3 Things To Do This Week
So this post was intended for last week but for some reason didn’t post. Here it is again and you’ll just have to double up with this coming weeks 3 things.
Scrape Your Tongue:
Ewwww… scrape my tongue? Yes… it’s extremely beneficial to your health. If you stick out your tongue in the mirror you can get a good idea of the toxic build up in your body. That white film is known in Ayurveda as ama. Cleaning your tongue each morning with a tongue scraper or a metal spoon helps to remove these toxins so they don’t go back into your system after your body has already purged them. Scraping the tongue also helps avoid bad breath by removing bacteria, while also enhancing our sense of taste and gently stimulating internal organs. The science of Ayurveda says that tongue cleaning activates the salivary glands aiding digestion and revitalizing the throat. It take literally seconds to do. I do it morning and night right before brushing my teeth. Scrape daily on an empty stomach using a metal tongue scraper. Place the scraper (or spoon) at the back of the tongue and gently scrape from back to front 7 to 10 times. Make sure to scrape the entire tongue. Do not use a toothbrush to scrape your tongue, as that will have the opposite effect of pushing bacteria and toxins into the tongue. So give it a try… it’s better than burpees.
Move Like This:
Ball Hamstring Curls:
This exercise has been around forever but it’s a good one… and it’s not necessarily easy either. It’s takes doing hamstring curls to a whole new level. Because you have your feet on a ball it causes your body to stabilize itself thus utilizing and strengthening the core and lower back muscles. They also build strength in the hips, hamstrings and glutes. To do these on your own follow these steps to unsure proper form.Lie faceup with your calves on top of a stability ball, arms by your sides, and palms down. Squeeze your glutes and raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from shoulders to heels. Bend your knees to roll the ball toward you until your feet are flat on the ball. Straighten your legs to roll the ball back, then lower your body to the floor. That’s one rep, now just repeat 10-15 times and your good to go!
Mexican Vegetable Soup with Lime & Avocado:
It’s been so cold outside lately that I find all I want to eat is soup… so why why not make some fresh instead of the nasty stuff that has been sitting in a can. If you will be eating it on any other day than a Monday (meatless mondays remember) you can add some shredded chicken to it if you prefer. It’s good for you and it will help keep you warm!
Serves four to six.Ingredients
1 tablespoon light olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch-rounds
8 ounces green beans, tipped and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
6 cups of chicken stock
1/4 cup cooked hominy
2 teaspoons chilpotle chilies, minced
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
cilantro leaves, for garnish
6 wedges lime
Warm the oil in a soup pot, add onion, garlic, oregano, and salt, and cook over medium-low heat until the onion softens. Add the carrots, beans, and tomatoes; pour in the heated stock and simmer. After 20 minutes add the hominy and then gradually stir in the chilpotle chilies to taste. Cook another 5 minutes; then taste for salt. Ladle the soup into bowls; garnish with the avocado and cilantro leaves. Serve the lime on the side. Recipe and photo from here.