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It’s mid-July and we’re starting to reap the benefits of all of our hard work in our backyard garden! Is there anything yummier tasting than a meal made with your own produce? Seriously! I just had a hugh jass salad for lunch with grape tomatoes freshly plucked from the vine and I swear that the salad was the best I’ve tasted in forever. From grape tomatoes to huge beefsteak tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, green peppers, sweet red peppers, eggplant, onions and even squash our veggie garden is starting to explode with awesome veggie goodness with surprisingly little effort.

Cheers to mouthwatering, juicy, healthy and colourful veggies to one and all!

P.S. I’m already up to my eyeballs in jalapeños (and man does it BURN!). Anyone need any?


 

Cool (Mostly Health Related) Stuff I Found This Week

Fitness

Are you looking for a fitness challenge to re-motivate yourself or just to actually motivate you to get off yer butt and get moving? Check out these fitness challenges – over 2,000 of them!!! You’re guaranteed to find a challenge that will get your motor running (and heading out on the highway…)

Other than being able to bust out a bazillion non-modified push ups, the pull up is like Holy Grail of fitness achievements. This is because they’re hard and achieving anything difficult is just plain awesome. Anyone can do a pull up, even you. All you need is a plan and I found one for you; here’s how to do a pull up if you can’t do one right now.

Well this one’s fun! Just because you’re going to get sweaty doesn’t mean you can’t look cute! Check out these tips for selecting workout clothes for your body shape. Remember though, as my girl Chalene Johnson says: “You can walk into my class looking cute but you better not walk out of it looking cute”!

Recipes/Nutrition

Looking for healthier versions of your favourite comfort foods? Give these health meal makeovers a try that the whole family will devour and never know what they’re missing!

Mmm! Check out this super yummy CSA salad that uses all in-season veggies! Head out to your local farmers market for this one!

I love me some Thai food and I especially love me some pad thai! Thai food, at first glance, looks like it would be terribly time consuming to make with a ton of ingredients but it really isn’t that difficult at all and most dishes are made with very fresh, non-processed ingredients. If you love Thai food and want to give it a shot, check out this recipe for easy pad thai and thank me later!

Working in front of a computer all day can be difficult. Not only can it cause lower back pain from sitting all day and eye strain from staring at a screen for hours but it can also wreak havoc on your nutrition. You either work so hard that you forget to eat and then overeat at lunch or dinner or you wind up running to the vending machine and grabbing junk food. Healthy snacks at work is key to keeping your blood sugar levels up which increases your energy levels throughout the entire day so here are 20 healthy and delicious snacks to eat at your desk! Eat up!

General Health

I harp on it constantly and I won’t stop, trust me. To get to your goal weight, you need to keep a food journal! And guess what? I’m not just talking out of my butt! Check out this most recent study out of Seattle that shows keeping a journal is key to shedding kilos. And trust me, after a while it becomes second nature!

Portion control is key to weight loss success and companies the world over know it. There’s a crazy gadget for everything and that includes portion control! Check out these portion-control recommendations from Epicurious.com. Just remember that knowledge is power! Don’t let something else control what you eat, learn the portions for yourself!

Feelin’ a wee bit low on energy? Try these 11 fast fixes for instant energy (although I think I’d caution away from drinking four cups of tea per day)!

Apparently scientists say they’re close to unlocking the secrets of immortality. Of course, they think they know what to do but they still need to figure out how to do it. Am I the only one who immediately thinks of Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park when I read about anything to do with scientists fiddling with nature when he says that “nature will find a way”? I do NOT want to see what will happen to the first batch of “human subjects”. My guess is that they’ll explode or something.

Smart Stuff

We all know that change isn’t easy but have you ever thought why that’s so? As it turns out, self-control is exhaustible! Keep this in mind the next time you want to beat yourself up for “slipping” and having more cookies than necessary when you’ve been really great all week.

How To Be Your Awesome Self

We are a nation of product junkies. Advertisers everywhere have been telling us for years that we need to use a bazillion different products on our bodies to open our pores, close our pores, scrub our pores and on and on and on. Well, guess what? You don’t actually need all that stuff! Not only do most of these products just gunk up your skin with unnecessary toxins, most don’t even work! Here are eight products you think you need – but don’t! I can at least attest to the toner and the shave cream, I haven’t used shaving cream in years and my legs are smooth, smooth, smooth!

I love this blog post by Huffington Post blogger, Amy Chan: “Courage is Having the Strength to be Vulnerable“. Of course it’s not great to dwell on the crappy things that happen in life but it’s perfectly alright to feel shitty for a while so that we can deal with the emotions before we move on. It doesn’t mean we don’t know how to handle crummy situations, in fact, it means the opposite; we don’t deny what we’re feeling and allow ourselves to feel it so we can move on with emotional stability. If you’re an emotional eater, this is definitely an article you’ll want to read!

For The Casa

This woman is a woman after my own heart! One of my favourite colours is turquoise and shades of it and this awesome woman created an entire website called House of Turquoise that showcases rooms of varying shades of my fav colour! Oh Internet, you really do have everything a girl needs!

Comments

  1. Shannon Sinclair says:

    Great post. I loved the ” 8 products you think you should have- but don’t”….It makes so much sense.

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