Healthy + Camping Can Work

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Have you ever been camping and lived off hot dogs, burgers and canned food? I have in the past. It wasn’t much of a food extravaganza. And really, rough camping with blow-up mattresses that lose their air halfway through the night isn’t my thing. I like a bed to sleep in! This past weekend, a great friend and I headed east to Rice Lake to a “glamping” spot and stayed in a vintage camper. It was a gorgeous spot, with a stream right next to our grassy area, a pergola that kept us dry as it rained part of the weekend, a barbecue, propane stove and just about every kitchen item we needed. This is my kinda camping!

I thought I’d share some of our meals and snacks for some healthy inspiration for your upcoming trip or home stay. If we can do this out in nature, you certainly can too at home.

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Strength-Building and Recovery

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Strength is not only physical but emotional too. No matter what you are trying to strengthen, it takes energy. In the case of muscle strength, your muscles need fuel to build and heal after a workout.

A favourite addition to my workout is the amino acid L-Glutamine. I have a powder and add it to my water, drink a big glass before I head out for a run in the morning and then, if I’m doing a tougher workout, I have it in my water bottle that I drink throughout. It not only helps to heal, but studies show it also increases your metabolism and can aid in more fat burning. Always a good thing!

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4 Weeks to a Healthier Family – The Skinny on Fats

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For the longest time, I avoided fat. No skin on my chicken, breasts only and dry toast. If I didn’t, I felt like I had to do another lap around the block, as fat is not only is bad for for my heart, it tips the scales in the wrong direction.

After going completely cold turkey on fat for years, I’ve actually started adding it back in. Why would a nutritionist be advocating saturated fat?

My body needs it. Not heaps, but some.

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4 Weeks to a Healthier Family – Avoiding Artificial Colour and Flavour

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Have you ever noticed the variety of colour on your dinner plate? One of my top suggestions for healthy eating is to eat a rainbow of colourful foods every day. Natural colours though, from real fruits and vegetables. With the amount of artificial colouring and flavouring found in processed-but-pretending-to-be-real foods these days, unless the food is in it’s natural state, following my advice can be challenging.

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