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“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 …

NON GMO, Yes or No?

There is a lot of information out there when it comes to nutrition and some just darn right confusing. I often hear people say “if we listen to all the food that is bad for us, we won’t be able to eat anything!”. In my opinion that statement is being a little over-dramatic but since there is so much bad information out there I can understand why people feel that way. So lets unwrap one statement/label that we’re seeing a lot of lately. NON GMO. What are GMOs? GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods. In short, fake food. Are GMOs safe? Surprisingly but no so surprisingly, most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In more than 60 countries around the world (the smart ones!), including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European …

Feeling Bloated?

With today’s typical diet being low in nutrients and high in empty calories coupled with high levels of stress and added medication, it’s no wonder that more and more people are suffering from some kind of bloating. In addition to feeling discomfort bloating can come with every embracing symptoms such as gas or needing to go to the bathroom very quickly. So what are the most common symptoms of a bloated stomach? If your stomach protrudes outwards and you constantly feel uncomfortable because you have built up gas inside of you then this is a sign of bloating. In fact many sufferers from bloating even joke around saying how pregnant they feel because of the need to unbutton their pants when their bloating becomes severe. The great news is a bloated stomach is very different from actually gaining fat mass around your stomach since the bloating is temporary with air simply being stuck around your abdomen causing the tummy to distend outwards. Even better, stomach bloating can be rectified very quickly by simple changes to …

My Top 10 Rules To Be Your Best Self & Best Mother To Your Child

I love being a Mom, it’s the biggest gift and blessing I’ve ever received. I think as women we build up the perfect picture of what Motherhood should be, while trying to do it all ourselves, not taking time for ourselves and on top of it all trying to look amazing while doing it, sound about right? Why are we so darn hard on ourselves? I’m guilty of this but I have a few rules that I live by to help me replenish my soul and keep me on track to be my best self and Mom to Jax. 1. Cut TV time and get to bed early so I can wake up before Jackson and enjoy a cup of coffee and a book or creative writing time in silence. 2. I weight train 4 times a week and go on a daily walk with my boy. 3. I plan a date night with my hubby once a week. 4. I listen to a podcast while having a mani-pedi. 5. I garden (I usually have …

A Quick & Healthy Snack

When you’re on the go. Don’t have your food prepared. Hungry. And just not sure what to have but know you want to stick to healthy choices. This is the snack for you! What you will need: 1 can of salmon – I use Wild Pacific Pink Salmon by Clover Leaf  1 tbsp Mayo 1 tbsp vinegar Sea sale and black pepper to taste cucumber Your favorite Kii Crisps  How to make it: mash salmon with a fork a add mayo, vinegar, sea salt and pepper and mix until combined slice cucumber top crisps with salmon spread and a slice of cucumber Enjoy!  

10 Delicious Fat Burning Protein Shakes

A Busy Mommy can often lead to unhealthy food choices which will crash energy levels and store unwanted fat on the belly, hips and thighs. Who wants that, right? What do you grab on the go with you? Fruit, nuts, a granola bar? Or worse fast food, chips or crackers? Although fruit, nuts and granola bars seem like the better options they are really limited in the amount of protein per serving. Protein is is the most essential macro-nutrient as it’s integral for building lean muscle so your body can burn more fat. It also plays and crucial role in catalyzing biochemical reactions, DNA repair, maintaining the structural and functional integrity of cells and much more. We all should aim to have 1 gram of protein per body weight. So if you weigh 145 pounds you will need 145 grams of protein per day. That’s like eating 4 4oz chicken breasts per day! As a very Busy Mommy myself I know how hard it can be to prep meals and find the time to eat …

Turkey Chili and Spaghetti Squash

Meal Prep made EASY, HEALTHY and DELICIOUS for the entire family! Ingredients: 100 g Ground Extra Lean (Organic) Turkey 1.5 cup Tomato Sauce 1/4 cup diced Onion 1 tbsp minced garlic A pinch of dried basil, oregano, parsley, sea salt and black pepper A dash of ketch-up (organic), soy sauce and worcestershire Sauce 1 tbsp Olive Oil 100 g Spaghetti Squash 3 tbsp feta cheese 1/4 chopped fresh green onion Kii Crips  How to make: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush the inside of each half with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place cut sides down on a rimmed baking sheet and put sheet into the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork. Brown Turkey in a non-stick frying pan on medium to high heat heat olive oil on medium heat and saute garlic and onion until transparent Add tomato sauce to onion and garlic and all dry and wet spices/sauces Let bubble and then bring down to low …

My Favourite Chicken Salad Recipe

What’s the secret to long term health and continuous physique progress? Great workouts and delicious recipes that are on plan! I’m not much of a chicken breast eater so I definitely need some flavour to keep it interesting and most chicken salad recipes contain loads of mayonnaise or dairy products that contain an over abundance of calories and fats, but not this one. A simple can of coconut milk makes this salad deliciously creamy while roasted chiles, fresh cilantro, sweet fruit and crunchy pecans really bring the flavour. Serve on large butter lettuce leaves. Servings: 8 Here’s what you need… For the Creamy Coconut Dressing: 1 (14oz) can coconut milk, full fat ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder lemon zest (all you can get from one small lemon) 1 teaspoon lemon juice dash salt dash pepper For the Salad: 1 cup celery, finely chopped 1 cup red grapes, halved ½ cup pecans, chopped 1 apple, finely chopped 4oz can mild chopped green chiles …

6 Pack Mommy-Abs

I love getting the absolute best out of my clients and turning them into Fitness Models and Super Moms. I’m extremely proud to share the progress of Lori-Ann M. who looks fantastic! This gorgeous STRONG MOMMY of 2 is also a very active Fitness Studio Owner and Instructor who came to looking to tighten up and feel the best she can bet…and we certainly achieved that! We developed a strategy that was easy to follow using whole foods with quick and efficient food preparation guidelines. She had a ton of variety and flexibility meals so she could enjoy the holidays or any special events this Mompreneur was involved in. Her workouts were kept at only 3 days of resistance training per week in conjunction with the yoga and palates classes that she teaches. Lori-Ann says, “As a busy mom of 2 kids and fitness studio owner and instructor there are times I don’t get time to sit down and relax for even a minute. Quite often I was physically drained but kept pushing forward. Even …

Is The Snack Trap Interfering With Your Weight Loss?

We’ve all heard that snacking is great for the metabolism but I actually disagree with that notion especially if weight loss is your goal. Of course there are healthy snacks recommended such as almonds, avocado, crackers with peanut butter or cheese, cottage cheese, fruits, etc. and while these foods can certainly be high quality, excessive snacking can halt your weight loss results if your overall diet doesn’t fit into your body’s caloric deficit. In other words there are only so many calories that the body can have before it starts storing it as unwanted body fat so wven if you’re eating perfectly healthy meals and putting in your time at the gym, if your snacking is out of control then your results will be disappointing. Here’s what you need to know to avoid The Snack Trap: 1. Calories Count. Even when you’re snacking on “healthy” food, you’ve got to keep track of how many calories that you’re taking in. Almonds are healthy, but if you down 800 extra calories in them you’ll quickly gain weight. …