How to Not Stuff Your Face this Thanksiving:)

Turkey and dressing and gravy…oh my! Oh, how I do love a great stuffing. Err….Thanksgiving stuffing that is;) Like most of us, I tend to overeat at Thanksgiving and then end up feeling guilty and try to make up for it by working out extra hard the next day or two. How smart would it be if instead of repeating that pattern (or making the same decisions over and over as I’ve written about previously), we create new patterns? Let’s focus on enjoying Thanksgiving dinner WITHOUT overeating and feeling guilty? I’ve devised some simple tips we can all utilize right away. Tip #1. Stay hydrated. Simple, right? One would think. A great way to not overindulge in food is to simply drink more water the day before the dinner and the day of. Often we overeat simply because we are actually thirsty. I know that sounds weird but our body can mix up the ‘thirsty’ and ‘hungry’ signals causing us to eat more when what we actually need is more water. So drink up! Water, that is. And remember, if you’re drinking alcohol, to counter the dehydrating effects you need a 2:1 ratio….2 glasses water for 1 glass of booze (not the other way around;) Tip #2. Plan a big workout the day after. This works like a charm around any big ‘eating’ event. Organize a hike or workout or a barre workout class the morning AFTER the eating event. And then, book it in with a friend as well. A friend that won’t cancel on you. Don’t pick the wishy-washy friend….maybe find your die-hard friend and organize something with them....

Green Eggs & Avocado Scramble

First, I have to tell you there’s not going to be a million pictures of me making this dish. OMG I can’t stand those recipe blogs where you have to scroll down the page for approximately 1 whole day to get to the actual recipe & directions. Just give me the goods! I don’t need a picture of an avocado. I know what they look like! Also, I’m not a pretty cook. Wait! I’m pretty, it’s just my cooking is not. (LOL;) It’s messy and I use a lot of dishes and I get stuff all over the place. Nobody  needs to see that mess. Another reason I don’t add a gazillion pictures is I get this major feeling of ‘fail’ when I see how pretty someone else has made a dish look and mine, although always yummy, does not look like that at all! I don’t want you to feel that way so you get a real picture, in real time, of what I’ve made. In my recipe blogs, you’ll get 1 picture of the dish I make and if you’re lucky, it will look pretty. Deal? K, good. But seriously, be your own creative chef…it does not have to look exactly like mine. One of my go-to every-day breakfast meals is Green Eggs & Avocado Scramble. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dish and seriously eat it almost daily when I don’t have to rush (on my rushing days it’s usually 2 hard-boiled eggs). Not only is this recipe friggin delicious, it’s super easy to make and pretty economical as well if you don’t use the avocado. This...

Nutritional Yeast…I put that shit on everything!

Are you using nutritional yeast yet in your cooking? You should! It’s delicious and nutritious and you will feel so righteous using it too;) You’ll be all like ‘Would you like some nutritional yeast with that?’ And your friends will say ‘What’s nutritional yeast?’ And then you’ll be all like, ‘You don’t know about nutritional yeast? Well, let me tell you!’ Also, if you want to be totally cool, call it ‘nooch’. So what is nutritional yeast? It’s similar to the yeast used for bread, but it won’t make dough rise because it’s inactive. Nutritional yeast is pasteurized and dehydrated saccharomyces cerevisiae — the strain also known as baker’s yeast. I use Bob Mills brand which you can find in pretty much every grocery store now but to make it super easy, you can buy it right here through Amazon.ca. (Don’t you love Amazon? Delivered right to your door!) Not only is the cheesy flavour of nutritional yeast is delicious, it’s really healthy for you too.  It has a decent source of protein and is fortified with vitamin B12. This is perfect if you are vegan/vegetarian and are trying to get enough B12 into your daily diet. So, how does one use nutritional yeast? Well, if you’re my teen-aged daughter, you liberally sprinkle it on every single thing you eat for a cheesy flavour. Or, try this amazing dressing that you will literally not be able to stop eating. This dressing is delicious on roasted veggies and all salads as well as chicken, fish, baked tofu, etc. etc. It’s from the Hollyhock Centre on Cortes Island. You can get their cookbook here. Okay…here...

4 Myths That Are Keeping You FAT!

Are you working your butt off but still fat? I hear so many people complain about doing all the right things but not losing weight. This all leads to major frustration and overwhelm and eventually the whole ‘fuck this’ attitude that then leads to eating the whole bag of chips.  Sound familiar? If so then maybe you’re buying into these four myths. Myth #1:  If I eat fat, I’ll get fat. Truth:  Incorporating healthy fats into your diet will actually help you lose fat. Eating fat from sources like avocados, olives and coconuts can actually help you increase your metabolism, keep you full longer and teach your body how to burn fat when you remove sugar from your diet.  Choose fats like nuts, seeds, fatty fish, eggs, full-fat yogurt and grass-fed beef. Remember, that non-fat foods actually have crazy high level of sugars and it’s sugar that makes you fat. Myth #2: I need to do tons of cardio to burn fat. Truth: While cardio burns calories, if you want to burn fat, choose HIIT (high-intensity interval training).  Incorporating HIIT into your workouts will make your body and metabolism function at a higher rate of burned calories for hours and hours afterward. So yes, you could be reading AND burning fat at the same time! Lifting weights will also help you increase your resting metabolism. When you have more lean muscle on your body, your metabolism increases. This basically means you could be burning fat while sitting and watching Netflix:) Myth #3: I need to significantly reduce my calorie intake. Truth: This is actually partially true. The reality is, we eat...

Greens & Beans Recipe to Keep You Lean

You know that I’m a huge fan of simple recipes. I love the ones that don’t call for ‘out there’ ingredients or ones that I have to travel forever to find. I like to keep it simple, nutritious and delicious. That should not be much to ask, right? This Greens & Beans is all that and a bag of chips. LOL! I don’t think that’s the ‘in’ way to say it’s amazing anymore. My teens now say ‘it’s extra’ when something is super cool so I guess you could say, Greens & Beans is extra. I’m so friggin hip! Ha ha. Any who, here is the recipe. It’s adaptable too. Oh, and did I mention affordable? Greens & Beans Ingredients: 1 small yellow onion, diced 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped red chilli pepper flakes, to taste 1 tbsp olive oil 1 bunch of kale, washed, stemmed & chopped 1 can white beans, rinsed & drained Directions: Heat up a pan & sauté the onion in olive oil until fragrant & soft. Add in the pepper flakes & garlic & saute another 3-5 mins. Throw in the chopped up kale and saute until soft. Then, throw in the beans , sauté until warm and voila! Greens & Beans! I seasoned mine with salt and pepper, served it with hot sauce and it was perfect. This is a very versatile recipe. You can use whatever beans you want, but the softer ones work better. Breakfast hint: The next day I made poached eggs and served them on top of Greens & Beans warmed up. Perfection! Enjoy:) Fawn PS – Attn: Women 40+...

3 Tips on Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Eating season is upon us! You know of what I speak;)  Tis the time of year when we indulge our senses in a barrage of sweet & savoury flavours. Actually, I don’t think it’s a terrible thing to do, especially if you only do it 1-2x a year. After all, food should be celebrated and the sharing of food with loved ones should also be celebrated. And we should NEVER be made to feel guilty about enjoying a shortbread cookie here or there. I can’t wait to make that first batch of shortbread with the kids! I look forward to it because it’s a tradition in our family and I have to say, I make some pretty damn good shortbread. The problem comes when we don’t balance our meals out with healthy stuff. Or we give up all together and eat all of the food. Here are 3 tips to get you through this ‘Eating Season’ without feeling guilty. 1. Health Up Traditional Meals A lot of the traditional holiday meals can be ‘healthed up’. Opt for olive oil instead of butter for the stuffing. Don’t put marshmallows in your veggie dishes (who does that anyway?). Increase the amount of veggie dishes. Make a vegan lasagna instead of the regular cheesy one. You get it right? There are so many healthy versions of our favourites out there, it’s almost silly to not try them. In our home, whipped potatoes with butter and milk is a fan favourite. But this year, I ‘healthed it up’ since there are now some vegans in my home. And I have to tell you, a...