My End to Dieting

Well world, shortly after Thanksgiving, I decided to throw in the towel on the vegan diet. It was a good run while it lasted, but after 5 months, it wasn’t for me. Even though I was quite aware of my macro and micro nutrients, and properly substituting my protein / vitamin intake, I didn’t notice…

How to Become Vegan

What started off as a 2 week vegan “challenge”, has turned into an eating lifestyle I’ve stuck with for a few months now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not full blown PETA vegan. I’ve eaten meat all my life, my blog is plastered with recipes of meat and dairy, my hubby is a power lifter…

Manifested Dis-Ease

Summer 2014, I noticed a change in my period, which would last more than usual, and turned to lasting 2 weeks… 2 weeks turned to a month, and Aunt Flow began coming and going as she pleased.

Dealing with Depression

It took some thought to share what I had been going through.
Mostly because I was your average happy, bubbly, high energy kinda-girl, and didn’t want to share this part of my life, however, that turned out to be the reason why I decided to share this part of me with you…

Detox, Diets and Cleanses

When in conversation on living a healthy lifestyle, whether with friends/family or people I meet, diets, cleanses and detoxing always come up. One of the major misconceptions is being misinformed on either 3. Detoxing, removes unhealthy toxins from the body Cleansing, cleans out specific organs (colon, liver, kidneys, digestive tract) to excrete waste (this also includes supplement cleansing)…

How to Eat Clean

When it comes to social media, I think 95% of my food images are hashtagged with #CleanEating and #EatingClean; and if you are an avid follower of healthy related accounts, you’ll notice most pictures usually depict healthy meals, or meal prepping. The first step to clean eating is cutting out the “bad foods” such as processed…

Cheat Days

Do you ever find, when you are with someone who has decided to change their eating lifestyle, but down something that isn’t part of their “diet”, they immediately (without question) justify its their “cheat day”. “Cheat Day” just sounds uncommitted and poor reasoning to eat whatever you want for an entire day. Anyone who is…

Committing to a Workout Plan

If you’re like me, I like to follow a workout program that I can dedicate myself to. Finding the right program is key. You want to follow something you know you’ll commit to, whether it’s 15 minutes of cardio, or 30 minutes of cross-fit, an hour of power lifting, or waking up at 7am to…

The Importance of Our Bodies pH Level

Since the beginning of the year, many family and friends have noticed that I carry a water bottle with an alkaline stick in it. I explain the benefits of the stick, which add essential minerals to my water, as opposed to regular filtered water, via Britta, or any other water “filtration” system. You can read…

Health Benefits of Tiger Nuts

I was first introduced to tiger nuts two years ago at a health and wellness convention show. It caught my attention, as there was a pamphlet promoting the tiger nuts ability to prevent blood clots, which was around the time my mom had her first brain aneurysm. I didn’t purchase them at the show, as…

Tips for a Healthier Family Vacation

Promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for kids has been on my agenda for a while, since promoting FitFutures with Eleven Lifestyle. Kendra recently contacted me to collaborate on this article, which I thought was a genius idea to discuss and share tips for a healthier family vacation. While Kendra’s travel background is beyond extensive,…

Health Benefits of Kale

Happy National Kale Day! National Kale Day.org proposed National Kale Day the first Wednesday of October, and I thought I’d give a lil 411 on the health benefits of kale, how magnificent this leafy green is, and why you will want to add it to your diet! What Does Kale Taste Like? It’s in the…

Eat Less Sugar

Sugar. It’s Everywhere! Looking back to the very beginning of converting into my new lifestyle, (even before Making the Switch to Organic), the very first article I read was about sugar and the detrimental effect it has on our health. I raided the fridge, cupboards, pantry… and literally threw out anything and everything that contained…

Reading and Understanding Food Labels

How often do you look at the nutrition label when buying food or drink items? Now, how often do you look at the ingredients when buying food or drink items? Processed food is by far the most cheapest produced food items to keep up with the growing rate of the population, and are made as…

Health Benefits to Drinking Lemon Water

As mentioned in My Kriya Cleansing Techniques, I discussed drinking lemon water as part of the Yoga Detox Retreat I attended in January, and how I continue to drink lemon water as a morning drink. After waking up and completing my morning routine, I fill a mason jar with lukewarm (pre-boiled) water; if it is…

Organic vs. Natural

Organic vs. Natural – a topic which I think is extremely important to recognize in knowing the difference between organic and products labeled as ‘natural’. I’ll be honest, it’s kind of confusing, and political when it comes down to corporations and organizations verifying what is and is not organic, and what passes as natural, but…

Health Benefits to Eating Fruit

I don’t think there is a person who doesn’t like fruit. It’s sweet, refreshing, versatile, and above all, it is super duper healthy for you! Health Benefits of Fruit Fruit contains soluble dietary fiber, which helps you feel full with only a few calories (how sweet is that?!). This is due to the fiber warding…

What’s in my fridge…

Thought it would be fun to share what’s in my fridge, to give you an idea of what I buy, cook and eat. Of course, I’m missing the fridge door, spice cupboard and pantry, but let’s not get carried away here! lol As you can see, it’s mostly organic produce, with a few containers of…

Milk Does the Body Good… or does it?

If you are a milk drinker, consider the conventional milk you are drinking as a whole chemical system of agriculture. What does that mean exactly? well… conventional milk consists of antibiotics, artificial hormones, and pesticides. Gross huh? And I don’t even want to get into the living condition of the cows and they’re environment (don’t…

Switching to Organic

If you read my post Making the Switch to Organic, you would have learned of the reasons why I made the switch, and perhaps have taken an interest in doing the same. Or perhaps you are new to the site and this is the first post you are reading, so welcome 🙂 Many people often…

Making the Switch to Organic

It’s only been a few months since making the switch to organic, and I’m actually upset it’s taken me this long to open my eyes and realize just what I had been eating all my life. When I think about it, it’s quite sad how long I have been neglecting my body and overall health….

The 411 on Juicing

I was introduced to the world of juicing by a friend who is an avid juicer, but I didn’t actually try it, until I attended the Yoga/Detox retreat hosted by Lisa and Adam at Drishti Yoga Centre. During my switch to going organic, I picked up a small container of GREENSuperFood by Amazing Grass; I didn’t…

Benefits of Lemon Water

Part of My Kriya Cleansing Techniques post, after Oil Pulling, Tongue Scraping, Dry Skin Brushing and Neti Pot, I have a large glass of lukewarm (pre-boiled) water, with half a lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper. While we sleep, our body is at work cleansing itself. In other words, we are “fasting” during this…

Benefits of Neti Pot

Part of My Kriya Cleansing Techniques post, after Oil Pulling, Tongue Scraping , Dry Skin Brushing, and drinking Lemon Water, I cleansed my sinus’ with this nasal cleansing pot, also known as the Neti Pot technique. Now this was a whole new experience! Like the feeling of water up your nose? Of course you don’t! Now do it intentionally, flowing…

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

Part of my My Kriya Cleansing Techniques post, including Oil Pulling, Tongue Scraping, drinking Lemon Water and Neti Pot, I was also introduced to the health benefits of Dry Skin Brushing. Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? Did you also know that every time you apply body lotion (for example), you are putting your organs…

Benefits of Tongue Scraping

Part of My Kriya Cleansing Techniques post, where I discus drinking Lemon Water, Neti Pot and Dry Skin Brushing, I highly recommend Tongue Scraping after Oil Pulling. If you read my Oil Pulling post, you would have learned just know how much crap (and by crap I mean toxins) are in your mouth. Whether you give it a go at oil pulling, you…

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Part of My Kriya Cleansing Techniques post, where I discus drinking Lemon Water, Neti Pot, Dry Skin Brushing, and now Oil Pulling, which I highly recommend doing before Tongue Scraping. During the Yoga/Detox Retreat, upon waking up in the morning, we would swish sesame seed oil in our mouths for 20 minutes.  When I say “swishing”, it’s pretty much…

My Kriya Cleansing Techniques

While on the Yoga/Detox Retreat hosted by Lisa and Adam at Drishti Yoga Centre, an ancient Indian body purification technique, also known as Kriya Cleansing was quickly introduced to our group, as what would become a morning routine during our retreat. Kriyas are cleansing techniques used to purify the body and mind which ultimately open the…

Yoga Detox Retreat

I attended an amazing yoga/detox retreat hosted by Lisa and Adam at Drishti Yoga Centre. It lasted only for the weekend (Fr i- Sun) and we stayed at a gorgeous cottage 2 hours north of downtown Toronto. Besides eating some great organic meals, I was introduced to Juicing for the first time, practiced yoga and…