Words for a New Year

In the past few months I have struggled to keep things balanced and provide content on here – I’m sorry for that! However, as 2017 comes to an end, we can’t dwell on the things that we didn’t accomplish, but celebrate a year that was, hardships and triumphs, successes and learning opportunities.

2017 was a year full of changes. With the highest of highs and some of the lowest lows. Anxiety overcame me through the summer as I was conflicted with making a choice of going into the unknown, or being comfortable, but bored and miserable. I haven’t experienced that kind of anxiety in years, I found myself trying to cope with excessive exercise and resulted in low productivity everywhere else. I did recognize this, but was scared to make a change, but then I jumped, quit my comfortable job that I did quite well and had found success in, and started something completely new, and almost immediately that anxiety lifted.

The thing that 2017 has taught me was that change is inevitable. Change is progress, change is necessary. Don’t run from change and the hardships that come from it. Yes you will cry, and get stuck, but you will also succeed through trial, and laugh and make new relationships. You will find things about yourself that you hadn’t realized were there. In change you find your strength. Through change you find your next path.

So my advice to myself, and anyone else that wants to hear it, for 2018 is to embrace the change. Seek it out. Seek out the uncomfortable. Challenge yourself. It might work. It might not. But you will learn, and you will grow. And through that change you can find that thing that you feel is missing – because whatever it is, you wont find it by staying where you are.

I’m wishing you all a safe and happy New Years, full of challenges, changes, adventures and love. I can’t wait to see what it brings us all!

 

 

My highlights of 2017:

-Finding out the beauty of winter hiking

-Enjoying watching my dog learn new things and explore

-A trip to Tucson to spend some quality time with one of my favourite people.

-Hiking to some of the most beautiful lakes, views, waterfalls – and pushing myself out of my comfort zone on those trips

-Taking time on hikes to sit and watch and do nothing – watching the sunset, watching the clouds pass by

-Finishing my nutrition coaching certification, and playing around with some of the things that I’ve learned

-Time with friends and family at home and on adventures

-3 Dragonboat festivals and paddling with a second team

-Adventure to California, where we got to eat some amazing food, see some new places and step onto the Pacific Crest Trail for the first time (but certainly not the last!).

-Becoming an Aunt, and while being far away from her, enjoying the beauty of technology to watch her grow through daily messages.

-Starting a new job, something completely different for the first time in 7 years.

-Winter camping for the first time

-Evan surprising me with one of the most romantic weekend getaways to a mountain lodge with our own private cabin for the night.

 

Things to look forward to in 2018

-Spreading my wings in my new job

-Expanding my coaching business

-Hiking in some new places and introducing some people to the adventure

-Getting better at skiing

-A trip to Singapore to spend some time with my sister, brother in-law and Niece. Also, my first time visiting Asia

-TBA roadtrip vacation

-More quality time with friends and family

 

 

 

 

Me Too.

This is not food or nutrition based post. But it needs to be said.

For those who haven’t seen the origin or meaning behind the #metoo movement. Spurred from the Harvey Weinstein sexual Harassment scandal, Alyssa Milano started the #metoo movement, to encourage women to post the hashtag or the words on social media if you have been a victim of sexual abuse or harassment. The movement is in hopes to raise awareness as to how common it actually is.  (Want to know more, check out this article here)

Those words have flooded on my facebook and instagram feeds over the last day. Including my own profiles. It makes me angry to see so many people that have been in situations where they feel objectified, harassed, unsafe. Keep in mind as well – This isn’t just a situation that just affects women. It affects both genders and is instigated by both genders. Unfortunately women being harassed by men are more often the victims, or those are the victims more willing to come forward, or those are the ones that we hear about.

In my experience, I’ve been cornered, threatened, grabbed, spoken to inappropriately, had a drunk man stick his hand down my pants on the London Tube (which I was able to promptly stop and a hero on the train stepped in and put himself between me and this other man (everyone should be like this man)). It has happened in public; with (and by) friends; at work; in places where I should feel safe. It made me second guess decisions, made me feel unsafe when someone walked towards me on the street. While I’ve been lucky that I haven’t ever been in a situation where it has been more violent, these situations have made me realize that it can happen anywhere. And that is not okay.

I knew that these situations were common. However, I wasn’t aware that it affected nearly every woman that I know. So why didn’t we know? Speaking from my own experiences, there is a level of embarrassment, a feeling of shame, a feeling that somehow it was your fault – either that you somehow encouraged it, or didn’t stop. The other reason is victim blaming – will people believe you? Are you blowing this out of proportion? If you ever feel unsafe, or having unwelcomed physical or verbal sexual contact with someone, you are not in the wrong. You are feeling that for a reason.

So how do we stop this? I certainly don’t have the answers, but from what I already know, and what I’ve come to learn, we have a few things that we can all do to help.

First of all, stand together. Speak out, tell your story – it doesn’t have to be public, but to someone that you know and trust. Think about telling authorities (either at work, or with law enforcement) if the situation warrants it. Do not shame or judge others about their stories, their stories are real experiences, and can affect their relationships, their mental health and their well being. Do not ‘one up’ them. Their experience is real, and if you have a story, share yours too, but don’t make them feel that theirs does not matter because yours (or your friend’s) is worse.

Second of all, if you see something, speak out. Tell someone that is not okay. Step in.

Third, understand consent. If someone tells you no, respect that. They do not need to give you a reason. Step back, ask for permission. It doesn’t mean a rejection, it just means that you need to respect their decision and how they are feeling.

Be there with your friends. Stand together. Make people know that it’s not okay.

All the love my friends. I’m here to listen if you ever need an ear.

Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon

IMG_1892Have you ever gone to the grocery store and not able to find anything that you’re looking for? That was my shopping trip last weekend. I knew days before that I wanted Fish on the weekend. We don’t eat fish during the week due to us wanting our coworkers to not hate us. So when I have a weekend at home, I almost always make fish (because we don’t need leftovers). However the last time I made fish, I made Salmon. So I wanted a white fish. I found this awesome looking recipe that was chilli lime cod. So naturally, there was no fresh white fish at the grocery store (I don’t know what I was expecting, the meat selection at my local grocery store has room for improvement).

So, I had a decision to make. Do I go hunting for white fish? Or do I try another option? Salmon it was.

Now the other fun thing, was that I then got to come up with a recipe or find a recipe based on the food I already had in my kitchen. Luckily, I stumbled upon this one. I always have at least 3 mustards in my fridge because it’s my favourite condiment, and I most definitely have honey as it is my favourite sweetener.

I love how easy this recipe is, and how easy the clean up is. I highly recommend cooking it in the foil, as it not only helps with clean up (cuz the cooked honey would be a beast to clean up), but it also helps keep the fish nice and moist.

You can do any kind of side with this one as well – I decided on roasted potatoes and asparagus.

So here it is: Honey Mustard Salmon

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Mongolian Beef Zoodle Stir fry

IMG_1719Have you ever had those weeks where everything that could happen, happens. It’s been a crazy few weeks. Fun, exciting, stressful weeks. Full of new opportunities, hikes, big wins, stressful situations, and home improvement. So I apologize deeply for being MIA for the last few weeks. I had a few minutes today so I figured that I would take this opportunity to post a recipe, rather that waiting for my usual Friday post.

I made this one a few weeks back, and was blown away by the amount of flavour in it! I honestly can’t wait to try it again. By now you may have noticed my obsession with Zuchinni Noodles. This recipe just heightened it. I altered the recipe just a little and tossed in extra veggies… because veggies make the world go round.

Check this one out (link below)! I hope you like it!

Mongolian Beef Zoodles

Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast – Delicious. Tacos – also delicious. Why not mix them..? Sounds like a great idea to me!

Sometimes in the mornings on the weekends I find myself staring at my fridge wanting eggs, but not sure what to do with them. It often ends up being some sort of variety of whatever is left over in my fridge thrown into a pan with some eggs. Most of the time its edible. Some times its even something worth sharing.

Last weekend was just that. A combination of whatever was in my fridge/counter. So.. breakfast tacos it was! Full of yummy egg-ness (I love eggs), cheese and a tomato/avocado salad with a bright fresh vinegar dressing to go over top. It sounds kind of weird, but I swear is super delicious.

 

Breakfast Tacos – Makes 2 

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

handful of shredded cheese (more or less depending on your desired cheesy-ness)

2 Small tortillas (wheat or corn)

1/4 diced avocado

1/2 cup diced ripe tomato or diced cherry tomatoes

1 sliced green onion

tbsp of chopped parsley

Salt & Pepper

Dash of Virgin Olive Oil (about 1/8 of a tsp)

Dash of fruit infused vinegar (red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar or balsamic also works)

 

Directions:

Combine Avocado, Tomato, green onion, parsley, Salt & Pepper, Oil & Vinegar together. Set aside

Scramble eggs over low-medium heat, and add cheese just before the eggs are cooked.

Add 1/2 cheesy eggs into tortilla and cover with the 1/2 of the salad mixture. Enjoy!

 

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Energy Balls (aka crack balls)

If you have ever talked to me about snacks, I probably will have mentioned what I call crack balls – no, that is not their correct name, but I have nicknamed them such because they are super addicting. They are packed full of healthy fats, protein and well.. energy!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 30 1/2 inch balls

Ingredients:

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup liquid honey

2 tbsp ground flax seed

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1 tsp of cinnamon

optional: handful of – dried cranberries, chocolate chips, pecan pieces, yogurt chips

 

Directions:

Mix everything in a bowl until completely combined. Take about a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball. To store, keep in a Tupperware container, separated with parchment paper between layers. To keep fresh longer, keep in freezer.

 

Enjoy!image

 

Bruschetta Chicken on Zucchini Zoodles

Recipe time!

So I can take 0 credit for this recipe. But it was super fresh tasting and had all of the veggies (okay, so not all of them, but you get my point).

Things I did a little different:

I used sweet potato noodles that are premade at the grocery store, as well as Zucchini which I spiralled at home. However Safeway has all sorts of pre-cut vegetable noodles now, so it’s a great way to save some time. I wouldn’t necessarily use the sweet potato ones in this recipe again, just stick to the Zucchini as the sweet potatoes fell apart. Still tasted good though!

Second change I made was that I BBQd the meat. Which if you can I highly recommend as the grill adds great flavour.

Otherwise it was a great tummy-happy meal that was super filling.

Let me know what you think!

Bruschetta Chicken with Zucchini Noodles