Saturday, 24 January 2015

Basic Mixed Juice

Basic Mixed Juice:

Nice basic juice can enjoy any time of day, or on any day. 

Ingredients:

3 Carrots
1/2 Cucumber
2 inch piece of Fresh Ginger
1 Bartlett Pear

Directions:
Wash all and juice. This one was good can see using this frequently as a nice light juice.



I will continue to post new recipes from time to time on Saturday as I experiment with Smoothie and Juice recipes. And I collect mine and favourites from around the web you can find them shared here in an EverNote notebook's with links to original sources.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

This Not That - Erin Motz - Your Go-To Yoga Pose Correctional Guide

This Not That:
Your Go-To Yoga Pose Correctional Guide
Erin Motz
Bad Yogi LLC


As someone who practices Yoga mostly at home, via dvd, downloads or web, and even thought I am now a certified Yoga Instructor I found this booklet great. Of the 54 poses covered a few I got corrections from for myself, but some of the others I was able to better explain to my student's corrections for their form. Erin Motz had done a wonderful job on this little volume.

The photos and layouts are masterful. Using contrasting colors of white for correct poses and purple for incorrect poses each page is easy to process at a quick glance. Each pose has between 2 and 5 points of correction, some are points of what to do right and some are the most common things people do wrong. These contrasting points really help you to focus on correct form during the posture.

The postures covered are:
1. Mountain Pose
2. Forward Fold
3. Flat Back
4. Plank
5. Chatturanga
6. Cobra
7. Up Dog
8. Downward Dog
9. Kneeling Lunge
10. Warrior I
11. Warrior II
12. Extended Side Angle
13. Extended Warrior
14. Triangle
15. Bound Warrior
16. Bound Triangle
17. Reverse Warrior
18. Revolved Triangle
19. Pyramid
20. Crescent Lunge
21. Warrior III
22. Half Moon
23. Revolved Half Moon
24. Dancer
25. Standing Split
26. Standing Wide Forward Fold
27. Horse
28. Tree Pose
29. Head Stand
30. Hand Stand
31. Dolphin
32. Forearm Stand
33. Crow
34. Side Crow
35. Flying Pigeon

36. 8 Angle Pose
37. Shoulder Pressing Pose
38. Side Plank
39. Side Plank Big Toe Hold
40. Flip Dog
41. Low Bridge
42. Full Wheel
43. Forearm Wheel
44. Pigeon
45. Split
46. Double Pigeon
47. Seated Twist
48. Marichyasana
49. Compass
50. Lotus
51. Boat
52. Seated Forward Fold
53. Toestand
54. Child's Pose

Now to be honest after nearly 20 months of daily practice there are a few of these I still cannot do. But this guide is helping me to try them with proper form. This was a great little guide and I highly recommend it!

Books By Erin Motz:
This Not That: Your Go-To Yoga Pose Correctional Guide
Stick It!: 11 Badass Exercises to Help You Stick Your Handstands
Bad Yogi Cleanse Kit

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Blood Gospel - James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell - The Order of Sanguines Book 1.0

The Blood Gospel
Sanguines Book 1.0
James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
William Morrow an imprint of
Harper Collins
ISBN 9780062247872


It has been a long time since a new author or series has seized me as much as these authors and this series. In the matter of a few days while travelling for work I read the prequel, first novel and short story between the first and second novel. These are riving stories that were very hard to put down. Now to be honest they are not the sort of thing I usually read any more. These were the sort of novels I read about 15-20 years ago when Anne Rice was at her peak and I was just a university student looking for distractions from studies. But there is something about the way these stories are written, especially this first novel in the trilogy, The Blood Gospel, which grabbed my attention and would not let it go.

The basic story is that an earth quake centered in Masada, Israel, unleashes a gas that kills hundreds. Sergeant Jordan Stone is there to investigate the compound used and trace it's source and eliminate the threat. Father Rhun Korza is there to run his own investigation. And Dr. Erin Granger is called in as an archeologist against her will, to investigate a tomb found hidden in the mountain. The three are the only survivors of a brutal attack that wipes out Stone's team of highly trained military men. The three flee, and are now on the run chasing clues that should lead them to The Blood Gospel a book supposedly written in Christ's own blood. The three must explore the past in order to try and save the future. But there are many hands at play.

The Order of Sanguines is a secret society within the Catholic church, they are sworn to fight the Strigoi, vampires, but they also have other secrets. The Belial are a group who work with the srigoi.

The three main characters are wonderfully written. You really appreciate the strengths and weaknesses each brings to the team. The story is face paced and high addictive. It is like a cross between Dan Brown and Anne Rice but better than either. It is a great novel and should prove to be an awesome trilogy!

Books by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell:
The Order of the Sanguines Trilogy

0.5 City of Screams
1.0 The Blood Gospel
1.5 Blood Brothers
2.0 Innocent Blood
3.0 Blood Infernal

Tucker Wayne Series with Grant Blackwood:
The Kill Switch
War Hawk

Books by James Rollins:
SIGMA Force Series:

1. Sandstorm
2. Map of Bones
3. Black Order
4. The Judas Strain
5. The Last Oracle
6. The Doomsday Key
6.5 The Skeleton Key
7. The Devil Colony
7.5 Tracker
8. Bloodline
9. The Eye of God
10. The Sixth Extinction
11. The Bone Labyrinth

Kids & Adult Series
Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow
Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx

Stand-alone Novels:
Subterranean
Excavation
Deep Fathom
Amazonia
Ice Hunt
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Altar of Eden

Written as James Clemens:
The Banned and the Banished Series:

Wit'ch Fire
Wit'ch Storm
Wit'ch War
Wit'ch Gate
Wit'ch Star

The Godslayer Series:
Shadowfall
Hinterland

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Double Beet Juice


Double Beet Juice:

Nice flavor but could use some tweaking, maybe more ginger or apple. 

Ingredients:

2 Large Collard Green Leafs Stem and All
2 Carrots
2 Small Red Beets
1 Medium Golden Beet
2 Limes rind and all
1 Lemon with rind
1/2 cucumber
1/2 Red Apple
4 Stalks Celery
3 inch piece of Fresh Ginger
1 Finger length piece of Turmeric

Directions:
Wash all and juice. This one was pretty good, could be better will update if I get it better.






I will continue to post new recipes from time to time on Saturday as I experiment with Smoothie and Juice recipes. And I collect mine and favourites from around the web you can find them shared here in an EverNote notebook's with links to original sources.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Product Review - Usana Sense - Natural Whitening Toothpaste

Natural Whitening Toothpaste
Usana


Over the last few years I have been trying to make some lifestyle changes; eating healthier, exercising more consistently; teaching yoga; choosing better products for personal grooming and care. Now I am not a tree hugger by any stretch of the imagination but I am slowly making changes. And I have a friend who writes really long Facebook posts praising great services or products and berating the opposite. So I decided to write some posts reviewing what I think are great products. This tooth paste is one of them.

I have read a fair bit about the controversy around fluoride, especially the type typically used in dental products. And reading a number of primal and paleo blogs, have read about making your own toothpaste with ingredients like coconut oil, baking soda, turmeric and more. But my mother in law sells Usana and she uses this tooth paste so I asked her if she could get me one to try.

I must be honest I loved it from the get go. It did take a bit of time to get conferrable with the concrete like appearance, but then it was not neon red, green or blue from artificial dyes and colors. The taste is light and mild. It is very effective and really is more whitening than either Crest or Colgate products I have used in the past. I love this toothpaste and the few times I ran out and was not restocked, with regret with each use returned to typical commercial products. The first time I had to use one I could not believe how unpleasant it was. This is a great product and believe it will be a benefit if you give it a try.

The description of the product on its website is:
"You deserve a healthier choice. That's why USANA's Natural Whitening Toothpaste is unique for what is doesn't have:
No artificial colors
No artificial sweeteners
No artificial flavors
No fluoride

Health Basics

Gentle, fluoride-free formula with natural ingredients
Removes plaque to clean teeth
Fights bacteria to control bad breath
Antioxidants and vitamins strengthen teeth and gums
Silica lifts stains without bleach or harsh abrasives
Vitamin E moisturizes and soothes irritated gums
Poly-C helps promote optimum oral health

Discover the natural way to a beautiful smile!"

And it lives up to that!