Monthly Archives: August 2013

Addressing Your Movement, Food and Mind in Stressful Times

Dear Monday: This week I hate you!

Today was the last straw. I have been bloated and puffed up all day and I know it’s because of the funk I have found myself in. For over a week I have battled an incessant headache; had low energy and low mood; craved sugar and caffeine; slept terribly and so on. It’s all made me feel like one big heap of crap.

My body is my mind’s beacon – if I am stressed, my body is stressed, and that comes out in acne, bloating, tummy problems, poor sleep, low mood and energy, etc. Continue reading

How I Fell in Love with Exercise

Until fairly recently in my life, I was not regularly active. I hated sports and fitness growing up, and only ever considered exercise an annoying necessity to being less fat… Hmm, was it any surprise I didn’t enjoy it? Not really.

For years I went through waves of exercise activity:

  • At age 12 I signed up for my first gym because I hated my body… I lost some weight, but then moved away 6 months later and never kept it up in my new town.
  • At age 18 I signed up for a gym again, this time because I didn’t want to be fat in my prom dress… I worked out for 1.5 – 2 hours at a time, 5 times a week (sometimes at midnight). I lost some again, but of course packed all the weight back on (and then a hefty some more) after I stopped going. Continue reading

When There is Nothing To Do, Do Nothing

For years I have read, re-read, shared and raved about a9780733623110 book of short stories by the Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm. It’s a great book of modern day Buddhist fables that teach poignant lessons on everything from grief to happiness, perfection to guilt, fear to forgiveness and more.

Right now I am constantly reminded of one story from the book called, “Drinking Tea When There’s No Way Out” as it relates to a current problem in my life. Continue reading

almond date granola bars

My friend Amanda blogs good and real food. Cannot wait to make these almond date granola bars!

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almond date granola bars
For as long as I can remember, as in like my whole life, granola bars have been a go-to snack. They were a mainstay in my lunchbox when I was a kid. There was always a box in my bottom drawer when I got my first job. Granola bars were a weekly staple when I got my first apartment and started doing my own grocery shopping. When Jeff and I moved in together we’d each get to select a box of our own granola bars for the week.

Granola bars are a perfect snack… In theory. Fibre, good fats, protein — but in reality most of today’s packaged granola bars are glorified candy loaded with sugar, artificial flavours, preservatives and other junk, all wrapped up in a “chocoately coating.” What is this “chocolately” that is coating these granola bars anyway?

Needless to say conventional grocery store granola bars are no…

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The Importance of Acknowledging Self-doubt (and Then Ignoring It)

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ― Vincent Van Gogh

Self doubt is not truth, it is not certainty, it is not genuine. It is just some words from the voice in our head, it’s just a thought at a moment in time. It is not us (unless we listen). Continue reading

TGIF Sesame Dumplings with a Bean Sprout Salad

IMG_4588It’s Friday.

For me, it’s been the weekend since about 1 PM, when I made the completely selfish but unapologetic decision to ditch work after lunch. I parked myself at a sunny bistro table, indulged in a peppermint tea and decadent treat (almond cake topped with mascarpone, salted caramel-filling and fig and pear glaze), and spent a few hours dreaming big. Continue reading