Posts Tagged: healthy eating

  • When is the best time to buy budgies? When they’re going cheap ! haha, I thought I’d break the ice today with a bird joke in honour of the thousands of birds I saw today when I was out and about. There were hundreds of them just hanging out and flying around together

    Who leads these packs? Is it all instinct or is there a leader?

    I know the perched on the ledge, cone head man would have LOVED to chase those birdies!

    Ha. Today we dropped the videos we made in LA off at Stormtech! They previewed them all and loved them! Woo hoo. It sure was a great trip. Just may have to go back soon….

    Today was day 3 of my Green Smoothie Cleanse. It is going well. NOT a breeze, but I am pushing through. Day 3 already? Well that’s sure good… I made a video about what I’ve been up too…Enjoy!

    Eating coffee? Tastes Magical? Mistakes left in and all. tee hee.

    While I was out and about running errands, I picked up a couple tea’s. The “cleanse” one has Nettle in it and I heard it is good for the skin. (It also says on the box-’to purify your skin”)

    When your on a cleanse, tea’s are like a treat. I have been enjoying them.

    Busy voiceover day in the morning, so I better rest up. Hope you are all doing fantastic. Tis the season!!

    xo

  • Hello!

    Today I went exploring outside for an episode of The Nature of Things with Amanda Suzuki. Hauling my camera around “ain’t no big thang”… but it’s still kind of a obstacle, especially with a crazy dog.

    The annoyance factor gets REALLY high when you go to take your first award winning shot and the memory card is sitting back in your computer at home. BOO.

    Well, thank goodness for iphones….

    I took Painter on a big stroll around the neighbourhood. It was such a beautiful day.

    old orchard park

    Our stroll through the park turned into a mud slopping, sand kicking, rock hopping good time!

    bug puppy water

    Ha, He was trying to catch the water splashes with his mouth. cute

    After a good Kilometre running along the muddy shoreline. My dog was wet, tired and DIRTY!

    As soon as I got home, he was thrown into the bath…

    It’s been a good weekend. I have relaxed quite a bit these last 2 days, which is great. I am usually go, go, go. I’ve had a lot on my mind lately and am trying not to get too stressed out….Of course the wedding plans have been a big brain space filler, and my upcoming surgery next week is another weird force that fills up your brain with too much thinking.

    Thoughts in my head about my surgery:

    -why am I even worried?

    -what if they find something really bad?

    -why did I get this?

    - am I feeling sorry for myself?

    -what right do I have even feeling bad for one second when so many others are going through way worse?

    -I know I need to eat a plant based diet, but sometime I just don’t want to care about what I eat?

    -how will this change my life?

    -I want to have kids, but maybe not right this second, but if I don’t do it this second will it be too late?

    -is this even a big deal?

    And on and on and on…

    To the right of my computer I have an oracle card that states I am a powerful healer, but then my appointment card hits me in the face, I try to remind myself that this VERY MOMENT, is all that counts. Yoga is good.

    Hmmmm….as Gwen Stefani says…”I’m just a girl in the world….”

    In non-emotional news I also went to Costco today. We have a HUGE family of 2 humans plus 1 dog to feed, so we NEED a Costco card, haha…

    Anyway…I picked up some nuts..

    What? Nuts in the fridge?

    kirkland walnuts, almonds

    Yep. Something I have learned in the last 6 months is that we should keep our nuts in the fridge. They do go bad just like any other perishable food. So I fill my handy mason jars for my day-to-day use and I keep the fat bag of nuts in the crisper…

    keeping nuts in the fridge

    Tomorrow I am thinking Brownies with the walnuts and almond milk with the almonds! OW!

    I got 2 boxes of the arugula/spinach mix of greens. Making green smoothies all week baby!


    I wish I could have got local greens, but these California greens will work.
    costco arugula spinach greens
    And some “sulfite flavoured” olives, lol… costco olives
    And a lifetime supply of cotton pads.costco cotton pads

    We got some other stuff too, I just can’t remember….

    Anything exciting happen for you over the weekend? Fill me in!

    Oh, and here’s to a kick ass week filled with pure potential!!!

    xo

  • Hello!!!

    Happy Monday!!!

    2 things I’ve been asked about via email lately and I was inspired to write about them today. First off, someone asked me about my vision boards. They are super easy to do and they are a wonderful tool to bring you closer to your goals/dreams…. How do you create a vision board?

    YOU SIMPLY:

    1. Get a wack load of old magazines

    2. Cut out things that you are drawn to and that inspire you

    3. Glue or tape them to cardboard or a frame

    4. Put it up somewhere you will see it daily

    5. Look at it everyday and envision the things on it as yours. Imagine it. Feel it. See it.

    This one below is an older one Mike and I made together…. (I kinda cut off Mike‘s side to respect his privacy. You can see mine though, lol…)

    Then while I was attending raw chef school. We were to fill out these ones as a homework assignment. This is what I came up with…

    reaching goals, treasure mapping, brian mayne's goal mapping, vision board

    This particular map has a specific way of charting it out: (I didn’t follow it though)

    reaching goals, treasure mapping, brian mayne's goal mapping, vision board

    HOWEVER! If you want a little help creating your goal map. Check this out that I found for you!!! It’s some instructions and templates that you can print out and make you own!! Or you can just do it the way I explained at the top. (magazines and scissors baby!) Again, here is an awesome, helpful Goal Mapping Link (by Brian Mayne)

    I really want to have a vision board party like these ladies did at Travelmamas.com (Wine and vision boards? Sounds fun! Anyone in?)

    OK, the second thing I’ve been asked lately are tips on losing weight. I really don’t know much other than what has “worked” for me. I use the term “worked’ loosely because I am NOT perfect or even close to eating perfect 100% of the time, but since I’ve been into raw foods- I have definitely noticed results.

    RANDOM TIPS:

    1. From the stuff I have been learning, it says that so much of our food consumption is emotional. We are mentally addicted to the foods we eat, even though so many of them do nothing for us nutritionally.

    2. In order to have something we’ve never had before- we have to do something we’ve never done.
    I’ve lost 10 pounds since I started incorporating more raw foods into my life.(and that is just a bi-product- my energy and mental clarity is really amazing right now)

    3. Don’t beat yourself up, or do anything drastic, just make a decision in your mind that you are going to do it and you WILL do it.

    4. I love writing down my thoughts, goals. You could write, “I am sooo happy and grateful that I now fit into all my skinny jeans”, Or “that I know weigh x amount” Invision yourself at that weight and see and feel it. The more you feel it, the more it will become your reality.

    5. Try to have a shake for breakfast, reach for fruit, or something like carrot sticks and homemade hummus for snack,
    If you like salads- make one everyday!

    6. It’s really important to stay away from white foods (I know it’s hard! My mom was just in town and it was cinnamon bun central over here! lol) But white foods (sugar, flour, rice, bread) ONLY make us more hungry. Their is NO nutrition in them, and our body is starving for nutrients, so it just gets hungrier. Most of these overly processed foods are actually toxic to our systems and that’s why we gain weight. Our fat cells store these acidic toxins and our body won’t let them go.

    7. Basically just try to eat as many “whole”, real foods as possible. Whole grain rice, legumes, fruits, veggies, (free range meat? if you eat meat), steamed yams..stuff like that.. .

    8. Of course, exercise too. That is a given. We not only need to move our bodies to keep our weight down, we need to move our bodies to starve off diseases (such as the damn cancer thing).

    9. Be happy! I try to eat well, but I don’t get upset if I eat cookies, nachos, or beer now and then. I’m always striving to be as healthy as possible and make the choices that count, but we are on earth a short time, so you gotta have some fun. Have a good life. Be happy! Smile….

    Try this quote below in your elevator or in line at Starbucks tomorrow morning!!

    And those are my super random tips. What would you add?

    Keep in touch eh!? Lots of love, light and smiles!

    xo

    PS> Day 5 of my 30 day yoga challenge in the bag!

  • Hello!

    I finally got our wedding invitations ordered. It was not an easy breezy or enjoyable task (at least for me). I sent the proof to a couple of my well articulated friends who could help me write out the invitation as best as possible. That helped me big time and now they are being printed.

    I watched a cute video of Mike in grade 3 today and it made me wonder if we met when we where little tikes would we still be best friends? Here we are old skool as kids, I have a brown tooth because my older brother pushed me down the stairs when I was 2 and my tooth was bruised brown until it fell out. Oh and I was an aspiring dancer in dancing because my mom forced me. Mike‘s just a little cutie with a cool necklace.

    Now were big tikes and we ARE best friends and we ARE getting married!! (unless he gets cold feet and runs away)

    Here’s my quote of the day…..

    One “wish” that turned into a “will” that has changed my path is my new found journey with raw food. I have so much love for raw food and how energetic and alive it makes me. So much that, this weekend, as we speak I am becoming a Raw Food Instructor through The Raw Food Foundation!

    We’ve recently made these To do for wraps and stuffed mushrooms that I am going to make for my mom next week and see if I can’t convince her to add a bit more raw food to her diet!

    Raw brocoli soup (not my favourite, but I know how good broccoli is for the body)

    Date Nut Torte…

    raw food foundation

    So good. I could eat the whole torte…

    But I guess we need to share..hee hee… Notice the big bowl of angel hair pasta and marinara being mixed in the background?

    Ahhh, best seat in the house..

    This morning I took some of my new skills (ha, you don’t need skills it’s so easy!) and I made some:

    ONE BITE BROWNIES

    1 1/2 cups walnuts

    14 medjool dates

    1/2 cup cacao powder

    1/4-1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder

    Pinch of salt

    Process walnuts until fine. Add remaining ingredients. Form into cubes on plate, roll in coconut if desired and refrigerate until firm.

    Here is All you need!

    raw food foundation vancouver

    Throw in the nuts..

    raw food

    Chop chop.


    add in the rest of your ingredients (and please ignore my half chipped nail polish still on from Marianne’s wedding.

    I formed them into cubes and put them on a fancy new plate I got as a bridal shower gift… (throw them in the fridge for a bit)

    raw food brownies

    mmm, these brownies are delicious!

    raw food brownies!

    Cool plate and scrumptious raw food……

    raw food brownies

    And a really cute dog that lays on the couch while I take pictures of everything.

    The face of an angel. How could I love a dog so much?

    Ok, back to the classes all day tomorrow so beddie by for me. Thanks sooooo much for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.

    xoxo

  • 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

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