March Update

Hello friends,

How has March been treating you? If you feel like things are great but could be better, then guess what? We are in the same place. Welcome, take a seat.

You see, lately I’ve been daydreaming about my ideal day – my ideal life actually, and what it looks like. This, although sometimes a positive experience, is not a productive way to spend my precious time! Now, hear me out: I’m not saying daydreaming is necessarily bad.

What I am saying is that daydreaming gets me nowhere. Why?

1 – daydreaming is not the same as manifesting. Manifesting requires a spirit of gratitude and abundance, in order to draw that thing to you. Daydreaming is more passively participated.

2 – daydreaming isn’t actually doing anything about it. Thinking about what I want is easy! But actually making it happen. That’s hard work – and a lot of time given.

I am not unhappy, in fact I feel blessed every day of my life. But in another breath I also feel like I don’t want to waste any time. I’m a doer, a shaker, a go-getter!

You know, I’m just one of those people – and there is many of us out there – who just do better being held accountable for certain things. What I want to do more of is hold myself accountable.

Did I meet my goals for the day? If no, why not? Is what I’m doing working for me? What can I do better? Who could teach me something about what I need to know?

What nobody tells you is that is what being self-employed is all about (or at least, that’s what I’m gathering). It requires constant self-reflection, self-accountability, and is just one big giant creative messy learning experience.

Speaking of which! If you are interested in what I’m working on right now – here’s a sneak peek!

What is so freakin’ cool about this guide is that it’s not a diet plan (the industry is incredibly saturated with those – you don’t need me for that). It’s a guide to help you feel sexy and strong. It’s not about deprivation – it’s about strategy and abundance! I can’t wait to share it with you.

I’m trying and retrying recipes – I’m going over my words and recommendations with a finely toothed comb, I’m pouring everything into this because I want you to get the most out of it!

And with that I must say, I’m officially in my zone. I love working on creative projects. I will do it for the rest of my life. Whether that’s writing ebooks, making recipes, creating workshops – I love all of it.

I myself am my own creative projects sometimes. When I’m working out, i usually have a vision, or something I’m working towards. I change my hair and colour it often – if you’re not new here then you already know that.

 

Thanks for stopping by today.

If you just can’t get enough – please, add me on instagram! I love making new friends.

Have a great rest of the month!

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NEW EBOOK! Easy Peasy Meal Prep Guide

Special Announcement!

I’m very excited to share with you guys my newest ebook!

EPCover

 

This is something that I get asked about almost weekly – Meal Prep.

So many people make it too complicated – or too boring – or it just simply takes too long!

This ebook is simply a guide to help ease your meal prep struggles – it’s simple, works for any diet, and 100% free!

 

Check it out and download it here , and let me know what you think!

 

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Gluten Free Banana Cake

For someone who lives pretty modestly, I’ll admit that I eat like a Queen. A Queen who cooks for herself of course, but like royalty none the less.

I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think there is a big part of me that really enjoys having control over what I put in my body. And it’s great, because it means I can take foods I wouldn’t normally just go out and buy, and health-ify them. And in this case especially I ask: who doesn’t love a good warm slice of homemade banana cake?

Features of this cake:

Sweetened with coconut sugar, which is lower on the glycemic index!

Gluten-free and therefore safe for those of us with sensitive tummies!

Tastes amazing and doesn’t sacrifice flavour for health benefits!

As mentioned above this cake is gluten free & dairy free. 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose gluten-free flour blend (I use Bob’s Red Mill GF Baking)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1.5 cups nut milk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a 9 inch cake pan. You’ll need a deep one – I actually used a 9 inch spring form and it worked great.

First step – prepare the plant based buttermilk. Add the 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your nut milk. Mix and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, mash bananas. I used my food processor, but a fork should do just fine so long as the bananas are very ripe! Once mashed add eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla. Once mixed well, add peanut butter.

In a separate bowl, add gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well.

Now you can add your ‘buttermilk’ to the wet mixture.

Slowly begin adding your dry ingredients to the wet, ensuring a uniform consistency. Now you can add it to your cake pan and bake in the oven for roughly 45 minutes. Stick a knife in the center before you remove it from the oven. When it comes out clean, you should be good to remove it.

Icing, although optional, adds a bit more sweetness. I don’t have a recipe for it as this part was kind of an afterthought, but it’s made from three simple ingredients: melted coconut oil, cacao powder, and icing sugar. You can play with your own measurements if you want a quick and easy icing for your cake as well! Mine is also topped with some energy balls and dairy free chocolate squares. Go ahead, have fun with it!

And just as a note, it’s not vital but better to use a gluten free flour blend vs just one kind of gluten free flour such as garbanzo, rice, etc. I find using a blend in cakes to produce a much more stable product.

 

I hope you enjoy the cake! Don’t forget to tag me in your recreations on Instagram (@standingstrongwellness) because I love to see you guys in action in the kitchen!

Thanks for dropping by!

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June Update ’17

I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to share with you some really important news: I went to the best. farm. EVER. last weekend. It’s called Kangaroo Creek Farm – nestled in the Okanagan they provided the most hands-on animal experience I’ve ever had. I got up close with a sugarglider, kangaroos, goats, capybaras, chickens, and more. The very best part was holding a baby kangaroo – it was so sweet and calm and squishy and warm!

I’m an animal lover, and being there totally made my year. It was on my list of “must-do”s this past weekend as Matthew and I took the weekend off for some quality time together. It was awesome hitting the road, and we had the pleasure of being hosted by my Grandma who was gracious and as most grandmas do, she fed us well.


Can you guys believe it’s June already? I haven’t had a single picnic. Or made any popsicles. I haven’t even come close to buying new sunglasses and losing them (yet). It just doesn’t feel like summer is here! But maybe it will feel more like it over the next couple weeks. I’ll be finishing classes soon. SUPER SOON. Actually, I’m completing my oral exam tomorrow so if you have a moment – send some positive vibes my way!

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I haven’t mentioned this yet but lately I’ve been going back to old posts – mostly for maintenance reasons – I needed to update some things as well as do some streamlining. I couldn’t help but notice the transition that this blog has gone through, and also what I have gone through. It’s cool to know that I’ve seen this blog through, to almost two years.

It’s not always easy! It’s a commitment. But truly I love it. If nothing else, it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and talk about the things I’m most passionate about. And it’s all that much cooler that you care enough to listen. So thanks to you, reader.


I’m sorry I don’t have more exciting news to report – but maybe for now that’s good. I’m actually about to enter a season of change. Who knows what my next update might say? I might be certified in holistic nutrition by then! Or maybe I’ll have run away to the Kangaroo Farm. Either way I’ll be happy. Wish me luck tomorrow!