Archive: HEALTH/FITNESS

  • Ola! How are ya?!

    Good day over here, the weather is finally looking like summer! It’s just 3 sleeps until the Warrior Dash in Whistler!

    Mike is training for it.. (honestly he hasn’t been training at all. He went to the gym for the first time in a while) Yep- he’s naturally that fit…not fair!

    In Training for Warrior Dash 2011

    The Warrior Dash goes something like this:

    Crazy hey? I am the Start Line Emcee! I haven’t really Emcee’d anything in a long time, so I am a bit nervous….

    But hey.. Amanda is my name and rocking out in front of people is my game!

    warrior dash emcee

    Even though it’s been about a year since I was on stage, I know I’ll get right into it and flow. I’ve taken centre stage soo much over the years, I’m sure it’s like riding a bike. It’s funny but in the last year most of my “take centre stage” moments have been in a sound booth or in front of a camera- not a crowd.

    I have a few friends going too, so having them around will surely help.

    This little brat is coming too. While Mike races, we’ll leave him in the car, but dogs can hang out for the day, as long as they are leashed. woo hoo

    Oh Painter

    Check out this picture of Painter I took today.

    IS HE:
    A) Yawning?
    or
    B) Possessed by the devil?

    bug puppy yawning, boston terrier/pug

    If you guessed A your right, and if you guessed B…. your right!!!

    These Bear in area signs are good motivation to keep Painter on his leash..

    Port Moody bear in Area
    These signs are right on the paths we walk him everyday.

    Haha.

    Day 10 of the raw challenge! Going great. I bought some hemp seeds ($13, gulp) to add to my shakes.
    Hemp Seeds have ridiculous amounts of protein in them.
    Hemp seeds added to shake

    Like the Mason Jars I am now storing my dried goods in?
    mason jars for storage

    I got 12 of them at Walmart for about $7! Easy access, inexpensive storage centre. (like how I used the avocado to hide the wall plug in? Photography at it’s finest folks!)

    Bed time. Up early to voice at the fancy studio again! WOO HOO-Another Telus spot! My voice needs it’s beauty rest tonight.

    Talk soon!!! Lots of love and light to you!

    xoxo

  • Ok! LET’S DO THIS!!! “By “this”, I mean BLOG baby BLOG! haha

    Woke up at the crack of dawn to hit up the Coquitlam Farmers Market.

    Apparently, we can’t afford travel coffee mugs, we took our java to go in our regular mugs…. (I must have inherited this from my mother, step foot in her car and she has regular mugs everywhere!)

    coffee in a mug, on the go

    Beckmann Berry Farm. Friendly, check. Fresh produce, check. Tasty, check. Best price at the market? CHECK. 5lb box of blueberries now sit in my freezer:)

    Beckman Berry Farm, Mission

    I took this picture of Beets purely for my own reference… Must eat beets…maybe buy some next time? Anyone have any good RAW beet recipes?

    Raspberries…now you see the few I have left…

    fresh vancouver, raspberries

    And…now ya don’t!

    eating raspbesrries fast

    Your gonna start thinking I’m strictly a food blog, but I’m not. Although, I just happened to attend a “Raw food for Beauty” un-cooking class at Indigo Food Cafe today.

    Upon arriving the cafe was very inviting.

    indigo food cafe, vancouver, lovenaCucumber water. Good for your skin. Drink up buttercup.

    cucumber water for beauty

    Owner of Indigo Food, Lovena Galyide used to be an architect. She discovered Raw Food and became so passionate about it, she quit her job and opened up a raw food cafe in Vancouver on 16th Street. She really knows her stuff too. I am a hard sell, lol, but I was following her every word..

    Indigo Foods Cafe, raw food Vancouver, west 16th

    I was going to pick up this guitar and serenade everyone during the class, but I decided to stay hush.

    indigo food  raw cafe

    LADIES! IF YOU WANT HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN, incorporate these foods into your diet:

    - Aloe Vera Juice (the yellow leaves taste a trillion times better than the green. But use green for skin!), Nettles, Arugula, Watercress, Burdock Root, Turmeric, Coconut, Cucumbers, Durian, Figs, Hemp Seeds and Oils, Macadamia nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Radish, Olives, Onion and Papaya.

    The first skin elixor we tasted was orange, papaya and aloe vera juice. Tasty. No issues here.

    aloe vera elixer for beauty

    Add bottled aloe vera juice to your morning juice/shakes if you can’t get aloe vera fresh.

    lily of the desert aloe vera juice

    Another Beauty Tonic. This was made with Burdock power, Apples, and celery. I need to get my hands on some burdock root (not for taste, but for health benefits)

    indido cafe vancouver, green smoothie for skin

    We got into some raw fermentation of coconut. I was not a fan. I know the probiotics are good for you, but I don’t like the taste of fermented coconut, no matter how much agave you add!

    fermented coconut yogurt

    I will start drinking coconut water though… more to come on that!

    Here we have dehydrated kale chips. yum. Remember I used to bake them all the time? I’m not against baking at all, but if they taste just as good dehydrating- why not save some nutrients? So I actually have a batch in my oven (which has a dehydration feature- OMG- score!)

    nutritional yeast dehydrated kale chips

    Add arugula and watercress to your salads!! It is fabulous. Also on our plate was raw falafels (made with pumpkin seed and a million other things, I couldn’t write everything down fast enough- but I still want to get the recipe)

    raw falafel, arugula salad

    Durian. A fruit I hear all about- but never try… These ones were dehydrated. Apparently amazing for skin.

    durian

    Again, I learnt a ton today. I am becoming more passionate about raw foods everyday.  Day 7 of my raw food celebration and I am feeling FANTASTIC!!!  At 8pm I still felt the same amount of energy I had when I hopped out of bed this morning. It really is amazing how this lifestyle makes you feel! I can’t wait to continue this…and learn more along the way..

    OK Painter picture of the day… He looks like a sleeping angel sent from heaven… BUT………

    He is TROUBLE IN DISGUISE…  (I’m telling ya!)

    bug puppy
    I love him soooo much though. It hasn’t even been a month and I am so obsessed, so in love.

    How is your long weekend going? I got a voice gig for a “teenager” spot that I will voice tomorrow. Do all these health foods for skin make your voice younger too? Apparently. tee hee

    Talk soon!!! Lots of love and light and beautiful skin!!!
    xoxoxo

  • Hello!!

    Woke up this morning with a list of to-do’s (yes, even on a Saturday) BUT, after a walk to Tim Hortons this morning Mike and I were bickering a bit about what to do.. Work, or enjoy the day…. Well, the play side of my brain fought the work side of my brain and the PLAY side won!! Woo hoo, congrats play side!!

    explorer 2000 walmart Buntzen Lake Vancouver

    So we went to Walmart, bought 2x Explorer 2000′s (fancy name for- CHEAP DINGY’S), took a quiet path to a quiet area of the lake, inflated the little buggers and jumped in!!!!

    explorer 2000 walmart Buntzen Lake Vancouver

    We tied them together.

    So we went to Walmart, bought 2x Explorer 2000's (fancy name for- CHEAP DINGY'S), took a quiet path to a quiet area of the lake, inflated the little buggers and jumped in!!!!

    Then tied ourselves to an old tree..So we went to Walmart, bought 2x Explorer 2000's (fancy name for- CHEAP DINGY'S), took a quiet path to a quiet area of the lake, inflated the little buggers and jumped in!!!!

    And drifted the afternoon away… Nap, eat, drink, sleep, talk…whatever you wanna do…

    explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver

    The only thing about the “eat” part of the day is that I am on Day 6 my Raw Food challenge Celebration and while Mike is taunting my by saying, “Don’t you just wish Swedish Berries were raw?”

    explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver

    I enjoyed my Raw Trail Mix…trail mix, raw food, explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver

    I lined it up on my dingy to see how long it would sit there until- it either fell, or some crazy bird came and attacked us for it.

    explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver, trail mix

    Ahhh, either way, it was a beautiful day… and I mean beautiful.explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver

    When we came home, I stopped by the store and grabbed some zucchini’s, to make zucchini pasta in my spiroli!

    zucchini pasta

    It was sooo long, up to the sky!

    I picked up a whole fresh basil plant for only $2.99 to make the sauce with.

    All fresh, raw ingredients….. Tomato, garlic, basil.

    And here you have a raw meal….

    I enjoyed it with a glass of wine and now I am watching Puppy Sos online. (I’m such a geek!)

    I’m going to a Raw “cooking” class tomorrow at Indigo Cafe In Vancouver, followed by a friends BBQ…

    Hope your having an amazing weekend.. Thanks for coming here!!
    xoxoxooxoxo

  • Hey!!!

    I met up with some girlfriends to go for a hike tonight. On the sunniest day we’ve had so far this year, I forget my sunglasses! I jumped in Dee’s car and dug around in her glove box for shades. I didn’t find shades, but I found these sweeeeet baby blue specs….

    blue framed glasses

    We went hiking up in Deep Cove. Gabby (the gorgeous brunette in the middle) and I go WAAAY back and I haven’t seen her in FOREVER. Sooo great to see you girl.

    hiking in deep cove

    Thanks to Dee, Gabby and Erin for the wonderful company. Can’t wait until our next venture! (we want to meet up more frequently for hikes. We all love it)

    deep cove trails, north vancouver

    Look at this cool Bubble Tea shop in Deep Cove that has a choo choo train going through the shop!

    toy train in deep cove cafe

    I also saw my beloved choir -ex-choir, I’m too busy:( singing in the park. It warmed my heart and made me want to cry, listening to them sing those beautiful familiar songs and to hear Checo singing his heart out.  Check out me with the choir here (and also find out how I sang back ups for New Kids On The Block!)

    Day 5 of my Raw Food Celebration!!!!!! Mike and I had a meeting at Starbucks at the mall. I actually survived the food court!!!

    a fresh peach in food court

    He had Taco Time and I ran up to Kin’s Market to get a peach…. Going strong in Raw Food land!!! Woot woot

    peach VS Food Court

    Something not so strong is Painter’s ability to find his bed when he is tired. He looks like a drunk that stumbles home and misses his bed.. haha

    bug puppy

    So I pick him up and kiss his face and put him back in bed and he spreads eagle! haha

    bug pup
    Just love him

    Late post hey? Past my bedtime!! Have a terrific weekend. I am full of energy and ready to rock tomorrow. It’s kind of a work day since I had all last weekend off and next weekend we are away… need to catch up on a few things, but I promise I will relax too!!

    Love and light

    xoxo

  • Hey ya!!! My weekend was fantastic. I feel like I am just skimming the surface with the live/raw foods thing. I am pretty passionate about it. I will never fully restrict myself from anything, or claim to be 100% this or that… but I do believe that raw foods heal and I am wanting to explore some more.

    thumbs up to raw fod

    Last nights raw gourmet dinner was like “pigs in a blanket”  but made with nut alfredo sauce, dates and eggplant (sounds gross, but I promise, it was so tasty.

    raw vegan dates wrapped in eggplant

    Main course was delicious fresh greens from the garden, with a garden burger made with carrots, peppers, flax seed, etc.

    sungarden burgers, raw food

    Can you believe this cheesecake is 100% raw/vegan. I watched her make it. Unreal. I am trying this recipe.

    raw vegan gourmet cheesecake

    What we ate this weekend was on the gourmet end of raw. One would never want to consume so many fats from nuts, but it is amazing food for the transitional period from a processed diet. Hits the spot/cravings on so many levels.

    ocean resort vancouver island

    After dinner and a little walk on the property Mike and I hit up the Steam Room….

    infrared sauna ocean resort

    And then double the heat with an infrared sauna session. I like the infrared better than the steam…. You?

    ocean resort sauna

    This rejuvenating weekend left someone tired…..

    Painter the bug puppy

    Painter was such a good boy the whole trip. We took the ferry home this afternoon.
    BC ferries

    Now at home and back to work tomorrow. I may be trying a raw food lifestyle for a while… we’ll discuss tomorrow.

    Have a fantastic evening! Sending you love, light and health and wealth!

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