Author Archives: Body and Mind by Muna

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5 people you’ll see in yoga class

There are plenty of people showing up to yoga classes these days. From the corporate employee to the stay-at-home mom, each yoga class has a different mix of personalities. Even so, there are a few yoga characters you’ll see often during your yoga class. You might not see all of the five people listed below each and every class, but there’s a very, very good chance you’ll encounter at least one or two each session. Continue reading

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How to determine your activity level

If you’ve ever tried to calculate how many calories you need each day, you’ll notice that you need to first determine your activity level. Generally, these categories are broken up into sedentary, moderately active or highly active. For some people, it’s easy to determine to which level they belong. But for most people, it’s not that simple. Continue reading

Why sitting is ruining your life

Think back on the last 24 hours of your life. How much of it were you sitting? Seven hours? Eight? 10? More?

If you’ve followed any news or health outlet in the last few years, you’ve probably heard how bad it is to sit all day. When it comes to the negative health effects of sitting, professionals are calling it the new smoking. Simply put: The negative impacts are bad. Really bad. Continue reading

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Embarrassing yoga experiences you’ll have

Yoga is great stress reliever. It’s a calorie burner. And it’s a great opportunity for you to get in touch with your inner self. But … yoga can also be embarrassing. There are plenty of things that could potentially go wrong in class to give you momentary embarrassment, but in the long run aren’t a big deal. I have definitely my fair share of embarrassing yoga moments, but I’ve survived to tell the tales. Here are just a few awkward things that will probably happen to you at some point or another if you continue to practice yoga. Continue reading

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Combating discomfort: 4 poses for back pain relief

There are multiple causes for back pain. Knowing the reason behind your discomfort is the best way to get to the source for treatment. If you’re not sure what the reason for your tension is but you need back pain relief now, here are three poses to help you release tension. Continue reading

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Fresh food vs. canned food

Last week, I posted a recipe for vegan corn salad, and I’ve gotten quite a few questions about using fresh ingredients vs. canned ingredients. As a frame of reference, in the recipe, I used only canned food. But would you get more nutritional benefits from using fresh instead of canned? Let’s talk about each one in more depth. Continue reading

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Vegan recipe: 3-ingredient corn salad

There are times you have a bunch of time to cook your meals. And other times, you just want something fast and easy. This 3-ingredient corn salad is about as simple as it comes. Not only are there three ingredients, there’s no peeling, cleaning or cooking involved. In fact, it takes about 3 minutes to make the entire thing. Intrigued?

If you’re ready to get started, here’s what you need to do.

Ingredients

  • 15.5 oz can no-salt added black beans
  • 15.25 oz can no-salt added corn
  • 15.5 oz can diced tomatoes with seasoning

Directions

  1. corn salad 2Open each of the three cans.
  2. Rinse the beans with water before pouring them into a bowl.
  3. Pour corn and tomatoes into the bowl.
  4. Mix.
  5. Optional: Add seasoning to your preference. (See notes below.)
  6. Eat. Enjoy. Repeat.

A few notes about this corn salad

  • All the cans of food I chose were salt-free. You can, of course, make the same salad with salted versions of each ingredient. My recommendation is if you want your salad a bit more flavorful, purchase the salt-free versions and then add your own salt and spices at home. That way, you are in control of how much or little salt you’d like to add.
  • If you want to add more flavor, there are plenty of ways to do so. While the three base ingredients taste delicious together, make it spicy by adding pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, red chili flakes or chili powder to enhance the taste of the corn salad. Make it sweet by adding basil and/or oregano. Add your own twist by playing around with garlic powder, salt, white pepper or any other herbs and spices you like!
  • You can use fresh ingredients in this salad if you want. Part of the simplicity comes from the fact that there are only three ingredients, and part of it comes from the fact that they are canned ingredients.

Did you try this recipe? If you did, let me know how it tasted. And if you added your own seasoning to it, tell me what you tried!

Exercises you can do anytime, any place

You’ve probably heard people say that they’ve found exercises you can do anytime, anywhere. Planks, squats and pushups usually top the list. But let’s be honest, can you really do them anytime, any place? Are you going to drop down and do a set of pushups while you’re in line at the grocery store? Probably not. Continue reading

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4 of the best poses to relieve tight hips

Not too long ago, I posted about the two major causes of lower back pain. One of the reasons I mentioned is tight hips. When the hips are tight, the back works extra hard to try to keep you balanced. Unfortunately, that leads to back pain. If you consistently stretch your hips, they’ll become loser and more flexible. Your back will thank you for that. Without further ado, here are four poses to help combat tight hips. Continue reading