Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

Ingrid@yogatohavefun.com

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New BBQ Light: Men And The BBQ

My husband loves to barbecue. Very often, it’s dark outside so he goes with a headlamp on to ensure the meat doesn’t fall onto the ground instead of the grill. Not only does he look like a real nerd, but every time he looks up to tell me something, I get blinded.

This week, I was able to gift him with a special light designed exactly for this purpose. Despite my being skeptical when it came out of the box, he quickly set it up and couldn’t be happier. It easily set-up on the top of the grill so that the light shines directly onto the space where he is working.

Although it’s a simple item, I could see how happy it made him. Now, he is able to continue on with his task that he loves so much. So many evenings I tell him that I am happy to prepare the meal inside the kitchen and while he is at work, but he most often insists on taking the time to do it himself. I know he is not the only one.

So many men love to grill. There must be something about the fire, the risk of flames, and the heavy metal instrument that speaks to their masculinity. If opposites prove a theory, I can say that all of those items keep me far from it and tell my femininity to keep walking.

I am happy to have been able to get him this gift. This means not only happiness for him in preparing it, but also happiness for me in eating it!

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Liking Having Options

When it comes to sunscreen, I like to have options.  Yes, this is perhaps a nice Southern Californian problem to have, but when it comes to sunscreen, it’s nice to have a lower SPF as well as a higher one with me at all times.

As you may know, I make my own sunscreen, so today, when I got a package of four empty 1.25oz travel size bottles, I felt like I had won the jackpot.  Now, I can pack with me a version that has non-nano zinc oxide for those days where I’ll be out in the sun for longer periods of time (SPF 25-30).  For the days that I head out later in the afternoon, I will apply just a simple combination of fractionated coconut oil and carrot seed oil (SPF 8-10).

When I looked at this issue further, I felt that in general and at this stage of my life, I very much like having options.  As we mature, we have personal preferences for things in a certain way.  It’s important to not get stuck on these preferences, especially when we can’t get things the way we want, but if we’re at home and have the time, it’s nice to have a variety of choices.

For many of the years that I traveled and moved homes around the globe, I felt that having options was a big luxury that I sacrificed for the adventure of overseas experiences.  I would have to travel with one type of sunscreen, and often just one sweater or pair of pants, if the suitcase needed to be small.

Now, that I am settled in my home here in Southern California for the foreseeable future, receiving these bottles felt like a type for my life.  I could have four types of sunscreen with me at all times if I wanted.  I didn’t need to negotiate my preferences.  It brings on a feeling of freedom in many ways.

For now, I’m just going to carry around two types, but if a third or fourth recipe falls upon my ears, I’m happy to listen. Those two remaining bottles are sitting in my medicine cabinet, ready, and I don’t have to get on a plane anytime soon.

Supplements for Pregnancy

As a Prenatal Yoga Instructor, I have looked into what supplements are vital during your 9-month journey. Below are the ones that I recommend:

1. Prenatal Vitamins: The folic acid and iron included in most vitamins are so necessary for a growing baby. The recommended brands are the ones in this link: http://www.amazon.com/Salveopure-Essential-Nutrients-Expectant-Satisfaction/dp/B00KS7C0QW?ref_=pe_623860_70668520” .

2. Vitamin D: Recent studies show that our generation is showing depletion of sun exposure and Vitamin D. She increased my daily dosage to 6000 mg from 3000mg. According to WebMD, “Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from the diet. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue does not properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities”.

3. Choline: This was one supplement that I had never heard of, but quickly learned its uses when I heard “brain cell development”. Susan said I could get it from eating two eggs per day, but I quickly saw that that wasn’t always happening. If you aren’t eating enough eggs, be sure to get a bottle of this.

Happy Pregnancy!

Combating Dustmites

Last year, I discovered that I was highly sensitive to dust mites.  When a car or hotel room is old or hasn’t been cleaned properly, I start to itch all over my body.  Sometimes I feel like I am imagining it, but often my dog starts to scratch too and when she does, I know I’m not the only one.

When I googled ‘natural ways to stop dust mites’, I found many articles like this one that say that putting essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, etc) in a spray bottle with water and then spraying it over the area greatly reduces them.

Now, whenever I travel, I am sure to bring with me a trusty spray bottle for my rental car or hotel room.  After many years of being skeptical of entering a space, I now feel that I can walk confidently.

Just as importantly, the aromatherapy is so calming that I often I spray it at home just to enjoy it!

Yoga and Eating

A few months ago, I had one of my very good friends come visit me from Switzerland.  Patricia owns her own yoga studio in Zurich and feels very strongly about the benefits of removing meat and dairy from one’s diet.  This is typically what the ancient yoga texts recommend for good health. Although she considers herself a vegetarian since she eats eggs, her diet is very close to vegan.

Although I too am a well-experienced yogini, in the past years, I haven’t stuck to the “typical” yoga diet.  When I started practicing a very challenging and physical practice in 2008, I saw that I needed the meat proteins for energy.  This being said, when I have gone on yoga retreats or spent time with Patricia and have eaten vegetarian, I have noticed that I feel great, lighter, and healthier.

Sometimes, though, when I think about eating vegetarian, I am at a loss for a recipe to eat that is tasty and nourishing.  In Patricia’s newsletter from March 2014, she says that legumes in a combination with rice create a very high protein content for our bodies.  She made me this below recipe and it was delicious.  Here it is:

Lentils

  1. Put Ghee or Coconut Oil or Butter in a pan
  2. Add Spices: Mustard seeds, Curry, Coriander, or whatever you’d like
  3. Put in the lentils and lightly stir
  4. Put in water until the lentils are covered
  5. Let it sit
  6. Add more water if you’d like the lentils more moist
  7. Cover and let cook
  8. Add a pinch of salt
  9. Add coconut milk, if preferred
  10. Pair up with your favorite vegetable and some rice!

For further information about yoga and diet, check out her website at http://www.prana-yoga-zuerich.ch.  Although she writes in German, her English is excellent so feel free to reach out to her.  Here is a picture from when we both lived in Zurich!

Patricia and I in Switzerland in 2010

More Vitamin C…


I’ve been testing out difference Vitamin C Serums recently to see which ones I like the best. Some are sticky, some I don’t feel like they are doing anything, and some are crazy expensive.

My advice is to find one that works for you!

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Vitamin C…Who knew?

Last week, a good friend of mine said that she used Vitamin C to keep her kids safe from the sun when they went to Hawaii. This made me curious and thus I started to research the types of Vitamin C serums available on the market.

As luck would have it, I got asked to try out this one from PureSouth Naturals, but what I didn’t expect was for it to include “acid”. When I looked into it, I read that this hyaluronic acid is a natural substance created by the body. As we age, we need to supplement what our body is naturally making.

Thus, I am very excited now to be using this serum. It makes my skin feel good and I know I’m doing something good for it!

Maggie doesn't love vegetables, but I do #puresouthnaturals

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Omega-3s are VIPs


A few months ago, I checked with my nutrionist about which supplements I should be taking if I wanted to get pregnant in the next year or so. She immediately told me that Omega-3s are so important and that I should triple the daily dosage.

With these thoughts, I went to my local Whole Foods and bought a package. They were good and I could feel my digestive system getting healthier. My bowels were more regular and I felt more fit.

When the package was finished, I decided to use up the ones we had in the cabinet that were not yet expired. I had forgotten about these when I bought them at Whole Foods and was happy to use things I already had.

What I found was that the ones we had in the cabinet were of lesser quality and suddenly my feelings of health and fitness from taking them quickly went away. I knew immediately that there was a difference.

Then, when I got these IFOS & MSC Certified, I was super jazzed. After just one or two doses, I was feeling better again.

It is with these thoughts that I look forward to being a mommy in the next few months!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

YOGA RETREATS & WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON ONE

As published in Juicing Healthy Magazine:

Often, when people hear the words “yoga retreat” they think of meditating all day, living in serene surroundings, and eating vegetarian food.  Although this may often be the case, it isn’t always. With summer here, and vacation mode in full swing, I thought I would give you a glimpse of some key components that almost all of them have and then several types of retreats:

 

  1. Yoga in the morning and in the evening…or not

Another myth of yoga is that it is very regimented and disciplined.  While this can be the case, I often have people on my retreats that bring spouses who may not want to participate in the classes.  In my opinion, it’s more important to have the family members along for the journey and they don’t necessarily have to participate in the yoga.

If you are doing the yoga, 99% of retreats have a more active class in the morning (typically starting between 7 and 9am) and then a more restful, or restorative, class in the afternoon (typically between 4:30pm and 6pm).

 

  1. There is vegetarian food and meat too

Very often, the menu will focus around vegetarian food, but very often they often both a meat and a vegan option.  For this, I would ask.  It truly depends on the teacher, the location, and the caterer.

 

  1. There is LOTS of time for rest!

The best part of a yoga retreat is that there is a small chance you’ll come back needing a vacation from your vacation.  Between classes, the organizer will put together organized activities for some of the afternoons, but the other days, you’ll have time to explore and/or rest on your own.  This is probably what I love the most about yoga retreats in that it is truly a time to rejuvenate!

  1. The destination is most often remote

I have tried a few times to organize a retreat in a big city like Prague or Milan, where I thought the ladies would love to do some shopping between classes, but each time, the retreat never had enough attendees to run.  For this reason, and the fact that I see remote locations as being a hit, I can say that a quiet destination is most probably where you’ll be headed.

This is not to say you’ll take a day trip into the neighboring city (i.e., Florence if you are in Tuscany), or that the town will be jumping (Capri, Mykonos, Sardinia), but the hotel or villa where you stay will most likely be tranquil.

 

  1. You’ll meet very interesting and NORMAL people

If you think you’ll be surrounding by people wearing white turbans or orange robes, you are mistaken.  My roommate on my first retreat was an American investment banker living in London and I’ve met some of my favorite friends on retreats.  They are all very normal, have jobs, and just love to get away for a few days to stretch.

If you are looking for a retreat, there are a few I can recommend:

Yoga Luxxe (mine) – I’m not running any at the moment, but email me if you have requests and/or a group.  Here is a YouTube video on what it’s like to be on one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcSNFKw7IuQ

Jennifer Pastiloff – They drink wine, have fun, and dance

Chris Plourde  – He’s a spin instructor as well so you’ll be on bikes and doing some Crossfit between yoga poses

Max Strom – A girlfriend met her husband on one of his retreats and I can see it because Max creates an environment of safety, relaxation, and strength

Simon Low – A week or two with Simon and you’ll be feeling like a new person

It’s been a hot summer…


My dog pants at night only when we’ve been out in the desert and she’s still recovering from the heat. This week in LA, she’s woken up a few nights to cool herself down with her natural air-conditioning system. It’s been hot.

Thankfully, when I go to yoga, I have a new Shandali yoga mat that keeps me dry. As I’ve previously posted, I used to “poo-poo” these mats and take just a normal bath towel with me.

With the arrival of the Shandali towel, my old ways have changed. I can’t imagine going into class anymore with it and I put it on my mat as soon as I arrive!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.