drive-thrus are for lazy people.

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


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“If kids grow kale, kids eat kale”.

Hey friends.

I hope everyone had a very green weekend, with a few drinks for St. Patty’s day of course.

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All this green drinking, got me thinking…

Canada is still behind on the trend of banning food dyes. Food dyes are synthetic and completely unnecessary in many of the products they are found in. The only reason that they are often added is for visual appeal, since processed foods have often lost their natural colour.

My thoughts?

Having a food dye a couple of times per year isn’t going to kill you – but make a conscious effort to avoid them. All of them.

Check your fridge for products that may contain these dyes;

Tartrazine, Quinoline Yellow, Sunset Yellow, Carmoisine, Ponceau 4R and Allura Red.

One place to check for this Tartrazine; in your Kraft Italian Salad Dressing. Who knew? All the better reason to simply make your own using EVOO, Balsamic, and some dried spices of your choice.

Read more about the harmful effects of tartrazine/ yellow # 5 right here.

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Food Round-Up

This broccoli-slaw is to die for.

The recipe looks a little something like this…

Shredded red cabbage, shredded broccoli, shredded carrots.

Add in raisins/dried cranberries, and chopped almonds.

Coat with a homemade dressing (tahini, olive oil, mustard, apple cider vinegar, s&p, maple syrup, almond milk)

Top with sesame seeds.

Eat!

*Note. It tastes better after ‘marinating’ for a day or two in the fridge. The veggies also start to soften up a little bit.

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While I was on the go this weekend, I was keeping fueled with these Vega Bars.

They came especially handy when I was running late for my Spin class, and didn’t have time to fuel up on a meal at home.

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Did You See This on TedTalks?

This guy (Ron Finley) got fed up with the food options offered in his neighborhood of South Los Angeles, so he decided to plant a garden. He’s ready to help people re-establish their connections to food by putting in the word needed to grow it yourself.

WATCH Ron Finley by clicking here

Some memorable quotes that I thought were great…

  • “South Los Angeles is home of the drive-thru, and the drive-by… And guess which one is killing more? The drive-thru”. Love this ! So good to hear someone else knock down the drive-thru !
  • “Growing your own food is like printing your own money!”…
  • “If kids grow kale, kids eat kale,” he declares. “If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. If they’re not shown how food affects the mind and body, they blindly eat whatever’s put in front of them.”

Have a great week everyone !

Feel free to leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

 


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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!


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Fabulous Quote Fridays !

Because who doesn’t love a good inspirational quote to get your weekend started right!

(I’m really enjoying these ‘themes’ that I’m coming up with for each day (such as Healthy Tip THURSDAYS),  it’s getting me all excited for new posts!)

This one comes from Kris Carr, a holistic super-girl who has proved that a plant based diet can save your life – crazy stuff.

“Let’s not forget that stressing about perfection is as bad as booze, cigs, animal toes, and white crap”.

Gotta love her raw-style of writing. She tells it like it is! In a nut shell, I love this quote because nobody will ever achieve perfection in diet and lifestyle, nor should you want to. You’re going to have slip ups, you’re going to eat processed food because it surrounds you constantly, and you’re going to come across situations that you cannot control.

So, instead of being so strict – let loose, live a little, and enjoy life as it is!

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(just don’t forget to make these guys a main staple in your diet!)