The Many Benefits of Exercise

Growing up I always saw the benefits of exercise in a superficial way; to lose weight and to be fit. To me, fit meant not flabby, and that was about the extent of my education around it. So basically exercise if you want to improve your appearance, which was never a huge motivator for me (those of you who know me know I don’t know the first thing about make up.. and that my sense of style can be questionable).

Into my 20’s I had developed a slightly wider understanding that it also kept your lungs and heart healthy. Well that sounded more important. But what else? Turns out, there’s a lot more benefits involved with exercise. Like, a lot more.Continue reading

Staying Healthy on the Road

So I’m going on a road trip this weekend to Montreal with a couple girl friends. I haven’t perused Montreal nearly as much as I’d like so I’m pretty excited.

I’m also thinking that I need to plan well so my health regimen doesn’t get too far off track. I’ve been pretty consistent lately making sure I have green juice every day, not eating after 8 pm (at least 2 hours before bed), avoiding processed and refined foods (white flour, sugar, packaged foods), and eating mindfully (rather than on the go, while working or in front of the tele).
When traveling, trying new foods, and exploring new places, it’s completely natural to treat yourself to a little more than you normally would (and you should!).I definitely want to enjoy myself and have a good time.Continue reading

Soft & Delicious “Juice Pulp” Brownies

Something really wonderful happened in my kitchen today. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently bought a juicer. I’ve been trying to make one juice per day, as it gives my digestive system a break, and provides me with so many nutrients from veggies I realistically would not eat on a daily basis. But what about all the pulp?Continue reading

Artichoke, Leek & Black Olive Baked Frittata

I got this frittata recipe from Julie Daniluk and love it. It’s not my typical go-to ingredients or seasonings so it’s a great way to add diversity to my menu. It’s also the first time I made a frittata 🙂 Loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients, this frittata makes for a well-rounded meal for breakfast, lunch, or supper.

Leeks contain the stress-reducing bioflavonoid quercetin, olives contain healthy fats and antioxidants, while oregano is a potent antimicrobial and the artichokes help to gently sustain liver function.Continue reading

gut brain mind body

How our brain can influence our gut health

Inside our digestive tract lies the enteric nervous system, a complex web of neurons that links the gut to the spinal cord and brain.

Nicknamed the ‘gut-brain axis’, this connection often guides the instincts we experience deep within the belly. It also means that what’s going on in our stomachs can impact our brain function, and our thoughts, feelings and emotions can influence our digestion (including the amount of bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation we experience).Continue reading

Delicious quinoa patties (for burgers or salads)

I want to share with you a slightly modified version of a quinoa patty recipe I found back in 2012 from the famous Food Babe. It was initially intended as burger patties but I LOVE LOVE LOVE adding them to my salads (an idea I got from Bridgehead and my obsession for their salads with tiny patties to break up), it adds density and allows your salad to truly feel like a meal.Continue reading

Spring detox time

As February comes to a close, our senses can feel spring coming – the days are getting longer, the air smells different, and we begin to feel renewed. Throughout winter, we tend to just curl up on the couch to avoid the elements. While this is super cozy, the lack of movement causes stagnation within the body that can lead to toxic buildup. According to ancient Ayurvedic practice, spring is the best time of year to detox and reset. It’s time to clear out those heavy, unwanted toxins that have accumulated over the past few months.Continue reading

6 Brain fuel foods that help boost mental performance

teenage-brainLet’s face it, we all like to think we are in control. But the truth is, 90-100% of our decisions come from a primal, instinctual and sub-rational (below the level of conscious reasoning) part of our brain. The part of our brain responsible for conscious thought either provides rationalizations for our sub-rational decisions, or acts as an override mechanism that allows us to revise them.Continue reading