Health and Fitness Trends to Keep and Lose

Sometimes I feel like there are two separate camps: the health camp and the fitness camp.

I’ve hung out in both.  In the health camp, I made green juice every morning, jumped on my mini trampoline, ate mostly raw vegan, preached the virtues of spirulina and spent every paycheque at Whole Foods.  In the fitness camp, I took fat burning supplements, avoided carbohydrates, ate meat on meat, watched my face flush after chugging down caffeinated workout drinks, and spent every paycheque at GNC.

Here’s the thing: I love both camps.  Both have their strengths and weaknesses.  Bro, do you even lift?

In my quest to find a happy balance, I like to visit each camp (and then drink gin and eat steak frites somewhere in between.)

Here’s a list of some of the top trends to keep and let go of from each camp.

Cheers to your health!

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Only Connect

“only connect.” E.M. Forster

I can’t stop thinking about this article about addiction.

I spent a lot of my life thinking I’d be happiest alone.  My dream was to build a cabin deep in a forest and hide from everyone for as long as I could.

But the older, and hopefully, wiser I grow, I realize how crucial community is to happiness.

I now know that my happiest moments are shared with others.  I know how good I feel when I am in our little French village and no one is a stranger.  I know that being back in Vancouver and living with family, as well as working in a supportive workplace, has done wonders for my well being.

I would be lost without the people who love me.

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How to meal plan like a boss

I love meal planning.

It saves me money, time, forces me to eat healthier, and feeds my desire to be obsessively organized.

My friend’s mom, a busy, wonderful, sweet angel and mid-wife, asked me to assist her with a week’s worth of meal planning. As a bonus, my friend and I could prepare all of our own meals at the same time.

I’m going to go over the basic steps to successful meal planning and show you what we accomplished!

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Comparing Protein Powders

Trying to pick a protein powder can be overwhelming.

While I believe you can definitely get enough protein from plants and animals, I love having a protein powder on hand to add to my morning smoothies, oatmeal and sweet creations. It helps to balance my hormones, build my muscles, make me feel strong and emotionally stable.

But where to begin in choosing one? I’ve tried a huge variety, so I’ve lined up a side by side comparison of some of my favourites:

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NuZest

  • Protein: 21.07g (per 25g)
  • Ingredients: Pea protein isolate, natural vanilla, natural fruit protein.
  • Flavours: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Creamy Cappucino
  • Pros: Clean Lean Protein is protein in its purest form – all natural and free from all common allergens. It’s 100% vegetable, yet has all the potency (and them some) of other proteins.   Has all 9 essential amino acids and more.
  • Cons: Need to order online.
  • Cost: $44.95 for a 500g tub (20 servings) *trial and small packets also available
  • Taste: One of the best tasting plant protein powders I’ve tried
  • Calories: 95 calories (25g serving)

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10 Lessons from 2014

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Go after every opportunity.

Sometimes your gut isn’t initially right.  Go to the job meeting anyways.  Take a trip when you’re not quite ready for it.  Get to know him or her.  You’ll know when you’re in it whether it’s right or wrong, and leave with a new experience and knowledge regardless.

If you want it badly enough, have the balls to go after it.

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Goodbye, Year

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny compared to what lies within us.” | Ralph Waldo Emerson

And what a year it has been.

Last new year’s eve I told a room of people that I planned to play the fool for a year.

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Fit Over the Holidays

Tis the season to indulge, and I’m all for it!

With the holidays here I’m fully committed to celebrating with my friends and family, enjoying every glass of wine and sweet treat that passes through my lips.

At the same time, I don’t want to lose all of the hard work I put in to getting in shape this winter.  So I’m going in with an easy to follow game plan.

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Here are some easy tips, and my own personal plan, for the healthiest and happiest of holidays!

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