What I Ate Wednesday: Yoga Teacher Training!

As of today, Maggie and I are five days into yoga teacher training! We are being taught and led, along with 7 others, by Tamsy Markham. Tamsy is the creative director and founder of High Street Yoga and Velvet Mill Yoga, in Westerly, Rhode Island and Stonington, Connecticut, respectively. We’ve been traipsing between the two studios, which are very close to each other despite the fact that they are in different states. I thought it would be fun to share what a day of yoga teacher training looks like, since we’re loving it so much!

Monday, July 14: Day 3 of Yoga Teacher Training

WIAW yoga teacher training edition

7:30 AM: Wake up

7:45 AM: Pre-breakfast

I’ve been drinking a quarter cup of aloe juice each morning (you can buy the big bottle that I have from any Trader Joe’s) with lemon juice and water. I feel like it’s helped my whole digestive system feel better. I’ve also been taking krill oil pills that my mom sent.

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8:00 AM: Breakfast

I had a cup of coffee with milk, and a muffin I’d made in Astoria with whatever was leftover in my cupboard before I moved out. I don’t remember the ratios, since I made it up as I went, but I used all-purpose flour, brown rice flour, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, eggs, coconut oil, water, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, seven nut & seed butter, ginger honey, cocoa nibs, chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes. They turned out shockingly delicious and they weren’t dry.

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8:20 AM: Breakfast Part II

I had a second muffin in the car on the drive to the yoga studio. I wasn’t too hungry but I knew we had a hot yoga class coming up and that I would be hungry during that if I didn’t eat more.

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9:00 AM: Discussion / Session with Tamsy

We are studying Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga (read more about it here) and Tamsy began training with its founder, Baron Baptiste, directly in 2002. She is awesome and we’re all learning so much!

10:00 – 11:15 AM: Hot Yoga

Of course we have to be sure to drink plenty of liquids! Throughout the day I drank about a third of this coconut water (so roughly 10-12 ounces).

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I also drank a few bottles of water and one bottle of iced tea Maggie and I made with green tea, jasmine green tea, and peppermint tea. It was super refreshing!

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11:30 AM: Snack #1

Maggie and I quickly wolfed down these fresh raspberries and blueberries, and dried, sweetened cranberries before our next discussion / session.

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12:30 PM: Lunch

Lunch for us has been leftovers pretty much every day so far, which is great, since Maggie’s mom has made us the most delicious and nutritious dinners each night! Today we had grilled vegetables (onion, bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash) and a sausage over quinoa. The squash came from Maggie’s mom’s garden!

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Barefoot Buddha, St. Thomas

Barefoot Buddha St. Thomas

Zan grew up in St. Thomas, and that’s where we met, when I moved there in middle school. After I moved away a few years later, she always spoke about meeting friends for coffee at Barefoot Buddha, across from Havensight (a collection of stores, restaurants and bars right where the cruise ships dock). It wasn’t built until after I’d moved away, and so, when Kiyo and I spent a few days in St. Thomas in March (generously hosted by Zan’s parents at their idyllic home) we decided to check it out for breakfast.

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Let me just quote this Yelper to illustrate what happened to us when we set out, and to prove we were not alone in our mistake:

“The map for this place is completely wrong! We were visiting the area and were excited to go here and followed the map through some seedy parts of Charlotte Amalie until we called and realized we were very far away and had to walk about 25 minutes more because unlike the map, this is not in the downtown historic area but near the cruise ship dock.”

I typed the address from Yelp into my phone and just followed it without thinking. Since I’m familiar with the island, I realized that we were being brought to the wrong area, but by the time I noticed, we were already stuck within the paralyzing web of unmarked, one-way streets downtown. I kid you not, none of the streets have one-way signs, and yet they are one-ways. Even Zan, who was born and raised on the island, has gotten tickets for turning the wrong way down these streets. When we asked her father about it later, he said “you just have to know,” and obviously we were clueless! Not to mention, I was driving their family’s car and in St. Thomas, they drive on the left!

So, Kiyo and I spent an extremely stressful twenty minutes winding up and down these streets, coming head to head with oncoming traffic and being yelled at by locals. Since everything seemed to be one-way in the wrong direction, we couldn’t get out! It was embarrassing and by the time we FINALLY arrived to Barefoot Buddha we were hangry, stressed, and at each other’s throats. We ordered our food and sat down at a table to wait, both of us silently fuming. That’s when I saw the sign the restaurant had propped up on a hanging shelf: “IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START THE DAY OVER” The Barefoot Buddha had already imparted its wisdom on us! I had to laugh, and once Kiyo saw it too, we both realized we were on vacation, on a gorgeous island, with nothing to worry about all day except which beach we wanted to go to. It was still morning and we did indeed “start over,” with good attitudes. The delicious food and coffee definitely helped too!

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I like to get a sweet drink with salty food, so I can have the best of both worlds. I had a caramel latte that really sweet and delicious.

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In our usual fashion, we split two things so we wouldn’t each have to choose between them. Both on everything bagels, the first breakfast sandwich was the Bigfoot: egg frittata, smoked turkey, turkey bacon, cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli, tomato coulis and fresh spinach. The second was only a bit different; the Breakfast Bagel Sandwich with egg frittata, turkey bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, sun-dried tomato schmear, tomato-onion coulis and fresh spinach. They were honestly so similar that I didn’t prefer one over the other, but they were both really good. Even though there was cheese and the bagels don’t offer much nutrition at all, they felt healthy and light; perfect for before the beach!

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Dinner at The Neely’s, New York

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I actually already wrote about this dinner in one of my What I Ate Wednesday posts; you can read it here.

dinner at The Neely's New York

The drinks were large and strong, and considering that at trendy NYC bars and restaurants a small, weak “craft cocktail” can run you $12-16, I thought this drink menu was actually a good deal and I loved the Southern twist.

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As I’ve said, often celebrity chefs’ restaurants are overpriced and overrated. I’m happy to say that the Neely’s BBQ Parlor defied that stereotype and was actually quite good. Kiyo and I both enjoyed our strong cocktails along with some deep-fried pickles with a tangy dipping sauce and two hefty entrees…

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He had ribs with brussels sprouts and I had a cobb salad, loaded with veggies (including fried green tomatoes!), turkey and bacon. Everything was delicious!

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Neely’s Barbecue Parlor

Location: 1125 1st Ave, New York, NY 10065 Phone: (212) 832-1551

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What I Ate Wednesday, Astoria & New York

Tahini cinnamon smoothie

Breakfast: Absolutely delicious, organic, creamy cinnamon tahini smoothie I adapted from this recipe by Nutrition Stripped. Here’s my version (serves 2 – roughly 250 calories per serving):

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts 
  • 1/2 packet of stevia (about 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of tahini
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ice cubes

apples with cinnamon

Mid-morning snack: 1 organic apple with cinnamon (not pictured: matcha green tea with stevia and lemon juice).

Little Collins NYC latte

Lunch: I met my friend Geneve for lunch at my favorite café near work, Little Collins. I ordered a small unsweetened latte, which came with a very tiny, nutty cookie.

Little Collins turkey sandwich

I also had a turkey confit sandwich with fried onion and mustard seeds, and a very small arugula / dried cranberry salad on the side. It was absolutely as delicious as it looks!

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Dinner at Waverly Diner, New York

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Even though it’s a family holiday and an American tradition, I haven’t been home for Thanksgiving since 2007. Last year, Kiyo and I ditched the cold and escaped to Jamaica for an amazing long weekend. The year before that, we both stayed in Saratoga, bundled up in his big house vacated by his roommates for the holiday, and cooked ourselves a mini-feast. The year before that, a friend and I drove to Connecticut to have Thanksgiving dinner with Maggie and her family (and we stopped to visit my grandmother in Rhode Island on the way). The year before that, I was in Minnesota with my mom’s family, and before that, I went to New Jersey with my roommate.

I guess you could say that my Thanksgiving tradition has become to not go home for it. This year I wanted to, and even had my ticket to Hawaii booked, but work was too crazy to make it. So Kiyo and I decided to go to a city nearby that we’ve heard great things about and have been meaning to explore: Toronto. I know, it’s not even in America, which makes us very unpatriotic. But last year we were in Jamaica, another foreign country, so it’s not the first time.

Waverly Diner Salad

Since we didn’t want to miss out on the feasting and family time, when my dad was in New York last week we decided to go to dinner with him at a diner and order a Thanksgiving plate. It began with a small salad with neon dressing, that we each took a few bites of.

Patty Melt Waverly Diner

We ordered two plates to share between the three of us, the first being a cheeseburger with onion rings on top and french fries, coleslaw and a pickle on the side. This was great, traditional American diner food and we enjoyed it. What’s more American than processed cheese, am I right?

Thankgiving Diner Plate

Unfortunately, this is the only picture we got of our turkey plate, which came with canned cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing, canned corn, and mashed potatoes. The turkey was fine, as was the gravy. We knew what to expect with canned cranberry sauce and corn, and to be honest, I like those things. The stuffing wasn’t good, sadly. Diner food can’t be compared to a gourmet meal, so we weren’t expecting anything incredible, but this also definitely didn’t compare to a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner…

Dinner at Waverly Diner

But I was able to spend a great evening with my dad, and that’s all that really matters. I hope all of you back home in the US are having an amazing Thanksgiving!

Waverly Diner

Location: 385 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014 Phone: (212) 675-3181

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