are ‘fat’ or ‘stupid’, ‘lazy’ or ‘incompetent’, or otherwise not able to accomplish anything.  Because Yoga is both a body and mind practice, it works very well in healing the self of such a dark obstacle; remember, Yoga is a healing practice .. period.

Tenth is Anawasthitatwa, which is instability, or beginning a Yoga practice with a poor / weak foundation.  This is one of the reasons why I rant about ‘gym yoga’ or ‘DVD yoga’, and lately, ‘Wii yoga’, these are strictly physical practices that exist without a true Yoga foundation, without the keen eye of a true Yogi, and exist strictly for commercial purposes (respectively).  At their most innocent, they create bad habits that must be unlearned; at their worst they create injury, and physical and mental imbalance.  Anawasthitatwa is true body and mind instability, and is seen not just in Yoga but in many aspects of daily living.

Where any of these Antaraya exist, they create a ‘reason’ for one to either:

-walk away from Yoga,

-to ignore the obstacle and push through it,

-or to confront the Antaraya headon and so incorporate struggle.

All three approaches are wrong, for all three contribute to and add onto the obstacle(s).

A common expression heard in many Yoga classes is, Do the practice and all else will come. Over the years I have heard many parrot this without understanding it; in fact, taking one of the three courses of action above.  It does not mean, ‘fake it until you make it’, because that has never been an effective means of overcoming an obstacle.

The maxim is about DOing the practice, rather than just going through the motions, or not being truly present in the body during the practice.  You see, once you shift your awareness inwards then you begin to literally feel things you never felt before (physical and mentally ‘feel’), to hear sounds you never noticed before, to think on things not thought of in many years, or to have a thought that ‘comes out of the blue’ and surprises you that it was even in your head.

This is Yoga.  And this is the “all else” that does indeed come with the DOing.

So the way ..

To remove all these obstacles,

there is but one practice.

Clarity of bodymind is found

in friendliness and happiness,

in compassion where there is misery,

joy towards the upright,

and indifference to the mean-spirited.

All is attained through inhalation,

exhalation, and the retention of Prana.

-Rajayog sutras 1.32-34

Or, as I always teach, Breathe Well.  Smile Often.

Yoga is not a quick fix, but then, nothing truly worth having is.  Quality takes diligence and patience, determination and discipline words many of us don’t like to hear yet innately know to be the true, while realizing this to be the only way of accomplishment and attainment.

Namaste and Peace Out!


Animal Nations

We need another and a wiser and perhaps

a more mystical concept of animals.

Remote from universal nature,

and living by complicated artifice,

man in civilization surveys the

creatures through the glass of his

knowledge and sees thereby a feather

magnified and the whole image in distortion.

We patronize them for their incompleteness,

for their tragic fate of having taken

form so far below ourselves.

And therein we err,

and greatly err.

For the animal shall not be measured by man.

In a world older and more complete

than ours they move finished and complete,

gifted with extensions of the senses we

have lost or never attained,

living by voices we shall never hear.

They are not brethren,

they are not underlings;

they are other nations,

caught with ourselves in

the net of life and time,

fellow prisoners of the splendor

and travail of the earth.

Henry Beston, The Outermost House

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