drive-thrus are for lazy people.

Living my healthiest and most holistic life, without a drive-thru !


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The many benefits of… TURMERIC

It’s a Turmeric kind of day !

This little spice (with BIG health benefits) seems to be popping up everywhere over the last 24 hours!

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It made an appearance in my dinner last night/lunch today…

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(Not so photogenic food – Moroccan Spiced Veggie & Rice Stew topped with Parsley Pesto)

And it also came up in class today, while learning about inflammation

If that’s not enough, I flipped on the T.V. this afternoon and go figure the guest-speaker was talking about the health benefits of Turmeric !

New info that I learned about Turmeric today is that it is one of the ONLY foods that influences EVERY SINGLE chemical involved in inflammation in the body. It is literally an inflammation SUPER FOOD.

You’ve likely had Turmeric in the past, but some of you may not even know what it tastes/looks like. It’s an orangey-yellow coloured spice that’s used in many curry dishes, making it a staple in a traditional Indian diet.

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….From plant… to useable spice!

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Curcumin is the active and powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient in Turmeric, but it also contains a small amount of Iron, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin B6! The benefits are endless!

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Since INFLAMMATION is your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong (with signs such as redness, swelling, water retention, constipation) – you want to keep inflammation to a minimum – and one way to do this is through the consumption of anti-inflammatory foods/herbs/spices.

Ex. Turmeric, Ginger, Broccoli, Red Cabbage & Omega 3’s – and many more…

Not concerned about inflammation in yourself? Why not take a hands on and active approach and reduce inflammation before it starts!

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Eat your Turmeric in many ways.

  1. Take 2 Tbsp. in warm water and drink it ‘straight up’
  2. Add it to your favourite recipe (stews, soups and casseroles are perfect for this)
  3. Make your own capsules of it, or buy it from the health foods store
  4. Add it to condiments such as mustard or salad dressing

Whatever way you choose, up your intake starting ASAP!


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five short-term goals…

Daily Blab: Keeping up with my goals

February is almost over, and with that – most people have totally lost their ‘New Years Resolutions’. Not me though, because I didn’t make any! Well I sort of did, but instead of calling them New Years Resolutions, I wrote up a simple list of goals. Things that I’d like to accomplish, almost like a 2013 bucket list.

Knowing that my preferences and lifestyle changes from day to day and month to month, I didn’t feel like setting myself up for failure with a New Years Resolution.

For me, the likelihood of sticking to a short-term goal is much more probable than long-term ones – most of us naturally lose site of what we set as our targets and then end up forgetting them all together. So, today I’m writing out 5 short-term goals for the month of March. Ideally, I will achieve all 5 – but if not, I won’t beat myself up over it! I’ll reward myself for the ones I did have success with, and try a second time to accomplish any that didn’t go so well.

Here we go..

  1. Keep my food diary, so that I can ditch the unnecessary snacking.Mindless eating is one of my worst habits, and I do it every single day. This week, I’m writing down everything that goes into my mouth – In hopes that that enough will deter me from mindless munching.FoodLog

2. Read before bed. Every night!

I do it once or twice a week, but normally I’m too exhausted by the end of the day. That being said, there’s always time for a couple pages of reading – no excuses! Look at this stack of books that I have to choose from!

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Top 3 books to finish in the month of March = Blog inc., The 4 Agreements, and Eating Alive.

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3. Make sure that I’m getting enough protein.

Without much meat and fish in my diet, it’s been more of a conscious effort to get enough protein in my daily eats. I’ve got to start cooking up more beans and legumes! Hummus, anyone?

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4. Use my spare time wisely.

Time is valuable, we all know that! Free time should be spent doing things I love, things that make me happy, and being productive! That’s it, that’s all.

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5. And finally, guzzle down more h2o! Especially lemon water.

More lemon water = healthier skin, more detox, stronger immune system (lots of Vitamin C in lemons), gets your system moving in the morning so that you can get all that ‘shit’ out of your body! Great, eh!?

Of course, I have a million other goals in mind – but I started with the basics. Cleansing doesn’t have to be a MAJOR life shift – it can be something so simple as eating more vegetables or cutting back on caffeine.

What are your goals of March? Leave me a comment below and I promise to help keep you on track, if you do the same for me!

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Dear Green – you’re a wonderful colour.

There seems to be a common theme already on this lovely Thursday…

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No, not a luscious forest with overgrown trees (I wish that was part of my day…)

The common theme to my day so far has been the colour green. It keeps popping up and it’s only 9:30am in the morning! I don’t think it’s any coincidence though….

The colour green is so much more than just my morning smoothie =)

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Aside from my post-workout breakky (which contained rapini, kale, banana, chia seeds, almond milk, coconut water, multivitamins: shown above) – I gave a little bit of tender love and care to my plants today (green). Sunlight, water, and a new location in my room.

It made me think of something that my teacher mentioned in class, comparing plants and humans…

When you think of your plantswhat do they need in order to stay alive and look healthy

Here’s a few things off the top of my head.

  • Provide them with consistent water (keep them hydrated)
  • Provide them with the right light (some need more than others)
  • Feed them (with some sort of fertilizer)
  • Love ! If you don’t give the plants some love, who will? Break your plants heart, and they will probably wilt away as revenge!

These can apply directly to humans as well. If you don’t nourish YOURSELF with all 4 of these steps – you too will wilt away, or become ill.

  1. Keep hydrated EVERY DAY.blog 009(On the “Green” Theme – Green is the colour of my lemon water glass today)

This does NOT include consuming coffee, beer, processed fruit juice, diet coke, etc. Drink clean, fresh water – and drink it liberally!

2.  Provide yourself with LIGHT. From the sun, not indoor lights or tanning beds.

If you spend time in nature, you’ll spend time in the light – it can make the world of difference in your mood.

3. Feed yourself with something HEALTHY.

If you pureed a  Big Mac and fertilized your plant with it, what do you think would happen? I have no idea, but I imagine that it’s better to puree some fresh carrot if you’re going to try anything…

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4. Love and have healthy relationships!

Plants need them and so do humans. Unhealthy relationships = unhealthy life. Soak in the good and leave out the bad…

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Finally – the colour of the 4th chakra (heart chakra) that is our central powerhouse and gives us the ability to love, is GREEN!

Go figure. You can read more about the heart chakra and whether yours is balanced or imbalanced right here on Mind, Body, Green.

All this being said, try and notice where the sources of green in your life come from (besides 20$ bills)

Veggies, Trees, Indoor Plants, A room in your house, using ‘greener’ appliances, having a garden, wearing green scarves, etc.

I think I like this colour a whole lot more than I used to!

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Green Goddess Blend

Hi !

How was everyone’s long weekend ? (Canadians only – sorry to everybody else reading this)

Family Day, though I didn’t actually spend it with any immediate family – was spent with loved ones and spent doing things I love (spinning, skating, watching the Bachelor).

Relaxing as the long weekends are, I don’t feel all that light and fresh today.

I slept great, I worked out lots, but I didn’t eat all that well. Leaving me feeling like there’s a 5 pound brick in my stomach.

So naturally, I started this morning off with what I was craving MOST

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Green Juice.

Today in the mix – a blend of 1/2 Banana, 1/2 Pear, Rapini Leaves, Walnuts, Parsley, Coconut Water, Almond Milk. Oh, and I opened up my Vitamin capsules and blended them into this goodness instead of swallowing the pills, WAY more enjoyable!

This was JUST what I needed =)

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Is it weird that I drink such a fabulously healthy drink out of a Rickard’s pint-glass ?

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Let’s get the tunes going…

Here is a couple of songs for your iPod update this week (guaranteed to get you running a little bit faster on the treadmill tonight!)

(I know you’ve heard this one before, but it still hasn’t gotten old to me!)

Remix of Clarity – love this.

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Recipes that I’d like to try…

  1. Garlic Sauteed Rapini (since I’ve got lots!)Garlic-Sauteed Rapini

    This looks ah-mazing ! Future side dish for sure.

  2. Healthy Eat More Fudge Chocolate Bars from www.ChocolateCoveredKatie.com

    Healthy fudge candy bars. http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/02/15/healthy-eatmore-fudge-chocolate-bars/

These look like quite the decadent treat – but I love that the ingredients are totally cleaned up from a regular brownie


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Eat Your Way Through Valentines– Without the GUILT!

If you’re like me – you look for any reason under the sun to do some baking.

Cooking, I’m not so fond of. But baking is different…  I’ve always felt a sense of comfort in baking, maybe because it reminds me of home and happiness.

With Valentines Day coming up tomorrow, are you planning to bake anything for your “Valentine”/Friend/Family/Roommate/Etc… ?

It will likely make their day a bit brighter – so pick one of these “healthier” cookie recipes to whip up before tomorrow.

Happy Valentines!

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(This photo is from the “Love Your Body Campaign” that I put on during my undergrad)

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From the blog, “The Healing Kitchen”

RAW VEGAN VALENTINES COOKIES

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They are dairy free, gluten free, mostly raw, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian – you name it!

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Recipe # 2

This recipe comes from the blog Squirrelly Minds…

These are Peanut Butter and Oat bites: Vegan Approved!

I have made a very similar recipe to these before, and I love them because they are SIMPLE. Quick, not too time consuming, and tons of taste!

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Recipe # 3

For the raw-foodie – this recipe from Ravishing Raw looks SO good.

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I love that they’ve used avocado and carob as opposed to traditional ingredients found in mousse. Much healthier!

The options are really endless!

Happy Healthy Baking !


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Eat Clean for Better Sex?

I just finished listening to Tosca Reno on 102.1 The Edge Toronto — talking about how to increase your libido/sexual health through diet.

Anyone else listen to this segment? I loved the fact that Dean Blundell was endorsing the facts that men need to Eat Clean for better sex!

If that’s not motivation for us to clean up our diets, I don’t think anything will work!

One thing that Tosca said that stuck with me was that “You can eat your way out of health, or you can eat your way IN TO health” – It’s ultimately your decision. Nutrition is a KEY component in your future health, so why are you still eating the junk?

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My fave – “Morning Greens Smoothie”… I literally CRAVE it each day now!

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Eating a nice veggie-rainbow! Clean Eating – yes! (Cilantro, Tomato, Zucchini, Red Onion)

If your not ready to do a full overhaul of your diet, start to think about a time that WILL be right for this. Make a few little changes each month, and cut the crap from your kitchen slowwwwly!

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In other news – it’s Bell Let’s Talk day today— which is raising awareness for Mental Health.

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I’m super intrigued by this topic, especially since I just finished studying it in school. We must realize that the faces of mental illness are not just certain stereotypes of people— it actually affects a whopping 1 in 5 people, making it an extremely important issue to become aware of. Everybody can think of someone affected by Mental Health issues, and today is a time to bring awareness to it…

A quote from Bell Let’s Talk…

“Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities”.

Spread the word (and the love) people!

Relating this back to nutrition– ZINC is a commonly deficient nutrient in people with mental health disorders. Zinc is in every body cell and it’s necessary for the proper action of your hormones. It plays an especially large role in the development of Alzheimer’s and Anorexia.

Ways to get your Zinc?

(Yes you can take a good multi-vitamin, but let’s talk food…)

  • Oyster (you best source!) – but since I don’t eat Oysters, what else ?
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  • Pumpkin Seeds – these little green guys are VERY high in Zinc
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  • Ginger Root
  • Pecans
  • Whole Wheat/Rye
  • Oats
  • Brazil Nuts

How Do You Like YOUR Zinc?

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Food Inc. Documentary

Have you ever watched the movie “Food, Inc.” ?

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If not, I highly recommend that you do! Though I am not a big movie-watcher, the odd documentary really gets me excited.

The premise of the movie is basically to give the viewers an overview of the billion dollar food industry – and how it is no longer focused around the farmers and food itself, but rather the business and money that these corporations are pulling in. Of course, that’s life – but it’s pretty gross to see what supermarket food items have come to be.

Profits > Quality in our world today… More reason to support local, small scale farmers.

A quote from Michael Pollan that was in the movie…

“There are no seasons in the American supermarket. Now there are tomatoes all year round, grown halfway around the world, picked when it was green, and ripened with ethylene gas. Although it looks like a tomato, it’s kind of a notional tomato. I mean, it’s the idea of a tomato”…

So on that note, a few tips for your weekend shopping adventures.

  • Look at where your produce is coming from – the tag under the fruit or veggie should tell you what country it came from. Make it your mission this weekend to NOTICE where your food is coming from, and make conscious choices whether you really want to buy those oranges from Mexico or not…

 

  • Support local farmers markets if you have the chance

 

  • Purchase organic meats – if you don’t see the point, watch Food Inc and then reconsider. Try and include at least 3 or 4 nights per week that are vegetarian as well.

 

  • Eat with the seasons when possible! Right now, you SHOULD be able to find some Ontario produce if you look hard enough – you might find Beets, Leeks, Carrots, Parsnips, Sweet Potato, Apples, Squash and Regular Potatoes… Oddly enough, these are all the perfect ingredients for a fabulous SOUP recipe!