MEATLESS MONDAYS!

WHY MEATLESS???

*Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.

Health Benefits

  • REDUCE RISK OF HEART DISEASE. Beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds contain little to no saturated fats. Reducing your intake of saturated fats can help keep your cholesterol low and reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT. A plant-based diet is a great source of fiber, which is absent in animal products. Foods rich in fiber make you feel full with fewer calories, resulting in lower calorie intake and less overeating. On average, Americans get less than half the recommended daily quantity of fiber.
  • IMPROVE OVERALL QUALITY OF DIET. Consuming dry beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.

Environmental Benefits

  • REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation.  And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.
  • MINIMIZE WATER USAGE. The water needs of livestock are tremendous, far above those of vegetables or grains. An estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. Soy tofu produced in California requires 220 gallons of water per pound.
  • HELP REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE. On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Compare this to the 2.2 calories of fossil fuel energy needed to produce one calorie of plant-based protein.  Moderating meat consumption is a great way to cut fossil fuel demand.

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April 12, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

SUTRA 1.10: ABHAVA PRATYAYALAMBANA VRTTIR NIDRA

TRANSLATION: THAT MENTAL MODIFICATION SUPPORTED BY COGNITION OF NOTHINGNESS IS SLEEP.

When we sleep or even meditate, we might feel as if our minds are able to exist completely devoid of thought. However, in these moments, when we perceive we have achieved clarity, if we are cognizant of this clarity, we are still thinking… These thoughts might be: “yay, my mind is free of thoughts”, “I feel nothing”, “I see nothing”, “I’m meditating…woohoo!” etc. This act of being aware of lucidity and stillness, of peace and quiet, is in itself a modification of the mind. Can we free ourselves from our cognition of nothingness and experience mere… nothingness? Hmmm, seems to me like a tough habit to kick. But, maybe, with practice and time… who knows where we might go when we don’t know where we are going!

April 11, 2010. Tags: . yoga. Leave a comment.

SUTRA 1.9: SABDAJNANANUPATI VASTU SUNYO VIKALPAH

TRANSLATION: AN IMAGE THAT ARISES ON HEARING MERE WORDS WITHOUT ANY REALITY [AS IT’S BASIS] IS VERBAL DELUSION.

In Sutra 1.8, which deals with misconception, you are actually seeing something real but misinterpreting it. In this Sutra, 1.9, which discusses verbal delusion, you are drawing a conclusion from words alone. For example, say you overhear your friend say: “my dad has just died”. You begin freaking out and expressing your utmost condolences, when she says: “no, no, not MY dad, the character I’m portraying in this show’s dad”…. Oh, oops, you missed that part of the conversation some how… You get the idea.

This is an example of verbal delusion. We create impressions, which may or may not be true, in our minds from what we hear.

April 4, 2010. yoga. Leave a comment.