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Wonderful Ways to Work-out During the Winter!

Now that the chilly season is in full swing we become more apt to stay inside, enjoy our hot meals and warm beverages, lounge in our snuggliest of blankets and allow ourselves to accidentally pack on the pounds. Now, there’s nothing wrong with keeping cozy, but we’re not grizzlies with a penchant for hibernating. It’s certainly worth your while to not let the winter-time blues get the best of you. We’re here to help promote some healthy, and FUN, exercises to keep you in shape. Cue the corny “Rocky IV” training montage!

Jogging:

Running or jogging is a perfect way to let your energy loose while staying warm. Whether you’re pumping-it through the snowy forest, down a trail, around the neighborhood or on a treadmill, this full-body exercise is an ideal way to shed the calories from all of those yummy winter-wonderland sweets.

Cross Country Skiing:

What could be more fun than gliding across snowy dunes on a sunny day? Improve your cardiovascular system in a way you may have never tried before, and if this is the case, be sure to start off slow. Give yourself time to enjoy the landscape and feel the weight slide right off of that gorgeous plant-eating body of yours!

Yoga:

Don’t let your flexibility and dedication go to waste! There are many, many forms of yoga that are impeccable for any time of year, but especially during the winter when your joints and muscles have a tendency to lockup. Whether you attend a local yoga studio, practice to a DVD at home or follow your own tried n’ true routine, yoga will keep your limbs warm and limber, not to mention set your body to balance and your mind at ease.

snowshoeing

Snowshoeing:

Strap on a pair of snowshoes, because you’re in for a fantastic treat-of-an-exercise! Hiking in the snow ideally targets your leg muscles, but this workout inevitably triggers your whole body to kick in gear. It’s important, however, that you pick your trails carefully and purchase comfortably, appropriately fitting snowshoes so as not to form sores or irritation. Just like jogging and skiing, this activity allows you to savor the sites while testing mind-over-matter. Endurance is the word, so stay tough and hang in there – This workout could be just what the doctor ordered!

Ice Skating:

An absolute classic winter activity, you can revel in this exercise at any age, not to mention the whole family can get in on the fun! Like snowshoeing, you’ll want to make sure you own a pair of well-fitting skates. If you’re lucky enough to have a lake or natural setting to skate nearby, make the most of it! If not, seek out a local rink and glide into a good time. A roller-skating rink can do the trick just as well.

Helpful Tips –

  • It’s good practice to schedule your workouts:

“Until you’ve mastered cold-weather fitness, start your workout at half your usual warm-weather distance; if you normally run four miles, start with two. Warm up indoors for five minutes before heading out. Running in place or jumping rope makes it less likely you’ll strain a muscle… Even if you thrive on early-morning workouts, on extremely cold days consider exercising later in the day, when temps are highest.”

  • Don’t ignore signs of sickness, and don’t allow yourself to get cold:

“Don’t ignore the warning signs that you may be cold. Symptoms of frostbite include numbness, loss of feeling or a stinging sensation. If you suspect frostbite, get out of the cold immediately and slowly warm the affected area. Avoid open spaces and paths near water to reduce exposure to biting winds, and get out of damp clothes as soon as possible, even if you cannot shower immediately, and change into dry clothes… Wear sunscreen, especially if you exercise near snow, which reflects sunlight. Even though the sun isn’t beating down on you with heat, it can still cause sunburn… Wear fewer, thinner layers of clothing you can peel off, rather than one single, heavy layer; cool down gradually after your workout by taking off a layer at a time. Choose breathable fabrics to avoid sweat build-up that makes you feel colder. A good choice for a breathable, wind-repellent fabric includes Gore-Tex.”

 If you’re unable to enjoy any of these outdoor winter activities, it’s also always great to join a gym and to have a workout buddy to keep yourselves mutually motivated and regular. Be sure to consistently get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water, cook-up a wide variety of veggies and stay warm until the Spring shines through.

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources –

http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/946579/10-fitness-tips-for-winter-workouts

http://healthyvoyager.com/simple-winter-workout-ideas/

 

 

 

 

 

Maximizing Your Health with a Macrobiotic Diet

Success in Simplicity – What Makes Macrobiotics Special

“Adopting the macrobiotic diet takes a great deal of dedication and commitment to a lifestyle that is much bigger than your average diet plan,” says Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD in her WebMD.com article Macrobiotic Diet. These words ring true, especially when compared to the collective current Western diet consisting heavily on processed foods dedicated to meats, dairy, innumerable snack foods and even vegetables, particularly those which are genetically modified. These processed foods, derived from sources of extremely poor quality, have aided in the upward current of various diseases including heart disease and cancer, specifically ubiquitous amongst Americans.
So, what’s the cure to this gradually growing greasy snowball of health instability? A time-honored, consistently confirmed standard of living known as Macrobiotics can utterly change your life.

“A macrobiotic diet isn’t simply a diet plan. It’s a way of life. If you’re drawn to the concept of eating a natural, organic, plant-based diet (with a little fish) and embrace a Zen-like spirituality in both your life and food selections, then a macrobiotic diet may be for you.

Originally from Japan, the principle behind the macrobiotic diet combines tenets of Zen Buddhism with a Western-style vegetarian diet. Much more than a list of recommended foods, it is all about a spiritualism that transcends lifestyle, attitude, and diet practices. The word “macrobiotic” comes from the Greek and essentially means ‘long life’ or ‘great life.’”

Special care is given to the sources, preparation and eating of the judiciously selected foods which make up the Macrobiotic diet. It’s highly encouraged that one purchases their natural, unprocessed food locally and cooks their meals by boiling, steaming and baking. The general basis of the diet includes a heavy emphasis on grains and vegetables, beans, fermented soy, as well as a daily intake of soup with small amounts of nuts, fruits and seeds trailing behind. There is also room for the occasional, and slight, inclusion of fish. All food is to be eaten and chewed slowly and methodically for optimum digestive and nutritional potency.

The general percentage of a typical macrobiotic diet includes:
“- Whole grains, especially brown rice: 50%-60%
– Vegetables (and seaweed): 25%-30%
– Beans: 5%-10%
– Fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, miso soup: 5%-20%
– Soup (made from ingredients above): 1-2 cups/day”

An Affective & Adaptable Diet

Long-term followers of the macrobiotic lifestyle can attest to the depth of value in this life-changing diet. A profound impact can be noticed in the devotee’s health, level of contentment and overall wellbeing once in tune with the rhythmic corporal and spiritual flow as stimulated through their specific régime.

“Eating natural food that is closer to the earth and less processed is healthier for the body and soul. One of the objectives is to become more sensitive to the food you eat and how it affects your life. Ultimately, this awareness will enhance your life and health.”

Simple measures can be taken to personally fine-tune your nutritive and spiritual poise by understanding the significant influence of age, gender, daily and bodily activity, climate and seasonal changes, as well as individual and specific health conditions. These factors make up the sensitive, yet fluid network which prompts complete, healthy unison of self.

Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday @ Sea and there will be lots of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Sources – http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/macrobiotic-diet

Integrative Relaxation – A Serene State of Wellbeing

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One of the most enjoyed and sought-after programs of the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise are the Integrative Relaxation classes. Centered on optimizing your ability to experience blissful relaxation akin to deep, rejuvenating rest, Integrative Relaxation, also known as Yoga Nidra, allows for an emotional release of pain, both internally and externally. Offering intense benefits to your entire consciousness, this simple, easily adaptable tool, once properly learned, can quickly be applied to your daily routine once you’re back at home from your gorgeously luxurious vegan, macrobiotic cruise! By consistently utilizing and applying Integrative Relaxation to your everyday life, you’re initiating a state of comprehensive mental, physical and emotional relaxation that unfetters you from the damaging patterns of anxiety, tension and stress in your life. By combining ‘breath awareness’ with physical relaxation to boost your employment of intention, you will be calmly guided through a series of modest techniques practiced by either simply lying on the floor, or by sitting in a comfortable chair. With careful instruction, you will experience direct access to sound relaxation, a slow release from anxious, stressful mental patterns, constructive pain management and an overall sense of wellbeing. We’re proud to continue to have Chandrakant Hiester on board to guide our guests along the path to a happier, healthier life!

Introducing Chandrakant Hiester
As a senior teacher, as well as a seminar leader for the last seven years at the Amrit Yoga Institution in Salt Springs, Florida, Chandrakant Hiester’s experience and expertise has made him a national and international presence. A psychology graduate of Rutgers University and a well-seasoned specialist of the martial arts, Chandrakant’s passion lays in teaching Amrit Yoga, Amrit Yoga Nidra and various other yoga and stress-reducing practices, as well as preparing and leading professional training programs for those seeking to further the instruction of their wellbeing through yoga. Having studied under our very own Yoga Amrit Desai for over thirty years, Chandrakant has accumulated vast experience, providing him with powerful implementation programs centered on fostering and encouraging beneficial progression in understanding one’s behavioral practices and tuning them towards self-nurturing awareness.

Chandrakant’s involvement with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for more than two decades has been occupied in various roles. Acting as executive chef while overseeing the preparation of 500 to 700 vegetarian meals served to guests daily, Chandrakant has also acted as Yogi Desai’s personal chef for over twelve years having been trained to prepare true Indian cuisine from none other than Yogi Desai’s wife, Mataji!

Quiet Your Mind, Quiet Your Pain, and Enjoy Your Cruise!
Every morning Chandrakant leads his ‘Daily Morning Amrit Yoga Asana Sequence’ class, teaching the steps on how to bond with the true source, experience and purpose of yoga to unite with a timeless state of being. As practiced through the implementation of various yoga postures, Chandrakant guides the practitioner through simple poses, instructing how the body can be used as a means of transportation to wellbeing, fully activating the body and mind into stillness. By bringing the both the active and receptive energies of your body into balance, Chandrakant’s classes are designed to specifically tune your personal energy levels into the deepest meditative state possible. The quiet calm of Integrative Relaxation softens and depletes the pain caused from emotional and physical pain, reducing your bodily and mental ‘fight or flight’ response that keeps you on edge. From fear, depression, anxiety, insomnia and even high blood pressure, Chandrakant will teach you how to calm the active energies of your mind and implement serenity, introducing his personalized blend of veteran comprehension and concrete psychology, leading you along your way to an even more enjoyable cruise experience!


Taste of Health Holistic Holiday at Sea is more than a great vegan travel experience, it’s an opportunity to travel and stay healthy while pampering AND educating yourself with current events and trends in the vegan world. On our holistic cruise you will have the opportunity to eat divine meals, make new friends engage with some of the most celebrated personalities of the Vegan Industry. 2013 will mark the 10 year Anniversary of the Holistic Holiday at Sea and there will be tons of socials, great classes, amazing Caribbean ports and even a few surprises. Learning a new way of living has never been so much fun, so easy and so tasty!

Pardon Me, Yogi – Did You Order the Bacon & Wine Combo?

Some Argue the Road of Good Intentions is Paved with Chocolate

The ‘New York Times’ article When Chocolate and Chakras Collide scrawls a thinly positioned, but investigative line around the narrative of modernized, some would argue highly Westernized, yoga. Specifically eyeballing the American yoga-hub of Los Angeles, California, a clear claim to a theoretically ethical, as well as practical, crisis has evolved concerning the value and yogic benefit of food. But not just any food… Well, actually yes, ANY food! Some yoga practitioners are offering yoga classes which, after flowing through a thorough an intensive, yet welcoming workout, immediately offer luxurious cuisine to class members right on their sweaty yoga mats.

“All had signed up for a strange new hybrid of physical activity: first an hour of vigorous, sweaty yoga, then a multi-course dinner of pasta, red wine and chocolate. As soon as the lights went up, dinner was served on the floor: an (almost) seamless transition designed to allow the yogis to taste, smell and digest in a heightened state of awareness.

‘It’s a little weird to sit on a sweaty yoga mat and eat soup,’ said one woman, not pausing as she spooned up a smooth, cinnamon-spiked butternut squash purée from a bamboo bowl. ‘But people are used to doing some weird things in yoga class.’”

A Stick in the Mud, or a Piggy’s Paradise?

A particularly controversial aspect surrounding the food served during these classes is the departure from traditional fare one would expect to be ubiquitously endorsed at yoga studios. Many would, and have, sounded out against the thematically layering statements made by New York based yoga teacher, Sadie Nardini, who claims “The culture of judgment in the yoga community — I call it “yogier than thou” — is rampant, and nowhere more than around food… Nowhere is it written that only vegetarians can do yoga… We do not live in the time of the founding fathers of yoga, and we don’t know what they wanted us to eat.”

The undeniable pretension purveying from various collectives of outspoken members within the yoga-lifestyle has certainly negatively affected both internal and external views of yoga. However, one cannot argue with the virtues of sincerely adhering to the basic facets of the practice.

“’The very first teaching of yoga forbids us to eat meat,’ said Eva Grubler, director of training at Dharma Yoga in New York, one of the most venerated yoga centers in the country. In the Yoga Sutras, a primary text of yogic philosophy, ethics are broken down into five yamas (things to not do) and five niyamas (things to do). Ahimsa, the first yama, is a prescription not to harm others. But the definition of ‘others’ — whether it includes all animals, or only people, or should perhaps extend to the plant kingdom — is in debate.”

“’Ten years ago we would not even be having this conversation,’ said Ms. Grubler, who added that a vegan diet was a given for her. ‘Yoga used to be much quieter, but now there are more people, they are more activated, and they are questioning everything.’ She says that the true yogic path gradually and organically frees people of desire for meat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.”

“‘A pure yogic diet is one that is only calming: no garlic, onions or chili peppers, nothing heavy or oily,’ said Ms. Grubler. ‘Steamed vegetables, salads and fresh juices are really the ideal.’ Yogic food choices can also influenced by ayurveda, a traditional Indian way of eating to keep the body healthy and in balance. Some yogis determine their dosha, or dominant humor, vata (wind/air), pitta (bile) or kapha (phlegm), and eat accordingly. Foods are invested with properties like warming or cooling, heavy or light, moist or dry.”

David Romanelli, a yoga instructor based in Phoenix, Arizona who claims to teach “Yoga for the Everyman,” serves bacon and wine during his classes. He’s well aware of the implications of his practice regarding food. The promoted “anything goes, as long as it tastes good” motto has caused many a third-eye to blink twice. More and more yoga teacher are admitting to a “don’t ask, don’t tell” stance towards consuming meat, many agreeing that they’ll happily enjoy the flesh so long as they are aware of its source. For most, however, wine and meat is off the table.

“Bacon, he (Romanelli) said, is a yogic teaching tool, providing an opportunity to contemplate principles of attraction and revulsion, desire and self-denial, and why we are so attracted to things we know to be unhealthy. (It also, of course, provides priceless shock value.)… ‘It’s a way of getting people in the door,’ he said in an interview. ‘The world is a better place if people do yoga. And if they come because chocolate or wine is involved, I’m fine with it.’”

There’s No Justice in Judgment

For many, it may be hard not to become the pawn of pessimism when reflecting on this current trend, Astavakrasana-ing their minds around how such an ancient practice went so ‘wayward.’ While these free-wheeling ‘foodie’ yoga studios may be churning out more indulgence-laden members than Willy Wanka has Oompa Loompa’s, it’s important to stay grounded and to effect change through the sincere practice of yoga. Boulder, Colorado-based yoga instructor, Mary Taylor, having studied with Julia Child at Les Trois Gourmandes, offers this discourse, having established a “middle path” of maintaining her own vegan lifestyle while abstaining from becoming priggish towards those who are not:

“‘If we become aggressive and intolerant towards those who do eat meat, is that an act of kindness?’ she said. ‘If your grandmother is making a wonderful meat dish that you have loved since you were a child, is it yoga to push it away?’”

We’d like to think that since Grandma loves us so much, she’d understand. Grandmas are yoga like that.

Sources

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/dining/27yoga.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

Okay, so this article isn’t very vegan, but our Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise definitely is. However, you will be able to find some wine, chocolate and yoga! Join us in March for an unforgettable and unique vegan travel experience you will thoroughly enjoy. You will add to your existing knowledge of a plant based lifestyle, learn recipes to enhance your vegan meal repertoire, enjoy lectures to expand your mind, make lots of new friends and of course, have lots of fun! We look forward to seeing you on our 10th Anniversary voyage!

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