Navigating the Business Lunch Like A (Vegan) Boss

Navigating the Business Lunch Like A (Vegan) Boss!
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Hello dear readers,

I hope that you are having a magnificent week! I am personally coming off a high from yoga teacher training this weekend. We’re really being pushed to our emotional and physical edges and I’m loving it!

But no matter what we’re up to, Steph and I are always thinking about you guys, our podcast, and our upcoming blog posts.

Last week, I had the chance to write a piece for I Eat Grass, where I recorded my tips for navigating business lunches. It can be hard! Sticking to any diet while dining with new people — without being seen as difficult — can be a minefield.

I used to get silently anxious over The Business Lunch. Luckily, as one of those people whose job sometimes includes up to 2 or 3 business lunches a week, I’ve gotten a lot of practice. Read more at IEatGrass.com.

The Ridiculously Easy Trick to Removing Labels

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

By the end of this page, you will be a label-removal WIZARD.

I’m about to share with you the easiest method to get those labels off without having to resort to scrubbing off wet sticky bits of paper!

I love re-purposing jars. I use them for storing things like hemp, goji berries, cacao, and lentils — or I use them to carry around leftovers and green smoothies.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

What you’ll need

  • a jar!
  • boiled water (enough to fill the jar above the label)
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar

Step 1: Carefully pour the boiling water into your jar, making sure to keep the label dry. Make sure to fill your jar above the label and wait a few seconds for the water to melt the adhesive from the inside.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Step 2: Holding on to a corner of the label, peel the label off your jar. It should peel right off!

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Some labels will leave behind more glue than others. If your label leaves behind a residue, you’ll need to use your baking soda and vinegar.

Step 3: Holding the jar over the sink, sprinkle some baking soda on top and give it a squirt of vinegar. Having your vinegar in a spray bottle will make this really easy (you can even use it to clean the rest of your kitchen). Scrub everything off with a sponge or cloth that you wouldn’t mind getting a little gluey.

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Rinse off your jar aaaaand you’re done!

The Easiest Way To Remove Labels

Perfect right?

What are you going to use your new-found label wizardry for? Let us know here or on twitter @GreenGuineaPigs

–Laura

Fall In Love With Yoga: Inversions 101

This post is part 3 of a 4 part series on falling in love with yoga. The posts stand on their own, but here is part 1 on finding yoga inspiration and part 2 on creating a home practice!

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So you want to spend some time upside down, young grasshopper…

In this post you’ll learn how to get into shoulder stand, the classical (supported) headstand, and the tripod headstand. We hope you like the videos!

Inversions are important because they energize and relax you (figure that one out!), and they improve your balance and core strength. They’re also meant to reverse your blood flow, increasing the blood and oxygen flow to your brain, and they are said to be very good for you lymphatic system which helps prevent illnesses.

First things first, meet dolphin.

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Dolphin is a great pose because it helps you strengthen many of the shoulder and core muscles that you need to hold your inversions. I practiced Dolphin every day for several weeks before ever attempting my first headstand.

Use the length of your forearms to get your elbows shoulder-distance apart. Either clasp your hands in front of you to create a triangle on the floor, or leave your forearms parallel on the floor with your palms facing down. Lift your hips off the ground so that you resemble an upside-down V, similar to a downward dog.

You can hold this pose or rock forward and backward over your arms.

Ready to get upside down? Great!

Inversion 1: Shoulder Stand and Plow

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Shoulder stand is known to be the queen of the asanas and will probably be the easiest out of the three inversions for beginners. Resist the urge to turn your head once you are in this pose as it is not good for your neck.

  1. Make sure your body is warmed up.
  2. Lying down with your back to the floor, rock your legs upward and catch hold of your hips with your hands. Your arms should form a 90 degree angle with your triceps resting on the floor.
  3. Engage your legs and imagine a string is pulling them towards the ceiling. Ideally, they should be completely vertical, perpendicular to the ground. Flex your yogi toes (maybe give them a wiggle). You’re doing an inversion!
  4. To get into plow, slowly lower your legs to touch the ground behind your head with your toes. Let go of your hips and rest your hands on the ground with your palms facing down.
  5. To exit the pose, come down slowly, one vertebrae at a time.


Inversion 2: Supported Headstand

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This headstand is known as the king of the asanas. It is my absolutely favourite pose and I do one every day.

  1. Make sure your body is warmed up.
  2. Get ready by setting up in dolphin pose with your hands clasped, creating a nest for your head. This should be a piece of cake because you’ve been practicing dolphin for weeks!
  3. Place your head in the nest that you’ve created and lift your hips into the air.
  4. Keeping your legs straight, walk them forward until your hips are so high that your feet begin to lift off the ground.
  5. Tuck your legs in towards your body and then push them straight up to create a straight line. Use a wall if necessary.
  6. To come down, slowly lower your legs in front of you.

If you are going to fall out of a headstand, tuck your chin and roll out of it as if you were doing a summersault! Don’t be scared! Yoga is all about falling (safely).

Inversion 3: Tripod headstand

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  1. Make sure your body is warmed up
  2. Place the top of your head on the floor and rest your hands on the floor, shoulder distance apart, creating a 90 degree table top with your arms (If you are familiar with crow, you will notice it is almost exactly the same set up)
  3. Slowly place your knees on your triceps.
  4. Hold this pose if you do not feel comfortable pushing up into the full headstand.
  5. When you’re ready, press your legs straight up.
  6. To come down, lower your legs in front of you.

Again, if you are going to fall, tuck your chin and roll out as if you were doing a summersault.

Some of these poses take a lot of practice and different poses will come easier to different people. For example, I find the classical headstand to be easier, but many people find it to be more difficult than the tripod headstand (which I find more difficult).

Don’t forget to have some fun! Once you’ve mastered headstands, maybe try out different variations with your legs. It’s excellent for your core.

Enjoy! And let me know if you have any questions. Do you want to see more tutorials for yoga poses? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting at @GreenGuineaPigs.

— Laura

ps. The songs are, in order: This Is The Beginning (Boy), Life in Technicolor (Coldplay), and Little Numbers (Boy). I find it funny how the different tempos affect the speed at which I move through the poses!