“When I began practicing yoga 36 years ago I started to notice an ebb and flow of energy on a daily basis—the same practice done on different days was a very different experience. Sometimes the energy felt Sattvic (harmonious), other times Rajasic (stirred up), and other times Tamasic (dull). This waxing and waning of energy didn’t seem to necessarily have anything to do with the amount of sleep I got, the purity of my diet, or the general state of my relationships—it seemed to have its own agenda. In an attempt to try to understand this phenomenon I began to look into astrology. I believe that we live in an intelligent universe where there are many dynamic, yet invisible forces acting upon us at all times. ” -Timji
another wise man to not take credit or discredit for a practice. sometimes when i have a really good practice, i feel like energy from an outside source flows through me. and when its not good i just feel heavy which probably mean energy block. humbling. http://timmiller.typepad.com/blog/2013/11/tuesday-november-19thsynchronicity.html
Today I have a freaky day in terms of energy. Freaky as in like unprecedented. I have some freaky energy unleashed. Did the whole primary and second series in the morning and didn’t feel tired. Usually by the time I am done with just second series itself, I’m beat. This morning no. So I added tic-tac in the backbends just to get some of the jittery energy out. Then at noon, I went to another power class and felt some work in lower body more than normal but still not tired.
So I definitely didn’t think it was anything I do in particular. Except I semi-fast the day before. That might start it. But I think its more than that. So I look some stuff up. Timji said earlier in the week that Mercury and Mars are dominant. So I asked my astrology-adept friend, and she said it might be Mars for me. And I look at some horoscope and sure there is something.
Things are taking a new turn for me. So I know last time I wrote about quitting. And I really really was quitting. But somehow, I got another curve ball. Apparently I am back in the game, but changing teammates (i.e. ppl who I will be working with) .
I feel a little bit like a phoenix rising from ashes. I was absolutely devastated just last week. This week I am given another opportunity but also think this time I have what it takes to do this. Like I am finally mentally and emotionally ready for it. And also the people involved are going to be the right one. I say this because there are events that lead me here. Syncronicity, we may say. Things are just happening to support me this time. And i’m not resisting it.
I am also catching myself being paranoid, like in the old habit. But this time, somehow I am able to just tell myself to stop listening to the narrater and tell myself that I have time. It’s always about time. In the past few years, I constantly felt like I have no time to do anything. No time to sit down and breathe. This also affects my performance in a big way, because when I feel like i don’t have time I can never think properly. This time, I can tell myself to stop being neurotic and that I have time.
Things happened for a reason. I felt like the world was collapsing, that I have reached the end of the chapter. In turn, now I feel like if I lose, so what–I have nothing to lose? I did lose it and now it’s not even worth paranoid about because I have already been in that scenario. This kind of thinking is very powerful. nothing to lose-mentality. its basically stripping your ego of things its attached to.
The Taurus Full Moon is about finding the Gold in You.
What is true for you?
What are your core values?
What gives you passion?
What gives your life meaning?
What would you do with ten million dollars?
“…With the Full Moon in Taurus, issues around finances, money, and material stuff may arise or trigger emotional reactions. Rather than focus on quick fix techniques to ‘manifest’ which is a quick fix for ego level desires… why not go deeper? Investigate underneath the what motivates the desires, fears of lack and limitation. Heal the issue or areas where there has been suffering or feelings of no self-worth.
“The central message of this full moon is one of endurance. It alerts us to the need to endure in order to transform; that change does not come out of the blue in the blink of an eye, but step by step as we face our apparent demons to find them dissolving before our steady and unflinching gaze.
“Within a 10 day period, three planets have turned direct, Mercury (11/10), Neptune (11/13), Chiron (11/19) so the energies are quite concentrated and there’s the feeling of being buffeted and on shaky ground. We’re being blindfolded and spun around three times to give a whole new orientation.
Excerpt from lovely Mystic Mamma on Taurus full moon. Thank you for providing insights into this powerful full moon.
Something dramatic happens to me on Taurus full moon. The ongoing issues with my endeavor to get a PhD while there are so much resistances and obstacles along the way. My body starts to tell me this is not where I should be at the time and not in line with my core values in the forms of panic attacks, anxiety, irritability, depression, lump in the throat, etc you name it. But I chose to ignore it. Instead I keep listening to my ego, ” but what about the PhD. The prestige.”
Yesterday on Taurus full moon was the mark that I am definitely not pursuing PhD, at least at this time in my life, anymore. This is not shortcoming by any means. There are signs that this would happen for about one year ago. I have already checked out of the program, putting in effort minimally just to get by, invested more and more in other things outside of the program. I firmly decided that I would quit the program three times before this. Each time I feel exhilarated, relieved, and joyous. But somehow about two weeks after making the decisions to quit, every time I convince myself to “commit” to continue the program.
The first time I decided to quit was because I realize that there was no one in the department that I would end up working with at the time. Then new opportunities presented itself in the department with new faculty recruits and a great teaching opportunity. The glimpse of hope showed up.
After everything was going so well, I somehow managed to sabotage my success in this path, without knowing I was doing it. In retrospect, I realize that I sabotage my success by fucking up things that were given to me. It was probably a manifestation of the misalignment of where I was with my core values. I deep down inside no longer believe in the academia, in the PhD program, in what I was doing. After the major fuck up happens, I decided to quit the second time. Now, it was the fear of changes that holds me back. I mistake “keep trying” as endurance from strength but it was rather a resistance from fear of changes and uncertainties. I remember the second time I decided to quit, a few days after at a social gathering someone asked me what I studied, and I said oh I am a PhD student in Economics. After I said that I realize that if i quit I can no longer say that. I got cold feet. I realize that I was attached to the identity of a PhD student or a future Dr. So, instead of quitting, I decided I will just keep “trying.”
The third time around was different. This time when I decided to quit and I started telling people that I will quit. In the course of a few days, people who are influential to me told me to commit and endure. So again, this time I said, I will give it a try. I will endure and commit. I would say I did endure it but did not fully commit. I did finish what I said I would finish, but I wasn’t giving it my best. (In fact I did give it my best that I could, but it wasn’t my best because it didn’t come from within, if you know what I mean.) And obviously they can sniff it out. Despite having something to hand in at the end, it wasn’t enough. I feel like they were probably insulted on so many levels from me not being fully committed and perhaps “wasting their time.”
Although in the end I ended up quitting, I have learned many lessons from trying to stick it out the third time. Maybe the third time is really a charm? Things happened this way for a reason. It was nothing noble but I had learned about fulfilling my responsibility, dedication and consistency. I needed to try the third time to grow up spiritually from the lessons in this phase of my life.
The third time that I stick to the program was also right around the same time I started to establish a consistent ashtanga practice. Waking up at the same time every day to do the same thing provides such a powerful reflection of the state of being I am in each day. When I have a breakthrough emotionally or spiritually, it shows in the practice. There is a parallel breakthrough in the practice. Sometimes not always observable to the eyes from outside. And when I run into emotional blockages, resistance or obstacles, these also present themselves in the practice. Having a consistent practice allows me to be more in tune with what’s going on within. I am so grateful for the lineage, for all my teachers and fellow practitioners in the mysore room that inspire me to wake up and show up and do this ancient practice every day.
So, on the night of full moon, an uneventful email arrives in my mailbox, telling me something I already knew is coming up and I finally come to a realization that this is definitely it. The change of path. The end of this chapter in my life, and the new beginning is coming soon. I felt a strong sensation in my solar plexus. I started sobbing uncontrollably. Then I felt like someone punched me in my diaphragm, the solar plexus, which is the bodily connection to ego. Then I started puking. And puking. Until my stomach was empty. After the episode, the lump in my throat was gone, the load was lifted off my chest. And the morning-after practice, I feel my heart opening more than ever in all the backbends. I got over my fear and for the first time and did tic-tacs by myself without assistance.
But the transformation does not happen in just a blink of eyes. My lump is not completely gone, it comes back to visit periodically but it got much better. I feel more at peace than ever. But I have gone through the feeling of transformation like this before to know that this is the honeymoon period. More hard works are coming up in order to undergo the whole process of transformation. And I have to stick to it and keep working it and do not give up, or else I will fall back into the same pattern again.
Off to clean out closets and my apartment today and this week.
Clean the closet. Make space for new things to unfold. Find the gold within you.
Where do I start? I did this ayurevedic fall cleanse that you only eat ghee and kichari (apparently the ultimate yogic food, consists of rice, mung beans and spices) for 4-5 days, then you purge with castor oil on the last day. Oh dear. Castor oil? Purging? Well I admit that I love purging. Love being clean and have nothing left in there. It’s just an awesome feeling of being really clean. So once I heard about the cleanse I jump in it right away. I live for purging. (well not really but yea I talk about my poop all the time.) I was apprehensive with drinking castor oil, because I do oil baht with it and that shit is sticky and potent. But I decide to go with it.
So the idea behind the cleanse to eat kichari every day is to minimize the type of food you are consuming. Only rice for carbo, mung beans for some protein. Then a shot of ghee before breakfast for fat. This is to give the body rest it needs to do whatever internal work it needs to do while still being nourished but not having to work too hard to digest.
And dear, I have done so many cleanse but this is the worst cleanse for me, in term of difficulty. Why? Cos after the third meal of kichari I can’t even look at it anymore. It’s a mush of rice and mung beans with no flavors and some spices.
But subjecting myself to this ordeal, I realize how much I indulge in food. Even though I am a healthy eater, and I do love eating for the good flavor and what not.
Second, I realize that I snack! I have worked on this paper in front of my computer for the past few weeks. And every time I start writing I start eating. It’s like a stress response and eating just relieve the stress.
4 days of kichari experience
In this cleanse journey, on the first day I did okay. On the second day, I was getting antsy and super cranky. It happens to be the day that I had a lot to do, running around all day and things become very intolerable. I started squeeze lemon juice into kichari for more flavor. For dinner, I gave in and had one date with kichari, because I couldn’t stand the blandness of it. One fucking date. thank god.
Third day, I was coming up with a creative way to make kichari more tolerable. So I cook it with less water so it would be less mushy and more like normal rice. Yea that didn’t work. It’s even harder to eat. I can only eat 3 spoons of it. Then I had to go to school, so I decided to skip lunch and chew sugar-free gum and drink water for lunch instead. So I had an exam that day. Come home. Make the dry kichari the way it should be, and eat it. With two dates. Oh and I might have a few more before bed. Although with all the struggling with kichari, I surprising feel relaxed and calm. I realize that the cleanse is working.
Day four, I stick to the diet. Decide it’s the last day I might as well go through with it. I was feeling really good after all. Really calm and no anxiety as usual.
And I forgot to mention that ghee shots in the morning increases in the amount. By the last day you are taking 8 tsp of ghee. I dig it. I love fat. I love ghee.
So after 4-5 days of kichari on the last day, the cleanse manual suggest that you skip ghee in the morning, eat kichari for breakfast, and skip dinner and purge. But I could take kichari no longer. So I modify the cleanse plan. I make stew pear and apple , and soupy rice instead to eat for the day. And surprisingly, the stew was really filling, with just 1 apple 1 pear (or you can just do 2 apples.)
Recipe: Stewed apple or pear, for breakfast
1 apple , cut in chunks, cored, and peeled if not organic
1 pear, same as apple.
2 cups of water
cinnamon, clove, (cardamom, etc)
1 tbs raw honey
Boil every thing, except honey, on medium high heat and let simmer for 5 mins. Take about 1/3 of the content to blend and mix back into the chunk. Add honey and enjoy.
This simple stewed apple and pear is such a good breakfast, surprising filling. I couldn’t eat the whole thing in one meal. so I kept the rest for lunch. And drink the rice soup (boil 1 cup or rice with 10 cups of water) throughout the day. By the end of the day, I went a little crazy because I was shopping. So cautionary tale, don’t go out during cleanse. because you will see food and you will wanna eat. So I bought marzipan chocolate and pumpkin and vegetable chips and I snack on them. guilty.
But oh well, I did my best. :) and here is the highlight. Castor oil. I took 2 tbs of castor oil, make fresh OJ from a big naval orange, shake them together and drink it. I felt it churn it my stomach a little bit. And I had some reaction in my mouth, like itchiness and numbness. But I don’t think most people have this. I am just sensitive to weird oil, latex or whatever you would call in plants sometimes. Like I get itch and have reaction from avocado and papaya sometimes. whatever.
Then next morning around 4am, I purge. I was clean inside as one can be.
Thoughts after the cleanse
1 less anxiety during cleanse.
I was amazingly calm during the third day. And after I started to snack again I can feel the anxiety is back. So this may have to do with snacking. or maybe eating no meat, less salt. who knows. It will have to take me a few self-experiments to figure this out.
2. lithe body, empty stomach and superhuman yoga practice
By the fourth day of the cleanse, my yoga practice deepens so much. I feel like there is nothing in there in my stomach and I can do forward fold so deep and uddhiyana banhda so sucked in. it was magical. after the purge I went to a sunday led class, and I was able to get into Marichi D on both sides without assistant. This is only the second time this happens for me.
So does the cleanse work? absolutely. Was it worth it? yes probably. Yes!, on the second thought. Would I do it again? Yes, once a year probably. Does it suck? oh yea it sucks so bad. I can’t even think of kichari anymore. I would rather eat salad, soup, juice fast, whatever than this.
But needless to say, it was a powerful cleanse. It left me a lot to think about. And yes now I witness that Ayurvedic is really the sister science of yoga, because my yoga practice just deepens magically. yes, magical, but magic is not painless. :).
Finally I dragged my butt to see a chiropractor. In twist postures, especially Marichi D for me, if asymmetry on both side can be noticed, it’s a sign that there might be scoliosis. ****DISCLAIMER: THIS POST DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS OR ADVICE. Pelvic ubiquity has been there for a while for me. Marichi D on the left side is just a few inches further for me. Then in shoulderstand, my belly button and the torso just don’t look straight. And this small voice in my head has been saying for a while, “GO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR.” Then I can hear tons of excuses afterwards. The most often one is, “no I am fine.” and “I don’t have time.” And really I’m fine. for now at least. Although I have this nagging feeling that if I don’t get it straightened out the asymmetry might be exaggerated over time. Pelvic ubiquity is caused by no other reason than that I like to lean on one side when I sit. Ever since I was a kid, my mom’s friend would call me “no vertebra” for doing that, just lying around. lol There is also a thai saying “lazy long spine” meaning your spine is so lengthy you are always lying around instead of sitting up right. Well, I would say that the saying is right on.
The pelvis is tilted on one side, about 1.25cm lower and also rotated forward more on one side than another. As a result, the spine also kind of snake up if you look from the front. Cure? get it align by the chiro and eradicate the habit of leaning on one side when sitting, or sitting with one leg up all the time!!! This is gonna take some mindfulness on my side.
Excessive lumbar curve
Another thing they found was excessive curve in lumbar spine, and as a result thoracic curve doesn’t have the curve as much as it should. The cervical spine also doesn’t have the appropriate curve, probably a result of sitting in front of a computer all day. Okay that sounds like a lot, but it all comes down to low back stuff. And funny thing is I have no low back pain whatsoever. I even doubt that the excessive lumbar curve is genetic, coz I see it in my dad. And the natural excessive curve may contribute to my crazy bendy backbend. Although the excessive lumbar curve suggests more uddiyana bandha and mula bandha ALL THE TIME.
The chiro seems more concern about my conditions than I am for whatever reason.. lol. But whatever , I mean my neck does hurts, so that’s more of my concern, and creating the curve in thoracic, I think focusing on extreme forward fold in rounding the back more, like in Supta Kurmasana and Baddha Konasana B will help restore the curve in the upper back more. Also, for the neck, I think shoulderstand is a great place to create the curve back, by focusing on pressing shoulder and head in to the mat and that will create the curve in the neck naturally. Anyone else has other thoughts please share!
After a workshop with Tim Feldman up in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona Yoga Center, I was inspired to really start home practice. I have been avoiding doing Ashtanga primary series at home forever. Why? Coz I tried and every time I stopped half way. It’s just that much harder to generate heat, Tapas to practice at home. That’s why I go to mysore, to exchange energy with other people in the room to help with my practice. But at the workshop on the last day, we were talking about home practice and Tim looked at me and said you maybe it’s time for home practice,.. well maybe together with mysore. And I know he is right. I want home practice. It’s just hard. But it’s the right thing at the right time for me at this point in my life. Home practice is akin to 4th year PhD student life too. Time to work on stuff on your own. Then alternate with mysore, so if you have questions, or get a hiccup in the practice, the teachers are there, fellow practitioners are there for moral support and advice.
So I did this morning. home practice. it was not yummy. not at all. Rose called it in her blog how to get your sleepy butt out to practice yoga in the morning.
#1 Don’t expect a yummy physical practice . . .
Yes, when there is no external tapas sharing from your fellow practitioners and teacher and no heat exchange, the practice is much more stiff. I was stiff this morning. And by the time I finish Marichi D, I was like, yawn I wanna go to savasana. Well I didn’t. I stick to the sequence. It was arduous, and not yummy. But I feel like that’s what I needed. In the parallel universe of my ‘real life’ with work at grad school, this is what I have to do. I have to cultivate that discipline to anchor down, and grind the work out until it’s done. I have such short attention span. I believe making myself keep doing the practice when I want to quit an no one else is around to cheering me on is exactly what I needed at this point in my life. So I did. Then long yummy savasana. ZZzzzz. That was hard to get up second time in the morning.
I have been frustrated with my out-of-control closet. I have so much clothes that I think aside underwear I could probably go on without washing for 6 months and wear different things every day. (Well of course except yoga clothes which I wear and sweat in every day). And I wanted to clear out the closet forever but every time I go through them I felt like no I’m gonna keep this. I cannot let go of the idea that ‘one day’ I will wear them.
I’m also addicted to buying new clothes. A LOT of unnecessary new clothes. So here comes my new resolution. I’m so excited to find this post Clothing Fast: Becoming a minimalist.
So here it is, as of today and 1 year from now I’m going on a clothing fast. No more buying new clothes. Unless I really really needed to. But honestly I don’t remember last time I needed to. Usually it’s ‘I want’.
Two things I wanna say about this
One: time to stop identifying and find a quick fix to ‘change’ myself with new clothes.
Two: time to ponder on what I have and start to let go of what i no longer need but I accumulated over time.
So I have been posting a lot of juice pictures lately if you notice. I’m shifting toward eating minimally for dinner– ideally just juice or perhaps salad if I wanna do the act of eating. You might wonder why? I have been practicing ashtanga 5-6 days a week for a few months now. And what this regular morning practice does is giving me a baseline and tell me about my body. I have been feeling for a while that I should eat less or not at all for dinner (after all Buddhist monk only eats before noon) . I have been flirting with this idea for a while but just jumping into this shift is extremely hard and I have failed doing that many times.
So I decided the intermediary step is to do very light dinner either juice or salad . And as with when I do paleo, I will do this on the basis of 90/10 or 80/20– that is allowing some day in the week for social function that I will eat out regular meal for dinner. This is preferable would be days on weekend like Friday because I don’t practice on Saturday or Saturday dinner because Sunday led class starts later at 10.
Share what you think I’m curious to hear about your thought! Also the purpose of this for me is a spiritual goal rather than a diet regimen. (Um yes I am not gonna lie, wanting a bind in Marichi D is also an ulterior motive… not so spiritual .. eh? lop)
Like many other bitter food, bitter melon is medicinal. A lot of people don’t like the melon but I grow to love it! It’s good especially for diabetes, high blood pressure and immunity boost.
2 bitter melons
Salt and pepper
Fish sauce or salt for seasoning
Cut bitter melon cross-sectionally about 2 inches thick. Use spoon to scrape off the seeds and white meat inside of the melon out. Then put them to soak in salt water. This will help get rid of some of the bitter flavor. If you don’t like it bitter scrape the white stuff out as much as you can and soak it in salt water longer and use saltier salt water.
Mince garlic and mix it with ground pork generously. Then season it with salt and black pepper.
Stuff the melon with ground pork. Put them in a soup pot and pour water just enough to cover the melon. Boil until the melon is soft and changes color into yellowish brown. The soup is gonna be slightly bitter depending on the melon and how you prepare it.
I’m writing this blog as I am giving the final exam to students at the end of our intensive math bootcamp class. Teaching this class is such a great experience. It really comes full circle because I was a student in this class three years ago. This time is the second time I teach the course (which is offered once a year to incoming PhD students). Taking the seat of a teacher and being on the other side of the coin has given me perspectives..
First, I come to realize that after I get over the anxiety of teaching, I really do LOVE teaching.
Second, I realize that the best way to learn thing is to teach it. The first time I was in this class as a student, I just sit there thinking this class is so boring and I already know it all. Second time in the class is when I teach it for the first time. Only after a few class of teaching, I come to realize that no I really didn’t thoroughly know the materials. I have missed so much material when I was a student because I thought I knew it all and didn’t ask question. Also when I read to understand the materials to prepare to teach, I find myself paying attention to the material so much more. It’s because I truly want to understand the material to be able to teach it. When I am a student, I only read to understand and get passing in class, well preferably A.
Third, I learn that it’s not all about me. Well, this is not anything new for most people, but for me it is. Admittedly, I am one of the most self-centered person I know on earth… And I was terrified to teach the class because I am insecure about my math ability. I know that some students in class are going to have stronger math background than me. And they are older than me, have more experience than me. They are probably gonna judge me. Well, all the negative self-talk. But soon after I teach I realize it’s not about me. It’s about them. And probably there are always some extraordinary students who have higher ability than you in class anyway. And that’s a good thing. so just chill out. Know your material and be open.
Fourth, teaching is giving. Talking from energy perspective, teaching is giving out your energy, sharing your vibration. Taking the class is absorbing and taking in vibration. This is true for yoga class as well. Every time I teach, be it a yoga class or academic setting, I feel exhausted after a class. I feel spent. And I was spent. It took me the whole day, or perhaps more, to recover teaching my first 60 minute high energy Vinyasa class. Teaching math bootcamp 6 hours a day, I literally drop at the end of the day. But I truly believe that once you teach for more than a year, or start teaching the same thing over and over, it become easier and less taxing.
So this might be the beginning of my teaching career. I start to think I am born to be a teacher… maybe.. After all my birthday is on the Teacher Day in Thai calendar.
Something may be put aside or lost so that something else is gained.
After successfully stick to morning practice and regular mysore class for a month, I set off on a road trip with a college friend to Sedona, Grand Canyon, and Antelope Canyon. Then right afterwards, two weeks vacation to visit my boyfriend and friends in midwest.
One month of 6-day per week practice is powerful and right about the minimum threshold to start to feel the transformation power of Ashtanga practice. The first few days on road trip was rough. I got in 15 mins total of asana yoga practice in 4 days. Although I did practice yoga in real life like being present and letting go. Then after the road trip, I flew into St. Louis right away to see my boyfriend. We drove up together to Michigan to spend sometime at the magnificent Lake Michigan. We went to Saugatuck beach and it was the most beautiful sunset I have seen in a while. At the moment of sunset, everyone on the beach stopped. All activities stopped to admire the beauty of the sunset.
That night, we drove to a hotel in Grand Rapids and hung out downtown Grand Rapids. The city was bigger than I thought and the night scene there was great. I am a big fan of interiors insides bars of northern cities I have seen so far. This includes Milwaukee, Cleveland and Grand Rapids. The interior is more elegant yet down to earth.
Unfortunately I have no picture from this part of the trip because I manage to drop my brand new iphone 5 into a cup of water right when we got to the beach. This was accidental but I feel like it was meant to be. The incident made the next 4-day visit in Ann Arbor more like a retreat for me. I had media detox, hay fever and mental breakthrough.
I spent time in Ann Arbor with my high school friend and do mysore practice at AY:A2 for three days. The three days of mysore practice there is like a mini spiritual journey for me. Each day, I have a mini life lesson.
By the time at the end of the trip, I have made a big life decision. I decided that it’s time for me to let go of my current situation (for most people, that means quitting the current job and moving to a new city or a country) and start a new chapter in life. The decision is exhilarating, liberating but also scary. But if you had an experience like this before, you will know that high from the thoughts of taking on the new life course.
After the trip is over, I am ready to move on, but coming back to my apartment after the vacation, I am back to the reality. Back on the physical plane, I realize that there are things needed to be done on the physical plane before we can realize the transformation happened on the mental level (duh!). We are bound by our old habits and conditioning. Habits and conditioning we have are with us for months, years, decades, or even lifetimes. After you see the glimpse of light at the new life course, the honeymoon period is soon over and we are back to the physical realm and face with resistance from our old habits. To break out of conditioning and habits, we need to put in work, to persevere to break out of the pattern.
This is where the fire comes in. You have to find and ignite the fire within you– the inner fire. The fire of purification and transformation that will make room for new things in life. Inner fire will break the bonds of our conditioning and habits.
And that is my work now. With the set goal in mind, I do the work on physical realm to reach my new course. Keep that inner fire going, otherwise before you know you are back into the same old rut.
Pickling is an easy way to make sure you get more vegetables intake without having to worry about having fresh produce at home all the time. It’s also great for mixing in salad.
Here is an easy recipe that you can use to pickle not just beets, but other vegetables like squash, carrots, cauliflowers.
The recipe might be different from other pickle recipe you see. It’s an asian style pickle recipe from my mom. The recipe is more than enough for a big mason jar. I make half the recipe for pickled beets in the picture (slightly less than 1 mason jar). Feel free to double or triple up the recipe if you are making a bigger batch.
For vegetables, usually colorful vegetables are awesome. Last time I mix cauliflower with carrots, yellow squash, yellow beets and some jalapeño and habernaro peppers.
This time I crave pickled red beets, so I just make it by itself because it will likely change color of other vegetables anyway. I find adding red onion and fennel leaf to go well with red beets as well. So feel free to be creative with your vegetable choice here!
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1 tbs salt
1 tbs sugar (or natural sweeteners of your choice. This time I experiment with powdered honey)
Vegetables: 2 cups (e.g. beets, carrots, cauliflower, jalapeño, squash)
Start cutting up vegetables in bite size. I like beets and carrots in matchstick. Put vegetables in strainers and take them outside to sun dry. (This is an important step to having crunchy pickles!)
Heat the first four ingredients in a small pot.
Taste the pickle juice if you like it sweeter. Be careful when you try it because the vinegar is pretty putrid!
After getting the flavor right, leave the liquid out until it’s cool down.
By the time the liquid is cool down, the vegetables are usually ready. Make sure you toss them around to let all of them dry. (I left them out for about 40 mins, but this is summer in Phoenix where it’s at least 100F outside.) Drying the vegetables will allow the pickle juice to rehydrate into the vegetables and they become very crunchy!
After everything is all set to go, put vegetables into a container and pour pickle juice until all the vegetables are submerged. And here I just put the lid over without closing it air tight to let some air flow in but protect it from insects and dusts.
Let them outside for about a day. Give it a taste and see if you are satisfied with the flavor or like to leave it out a bit longer. After you are happy with the flavor then keep them in the refrigerator. The pickles are kept well in the fridge for months.
QuoteBody not stiff, mind stiff -- Sri K Pattabhi Jois
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