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Hey, how’s it going?! Welcome back to EB Yoga. Today I want to talk about, The Next Chapter. So, I’ve been trying to put pen to paper and put my thoughts and feelings into words about this next chapter for the last 6 weeks or so. And it seems like every time I sit down to write or I have a thought that I think could be the start of something good, it just feels sort of fake, scripted, like I’m saying things that everyone else just says about letting go and moving on and flowing with the seasons of life and things like that. So I decided just to sit down and vlog about it. A vlog is just a video blog, for anybody that didn’t know. I figured that if I could sit down and get some of my thoughts and feelings out to the camera, then maybe I could take that video and transcribe it into a blog.
Before I talk about the next chapter, I just want to take a moment to recap the last chapter. 3 years ago I began planning to open my yoga studio, which I opened in October of 2016. And I just closed the doors to the studio on April 30, 2019. It was over 3 years of love that I put into my studio and 2.5 years of teaching classes there. I taught over 900 classes and to over 300 students. It was an amazing opportunity and experience for me. Starting a business is no joke and anyone who thinks it is hasn’t done it before (LOL). But it was also a struggle during that time. I was still working full time for the first year or so and then I got to work at home but I still had my full time responsibilities. (I had) a little more flexibility but I still had a lot of work I needed to get done on a daily basis from my day job, which was my family business, plus my yoga studio.
Then in March of 2018 I got the idea to take my business online. My ultimate goal being time and location freedom. My sister Becky moved to Las Vegas in December 2015 and I’ve just missed the crap out of her for the last 3.5 years. Another sibling (Austin) goes to school in Chicago, and I don’t know where he’ll move after college. But I just knew that in my life I wanted some more freedom. I want to be able to travel with my family and not be completely tied down teaching 6 days a week in Bay City. So I knew online was where I wanted to go eventually, but I didn’t think it was going to happen as quickly as it did. I wasn’t planning to close my studio April 30, I thought I’d be open a few more months, if not until the end of the year. About 2 months ago, my father sat us down to let us know that he was selling our family business. Since the family business was my living paycheck and was helping me support my studio, I had to make the choice. With the studio breaking even, did I want to put my money into that now that I wasn't making a weekly paycheck and money was limited?
So closing the studio wasn’t an easy decision, but I ultimately I knew that’s what I wanted for the next chapter of my life, so that made it a little bit easier and not so sad. Although it was sad and my last day at my studio I can’t tell you how many times I cried and how many hugs I got. I truly have such a connection with so many of my students I met there; so much getting to know everybody and the time I spent with them and none of that will ever go away. I’ll always love those people and hopefully get to stay connected with those people when I do teach around Bay City and in the next chapter in my online business as well.
Today is May 21, 2019. It is exactly one month after my birthday, April 21, and today really feels like the first day of the next chapter. I spent the first part of May cleaning out my studio and then I spent about a week taking some time off, which I feel like I deserved (LOL). I went to Las Vegas to see my sister and she surprised me with a trip to Maui, which is my favorite place in the whole world. So that was totally amazing and I’m so grateful for my sister and I don’t know what sort of surprise I’ll have to plan to pay her back - pay her back in a loving way I mean LOL.
What I am most excited about in the next chapter of my life, is continuing to study with Alex Crow (@alexandriacrow) because I believe it makes me a better yoga teacher and human being. What we’re learning is what’s not being talked about in the yoga world enough, and I’m really happy to be studying and to continue to better understand, range of motion and hypermobility and other little bits and pieces that factor into our yoga practice like the trauma that we hold in our body and the stress we have in our everyday lives. Continuing my education with Alex and continuing to share what I know with you... I can’t wait to create more videos, blogs, and new content every week to talk about what I'm learning and hopefully explain it in a way that makes sense to people. I’m working on a blog right now i’m really excited about called “Why I Broke up with Updog.” I don’t like updog. I don’t teach updog. I don’t think updog is good for anyone’s lower back. But that’s another conversation…
Thank you so much for taking the time to check in with me and what the next chapter of my life includes. I hope you will join me at EB Yoga Online and I hope to see you again soon.
So, who got a makeover this weekend?
It wasn’t me. It was EBY Online Studio!
I want to give you the best possible online yoga studio experience, so I decided it was time for some updates. Hence, the whirlwind weekend makeover!
EBY Online Studio Membership is better than I ever could have imagined!
I absolutely love it and I know you will too!
Now you can search the class library by class type or length. We can meet within the membership site for live classes and q&a.
And the best part is, if you have a question about something, we can schedule a private video chat within the membership site. This content will be recorded and stored in your class library. It will be password protected so only you can see it. How cool is that?
You can preview the membership site and browse the class library without signing up! Click here to check it out!
I’m offering a 2 week free trial of the Online Studio and then it’s only $21/month.
Please check out my new online studio! I know you’ll love it as much as I do!
And of course, let me know if you have any questions!
New for 2019!
I’ve had a lot of students ask me what I eat as a vegan, so I’ve decided to share some recipes with you in 2019!
I always say, anything you can make, I can make vegan!!!
Many people believe vegan cooking is complicated, confusing, and time-consuming. I like to show people the delicious and easy-to-make food that I eat as a vegan. And don’t worry, you’ll get enough protein. The fact is, all protein comes from plants. If you are eating a vegan diet and consuming enough calories, you are getting enough protein. There are ZERO cases of protein deficiency where adequate calories are being consumed. (B12 is the only nutrient lacking from a vegan diet and this can easily be obtained by adding nutritional yeast to your diet.)
I’m not trying to convert anyone to veganism, although I would love it if you decided to change to a cruelty-free diet!. I’ve been asked what I eat as a vegan and if my food is boring and my answer is “no, it’s delicious!” So, I want to share a simple vegan recipe that I love to cook and maybe inspire you to eat less animal products.
I adore Mexican food and this taco mix can be used in a variety of ways to make many Mexican favorites. You can also customize this filling for your tastes. I am trying to eat less processed food this year and become more whole foods plant based (WFPB). I used to always use a fake meat substitute/meatless crumbles as a part of this recipe, but now I leave it out. The peppers, onions, and cauliflower can be fresh or frozen. I use veggie broth to saute instead of oil for a healthier, lower calorie option.
1 bag riced cauliflower (~12oz)
1 can corn
1 can diced tomatoes (plain or flavored-I like cilantro/lime flavored!)
2 cans black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 cup dry quinoa (I like the color of red quinoa in this recipe.)
1 carton Veggie Broth for cooking veggies (add as needed) and 2 cups for cooking the quinoa
2 packs taco seasoning (Check ingredients - some brands contain milk!) +more seasoning to taste (I love extra red pepper flakes!)
Heat 2 cups veggie broth in a small pan and cook 1 cup quinoa according to instructions on package. (Most quinoa takes 15-20 minutes to cook.)
Use a large stir fry pan to heat up some veggie broth over medium heat and saute peppers and onions for approximately 5 minutes. Keep veggie broth on hand and add to pan as needed to prevent sticking.
Add cauliflower to peppers/onions. If you are using a fake meat substitute, I add that at this point. My favorite brand is “Gardein”, followed by “Beyond Meat.”
Once cauliflower has softened, add all of the canned veggies, beans, and taco seasoning. Reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is ready. Once quinoa is finished cooking, add to veggies and mix well. Season to taste. Let cool and serve :)
Nachos! ~My favorite way to enjoy my taco mix, usually with some cilantro, avocado, green onion, salsa, and jalapenos!
Taco Salad! ~Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos are vegan! I love to crunch up some Doritos, some cheeze shreds, and catalina dressing with my taco mix.
Enchilada Casserole! ~ I like Daiya cheddar shreds for this recipe and I also usually mix up a box of cilantro lime rice. Using a 9x9 or 8x13 pan, layer from the bottom up: corn tortillas, taco mix, cheeze, corn tortillas, rice, cheeze. Repeat until the pan is full; feel free to get creative with your layers! Sometimes I like an additional layer of refried beans. Cover with a can of enchilada sauce and more cheeze shreds and cook for 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees.
Taquitos! ~Using egg-less egg roll wrappers, place a small amount of taco filling and cheeze shreds in wrappers and wrap into long thin taquitos. I like to do these in my air-fryer (~5min at 350 degrees) but you can also bake in the oven, just lightly mist with olive oil spray to get crispy.
Tostadas! ~Crisp up your corn tortilla in the oven or air-fryer. Add taco mix and whatever toppings you like!
Tacos and Burritos! ~Hard or soft shell, grab a traditional taco or burrito shell and fill it up!
Quesadillas! ~Have a quesadilla maker sitting around the house? Grab 2 tortillas, fill them with taco mix, cheeze shreds and whatever else you like. Bam!
I don’t have an exact calorie/macro count for this meal because I don’t count calories. I eat lots of plant based whole foods and simply don’t worry about calories anymore. I can’t say the same for a vegan diet full of fake processed foods. Fake food is fake food, whether it is vegan or not, and is usually full of calories. As I mentioned above, those Doritos are vegan, but they are also highly processed and don’t provide much nutrition. I try to limit those foods to a few times/week. I believe that the best diet is one comprised of natural, unprocessed, whole foods.
Beware of the processed vegan cheeze products. Some of them taste a little odd and all of them are highly processed. I gave up dairy for 6 months before I tried the imitation cheeze. My favorite brands are “Follow Your Heart” and “Chao.” Daiya is the most common one I find and I like their cheddar or mozzarella shreds, but I don’t really like their slices. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so don’t write off all vegan cheeze if you try a weird one! My favorite thing to do now is make my own cheeze at home, using potatoes and carrots! Sound odd? It’s delicious. More on that in my next vegan recipe blog…
Research repeatedly shows that a plant-based vegan diet is the healthiest diet. Please read the research yourself before you ask that question that every vegan can’t stand…”but where do you get your protein?” And don’t believe everything you read on the internet… Do your research and educate yourself. Look for peer-reviewed studies. Be wary of any resource that claims too good to be true results.
I’ve been on a diet since I was about 7 years old. I grew up through the 90’s low-fat craze-my favorite snack was a piece of white bread with grape jelly-only 1 gram of fat! I navigated my college years through the 2000’s Atkins craze-which left me with low energy and unable to focus on class. I went vegetarian when I was 25 and ate that way for almost 10 years and was at my highest weight, definitely not my healthiest. It wasn’t until I went vegan/WFPB that I stopped counting calories and being a slave to the scale and I naturally lost weight.
The only regret I have about going vegan is that I didn’t do it sooner. I have never felt healthier, had more energy, better sleep, and a clear conscious. I’ve also never been happier to know that I am doing my part to save the animals and the planet.
(Side note-Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the USA. All of these low-carb diets neglect to look at how they impact person’s cholesterol. I beg you to PLEASE consider your heart health before going on an Atkins/Keto/Paleo/low-carb diet plan.)
I’m sharing my vegan story and recipes because I care.
I care about you. I care about the animals. I care about the planet.
Have any questions about going vegan? Let me know in the comments!
Plant-Based and Proud,
Resources I recommend:
Have you heard of Veganuary? (Go Vegan in January!) Many people start off the new year looking to create healthier habits, including eating a healthier diet. Veganuary can help you get started!
The World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogenic, known to cause cancer and red meat as Group 2 carcinogenic, probably causes cancer.
I believe the title of Dr. Garth Davis’ book says it all: “Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It.”
Netflix Documentaries I like: What the Health, Forks Over Knives, Food Choices, Vegucated, PlantPure Nation, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and there are so many more...