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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

3 ingredient Macaroons! 

I love how this recipe has only THREE ingredients and one of them is coconut (my absolute fav!).  Coconut has been a superfood by many cultures around the world and the saturated fat in coconut is a fat that is rarely found in nature known as Lauric Acid. This type of fat is like a miracle ingredient because of all the health promoting properties.    Our body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties which help with viruses like HIV, herpes, measles and the common cold and flu. Coconut is also amazing for our hair, nails, skin, metabolism and supports the health and proper function of our thyroid.  So while these macaroons are quick and deliscious they’re also a powerful package of nutrients.  Ingredients: 3 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut  3 egg whites  2-3 tbsp Maple Syrup or sweetener of your choice  How to make: Preheat oven to 300 degrees Spray a muffin tin with coconut spray  Mix shredded coconut, egg whites and syrup together until combined  Press mixture into …

Protein Grab and Go Bites! 

I’ve always been a ‘Busy-Bee’ with owning my own business but the word ‘busy’ is on a whole new level now that I’m a #Mommy. During times of chaos…in between feeding my boy, tending to my boy, coaching clients, writing, doing laundry (2-3 loads a day with my Spitup Monster), dishes, running after 3 ferrets (yes 3!!) etc. etc. etc. it’s so easy to grab unhealthy fast food choices (and I have been guilty of this!). When I made these protein bites I was surprised with how filling they are! They’re especially great in between meals or when craving a little something sweet…and they definitely help out a VERY hungry (sometimes hangry lol!) breastfeeding Momma! Try them out 🙂 Ingredients: 1/2 cup raw oats 3/4 cup natural peanut butter 1 scoop of Interactive Nutrition’s Whey Protein chocolate protein powder 1/4 cup shaved coconut (unsweetened) 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips How to make: Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined Form into 1 inch balls Refridgerate for a couple hours and they are ready to …

STRONG LIKE MOMMY Success Story

I just love this picture. Love, love, love it. I don’t even need to provide much detail because the images truly describe my client Manja H’s transformation who came to me soon after the birth of her 2nd child and WOWZERS does she ever give new meaning to the title #StrongMommy By eating more food and simply kicking butt in the gym, she is down 27 lbs along with shredding 8 inches around her waist, 5 inches around her hips, and 4 inches around her thighs with more strength, energy, and a hot new body for the summer. Manja says, “Working with Coach Jenny has been life changing! After giving birth to my second daughter within two years, I was left feeling weak. My babies were both large at birth and I was left with very serious core instability and diastasis recti. I knew immediately that I needed help getting back into shape because I could not live with the discomfort and debilitating lack of strength. I wanted to experience dramatic results so I chose …