Tip: sticking to a gym schedule

I’ve said already that one of the reasons that drew me to checkout CrossFit is that you need to register for classes. It forces me to check my schedule each week and book in my sessions. Typically, I have a regular schedule as I prefer routine, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and now I add in a…

The NO FOOD ZONE

I’ve started intermittent fasting. More details on this in a future post. However, one of the key steps I needed to help me be successful was to create a NO FOOD ZONE. We made an “oasis” in our bedroom, where my husband and I can hang out, watch TV, I focus on whatever project currently…

Tip Tuesday: Do or do not drink with a meal?

Have you heard the advice, don’t drink with a meal? The reason for this is because it dilutes the stomach acid, making it harder for the stomach to digest. It’s recommended to drink [water, of course!] 20-30 minutes prior to, or after, a meal, but not during. For the most part, this is true. Most…

Is tracking calories necessary?

The debate is big on this one, and has been for years — should you track calories? For the most part, no. It’s not necessary if you eat a mostly whole foods diet with lots of vegetables, leafy greens and fruit, nuts and seeds. However, having said that, I do track my calories, lightly. Using…

Tip Tuesday: Simple Meals

I pride myself in making healthy well-rounded meals for my family. However, through my Holistic Nutrition course, I’m learning all kinds of tips and I’m slowly incorporating them into our family meals. Once I wrapped my head around the concept, learning about simplifying meals was music to my ears. But at first I thought, “how…

Tip Tuesday: Mixing veggies

At New Year’s Eve dinner my mom served mashed yams. I love mashed yams. I love yams, period. However, these had an interesting flavour to them, that I really liked, but couldn’t place. “Turnip,” Mom said. I was dumbfounded. Turnip! “Well, congratulations, Mom. You just got me to eat a turnip for first time in decades.”…

Easy Swap: Ketchup

I don’t use a lot of ketchup, but I was feeling guilty about the sugar when I did use it. I had looked up recipes to make my own, but there’s a shelf life to homemade ketchup of just a few days. I don’t use it up fast enough and felt I’d be wasting food….

Tip Tuesday: The power punch of spinach

Have you noticed that spinach takes on the flavour of whatever you cook it with? That’s my tip this Tuesday. I put spinach into every sauce or meal that I can to up our intake of greens. The kids never complain about spinach. Sure, they won’t eat sauteed spinach, but mix it into spaghetti sauce…

Tip Tuesday: “But, water is boring.”

“I hate water.” “Water is boring.” “Water has no flavour.” Is this how you feel about water? I used to. Now, for the most part, all I drink is water. When I’m thirsty, my body craves water and it’s my first go-to. For me, switching to drinking water wasn’t a slow change. Years ago, I…

Easy Swap: Salt

Many people ask how to get started making healthier choices. Making slow changes is always recommended. For people looking for simple ways to get healthier, I’m starting a segment called “easy swap.” I’ll be giving examples of products I have personally replaced with healthier options. And I’ll also explain why these options are better for…