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Yoga is not only a physical practice it is mental, emotional, spiritual and dietary.   That means a healthy diet leads to a healthy body, which results in a healthier state of mind.

If we are feeling clouded or heavy by consuming toxic foods, we are doing our physical practice a disservice which leads to a debilitating inner dialogue.

Time to turn the story around and start filling your body with healthy foods.

Cooking didn’t come easily to me.  I was the kid who ate frozen pizzas, potpies and sausage sandwiches growing up (gross!) If you’re in that same bandwagon, you must take control of your circumstances to obtain a different outcome.

When I went to college at UCLA, I started to eat in the dining halls. Luckily, UCLA has a pretty incredible program with a ton of options for every dietary restriction. But instead of going to the pizza or burger counter, I stuck to the salad bar. From there, I started making wholesome, delicious and FILLING salads that were packed with greens, vegetables and protein. For dessert, I would head to the fruit counter or perhaps sneak in some fro yo (for those special occasions).

Believe it or not, through my discipline I started to feel empowered in my choices. And that wasn’t limited to just eating patters, but I started making more positive choices outside of the dining hall…in my classes, extra curricular activities, job opportunities etc. I started to take care of my self in numerous ways.

So, after college, I had to start cooking for myself to maintain eating habits. This post is for those looking to get started. What do you buy to start eating well? Here is my grocery list. You can follow along and learn some simple recipes I came up with along the way. Enjoy and Happy Eating!

  1. Almond Milk
  2. Avocados
  3. Eggs
  4. Salmon (canned, fresh or smoked)
  5. Spinach
  6. Kale
  7. Carrots
  8. Hummus
  9. Beans (of choice)
  10. Onions
  11. Bananas
  12. Apples
  13. Lemons
  14. Quinoa
  15. Rice
  16. Gluten Free crackers
  17. Oatmeal
  18. Almonds or Cashews (sliced or whole)
  19. Broccoli
  20. Sweet Potato
  21. Lentils
  22. Dates
  23. Olive Oil
  24. Garlic
  25. Pepper
  26. Red Pepper Flakes
  27. Probiotics
  28. Low Sodium Veggie Broth
  29. Balsamic Vinegar
  30. Honey
  31. Flax Seeds

These are some of my staples. A common food day might look like:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with banana and flax seeds

Snack: Almonds

Lunch: Spinach, Eggs, Onions, Quinoa or Sweet Potato

Dinner: Salmon with Broccoli and Carrots

Afternoon or evening treat: blended Almond milk with Cashews, Dates and Banana

You can mix and match so many of these things. More recipes coming soon for those looking for fast, simple ways to prepare your food. But first thing is first, head to the store and pick up your staple items!

Love & Eating,

Ali


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