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Week 2: Yoga with Tim


I am a creature of habit in all ways. I like routine and struggle to break away and try something new. In a way, this blog has done me a huge favor already. Although I have a NEW routine of doing yoga every night after I put Aari to sleep, the blog has made me switch up the videos and instructors I try. Without the blog, I’d probably be doing Sara Beth’s videos over and over because I liked them so much. But that would be a terrible blog and I might not improve as much as if I try multiple instructors! So this week I tried Yoga with Tim.

I gotta be honest with all of you that his videos aren’t what I typically look for in my yoga practice. He focuses more on strengthening and less on breathing and flow. So, for me, it is not as relaxing.  I think that someone would have to be more advanced in their practice to get the full benefit of his videos as I often forget to breath when it gets tough.  He also does not give as many alternatives for beginners as I’ve seen in other videos.

With that said, I kept at his videos and realized I was getting pose direction from his.  I learned small shifts in my feet direction can make a pose feel extremely different- often hitting a tension point that needed to be released in my body.

I never would have stuck out the entire week without this blog- but I’m so glad I did. Tim also has a 30 day challenge on his channel that I’ll make sure to do in a few weeks and let you all know what I think!

Here are the videos I did this week and what I thought:

Note: Tim uses blocks and straps frequently so I’d suggest having those handy! 

30 min Tone and Stretch: Transitions are a bit rushed for me in this one.

Vinyasa Flow- 30 min: Good for hip openers, pretty challenging.

15 minute rest and relaxation: Not my favorite as it didn’t focus on the breath- a key for relaxation.

NEW Favorite! Yoga for strength and balance (35 min): Good vinyasa practice. No equipment needed. Great explanations of postures.

Day 1 of 30 day Yoga Body: Good introduction to the 30 day series but expected more pose direction.

NEW Favorite! 30 min Morning Yoga: Very Tough- good for core. No equipment needed.

Leave me a comment about what you think when you try the videos! I’d love to hear from you!

Cookies · Gluten Free Recipes

Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF, Paleo, DF option)

What is better than a warm chocolate chip cookie?  Answer: Absolutely nothing.

I eat what I consider to be a balanced diet including everything from veggies to ice cream.  I try to buy healthier options when possible but don’t think twice to treat myself when the opportunity arises.  I’m a sucker for sweets, so for the past few years, I have been experimenting with making my routine sweets as close to paleo as possible.  I do this because I feel the healthy fats included in the recipes help to not spike my blood sugar quite as much.  That way I have the best of both worlds–happy taste buds and healthy body!

I LOVE to bake and have been testing gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipes since I went gluten free in 2011.  I recently developed the best recipe yet!  It definitely has more sugar (but coconut sugar!) than any other recipe I’ve tried, but I figure that is the point of a good chocolate chip cookie!   The healthy fats balance it out, right? At least that’s what I tell myself. Indulge a little and enjoy!

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Recipe

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 15 min

Servings: 12 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. pink Himalayan salt
  •  6 tbsp. room temperature coconut oil (for dairy free) or unsalted butter
    • Note: Add 1 more tbsp. if you want flatter, gooier cookies
  •  3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (use dairy free chocolate chips if you want dairy free cookies)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix 1cup almond flour, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 3/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. pink Himalayan salt, and 3/4 cup coconut sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk 1 large egg. Add the 1 tsp. vanilla.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients in with the dry. Then mix in the 6 tbsp. (7 tbsp. for flatter, gooey cookies) of butter or coconut oil.
  5. Finally, mix in 1 cup chocolate chips.
  6. Make 12 equal sized balls of the cookie dough, giving at least a couple inches between each one.
  7. Place the tray in the oven and let the cookies bake for 15 min or until golden brown.
  8. Remove the tray from the oven and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the tray. Then transfer them to a drying rack… or directly to your mouth!

Test it out and let me know what you think in the comment section below!

 

Favorite Yoga Videos · Hip Opening · Relaxing Yoga

Week 1: Sarah Beth on YouTube

Hi there! I took the picture of Aari as I was attempting to do yoga when he was awake… LOTs of fun but it didn’t involve a lot of yoga!  I’ll keep trying with low expectations of getting any yoga in.  At the very least, I might have cute pictures to share with you all!

I’m writing this while watching Aari nap… oh naps… amazing and hard to come by. Right now Aari is taking 30 minute naps every two hours which keeps us in a tight a cycle.  I hear someday he might consolidate naps… until then, yoga!

This week I tried Sarah Beth’s YouTube Channel.  Overall, I really love her videos. They are mostly 20-30 minutes with tons of options and themes.  She has various levels so it’s easy to find a video that will fit your needs.  My back has been hurting- hello 16lb baby and a weak core- so I focused on easier videos with lots of stretching.  I think her site is best for anyone looking to target a certain area in their yoga practice (ex: sore wrists or back).

Here are the videos I tried:

Yoga for flexibility Level 1 (20 min)

Vinyasa Yoga for Posture (20 min)

Stretch and Strengthen for Low Back Pain (30 min)

NEW Favorite! Yin Yoga for Stress and Anxiety (30 min)

Deep Hip Opening Level 1 (20 min)

NEW Favorite! Deep Hip Opening Level 2 (30 min)

Leave me a comment about what you think when you try the videos! I’d love to hear from you!