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


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Lost and Not Found…

Is it possible that I can STILL be super-full from the holidays?

I’ve lost my usual hungry appetite, and cannot find it (along with my iPod… R.I.P 3 year old baby with all of my spin music – heartbreaking…)

My meals may seem small and weak, but I just haven’t felt really hungry since January 1st!

Dinner last night was mm mmm goood. You can’t go wrong with sweet potato fries (these ones were sprinkled with cinnamon and avocado oil).

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Side of quinoa + kale… Bland, but I still ate it all

Breakfast this morning was fruity… Banana, almond butter, coconut, berries

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Now I’m in hibernation mode getting my study on! I’m making good progress so I can’t complain!

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The opportunity to do these “case studies” for my program is proving to be really beneficial – because you treat your subjects as actual clients. Recommendations must be practical, realistic, and within the clients comfort zone. Right now, I’m doing a case study on my amazing 80 year old Grandma who has Type II Diabetes and Osteoarthritis.

Though I thought these 2 diseases would pose a serious challenge, I’m really enjoying the added research that I get to do while trying to understand them better and make proper recommendations.

It’s pretty amazing how many natural remedies there are for diseases like this that get so often overlooked. Sure, they may not work for everyone – but reading about them makes me a sure believer in trying them out on patients.

If you know anyone suffering from either of these diseases, 2 books I recommend reading…

  1. Diabetes & Hypoglycemia: Your natural guide to healing with diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs, exercise and other natural methods – by Michael T Murray

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  2. Healing Arthritis: Complementary Naturopathic, Orthopedic and Drug Treatments by Penny Kendall-Reed and Stephen Reed

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Back @ It !

New Year, New Blog…

What do you think of the new layout? So far, I like it MUCH better than my old one! I was finally able to customize it a little bit – and make it a little bit more ‘me’.

Though it was tough to get right back to school and work, falling into a normal routine is always appreciated. Over the holiday’s I loved relaxing and having no schedule, but it always feels good to get some structure back into life! Sure, I complained a bit to myself when my alarm went off the past couple of mornings – but it just takes a couple of days to get back into the groove.

Along the lines of “getting back  into routine” – I’m back to cooking for myself once again. I miss my Mom’s amazing cooking already – but now I get to experiment with new recipes from the new cookbooks that I got (Crazy Sexy Kitchen, and the Quinoa Revolution!)

BlogDec 009And this one – which I love!

Kris Carr is a cancer survivor who has “healed herself” through proper nutrition and living a ‘holistic life’… really awesome read so far!

Oddly enough – some good news follows this topic... I got an e-mail from somebody working for www.kris carr.com saying that one of my recipes will be featured on her site !  BEYOND ECSTATIC ABOUT THIS…

I forgot that I submitted it back in December – so it was a pleasant surprise to receive this e-mail! I’ll make sure to link to it when it gets posted!

…Oh yes – cooking for myself again = back to the usual’s (i.e. all my FAVS!)

Breakkie of Champs! Kale, egg, banana, almond butter, blueberries

Breakkie of Champs! Kale, egg, banana, almond butter, blueberries

YUM.

YUM.

Mid-Day Snack. Banana, almonds, dried crans

Mid-Day Snack. Banana, almonds, dried crans

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And for Dinner – I’m cooking up some Sweet Potato Fries, Quinoa and Kale – you say boring, I say delish !

What I’m really trying to get at here with my meals is just eating whole, natural and good quality foods as much as possible during the next few weeks. As much as I enjoyed mega-indulgence over the holiday, I just didn’t feel as good as normal – I guess I’m a true believer in the power of good foods + their outcomes on the human body 😉

Happy Thursday (I just wrote Tuesday, love these short weeks!)

I’ll be hibernating in my books for the next couple of days (back to school, assignments to do – here we go!)


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which oil ?

This has been a quick week, anyone else think so?

The days have escaped me between class and work – so my apologies for the lack of posts!

If there are any Americans reading my blog: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

This wonderful Thursday morning started with a sweaty spin class at Krudar. I had my biggest class yet – which was amazing! The energy was high, the music was loud, and I think we were all having a pretty good time (despite the mega hill climb at the end). I know a photo was snapped at the end of class when we were all looking great – so I’ll be sure to post that when I get ahold of it.

I love this banner that they’ve got on their website – it sums up a spin class quite well! Hopefully I have locked in a few more people to come out at 7 a.m. now, even though it’s a bitttt early for many people (EVEN ME). The best part about it though, is how you feel after the class – at 8 a.m. when you are DONE your daily workout!

My eats lately have been pretty usual...

I think I need to diversify what my meals consist of though – because they tend to be quite routine (i’m sure many of you can relate!)

Yesterday, my stomach was feeling a bit famished by the time dinner rolled around – so I wanted something hearty. I knew that some carbohydrates were exactly what I wanted – but in the form of vegetables not bread (I’ve been trying to avoid gluten as much as possible since it doesn’t always agree with me).

I made my sweet potato fries because they are so delicious and tend to fill me up for a long time. Lots of cinnamon on top of these guys made them disappear in no time.

What’s the other sloppy mess on my plate you ask?

What better name than “Leftover Veggie Salad Slop”

Ingredients

  1. Avocado
  2. Purple Kale
  3. Tomato
  4. Sauerkraut
  5. Cucumber
  6. Onion
  7. Pine Nuts
  8. Chopped Almonds
  9. Dressing: Olive Oil, Bbalsamic, Salt, Pepper, Tumeric

Directions

  • Chop all your veggies
  • Add dressing to the salad
  • MIX!

It was really good, surprisingly! I think the sauerkraut is the secret ingredient here.

The only concern that I have about my sweet potato fries is that they are cooked at a high temperature (about 425 degrees F) – and I know that olive oil should not be used at high temperatures since it oxidizes when we heat it too much. This oxidization creates free radical cells in our body (we don’t want these) and can cause long-term damage to our own good cells. (This is why there is such hype around ANTIOXIDANTS, which neutralize these free radical cells…  now you know why you’re eating so many blueberries!)

good source of antioxidants!

So I’ve been contemplating the thought of buying some kind of other oil to cook with. Obviously, for lower temperatures – Olive Oil is fine! But at 425 in the oven, I need to have something else available.

The “Smoke Point” of an oil is as follows (thanks Wikipedia)…

Hmm. I learned some new things from this!

This definition got my wanting to DIG a bit deeper into this issue… What the heck are the smoke points of the various oils!? And which ones can I use to safely bake my sweet potato fries?

I posted the link to this website just above ^

So here’s my take on this…

Olive Oil – from my understanding should NOT be heated to higher than about 375 degrees F. If you’re using “extra light” stuff, then you can do higher temperatures of olive oil – but if you’re using regular extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) 375 should be your upper limit before it oxidizes and hurts your body.

You should never ever ever cook on high temperatures with your normal quality canola or vegetable oils – low only.

* At 438 F, stop using your “RAPE-SEED oil” – whatever that is…  (haha.. must be a ‘grapeseed oil’ TYPO) *

The plan now, is that for my next batch of sweet potato fries, I think I should opt for either; a Grape Seed Oil or an Avocado Oil or Sesame Oil.

I will check these out next time I’m at supermarket or health foods store. Hopefully this has been somewhat insightful for you! It’s always good to question your usual practices in the kitchen!

After spin this morning, I stopped at my favourite little produce store in the market. At 8 a.m. they are JUST putting all of the produce out on display so I get first pick of all of the good stuff!

It’s so refreshing to do some shopping outside of a grocery store – and to support smaller businesses. This little market in particular is half indoor, half outdoor – the people are great – the prices are fair and you just feel a little better when you buy this stuff.

Here’s some photos…

Pictured above (in order)…

  • Baby Orange Beets (from USA)
  • Some Brussel Sprouts (trying something different!) and Bananas
  • And lastly – Heirloom Carrots from Ontario – aren’t they pretty? I cannot wait to eat these since I haven’t eaten a carrot in forever – they tend to be unappealing to me most of the time… These look much better than the average carrot though!

All this stuff for exactly $6.00. Exciting!

Later today, I’m going to write a post about Skin Care since I attended a seminar on it last week!

I’ll leave you with a couple of cool videos of Toronto – I enjoyed them, maybe you will too 🙂

Awesome Time lapse…

CLICK HERE.

Toronto Skyline…

“You might remember we featured projected images of the Toronto skyline that took into account planned (red), in construction (blue), and in sales (yellow) a few months back. The creator of those images now has a video flyby of Toronto as it will likely look in a few years time”