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Well-known fact about me: I like to eat…a lot. As in, I really like to eat.

And I eat frequently and semi-startlingly

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large amounts.  When I’m overly hungry or know it will be a long time between meals, I pretty much can’t make it–sort  of like a two-year old (but taller).

Therefore, when I’m heading into a road trip, flight, or weekend that requires a large energetic output, I arm myself with super-healthy, protein-packed superfoods to energize me and get me through! Bonus–I like to bring extra and feed everyone around me.

So heading into a weekend where I would both present and attend my favorite writer’s conference in the world Muse & the Marketplace (whose website wisely advises you to BYOB–protein bar that is) AND speaking and attending Yoga Reaches Out, an amazing yoga event at Gillette Stadium where over 1,000 yogis practice on New England’s favorite football field, you better believe I turned to my Registered Dietician Whiz Sister Hanna as to what I should bake and bring with me. I knew I’d need long-term, sustained energy and anything I could eat to help boost mental alertness and focus. Hanna recommended this recipe and I customized it to be gluten-free and extra-healthy.

Hanna explained that with whole-grains (complex carbohydrates), healthy fat, and packed with protein to keep you full,  these delicious bars allow for sustained energy throughout the day with no sugar crashes. Yay!

DiVello’s Delicious Energy-Packed Homemade Protein Bars:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • Coconut water from the bottom of a coconut cream can or ½ cup of coconut water
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 4 eggs yolks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (or the coconut cream from the top of the can if you want to omit dairy)
  • ¾ cup warm honey (I am not a sweets person, so I will cut this down to ½ cup next time just to experiment)
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup ground flax seed
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
  • ⅔ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond butter (or any other type of nut butter you like)
  • 1 cup raisins (coarsely chopped!)
  • 1 cup pecans, pumpkin seeds, or the nut/seed of your choice

Directions: Line a 9 by 13-inch pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soak a cup of oats with the coconut water and ½ a cup of filtered water, and let it sit for an hour.

Meanwhile, mix the eggs, yogurt, honey, and coconut oil together until well-blended.

Add all remaining ingredients and mix on a medium speed in your stand mixer (or wooden spatula if you’re up for a serious arm workout).

Break up the soaked rolled oats with a fork if need be.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, so that the coconut oil and almond butter can solidify.

Cut into 2 by 1 slices and store in the fridge for a week (or even a few days more).

I doubled it because I wanted a large batch; you may want to wrap individually and freeze them.

 

I’m thrilled to be leading a workshop again this year at Grub Street’s Muse and theGrub Street Typewriter Mark Twain Marketplace. This is my third year teaching and fifth year attending this nationally recognized writer’s conference and every year I leave full-up on the excitement of new knowledge, connections, friendships, and energy, ideas, and tools for my writing.

Here are my 5 reasons you won’t want to miss it either:

  1. It’s a writer’s buffet of teaching talent. This veritable smorgasbord for writing allows you to take classes with a wide variety of teachers, learning from their unique experience and background.
  2. You can take classes on anything–ANYTHING and everything about the craft and business of writing. Want to drill down to the sentence level? We have a class on that. Wrestling with multiple points of view in your work in progress? We have a class on that. Not sure if your agent is right for you? Well, we just so happen to have a class on that. Not sure if you want to go indie or traditional? We will walk you through the pros and cons. If you can think of it, dream it or ask it, YES, WE HAVE A CLASS ON IT.
  3. It’s specific time to dedicate to you and your craft and that matters. As writers, we often squeeze our writing into the times we’re not doing everything else in our lives. I believe while that is unavoidable, it also sends a message to some deep level of your psyche (and your Muse). Taking time and making time to dedicate to your craft also sends a message: This matters to me and I will lovingly tend to, nourish, and dedicate myself to you.
  4. You will learn things you don’t even know you need to. See #2 above. Now peruse the list of classes here. Take something unexpected. Leave with your #mindblown.
  5. I will teach you tools you can use at home to bust through blocks and boost your creativity. You will leave feeling empowered and looking at creativity in a whole new way. Also, I will have snacks. :)

 

I took a chance and wrote a piece about why I left my high-powered (and soul-sucking) PR career to teach yoga…and was THRILLED when Marie Claire accepted it!

Then Cosmopolitan picked it up…!!Marie Claire 2

Then Elle picked it up…!!

Then Dr. Oz picked it up…!!!

And then Redbook picked it up!!!

OH HAPPY DAY!!!! I’m so thrilled to share my story with even more seekers, the growing tribe of people that are looking for more than a paycheck. Who want to make a difference, serve the world in their highest way, and find more fulfillment as they do. Keep seeking, seekers! We’re all in this together! <3

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Sara DiVello at the MFA Seated Janusirsana

I’m thrilled to kickoff #NamasteattheMFA on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston!

As part of this super-cool program, you get to grab your mat and get into the musuem BEFORE it opens (!!), stretch, breathe, and drink in the stillness of having the place to ourselves…then stay and enjoy the beauty of the museum at your leisure after calls.

Friends, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can be there!

http://www.mfa.org/programs/special-event/namaste-saturday-with-sara-divello

Here’s my latest from our National Yoga Month Q&A: Two Quick Ways to Relieve Neck & Shoulder Tension. (Watch the vid here: https://www.facebook.com/SaraDiVelloOM)

1: Release the Upper Back with Eagle Arms
Bring the arms in front of you at a 90-degree angle, elbows at shoulder-height. If this is enough of a stretch for the shoulders/upper back, stay here. If you need more of a stretch, drop the left elbow below the right and twine the forearms, pressing the back of the palms together. The key to releasing the upper back muscles is to keep the elbows lifted–equal height to the shoulders–and the shoulders as relaxed and low as possible. Take five to ten deep breaths and switch sides.

2: Release Tight Neck Muscles with a Gentle Stretch
Drop your right ear toward your right shoulder and hold for 5-10 deep breaths. You can then gently turn the gaze toward the floor and hold there for 5-10 breaths. Don’t forget to do the other side too!

Bonus: Schedule “Breathing Breaks” throughout the day! Set your phone or calendar to remind you several times through the day to take cleansing and calming breaths!

NationalYogaMonth‬ Q&A: Let’s do this!

We got some great questions last week! Here are my answers to 3 of them–ranging from drinking and headstands (NO!) to what to do when your wrists hurt in downward facing dog (here’s my favorite option).

Have YOU got questions? ASK! Comment below or send me a private message on my contact page, Facebook, or Twitter, and I’ll answer next week for ‪#‎WellnessWednesday‬ with Healthworks Fitness Centers!

Q: Is it bad to drink beer while doing headstand? –Israel M.

A: Insider tip: The pros go straight for the vodka. KIDDING! In all seriousness, do not drink and yoga. You are more likely to injure yourself. Do yoga and save the cocktails for afterward :)

Q: What can I do to take some of the pressure (and resulting pain) out of my wrists in downward facing dog? I’ve been trying to figure this out for years. –Ann P.

A: When the wrists are tender, it can take a while to feel better—especially if they’re already sensitive from working at a computer. When this happens, I like to take the wrists out of the equation altogether. I suggest trying downward facing dog on your forearms (sometimes called Egyptian Dog). That way, you still get all the shoulder-strengthening, upper-body challenge (along with all the other benefits of Dog), without ANY strain on the wrists.

Let them rest for awhile. Then, if you want to try traditional dog again, you can integrate hands and forearms slowly. You can also try elevating the heels of your hands with a fold of a blanket and see if that gives you some relief.

Q: What do you love about yoga –Tatiana

A: I love how it serves as a sanctuary from the rest of life—a place to come and release, receive, and rejuvenate. I love how it supports and nourishes us.

 

Friends, grab your camera, bathing suit, camera and even a yoga mat. I am SO excited to announce I’ll be teaching yoga as part of a private tour through beautiful BALI Oct. 3-10.

Join us as we breathe fresh island air, take in lush landscapes, explore rice fields, bike through back roads of charming villages, eat nourishing, healthy meals, partake in an ancient meditation ceremony, hike up Mt. Batur (pictured below), take a Balinese cooking class…and of course optional daily yoga with me :)

The amazing Jess K. at My Adventure Travel put together a holistic tour to make sure you leave the island refreshed and inspired. I can’t wait and I hope you’ll join us.

Did I mention it’s really affordable?

Learn more here.

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