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    Bacon Guacamole

    Hi friends! I hope everyone had a fabulous start to the week.  I’m feeling much better since snapping out of a little funk I was in last week. Maybe I should add this recipe to one of the ways to … Continue reading

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    Grilled Blueberry Pork Chops

    Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a fabulous week.  The peak of my week was probably this gorgeous pork chop that we made on the grill.  Our meals can get very repetitive sometimes, especially in the summer when all we … Continue reading

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    Teaching My Very First Yoga Class

    Yes, you read that right! I taught my very first yoga class this weekend. It was sorta last minute, sort of non-traditional, and sort of awesome! My mom manages a gym in my home town. I’ve been getting antsy since … Continue reading

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    Yoga Teacher Training – Final Weekend!

    I am officially a trained yoga teacher! My final yoga teacher training weekend was already two weeks ago. I have subconsciously put off writing this post for a few reasons. I’m not sure I want to face the reality that … Continue reading

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    A Yoga Photo Shoot with Yogis of Connecticut

    Last weekend marked the end of my Yoga Teacher Training (post coming soon). To commemorate this incredible journey Alley, one of my fellow teacher trainees, offered to do a photo shoot with some of us! Alley has such a talent for … Continue reading

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    How To Make Homemade Paleo Beef Jerky

    So there’s definitely been a sort of jerky craze going on in my world lately. Andy and I started playing around with making our own back in January when I was doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Then all of … Continue reading

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    Summer Cobb Salad

    Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. My weekend was a good one especially because it officially feels like summer. This was the first weekend that I really got to enjoy our new house and relaxing out on … Continue reading

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    Paleo Friendly Coconut Basil Mojito

    That title is intriguing isn’t it? This recipe was inspired by a drink that we had at the Tipsy Tuna in Placencia, Belize. It was by far both mine and Andy’s favorite cocktail on our vacation. Mojitos have been my … Continue reading

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    Belize Part Two – San Pedro & Caye Caulker

    After we had a few days to wind down in Placencia it was time to head north and over to the island of Ambergris Caye or San Pedro. San Pedro is the name of the main town that sits on … Continue reading

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    Belize Part One – Placencia

    Hi Friends, it’s been a while! I am back from an amazing week in Belize (despite a rather nightmarish travel day home – but that’s for another post). Andy and I are relaxed, sun kissed, happy, and probably a few … Continue reading

The Primal Yogi’s First Birthday & a LARABAR RENOLA Giveaway

One year ago today I hit publish for the very first time on The Primal Yogi. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! To be honest I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep up with blogging but to my surprise I somehow made it work. I guess when you really love something nothing will get in your way to get it done!

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I first started blogging to simply share travel stories, recipes, and ways I stay healthy in this busy world. Then in January when I started yoga teacher training (which was only a thought when I first started the blog) The Primal Yogi became a space for me to recap my experience.

The Primal Yogi is still evolving just as my career and life are. The plan is to keep this space for sharing and inspiring my readers through stories of yoga, healthy living, and travel.

Here are some of The Primal Yogi’s most popular posts over the past 365 days. And make sure to scroll down for a birthday giveaway! This giveaway is closed.  Congrats to Giselle over at My Healthy Happy Home for winning the RENOLA giveaway! Continue reading

A Day in Long Island Wine Country

Vineyards are one of my happy places.  There’s just something about them.  They’re beautiful, peaceful, and produce one of my favorite things – wine!  I am even lucky enough to have two beautiful vineyards in my own home town in Connecticut.

So when I learned that there is a whole slew of vineyards on the east end of Long Island, it quickly moved to the top of my summer bucket list.

Coming from Connecticut it was super easy to catch the ferry from Bridgeport to Port Jefferson, New York. From Port Jefferson we drove East for about an hour on Route 25A to get to the beginning of North Fork Wine Country.  North Fork Wine Country refers to a few different towns sprawling with farms and vineyards…a total contrast to the dense and compact Nassau County on the Western part of Long Island.

Our first stop was an organic market to grab some cheese and crackers – an essential when vineyard hopping.

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It was the cutest little barn with fresh produce and even local cheese.

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Our first stop was at Kontokosta Winery, the furthest East of the Vineyards and one of the only ones with a waterfront view. 

 

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This winery just opened last year.  

 

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The inside was bright and open.  The staff did a great job of really educating us about each wine.   Continue reading

What I Ate Wednesday #5 – Weekend Eats

Happy Hump Day people!  I thought I’d pop in to the What I Ate Wednesday link up this week by sharing my weekend eats.  My weekend eats are much more exciting than my week day eats.  It’s all about balance…and well usually that means I am a little bit more lenient with myself on Fridays – Sundays.

This past weekend we stayed in town, went to some of our favorite places, tried some new spots, and also whipped up some things for a little family get together we had at our house.

Friday night began with this absolutely delicious cocktail.  It was a fresh Blueberry Mojito from one of our favorite barbecue restaurants, Joey C’s!

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We started with a bit of an over the top but oh so good appetizer.  It’s guacamole with bacon AND shrimp!  I think we were the first people to add two items in to the guac because the waitress was a bit surprised. Continue reading

My Guest Blogging Revealed: Bodeefit

So I’ve been sort of quiet about my first Guest Blogging experience that I am lucky enough to have landed back in January.  I haven’t really talked about it here on The Primal Yogi but realize that I should be sharing with all of my readers!  Thanks to Jess at JessicaLawlor.com for the tips on linking your guest posts to your own site.

My guest blogging gig sort of happened organically and fell into my lap.  Back in December / January I came across an awesome site and phone app called Bodeefit.  Bodeefit offers daily body weight workouts, often high intensity interval training, with no equipment or gym required!  I absolutely loved being able to wake up on the morning of a busy day and get a complete work out in without ever leaving my bedroom!

Naturally, because when I love something I share it with the world wide web, I tweeted about Bodeefit.  Well, Adam Griffin, founder of Bodeefit, saw my tweet and asked me if I’d be interested in writing on the Bodeefit Blog.  Of course I said yes!  My focus would be incorporating yoga and what comes along with it into my 9 to 5 schedule in order to maintain a healthy and mindful lifestyle. 

I’ve been writing one post a month since January already!  Here are a few of my favorite posts.  From here on out I will keep you guys in the loop when I am posting over on Bodeefit.  


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I definitely recommend trying out Bodeefit’s app, workout programs, and just becoming familiar with the community.  There is a wealth of knowledge related to health and wellness.  Enjoy!

Acknowledge the Progress

Happy Friday loves! I hope everyone had a fabulous week. Mine was pretty great and I definitely took my own advice to snap out of that little funk I was in a couple of weeks ago.

I can’t believe it’s already been two months since my final weekend of Yoga Teacher Training. It feels like it’s been two weeks but also feels like a lifetime ago at the same exact time. Weird how that happens.

I’m the type of person who is always looking forward to accomplishing something else. Adding to the bucket list and just trying to check things off. I realized, along with I’m sure many others, I consistently focus on the things I have yet to accomplish. In six months I want to do this, in a year I want to visit this place, in five years I want to be here.

Sometimes in the process of thinking up our dreams we can lose site of the progress we have already made. Having goals is important but the very end point shouldn’t be the only thing we are striving for. Because without all of the steps in between, the uphill battles, the downhill rides, we wouldn’t appreciate the accomplishment once we arrive, if we ever even do arrive.

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Snapping Out of a Funk

Happy Sunday friends!  It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in which makes me sad.  This is primarily due to the fact that I was just in some weird funk last week.  Sound familiar?

photoOne of those weeks where I kept harping on the negatives, feeling bad for myself, making excuses not to get things done, and just feeling a bit off.

We all have these weeks because well…we are human.  Life isn’t always full of rainbows and for most of us staying positive and happy requires a constant conscious effort.

Life is full of contrasts really.  Weekdays and weekends.  Rainy days and sunny days.  Times of joy and times of heartache. Moments of togetherness and moments of loneliness.  The more we can learn to embrace these contrasts the better we can navigate the eb and flow of our life.

Here’s just a few ways that I was able to snap out of my funk:

Get outside.  Even if it’s only five minutes.  Take a moment to breathe in fresh air.  Focus on your inhales and exhales and be present for a few minutes.  This is really the only place life exists, here and now.  So let go of the past and try not to worry about the future. Continue reading

What I Ate Wednesday #4

Hi guys!  I’m just popping in quick for a little What I Ate Wednesday action hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons.  Does it make me a lazy blogger that a majority of my posts have been link ups for the past few weeks?!

 

I’m not going to sit here and “glorify” being busy but I have really had a ton going on between finishing Yoga Training and completing my final for that, work, and teaching my first classes!

Anywho…here are my somewhat repetitive eats from yesterday!

This week I decided to try and make my own cold brew!  Thanks to one of my readers who gave me directions on how easy it was!  You simply let coffee grounds and water sit over night and sift it through some cheese cloth the next day!  I mixed it with some water and almond milk and it made for a great train beverage on my commute!

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When I got to work I had a banana with some homemade almond butter.  I like my bananas extra ripe, how about you?  I know that the more ripe = the more sugar, but they’re just so much better that way!

 

 

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