drive-thrus are for lazy people.

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


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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…

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

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

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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.

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–> Check out my article on fitblogger.ca *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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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

Dressing

  • 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!

-YUM-


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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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The joy of BREAKFAST

Hey !

Three (3) quick, simple, nutritious and yummy breakfast ideas for you tonight (to make tomorrow a.m. perhaps !?)

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Quinoa Porridge

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Made with white quinoa, chopped apples, lots of cinnamon, walnuts, blackberries, almond milk.

Other things that you could add to spice it up; chia seeds, almonds, maple syrup, banana, coconut pieces.

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Tropical Smoothie

In a blender; apple, grapefruit, orange, almond milk, water, coconut, walnuts, spinach, ice, tofu, cinnamon

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Grapefruits are just so photogenic !

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Tofu + Egg breakky scramble.

Sautee your tofu in coconut oil, add in kale and kale stems as well as any other veggies that you’ve got on hand. Add in eggs, top with salt& pepper + cumin

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  1. If you don’t eat a good, hearty breakfast – chances are that you might overeat later in the day
  2. Make sure that your breakfasts contain some protein and complex-carbs to keep you feeling full and energized longer. Carbs are not the enemy 🙂
  3. Choose whole grains, and if you’re gluten sensitive avoid Barley/Rye/Some Oats/Wheat/Spelt
  4. Make you’re breakfast a meal you enjoy, something that you’re happy about eating first thing in the a.m.
  5. Wake up early enough to have time to enjoy your breakfast, along with a coffee or tea. Mornings can be enjoyable, if you’re not in a panic!


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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)

Recipe # 1

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!

PB & Oat Bites Recipe from Squirrelly Minds

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Recipe # 3

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

(Click the link to see the photo)

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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Choose your own adventure: Recipe Edition

Hungry?

Here’s a simple and nutritious Quinoa Salad that you can make.

Why do I eat so much Quinoa? Here’s a few reasons…

  • It cooks in under 20 minutes – great for when you’re crunched for time!
  • It’s a *complete protein – containing all of your essential amino acids
    *This is great news for Vegans/Vegetarians!
  • It takes on almost any flavour (spices, sauces, herbs)
  • It’s filling! You can eat a meal that contains Quinoa, and be satisfied for hours.
  • It doesn’t sit too heavy, so you can eat it before working out

My latest concoction.

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Recipe. (I kept it fairly vague so that you could throw together your own combination!!)

Step 1: Pick your GRAIN (preferably a whole-grain) – Today I chose QUINOA because it’s the super food of the year!

Step 2: Choose your veggies, chop them up – or grate them if you prefer! I chose Rapini (Leafy Green), a Yellow Bell Pepper, and Whole Carrots

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Step 3: Choose your spices! I sprinkled on some Garam Masala (an Indian blend of ground spices), Paprika and Tumeric (because it’s anti-inflammatory)

Step 4: Choose your “Add-Ins”. I chose to chop up some almonds and pumpkin seeds (for some essential fats and protein), chickpeas and white kidney beans (again, both protein sources), and some fresh cilantro because it’s my favourite (and it chelates heavy metals in your body – literally pulls them through your system, detoxifying your body).

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*Cilantro has many other uses in Integrative Medicine – some of which can be found here!

(You can research other herbs and their medicinal properties by Googling ‘Botanical Medicine’ – very fascinating!

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Aaaaand…. that’s it ! Eat up !