45-minutes of INSANITY (the good kind)

Let me start off by saying that fitness has always been my "forte" (#humblebrag). On any given week my workouts transition between high-intensity power yoga classes, running along the Toronto waterfront, spinning at RIDE or SoulCycle and playing co-ed soccer. I like to change things up by doing a lot of different activities so that my body doesn't get too comfortable and also, so I don't get bored!

I've always been (overly) obsessed with health and fitness. I love pushing my body and seeing my edge, I love sweating so much that I can no longer see because there's salt in my eyes AND I live for the chills I get when everyone is riding on the same wave. I've never experienced a problem with staying motivated or committed to my workouts, but I have definitely felt the desire to become more challenged.

Which brings me to the point of this entire post- I'm really excited to share with you a Toronto based fitness find that I am totally (and newly) obsessed with- it's called F45 Training (Liberty Village) & here's why you need to know about it.

OK so I know what you're thinking.... Another gym- what could be so different about this one? I mean, I've been to my fair share of gyms, studios, boxes, etc. and this is definitely one worth reading about. ***And before I go on... NO! THIS IS NOT CROSSFIT!***

F45 (F= Functional Training & 45= 45-minutes), founded in Australia is a high intensity interval training group workout. The concept is simple: 45-minute high intensity circuit training workout class, which focuses on the full body. Let's break it down. The workouts change daily and include a wide range of exercises including; cardio (biking, jumping, sprints), strength training (kettlebells, medicine balls, battle ropes), agility (speed ladder, box jumps, tuck jumps) and the list goes on.

Why you'll love it

1. No workout is ever the same!

And it really isn't. Everyday is different, always evolving and most importantly, never the same thing. There's no chance in France that you could ever be bored @ F45 based on the variety of over 3,000 exercises you have access too (yep, I said it, 3,000!). Everyday is unique and you'll never really know what you're in for (now isn't that fun?).

To be honest, I've never really been a *gym person*, but I do know that my body would really benefit from incorportaing strength training. Whenever do I go to my condo gym I literally just end up running on the treadmill, doing some light ab exercises, then leaving. WOMP WOMP.

At F45 I'm consistently being challenged and put to the test. After I leave the workout my body is in a ton muscular pain for the next few days. This actually makes me happy because it means that it's working and that I have a long way to go.

2. the people #FitFam

As a young female it can be super intimidating to walk into a new space. I definitely feared not knowing anyone and I was terrified that I would have zero idea of what I'm doing and look silly. 

What's great about F45 is that it's totally suitable for all fitness levels. You can make the workout as easy or as difficult as you want. The tools are there, but it's up to you to use them!

Jarrett, Phill, Umi and team are beyond welcoming. I literally want to keep training here to be their friends lol. The atmosphere is really different than a traditional gym environment. During one class this week I really wasn't getting one of the stations and Umi (the trainer), ended up doing the entire circuit with me while I mimicked him. 

The music is bumping, everyone is friendly + sweaty and the people are fun / fit. #HOTDUDESALERT !!!

3. the app / technology

Isn't technology everything these days? The F45 app is definitely something worth mentioning. It's super user friendly and functional (and isn't that the point). The app makes booking classes, canceling classes and waitlisting classes easy peasy- especially for someone like me whose schedule changes every 2.5 seconds. There's also an app specific to the 8-week challenge I'm signed up for as well. The challenge app provides a full meal plan and daily tracker. But I have to say, the weekly grocery shopping guidelines has to be my favourite feature!

4.  it's organized chaos 

Yeah, that's right... To help navigate you through the class, each station is displayed on a TV around the room. You basically learn how to do your workout by watching your circuit # on the TV. At first I thought this concept was super odd.. like, shouldn't an instructor be helping? But actually that's what makes this system work. The trainers demonstrate every movement before the class begins, then they walk around throughout the class to assist you with form and the other technical stuff. You kind of have to experience it to know what I mean (aka go try it for yourself).

5. the results

You get what you give. I know I've only been at this for about a week or so, but I already feel 120% better about myself since starting. I first joined back in the winter on a 2-week free trail. Now I've signed for the 8-week Define Challenge to help prepare me for the summer. If you want to get fit and shed body fat then I consider trying this place out for yourself. No, I'm not getting paid to say this, but I am partnering with them on their social media so follow @F45LibertyVillage on Instagram & Facebook for more!

P.s. sign up for the 2-week FREE trail on their website so you actually understand what I'm getting at ;) You really have nothing to lose except a kick-ass summer body.

Namaste ✌️

Cow's Milk Debate - Y/N?

Vanilla Cashew Nut Milk

Let's chat! Recently something that I've been actively integrating into my lifestyle is making my "milk" from scratch. I have been seeing a lot more information surface online & social media surrounding the idea of how *terrible* cow's milk is for human beings.. After reading the facts on both pros & cons for the ongoing cow's milk debate I have made my own personal decision to cut it out of my diet (as much as possible) for the following reasons;

  • milk is a highly processed food (it's definitely not what it used to be)
  • said to causes acne
  • said to increase/causes ovarian sists
  • may cause prostate cancer
  • contributes to high cholesterol levels
  • high in saturated fat
  • very high sugar content
  • poor source of calcium (despite popular belief)
  • said to cause weight gain
  • finally, homemade simply tastes better!!!

With all that being said, try making a non-dairy milk at home for yourself that you can use as a substitute for that yucky cow stuff! I know it can be challenging at times when you're out either working or on the go, but wherever possible, try integrating non-dairy milk products and watch closely for the results! Even popular restaurants now carry non-dairy milk products, whether it be soy, hemp, almond or even coconut, more brands are jumping on the dairy-free train!

*If you happen to have any other insights into the cow's milk debate pls feel free to comment below or PM me with your thoughts! I'm also super interested in the pros/cons of using soy milk as a milk substitute when necessary. I don't know too much about soy milk health benefits/detriments besides the commonly referenced "high in estrogen" comment. Would love to hear from you!

Thailand stole my heart

    Let me just start off by saying that Thailand has officially kicked my case of "wanderlust" into super high gear. Enough time has passed that I have finally allowed my full experience to settle, sink in and be absorbed from the aftershock. After a ton of reflecting on my twenty five hour plane ride home (and every single day since), a large part of me doesn’t even believe that this experience actually happened. Deciding to embark on this journey was by far the most spontaneous, impromptu, go with the flow type things that I have ever done and I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have experienced all that I did in this majestic country. After getting a very small but broad glimpse into this insanely beautiful part of the world, it’s easy to see why so many people spend their hard earned money & time exploring the country and then never return! My biggest problem now is wanting to go back and explore Thailand even further, tap into all the places i missed and this time, stay even longer. There is still so much to be seen. After all, this was the trip of a lifetime so there's no way I won't be heading back there in the near future. 

 Nui Bay (Island off of Ko Phi Phi)

Nui Bay (Island off of Ko Phi Phi)

Before fleeing Canada and jet setting off to this far away land, I did my due diligence and bothered a ton of friends who had already been to Thailand and asked them to send me a list of their Thailand travel recommendations. This way I could essentially copy their trips and not miss out on anything for myself (smart plan, right?)! Since I've now been for myself I thought I would do the same on my blog and share some of my experiences in each place that we stayed throughout the journey. This could get a little long.. but if you're planning on going to Thailand try to stick with me! 

Phuket

 Patong Beach Sunset, Phuket

Patong Beach Sunset, Phuket

Stayed at Novotel Phuket Beach Resort (Patong beach). Flew into Phuket from YYZ (25 hour flight connecting in Shanghai) then 45 minute taxi drive from Phuket Airport to the resort on Patong Beach (main beach in Phuket).

I personally think that Phuket was a great intro to Thailand so I'm really happy that I started here instead of Bangkok. The resort was literally less than a 3-minute walk to the main beach strip, which couldn't have worked out better for us. Patong beach is SO lively!!! Plenty of street vendors and beach massages to go round. You can buy anything you can imagine down the side alley streets where they sell clothing, food, monkeys (haha), souvenirs, etc. We stayed here for 3 nights/4 days – Probably 1 day too many in my opinion. I loved the location of our resort because it allowed me to run up and down the beach during sunset. The sunset beach runs are definitely a top highlight of my trip.

MUST SEE IN PHUKET:

  • Patong Beach Night Market (get ready for lady boys galore!)
  • Run down the beach board walk & back (about 10km there and back)
  • Tiger Kingdom (but not if you're an animal rights activist)
  • Kok Chang Elephant Trekking (they use baskets on the elephants which i found out later was really inhumane as well)
  • Rent jet skis and go joy riding!!!
  • Local bars - so many to chose from and such cheap draanksss
  • Have dinner at a beach bar on Patong Beach (the one we found was picture perfect)
  • Try out so many different restaurants (no shortage of food here! & they offer MUCH more then just Thai)

We missed going to James Bond Island, which was an excursion that I really wanted to do but we couldn’t do everything in the short time we had. Also missed going to a famous Ping Pong show.. not going to explain what that is but we decided against it... LOL.

Koh Phi Phi

 Koh Phi Phi Island

Koh Phi Phi Island

My most favorite place ever in Thailand!!! We stayed at P.P Casita, a very cute, but very small individual bungalow style resort. I was happy there. It had everything we needed and we weren't in our lil bungalow very much anyway.

To get to Koh Phi Phi Island we took a day boat tour from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi then got off at Koh Phi Phi and stayed on the island while the boat went back to Phuket (I highly recommend this – great way to see all of the little islands on the way there!). Our boat tour stopped at Mosquito Island & Monkey Beach 1.

The next day we rented a kayak for 4-5 hours and toured around Phi Phi Island ourselves as much as we possibly could – this was really BY FAR the best day of the entire trip. We got a little lost on the Kayak but the sun was shining and it was so much fun. We stopped at Nui Beach (MUST SEE – favorite spot of the trip - check my Instagram for photos) & Monkey Beach 2 (yes, there’s two! One is an actual beach and the other is a cove with Monkeys in the trees – bring food aka bananas and they'll love ya). We also found a really cool hidden cave we didn’t know existed. It was honestly so nice being out on the open water in 30+ degree weather.

We stayed on Phi Phi Island for two nights total but most definitely could have done four or five nights here. A lot of people told me to stay there longer but I really didn’t know what it was all about before actually going and experiencing it for myself. If I go back (which I WILL), I'll probably do at least four nights on Phi Phi Island. The day following the kayaks we rented a Long Tail Boat (for 60 CAD) with our own personal driver. He took us to the famous “Maya Bay” & "Long Beach” spots also one other beach that I forget the name. Long tail boats are so fun & I feel they’re so authentic to Thailand – also a must do! Koh Phi Phi is mostly a huge party land so if you ain't into that scene stay clear! Everyone is very young and very fun. There’s no elephants or tigers here but so much fun & endless things to do just by staying on and around the island itself.

 MUST DO ON KOH PHI PHI:

  • Must try bucket’s!!!! Not going to lie, I think I only had one during the time I was there and it was most definitely enough!!! Make sure you get the ones with sealed lids and you pour them in yourself (but seriously be careful because they’re deadly).
  • Get a bamboo tattoo! You can get one literally on every corner & I got one, obviously!
  • Go to DoJo’s, Stockholm Syndrome and Slinky’s Beach Bar- they have an insane fire show! We ate dinner right next to Slinky’s on the beach and this crazy thing happened in the middle of the ocean where the tide was so far back you could walk on the water!! Very insane but such a cool thing to experience.
  • Full day booze cruise - we actually missed this but I keep hearing how much we missed out on this one so try to find it!

It takes one full day to get from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Samui... 2 buses + 2 boats = death while hung over – I literally puked all over the buss hahaha not kidding. sorry Scott!!!

KOH SAMUI

 Vikasa Yoga Retreat, Koh Samui

Vikasa Yoga Retreat, Koh Samui

Stayed at New Star Beach Resort  (MUST STAY HERE) !!!!! I 100% recommend this resort.. you get treated like actual royalty!! It wasn't exactly on the beach or anything but we had scooters to ride so the distance was more than okay for us! We stayed here for three nights and I probably could have stayed one or two more days! I felt like I saw a lot but I really enjoyed our hotel and we never got to use the infinity pool like i wanted too.

I LOVE Koh Samui! At the time I was feeling super frazzled and sick but the traveling hell was all worth it in the end. This island had a little bit of everything and the airport is absolutely gorgeous, I've never seen anything like it - the island is totally set up for tourists. There’s beautiful beaches, night life, and SCOOTERS! This is one place that I definitely need to come back to revisit. While I was here I did some yoga at the Vikasa Yoga Retreat, which totally made my entire trip & the trek worthwhile. I need to come back to this place with some girl friends so they can experience it, too. It was more beautiful in real life then you can even imagine and no photo can do this place justice.

Must do in koh samui:

Check out Chewang Beach, hot oil/Thai beach massages, Nu Muang Waterfall & rent scooters. The downtown area is super lively/busy with lots to see & many places to eat.. it was so hard to choose just one! We didn’t get to Big Buddha statue because Scott had already seen it/I wasn’t too interested in going there anyway. One thing I was a little bit bummed about is the "Ang Thong Marine Park", which was a huge day trip that we missed. Try to look into this - I think it would be a worth while day trip pending the weather because it was raining for us.

It was a long, bumpy and dangerous 2.5 hour boat ride from Ko Samui to Ko Tao that we had absolute TERRIBLE weather for... it was raining, cold, wet and everyone was sick on the boat ride over. ew

Koh Tao

Stayed at Koh Tao Resort but I would not recommend this one. By far one of the best views on the island (once it stopped raining) but very far away from the main Sairee Beach strip. We stayed in Koh Tao for two nights and that was long enough for us. Maybe because it was due to the fact that it was raining the entire time we were there so we didn’t get the full Ko Tao experience that we had hoped for! 

Koh Tao island is best known for it's diving as it has one of the best dive schools in the entire world. It was raining for the entire time we were on the island so we didn’t really bother with it since the water wouldn’t have been clear enough for us to experience the diving like we wanted too.

While we were in Koh Tao we met up with two of my good friends from back home, which made it all the more fun! It's always so cool to see friends you know from home in another country. The only place I really wanted to explore while in Koh Tao was a little spot called Koh Nang Yuan. Koh Nang Yuan is a famous look out point that involves hiking to the top of a steep hill to get to the top. The cool thing about this site is you are able to see a large part of the island divided by a path of sandy beach! I found this spot on Instagram when I was searching must see’s in Thailand so regardless of the rain I knew we had to check it out for ourselves. We ended up going to this site by a personal long tail boat ride and had it been nicer weather, it would have been an incredible day spent on the beach with turquoise views!

Overall Koh Tao was very much chill, laid back, hippy vibes. I found it super relaxing with lots of fun places to eat, drink and share some laughs. I even found some yoga - but when don’t I find yoga? The rain actually gave me some time to get my work done. Even though I was traveling Thailand I was still putting in lots of time working each day. One really cool cafe type spot we found was called Koppee Espresso Bar. We almost spend an entire day there when it was raining just eating endless amounts of muesli and overdosing on coffees :) The island has these bar hop adventures that they offer on Monday, Wednesday & Friday’s. We didn’t take part in the pub crawl because we were preparing our bodies for Full Moon Party the following day but it looked like it could have been a lot of fun!

It is a 1.5-hour long boat ride from Koh Tao to Koh Phangan and once again, it was yet another terrible boat ride that involved everyone being sea sick… including us!!! The rain, heavy waves and high winds made it so rocky on the boat that everyone ended up puking either into bags or off the side… YOU’VE BEEN WARNED PEOPLE!

Koh Phangan

 Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan

So last but maybe the most memorable of all, Ko Phangan. We stayed at Haadlad Prestige Resort in Koh Phangan. A very long 45 minutes away from the famous Full Moon Party/Haad Rin Beach and I would absolutely NOT recommend the resort. Regardless of price stay somewhere on Haad Rin Beach, that’s where all of the action is and the 45-minute scooter ride was very inconvenient for getting back and fourth. We booked so last minute that all the near by hotels filled up because of the Full Moon Party so we got stuck pretty far away.

The island, similar to all of the islands I visited in Thailand was beautiful. On the night we arrived went to one of the most incredible restaurants I have ever experienced in my life called Koh Raham/ Haad Son. The restaurant was situated on the bay of Thailand and overlooked the ocean. This place was literally a JUNGLE in every sense of the word. I can’t really explain it because trying to emulate the experience of this restaurant would never do it justice. You literally just have to go here and see it for yourself. Picture you were in the middle of the amazon but it had with rope swings, white twinkling lights and deep house music? Probably doesn’t make much sense to you but I will never forget the feeling I felt when leaving this place. It was the feeling of needing to experience it again, only this time, for the sunset. Oh, and the company wasn't too bad either!

 Ko Phangan was great, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting it to be. The island is huge and I think the main reason people go there is strictly for the Full Moon Party because it's filled with tourists (more so then the other islands from what I could tell). Since we weren't staying near the party itself I feel like we kind of missed out on the entire Koh Phangan experience. We planned to stay here on December 24th then attend the Full Moon Party on the 25th, but our plans were slightly changed when Scott got terribly sick (food poisoning!!!!!) and we sadly didn’t end up making it to the party that night. Safe to say it was a very interesting Christmas for the both of us aha! Looking back, all that really mattered was that we were both together and safe because that situation could have turned out lot worse then it did!

Overall Ko Phangan did not do it for me. I mean, it did because it was Thailand and it was incredible, but compared to Koh Samui and Koh Phi Phi I don’t know if I would go back. The only way I would feel like going again was if I was back there to experience the party that we had missed. It was definitely an unfortunate way to end the trip but it was a small set back in the gran scheme of how incredible this journey truly was.

From Ko Phangan we took a 1 1/2-hour boat ride to Ko Samui where we then took a flight from Koh Samui Airport back to Phuket. From there I left for Toronto & that ended my fairy tail Thailand adventure. I flew back to Toronto and Scott continued (and is still continuing) on his on journey through Asia, Australia, etc. 

 Koh Phi Phi Island

Koh Phi Phi Island

 Koh Nang Yung, Ko Tao

Koh Nang Yung, Ko Tao

 Kok Chang Elephant Trekking, Phuket (Scott's photo)

Kok Chang Elephant Trekking, Phuket (Scott's photo)

 my Five biggest learning's while traveling in Thailand

1)    Thailand is not as inexpensive as everyone says it is. I mean yes, if you want to eat meat and noodles off the street from vendors then you can definitely find a way to spend zero dollars here. In our case, we stayed at all extremely nice/clean resorts, went out for dinner every single night, we did every excursion we could find, and the list goes on. This trip for me was most definitely not cheap (or as cheap as I thought it would be). If you want to experience all that Thailand has to offer you will need some money to do so... sorry to crush your dreams!

2)    NOTHING IS CLOSE BY!!! Before starting this journey I was under this impression that getting from place to place was going to be a damn walk in the park. REALITY CHECK - it was most certainly not! Each destination took at least a half day of traveling to get too. For example; The bus and/or driver will pick you up from your hotel at least 2.5 hours before you need to catch a boat to your next destination. The boat you're taking will leave at least 30-min to 1hr late (every time..guaranteed) then the boat ride itself will take anywhere between 2-5 hours from island to island (if the weather is good). Next you have the struggle of getting off of the boat with 1000 other people/luggage and finding a way to your hotel. In some cases, the hotels are an hour or more away, then there’s the process of arriving, checking in, unpacking and you catch my drift. Just don’t underestimate how far these places are from each other. Biggest learning… Do your research beforehand so you can factor in the length of time it will take you to travel, duh!

3)   SCOOTERS BEWARE. Scooter's were all fun and games till i tried to take one up a steep, muddy hill alone then fell off and lightly scraped the side part of one. I was totally unharmed but upon returning the bike the next day we were forced to pay a ridiculous amount of money for the two scuff marks UNDERNEATH the bike. This obviously still doesn't bug me at all anymore... aha It was very annoying and the worst part is that they keep your passport when you rent the bike so that when these situations happen, you're basically screwed. Not going to lie, stealing the passport in the middle of the night and ditching the scooter crossed my mind more then just once!

4)  Thailand is the most magical place on earth and I need to get back there again soon. I would love to spend some more time exploring South East Asia. Since returning from this trip I've done some research into Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and they're now all on my "list". I really learned so much from taking this spontaneous this trip. I used to have a very poor idea of what South East Asia would be like before ever actually going there for myself. For a long time I didn’t even want to travel there because all I could think about was “I can’t eat noodles everyday…what about my yoga..” and other stupid misconceptions such as those. Thailand has so much more to offer then pretty beaches and Pad Thai (which I didn't even eat once, btw). The entire essence of the culture and way of living there are all things that I find difficult to describe. I learned a lot about myself during this short trip. A lot of things were really put into perspective for me such as how little I really need to feel happy, whole and content. Also how much I genuinely enjoy traveling, exploring, seeking new adventures and being in the presence of good company.

5) Speaking of good company... Good company is everything!!! Scott was by far the most perfect person I could have ever traveled with to Thailand, even though I didn’t know him too well beforehand. I was actually so surprised at how well we connected, literally in every sense. Our travel compatibility was "on point", to say the least. We were completely on the same page on our adventure and it made traveling together so much easier and stress free for the both of us (#goals). I really can’t say enough great things about the person he is and how much I truly admire him after getting to know him as I did, and essentially living with him for the duration of this trip. He totally helped bring out a light, playful and spontaneous side of myself that I absolutely loved and will always hold onto. I can proudly say that I learned more from my time with Scott in two weeks then I have ever learned from anyone... ever. Everything about him is so uniquely fascinating to me I kept wanting to know more and more! It's always fun getting to know someone so different then yourself. Most importantly, I really could not have done this trip in the same way without him. When I say I “left my heart in Thailand” I actually mean it.

By far the hardest part of my entire journey to Thailand was surprisingly not the twenty-five-hour flight there, but the final goodbye. Getting on that plane home had me feeling like I was walking away from the best memories of my whole life. I will forever hold this experience near and dear to my heart and I truly recommend Thailand to anyone and everyone who is blessed with the opportunity to go. I hope this post gave you some good insights into your trip to Thailand and if you have any questions about money, resorts, etc. I am more than happy to answer them for you!

Safe travels & happy journey wherever it may lead you

xoxo

 Haadlad Prestige Resort - Koh Phangan

Haadlad Prestige Resort - Koh Phangan

lunch.in.a.box

More often than not my weekly lunch trip always seems to involve leaving my office building and bee-lining it straight for Brookfield Plaza in the PATH right outside of Toronto’s Union Station. Time and time again I find myself eager to get to my new favorite lunch location,  Kupfert & Kim. Each time I’m there I try my best to get something different from the menu. Although I am always finding it more and more difficult to deviate from the menu once I’ve found a favorite dish, or in this case, box! Kupfert & Kim sparks my taste buds and my interest for the vegan, gluten-free quick service restaurant, proving the point that “fast food” doesn't have to mean “bad food”. The option to go for a quick, healthy and affordable lunch is always appealing to me!

Thanks for making my Fresh Friday’s so damn tasty!!

www.kupfertandkim.com

BROOKFIELD PLACE, PATH LEVEL,

181 BAY STREET TORONTO, ON M5J 2T3

1.416.601.1333

KIM BOX

brown rice, organic tofu, organic steamed bok choy, non-GMO edamame, pickled carrots, carrots, daikon radish, organic cucumber, organic pea shoots, braised napa cabbage, purple cabbage, organic dulse, shaved almonds, organic chia with almond chili kaffir lime sauce 

A dear friend

A dear friend of mine, Stephanie Flynn has created her own website to showcase her personal hand-crafted SFdesign creations. Made from recycled silver, wood, leather remnants, and semi-precious stones, Stephanie is an all around creative spirit. 
 

Check out her work at:

http://sfdesigns.ca

XO

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Why I'm Eating Paleo

Paleo Diet Challenge

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What is Paleo? You may be wondering? The Paleo diet (or caveman diet) is based upon the idea of eating foods that our bodies were designed for through thousands of years of evolution. The diet consists of eating foods that were available to our hunter-gather ancestors during the "Paleolithic" era.

It focuses on eating vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, poultry and nuts. And avoiding grains, dairy, legumes, starches and processed foods and sugars.

   The modern day foods that we consume have become highly processed and frequently contribute to weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and numerous other health problems. Paleo enthusiasts claim that the Paleo diet can reduce the chances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and infertility. 

The Basics:

  • Higher protein intake 
  • Lower carbohydrate intake and lower glycemic index
  • Higher fibre intake
  • Moderate to higher fat intake & polyunsaturated fats with balanced omega-3 and omega-6 fats
  • Higher potassium & lower sodium intake
  • Stabilize blood sugar levels

  I was first introduced to eating Paleo through my local CrossFit gym, Transition CrossFit. (www.transitioncrossfit.com) The Paleo Diet and crossfitters are closely connected because of improved performance based on increased muscle mass while becoming stronger, faster, and fitter as a whole through "clean" eating techniques. If you are at all curious about trying CrossFit or wish to know more about this style of work out please e-mail co-owner Adam of Transition Crossfit located in Oakville at transitioncrossfit@gmail.com ! Adam is lululemon Oakville's CrossFit ambassador extraordinaire! If you are from the GTA and wish to try a CrossFit class I would be happy to go with you whether you are a new beginner or avid CrossFit goer!  

  Between today till March 24th(3 weeks) I will be eating from the Paleo diet. My girlfriend Jill and I have decided that we want to nourish our body with the healthiest vitamins, minerals, veggies, fruits, nuts, and proteins that we can find. I mostly wish to restart my internal system before leaving for a trip and focus on whole, clean, and real food!  This diet may also be great to take into consideration for someone who has experienced problems with digesting grains or dairy products.

 If you have any questions about what I will be eating over the next three weeks, please feel free to reach out! I can post an update to let you know how it's going for me and what my meals look like.

Ky xoxo

If a caveman couldn't eat it, neither should you.

GreenHouse Juice Co.

#plantbased #coldpressed #coldpressedjuice #juicing   

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     This week I tried Greenhouse Juice Co. for the first time after what feels like forever of anxiously waiting. My girlfriend Hayley had recommended me to try this place out right when it first opened up at the beginning of January.  Thursday was actually the first time I was able to trek down to the corner of Young and McPherson Ave to see what all the fuss was about.

First impression: Out of this world. Starting from the outside- I love the simple white cozy house front as it felt very warm, welcoming, and inviting. The picnic tables outside will make this a great spot to hang for lunch and smoothie dates come spring/summer time. The branding is simplistic, done in black and white but it also screams fresh and bold. When I walked through the doors I had expected the area to be much larger than it was. I was immediately drawn to the fresh organic vegetables hanging overhead of the back wall in wooden crates. I immediately knew that this was a place I would grow quite fond of!

Experience: Waiting to take my order was the lovely Elena who welcomed us with open arms and was delighted to give us the run down on how Greenhouse Juice Co. operates. Elena also offered to sample us every juice they had on hand for that day (they were missing three because they sold out earlier in the day). I was so impressed by her knowledge on every combination of ingredients and nutritional information- I really felt as though she knew what she was talking about! She provided us with an abundance of information on the variety of different Smoothies, Waters, Boosters (shot for a quick hit of health), Cold-Pressed Juices, and Handmade Nut Milks. Elena offered me a hardcopy menu so I could star my favourites after tasting them. At the top of my list were three Cold-Pressed Juices, (East of Eden, Gold Rush, & Rabbit Run) and three Handmade Nut Milks, (Almond Milk, Green Milk, & Pink Milk) although I was not able to try the Brazil Nut Milk, I am sure I would also love that one very much.

Price: The price of the juices range between $7.50-8.50 for 250ml / $10.50-11.50 for 500ml. The Smoothies are $10.00 each for 500ml, Waters are $5.00-$8.00, and the Boosters cost between $3.00-$6.00. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but it’s worth every penny for all of the flavor and health benefits that each organic juice contains.

What even is cold-pressed juice? Cold-pressed juicing differs from regular/centrifugal juicers because cold-pressed juicing contains more vitamins, minerals, enzymes over those juices created with traditional machines. This is because when a cold-pressed juicer extracts nutrients from produce it does so in a way that is through a gentle, squeezing, and crushing action. Cold-pressed juicers do not oxidize the nutrients in fruits and vegetables because the produce is never exposed to heat. Organic cold-pressed juicing retains the maximum amount of the produces nutrients and the juice is made more pure, raw, and live!

    Overall my first experience at Green House Juice Co. was a solid 10/10. I would recommend this new hot spot to anyone and everyone. I bought five organic juices for myself during my first visit. The only downside is that the juice only stays fresh for 72 hours (3days) so drink it up quick! Bonus…. If you bring back ten finished bottles you get one fresh juice for free! Green House Juice Co. also offers a one day cleanse of 8 juices for $65. Definitely worth looking into if you are in need of some self-cleansing this winter!

 

Happy Sunday! :)

Ky

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Welcome to the all NEW Blissful Belly website!

Thank you for everyone's support over the last few months. I'd like to welcome you all to an all new The Blissful Belly website/blog, where you will find daily inspirations as well as a variety of clean-eating/raw food recipes, simplistic cooking ideas, my journey through yoga training, grocery shopping guidelines, and more!!

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Photography: Joey Calandrino (http://jcalandrino.com)