Thought I'd share this awesome quote I found recently-- I love it so much I painted it across my kitchen :)
"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of these things, and still be calm in your heart." ~anon
Pretty appropriate for those of us trying to balance a yogic way of life with the adventure of the family way of life.
That really is an awesome quote!
As for food, that is rather challenging for us but it helps that dd1 has been really taking an interest in putting the right things into her body. We don't make any foods off-limits here, but I am really encouraging the habit of going for nutritious snacks -- and especially something high in protein -- first when we are hungry.
My protein focus comes from when I was pregnant with dd2. I didn't see a doctor at all. I finally met my midwife in the 7th month, and when she had me pee on the strips, I showed high glucose and key tones in my urine. My midwife said that this problem was totally fixable, even this far into my pregnancy. She advised me to start eating about 6-7 times per day and always have something high in protein with every snack or meal. And, of course, to eat my fruit rather than drinking it.
She said that I didn't need to cut out sweets or fruit juice 100% -- but, when I wanted a sweet, to just consume it with a full-course meal. I followed her advice and quickly discovered that, whereas I'd been constantly craving sugar before, I was now feeling much more satisfied. My sugar and protein levels went back to normal and I dropped a bunch of weight; the midwife said the weight loss so late in pregnancy would normally concern her, but in this case she felt that it was mostly water-loss (my body had been breaking down my tissues to get the protein it needed). I felt great!
What I learned during that time has come back to me now that I am working (from home, but still quite busy) and my girls are often getting their own snacks. I've been explaining that when we are really hungry, our bodies crave sugar because of the fast energy. So it's really important to try to eat before we are literally starving, and also to go for the foods that give us healthy sugars plus the other things our bodies need.
By the way, mudhugger, I had an unexpected break today and I got to go through the whole Kundalini video! It is absolutely wonderful! Parts of it were very challenging; for example, I am not yet able to do the standing and sitting ritual. I mean, I was able to get up and down without using my hands but I had to move forward and get up on one knee first, whereas those other adults were able to just stand straight up from a cross-legged position! It's exciting to visualise myself being able to do this eventually!
I loved the rapid fire-breath and also the different kinds exercises where I went around in a circular motion.
Thank you, again, for telling me about it!