Monday, April 29, 2013

My New Baby!

Hey loveys!

Well - today is Monday, my favourite day of the week! I didn't get a chance to post yesterday because it was an insane day... let me tell you :). You all know what I ended up doing on Saturday during the day, so I'll start on Saturday night when we went out on our double date. It was so much fun!! We met at our local watering hole, Williams Landing, and just chit chated and had some drinks! We stayed out and talked until almost 2am! Then we went to Hero Burger to get some post-drinks food, where I decided I wanted a salmon burger on a gluten-free bun with brie cheese and my usual toppings. Omg it was so good. I think I forgot how much I love burgers. Le sigh.... Here are a couple of photos snapped that night!



Sunday was a fairly insane day. I had plans to meet my friend Katie for coffee however we had a lot to do before that happened. C and I found out that today we were having a couple guys come in to help us redo our kitchen and bathroom, so we had to go out to get the last of the supplies that we needed. We went to Home Depot and they were 1 tile short, so we had to trek over to a Lowes that was down the street... they didn't end up having the tile, so hopefully they don't mess up. Lol. C has known for a while that I've been in the market for a juicer, so he's always keeping his eye out for me. We looked in both Home Depot and Lowes, and neither had a juicer.. so we walked over to Canadian Tire, and they didn't have a good one either. There was a Bed, Bath & Beyond in the area so we dropped in there to check out and see if there was any juicers. Guess what???

My new baby!
THEY HAD A JUICER!!! And we bought it :). It's the Breville Juice Fountain Elite... I'm so excited to finally have a juicer, however it's huge and it sounds like a rocket ship because of the motor, so I only use it on low, I get a bit nervous when it's on high. We also bought The Juicing Bible when we were there so I had lots of juice recipes to try! I bet you're wondering what juices I've made so far? Well, only two, but they're both SO good.

Liquid Salsa


This one is a recipe out of The Juicing Bible and has 2 whole tomatoes, 1/4 of an onion, 1 jalapeno pepper, 6 sprigs of cilantro and half a lime. It literally tastes like salsa. I took it for breakfast but couldn't finish it all. It was good for a little while but sipping on salsa got a bit much lol.


My Own Fruity Juice


This one consists of some stuff in the frige that we wanted to get rid of lol. So in this there is about 1 cup of green grapes, 1 orange, like 6 full strawberries and 2 large chunks of pineapple. It tastes so good!! Haha, I'm going to love this juicing thing. I can't wait to make my first green juice! It's neat to see how the juice separates, it makes me feel good because you know it's fresh, there's no added anything or chemicals or whatever, it's literally just fruits and vegetables! 

I recently wrote a guest blog post for The Healthy Maven about the benefits of juicing so I'm going to summarize it and share some of the benefits with you!

1. Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from vegetables/fruits. Because most of us have less than optimum digestion due to some unhealthy food choices, juicing helps the vegetables and fruits pretty much "pre-digest" themselves so that when it gets into your body, it's absorbed rather than flushing it away with bodily wastes.

2. Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables and fruit in an efficient manner. It's a lot easier to drink the juice of 5 apples rather than eat 5 apples. 1 cup of vegetable juice contains about 10g of carbohydrate so if you love your carbs, making some fresh veggie juice is a quick and easy way to get some extra carbs!

3. You can add a wider variety of vegetables and fruits in your diet. This week a friend of mine showed me a picture of beet, apple and ginger root juice that she made. Would you ever think of eating beets, apples and ginger together? You may never eat ginger at all, so juicing allows us to open up the doors to all types of fruits and veggies we wouldn't normally eat and in turn, absorb the nutrients that those foods provide us.

So there you have it! Awesome right? I can't wait to do more juicey experimenting! I will admit that the thing is kind of an annoying pain to clean, but it's pretty much work it. In my next post I'll be showing you all some before and after photos of our kitchen and bathroom! I can't wait to show you, it looks so good!

Q: How was your Monday?
Q: Do you have a juicer?
Q: What's your favourite type of juice to make, if you do have a juicer?

PS - A dear family friend passed away this weekend when he lost his battle with cancer. R.I.P. Gerry - You were one of the nicest people I've ever known, I'm sad to hear of your passing, but glad to know you're in a much better place.... Also, if you see your kitten that I accidentally ran over on your 4-wheeler, tell the poor guy I'm sorry and I cried for 3 days because I felt so bad! Rest in peace, until we meet again! xo

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I Went Shopping.....

Hey loveys,

I don't know why I love shopping so much. But I do... it's my burden, hugely my burden because I'm always updating my wardrobe, always adding to my notorious shoe collection or falling in love with another hand bag. I wish I could take pictures of everything I own, but that would take A LONG time and you'd be sitting here scrolling through pictures for hours. Instead now, whenever I go shopping I do a post called "I Went Shopping...".

This isn't something to be proud of, but sometimes it is something to be proud of. I was proud of my Louboutin purchase because I saved for ever for those shoes and totally deserved it. Today I spent money and probably didn't need to... that's where the "isn't something to be proud of" part comes into play. However, C's and mine anniversary is coming up on May 19th and I knew he wanted another bottle of cologne for the happy day (it's our third if you didn't know!). This year I put a spending cap on this gift exchange because in years past, shit has gotten out of control lol. I believe last year for our anniversary I got an iPad with a Michael Kors iPad case, and I took him on a weekend trip to Niagara Falls and paid for our huge steak dinner at The Keg overlooking the falls. I know... it sounds like gifts you'd give your significant other after being married for 10 years, ridiculous. So this year in effort to maintain my frugality (is that a word?) I put a cap on the amount of money we could spend.

So when we were on our way home from the mall (I'll tell you about that trip momentarily) I needed to stop and get some insulin from Shoppers Drugmart, so while I was waiting for them to prepare my prescription, I took a little walk into the "beauty" part of Shoppers to check out their stash of cologne. A very nice woman was helping me, but I was getting really overwhelmed with the choices and the smells and the little spray cards they give you. I had no idea what was what and couldn't remember what I had smelled and what I hadn't. Then as she was writing the names of a couple of my favourite cologne's, she drops a massive bomb on me. No, not in the literal sense, but she did say:
Sooo, today only you get 20x the points on your Optimum Card, so you'd get about $20 back in purchases at another time if you do decide to buy today....
Ummm, thank you sales lady, eff. Now, I'm not stupid and I realize that I have to buy some sort of cologne either now or in a month when I perhaps won't get these said points, so I call CB up.

Me: Laughing (because hes just outside in the car)... Hey... can you come in?

CB: Uhh why?

Me: I need you to borrow your sniffer...

CB: I'm not exactly sure what that means..

Me: It's fiiiiine, just come in for a sec, it will be REALLY fast, I promise!

So he comes on in and I explain the situation at hand. He can pick out his own damn cologne because I am sure as hell not spending money on a sub-par smell and have him only kind of like it despite him saying how much he loves it. So we go through the store and he smells all the colognes, and he finally finds one he enjoys. So we bought that, and I got a ridiculous amount of points, I think I get like $60 back next time I go buy stuff there (this includes all my points previous to this purchase as well). So laa dee da, that paired with a magazine subscription to GQ Magazine which he already knows about, he's crossed off my list for gift exchanges for a while. I'm the most wicked girlfriend EVER.

Ok so previous to this we did mall shopping. I was doing SO WELL. I bought some of that smelly flower stuff from Pottery Barn and that was all I really needed. Then CB goes "You haven't been in Michael Kors in a while...". This is because every bag design I've seen recently looks el-cheapo or looks like a beach bag. I have the classic Hamilton Bag in Camel...


And a wallet....

And another clutch that I can't remember the name of... so I decided to take a peak inside. What is the first thing I see? This dress (it doesn't do justice on this woman) and I love it. So I tried it on in the last medium they had...


... and then I bought it. It's so pretty and will be a nice dress to wear to work in the summer! :) So happy with it!! I then also purchased an accessory organizer, which isn't from Michael Kors, but Home Outfitters!


It's in the shape of a little black dress. Cute huh? I clearly have more necklaces than anything else... I need to start purchasing more cute earrings. Anyways, I'm back on track now of you know... not shopping. I didn't stop for a LONG time and I've recently had a little but of a splurge mentality, so I have to get back to my frugal ways!! Wish me luck. NO more shopping!!

Ok so.... and this is really cool... before we went to the mall I got an email and it said:

"Hey Sarah, Just wanted to let you know you're in the National Post today!"

I'm part of a weekly foodie challenge with Gastropost which is a little division of the National Post for Toronto foodies to showcase their pictures of food, and last week the challenge was Snacks, so I posted my photo of my 4-ingredient banana bars and laa dee daa!


My little guy made it in there!! To see all of the page I'm on, you can click here and it will take you to a page that you can actually read :) And here is page 2. Neat huh? Now I have to figure out how to get a cartoon photo of myself in there! Haha, it's so cool! I love love love it!

Alright folks, I'm off to study gut health...


Have yourselves a great Saturday night, and I'll touch base tomorrow! Ciao!

Q: Do you shop at Michael Kors often? What's your favourite purchase from there?
Q: What's your favourite store to shop in?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ginger... & Not A Red Head...

Hey Loveys!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

Omg omg omg omg omg. It's my favourite time of the week! I love Friday nights. I'm planning on staying in and not doing anything tonight - and it feels GLORIOUS. We don't have much planned for this weekend other than cleaning out insanely disgusting oven, perhaps attempting to make homemade lip balm, pick up a new stool for our kitchen, and go on a double date tomorrow night that has been long in the making! The couple we're going out with are so darn cute. I met them one night when I went out with a couple of friends and we keep running into them when we go out with those friends (makes sense...) so we're FINALLY meeting up just us 4 and having some drinks and getting to know each other better... SO EXCITED! :)

Me and Tascha, the other female on the double date :)

I got the idea of making my own lip balm after I made my own body scrub. I think the idea of using food for beauty is interesting and I kind of want to run with it... My scrub is so much fun. I love it, but it's messy. C pointed out that I got it all over the tile in the shower, and he cleaned it off when showering after me haha. Whoops. It is really runny and I have to mix it up with my hands every time I want to use it. I'd like to find a way to make it more thick and just kind of have it stay all mixed. I also find that it smells A LOT like an all natural product. I think it has to do with the Vitamin E, but I could be wrong, and just all the smells mixed together smell... well, not as "grapefruit+vanilla" as I would have liked. So I definitely want to think of some ways to improve on that. Meanwhile, I decided I want to attempt something more, and that's where my own lip balm came to be.

I've never been huge on lip stuff. It's only been within the last year that I've conjured up the courage to wear bright red lips but I'm not the type who ALWAYS needs to have lip gloss on my lips (once, my friend Rochelle made us cab home from a bar we JUST got to because she forgot her lip balm... So we went two the bar, home from the bar, back to the bar and home at the end of the night. Omg. I'm not even joking), however I do wear a thick coat of vaseline on my lips when I go to bed and let them soak and be moisturized overnight. Haha, weird right? I got the idea from when Ashley was The Bachelorette and she did that and got made fun of. So I'm going to use petroleum jelly as my base and go from there. I need to pick up some beeswax for sure...

Random side note - I totally just went to steal some of CB's Swedish Berries out of the cupboard and he already got to them. Damn. Sugar craving at it's finest.

This week was pretty crappy in terms of workouts. I think I only hit the gym twice... wait... three times... no, that's a lie, it was twice. The one time was with Christi and the other time was yesterday when I killed my biceps. They're sore today. I honestly don't remember what I did because I did my classic "Sarah Workout" of bouncing from machine to machine to dumbbells to cable pulls and just worked my upper body until everything was tired. C can be my witness that I was pooped after because he was working in my club and said "why are your muscles twitching?" to which I responded "Not twitching, I just have no control over them and they're excited!". Lol. Hey... if Marilyn Monroe didn't count reps or sets, why should I?

This is how I always workout.. maybe that's why people are always giving me weird looks...

This week I started using ginger in my green smoothies. I've never been a HUGE fan of ginger, but I don't mind it, and the health benefits make the taste more bearable. I got asked for a recipe for one of my green smoothies this week.... to which I responded that the recipe was "anything in Sarah's fridge!".. but I think I can remember what I added:

- half a mango
- pineapple chunks
- some ginger
- spinach
- mini cucumber
- green powder
- chia/flax seed powder
- vanilla flax milk

I think that's it... I try to use up my produce before it goes bad, because I have this OCD obsession with not throwing out food... so most days I just grab whatever and throw it into the blender. It seems to have worked for me so far! Because I started using ginger this week, I want to share the benefits of ginger! It's not just for pickling and putting on sushi! :)

Food For Thought - Ginger... & Not A Red Head.

A lot of people only really know how to use ginger in cooking because of it's really intense flavour. I think that ginger should be used in cooking solely so that we can consume it and reap the good ol' health benefits of it. Let me tell you whyyy:

* Cancer - ginger has been shown to really help against the fight of some of the toughest types of cancer, including lung, ovarian, colon, breast, skin, prostate and pancreatic.
* Diabetes Prevention - ginger helps control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood fats which helps in the prevention of diabetes.
* Antibiotic - ginger is a natural antibiotic and one study showed that ginger was more powerful in fighting a yeast infection than a medicinal antibiotic (Boo Ya!!)
* Antifungal - ginger is also an antifungal and has been found to fight even drug resistant fungi!
* Ulcers - ginger has shown to prevent the occurrence of stomach ulcers due to the H. Pylori which is a derivative of ginger.
* Inflammation - inflammation is the leading cause of disease in humans, so anything we can do to reduce the inflammation in our bodies is positive. Neurodegenerative diseases may be aided by gingers ability to inhibit nitrous oxide production which makes it a helpful fighter in arthritis, cancer prevention, prostate disease, and general inflammatory diseases.

The list could go on and on and on.... and if you click on "The list" you can check out more for yourself, but I think I've made it fairly clear why you should be putting ginger in your diet :).

Q: Do you currently cook with ginger or put ginger in your smoothies?
Q: How did your gym time go this week? Hopefully better than mine!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Carrot Cake Smoothie? You Can Thank Davida!


Hey Loveys!

Today I'm having one of my new found Blends (yes, we've shortened Blog Friends to Blends... it's a geek thing, you may or may not understand) is going to post one of her MOUTH WATERING recipes on here, and I'm so excited! I first met her when she asked me to design her amaze-balls bloggy and we've kept in touch ever since! So without further adieu, here she is!

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Hello to all My (Mostly) Healthy Life readers! I'm Davida from The Healthy Maven and I'm  thrilled Sarah is hosting me today. Sarah has been such a help in setting up my blog and giving me blogging advice so I am more than happy to share my knowledge (or recipe) today.

Like My (Mostly) Healthy Life, The Healthy Maven is a blog where I share my food and fitness adventures. I'm far from perfect and definitely do not always make the healthiest or smartest decisions but I do my best! Focusing on how great I feel after eating a nutritious meal or completing a killer workout helps to keep me in line. My passion is coming up with new and creative recipes while also putting healthy twists on classic ones.

That's exactly what I had in mind when I came up with this recipe for a superbly decadent and guilt-free smoothie! Now you die-hard MMHL fans (yes I shortened her blog name...) know how much Sarah loves her green smoothies. So today I decided to switch it up and go with some orangey goodness. What better way to get in your colours of the rainbow than with some carrots? Carrots actually have a multitude of benefits, and I'm not just talking about improving your eyesight (which they do). Here are some of the other reasons you should be eating carrots:


- Carrots may help lower your risk of breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer. Carrots contain a compound called falcarinol which in rat studies has been shown to reduce the risk of developing these cancers by 1/3. Carrots are actually the only food in the human diet that contains this compound.

- A diet high in carotenoids (orangey-yellow vegetables that are a good source of vitamin A) is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. The soluble fiber in carrots can actually help decrease your blood cholesterol levels!

- Carrots are great for your skin. They have strong cleansing properties which help detox the liver and thus are effective at treating acne and breakouts by eliminating toxins from the blood.

- Carrots are life's natural toothbrush! They act as natural abrasives which help in eliminating dirt and plaque from the teeth and gums.

So clearly carrots are powerhouse veggies that should be consumed on the regular. But if you're like me plain old carrots just don't do the trick. Carrots and hummus? Yes please. Carrots and peanut butter? Don't knock it tell you try it! But today we're eating our carrots in a smoothie, and not just any smoothie, a Carrot Cake Smoothie! Yes you read that right, you can actually fulfill your daily carrot quota while also indulging your carrot cake fix. 

Davida takes her own photos - aren't they AMAZING?
All of the ingredients in this recipe are healthy and filled with nutrients but can also be adjusted based on your diet. Gluten-free, Vegan, Paleo, FODMAPs, you name it and you will most likely be able to enjoy this recipe. Now let's get to it...

Ingredients

-1 cup carrots chopped
-1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (i used vanilla, coconut milk would be great too)
-1 medium frozen banana, very ripe
-1 tsp chia seeds
-1/4 cup of gluten-free rolled oats (or if not eating oats use 1 tablespoon of coconut flour or 1/4 cup cooked quinoa)
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/8 tsp (or a pinch) of ground ginger, cloves and nutmeg
-2 ice cubs
-scoop of protein powder of choice (optional)

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend away! If your blender is not the greatest I suggest blending the carrots first with a bit of water before adding all other ingredients.

2. Sprinkle with toppings of choice: I used 1 tsp of unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 tsp of raisins and 4 chopped walnuts.

That's all I have for you today but if you're looking for more delicious and nutritious recipes feel free to head on over to my blog at www.thehealthymaven.com. Thanks again to Sarah for hosting me! Enjoy :)

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Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is. Omg. I must make this. Immediately. I did a post on the benefits of juicing over on her blog as well, so make sure to leave some comments for her!

Q: Do you tend to stick to one kind of smoothie? Green like me? Or do you switch it up and really "eat the rainbow"?
Q: Are you going to make this smoothie? If you do, PLEASE share with me how you like it!!! 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I Think I Have An Under-Active Stomach

Hey Loveys,

Happy Tuesday!

I hope your week is going well! I feel like I haven't had time to even think all week, so it's nice to sit down and write a blog post! Believe it or not, I think writing is a great way to calm my nerves after craziness that is my life. I like thinking back on what I've done during the week, so I can actually appreciate my life and the small things instead of just letting it pass by! :)

I got this week off to a great start in terms of workouts. Yesterday, I got an invitation to hit the weight room with a brand new colleague of mine, Christi. She's taking the place of Jenny who used to join me in the weight room and I'm really excited about it! She's so super nice, and so great to chat with. She's really into fitness like myself, so it's nice working out with a like-minded individual. We decided to train back yesterday since 1. I LOVE training back, 2. My lats really need strengthening if I ever want to accomplish a pull-up, 3. My legs were sore from my 10km race on Sunday so I wanted to do something upper body. Luckily she agreed and was cool with it!

She's very knowledgeable in the weight room so I let her take the lead. She knows how to make more of a "plan" on the spot as opposed to myself who seems to just hop from machine to machine with no real structure. We decided to do super sets since there was two of us and we could just swap machines in between sets. Love this girl already, super sets? Yes please!

We started with a warm-up set, something I'm not familiar with, but learned that it was a good thing. It definitely got me warm without making me exhausted, I liked it. We paired lat-pulldowns with 1-arm dumbbell rows. 1 warm-up set, 2 challenging sets and on our 4th and last set we upped the weight and assisted each other in finishing the sets and basically pushed us to failure. We then finished with 2 sets of pull-overs with a 6kg medicine ball. Those were killer. They were kind of like plyometrics because while 1 of us was doing the pull-overs the other had their hand in the way of the ball so the person doing the pull-over could hit the other person in the hand with the ball as hard as they can.

*Fitness Brag!* I upped my 1-arm dumbbell row weight to 35lbs dumbbells! :D! So happy! I had been using 30lbs and thought it was enough, until the lovely Christi noticed I should be using more and, for lack of a better term, forced me to up my weight. Haha, I felt so tough and so proud.

Anyways.. we did the same set-up of exercises with assisted pull-ups and leg lifts on the ab bench. I feel like we did something else as well but I can't remember what it is... weird. Either way, I was pooped by the end of the workout, but surprisingly I'm not too sore today. My lats are a but tender when I touch them, but I'm not super stiff or anything -  bonus! I'm excited to have more workouts with Christi - I will let you know how they go in the future!

This weekend I mentioned I did some studying, and basically during my current course I'm learning how to do proper case studies and how to use the tools provided to assess clients. One of the assessment forms is called the Lifestyle Assessment Form and it goes through a ton of questions that you have your client answer, and different symptoms that they can rate on a scale of 1 (rarely) to 3 (very frequently) so a professional is able to get a bigger picture of how you're feeling everyday and how to make dietary changes to help improve said symptoms. I was tackling the questionnaire on myself and found some interesting findings.

Basically my questions lead me to learn that my biggest issues are stemming form my Digestive System. Knowing that, I was able to go into deeper specific symptoms of the digestive system and I've come to think that I might possibly have an under-active stomach.

What the hell is an under-active stomach? Well I'm going to show you the symptoms and how I rated myself on them (warning, some of this might be TMI... lol):

- Excessive gas, belching or burping after meals... I rated myself a 2
- Stomach bloating after eating... I rated myself a 2
- Sleepy after eating... I rated myself a 3
- Longitudinal striations on fingernails... I rated myself a 1
- Eat when rushed/in a hurry... I rated myself a 2
- Halitosis... I rated myself a 0 because I've never had this (it's a super excessive amount of yeast)
- Full feeling after heavy meat meal... I rated myself a 2
- Heavy, tired feeling after eating... I rated myself a 3
- Nausea after taking supplements... I rated myself a 1
- Acne... I rated myself a 3
- Undigested food in the stool... I rated myself a 1

This is me, often.
Interesting right? Those were my highest rated group of symptoms in the whole digestive system questionnaire. So what is an under-active stomach? Basically it means your stomach doesn't produce enough enzymes for the proper digestion of food. Pepsin, which is the enzyme responsible for the digestion of protein is only activated in the presence of hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach. So people who have low HCl levels will have trouble digesting foods, thus having an under-active stomach. One of the side effects of an under-active stomach is that it affects the proper functioning of the colon. That stood out to me because I also learned in my course recently that when you normally break out around your chin, it could mean there is something funky going on in the colon.

Basically everything in the body is linked in some sort to your digestive system, so as of today I'm taking digestive enzymes with my meals and I'm hoping that helps give me more energy, and just make me feel better overall. I think this weekend I'm going to pick up some HCl to use to test my digestive system. I think probably I should really tighten up my gluten intake as well...

PS - if you're a fruit eater at meal time, I recommend switching it up and eating your fruit as a snack by itself, and this is why... Sugar is digested in the intestine and passes through the stomach quickly. Protein and fats remain in the stomach for several hours (hence why you eat protein and fat to feel fuller longer at meal time). When sugars, which normally pass through the stomach within minutes, are mixed in the stomach with protein and fats, fermentation occurs causing gas and bloating. Betcha didn't know that did you? :)


I bought this when we went grocery shopping on Sunday, and chia/flax is really good for digestion as well so I'm using this in my morning shakes so fingers crossed this helps too!

You know what... I think I just need a vacation. Le sigh... :)


I mostly want to go to Paris. A girl can dream...

oh PS!! Bloggy hit 100,000 views last night :). So excited about it!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekend Recap & The #TYS10K Race!

Hey Loveys,

Happy Sunday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I suuuuure did! I actually ran my first real race of the year today, but I'll get to that eventually... let me start at Friday night :).

Friday night was my friend Marina's birthday. I had a vacation day all day Friday so I had a nap, but it wasn't as long as I had wanted because I fell asleep with the tv on and it inevitably woke me up. We had friends come over and friends come down from London to come out with us... for whatever reason though I just wasn't in like a SUPER party mode, so I only had 1 drink before going out and drank some more at the club we went to, Tryst. We had our own private room for the party with tons of booths which was nice. I could sit when I wanted and I knew a ton of people so there was always someone to chat with. I don't think I'd go back to that club if it wasn't another private party though, outside of our party room was a bit sketchy, I probably wouldn't feel safe lol. There were lots of fun props everywhere too, check out the pictures!

Me and CB :)
Me and my friend Jenny!
Me and the Jenny I used to work with!! I got to see her again! :)

I tried to sport a pair of glasses the whole time but ended up taking them off! Haha. It was a fun night overall. I'm glad I got to see a lot of people that I don't normally and catch up briefly. Afterwards we went and got Subway, my favourite "post-bar" food! Mmmm, it was so good.

Yesterday morning I actually ended up sleeping until almost noon. It's so weird that I slept that long but I also remember being so tired on Friday night so I must have needed sleep. I wanted to be productive and I felt totally fine because I didn't drink a ton, so I put on my parka (aka my Canada Goose coat... why was it cold enough to wear that coat? I have no idea. Nature is effed lately.) and headed out into the windy city of Toronto to walk downtown to pick up mine and Michelle's race kits for today. I made it just barely without blowing away, and on the way home I wanted to stop and get a salad at Freshii... but the Freshii close to me was closed (Wah waaah) so I opted for Fresh (seriously, they're two different places) instead. Fresh is a vegan restaurant that has TONS of stuff, so I picked the Buddha Bowl and a cup of their Detox Green Juice.


It was so good! Except I couldn't eat all of the Buddha Bowl, it was A LOT of food and it was spicy, I loved it though. I spent the rest of the day studying and meeting with a contractor who's coming to tile our condo, and then last night C and I went to The Keg downtown for dinner! I love date nights like that. I totally overate, had a food baby, came home and crashed. I had the Sirloin Oscar for dinner (a smaller steak with shrimp and scallops on top with a creamy sauce, with garlic mashed and asparagus) and for an appetizer I had mushrooms stuffed with crab and cottage cheese or something. I also ate probably the equivalent of a loaf of bread throughout the night... so there's that....

So then this morning I woke up and got ready to run the much anticipated Toronto Yonge St. 10km race!


I met up with Michelle and Carly at Starbucks before the race started so we could keep warm, and then of course I had to pee so I waited in the freezing cold shade for like 20 minutes to use a lovely port-o-potty... then we headed to our Corral's starting line. We were in the blue corral, and it was starting right when we got there - perfect timing! We snapped a quick photo before we started running...


... aw :). Michelle wanted me to keep pace with her for a while (she's a much faster runner than myself...) but I didn't. I went into this race under prepared for sure. I didn't do much training, so I knew I wasn't going to PB if I tried... so I decided that I wanted to run this race at my own, leisurely pace. My plan was to have a small walk break after every second kilometer mark, so I did just that. To be honest with you, I thought after the first 2 km I was going to do reeeeally well! I felt great, no pain, wasn't hard at all! But then by the 8km mark it got much tougher and I had to take an extra walk break because my hip flexors were getting stiff.

Needless to say, I finished in 1:04:37. It was definitely not my best time, but I felt GREAT when I finished and I'm not sore or anything!! I'm really glad I decided to run it just for fun (I didn't wear a watch, or my GPS, or even look at my phone at all really) and at my own pace and on my own terms. It's kind of liberating! I think that road races shouldn't always be about trying to get a PB, although it's really nice when you do. Sometimes it's fun just hitting the pavement and being around others who feel the same! :).

Me after the race, still being able to walk with no limping - awesome! :)
Carlton snapped a photo of us at the race, after everyone had finished:


YAYE US! :)

After the race we did the usual Sunday errands. Picked up grout at Home Depot for our kitchen renovation, bought 1 stool at Urban Barn (I know... why one? I tried to get two but someone else thought we only needed 1. Random), bought napkins and straws and candles at Ikea (lol.. don't ask) and got groceries at Loblaws. I then proceeded to make the Grapefruit Brown Sugar Scrub that I posted on my blog last week! Check it out:

I also got this jar at Ikea... 
I can't wait to try it out in the shower later tonight!! I hope it makes me all smooth and good. It's full of brown sugar and Epsom's Salts, so it should be a good exfoliant! I will let you know how I like it! It smells so delicious and so natural. This jar contains two batches of the recipe I posted. I had originally made 1, but it looked empty and pathetic so I made another. However the second batch excluded the Vitamin E oil. I couldn't find JUST vitamin E oil so I bought the capsules that contain the oil. I literally had to pop each little pill with a knife and squeeze out the oil. The first batch took me like 10 minutes, so I wasn't doing that again. Meh.

Q: There were a ton of races this weekend, did you participate in any?
Q: Was your weekend fun? Tell me about it :)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Food For Thought... Spinach!

Hey loveys,

Happy Friday! I'm having myself a little "vacation" today... It's been nice! I'm actually quickly writing a post until my laundry is done and then I plan on having myself a little nap. :)

Tonight is my friend Marina's birthday! We're going out to a club in Toronto called Tryst. She knows A LOT of people so it's going to be a huge party, we have a whole room in the club full of booths... I've never been there so I can't really picture what it will look like, but I'm excited! I will take photos for sure. Before we head out though, myself and my friend Katie are going to go for sushi at this little place just across the street from my building which I haven't ever actually ate at before. I've gotten sushi to go, but I've never sat and ate there. I'm also going to take photos, so stay tuned (Davida, I will let you know if it's review worthy and you can hit it up!).

How has your week been??

My brain feels scattered right now, probably because I'm sleepy and I can just feel how awesome this nap is going to be, so bare with me. I went out this morning to get my nails done and when I got back I made myself the most beautiful salad for lunch! Check this out:


Isn't is so gorgeous? I happen to think that fresh fruits and vegetables are so beautiful, and that's why we're meant to eat them all up! :) Who wouldn't want to eat something so pretty? I started my morning off with another green smoothie. I am loving having these for breakfast... it gets my day off to such a great start. I get a ton of vitamins and minerals in a simple green smoothie that tastes like heaven!


I've been feeling really light and great lately and I think it's because I've been eating so much more fruits and veggies.... I've been focusing on eating more of a plant based diet with only a small amount of animal proteins at lunch and dinner. It's been hard, I mean I get hungry fairly quickly but then I just have another clean snack (ie. my banana bars!) or some fresh veggies or fruits and it's extremely guilt free! My digestion has been great (tmi?) and my skin is clear which is huge for my acne prone skin. Looooove it!!!

This week was ok workout wise. I definitely took some days off and probably shouldn't have considering I have the Toronto Yonge St 10km race this Sunday, but I knew going into this that I wasn't going to try and make it a PB. I haven't worked out today but I did do about 50 minutes of cardio yesterday. I don't normally spend my minutes in the gym doing cardio but I really didn't feel like working out and figure doing stairs would be better than doing nothing, so I took up shop on the stepper, put my iPod on shuffle and finally watched a video that I was tagged in on Facebook this week. It brought tears to my eyes and I struggled to keep them back.


Are you guilty of this? I am.. I'm always really critical of myself and this video definitely opened my eyes! What was your first thought when this video was over? I don't have much to say about this topic that you haven't heard already... I think it's important that we take a step back and really try and focus on the positive and stop focusing on the negative. It made me cry... I just wanted to share that with you :).

Because I'm so obsessed with green smoothies, I want to do a "Food For Thought" on the green moster, Spinach!!

Food For Thought - Spinach!!

I absolutely love spinach... spinach in my salads... cooked spinach... spinach in my smoothie.... spinach, spinach, SPINACH! But can these crazy green leaves really be THAT good for you? 1000000%. Let me tell you why:
Aw, it looks like a heart :)
- Spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available to us. Low in calories and extremely high in nutrients, 1 cup of the leafy greens contain more than your DRI of Vitamin A&K, almost all of the manganese and folate your body needs, calcium, fibre and protein! AND 1 cup only has 40 calories. BOOM!
- Spinach is full of antioxidants which help to fight cancer! A New England study showed that women who ate spinach had less incidence of breast cancer. Spinach extracts have also been shown to reduce skin cancer in lab animals (I hate animal testing FYI, I'm just relaying the facts) and shows promise for stomach cancer as well.
- The antioxidant properties of spinach work together to promote good cardiovascular health by preventing harmful oxidization of cholesterol.
- Spinach provides a carotenoid  that is proven to make prostate cancer kill themselves. 'Nuff said about that... thank you very much!

Sooooooo, eat your spinach folks! My laundry is done. I'm going to have a nap! Enjoy your weekend and wish me luck on Sunday!

PS - Tonight I really AM sticking to my "clean drinking" rules. NO shots. NO sweets. NO mixing. Food post drinks... NO hangover tomorrow. YES please :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Make Your Heart Stronger With... Naps!!

Hey Loveys!

I sit here, typing, as I stare out my window at the Gardner (a highway) and Lakeshore Blvd thinking to myself... "I'm SO glad I'm home right now...". The streets are PACKED. There must be a Blue Jays game tonight, or something at the Air Canada Center.. either way, I don't really care, I just feel bad for all those poor souls down there. Sigh... anyways...

How are you?

I'm drinking some white Skinny Wine so I'm doing well thank you :). Tomorrow is technically my Friday because I have literal Friday off, woohoooo!! I'm excited to just chill out and relax most of the day! I plan on doing some writing, doing some studying and maybe taking a well deserved nap! I absolutely love taking naps, and I think everyone should do so... BUT more on naps later ;).

This week has been so-so in terms of workouts. I didn't get to workout today because my day was jammed packed, I had an appointment and C and I did some grocery shopping and just got in (literally)... however I'm sore from yesterday's workout! I walked into work in the morning and Second Trainer Friend was there so I convinced him to workout with my at lunch time. We did a lot of back exercises after establishing a while back that even though I have a really nice toned back, my lats are weak as shit, which in turn is making it hard for me to conquer a pull-up, or pull-ups plural (someday).

Anyways, we started with assisted pull-ups. We didn't use the Gravitron machine, we used a band and the actual pull-up cage. We did 4 sets of 1 pull-up with the band with a 4-second negative. They started out fairly easy and by the end of the 4 sets (or reps lol) they got a bit hard. We're going to do that one more time this week and then move onto 4 sets of 2 reps next week, and so on, and so on. Because Second Trainer Friend knows I want to get rid of my armpit fat, we decided to tackle the bench press, with dumbbells. We also did it on an incline bench for that little bit of added resistance. It was fun! I benched 2x25lbs dumbbells (lol if you saw my tiny arms you'd be impressed!) 10 times, 3 sets. We did pull-overs with a dumbbell, lateral press-downs, and some core exercises that I was much too weak to complete. I eventually gave up and just started doing leg lifts lol! I'm flipping sore today though... frig.

Last night C had a gala to attend for the 50 Best Managed Companies, so I went for dinner with Michelle from www.pushpumpprogress.com, her fiance and two of their friends for Michelle's birthday dinner! We went to this restaurant by the Air Canada Center called E11even, which has quickly become one of our favourite places to go together! Michelle and Dan are usually going to a concert at the ACC whenever we go there, so it's quite convenient. Actually, last time we dined there was the night that Dan proposed to Michelle and Dan tried to get C to be the secret photographer. Dan was a bit nervous at dinner, barely ate and decided to wait to propose at the concert... How cute! He actually got to eat his dinner this time, hopefully he enjoyed it! I had the Seared Tuna Salad and a side order of the Truffle Parmesan french fries which are TO DIE for. The tuna salad there is SO unbelievable, I had it the first time I went there for a client lunch and still talk about it to this day. Mm, my mouth is watering now, I just love food so much.

Denise, Michelle and I... aw :)
Today is Wednesday which means it's also What I Ate Wednesday. I'm not consistant in posting on these days, so when I do I try to remember to take pictures of my food! I take all of my food to work with me, and try to avoid purchasing food at work, so today this is what I prepared!


Ok! Lets go through this one at a time...

In the bottle is my breakfast green smoothie which includes spinach, cucumber, strawberries, half a banana, pineapple, grapes, flax seed, Greens+, coconut water and ice! Mmm it's so good. I usually make some extra so that I'm able to freeze some of it to add to my next smoothie so it helps make it thicker. Delish! The bigger container is full of my typical lunch of raw veggies. I just love vegetables so much and I love them the most when they're fresh and crunchy. I had baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers and an orange bell pepper. The smaller container is half of a salmon fillet I had made for dinner the night before. In the front are 2 hard boiled eggs and 2 of my banana bars for a snack! For dinner I'm going to be having some roasted chicken and kale and broccoli. NOM NOM NOM!

So I mentioned before I was going to explain why everyone should nap. I 10000% believe that we should have an hour to nap during the day. I guess it could be like "lunch break", but I mostly mean in addition to lunch lol. On the weekends I totally take advantage of the fact that I have no where to be so I nap most weekends. I've done some research, and have come up with some reasons WHY you should also nap :). I think we were all so silly as small children. Actually having scheduled nap breaks.. WHAT WERE WE THINKING NOT wanting to take them!?!? I just want to point out some famous people I came across that are nap takers:

* Leonardo Da Vinci
* Napoleon (not Dynamite)
* Thomas Edison
* Eleanor Roosevelt
* John F. Kennedy
* Winston Churchill

There has to be a reason why some of the most famous leaders in history took naps... don't you agree?

1. The National Sleep Foundation recommends a short nap of 20-30 minutes to improve alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with night time sleep.

2. A nap can help prevent burnout. We're not meant to race without rest... Taking a nap is like a system reboot - it can help relieve stress and gives you a fresh start.

3. A nap heightens sensory perception. It can help restore sensitivity of sight, hearing and taste. It improves your creativity by relaxing your mind.

4. Naps can help prevent heart disease. People who take a mid-day nap at least 3 times per week are 37% less likely to die of heart disease and working men are 64% less likey! Umm.. hello? Obviously we should be taking naps.

5. Naps increase productivity. A Harvard study demonstrated that a 30-minute nap boosted performance of workers returning their productivity levels to the same as it was at the start of the day. BOOM.
(source)

So I've convinced you to start taking naps, right? Not only does make you MORE productive, but it increases creativity, improves alertness and helps prevent heart disease. I don't think I could think of anything BAD about napping. Mind you, my naps aren't 30 minutes long (usually 4x that) but I think the benefits are all the same!

Q: Are you a nap taker?
Q: Did I convince you to try napping if you don't? :)

This post comes to you from a Sarah running on lack of sleep. xoxo

Monday, April 15, 2013

Koge Vitamins & Sarah's Banana Bar Recipe!!

Hey Loveys,

It feels like it's been forever since I posted last, probably because it has been! This past weekend turned out to be the most random weekend ever. I had planned on posting on Sunday but I kid you not when I say what I thought was going to be a club visit and breakfast with C, the owner & CEO of GoodLIfe (David Patchell-Evans) and the leaders of our equipment services team turned out to be 4 club visits, no breakfast, and 13 hours out of the house touring the clubs that GoodLife recently bought in Toronto (Extreme Fitness). It was a great day all in all, I learned a lot and got to meet some really great people, but I also went out Saturday night and didn't get home until very late.... needless to say last night I think I was in a coma from 11pm-7am.

Saturday was a great, productive day. I studied a bit, and we went and finally pulled the trigger on tile so that we can start "making over" our kitchen! Yaaaaaye!! We're putting white subway tiles on our backsplash area and we're using a grey coloured grout, it's going to look SO good! And we're putting a stone tile on the other side of our kitchen around some cabinets that we have. It's hard to explain, but I will post pictures once everything is done. We're hosting a lobster dinner for some of our east coast friends and co-workers that are coming down in May to run the GoodLife Half Marathon, so we're REALLY hoping to get this done before they arrive! I'm really excited but also really scared to be living in a messy place for a while... I'm not really sure what to expect, which I'm also scared about because I really like knowing things and plans and times and dates... basically I'm a control freak, so not knowing scares meeeee!

Because this weekend turned into the weirdest weekend every, I didn't workout. Not on purpose, I was supposed to run on Sunday but I'm ok with the fact that all my plans kind of evaporated because putting in face time with the boss man is worth it! However, I'm proud with how I ate this weekend. Usually when I drink I end up getting a hot dog or a sub or something that in a sober state I would not choose.... BUT I think my feet hurt so damn bad on Saturday night that I just needed to get home. So I ended up eating a protein bar (one of the Power Bar's I was given!) and downing a glass of water. I had a berry smoothie for breakfast and a DELISH sandwich with gluten-free bread, chicken, garlic spread, tomatoes, arugila, mushrooms and brie. OMG my mouth is watering just thinking about it. It was so damn good, it was from a little place in the Eaton Center called Fast Fresh.. if you're ever int he Eaton Center, go there. You won't be disappointed.

Something I wanted to do this weekend was bake these 4-ingredient banana bars that I saw online but I didn't have time.... So I did it as soon as I got home from work today :). Aaaaaaand I know you want the recipe, so here it is. I changed it up a bit from the recipe I found online and made it my own ;).

Sarah's Delicious Banana Bars
Ingredients
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp of vanilla extract
2 cups of rolled oats
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup of chopped nuts (I used mixed nuts and crushed them)
1/4 cup of chopped dates
1/4 cup of dried cherries

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Mash up the banana in a mixing bowl until it's almost liquid... I used a potato masher to do this lol.


2. Add in the vanilla and oats.


3. Add in the salt, dates, nuts and cherries and mix it all together.


4. Grease a 9x9 pan with olive oil and put the mixture into it, pack it down evenly and top with nutmeg or cinnamon.


5. Put this in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the edges get crispy. Taaadaaaa...!


This is what one of them looks like:


I guess they're more like banana squares as opposed to bars, but they are delish! :)

There's also something reeeeeally neat I want to share with you. I was approached by Koge Vitamins to try they're product and review it on this bloggy! I received my product on Friday, this is what the tub looks like :).


I picked out the Energy Pack because I could always use more energy! What I was impressed with the most was what they donate from each purchase towards children in Africa suffering from malnutrition. This is what Andrew, one of the co-founders of the company told me:
The donations vary somewhat, but we typically pass on between 10% to 25% of our profits per product per month.  It's a somewhat hefty portion, but it means that every child gets an entire year's worth of vitamins for each month a customer purchases (since we also offer subscription, we're expecting to see some customers staying with us for 7-8 months, which is a heck of a lot of children being helped for quite a long time!).  I really dig this aspect of our company because I think it genuinely helps the people who need it most.
They are also backed by the CEO of of the Canadian Olympics Committee. They simplify the vitamin buying experience by shipping directly to your doorstep, the vitamins that you want! You can find them online on Facebook, Twitter and on their very own blog! If you're interested in trying them out, click this link and use the promo code "HEALTHYLIFE" for 20% off of your order! :)

Oh - and the winner of the UberFit tank top is Jill Schelegal Snethen!! You have 48 hours to email me directly at sarah@mymostlyhealthylife.com with your address and information and we'll get it shipped out to you ASAP!

Q - How was your weekend?
Q - Have you ever made bars from 5 ingredients before? :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I Bought Myself A Gift & Am Sharing A Recipe For An All Natural Scrub!

Hey Loveys!

Happy Thursday!

For some reason I always start my blog posts with small talk. The weather... the fact that it's almost the weekend... the fact that it's Monday and my weekend flew by, you name it. But today actually CALLS for small talk about the weather. The universe knows that it's like, 3 weeks until May... the summer, right?? Yes, of course it does. SO WHAT THE HELL IS THIS!?!?


OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH MMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYY GGGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you KIDDING ME???

I've been watching the snow storm all day from inside my office building, and I've been watching people shovel the friggen sidewalks! Is this real?? Am I in a coma and dreaming?? If that's the case, someone friggen WAKE ME UP because I HATE snow!! I think I was destined to live on a beach... le sigh.

Needless to say, today's snow storm did not go hand in hand with my plans to run outside in the nice, sunny, spring time weather, so I opted for a workout in the weight room instead. I don't know about you, but I feel like doing cardio in the gym is a waste of time. Come on.. I mean, if you live in Canada and have winter like 75% of the year, then I totally get it and I totally agree with it. Running indoors when it's crappy out is totally necessary. However, now that it's getting nicer outside and it's getting warmer I think that gym time should be used for building and toning and outside should be used for cardio. Does anyone else agree? :)

Let's make a pledge, and vow to only do cardio outdoors this spring/summer, and see if we can hold ourselves accountable. If you don't run, why not power walk? If you're wanting to start running, well then why not start now? Not only does running ROCK in the summer time, but running outside helps get you in shape quicker (thank you natural inclines, wind resistance and pedestrians to dodge) than running on a standard treadmill (goodbye no wind in your hair, a plain flat service and the sound of the guy next to you panting like a dog). What do you say? Leave me a comment and tell me if you're IN!

Yesterday I took the day off and worked through my lunch. I was in a kick ass zone and didn't want to break it. However I did end up feeling pooched by the end of the day but that's ok. Why? Because, well, I went to the mall. And I have a confession.... My tax return got put into my bank account yesterday and I knew what I had already saved it for.... Can you guess? If you haven't already seen my tweets or my Instagram, then you're able to guess. I've talked about them on many occasions. I've been saving my butt off for them, and trying to pay down debt to justify buying them.


YEP!!! I finally bought my dream shoes. The Simple Pump designed by the one and only Christian Louboutin. For a little while before I did the purchase, I was a bit nervous. But then I realized that this wasn't just something I bought on a random spur-of-the-moment type shopping trip. I've been thinking about these shoes for years. I've been wanting them for as far back as I can remember, I've been saving, and finally when I got my return it topped everything off and I finally went and pulled the trigger. I've went into David's (the store in the mall where these types of shoes are sold) on 4 different occasions to scout out these shoes before I actually bought them. I knew down to the penny how much they were going to cost, so nothing was a surprise and I could prepare myself for it, both financially and mentally.

These shoes aren't just shoes to me. My whole life I've struggled with actually saving money for something big. I always end up spending it on little things and I just never had the self-discipline to actually save money. So this is the first "big" gift I've ever bought myself. The wonderful lady at the store told me how a lot of people have buyers remorse and I was nervous that I might as well, but after realizing that I did it, and I saved and finally treated myself to something nice, I don't regret it at all! I'm actually super proud of them, and I can't wait to wear them for the first time out!!

So enough about shoes. My last post about natural ways to treat acne seemed to be very popular since yesterday I got a serious thousand hits to that post (thank you to everyone that liked it and shared it!) so I figure that natural beauty tips is something that is to be shared! I can't blame the world for wanting more ways to keep beautiful naturally, so that gives me A LOT to work with! I'm kind of into the whole "beauty/fashion" thing when I'm not looking like a wet rat in the gym so I thought it would be a neat idea to share a recipe for an all natural face/body scrub for you to try AND for myself to try!

I wrote an article a while back for a website about chemicals in products you probably wouldn't think of, like makeup and laundry soap. I realize that the products I use are literally all chemicals and I put them all over my body and my face every day. I'm an avid user of ProActiv due to my acne prone skin, and I don't go a day without putting make-up on, so I thought if I could make even the slightest change to how I care of my skin, it's probably worth it. However, I did spend a ton of money on my ProActiv and without going into silly details, ended up with two accounts and double ordering the kits for a while, so I have some product to use up. So once I finish the current kit I'm using now, I'm going to make a slight switch. I'm going to make my own face scrub/exfoliant and toner.

What? Seriously?

Yep. Totally. Here's what I plan on using... Thanks to Maria over at Lift Love Life for this recipe!

Grapefruit Brown Sugar Salt Scrub

Ingredients

Juice of 1/2 a grapefruit (in keeping with my blog theme of course!)
2 tbsp of Epsom salts
1 cup of brown sugar
1 tbsp of Vitamin E oil
1 tsp of softened coconut oil


Directions
Scrub your face and scrub your body! Make sure your skin is wet first, I'd probably only do this in the shower because I'm sure it would get messy anywhere else. Rinse off after you've scrubbed. When you've gotten out of the shower and dried off your face, tone your skin with apple cider vinegar.

Does it seem weird to treat your skin with food items? I think it makes perfect sense! I'm so excited to try it! You know, writing this out makes me want to try it this weekend and not wait until I use up all of my current product. I'm so doing it! I'll take pictures and let you know how it turns out!

On another completely random note, last night I finished reading my book How To Be A Hepburn In A Hilton World.


I have to admit, it was a really easy read. The only reason I didn't finish the whole book in 2 nights was because I have a bajillion things to do, but I could have easily done that. However, with that being said, I loved everything about the book and I think every woman, young and old should read it. Not only does it speak as to why women now a days think it's cool to be "stupid", and why it's not ok to think that and why we need to present ourselves as classy, articulate and smart. It gives tips on how to find your own personal style, it gives tips on how to do your makeup during the day vs at night and it gives ideas on how to develop yourself into an articulate, well spoken woman! And it makes multiple references to Audrey Hepburn... So in my books (no pun intended), it's definitely a keeper! I linked the title above to the Amazon page where you can purchase it if you're interested!

Last but not least, there's 1 day left to enter the giveaway for the Uberfit t-shirt! You can enter via the rafflecopter below! 

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Q: Do you ever make your own beauty products? (Mary Long, I know you're daughter is kick ass at this... encourage her to keep it up! :P)
Q: What's one purchase that you're proud of? Have you ever splurged and bought yourself something incredible and absolutely loved it?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Natural Remedies for Treating The Dreaded ACNE!

Hey Loveys!

Happy Tuesday! Tomorrow is hump day already! Where has the time gone? It started raining last night after I finished my run (thank GOD) and it ended by today at noon.... until now, and it's pouring out again. April Showers Brings May Flowers, right?

So yesterday I did my longest run that I've done in a long time. I finished 8.1km in 52:10! It was so nice out when I was out, I got a really good sweat on, felt good the whole time and actually sprinted the last 200m of the run! I got back to my office and stretched the heck out of my legs. I think it's really good that I did because I'm not super sore this morning, however my shins are feeling a bit tender. I've had shin splints in the past and they're SO not fun to deal with. I don't think it's a shin splint however, because they didn't really hurt until tonight when I sprinted from the car into the LCBO (it's a Wine kind of night!) in my ballet flats. I hate running in shoes with no support. Once I ran in flip flops (not a serious run, just a dash from one place to another because I was cold) and a tendon in one of my feet popped out of place and caused me a lot of pain for a while. Ever since then I tend just to walk really quickly if I'm not in running shoes. Anyways - check out this run...


Not too bad! I might actually be prepared for the Toronto Yonge St 10km after all!! I've been feeling really "intense" in terms of wanting to workout lately, so today I hit my upper body hard with a different Trainer Friend that I have. I'm going to name him Second Trainer Friend. He was working out on his lunch break so I basically forced him into working out with me. I didn't want him to put me through a workout, I wanted him to join me in a workout and help push me hard during my workout. So he agreed and we got to it!


Is that hard to read? Sorry... if you click on it, it will get bigger and then you can read it :) Anyways, my shoulders are already sore... my biceps stretch out every time I extend my arms fully, it was an AWESOME workout! It was totally what I needed because it helps me get into my right head space for the rest of my afternoon. It totally worked!

Ok, so I wanted to share some informational tid bits with you today. Basically, things in my life have been fairly hectic for the past week or so, and when I get stressed my skin tends to break out. I normally don't break out often... however when things get insane, all of my pores seem to open up and all hell breaks loose. So I was a bit curious as to why this happens, and what the hell I can do to make it friggen STOP! Here are some informative findings:

* your skin's immunity is impaired when under stress, so it's more susceptible to sun damage which means you should be applying sunscreen more frequently if you're out in the sun.
* stress has been proven to worsen overall skin condition.
* stress induces the adrenal glands into overproduction of cortisol, a steroid, which in turn makes sebaceous glands produce more oil and makes skin extra oily.
* when people are stressed they tend to break out with inflamed, puss-filled (ew!) papules than just the simple white/black heads.

Wonderful. Turns out that's what's going on with moi. Now I wanted to know what I can do naturally to help clear my skin. I found some fairly obvious, and not so obvious, solutions!

1. Avoid sugar and dairy - if you're breaking out on the chin, neck or shoulder area it may be because your body is trying to get rid of stuff it doesn't want, and when that thing is dairy or sugar, it's common that the body tries to excrete it through the lower area of the face.

2. Avoid touching your face at all costs. Dirty hands = dirty face.

3. There are a lot of natural foods that can help clear your skin:

* apple cider vinegar or plain old rubbing alcohol as toner - since both are highly acidic, they get rid of dead skin cells and clean out pores very well, and most of the time works just as well as store bought toner.
* if you have a pimple you need to get rid of by tomorrow, put a dab of honey on it as honey is an antibacterial. Cover it with a band aid and sleep on it! You can also use honey as a face mask, leave it on for an hour and you'll see a better complexion the next day!
* brown sugar as a scrub - use it in the shower once your skin is damp and your pores have opened up from the heat. Scrub the problem area with brown sugar and it will clean out the dirt, dead skin cells, and oil that is clogging your pores. Apply a natural toner after your shower to really get the most out of this!
* egg white face mask - put 2 egg whites in a bowl and beat them until they are consistant. Brush it onto your face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes and the eggs will remove excess oil from your skin.
* ice - when pores are cold, they constrict and force anything that is in them, out of them. Put a bag of ice on the problem area for at least 10 minutes, and then scrub that sucker down and tone it up!
* garlic helps prevent breakouts - smash 2 peeled garlic cloves and get as much juice out of them as you can. Place the juice on your face and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. If you feel like it's burning, wash it off!

Say whaaat? Now you can have a fun spa night with all the goodies in your pantry! Haha, half this stuff I didn't know of before, but I'm so going to try it! I want to technically file this into a "Food For Thought" post since it contains ways to use food to help clear your skin.... Hmm... yep, you know what? I'm totally filing it in there! :).

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Q: How do you currently look after your skin?
Q: Would you ever consider changing up your skin care regime and use some of the above mentioned items?