Day 7 – rest day

the P90X program gives you a rest or stretch day, though since I have my yoga practice I allowed myself to give the DVD a rest, and while I looked at the StretchX program, I felt pretty good with the program I have kept for the last few years (if you want to know more about my yoga experience just google “gabriel azoulay”).

I’m sitting here and writing while on the TV this show called “undercover boss” is on, and I must go off subject, because seeing the real America, the workers, the people, the relationships that are formed through daily and weekly routines is beyond touching. While we also get a picture to the diet and nutrition that is popular today, like milk and meatballs pasta, a man on dialysis working harder and better than a healthy person, all while keeping a positive attitude, talk about the human capacity for a huge heart.

Yoga ideally helps us to be happier and more connected to the world around us, and yet here are real life people, who have to work 50-60 hour work week, dealing with the garbage that we create, and yet they have such a rounded calmness about their lives, compared to most fitness practitioners who obsess about what they eat, if they get their work out, and how big or small their body is becoming.

This blog is about becoming healthier, and while the way we eat and use our bodies is one way toward health, what this boss did for the health of his company, which really goes all the way down to the health of each of his employees, something that is rarely done in individuals lives. Especially today where jobs are a dime a dozen and being laid off, where families and happiness are a huge challenge, and where I might believe that it starts in how we eat, watching this show makes me realize that it starts with what we do, and who we do it with.

Though changing what you eat and working out can help 🙂

And it is not that hard – I went over the Whole Foods again today, and you might not have the money to buy all the fruits and veggies you need, especially when McDonald and Burger King can feed you for $1, but Whole Foods salads and food bar has buffet style eating and you can get at least one meal with the nutrients your body needs, for as little as $5. I am sure there are other stores, restaurants where you can get a fill of greens and other colors into your daily nutrition.

I leave you with a recipe for a morning breakfast, made of buckwheat and fresh almond milk.

Breakfast Cereal –

2 cup of buckwheat (soaked overnight)

1 Fuji apple or other varieties
1/2 cup agave
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 sea salt
1 tbsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
Drain and rinse buckwheat. Place in a food processor, with agave, vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pulse till its well mixed.
In a food processor, pulse apple till fine no chunk. place in a bowl and mix in buckwheat.
In a teflex sheet, spread evenly and dehydrate for 4 hours. Flip and place a mesh for another 24hours or till dry and crispy.
For a chocolate version, just replace cinnamon and nutmeg, add 1 cup of raspberries.

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