Yoga and a Recipe

I woke up with a major food hangover yesterday, I didn’t want to get out of bed for anything. I had an 8:30 am yoga class so I got up anyway and made breakfast. I made 2 eggs n baskets with local nine grain bread and earth balance. I didn’t have anything on the side because I actually wasn’t hungry but I knew I needed to eat because I wouldn’t be out of yoga until late morning.

This weeks hatha flow yoga class was taught by Candy, a teacher I had never practiced with before. When I first saw Candy, my first thought was relief. She was overweight! I can’t tell you how many super thin yoga teachers there are in this world so to see one that I would consider to be like me, I was excited. For a couple of reasons, really. My big dream is to be a writer while teaching yoga “on the side”. She eased my mind that not all yoga teachers have to be thin.  And secondly, I knew my ego would not come in to play because I would not be constantly comparing how thin the teacher is to how overweight I am.  It was a wonderful feeling.

After class, I had a private lesson with Laura, the owner of the studio. If I have a mentor in this world, I do believe it is Laura. She compels me to want to live a yogic life and be my own best person. From the moment I met her, I felt a connection with her that makes me feel like she has been a cherished friend my whole life. Needless to say, I always enjoy my private lessons with her. This lesson was about a yogic approach to my anxiety, depression and seasonal affective disorder. I could write an entire article on all of the things that I learned but the biggest thing that I learned is that my body needs two different things depending on whether I am anxious or depressed. The two are so closely tied in my mind that I had just assumed the opposite. She taught me some “real world” techniques for when busting into warrior II just isn’t appropriate as well as the proper asanas and flows for when it is.  The whole session helped me understand why I enjoy the poses and the flows that I do with some real legit yoga wisdom to back it up.

In addition to the yogic techniques, we also explored a little more into ayureveda. We talked about my being a kapha and some of the foods that will help keep me balanced. From, that I have decided that I would like to educate myself more of these principles and probably make some changes to my diet accordingly. Laura urged me to take a real world approach and to avoid any extremist ideas which I find to be the most rational and intuitive. 

Once I was home from expanding my yogic horizons, it was lunch time. I was pretty hungry and wasn’t up for much involved cooking so leftovers and frozen veggies came to my rescue. I had a mango sausage with whole wheat couscous and steamed green beans with almond. The couscous and green beans didn’t really do it for me so I ended up only have a few bites.

After lunch, we headed to Barnes and Noble to look for books about ayureveda. That idea turned out to be a dud but we did get a latte while we were there 🙂 I got a toasted marshmallow mocha and a pretzel because I was still hungry from lunch. The pretzel was revolting, really, so I only had the one bite. It looks much better than it tasted.

Once we were home from B & N and the rest of our errands, I started on a pot of chowder right away. My friend was coming over for dinner and I knew it would be a really long cooking process. I had seen a couple of recipes for edamame chowder and with those, here is what I came up with.

Roasted Edamame Chowder

4 cups shelled edamame

3 tbsp olive oil

salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to taste

3 slices bacon, cut into small pieces

1 large onion, diced

1 clove garlic, crushed with salt

1 lb of small red potatoes, sliced into half moons

2 cups frozen corn

4 cups chicken broth, plus more as needed

1 cup half and half

Cheddar cheese for topping


Pre heat oven to 400*. Coat the edamame the olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder and toss to combine. Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes stirring often to ensure even roasting. Once roasted, turn off the oven but the leave the edamame inside.

Meanwhile, cook bacon on medium heat until crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan as set aside of paper towels. Remove as little or as much of the bacon grease as you would like but be sure to add a little olive oil if you remove all of it. Sautee the onions in the bacon grease (or olive oil) until they are translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in the crushed garlic and sautee for another minute. Add the potatoes and corn and sautee for 5 minutes. Add in the chicken broth and increase the heat to med high. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce head to med and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.

Remove half of the soup mixture and add to the blender and puree until smooth. Once smooth, add back to the cooking pot along with the roasted edamame. Stir well to combine and taste for salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. After simmering, stir in the half and half and let stand for about 5 minutes. Top with crumbled bacon and cheese.

The chowder turned out great, I served it along side whole wheat yeast rolls and everyone was happy. The soup was rich and creamy and just what we needed on a cold rainy night! For dessert, I had a small bowl of local butter pecan ice cream, it was so good but it made me really cold. I think it is ALMOST time to retire ice cream for the season.

Thought Provoker: Do you make note of how certain foods make you feel? Do you have a tendency towards eating them anyway because they taste good even if they make you feel bad? My body does not like to be overloaded with sweets but my mind always wants to eat them. I try to only have a little but sometimes the sugar monster takes over.


20 Responses

  1. What great yoga experiences and lessons you’re having!!

    I love the ayurvedic ways of eating/living – I’m a vata 🙂

    I DEFINITELY make note of how certain foods make me feel, and eat accordingly.

  2. marshmallow mocha??? yum 🙂

    i am there 100% with you on the sweets… i hate how i feel after i eat them but my mind convinces me that i want them!

  3. That chowder recipe sounds great!

    My body is pretty good at telling me if it doesn’t agree with something I’ve eaten (or eaten too much of!) As an example…I’ve never been a big nut eater, but once I bought and tried almond butter I ate it everyday for a week. My tummy WAS NOT happy with the nut overload and let me know about it in the form of some nasty heartburn. I stopped eating it for a few days and the slowly eased back into it. Much better! 🙂 Everything in moderation, right?!

  4. I’m so happy your yoga experiences were so mind/body nourishing!
    I am trying to do a better job of noticing how food makes me feel. If I eat too much trail mix, I feel sick, but I just love it so much. I’m cutting back!
    Also, some foods that scare me make me feel good, so I’m trying to eat those more and get over the irrational fear. 🙂
    Have a beautiful day!

  5. edamame chowder?! wow!

    you are quite the great yoga-ian – how fantastic that you can have one to one sessions with laura too, she sounds wonderful. reading about your eperiences with yoga makes me want to do more.

    i do have food that doesn’t make me feel great – bread, for example. i can’t help but feel bloated when i eat bread, so you probably notice i don’t eat bread that often. but i do love it SO much and i’ve found some good loaves out there that ae full of the good stuff, so it’s a comfort. and if i eat sugar laden foods, i either want more of it straight after or feel nauseous and feel crappy! i still take sweet doses though 😉

  6. what a fantastic morning! I’ve not tried yoga, but it sounds pretty amazing if you get the right people 🙂 i almost jumped up and down when i saw the title edamame chowder–lol! except that would require me to get off my bum, and i’ve been standing all morning in the kitchen so i didn’t 🙂

    i have noticed anecdotally foods that make me feel not good, but it is definately harder with sweets!

  7. Sounds like a great morning! You’re so lucky to have found such an inspiring person to look up to, she sounds awesome.

    I have noticed the way some foods make me feel on either of the extremeties but if it’s something I love I conveniently ignore it… probably not the best idea when it makes me feel like crap, huh 😉

  8. Glad you had a great morning.

  9. I’m glad that you had such a great yoga session. It sounds really helpful and interesting.

    I definitely take note of the way that different foods affect me. When I’m under stress, I tend to eat carbohydrates to the exclusion of other foods even though it makes me feel lousy. But I’ve made a lot of progress toward eating with more balance and eating foods that make me feel good. I’ve found that being mindful of how I feel when I eat various things is the best way to persuade myself to make good food choices in the future.

  10. marshmallow mocha?! oh YUM!
    so good to hear that yoga is such a positive factor in your life- i really wish i could get into it!
    i’ve been eating a lot more fruits and veggies than usual lately because they make me feel sooooo good. when the sweet tooth kicks in and i indulge a little, i usually pay the price later!
    have a wonderful night!

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  12. I loved reading about your yoga adventures today. I am glad you found comfort in Candy. One of my favorite yoga teachers was not a stick. She was so spunky! And, I am so glad you have a mentor in Laura. I’ve always wanted private yoga lessons and it seems like you have a great relationship with her.

    As to your question, I try to be mindful of how something affects my body. Mostly I find that if I eat too much of anything I feel like crap.

    Have a wonderful week.

  13. That chowder looks amazing. I have never had a marshmallow mocha. YUM!

  14. Oh wow! I adore Edamame!! It’s so yummy! And healthy!! Too cold though for ice cream in my apartment though! I’m sitting here in double layers of pants!!

    As for the thought provoker: I DEFINITELY make a note of how foods make me feel! Lucikly I don’t crave sweets, because I don’t have a sweet tooth…but I know I need veggies when I’m just craving a crunchy salad….and I know that I need protein when my hunger is out of control. Plus being a skater, I’ve had to learn how different foods affect me…and be very careful of what is easy/difficult to digest! Plus I have comfort foods that I definitely turn to and crave to “feel warm and fuzzy”- tofu, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, etc.

    HAPPY MONDAY Christie!

  15. Ayureveda is really interesting to me. I’ll be interested to see how you do with it!

    I do notice how foods make me feel, but when I’m having a really bad day I still crave ice cream. The sugar–even though I know it’ll make me crash later–still is pretty irrestible.

  16. I only get around to going to a yoga class once a month, but the teacher that I always go to is overweight and she is WONDERFUL. Far better than some skinny minny yoga teachers I’ve had in the past.

    Also—have you read any John Douillard? He’s kind of real-life ayurvedic.

  17. Haha how funny. Until a month ago I didn’t even KNOW what the foods were that made me feel bad and hungry. Now I do, so yes I avoid them unless on a very special occasion. But Im starting to think it is just not worth the come down of eating them.

  18. So glad to know that you like yoga too. I’m a big fan of yoga, currently practicing vinyasa yoga and I’m considering to become yoga instructor, not to teach full-time, but as I love practicing it and I love the share with others my passion, I thought teaching would be nice.

    I’m looking forward to read more about your yoga practice.
    (just added you in my blogroll)

  19. I almost always want to eat sweets — especially sweets high in fat. I’m sure it dates back to childhood and feelings associated with eating desserts.

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