Hydrate x eight

I’ve seen tons of people on my IG feed stressing the importance of drinking enough water… But it wasn’t until I read this that my goal for drinking more water became more concrete. My newly quantified goal is to drink 2 of these

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How will I go from not drinking even 2 pints of water a day to drinking eight? By adding flavour! It all started with the fresh mint growing on my balcony, which made me crave mint tea like I get in Amsterdam.

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So I decided to make my own!

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20140503-185933.jpg I used mint & Jamaican mint sprigs, cucumber, apple & strawberries with a squeeze of lemon & lime.
I’ve become the strange teacher at school for all the weird things I walk around drinking. But some kids are super interested in trying it or eating the things in my jars (even the mint!)

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I’m going to reach my hydration goals by taking my water everywhere & by trying not to drink anything but water or my flavoured water (& a cup or two of coffee because that’s a necessity!) every day this summer (cocktails don’t count but may make some watery cocktails to cheat a bit less lol).

Homemade Hair Care

Healthy eating has inspired me to make healthier choices when it comes to my cosmetics. It helps that I have IG friends who believe in natural products & inspire me to make my own.
So this weekend I made a hot oil treatment for my hair.

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Half organic coconut oil, half organic olive oil, a sprig of fresh rosemary from the farmers market, & 10 drops each of peppermint oil & oregano oil.

#saladalldayeveryday

I’m obsessed with salad. It’s my go-to meal. I feel like everything is healthier when you pair it with a salad. Like my dinner this evening, I only gave myself a spoonful of starch, with a modest portion of meat, surrounded by vegetables.

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I loved this salad, goat cheese & honey / goat cheese & apple & honey mustard wrapped up in prosciutto, and then put in the broiler for a few minutes.

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Veggie hash eggs

So my new favourite breakfast is veggie hash eggs. Best part is that I’m getting more vegetables in my daily diet, while my plates are more filling, less fattening & less expensive!

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So thankful to the IG #fitfam #fitnation for being an inspiration. As you can see from the above pic, I was inspired by @jshealth to make these eggs the first time & I’ve loved them every time since. They remind me of the bird’s nest eggs that my mom used to make me as a child but since they are sans bread they are carb/gluten/guilt free!

20140302-174400.jpg added some buffalo chicken sausage to the veggies in this one, along with some buffalo wing sauce… Yum!

20140302-180101.jpg Steak & eggs veggie-hash style. I feel the best when my plate is mostly covered in vegetables, if I’d been really feeling up to it I would have done a quick side salad too so that I was eating some raw veg as well.
How do I make my veggie hash eggs super healthy? I use coconut oil instead of cooking spray (sometimes I’ll add some organic olive oil or toasted sesame oil for flavour). I use healthy spices such as turmeric, garlic, Himalayan pink sea salt, Bragg’s sea kelp seasoning & pepper. I use ton of healthy, yummy, & as much as possible local, vegetables. Before I add the egg/s I add a splash of organic apple cider vinegar to the veggies. Then I use organic hormone free eggs… & voila! Healthiness on a plate!!

Feeling run down…

Vacations, holidays, & busy times being self employed always leave me feeling drained. To combat feeling rundown I use a couple different additions to my daily routine & my tea.

20140115-233517.jpg I add coconut oil, organic ACV (apple cider vinegar) & often a squeeze of lemon to my tea. While the oscillococcinum, fresh oranges & oregano oil are all additional dietary supplements that I take when I’m starting to feel ill but don’t go in my tea.

Green juice addicted!!

After juicing for over a year I have realized what all dedicated juicers finally do… Green juice is the best juice to drink. I have found juicing to boost my immune system & my energy levels, while helping me to curb my cravings for bad foods by increasing my cravings for healthy fruits & vegetables (I still want bad things…. chips, cookies etc, but now I love to fill my plates with beautiful fresh food). To make sure that juicing does not make me put on weight I have begun making my juices mostly greens and veggies with just an apple for a touch of sweetness (& as a vehicle for my ginger) and a lemon (56.5calories/8oz) for freshness (plus it enhances phytonutrients). For example 8oz of juice made from greens is 68 calories versus 8oz of apple or orange juice which is 112 calories. Some of the best things to juice for weight loss are: greens as mentioned above (I like & rotate between kale, chard, lettuce [such as romaine or endive which fits easily into my juice chute], carrot tops, bok choy, spinach, cilantro, parsley, & watercress), tomatoes (48calories/8oz), cucumbers (12calories/8oz) or berries (strawberries 90calories/8oz, blackberries 95calories/8oz). Other tricks I use is adding fresh homemade unsweetened! ice tea, or coconut water (50calories/8oz) to my juice – increasing the water content since I know one of my eating triggers is actually me being dehydrated.
Some of my recent yummy green juices:

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Seems that I also have a thing for bananas recently, especially local ones. I was even lucky enough to get a handful of “strawberry ” bananas from a neighbour (which I believe to be a type of Lady Finger bananas since my research says they are shorter & sweeter, but am unable to find mention of strawberry bananas so I believe that to just be a local name for them). Here is a pic of them, as you can see they are shorter & fatter.

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#yogagoals #inversionaddicted

I first wrote about my headstand goal in a blog post in late September which you can read here and I’m happy to say that quite a lot of progress has been made. I started by using the wall as prop, but while there would do several exercises: I would work on bringing one leg at a time away from the wall so that it was stacked above hips & shoulders, I worked on pressing away from the floor & having shoulders travel away up my back away from my ears (this helps with the transition to forearm stand),

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I practiced holding my legs at 90 degrees so that they were parallel to the floor (this is made easier by putting bum against the wall & folding from hips until you get stronger & can keep hips stacked above shoulders), tucking my knees to chest then back up to ceiling & legs out to the sides & stag (demonstrated in pic below).

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Next I decided to work on control, there is no way you can do a headstand in the middle of the room if you have to fling your legs up, as the momentum will carry you right over to land on your back. So still working near the wall, I practiced reaching one leg up then slowly pulling up the other leg. At the moment my right leg always goes up first, with my left leg following, soon one of my exercises will be to switch this pattern. This can be surprisingly challenging as everyone has a dominant leg, or side of the body, next time challenge yourself in your workout by switching what side you start your exercise on.

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My future yoga goals include strengthening my forearm stand & getting more confident so I can move up to a handstand. Lucky for me there is a IG# designed just for that. This month @beachyogagirl is putting on #byghandstand101 where she is giving tips & exercises to strengthen your handstand. Feeling up to the challenge but I’m 3 days behind so must catch up!
I am very pleased to announce that I completed a professional & personal goal last month, I finally got my first aid/CPR certification through St. John’s Ambulance…. Bonus was all the Canadian accents in the videos (I’m half Canadian & I miss living there!).

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Simple is best…

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I look back on this breakfast with extreme fondness, it’s from my NYC vacation that was my health epiphany. I was with a friend helping her through surgery that left her only able to juice. Pre-op we were trying to eat as healthy as possible so that the transition to strict juice wouldn’t be as hard. I stocked up on fruit at Trader Joe’s & Whole Foods (laughing at the prices as Bermuda prices are higher for poorer quality, fruit in particular) so that she could have a variety of juices.
This meal made me realize how much I missed living away. Simple, fresh, local (& inexpensive) ingredients to create a lovely summer morning meal.