Archive for March, 2018

Loss of innocence about Yoga

March 29, 2018

When I was a child, I was enchanted by the stories I heard about Yogis. I heard they possessed supernatural powers. I heard they had such control over their bodies that they could live for several hundred years, or more.

Sadly, I’ve come to realize that the stories I heard were more fiction than fact. For their supposed supernatural powers, well, they were never scientifically proven. And as for longevity, the Yogis that I am aware of had surprisingly short lives:

  • Paramahansa Yogananda only lived to 59 years of age
  • Swami Vishnudevananda only lived to 65 years of age
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi lived to be 90
  • K. S. Iyengar lived to 95
  • Yogi Bhajan lived to 75

That is hardly an impressive longevity list.

Smarter when I have a cold

March 19, 2018

Today I have a cold (maybe the flu, I can never tell the difference).

I am not as restless as I normally am. I am able to stay still for hours at a time and focus with laser-sharpness.

I am definitely smarter when I have a cold. I wonder why?

Banana bread

March 4, 2018

Today I made banana bread. It turned out really well. The recipe that I followed called for 1 stick of butter, I replaced it with ½ cup Avocado oil and ½ ripe avocado. The recipe called for 1 cup sugar, I replaced it with ½ cup sugar and about 10 drops of liquid Stevia (I didn’t count the number of drops, I’m guessing it was around 10 drops). Here’s the recipe:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan (I use a cast iron loaf pan) with parchment paper.

Mash 3 medium-sized ripe bananas in a bowl. Add ½ cup Avocado oil, ½ mashed ripe avocado, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 10 drops liquid Stevia, and 2 eggs. Mix.

In another bowl add 2 cups flour, ½ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, and ½ cup chopped walnuts. Mix.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until everything is just combined, don’t overmix.

Pour into the loaf pan. I baked it for 50 minutes and tested it, it was not nearly done. I baked it another 10 minutes, still not done. Another 7 minutes, finally done. So, I guess that it baked for about 67 minutes.

Take out of oven, remove from pan and let cool down for 20-30 minutes. Eat warm. Yummy!