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Beware of people you surround yourself with

Today, was a hard day for me. It started off great only to be tearing my heart strings by the end of the evening.

I went to visit a “friend” to help them learn how to cook, well instead it turned out to be an hour of
– Insulting the way I eat (staying away from refined sugars, eating very naturally, clean, non processed foods.) Making fun of me, basically cause the way I choose to eat isn’t “enjoyable.”
– Saying that what I have been posting on facebook is not right and also not friendly to others on facebook. I shouldn’t be posting anything of a religious political matter and I shouldn’t be allowing myself to come across as “angry”. As if I give a f*** about what other people think about me on facebook, thank you very much. (sorry for the crude words, but blogging is sometimes my therapy and I’m not holding back!)
– Judging how I spend my money, because if I save up for something that’s expensive and buy it for myself (which affects my eating, it helps be healthier, etc) I’m putting my family in jeporady. [According to the laws of nature, as a mother, I shalt not EVER spend money on myself, even if it’s a treat. (Note the sarcasm)]
– Oh, and to top it all, this person did/said all of this in a condescending manner and tone of voice- like my parents and with a look that screams “you’re a child and you don’t know what the hell you’re doing.” AND do it in front of someone else that has nothing to do it any of it.

Now tell me, how would that make you feel? Think long and hard.

Every time I see or visit this person, I feel awful and angry after the visit is over. I feel worthless, like I’ve been some piece of paper that’s been stomped on, ripped apart and put through the shredder. Friends shouldn’t make you feel like that, (sure if you’re being an idiot, you deserve an honest opinion, but not every single bloody time you hang out with them so much that you dread even conversing with them)

My words of advice this evening are: if you are around people that are making you doubt your abilities as a human being, and are putting you down instead of raising you up, they are turning you into an angry person for no good reasons, then maybe it’s time to start looking for some new friends. Start a new leaf and rid yourself of these people in your lives.

Cause that’s what I’m doing. I’m not going to let someone make me so angry that my son or my children have to feel the affects of it. They don’t deserve that and I sure as HELL don’t.

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One day at a time, one meal at a time, one step at a time

Lately with this new going to the gym etc, it’s hard to be patient. It’s hard to wait for results, but honestly, is it really worth sweating and getting unhappy about it?
I’m pretty flipping lucky. God has blessed me with an amazing husband, an amazing son, and overall an amazing life. This weight loss journey I’m at now is completely different than what it was when I was overweight in highschool, back then I just wanted guys to like me. Now I’m doing this for me. Well, not entirely true, I’m doing it for myself AND my family, because as the cook of the house, my family basically relies on me to keep their tummies happy and also make sure that their tummies are getting GOOD nutrients, not crap food.

When I step into the gym now, I couldn’t give a rats ass what somone thinks of me, or my body, or my hair, or the fact I don’t have any makeup on, because IT DOESN’T MATTER. I’m here for one thing, and that is to make myself more fit, and more healthy. Sure I’m the only girl in the weight room, ALWAYS. I’m surrounded by meatheads, yah I’m a little plump and I don’t push as much weight as I used to, but I. don’t. care. When I’m at the gym, I think

I’m ONE STEP CLOSER.

One step closer to my goal. When I get home, it transfers over to what I eat. After I’m doing eating, I think

I’m TWO steps closer!

Don’t make the mistake of being one those people that after the gym are like: “yah I’m going to go to starbucks and have 500 calories in a drink with 30 grams of sugar! yayyyy treat!!!” because you are just screwing yourself over. Talk about cheating on yourself!

Do the research, eat the right things, be HEALTHY. Make it a lifestyle choice and don’t cheat on yourself. Push yourself to your limits, even if you’re tired after 5 hours of sleep, maybe go and just do some light cardio at the gym. Remember, you won’t be a step closer if you take a step in the wrong direction. Sure there will be days when you can’t make it to the gym and the only thing you can do is go for a walk outside, but eat healthy and don’t let yourself fall behind.

Having a cheat meal once a week is okay – but leave it at that. Look forward to it, then keep yourself focused on your goal. Focus on being focused. 🙂

Wait! Don’t leave yet! Check out my new knitted bow headband on your way out. 😉 Maybe pin it to pinterest if you’re interested? Thanks!

(c) Style EnVie Studios. Check out the headband here: Fleece Lined Women’s Knit Bow Headband on Etsy

Have a great Saturday and MAKE IT COUNT! 🙂 I know I’ll be heading to the gym tonight! 🙂

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New motivation and new recipes

I have fallen off the blogging bandwagon because my business and my son have been keeping me ridiculously busy. Yet, as of late i have had some people asking me about my blog so I have come back! It’s great that people ask me about my blog, it makes me feel good because I know I’m helping people and they learn and appreciate the info I put on here.
Regarding my weight loss journey, it’s still going! I hit bottom about 2 months ago, I just stopped losing, had no motivation for working out in the house anymore. I tried p90x but it wasn’t working for me, I just didn’t enjoy it really (what’s the point of doing something if you don’t enjoy it?) and I was unhappy. Even though my business was really taking off I wasn’t happy at the weight I was currently at. Right now I’m hovering around 187-186. (When I gave birth I was 246) and my regular pre pregnancy weight is 165, so I’m suuuuper close to my goal! 1st part of my goal was to be at 179-175 by Christmas time, I still think I can make it because:

I HAVE JOINED THE GYM!

Yes, I did, I went last week just to inquire, I figured “what the hell, information can’t hurt”. When I walked in, they have a DAYCARE!! hellls yes, they had a daycare so mommies could workout. I got so wicked excited. Their monthly payment I could afford, AND I didn’t have any cancellation fees (so no worrying bout that when I have to go back to work). I was PUMPED, so I talked to the hubby about it and BOMB, I have been going regularly 4x/week with doing some pilates at home in between (or trying to at least).

Since I have joined the gym, I am SO much more relaxed, I have my time to go to the gym, I don’t worry about my weight, I’m confident even though I’m still rather plump, hey, someone’s gotta start somewhere right? I’m much weaker than I used to be but it takes time and as long as I’m putting my effort in when I go that’s all that matters. My eating is much more on track as well, I can’t just skip meals when I want to, (because that’s what I was doing beforehand when I wasn’t working out regularly.) I also have more energy and I feel overall much more confident about my body and also about my weight loss.

My eating has been really good (other than occasionally skipping meals *slaps wrist*) and I am booking an appointment to meet with a Holistic Nutritionist in the near future! I will keep you updated on that, because that’s going to be awesome.

I’m excited for my next set of measurements because now that I’m REGULARLY weight training, they are going to be changing a lot faster  for the better! I’ll be taking them next Sat! 🙂

On another note, Christmas is next month (ah!!) and I’ve been really busy knitting, but I wanted to share with you some of the items I’ve been making and maybe check them out on my shop and see if you need some lovely hand knit Christmas gifts under your tree this year?

I know I’m weird, I love to knit but I’m also addicted to the gym. Hey! A person is allowed to be weird. :p

That’s just a sneak peak, to see all the new stuff go to my shop here:

Fleecy knits

Now for some recipes, I have found this FANTASTIC page on facebook that posts holistic recipes for REAL food. Most items are gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free and refined sugar free. I mean, how much more could you ask for in life?! You can find the page here: Just Eat Real Food

Lately I had made this breakfast bread that I found on their page. I made it and my husband ate it up in pretty much one sitting so I had to go and make another one. It’s EASIER than pie, and very healthy, so go make some up for yourself now! Paleo Breakfast Bread

Last night I made this double fudge: It’s VERY rich, though it’s mostly just coconut oil and almond butter, but I can’t have more than 1 piece a day because of how rich it is. If you like fudge, this is definitely for you! Paleo Double Layer Fudge

Now I’m not Paleo, but I LOVE all the paleo recipes! They are so fantastic, if you think you can do Paleo, I say go for it! 🙂

Until next time – train and eat and knit happy!

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Just when you’re feeling down… workout!

Another cold is attacking me… it sucks, I feel like all the life I have is being sucked out of me, I’m fighting with a sore throat right now, the sore throat wants to move in but I’m keeping my barriers up pretty strongly. That being said, last night was the most humid night in the existence of nights and I was dying. Not to mention my breastfeeding relationship with Richard is going downhill because he’s getting older = needs more milk. Mummy doesn’t have more milk so… unhappy baby. This morning when  I woke up I was determined I would do a workout today, not only because my workouts have been off schedule lately but because I have to keep myself liable and make myself feel slightly better about life!

Since I was feeling like death I didn’t want to do an insane workout so I thought I would do some pilates. I downloaded a series of videos on the iPad a few weeks ago, and I did a 35 min session this morning. I haven’t sweat that much in ages, it was a rather high paced Pilates session but it was flipping amazing! Definitely looking forward to the other videos and doing it on a more regular basis. I think this is what I am going to do now on my “off” days.

^ Must get my hands on that dvd! I just found it looking for some pictures to add into my post! Win!
immediately following my pilates I felt sooo much better! Maybe it was the ibuprofen I took earlier this morning, but I’m hoping it was the pilates. Haha! Since I was feeling better I had more motivation to clean the dishwasher and make myself a nice healthy smoothie for lunch (banana, blueberry, sunwarrior protein and raw cocoa!)

I’m looking forward to my supper, I am debating making some cauliflower pizza crust and some avocado spaghetti sauce with some veggies and chickpeas on top… mmmm…. or maybe I’ll find something else to make. Who know with me!

 

 

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Post baby weight loss (or anyone who wants to lose serious weight)

This post is going to be long, and informative, just a heads up, maybe bookmark it for future reference? There isn’t as much detail as I would like to get in it but when you have a newborn, some things have to get cut short! I might do a part 2 later on in the week so stay tuned!

I’m going to get down to the nitty gritty about losing weight after having a baby, because so many mums struggle with this, but this is also about other people who have trouble losing weight and need/want to lose a large amount.

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1. Set a goal, know what your healthy body weight should be, if you don’t, figure it out, go see a physician, look it up on the internet and set yourself a timeline, now if you need to lose a 100 lbs, at approx 1-2 lb loss a week, it’s going to take you over a year. Healthy weight loss is 1-1.5 lbs a week, 2 weeks at MOST. More than this your risk of gaining weight in return is very high, so don’t rush it (haha I keep telling myself this)

2. Re-orient your life, this is a LIFESTYLE, if you are not ready for it, then you are not serious or ready about losing weight, this is permanent and if you aren’t comfortable with that then say goodbye to being healthy! You will have to make changes and adjustments and sacrifices. If you have kids already, you will have to use your imagination to make it work, if you have 1 child, well you have it pretty easy and if you don’t have kids, holy get your ass in gear cause you have all the time in the world! Though, from my experience, it’s actually easier to workout with kids because when you’re tight on time you don’t think about not working out (because you don’t have the time) you just do it and move on to the next thing!

3. Food. It was a mix up as to whether to put this as number 1, but 3 is close enough. You MUST must must must must must adjust the way you eat, and not only you if you have a family. It must be a change for the WHOLE family otherwise it will not work, if your kids are young, you are better off, if they aren’t…it’s going to be a challenge (they are already used to a way of eating and they are probably not going to like the changes you will make). If you aren’t supposed to eat a food (dieting) then guess what, your kids aren’t supposed to be eating it either!!

I’m not a nutritionist yet but I can provide some simple guidelines for you to follow. Straight up – if you want to lose weight: go gluten and dairy free. Sure that might sound like the end of the world but I’m telling you, it works and your body will love you for it. There’s so much crap in wheat these days (because it is so processed) you think you are getting whole grain but your body still hates it. I say dairy because there’s a lot of fat and the cows proteins just don’t get along with the human body. Also, it’s really not that hard, once you psychologically are prepared for it, it’s a lot easier, you have to think that it’s making your body a healthier body and a healthier you, you will have more energy, your brain will function better, your bowels will function better, everything will function better and doesn’t everyone want that?

2-3 days a week where you meal plan and prepare ALL of your food, this is the only way for you to stay on track (esp on days where you need to run errands so you aren’t going out and buying crap food to eat cause you’re randomly hungry). This is also great if you have kids because guess what! Less cooking for you and there’s always food in the fridge for them(the kids) to eat, it’s great. Less stress! Maybe sit down with the family together and brain storm over some meals that you all like, but face it, there will be times when your family won’t enjoy everything that you cook, but TOO BAD! haha, I say that to my husband because it’s healthy and I enjoy it because of that, tastes buds change.

Just because you have to eat healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat veggie sticks 99% of the time, I can provide lots of links where you can learn to prepare healthy meals that taste GOOD, and are not plain, this is another art but it’s a great tool to have! Another reason I post recipes on this blog because a lot of people struggle with preparing healthy food that taste good. I thank God for my mother teaching me how to cook because that’s the only way I’m able to do this!

Every meal should include carbohydrate, protein and fat, in order for your body to work efficiently, this is needed, unless of course it’s a pre workout meal in which case you don’t want to consume a massive amount of protein. Do not over indulge in meat or grains, always try and have more vegetables if possible but don’t just eat vegetables if you are hungry because they won’t hold you over as much as adding a little bit of protein.

The largest meal of the day should be lunch time, and the lightest meal should be supper time. Do not eat 2 hours before going to bed. If you do happen to be super super super super starving before bed have some vegetables or something light in calories but don’t make it a habit! ‘

If you are really struggling with staying on track eating healthy then keep a food journal, it helps you realize how much you are eating, if you are eating too much, etc etc.

Drink water, 2 L/ 8 cups, put a pitcher out on the table or somewhere you pass often and fill with that amount, every time you go by drink a cup and bam, it’s done by around 4 pm! Or fill a 1 L water bottle twice, I prefer the pitcher method, it becomes more of a habit. If you’re on the road = water bottle.

Take greens! You can get the greens powder, it’s amazing, it helps you get in MORE than your daily recommended dose of greens and it has so many nutrients we are talking serious energy here!

Supplements: Fish oil, Vitamin D and probiotics. See naturopath for more info! (they are worth seeing btw, just admit it.)

If all the above is not really sticking with you – see a naturopath.

If I think of more… it’ll have to be in another post.

4. Workout routine. If you are new to working out, it’s all about baby steps but realize that you cannot effectively lose weight and get your body in optimal health without WEIGHTS mixed with cardio. Gosh it annoys the hell out of me that women are like “weights, wtf? EWWW, no  no must go run for 6 hours a week” puhhhlleeeasssee tell me another one. This has been circulating the internet and hopefully women are being converted:

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Muscles LOOK BETTER THAN FAT, and you would have to weight train a lot to look like a bulky arnold. That being said, go pick up some weights!

Try to incorporate cardio and weights 3-4x/week.

Invest in a home piece of equipment(Like the TRX) because if you have children, this is the only way you will be able to weight train (unless your hubby looks after the kids in the evening and you go to the gym or classes etc which is a good thing to do once a week to keep your sanity!) Buy some bands, bands rule, they don’t take up any space and they are pretty wicked. If you want to know where to buy some, leave a comment or msg me.

Get your children involved, take them on walks, or hikes, or bike rides or start running with them. Use them as weights!

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You don’t have to go out and buy a weight set, get creative and use things around the house, jugs of water etc.

If you have a newborn take the baby with you, utilize one of their naps and go walking or jogging with the stroller!

5. Experiment with what times of the day work best for your schedule, if you are a stay at home mum this is easy for you to do, for those that work it’s either before or after work. Find out which one works for you.

Just like cleaning, working out has got to get done! No question about it, once you get into the routine it’s much easier.

6. Take before and after pictures. This is a great motivator! There’s nothing like seeing how awesome you look and what type of progress you’re making like pictures!! Also, weigh yourself every once in a while, once a month or every two weeks but not too frequently!

Take measurements, this is what you will go by, and how you look in the mirror. I take my measurements every two weeks, but they can be taken every month if that’s how you choose. Bust, hips, waist and legs. If you have large arms take the measurement around your arms if you want.

7. Sit down and talk over all of this with your family (esp hubby or wife) because you must be on the same page, you have to agree that this is going to take time, effort and motivation, if your spouse or significant other isn’t there to motivate you, you can still do it but it will be more difficult!

Remember, this is a lifestyle!

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Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions!

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Registered Holistic Nutritionist?

Last year I an idea stemmed to look into holistic nutrition, the idea really attracted me because ive never been sold by the common 4 yr university nutrition program, I’ve met a few and they didn’t really give me a good impression. Yet I’ve come across a few registered holistic nutritionists and boy is the impression impressive! It’s everything I want and I think I need, being gluten and dairy free- nutrition is different for me, my husband has been recommended to go gluten free as well and something keeps tugging at my head that I don’t know enough for myself and my family.
My pregnancy was a disaster food wise and I think I will constantly regret that. I am compelled to know more about food and what it does. If you are what you eat then I need to eat better, the best I possibly can and encourage my family to do the same.

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Now- will it be challenging doing this while having a newborn? Um yes, though if I do it I will take the at home correspondence program because living outside the city I can’t simply drive in for classes a couple times a week, too much gas and too much time away from my family.

To think of all that I could learn is sooo exiting, it’s like being given keys to unlock a chest full of gold!! I’ve never had this ambition to learn like this before, when I went to college I was excited but not this excited.

Think of all the wonderful things I could share with you all!! I’ll end on that note. 😉

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Frustrations!!!

I tried ordering a 25 lb bag of Gluten Free all purpose flour from Bob’s Red Mills and the shipping to Canada is $71!!! Which turns out that it would be around $3 a lb for the flour, that’s a tad expensive in my opinion. I am very saddened. I have been doing a sufficient amount of gluten free baking lately that I wanted in invest in a large quantity to save my wallet a few dollars. I asked the lady on the phone if it was possible if local natural food stores could order it in, but she explained that it wasn’t possible because most of them won’t carry it because of the shelf life. BUT I ONLY WANT ONE BAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *cries*

Well, life must go on. Their small bags are $7 !!!#$$#@@@!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bought one just to try it out, good grief. It wasn’t any different in texture from the bulk barn mix so I think I will stick to bulk barn.

I made gluten free zucchini muffins  yesterday, they were DELICIOUS!! I am very sad to say I don’t have any pictures. Mostly because I didn’t really think of it.. and well, I’m lame. I’m sorry, I should have taken a picture. I used @Stephanie Tucci’s recipe for pumpkin muffins and I exchanged the pumpkin puree for zucchini = amazing goodness! Paul is obessed with them, you can’t even tell they are gluten free.

Gluten free baking for the win!!! Zucchini’s rule.

This is going to be a short post. I apologize for not posting on Thursday and Friday last week. I was toast, and so was my brain, it was very difficult for me to get through the each of those days. I barely had energy to sit at my chair at work less type up a couple paragraphs!

Going to try getting this week off to a good start. It’s a busy week, my birthday is on Thursday! Having a family dinner, dairy free gluten free cheesecake, HELLO, and also chicken cordon bleu for a main meal *drooling already* I also have a wedding to go to on Saturday (hello more food!) Food is going to be awesome this week. Being pregnant that’s really all I think about.

Then it’s the LONG WEEKEND!!! Is it here yet? I just need to get through this week. Just need to get through this week.

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