Smoothie Meal: Chia Peach Green Smoothie

Smoothie Meal: Chia Peach Green Smoothie

There is no shortage of health information available on the internet, in the media, and from well-meaning family and friends. But some of that information may be doing you more harm than good.

In this post I spill the beans about some common healthy eating myths and what matters just as much or even more than “how much” you eat.

Learn why “what” you eat and “how” you eat it are super-important things to consider.  Plus try my green smoothie meal recipe. HINT: Smoothies should be considered “meals” not snacks or drinks.

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3 Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

3 Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

We all do it.  Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavour gets the best of us.  Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side. I'm talking about overeating at meals.

This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well being.  Of course our body needs food to fuel it and we often (usually) eat amazingly healthy foods.

But we may still overeat.  In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening. Seriously! If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine you've got one up on the overeating cravings

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What Is Metabolism?

What Is Metabolism?

Do “calories” really count?

Well, yes they do, BUT they're not the only thing that matters when it comes to how much you weigh and how much energy you have.  In other words it's all about your metabolism.

In a nutshell metabolism is how you take in oxygen and food and use them for energy, heat, and storage.  But what's really more important is how fast your metabolism works i.e. your “metabolic rate”.  And you may have heard of RMR and TDEE, which are ways to measure your metabolic rate.

But, what you may really want to know is what affects your metabolic rate, and how can you use that to your advantage.  Of course it's not just about how much you eat but also your hormones, body composition, and even what you eat counts!

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Chicken Dill Soup: A Taste of Ukraine

Chicken Dill Soup: A Taste of Ukraine

I love recipes that have a memory attached to them. The kind of memories that are made, not only from the taste of the food, but from the experience you had the first time you enjoyed that food. 

This recipe was made for me last year by a dear friend of mine, Irene Lopushinsky. As I walked into her house in Fort Saskatchewan, I could smell the aroma of the chicken broth and dill in the air. Immediately my mind brought me back to the little apartment I stayed at in Ukraine and the Russian family I lived with 8 years ago while I was volunteering in Kiev. I couldn't believe how quickly my thoughts brought me back to a morning so long ago, in a small quaint kitchen, eating breakfast.

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My addiction: How I overcame an addiction to sugar.

My addiction: How I overcame an addiction to sugar.

Let's get personal for a minute, shall we? Over a year ago, I decided to give up eating refined sugars. I quickly came to realize that I wasn't just giving up sugar, I was giving up a life long addiction, a love-hate relationship with sweets. Giving up sweets was my biggest hurdle, it is different for everyone, but for me, sweets were my down fall. I quickly turned to healthy natural sweeteners for alternatives (honey, maple syrup, dates, etc.) which often brought back the same addictive behavior in myself. See these yummy little chocolate balls of deliciousness up there? Yeah, I could eat all of those in one day. I would feel sick after eating them, but I would do this because something much stronger than hunger was driving my actions.  "Addictive eaters can never stay on diets for long - NOT because they are WEAK or LACK will power, but because the food they crave can be as addictive as drugs or cigarettes." - Marissa Peers

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