How to Reach Your 2020 Nutrition Goals

We all start the year with the best intentions. I know you want to crush those goals for 2020! I can imagine you are starting this new year feeling overwhelmed with enthusiasm. You’re ready to move towards your nutrition goals full. steam. AHEAD!

I’m rooting for you, because I also know what a huge difference a change in diet and lifestyle can make. Making it a priority to eat better has changed my body and my mind. It has helped with my anxiety, made a drastic difference in my skin, helped balance my hormones, and gotten my gut on track for good.

Knowing how much this change has helped me, I get so fired up when I hear that other people have a goal to cultivate a healthier lifestyle. I want to see you win! But I also know what stands in your way. That’s why today I wanted to share with you a suggestion that could make or break your ability to meet your nutrition goals.

The suggestion is simple: hire an expert!

When your toilet overflows, you call a plumber.

When you need a cavity filled, you go to a dentist.

When you’re buying a home, you enlist the help of a realtor.

So when you’re ready to overhaul the way you eat, why not hire a nutritionist? Someone who is trained in nutrition has a lot to offer. If you haven’t considered the benefits before, you may want to dig deeper. The reasons, after all, back up why it’s such a good idea in the first place.

Education. Yes, your nutrition professional is (should be – double check this!) educated, but that’s not what I’m talking about. What’s really great about working with a professional is that they get a chance to educate you. With this gained knowledge, you will have the tools you need to make a long-lasting change. Plus, knowledge is so empowering! With enough of it you will be able to make your own educated decisions in the future, even after the experience of working with a professional is over.

Support. The ultimate goal of a nutrition professional is not to work with you forever. The goal is to support you on your journey as much as possible to ensure your success. This person can cheer you on and help keep you moving toward your goal with enthusiasm. Not only that, but they can provide you with the tools you need to make this a sustained change, and not one that lasts only as long as your motivation does.

Accountability. This is one of the most powerful tools available when creating a change. Being held accountable can be the key to so many people meeting their goals! Some of us just need that person. I know when I began working out, I loved having a trainer because they kept me accountable for the work I was doing. High accountability reduces excuses. If you are someone who struggles with this in particular, hiring a professional is really going to help you.

If you are ready to turn your 2020 goals into full gear, I hope you will seriously consider hiring an expert! If your goal is not necessarily nutrition, remember that hiring an expert to help you is transferable across all your other goals. Consider it a short-term investment in a long-term change.

I hope you work hard in 2020 for what you want, and let great things happen for you!

Plant Based Bars Review

Hello everyone!

How are you guys today?

To be honest, it’s been a whirlwind of a weekend. I’m jumping from one thing to the next without much time to take a breath. But it’s alright – today, the sun is shining and the day is young!

I just wanted to drop in and let you guys know that I just put together a video reviewing some plant-based bars – I would appreciate it so much if you checked it out!

 

 

Until next time!

Favourites Giveaway ! 

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…

Favourites, that is!

To celebrate reaching 500 followers I’ve decided to do my very FIRST giveaway! When I first started this blog, I had no idea how much I would fall in love with it – and how much I would enjoy connecting with all of you.

I would have to say that the community built with my readers and other bloggers is easily my favourite part of the entire process. So I want to celebrate each and every one of you and YOUR favourites too!

To enter the giveaway, here are the rules: 

First and foremost, follow me! If you do already, awesome. If not, just press the follow button on the side bar and subscribe either through email or through wordpress!

Then in the comments below, send me the link to one of your favourite bloggers, and tell me why you love reading their posts! I will be visiting each and every one – and I can’t wait to be inspired and enlightened by the bloggers that you absolutely love!

And for sharing your favourites, I’ll share my favourites with you:


Included:

  • Iron Vegan Sprouted Protein – Chocolate and Vanilla 
  • Praire Naturals Coconut Seed Snacks
  • Smart Sweets Gummy Bears
  • Lara Bars – Blueberry and Chocolate PB
  • “Dreams are Worth Chasing” mug
  • “Noteworthy” notebook
  • WOW Peppermint Relief Roll-on

I am not associated with or sponsored by any of the pictured companies – these are just items I enjoy day to day, and I wanted to share them with you!

This giveaway is open to Canadian and US Residents. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, April 23rd. One entry per person, but if you want to share more than one blog that you love, please do.

I look forward to seeing your favourites!

 

Easy Quinoa Salad 

Carbs are a big part of the food story in our household; we go through rice like it’s going out of style. I mean, my boyfriend eats mounds of it with almost every meal!

And um, confession time, we even feed it to the dogs when we accidentally run out of their food!

The other day Matthew said “I’m sick of rice. What’s that other stuff you used to make?”

“The quinoa?” I asked, and he confirmed.

It has been so long since I cooked up some quinoa. Remember when quinoa became such a popular super food? It was such a fad for a time! Just another trend that has come and gone in cooking.

I still love it though. Easy to cook, so versatile, and contains a complete protein!

This quinoa salad is a dish I always used to fall back on in my early days of food prep. It’s awesome because it’s almost better after it sits for a day or two!


Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups cooked quinoa (cooled)
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1/2 purple onion, diced
  • 1 small can of corn
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • Bunch of cilantro
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Himalayan salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions: 

Add quinoa, pepper, onion, corn, and chickpeas together in a bowl. Finely chop cilantro and add with cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Squeeze each half of the lemon over the salad. Top with avocado when you are ready to enjoy it!

Before I was allergic to dairy I used to add in feta cheese! So if it fits your eating habits I highly recommend it, although it is just as good without!

Try out this salad and let me know how you like it!

“Instagram is Life Porn”

I think we are all becoming more aware about the ways in which social media can be used for good, or for evil.

This article discusses just that.

Although I don’t agree 100% with this article, I think it definitely highlights some of the ways that Instagram can affect us negatively.

If you know me, you know I am a huge fan of Instagram! But I agree with the author that we need to structure our use of it in such a way that it won’t be harmful to us mentally or emotionally.

It always helps to keep in mind that Instagram is everyone’s highlight reel – not their real lives! Never try to live up to the standards of someone’s social media profile. Even the people who seem to have the most perfect and exciting lives have problems and struggles.

It’s all about perspective, and maintaining perspective is very important when using social media.

Is this something any of you struggle with? How do you guys protect yourselves when using social media (if at all)?

 

 

 

I need space to share my story. 

I am an open book. You don’t have to guess with me. If I’m sad, you’ll see it. If I’m happy, I show it. If I’m angry, oh gosh you’ll know it.

If something important happens in my life, the people in my life always hear about it.

But I’ve been noticing a trend lately, that sadly in some ways makes me feel like I might regret sharing the trials and tribulations of life with those in my circle.

Here’s what’s up:

I am finding that when I share challenges with friends and family, they are quick to become ‘fixers‘. They jump straight into giving me advice on how I should get out of said situation. They get right into telling me how I need to take action!

It’s strange to me to assume that I don’t know how to get out of a challenge in my life just because I’m sharing it with someone.

Honestly, I just need to vent. I just need someone to say “ya that sucks” or “OMGGGGG” or “tell me more” or “thank you for sharing”. I need active listening. I need to speak to be heard.

I don’t need another person to be my solution.

You know, even in crises, big or small, I still manage to keep my wits about me. I can still think creatively and come up with an action plan.

When I tell someone what’s going on with me and they automatically go into fixing-mode, it really turns me off from sharing with them. It makes me feel as though they are completely skipping over really hearing me. It makes me feel like they don’t care enough to hear the whole story, they just want to throw solutions at me until I stop talking about it.

I know it’s not their fault. The onus is on me to let people know what I need from them. I am definitely getting better at creating understanding and boundaries with others.

There will be times in my life where I need help and advice. I find no shame in this and will absolutely ask for these things when I need them. Otherwise all I need is an ear.

I need space to share my story.

Grant me that and I will be forever grateful!

Thank you readers for ‘listening’ today!

How to Feel More AWAKE (without caffeine)

One thing I promise never to do in my posts is copy and paste lists found on the internet. What a snooze that would be- for you and for me!

That’s why today’s post is about actual techniques I use to feel more awake – sans caffeine. And trust me, I need ’em.

I am one of those people who can hardly get myself on the go in the morning without a cup of coffee (or 3). I don’t hold it against myself. It’s a vice I acknowledge, and for the most part, accept.

But staying hydrated is also vital to my health and my goals. I can’t be chugging coffee all day long! Eventually I hit that “between 2 and 4 pm” lull of energy.

Here’s what I do about it: 

Dab essential oils under my nose. I like tea tree and peppermint the best because they have an energizing but at the same time relaxing effect on me. It brings about a peaceful sort of happy in me. Sometimes I will put a couple dabs on my temples as well.

Eat light. I started noticing years ago that the heavier or more carb-concentrated my lunches were, the more tired I felt going back to work. Think about it: your body is putting so much work into just digesting your food – no wonder you feel energy depleted! I no longer put myself into food comas on my lunch break. And that doesn’t always mean a salad (I do love a good salad though). Fish and greens is a favorite, like salmon and asparagus or trout and spinach!

Using a roller ball. Sometimes I suspect that a part of my sluggishness is actually a result of the toxins, bound up in my tight muscles, taking their toll. Using a roller ball to loosen the muscle releases the toxins, and then I drink some water to flush them out! Really works like a charm for me.

Make plans, exciting plans. Plans for the evening, plans for the week ended, plans for the next vacation. Once the creative part of my brain is being used, I feel more lively. Plus you just might make some plans you are excited about, which in turn usually helps me feel more alert!

Get some fresh air. The outdoors are healing place. Step outside of where you are, both mentally and physically. Allow the warm embrace of the sun to rejuvenate you, if the weather permits it. This is an obvious but truly often underutilized.

Let’s be honest: caffeine will always have it’s time and place in my routine, but I’m glad to have alternatives when I need them.

What refreshes you guys midday?