Ever since I lived in NYC, Cinco de Mayo has been one of my favourite holidays. First of all I love Mexican food and I don’t mind a little bit of tequila here and there, but I also somehow have always had the feeling that the holiday really kicks off the summer festive season. With that said, we all know that guac and chips can add up in calories really quick and totally bust your pre summer health grove, so here are five ways to cut calories this Cinco de Mayo… and for celebrations all summer long!
Smoothies have always been a key part of my day. My routine that I often share on social media consists of waking up, hitting the gym and having my morning smoothie. Whether that’s before or after my work out always changes, but the one thing that doesn’t change is my consistency in Taking 10, a term referring to 10 minutes of ME TIME! The importance of taking this time lies in our ability to tune into how we feel, so no matter what time of day that is, finding something you love in your routine that allows you to ground yourself and connect back to YOU is what Taking 10 is all about. You can try Taking 10 too with one of my new favourite smoothie recipes below.
Meditation has become a key part of my day.
Its so important.
What is said (and it’s hella true) is that unless you’re ready and willing to enter a new earth, a new state of being, willing to accept meditation and your inner awakening, it will never serve you fully.
You probably opened this article because you want to find a way to help you cope with your stress and anxiety, be it at work, home, in relationships or just the typical road rage. Meditation has changed my life and I’ve shared it with so many people around me. It took me a while to get the hang of it and a lot of yo-yo commitment before it actually stuck. Now, I’ve learned that meditation is a muscle that isn’t just about doing it when you feel stressed, its an everyday lifestyle change kinda of practice. We can’t just eat well for a day and hope to be cured of our internal inflammation, so think of it like that. Our nervous system is inflamed and by taking time everyday we can slowly create a hospitable environment for thoughts to pass calmly, but when we stop the inflammation will come back. Thats what I’m learning. Not from one day off or even two, but a practice is a long term commitment and thats why it’s a lifestyle change.
We've certainly all heard about fast food, from microwavable to the mega chains we see across every city and country. Right away when we think of the "fast" concept we think of unhealthy alternatives that tend to cut corners. Not every fast food option is unhealthy but for the most part the trend has gone that way. So right away the idea of “fast food" is a scary concept. But let's switch that around and think of what is known as the slow food movement? Slow food is gaining in popularity, but was actually founded back in 1986 in Italy by Carlo Petrini. Thanks to brands like Stonemill Slow Crafted Bakehouse we are now able to get “slow food” in grocery stores near us. Stonemill makes quality baked bread that are not just for bakeries or fancy dinners out. Slow food is about caring for every step of the process from sourcing to consuming.
So lets get down to it….
What is slow food?
Well there are a few things that really outline the movement but ultimately it's about slowing down the process of making what you’re eating, caring about what's going into it and how it arrives on your plate!
1. The food is good for you. The rule of thumb is that what is made as “slow food” is healthy food that has real ingredients that help to fuel your body.
2. What you’re eating is full of clean ingredients. This means that most slow food products are organic, have less preservative and pesticides than what you would usually find in your grocery store brands.
3. There is a philanthropic side to the movement. It involves fair trade and sourcing ingredients from producers and farmers who take pride in their business. The process makes sure to give back to the communities they source from and that ethical treatment is ensured on site.
4. Less travel for your food to reach your plate. This means lowering the carbon footprint that is coming from the impact of your consumption. It also means that local communities continue to grow.
5. Protects the food and the recipes. This is an important one because so many creators are being copied with cut corners and cheaper versions of their product. Slow food helps protect the original makers of these wonderful additions to your kitchen.
Not only is Stonemill available in local Canadian grocery stores making it so easy to grab a healthy loaf of bread anytime, but it is also 100% made in Canada of Quebec oats and grains! You’re contributing to local businesses, farmers and eliminating the carbon footprint! Now thats a process and snack to get behind.
Check out my two Instagram posts featuring favourite recipes with Stonemill Bread!
This article is in partnership with https://stonemillbakehouse.com/
I wrote an article almost two years back about female vulnerability. I reference it from time to time because it was at a period in my life where I was beginning a relationship with someone and I was a questioning how to let them in. I was not able to be raw on any level. They were resistant to the fact that I was always busy, always planned, organized and running my own life. There was no room for them. It made me think some two or so years ago, how as women we are told to be these strong, independent powerhouses, yet that seems to not be what attracts men. We are told to put on our armour and walk with the men, in business, in the gym, walk as equals. However, with years of sexual inequality genetically programmed into our existence, we naturally cary a fear of being called or seen as weak.
I’ve struggled to keep my energy levels up in the shorter days of winter my entire life and it’s impacted my routine, working out, staying motivated and keeping up with the craziness that is Christmas, New Years and everything in-between. And just when you think you’ll be receiving some downtime to recuperate after the holidays, you will be facing the shortest and coldest days of the year head on.
In addition to putting more focus on my health and wellness routine, I decided to take an additional small step towards supporting my health when this holiday season kicked off. It seems really simple, but so many people forget this daily… and sadly, myself included - VITAMINS! Taking a daily multivitamin can help support and maintain your health and complement your healthy routine.
Sometimes it feels like everyone is really to kick that New Years butt all while you’re just trying to get out of bed... I get it. And I’ve felt that way and you’re not alone!!! Between being sick & then catching a mean case of the winter blues the past week... I know first hand it can totally kill your motivation to get up and hit the new year running.... or do pretty much anything! After some of my own experiences and research, I put together a list of some of my fave natural ways to fight those winter blues, depression and feels of anxiety you may be facing. Some of my tips here ⬇️ but feel free to share your own....
The hardest person on your list…. your dad, brother, boyfriend… those guys who always don’t seem to want anything but need everything.
This is my 2018 FOR HIM gift guide and I’m happy to say it’s totally T approved :)
Now get going! 1 week left…
I’m not sure about your family but mine is HUGE on stockings Christmas morning. For us, it’s the best part of Christmas. Opening all the little thoughtful things that range in size and price is the best part!
The day that many of you look forward to all year….
THE TFF 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE!
This year I’ve broken down gifts by price, so you can find all of your must have gifts for under 50$, 150$ and 250$.
But we didnt stop there, launching later this week will be the perfect stocking stuffer list and of course….. that necessary for him list!
I hope you can find exactly what you’re looking for this holiday season.
Gifts Under 50$
Gifts Under 150$
Gifts Under 250$
I’m always in the kitchen especially over the holidays having friends over. Plus I just really like to cook for my family and Trevor. It’s so fun to get them to try out different recipes. This one was a favourite so I’ve decided to share it!
I used the T-Fal MultiCook and Grains and honestly it’s so easy to use. I've had it for about a year now and it comes in handy all the time. All you have to do is follow the screen on the machine. You select your setting for what kind of ingredients you are cooking and a built-in AI will help you out with the rest, like how much water and how much rice for the amount of people you are serving. The T-Fal MultiCook and Grains has a Patented Nutri+ technology which allows you to cook nutritious meals while preserving nutrients in your food in a one pot cooking experience with a variety of cooking functions.
Here is the recipe I made:
Wild Red Rice with Turmeric, Ginger and Spicy Salmon
For 2 people
Make wild red rice in the T-Fal MultiCook and Grains
1/8 teaspoon of powdered turmeric
1/8 teaspoon of powdered ginger
1 Tbsp of olive oil
Add salmon to the amount of your preference
& finally a few dashes of hot sauce of your choice
To prepare the salmon:
Bake a small piece of salmon in the oven until it is cooked all the way through and well done at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes. You can then shred the salmon into small pieces to easily prepare with the rice, adding in the hot sauce before or after mixing with the rice.
Mix everything together with a dash more olive oil and ready to serve.
This recipe is perfect on its own, on a bed of lettuce, in a taco or with a side of steamed veggies like bok choy and broccoli.
The post is in partnership with T-Fal
I feel as though I am not me… I am my acne. These are RAW images. ALL 100% untouched and feature NO make up.
The first from two months ago with absolutely no make up, the last one is from yesterday.
I’m sharing something here that’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I feel so embarrassed and confused. I don’t feel like myself. I searching to find her again but it’s getting hard and I don’t see her in the mirror recently. I want to be my happy healthy self who is confident and thrives in her body. With makeup sometimes I can find her. But I’m not really her right now and the past few weeks I haven’t been.
I’m totally a fan of anything pumpkin and holiday flavoured …. the only problem is I can’t have most of the flavoured mixes because of the chemicals and sweeteners that they add in. Even if I wanted to have a “cheat” I feel terrible and thats not worth it.
To combat the craving I made my own recipe that improvised flavours to get something clean and pretty close to the desired taste crazing we all have this time of year! I wanted to come up with yummy but also healthy alternative to the traditional pumpkin spice latte we all love. And off course a little bit of collagen!
Here is what I came up with:
Almond / Cashew / Coconut Milk
This past summer summer I made the choice to do my barre certification with Barreworks in Toronto. You may remember the name because I’ve posted many pictures and stories there attending classes and working out while in the GTA. I love the studio, teachers and the course was did not fall short of that same expectation.
I wanted to share with all of you a part of my e-book that is one of my favourites.
It’s about Sugar and why its so important to cut it the F out!!!
As we do this 25 day cleanse I think its important to share more and more information on WHY we cut out stuff like sugar and dairy. Its super important to be educated and then make the right choices for you moving forward from the cleanse. When I did this last year I cut out out cheese and never went back!
SO HERE YOU GO - STRAIGHT FROM THE FIT FATALE E-BOOK:
I cannot think of a better place to start than sugar. You are losing your mind due to a white, powdery drug that you keep giving yourself. One of the keys to controlling your appetite, mood, and life is regulating blood sugar. Blood sugar is like a rollercoaster. Every time we pump sugar into our bodies - and trust me it happens way more often than we would like to believe, we are sending our bodies on a sugar spike. But like all ups comes a big down. How do we survive it? Well, we reach for more sugar.
I love doing cleanses. They have so many benefits to our health, but I also love the idea of a personal challenge. Of saying no I wont do that and sticking to it. And then of course… once you’ve made it the first few days of suffering without sugar and all those other things we get addicted to… it’s like, well whats the point of breaking now. We’ve suffered so it better be for something. Slowly and slowly you start to feel less cravings and just feel freakin awesome. I cant wait to watch the next group of TFF challenge girls do the same.
While I was just in NYC I had the pleasure to visit Haven Spa in Soho. The spa is cute, quint but super lush with a velvet couch waiting room and little lights in the hallway to your treatments that look like the stars overhead. I booked two treatments. The Peach Smoothie and The Hour Glass. Here was my experience:
Okay so I know that starting your day with greens is usually a great way to boost your energy and mood, but as the weather gets cooler I’m craving more yummy cozy flavours like chocolate and peanut butter in my smoothies.
I cant be the only one!
Here is one of my go to recipes including Vital Proteins Chocolate Blackberry collagen protein powder. It’s so good mixed with a bit of peanut butter. Filling and full of collagen, protein, antioxidants and vitamins.
I started my first blog back in 2015.
The story begins back when I was in fashion school in NYC from 2010-2013. I was addicted to blogs and Tumblr but I never felt the need to be a fashion blogger. Lifestyle bloggers were few and far between at the time, and fitness gals barely existed besides BBG cult followers. What drew me to the process most was the aesthetic and styling of the images. I would save picture after picture in folders on my desktop (pre Instagram and certainly pre saving and filing away on there! Thank G-D for that feature!). One folder was fitness and the other lifestyle/fashion. My two alter egos. So, I spent hours and hours on tumblr with no idea how to start anything remotely blog like and therefore I didn’t. I was young and the idea of starting seems so far away. In retrospect, I wish I had but regret is a useless emotion. That being said, my now boyfriend tells me that on our first date in 2013 in NY he asked me what were my goals after I graduated. I told him I was going to be an influential blogger. He was one of the only people I told that to… and I didn’t know why at the time but I trusted him. He also now tells me at that moment he thought… okay, this girl has big dreams and what the heck is that even?! Ha. 5 Years later, he now is my biggest supporter, the best photographer and teammate!
My typical morning consists of waking up, hitting the gym and one damn good collagen matcha latte.
I often share my recipe (or at least the fact that I'm drinking it) on my instagram stories... like any good health obsessed instagrammer.. But I have never put together a full recipe video for you guys.
SO - here you have it! My Vital Proteins Collagen Matcha Latte of the moment.