In my quest to lose weight there was one particular food that was a challenge for me to stay away from, and that my friends, was pasta. I was never much of a meat-eater, or a veggie-lover growing up, but I was most definitely a pasta-holic. I could eat them plain, and in large quantities and mixing pasta with cheese (Kraft Dinner anyone?) was a deadly combination for me. I was simply addicted to this starchy food, and it was a challenge to keep me away from pasta so I could shed some pounds. Then I heard about veggie pasta, a guilt-free way to enjoy a bowl of “pasta” and sauce without feeling bloated afterwards. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for the ‘Health’ Category
Weight loss is a frustrating ordeal, something I am sure most of us are aware of if you’ve tried to lose weight. Those pounds are stubborn and it feels like the scale is never going to budge. You’ve tried everything you could possibly think of but nothing is working, so you feel like giving up. But weight-loss is not just about changing your food, but I have learned from my own journey that it is just as important to change your attitude! I could go into the usual details of what you should be doing if you want to shed the extra pounds, such as exercising more, eating less junk food, eating more greens, eating smaller portion sizes and so on. However, none of those tips are helpful if you don’t change your attitude first. Read the rest of this entry »
As I’m writing this, the sun is shining and it’s mighty hot out there! With the humidity it feels like 38 C, and that’s plenty hot enough by Canadian standards. Summer is definitely here and whipping up a green smoothie is a great way to cool off, while at the same time getting ample nutrition.
Now you may ask, what exactly is in a green smoothie?
The answer: leafy green vegetables and fruits.
I know that the prospect of putting in spinach or swiss chard in a smoothie would turn off even the most adventurous food-lovers, but think of it as a super healthy version of a V8 drink. Trust me when I say, you are not sacrificing taste in a green smoothie at all!
If you’re like me, you tend to let yourself go during the winter season. It’s usually the time when we bring out the chips, cookies and other santa-shaped goodies, despite trying hard all year to lose those extra pounds. Face it, when it’s cold out there, you just want to stay indoors and eat comfort food by the fire.
Well today I discovered a surprisingly healthy alternative to one of the usual comfort craving foods I mentioned. And yes, it includes a leafy green. Who woulda thunk it?
In the last few months I have been purging unnatural, inorganic, and inhumane products from my everyday life. Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, you name it I threw out the old harmful chemical-filled products and replaced it with organic and natural products I’ve found in local health stores.
However, conventional stores aren’t the only place you can find bath and beauty products that are both natural and organic (and ultimately humane).
A few months ago, an acquaintance pointed me to Madelyne Hogg, owner of Yggdrasil’s Child, a local natural handmade soap maker, and I have had the honour to try out some of her wonderful products. Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to the juice aisle at grocery stores, I’m not very pleased with selections we have today, considering that most of them contain artificial sweeteners, artificial flavours, colouring, and who knows what else.
The juice selections we have today have more junk in them than the real thing. It makes me sort of mad to think about it. Is it really so much to ask for real fruit juice or ice tea anymore? Read the rest of this entry »
As tempting as it is to blindly eat something, and assume it’s entirely vegetarian, it’s actually the worst thing you could do.
When I became entirely vegetarian, I learned, mostly by accident and always after I eat something, that what I just ate wasn’t entirely vegetarian. There are some things in our food’s ingredient list that won’t blatantly say “made with animal parts”, because they are put under completely different names. Read the rest of this entry »
It is finally summer which means most of us will be vacationing and traveling during the next few months.
Recently I came back from a trip to Los Angeles, California, and on that trip I learned firsthand that traveling is not vegetarian-friendly.
I have to be honest, the limitations in my diet never even occurred to me as I was preparing for my trip. And boy was I surprised! (In my defence, it was my first time traveling as full-out vegetarian.) Read the rest of this entry »