Archive for the ‘Nutrition’ Category

A journey to serendipi-TEA!!

April 4, 2011

With a slightly more than discerning palate and a very discriminatory digestive system, it is often difficult for me to get excited about drinking anything. Alas, with the inevitable aging process and the chronic intestinal issues I’ve had since birth, things like taste and and satisfaction don’t seem nearly as important as maintaining the ability to stand up without doubling over for a whole day. I can’t have dairy. Coffee is a grotesque misadventure just waiting to happen so it’s always herbal or iced tea for me…I used to love wine, but then it got all particular on me. Beer, well, I love beer, but beer does not love me back. All these restrictions can make the weekend a little difficult for one who doesn’t mind the occasional adult beverage. Being the one to which I’m referring to, I have been forced to get creative. So came a signature cocktail, designed by and named after my self. As much as I feel I have combatted the singular problem of finding a drink that didn’t kick me back, there is one slight problem with the “Marianne”…it’s all I have…and maybe I get bored sometimes. HOWEVER, I was recently approached about some new kind of cocktails…some made with Element Tea. I instantly was intrigued…could it be? A serendipitous union, of mutually digestively-kind liquids, to tantalize my variety deprived taste buds and that won’t make me feel completely incapacitated the next day?! It could be and would be, Element Tea to my rescue apparently. We have included some of Element’s amazing tea-based cocktail recipes below:

Ele-MINT Mojito
Ingredients:
5 oz Mojito Rooibos
2 oz Club Soda
1 oz Rum
1/2 Squeezed Lime
1 tbsp sugar

Use 2 teaspoons of Mojito Rooibos Tea per 8 oz cocktail glass. Brew tea with boiling water for 5 minutes. Pour over ice to chill, add club soda, sugar, and rum, and top off with lime.

Slim Belt Whiskey:
Ingredients:
7 oz Deluxe Iced Tea
1 oz Whiskey

Use 2 teaspoons of Deluxe Iced Tea per 8 oz cocktail glass. Brew tea with boiling water for 4 minutes. Pour over ice to chill and add whiskey.

Strawberry-Kiwi Infusion Tea Cocktail
Ingredients:
5 oz Strawberry-Kiwi Tea
2 oz Sprite
1 oz Vodka
Halved strawberries and Kiwis (optional)

Use 2 teaspoons of Strawberry-Kiwi Tea per 8 oz cocktail glass. Brew tea with boiling water for 5-8 minutes. Pour over ice to chill, add Sprite and vodka, and top off with strawberries and kiwis.

These yummy concoctions will be served up here this Friday at our CRAVE Denver Event! Perfect for all you adult beverage lovers and/or connoisseurs of tea…we invite you to swing by and taste one of their delicious beverages and maybe try a round of Dance Dance Revolution!! Hope to see you there!

-Marianne Mullis

Talk of the Town

March 18, 2011

YAY! Your favorite neighborhood studio was just awarded TALK OF THE TOWN for the SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, in our SECOND YEAR OF BUSINESS!!!! We couldn’t have done it without you so thank you to all of our students for helping us create this amazing community in East Colfax.

Check out Talk of the Town.

Oh Yes You Can

March 2, 2011

"(Wo)Man is the model of the world." - Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci dedicated a portion of his life and career attempting to convey the intricacies of the human form and thus, proliferated the miraculous parallels between humanity and nature. Bodily functions commence without cues…blood pumps and breath flows, independent of conscious decision much like the wiles of nature. What we are able to provide cues to are the thoughts within our minds. We can make conscious decisions to improve the soundness of our body, and consequently our minds. To do this we can employ similar artistic strategy as Da Vinci, and begin by appreciating the numerous factors that make up our wellness.

Today’s contemplation rests upon DiVinci’s words. How do you wish for this conscious commitment to affect your life physically, mentally and emotionally? In simpler terms, what do you want to get out of the next 30 days?

Want more nuggets? Join our 30 Day Challenge to Commit! Sign up now from our schedule link on Breathe’s Website and grab the pass while its still available.

How To Make Yoga Mat Wash

February 19, 2011

A wonderful volunteer at our studio brought in our very first home-made mat wash and we have been making it ever since, playing with the recipe here and there. Everyone loves the scent it leaves behind on their mat without chemicals and so many have asked us where they can get it. Our answer: You can make it!

So, we decided to give away our favorite mat wash recipe so you can make it yourself when you practice at home, customize it to the scents you like the best, and even make gifts for your yogi friends and family. You can also use your mat wash as a household cleaner for hard surfaces or spray it around the house as an air freshener.

While making your own mat wash is eco-friendly and brings piece of mind to know your ingredients, there are a few things you should be aware of. One ingredient in the below recipe is essential oil. Essential oils are very concentrated and should be used with the utmost care. Toxicity and side effects often occur from incorrect usage or overdose. It is also important to switch up the essential oils you use regularly. When making your mat wash, go ahead and mix two solutions. All ingredients can be made together and then separated at the end to create two different essential oil cleaners.

Yoga Mat Cleaner Recipe

1 cup distilled water

1 cup witch hazel

30 drops tea tree oil

15-20 drops essential oil (depending on oil)

Place all the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake and start cleaning.

Essential oils we like are peppermint, lemongrass, geranium, clove, orange, eucalyptus and lavender or a combination of your favorite scents.

Note: You can learn more about essential oil safety at http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/safety.asp. If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or other health concerns, please check out the above link to be sure you use safe essential oils in the proper dosage. Essential oils should NEVER be applied to the skin undiluted or ingested.

Can I Eat Carrots?

October 18, 2010

Walking through the supermarket the other day I found myself looking at carrots. What a great snack, I thought. But wait! I am trying to slim down and carrots are full of sugar and carbs. That means I should skip them, Right?

Wrong. There have been many casualties of the low-carbohydrate diet trend and when carrots start finding their place on the don’t-eat list it might be time to reexamine the information out there about carbohydrates.

First let’s consider how this started. The Glycemic Index (GI) was developed by diabetes researchers who found that certain foods can raise blood sugar levels as quickly as table sugar. Foods were evaluated based on the effect consuming 50 grams of carbohydrates from that particular food had on blood sugar levels and then scored. Foods that raised blood sugar levels higher were rated higher on the glycemic index.

How does this effect weight loss and health? We can all recognize that when you are trying to lose weight, or be healthier, you shouldn’t pour sugar on your food. The benefit of looking at a foods glycemic index is that it helps you avoid choosing foods that have that same effect on the body.

There is some wisdom in this. Foods that are lower on the GI scale tend to be processed less. This means they avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, which is damaging to the body. In many cases these foods are obvious choices for good health. For instance, whole-grains, green vegetables, and many dairy products appear on this list. The trouble is bacon does also, and apples do not.

A better way to look at carbohydrates is to consider their glycemic load. The glycemic load evaluates the effect a standard serving of a food has on blood sugar levels. The GL value of a food is more realistic because instead of calculating the effect of eating 50 grams of carbohydrates from a particular food, it takes serving size into account. Glycemic load values are affected by factors such as the amount of protein, fat, and fiber in a food, which greatly affects the amount of carbohydrates one is likely to consume in one serving. Serving size is important to consider when evaluating a food. It would take eating a pound of carrots to take in 50 grams of carbohydrates.

An easy way to evaluate your carbohydrates is to determine where the sugars are coming from and what other benefits the food item offers. Choose foods that offer natural sugars, protein, and fiber. Eating balanced meals is another great way to lower the impact of an individual food on blood sugar levels. In short, if it is a whole food or offers lots of vitamins, fiber, and other things you know you need in your diet, don’t feel bad about eating it. Just don’t sit down and eat pounds of it.

If you find yourself as I did, confused at the grocery store and afraid to buy what seem to be healthy foods, Breathe is now offering nutrition counseling. Check out our webpage for information about how you can combine yoga and cycling with sound nutrition and achieve the balance you’ve been looking for.