All posts tagged: #Food

Purple Cabbage & Mandarin Fusion Slaw

Cold and Flu season is upon us so I’m extra particular about adding something #Raw to each of my meals. Including more raw foods into our diet can help our overall vitality and health especially during the winter months. Here’s how: 1) A boost to the immune system – The live enzyme from raw fruits, veggies, sprouts, seeds and nuts are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which help our bodies to fight off those yucky seasonal sicknesses like the cold and flu. 2) An increase in energy levels – energy levels tend to dip in the colder weather and shorter days. 3) Aid in a better digestive system – raw foods are extremely high in fibre and live enzymes assisting our bodies to absorb nutrients more efficiently and help with regularity. 4) Better Skin and Anti-Aging Properties – raw foods are extremely cleansing to our bodies and the skin is our largest organ. Adding more raw goodness will help our complexion to become bright and clear and the antioxidant dose will help to smooth …

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Yay! It’s Halloween and what better way to celebrate the festivities with a satisfying rich buttery festive soup. The pumpkin makes the soup sweet and fibrous while the curry and ginger gives it a nice kick. I love adding a fresh dollop of Greek Yogurt for the tartness to mellow out the spice and it’s also a great way to add more lean protein. This dish is packed with fibre, nutrients and is so quick and simple to make for the entire family. Serve with chicken or lean white fish a complete satisfying meal for the entire family. Ingredients: 1 onion diced 1 tbsp coconut oil 2-4 garlic cloves 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced 1 tsp curry powder 3/4 tsp coriander 1/2 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp cloves 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional if you like spice) 1 can of pumpkin puree (unsweetened) 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth 3/4 cup coconut milk (low fat optional) 1/4 Greek yogurt (0% Plain) for garnish with each serving 1 tbsp Toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish with each …

Deadline Dieting

We’ve all heard someone say, “I’m giving myself (insert arbitrary number here) amount of weeks to lose some weight…” More than likely said person dropped a few pounds on the scale (whether or not it was entirely noticeable is another story altogether) by some silly starvation protocol or food restriction approach only to revert back to previous behaviours or, even worse, eat even more irresponsibly – This doesn’t work. This has never worked. This will never work. When it comes to weight loss and dieting, follow an approach that isn’t extreme. Create dietary structure, reduce calorie intake but use a wide variety of foods, increase activity through Weight Training, enjoy a FREE MEAL or 2 during the week with responsibility and no guilt for the purpose of sanity, then get right back on plan – This works. This has always worked. This will work in the long term too. “IF YOU ARE PERSISTENT, YOU WILL GET IT. IF YOU ARE CONSISTENT, YOU WILL KEEP IT.”

STRONG GIRLS Recipe – Organic Lean Beef Chuck Stew

As a new Mommy-To-Be I have been feeling the urge to cook more, especially comfort food and heartier dishes like lasagna, stew, chili, curry, spaghetti sauces…you name it! Lets just say my hubby is very happy right now. 🙂 Since stew was a staple in my household growing up I felt the need to know how to make it. It’s funny because I would always turn my nose up at the idea of stew for dinner but now I crave it? Well I’m just going to blame my new found cravings on those darn pregnancy hormones…so I invested in a Crock Pot and made the healthiest version of “stew” that I could. I chopped and mixed all ingredients into the crock-pot, set it on slow cook for 10 hours and hit the sack…fast forward to the morning and voila it was done. It was simple, tasty and definitely a MUST TRY! Ingredients – Serves 6-8 2-4 pounds of organic lean beef chuck stew meat 1/2 cup spelt flour Sea Salt and Pepper to taste 3 …

“Eating Whole for Optimum Living”

We live in a society where creative marketing dominates our every day choices in life. From our fashion, to our interests and hobbies, all the way to our food choices, we are constantly bombarded with limitless options and fancy advertising campaigns. With regards to food, mankind’s progression in manipulating chemicals, processing flavors, and harvesting preservatives has steered us away from what our body really desires – good old fashioned whole food eating. In fact, as our mastery in science grows we get further and further away from the essential nutrients that our bodies really require. Unnecessary weight gain, deteriorated health, and elevated stress has never been so rampant as it is today and the most simple solution to combat these ailments are eating the right nutrients from quality foods. As a Diet Coach, many of my clients suffer from unwanted weight gain year in and year out without even knowing the reason why? Often their response is, “But I eat healthy all the time…”. Unfortunately when I dissect their eating patterns and habits this usually …

Calories Count

Last week I managed to get a little downtime by spending a few days in New Jersey for the USA Special Olympics games and in the Big Apple for some shopping and exploring. I managed to get a couple of workouts in but certainly wasn’t watching what I was eating as I had put together a new phase to begin this summer after taking some time off from structured eating and training.  My hubby and I certainly enjoyed ourselves eating at many, many restaurants. The first couple of days we were a little confused with the prices of the food because there were 2 numbers in the menu of almost every food item and it hadn’t really dawned on me that the second number wasn’t another price but it looked to be calorie count!?!?!?!? I wasn’t used to having this kind of information on hand and when I had walked by a Coca-Cola machine it confirmed my suspicions. Just to be sure, I Googled it on my iPhone. As it turns out, chain restaurants in …

Food (ANY FOOD) is NOT a treat.

Food (ANY FOOD) is not a treat! To me it’s heartbreaking anytime I hear someone refer to food as a treat or a reward because my personal feeling on it is…it’s just food. Ultimately we decide how much power we give to a person or an innate object and with that decision, our standards with what we tolerate and what we allow to have power over us is forged. When I hear a client tell me that they had to have a “little treat” in the form of a cookie or ice cream or chips (or whatever) then I have a good idea at that moment that our battle doesn’t lie in figuring out the best training strategy or food measurements, the battle lies in the way they value themselves. If any of my clients want to eat something off plan my answer is always “GO FOR IT”. We’re adults and it’s an adult decision. Will it hinder progress? There’s a good possibility but I’m not one to put food handcuffs on my clients. I’m …