Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Anger Management and Enlightenment on a Plate

I work out 4-5 times a week yet the weighing scale is slowly sliding upwards this month - I blame it on water retention, then stress and then lack of sleep...but in my heart of hearts I know it is my love of all things sweet and carbs ( read : rice)...this week saw me buying dessert by the truck load : Rubicon Carrot Cake , Beckmann's Bearclaw and the famous Beckmann's Cinnamon Roll ...the siren call of sugar the last two weeks has been irresistible. So, even though tomorrow I plan to start being firmer in saying  "No to dessert" for the month... I have with me a "goodbye for now" slice of carrot cake to tide me over...omigod...the frosting on the cake should be outlawed...it is that good !!!

Some things have put me on short fuse this week - boxed perceptions, implicit put-downs, etc. etc...I remind myself a million times that I shouldn't get angry, but when the emotion comes it comes. I understand anger is a manifestation of all things negative, a distortion of my true nature - yes I know the consequences are most harmful to but one person - me. Most of my anger is on past actions/events...reality is does it really help to waste emotions on something which cannot be altered...I tell myself to Be in the Present Moment (not lament past decisions). About 8 years back I had attended a seminar on Art of Living. One of the things taught was - For every rhythm in the mind, there is a corresponding rhythm in the breath and for every rhythm in the breath there is a corresponding emotion. So, when you cannot handle your mind directly, you can handle it through breath...I am conscious about breathing my mind calm. I wish I  could say I am 100% there but the truth is this is  work in progess.
Tomorrow is Poornima and I will remake this wonderful "Good Karma Porridge" for the Fam. Here is how it looks
To make it you need :

  • 1/2 Cup Organic Quinoa (wash a couple times in cold water and keep aside)
  • 1 large Organic sweet potato  
  • 1 Cup Trader Joe's Vanilla Coconut Milk
  • Organic Sweetened Coconut Cream (to thicken)
  • Raw Sugar ( to taste) 
Boil the sweet potato ( 3-5 minutes). In parallel cook the quinoa in the vanilla coconut milk (10-12 minutes)
 Mash the sweet potato into the cooked quinoa. Now add 2-3 tablespoons of Organic sweetened coconut cream (adjust based on how sweet and creamy you want your pudding). Add sugar if desired.
Eat hot or cold - but remember to sprinkle liberally - toasted walnuts and cranberries. Enjoy for breakfast or as a healthy guilt free dessert. It is your good karma that you discovered this ancient Incan grain...savor

I am posting this recipe for my father...who saw the picture and asked me at least 5 times for the recipe (picture is taken on my camera phone)
So how is the week  treating you thus far? 


  1. I love the second paragraph..very well written. Something to hold on to life-long for a good life! Thanks, dear!

  2. Thanks Pragyan...thanks for visiting me. BTW, I used to live in Fairlakes, VA about 12 years back...small world isn't it :)

  3. hey - I work in Fairlakes! Are you in VA? Feel free to email me and we should stay in touch! Anytime I meet another Odiya, I am almost certain we will be connected in some manner from Odisha ... :)

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