The Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Weight Loss

Effective weight loss

One of the most common questions I get from my clients is: “What can I do to lose weight? I have tried so many diets and yet I always seem to gain the weight right back!” Sounds familiar?

If your answer is “yes”, I am not surprised. Effective weight loss is one of the most popular health goals out there, yet it remains one of the hardest to achieve as well. And why is that? Well, there are many reasons, of course. But one of them is that specific fad diets don’t work. In order to lose weight effectively and in order to keep it off, you need to change your mentality when it comes to the way you feed your body and the way that you take care of it. Once, you follow my tips below, effective weight loss becomes a reality- guaranteed! 

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Easy Creamy Oatmeal Breakfast

Easy Creamy Oatmeal Breakfast

One of my favourite and easy go-to breakfast ideas is the oatmeal. There is nothing like a delicious and creamy oatmeal to keep you fuelled, energized and happy in the morning – until lunch time. I used to think oatmeal was so boring and not tasty at all. But there are many ways to create the perfect and Easy Creamy Oatmeal Breakfast. Today, I wanna share with you one of my favourite ways to create a breakfast that is quick, easy and nutritious.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Healthy Smoothie

Smoothie

As most of you have probably noticed by now, I am totally obsessed with smoothies. I could have a smoothie for breakfast, for dessert, as a healthy snack or even as a post-workout fuel. Don’t worry, not all in one day :p. All jokes aside though, smoothies truly are a powerful way to fuel your body with a ton of healthy nutrients, that is when… done right! They are quick to make, easy to grab on the go and require very little energy to digest (i.e. no food coma). They are the perfect beauty food and taste delicious! Honestly,  smoothies are a win-win situation, but again only when they contain the right ingredients! Indeed, not all smoothies are created equal… 

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How To Eat Healthy: A Holistic Nutritionist’ Tips

How To Eat Healthy

Many of my clients always complain about not knowing how to eat healthy on a regular basis because they believe it is too complicated or it takes too much time to make healthy meals. Well sure, it does take a bit more effort than simply re-heating a pre-made dinner purchased at the supermarket. However, it is SO worth it and a lot easier than you might think. I always tell them if you can learn to reconnect to the concept of real whole foods and simply eat those, you will see amazing results in how you feel and look from the inside out. And sure enough, they always do.

Learning new healthy eating habits is not always easy, however it can be very simple once you know a couple of things. So today, I want to share with you my best tips on: How To Eat Healthy. As a holistic nutritionist, these are my favourite tips to help guide you along the way. I promise you: Eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated!

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Sweet & Tangy Red Cabbage & Carrot Salad

Red Cabbage & Carrot Salad

Looking for a quick and refreshing Spring or Summer Salad? Try this Sweet & Tangy Red Cabbage and Carrot Salad! It is delicious and the perfect dish to bring to your Summer potlucks, barbecues and picnics. It sure will not disappoint, I promise you 😉

What makes this salad even more delicious in my opinion is its dressing. The tahini and ginger go so well with the sweetness of the carrots and the bitter taste of the red cabbage. It is the perfect combination. All the ingredients are clean, whole, dairy-free and gluten-free. So it is perfect for those of you who have any allergies or intolerances to dairy or gluten.

Here is what you will need to make this:

Sweet & Tangy Red Cabbage & Carrot Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 red cabbage, shredded
  • 2-3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds, and/or crushed walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp of raisins and/or dried cranberries
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 avocado (highly recommend. So tasty with this salad!)
  • Optional 2: 1 Tbsp of sesame seeds

And here are the ingredients you will need for the delicious salad dressing:

Sweet & Spicy Tahini Ginger Vinaigrette

Ingredients: (serves 1-2 persons, so adjust the ingredients for more people)

  • 4 Tbsp of extra virgin sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp of raw (unfiltered) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 heaping Tbsp of tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 Tbsp of tamari sauce (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp of raw honey
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, shredded or finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder or 1 clove of garlic, freshly crushed & chopped
  • 1 Tbsp of water (to dilute the dressing a bit. Adjust to your liking)
  • Some sea salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

Place all the salad ingredients into a big salad bowl, adding the avocado and nuts/seeds last.

Whisk all the salad dressing ingredients together until it has reached the creamy consistency that you desire. Pour the salad dressing into the salad bowl. Mix everything together and add the sliced avocado and a couple of sesame seeds on top last. That’s it. It’s ready to enjoy 😉

Bon appétit!

 

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Quinoa Spring Salad

Quinoa Spring Salad

It’s official: Spring is here and it feels oh-so-gooood!! The weather has been delightful this past week in Vancouver and though more rain is coming our way in the next few days.. it is safe to say that Spring has indeed sprung. It’s that time of the year again and we are all loving it! Birds are chirping, sun is shining, flowers are blooming, insects are crawling out and I have started to crave big salad bowls all over again :). Every year, as the season changes, I can sense my cravings change as well. Now that it’s getting warmer outside, my body has been craving more raw foods, fruits, vegetables, smoothies, frozen treats and yes, you guessed it: salads! So today, as my first Spring post, I am sharing with you all one of my all-time favorite salad recipes. This Quinoa Spring Salad is so refreshing, nourishing, delicious and super easy to make and customize to your own liking. 

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5 Healthy Alternatives to Sugar (Ditch Your Sugar Addiction)

Sugar

Sugar is such an invasive little drug and the worse part is that it is legal! We don’t even realize how addicted to sugar we really are until we try to take it out of our diet for a while…

And by sugar, I mean artificial, refined and added sugars. Indeed, certain whole foods will naturally contain some form of sugar. But when consumed properly, these are perfectly healthy for your body as it needs healthy sources of carbohydrates to properly function.

Last year, I went on a sugar-free cleanse/detox while travelling as I could tell some of the foods I was consuming contained too much sugar (often times unbeknownst to me!). It was such a great experience and because I went sugar-free for a month while backpacking throughout South East Asia, the challenge was even greater as I did not have access to my kitchen, nor my favourite ingredients. However, it was STILL doable and very eye-opening.

So, in order to help you get through your own sugar cleanse/detox or if you are looking to change your eating habits, I wanted to share with you today 5 healthy alternatives to SUGAR

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3 Easy Ways to Detox on a Daily Basis

Dry Skin Brush

Today, let’s talk about 3 easy ways to detox on a daily basis. These practices are really easy to incorporate into your daily routine and they will not break the bank (very important too!). Why is it important to include some form of detox practice into your daily routine, you ask? Well, because it not only assists your body in its own daily detoxification process, but it also enhances the removal of toxins and waste from your body. This further ensures that your immune system stays strong, that you age more gracefully and, as a bonus, you will have more energy. Awesome, right? Now, let’s take a closer look at your new favorite detox tools.

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Top 5 Apps to Improve Your Health in 2016

Top 5 Apps to Improve Your Health in 2016

So, a new year has begun…  and with that comes, for so many of us, many “new” plans: new opportunities, new ideas, new goals and, you guessed it, new resolutions!

Whether or not you are a fan of new year’s resolutions, it is always a great idea to take this time of the year to reflect on all that you have accomplished in the past year and to make an inventory of what worked for you and what did not. From that standpoint, you can then better decide whether or not you want to implement some new year’s “resolutions” or simply keep on working on older long-term projects, habits, and goals. It is with that idea in mind that I want to share with you today my top 5 apps  to improve your health in 2016. They will help you either build new health habits and stick to them or simply better manage your health routine.

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