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Do you compare yourself to others?

The wonderful thing about having goals is everyone starts off on their own their very own personal journey… But the biggest mistake people can make when starting something life changing is comparing themselves to others. “Comparison is the thief of joy”. This quote resonates with me because when I started to put together my own Personal and Professional goals a few years ago, Social Media was brand new and I had easier access to many people that I looked up to… I saw all forms of success and, admittedly, there were moments when I felt overwhelmed and discouraged (because I’m human) but rather than have it keep me down I quickly learned to channel what I saw into inspiration. We’re all in different stages of our journey and when we see pictures or videos of others at a more advanced stage, we can sometimes lose perspective of what we’re actually really trying to achieve. And the reality check of what it really takes to achieve success. Someone’s “after” picture doesn’t show all of the hard …

My Top 8 Holiday Gifts For That Fitness Enthusiast On Your List

It is that time of year again. Tis the shopping season or shall I say Confusion Season!? So many of us subject ourself to mindless shopping in hopes to find the right gifts but we end up heading home from the chaotic mall with a generic gift card…am I right? Well if you have a”Fitness Enthusiast” on your list, I’m here to help but I’ll say sorry in advanced to all the other people you have no idea what to buy for My Top 8 Holiday Fitness Gifts That I Recommend Fitness Magazine Subscription. We all like to get inspired and motivated and nothing does that better than a good Ol’ fitness magazine, give your loved one a subscription to the #1 Selling magazine in Canada,  Inside Fitness Women  Smile Wholefood Blends – All-In-One Organic blends of chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp hearts offering different flavours like goji berries, cranberries, coconut and cocoa. Just 1 tablespoon will add  a tasty and nutritional punch to any of your snacks while saving shelf space. A great little stocking …

Enjoy Food. Don’t avoid food.

Over the course of the last decade plus, I’ve experimented with countless of different eating styles and diets – Atkins, Vegan, Vegetarian, Octo-Lacto, Pescetarian, Macrobiotic, Paleo, Juicing, Cleansing, high fat, low fat, Intermittent Fasting, Bulletproof, etc. To this day I continue to try new things and research how I feel and how it applies to my life. Each eating style certainly has their benefits but, in my opinion, there is NO PERFECT WAY TO EAT because each and every single person on this planet is unique. There are different body types, people have different goals, different lifestyles, food sensitivities, live in different climates, geography and food availability could be an issue, age requires different nutrients, and even weather play a part in our food needs. Having countless food options increases your chances to achieve optimal health, vibrancy, and your own fitness goals. Whether it’s too much of a particular type of food or too little of certain nutrients, the best way to harmonize the body is by creating balance but as many of us know …

Why Soaking In A Little Sunshine Can Be A Good Thing

Take a little time out in nature to soak in the rays. Studies have found that exposure to sunlight naturally boosts your mood. Sunlight triggers the release of hormones in your brain releasing a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. Ultraviolet-B radiation in the sun’s rays also causes a person’s skin to create vitamin D. Generally, an hour per week is more than enough, but surprisingly, many people are still not exposed to enough sun to produce beneficial amounts of vitamin D. This could be because of our hectic sedentary lives, spending most of our time either in the car or at a desk during the peak hours of sunlight. Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy diet. New benefits of this vitamin are being discovered every day, but many people still do not receive enough vitamin D to reap the wonderful benefits it can provide to their health. Vitamin D is most famous for its contribution to joint and bone health …

“Life Always Gets In The Way…”

None of us are exempt from the pressures in life. We all have stress and situations that test us or possibly even push us to the brink of crumbling. All too often, something or someone or some moment, causes us to lose track of our goal and revert back to behaviours that no longer add value to our lives. We’ve all been there right? Of course most of the time we don’t choose our adversity BUT we certainly have the power to choose our response to it. And it’s this response that I call the “IF Factor”. IF we respond positively to challenges and difficulties, then the outcome will be potentially positive. IF we respond negatively to our challenges and difficulties, then the outcome will be potentially negative. IF we respond to challenges and difficulties in the same manner as we always respond to it (i.e. emotional eating, BLTs, etc.), then the outcome will almost certainly be the same. The pain of adversity never leaves us unchanged, but if treated right, can be the catalyst …

Shrimp Avocado Bites!

Sharing is caring! I love when my Strong Girls come up with their own creations. My clients Celine Saki created this mouth watering appetizer that is tasty, healthy and easy to prepare. These Shrimp and Avocado Bites are the perfect appetizer for parties or if you’re like me have 6 bites as a meal. What you will need:   Rosemary Pistachio Kii Crisps Medium pre-cooked Frozen Shrimp Avocado Olive Oil Chili Pepper Flakes Sea Salt Lemon Garlic Rosemary How to Make:  Heat skillet on med heat, add one tsp. of olive oil, about ¼ clove garlic sliced, Chili Pepper Flakes and a sprig of Rosemary leaves finely chopped.  Run cold water on frozen shrimp for a few minutes until they are thawed (a couple of minutes) Turn up the heat a little, add shrimp to skillet. Fry for 2 minutes and flip the shrimp for another 2-3 minutes. Remove garlic Press down on each a little and move around Mash 40 g Ripe Avocado and divide into 6 and drop on each Pistachio and Rosemary Crisp Salt shrimp …

Banana Almond Chia Cream Shake!

One of my favourite (and most tasty) Protein Shakes that is great for meeting my nutrition needs, and also wonderful for my digestion, is my Banana Almond Chia Cream Shake powered by Interactive Nutrition and Kii Naturals. Ingredients below. We would love to hear your feedback 🙂 ▪100 g Banana ▪2 tsp Almond extract ▪1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein powered by @myinteractive ▪1 tbsp Chia Seeds powered by @kiinaturals ▪1 Cup Water or your choice of Milk ▪2 Ice Cubes ✅6 g Fat ✅30 g Carbs ✅ 27 g Protein