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Hi Guys !

As you know, I’ve temporarily stopped updating my blog (for now). As time evolves, so do I – and I am currently in the works of creating another website.

Over the past ten months, I’ve been working towards attaining my diploma in Holistic Nutrition. Two months to go, and I’ll be graduated – yahoo!

Please stay tuned for my next website, and in the meantime continue to explore old posts for new info.

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Swap {THIS} for {THAT}


I wanted to give you all a few simple “swaps” that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. By making these switches, you’re detoxing your current routine and moving towards a more healthful approach! Might I add, that these are all quite cost effective as well (save a $ here, spend it somewhere more useful!)


Why would you want to make these switches, you ask? Read on to find out…

1. Ditch the “table salt” in favour of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt.

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Sadly, table salt has been processed enough that it no longer contains all the wonderful minerals that salt should – pink salt is rich with 80+ minerals. Your table salt has been enriched with Iodine and often times sugar is added to it – check your labels!

2. Toss out your chemically-laden moisturizer in favour of coconut oil.

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I’ve discussed this in a previous post which can be accessed here!

Once again, I can’t say enough good things about coconut oil. If you haven’t tried it yet, get yourself some next time you’re at the grocery store! It can be found in the health food section.

3. Make your own household cleaners!


Store-bought cleaners are full of chemicals. These chemicals are harmful to you, and everyone else who lives in or visits your house. These seemingly harmless products can cause skin irritation, allergies, respiratory irritation, hormone disruption… The list goes on and on and on.

You can read more about it on The Organic Consumers website here.


D.I.Y – It’s beyond easy once you’ve invested in the supplies (and will save you $ in the long run!!). Get a squirt bottle; vinegar; baking soda; some essential oils… etc.

Living Well Spending Less blog gives you some great links to homemade cleaners for all areas of the house

5. Swap out store bought salad dressings for homemade dressings

Free of additives, preservatives, and nasty gunk – a homemade salad dressing tastes better and is more cost effective. You can keep it simple with this recipe from Vega, or go with something a little more complex!

This dressing is dee-lish, if you’re interested!

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6. Ditch the St. Ives Apricot Scrub (guilty!) and make a DIY facial scrub (2 Tbsp. White Sugar + 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil; just be gentle with it)

David Suzuki has some great resources on homemade cosmetics.

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Food. Fitness. Fun.

Hey everyone!

Here’s a quick update on life– I’ve been busy and apologize for the lack of posts.

Some foodie pics (because I love taking photos of my daily eats) ! Only the healthy stuff of course…


This was a detox carrot salad that I found on Babble— I highly recommend that you try it !!


A whole lot of greenery involved in this veggie focused meal!


Eggs for some morning protein (especially important post-workout) along with a Granny Smith apple with some almond butter. Simple, but healthy and satisfying. When possible, look for free range eggs as well as organic apples. As a hint, if you’re apple is glossy/shiny/waxy– it is NOT organic. Often, you’re able to find comparable prices with organic/non-organic. Bonus!


With the weather improvements, have you gotten outside for a light jog?

In running the Sporting Life 10km in a month, so the training is in effect! I feel confident that I can conquer it in record time. The only thing to hold me back would be my never ending leg soreness from spinning. I’m in the works of trying to improve my recovery time through proper sports nutrition.


Check out these blogs ! I love reading fellow nutrition and food-lover blogs; healthy ones of course! The more holistic the better– plant based diets, yay !

The Holy Kale


Pickles ‘n Honey

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Detox-Update. My progress THUS far! [+ a delish. granola recipe]

Cleansing ain’t so bad!

Today is already April 12, and I’ve been on a little ‘detox‘ since April 1.

I thought it would pass by slowly, but to my dismay it is flying by so far!!!!

The rules that I’ve stuck to quite rigidly include; no dairy, no gluten, no refined sugars, no chocolate, no processed foods, no alcohol… In addition, getting a GOOD sweat on 6x/week with some new workouts squeezed in, and drinking more and more lemon water everyday (although that’s not hard, seeing as I LOVE my morning start of 1/2 a lemon squeezed into room temp. water)

Quick little survey about my progress thus far;

  1. I feel…

    GREAT! The times that I haven’t felt 100% were the times that I slipped up and had a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie, or that mega-beer at the Blue Jays game… Go figure, eh !?

  2. I’ve eaten…

    LOTS of delicious foods. Lucky for me, this cleanse did not steer me too far away from my regular/routine diet. However, for some people this type of detox might involve a complete overhaul of their pantry! That is why it’s important to start with only what you can handle & want to take on…


Above: Detox-friendly burrito bowl from Fresh Restaurant. You see cheddar cheese you say? Nope, that’s Daiya cheese alternative.

Above: Detox friendly quinoa porridge. My complete protein is topped with blackberries, coconut flakes, walnuts, chia, and almond milk


Above: This was a weird random meal that I threw together last weekend. It includes free-range chicken from my mama, sauerkraut topped with nutritional yeast, edamame, and a homemade chickpea flour bread (Besan) with spinach – LOVE this recipe.

3. Noticeable ‘side-effects’ of the cleanse…

Good = Better skin, less bloat after meals, weight loss

Bad = Hard to remain social, temptation is all around us – In addition, I miss chocolate

4. Plan for the next 13 days?

  • Keep to the original plan!
  • Try not to wander too far off from what I originally wanted to achieve
  • Cut out a couple more foods to see if I can identify any more food sensitivities

*Sorry for the lack of posts lately, life has been busier than usual*

I’ll get back on track soon enough with more recipes, fitness routines, and holistic living tips!

In the meantime;

–> Try this granola recipe that I just popped into the oven. Mix up cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, pure vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, a mashed banana, and maple syrup in a big bowl – add in oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, chia seeds and dried cranberries. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes: stirring every 10 minutes.


–> Check out my article on *Click here to get to it directly.

–> Take a look at the blog ‘This Rawsome Vegan Life’ which I am currently in love with. Her food photography is to die for! I want to hire this girl as my personal dessert chef.



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Why I’ve tossed out the Jergens Moisutrizer in favour of Coconut Oil

Your integumentary system.

It keeps the outside world OUT; and the inside world IN

This organ system has many functions (regulates body temperature, provides cushioning to the body, excretes waste, etc.) —     you want this system to be functioning optimally!

Your skin should be treated like a piece of expensive artwork – not a test canvas, do you get where I’m coming from?

Your bathroom is likely FULL of harmful skincare products, all of which claim to make you “age less” and “look younger” – but I have a feeling that they’re all lying. Last time I checked, our skin wasn’t meant to take on all of these foreign chemical-like substances that provide a ‘temporary’ fix.

Your next detox doesn’t have to start in the kitchen, it can start in the bathroom – and yes, you’ll still notice big benefits!

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Since I began my program studying holistic nutrition, my eyes have opened up to how complicated we have made our world. Food doesn’t have to be difficult, you can eat things grown in your backyard or a chicken raised in the town next to you. Beauty shouldn’t be so difficult either – if you won’t eat your products, why put them on your skin? It all ends up inside of you, leaving your body to detox the bad and eliminate it before it causes harm!

This also goes for those of you with children— their little bodies are sensitive, so choose products that are as pure + natural as possible!

Worried about aging and wondering how to get rid of those black lines under your eyes? Why not start with prevention through a whole foods diet… You eat food all day every day, and what you put down the hatch is going to have an effect on your outside appearance, not just the internal stuff! Just think of how rotten a smokers lungs would be after 50 years of 2 packs per day – and they usually don’t look so hot on the outside (even with a few botox injections)! Same goes for food + internal/external appearance…


Take yourself back to basics.

1. Read the book Ecoholic Bodyby Adria Vasil. [I’m part way through; it’s great as a reference to flip through whenever you have questions. No need to read start to finish]

2. Check out this chart from

3. Slowly clear out your bathroom cabinets, and replace with natural shampoo/cleanser/soaps/mascara/moisturizer/etc. I am in the process of doing this right now– it’s unrealistic to think that it will happen overnight, so take it slow. One. thing. at. a. time… The financial burden will be lessened and you can slowly adapt to your new products.

Dump this…

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4. Use what’s in your fridge to make cleaning products, face masks, and moisturizers! An example of something I’ve done for a while now is to make a hair mask out of a mashed avocado + olive oil.

Put it on before bed// tie your hair into a bun// sleep on an old towel (it stains!) // wash it out in the a.m. – MAKE SURE YOU SET YOUR ALARM WITH TIME FOR THIS, or you’ll look extra greasy all day😉

Now this makes for healthy hair!

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5. Do some of your own research! I’m not the expert on all of this (not yet anyway) so be an informed consumer! Check out the Environmental Working Group [EWG] website, especially their consumer guides!

Never look back.

Start reversing your aging process.

Make smarter choices =)

Feel and look fabulous!

Have a happy weekend, friends.


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Indian + Orange Kale Salad

This. salad. is. SO. good.

Not a salad person? Stop reading… (Sorry, but maybe this recipe isn’t for you)

Trust me, you won’t be disappointed – the secret is to “marinatethe kale overnight in the dressing. It soaks up the flavour so wonderfully, and the taste just ends up being more intense the longer you let it sit.

(Don’t leave it for TOO long though, a few days max.)

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What you’ll need.

(i.e. Ingredient List)

Mix together;

  • Kale Leaves
  • Beet Leaves (optional)
  • Shredded Red Cabbage
  • Shredded Carrot
  • Diced Avocado


  • EVOO
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil (optional)
  • Finely diced blood orange
  • Zest from blood orange
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Almond Milk (to thin it out a bit)

Coat the salad mix with the dressing. Let it marinate! This is KEY!

When you’re ready to eat – sprinkle with nutritional yeast (it adds a yummy flavour)

Top with Tofu Strips sauteed in coconut oil, and chickpeas grilled with Garam Masala Indian Spice.

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I know, this recipe is all over the place – but that’s how I cook!