Soup Diaries: Creamy Asparagus Leek Soup

Did you know that both Asparagus & Leeks are superfoods?

Asparagus is packed with fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K. Additionally, eating asparagus can help with weight loss, improved digestion, healthy pregnancy outcomes and lower blood pressure.

Leeks are rich in flavonoids, especially one called kaempferol. Flavonoids are antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anticancer properties, as well as other health benefits.

Together these two, powerhouse veggies make a soup that not only tastes amazing but will have you feeling amazing too!

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Soup Diaries: Tom’s Taco Soup

Looking to spice up your Taco Tuesdays? Try my new plant-based, Taco Soup recipe!

If you know my husband, Tom McCarthy, you know that there is nothing he loves more than Mexican food. The man sometimes eats beans and rice for breakfast! So, it was a no brainer to name Soup #3 in my plant-based soup series in his honor.

Packed with 3 different kinds of beans, Tom’s Taco Soup will not only help reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes & heart disease, but it’s so delicious it will have you forgoing your usual crunchy taco or burrito for this healthier alternative.

Ready in under 30 minutes, this easy recipe will become a staple in your home any day of the week!

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Soup Diaries: Mushroom Noodle

Soup Season is here! In honor of the start of fall, I launched a plant-based soup series showcasing all my favorite healthy, comfort soups to nourish you through the colder weather and beyond.

The second soup of the series, Mushroom Noodle, is a plant-based update to a childhood classic. Mushrooms, ginger and turmeric provide crazy anti-inflammatory & immune boosting benefits, while onion, basil, thyme and garlic give the soup the classic chicken noodle flavors.

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Soup Diaries: Creamy Broccoli Soup

Soup Season is here! In honor of the start of fall, I am launching a plant-based soup series showcasing all my favorite healthy, comfort soups to nourish you through the colder weather and beyond.

The first soup of the series, Creamy Broccoli, is a staple in my home. In fact, if you attended A Day of Namaste this past winter, you got a chance to try it! So creamy it will have you questioning that it is really dairy-free, this soup will be a favorite among even the pickiest eaters. Packed with fiber and protein, it will help you naturally detox and fight inflammation with superfoods like broccoli, celery, apple cider vinegar and dill.

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5 Secrets for Long Lasting Marriage 

This month I will celebrate my marriage anniversary. 💗🥂💍

We are often asked about our relationship and what has kept us together since we first met in 1988. From my experience, it takes two people to create a great relationship. One can’t bring it without the other.  Both people have to do the things required to make it work successfully. My husband and I live unusual lives and have very high standards for our relationship. We enjoy a different lifestyle, and live in what we consider a better way for each other and our family. We WANT to live different, to live better, to see how wonderful, exciting and great we can make our lives together.

Here are some guidelines that have worked well for our relationship:

Take Exceptional Care of Yourself

Most Americans gain a pound a year over their adult lives, but not us. We still weigh what we weighed in our early 20’s. Taking care of yourself and wanting to remain healthy for each other is something we prioritize.

Stay Connected

Many couples, especially couples that have been married as long as us, don’t spend intimate time together. We have rituals in place, like taking an evening walk around our garden and 3-4 times a year taking a trip alone together. Traveling, especially to exotic places keeps a sense of excitement and adventure in our relationship. If health conditions around the world are precarious, we revisit our favorite places in our home state of California.

Teach Your Children Well

Some parents are obsessed with and paranoid about their children and pour their lives into their kids in an excessive, unhealthy way.  We are not “helicopter parents”. It is not good for the kids and takes a huge toll on a marriage. We parent around our lives together – not the other way around. We want our kids to see our relationship as the strong and stable nucleus of our home. We let them know that they are not the only people on the planet.

Many parents had difficult relationships with their teenage kids, but not us. We had honest, open, loving relationships with our wonderful kids. We are their “go-to people” for any challenge. We live in a three generational home, which can be challenging for many couples. Our children witness our caregiving of their grandparents and benefit from their daily interaction with them.

Inspired Living Space

We also appreciate having our own space and interests. We have a spacious home, and each of us has a place to call our own within it. We appreciate giving each other space, and just because we want to spend time away from each other doesn’t mean we love or cherish each other any less.

Being married to someone for over three decades creates a braid of love, steel, and trust that just gets stronger until its unbreakable. Love requires action. Deeply care about each other, have empathy, kindness, support, compassion and be reliable and honest. How truly fortunate I am to have a deep devotion, respect and admiration for someone who makes me a better me.

And for those of you still looking for love, remember to chose wisely and then treat kindly.

Love ❤️

Stacy

Yoga On The Go

Yoga On The Go…

Easy tips to help you stay committed, consistent, and at home in your yoga practice when you’re abroad


The yoga sutras teach us that the level of achievement we will receive from our practice depends on the intensity with which we bring ourselves forth. Sutra 1:22 says The time necessary for success depends on whether the practice is mild, medium or intense. The Sutras also tell us that we must practice earnestly and consistently (Sutra 1.12). (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sri Swami Satchidananda).

In other words, these practices only work when we do! Yoga requires us to sometimes put the practice first, to catch ourselves when we’re making excuses not to get on our mats, and to cultivate consistency and follow through amidst our busy lives. In the throws of weekly schedules, this task is already a challenge for some.

So, when things are really shaken up (like when there is family in town, and you just can’t get to class— or when you’re literally across the globe), how do you remain steadfast in your yoga ritual?

As a traveling yogi I have found a few helpful solutions to this conundrum… Throughout my career I have spent weeks at a time in hotel rooms in foreign countries, have woken up early for 5am flights, and have been sleep deprived and jet lagged before teaching 4 hours of workshops. The title may sound luxurious, but sometimes it takes all the gusto I’ve got just to keep going on with a smile. And the amazing thing is this: I could never do this without my practice. The act of coming to my mat, and into my heart by way of the breath…. there is no cup of coffee (even in Italy) that can do the same thing.

Here are my best tips to keep you consistent when you’re on the go. You can use these practices in your everyday life at home, when daily life is shaken up, or when you’re traveling short or long term.

  • Invest in a light weight yoga mat – Make sure you pack a mat in your bag! There are many travel mats that are under 1lb, and super easy to pack in a carry on. Make this item as necessary as your tooth brush. When you arrive in your hotel room, lay it out in a welcoming place as you are putting away your clothing and toiletries. When you wake up the next morning, step on your mat and commit to staying put for at least 15 minutes.

 

  • Keep your practice simple – Not sure what to do when you’re practicing on your own? Find familiar patterns of movement, and make those your ritual. Sun Salutations, Gentle Core Work, Supine Twists… Just begin moving, and see where your body takes you. If you are not confident creating your own flow, there are literally thousands of online and digital classes to follow along with! (I have a few here)!

 

  • It’s all about the breath – Whether you’re sitting still or scurrying through train depots, your breath is always, always, always available as an object for your awareness to settle upon. A simple breath technique to use on the go is the Box Breath. To perform this breath, inhale on a slow count of four, hold for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and hold out for a count of four. Repeat up to 12 times. To help your mind remain centered on your breath, you can internally say to yourself, “Breathing In, Breathing Out,” with your in and out breaths respectively.

 

  • Ideal times to practice – Before you let your mind jump into planning mode, remind yourself to settle down and tune in! Practice first thing, only after using the bathroom and drinking some water. It can be challenging to get back to your mat once you allow yourself to carry on with the day. To avoid bypassing practice, make it your first and last activity of the day. The mind and body usually experience a bit of stress while traveling, making deep sleep more challenging and less satisfying. Restorative yoga before bed will combat the wear and tear of travel, and will help you to rest well.

 

  • Keep a journal handy – Svadhyaya (self study) is an integral part of the yoga practice. Journaling while you travel is a fabulous way to document novel experiences, and to keep track of your inner experience. When we travel we are faced with so much new information, thoughts, and ways of being all at once. Keeping a journal will help you to sort through and make sense of these impressions.

 

  • If nothing else, Meditate – If you have time for none of the above, take (at very minimum) five minutes in the morning and in the evening to practice sitting meditation. Set your timer, and commit to sitting with ease for just five minutes. Tune in, listen deeply, release the tension of the body, and feel your aliveness. Your body, your breath, and your awareness are beautiful miracles that deserve your attention (no matter how busy you are). If you need assistance in meditation, there are a number of apps and podcasts that are available free of charge.

 

….et Voila! You are all set to roam the globe without leaving your yoga practice at home. Your body, mind, heart, and yoga teachers will all be glad you remained consistent 🙂

And Remember: The outer and inner journeys are yours to explore, learn and grow from. Wherever your path takes you, enjoy the ride.

 

Namaste,

XO,

Stacy