Don’t let yourself get Hangry

Have you ever been “Hangry”

You know the feeling. You begin to find yourself getting annoyed by the little things that wouldn’t normally bother you. You frustrate easily over minor tasks that are becoming increasingly more difficult with each error that seems to manifest in front of your eyes. Traffic seems worse, the weather is either too hot or too cold. Your loved ones become the target of your snippy remarks. Why is this happening right now? Life is good or so it seemed just a half an hour ago. What is going on? How can I fix this? Here is a suggestion… Eat something!

Yes, that’s it. Now that I’m eating something, it seems like the Sun just came out, the traffic jam opened up and I see my girlfriend’s beautiful blue eyes and I’m reminded of the ocean. Look, there’s a butterfly. What’s going on now? Why this sudden change of attitude? I fed my physical body and now my mind can go back to it’s normal tasks of being friendly, having conversations, working, or whatever it normally does without that primal instinct to find and consume food.

It’s called being “Hangry”.  So hungry that you are angry because of it. It creeps up on you too. I’ve known about this phenomenon for quite some time now. I’d say about 20 or more years. Pretty much, since I began being in control of my eating habits. Growing up, my mom always had breakfast and dinner for us, school provided lunch for us and I always had plenty of snacks throughout the day. In college, I was on the 20 meal plan and that was sufficient. Entering the working world and living on my own, I realized how much my mom had actually done providing meals for my Dad, brother and I.

I hear myself and my girlfriend and other friends saying, “I’m starving” Well that is a little bit of an exaggeration. We are not really starving. There are people in this world who are and fortunately we do not fall into that category. Now I have done the Master Cleanse twice. Once for 10 days and once for 12, eating nothing. Only drinking the water with Maple syrup, Lemon and Cayenne pepper mixed together. So I know I’m not actually going to starve if I don’t eat for a few hours or even a day or two. However, sometimes it feels like it.

Now, here is the challenge. Putting anything in our body will temporarily cure our “hanger”.  This is where we need to be careful and conscious of what we consume. We all know that a Snickers really satisfies and a bag of potato chips tastes delicious. Especially those Kettle Chips with all their delicious flavors. However, when you think about it, the reason we are “hangry” is our body and brain are low on fuel. If your new Mercedes was on E and you were going on a long road trip would you put the cheap gas in your tank? Even when the owner’s manual suggests the premium? No! So be careful with what you put in your body, especially when it’s on E. I’ve noticed there are a lot of those quick fix energy bars out there. The Kind bars are my favorite. It just doesn’t seem to be like real food to me for some reason. I will take one with me if I feel like I might need it for a temporary fix on a busy day. So what are some of my favorite temporary fixes when I need a little snack to carry me through to my next real meal…

Apples and peanut butter is my current favorite snack. “Ant’s on a log”, (celery with peanut butter and raisins) is another kid favorite and one I still enjoy. Veggies like carrots, cucumbers and celery paired with hummus also does the trick. I like pairing a fruit or vegetable with a protein source. This seems to make my mind and body happy. My good friend Eve, from Turkey, gave me this one the other day. Toast with Avocado. Simple, fulfilling, and delicious. Speaking of toast and the aforementioned peanut butter. Slice up a banana and throw it on top with maybe even some honey and you have yourself a quick breakfast that will keep you satisfied for a few hours. Those are my current “on the go” favorites. I always like to have a piece of seasonal fruit with me for a healthy delicious snack. Currently Peaches, Plums, and Nectarines are in season. If you’re curious as to what is in season at any given moment. Take a trip to the farmers market. You may even find some new fruit or vegetable to add to your mix. If you have any suggestions or tips, I would love to hear them. I’m always looking for ways to keep myself and my girlfriend from getting “hangry”

Happy Snacking!

My First Blog

Yoga Love Food

Well, here it is…my first blog. For quite some time now, signs have been encouraging me to write a blog. This year especially. Three books that I read, (The Waiter, Simply Between Millions, and It’s Not Just Who You Know) No fewer than 7 people, from my sister in law Heather to my girlfriend Chelsea…So, here I am finally doing it. I can check that one off the mental to do list. It’s been on there for a couple of years. I have been wanting to write a blog because so many amazing things have been happening and I want to share some of what I have learned from my experiences that may help you out in your experiences.  I love this quote by Iyanla Vanzant “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”

I am a big fan of trying to get the most out of life. Whether that is in love, the food that I eat, my yoga practice, my time, etc. I hope to inspire you to  with this blog. It will be about all of the interesting things that happen in my life. You know those funny coincidences that happen, sometimes on a daily basis. Connecting with friends, conversations with strangers and loved ones. Growing, cooking, and eating, delicious healthy food. Practicing and teaching Yoga and all of the cool experience I can share about that. All of this put together is what YogaLoveFood is going to be about. So if you’re interested in following along. I can promise you it will be a fun, interesting journey and hopefully we will learn a few things along the way.

One of those coincidences happened today that made me finally decide to start writing this blog. I took an amazing yoga class this morning at the Green Yogi in Manhattan Beach, right down the street from my home. It was taught by my good friend Sammy B. The class itself was very inspirational and I practiced next to my friend Jessica. I had just been reading her blog LifeLoveandYoga the night before. She is hilarious, informative, entertaining, interesting, and opinionated…all the things you want to see in a blog. I was loving reading all of her posts and I don’t normally read anything on the internet. It was only the second blog I’ve ever read. The first one I read because the blogger mentioned my name in it. I am relatively inexperienced when it comes to the current state of technology. Sure, I have an iPhone like everyone else and I have a bunch of Facebook friends, but I rarely look at it and I hardly use any of the features on my iPhone. I was born in 1970, so computers weren’t around that much when I was growing up. When they did come around, they were really slow and I had many frustrations using them. I try to stay away from things that frustrate me. I stick to texting and calling. Truth be told, I would rather not even text or call, I like to just run into people in person and have a face to face conversation. I don’t even have a television. However, things are about to change, Chelsea and I just bought an iMac. Woo hoo! After speaking with Jessica today about her blog, I decided, today is the day I begin sharing the things that I find interesting to me and maybe you will find them interesting too and entertaining at the same time. So, here I am. Writing a blog, Welcome to the 21st century.

About my blog…

My life has been forever changed since I began practicing yoga over four years ago. Then three years ago I became a certified yoga instructor through the mukti yoga school and then the transformation really happened.  I also love cooking and eating delicious healthy food. These are two subjects that I have found a lot of the friends in my current circle are in love with also. Good yoga and good food. So I decided to call my blog/website/ whatever this thing is… YogaLoveFood. I love yoga, I love Love and I love food. So I will be sharing recipes and delicious healthy dishes I have enjoyed either at restaurants or friends houses or made myself in my tiny little kitchen. I try my best to eat Locally grown fresh organic and all that good stuff. I believe that energy is transferred into your food. So I strive to always put love into my food when I am making it or at least bless it before I eat it. It seems to taste better. I feel like you can taste the Love.  This is a concept I would not have embraced before my yoga practice began, but now I totally buy into it. More on that subject later as well.

I will also be sharing about yoga classes and teachers and students and inspirational things that I experience in this amazing world of yoga that I am in.

Last week, my girlfriend, love of my life, best friend and partner, Chelsea said…”you’re not really a go-getter”. At first, I was a little offended. Wait a second I said… I graduated from a really good college in 4 years with a B+/A- average. I worked in D.C. on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator, I was a successful salesman for one of America’s top well known companies, bought two homes, traveled to 15 foreign countries and 48 of the 50 states, started two businesses (one that failed miserably, and one I gave to my ex wife) more on those subjects later… Anyway, as I listed off my resume in defense, she explained,  “I’m not saying its a bad thing. You’ve already gone out and gotten it and realized, what am I getting all this for anyway.”  She continued…”plus, it balances me out. I’m a go-getter, always have been, my mom said,'” if you want something, you have to go out and get it yourself.'” You, on the other hand, she explained, have faith and believe it will always work out, and so it does. It works out for both of us and we provide a great balance for each other”.  I remember hearing faith without works is dead, so the two balance each other out, I get it. So ok, now that I think about it, I see that she is right (as usual). Safe to say, I would not be blogging right now without her influence on my life. So that’s the Love part of this whole equation. I am in Love… Big Time.

Anyway, hope you love it.