Have you ever heard of or tried Beachbody’s Shakeology? If you Google, “Beachbody Shakeology” you’ll find hundreds of testimonials and praise from the Beachbody community as being the gold standard of superfoods and the only shake you’ll ever drink again. After doing some of their workout videos (which are excellent by the way), I thought I’d give the vegan chocolate Shakeology a go for a month or two to see what all the hype was about.
Back in December, I started a new at-home workout program that is done in tandem with a macro-timed nutrition plan. Not only was I new to a structured workout program (hello, COVID life) but I had never tracked my macros, or calories for that matter, before. I’m now more than halfway through the 13-week program and I have seen many wonderful changes in both my performance and overall health. It’s like a completely new way of living and eating and I can’t stop telling all my friends about it.
Are you on the everything-can-be-made-with-cauliflower train? If not, I encourage you to get on! This cruciferous vegetable is a great source of fibre and vitamin C, plus it’s a low-carb alternative to grains and legumes. Some nights I’m all fired up to pull out my food processor, pour myself a glass of wine and make something adventurous for dinner. Other nights, I’m just not in the mood. Enter my favourite dinner hack – riced cauliflower. Stocking your freezer with frozen cauliflower will save you time, help you cut back on your carb intake, and allow you to add more fibre and veggies into your diet. Intrigued yet? Here’s three easy things to make with frozen riced cauliflower this week.
A few weeks ago, I drove to Virginia to attend my first hot yoga class in over a year! Wild, right? Prior to COVID-19, I would typically do yoga a handful of times during the month and there was definitely a couple of hard seasons where hot yoga was my salvation 5 times a week. After getting in 6o-minutes of stretching and sweating alongside – distant and masked – strangers, I was flooded with pure love and appreciation for the powerful, energetic union that is group fitness.
Hands up if you love yogurt but need to limit or omit because you have a food sensitivity or are lactose intolerant? *Raises hand* I love dairy but if I eat too much of it, I will become sick, e.g., sore throat and plugged ears for days. Because of this, I need to be extra choosy when it comes to what I eat and how often, dairy-wise. A few months ago I moved to the USA from Canada and I’m beyond thrilled for all the new foods and health products I can now try out. And friends, Siggi’s vegan yogurt did not disappoint! It’s everything I have ever hoped for in a plant-based yogurt alternative.
Do you workout on vacation? It may sound strange, but it’s one of the things I most look forward to when taking a trip. When I’m on vacation I generally feel energized (sayonara, work!) and have more time to gently enter the day before jumping into my morning workout. My husband and I have a few upcoming trips that I need to start packing for which inspired me to share with you my exercise mindset when vacationing and the 5 workout essentials I always pack with me when travelling.
As I write this, I’m sitting at my desk with a hot cup of Earl Grey Tea secretly wishing I had coffee instead. I adore coffee! Ever since my University days, I have relied on Joe to give me a strong kick in the ass first thing in the morning and to fuel both my productivity and creativity at work. For years I had known that my consumption was on the higher side and that I should probably cut back. But a few weeks ago, I randomly Googled, how much caffeine can I have in a day? and discovered that the answer was way more complicated than I originally thought.
Last week while shopping at Trader Joe’s, I came across Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust and thought, let’s give it a go! Frozen pizza crust is a good option for nights when you’re short on time but still want to incorporate fresh ingredients into your meal. When I brought it home, my husband wasn’t entirely impressed. But after I read out loud the 7 simple ingredients from the back of the box: Cauliflower, Cornflour, Water, Cornstarch, Potato Starch, Olive Oil, Salt – and expressed enthusiastically – that it was made in Italy, he shrugged his shoulders, walked away and said, “fine, I’ll try it.”
I used to be the type of person who only worked out at the gym or fancy and expensive workout studios. Then COVID-19 happened, and well, we were all forced to adjust our workout routine. I remember researching online for possible solutions when I saw an ad for Beachbody on Demand. Full disclosure: I had serious reservations. I didn’t think it was possible to get in a decent workout from my living room with a few dumbbells. Now almost a full year of exclusively doing at home workouts (aside from running or cycling outside), I can confidently say I won’t ever go back to the gym full-time. This new way of working out has completely changed my mindset around what I can achieve fitness-wise from the comfort of my own home.
Although at times, 2020 often resembled an ugly and smelly dumpster fire that never seemed to stop burning, I think we can all agree that there were positive things that happened, too. 2020 will forever be known as the year we were all sent to our rooms, forced to slow down and evaluate what was and what was not working for us.