Friday, May 31, 2013

Dermablend Review (Vlog) & Food For Thought!

Hey loveys!!

Happy Friday!

Sorry I've been a little bit MIA in the past couple of days! I just wasn't in the mood to write sooo I didn't! :) Haha. Simple enough, right?

I hope you all had a great week! I only worked 2 days this week because I was on vacation for most of the week. It was nice to go back, have it feel like Monday and then the next day it's Friday! I got a heck of a lot of work done in my 2 days in the office.. more than I thought I would surprisingly. Yay for productivity! Actually, I've been really productive at work but I've been lazy as hell at home lol. Last night C and I didn't feel like making dinner so I munched on baked kale for dinner lol. Le sigh. I sprinkled it with nutritional yeast. It was delish, but it's definitely the lazy way out.

I don't have many plans for the weekend. I think tonight we might go out for some drinks, but I think it's going to be pretty low key besides that. I really need to clean. Yipee! Just joking, not yipee at all. What are you up to this weekend?

A little while back I was provided with a product from Dermablend for review. I received the Cover Creme that has some SPF 30 in it (bonus!!) and I did a little vlog about it! See?

Here is the link where you can check out all of the amazing Dermablend products. I didn't list out all of their products during the vlog because my video would have shut off... but I think it's so neat that they have a makeup to cover tattoos! Cool right? Loved it! Thanks so much for letting me test it out Dermablend!

Ok - to give this blog some substance, I'm doing another Food For Thought! Duh duh duh duuuuuuuuhhhhh!!!! What food am I picking today? Well...

Food For Thought - What's Up With Raspberries?

Raspberries, I think, are underrated. I thoroughly enjoy a good handful of raspberries. They are sweet, sometimes sour, but I like that. I can eat them out of their tray, I can eat them in a smoothie, I can eat them frozen or I can infuse my water with them. I love them a ton! So now that we know that I think they taste good (lol!), why are they good for our bodies?''

* Fiber - foods high in fiber (like raspberries) are low on the glycemic index, which means they don't spike our blood sugar and have us crash an hour later. They release their glucose steady into the blood stream so we stay even (in terms of blood sugar) through digestion. 1 cup of raspberries has 32% of our daily intake of fiber. YES PLEASE!

* Vitamin C - vitamin C offers skin, bone and muscle health all while supporting that little organ in our bodies called the brain (just kidding.. it's big!).

* Minerals - raspberries are high in Manganese which is a mineral that helps our bodies perform enzymatic and antioxidant functions. This is super important because.. well... anything we do or anything that happens in our body requires an enzymatic or antioxidant function. Soo... it's kind of important. Eat your raspberries!!

*Vitamin K - raspberries are also full of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays a role in bone mineralization and cell growth. Boom! Important much? 

Needless to say, those little red guys are (or should) be an important part of your daily diet! I think frozen raspberries on frozen coconut milk vanilla ice cream is delish. Or mixed in with some of the vanilla almond yogurt (not frozen) that I buy! I also make sure to always include raspberries into my berry smoothies and even into my green smoothies! 

Q: What's your favourite way to incorporate raspberries into your diet?
Q: What's up this weekend? Share what you're most excited about! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vibrant Lifestyle & Live Food Bar Visit!

Hey Loveys,

Happy Tuesday! Today is my second last day of vacation and I plan on taking full advantage of it. Since it's shitty outside.. and raining.. I've decided I will be sipping tea, watching tv, reading, doing Holistic Nutritional Case Studies and reading some blogs today..... and possibly paint my nails. Sounds perfect, right? Because it totally is. First up though, I think I'm going to make myself a berry smoothie. Yesterday I made one that included some leftover watermelon, and I'm not sure what I thought about it...

It included a banana, some watermelon, some fresh strawberries and some frozen berries as well as coconut milk, chia/flax seed powder and some vanilla protein. I think I've come to the conclusion that I don't like watermelon in anything, I just like it plain, the way nature intended us to eat it. I've tried juicing watermelon on more than 1 occasion and was less than pleased with the results. Wah wahh.. It made my smoothie... taste different. I don't really know how to explain it, but I won't be putting watermelon in my smoothies going forward!

Yesterday I couldn't pass up the beautiful weather (and after looking at today I'm glad I didn't!) so when Jenny (my old workout buddy and former co-worker and dear friend that I miss a ton!) asked if I wanted to hang out, I jumped at the opportunity! She took the subway down to my area and we met up and went on a beautiful walk and out for lunch. I took her to Liberty Village, a little area in Toronto that she had never been before and my main stomping grounds on my spare time. We made our first stop at Vibrant Lifestyle, the health food store there. I love it there - it's so cute, so quiet and they actually have a classroom where you can take cooking lessons! I totally want to take one someday and tell you all about it!

If you're ever in Liberty Village, you need to stop in and check out all of the fun things they have in there. It's like Christmas every time I go in! Here's what I picked up on my trip yesterday..

I picked up some sample packets of Vega, because I remember trying their French Vanilla flavour and didn't really like it, so before I commit to buying a huge container of it, I want to be sure I'm going to enjoy it. I plan on putting one of the packets into my smoothie this morning! So I also got some micro green Kombucha since my Strawberry Kombucha is almost done. I almost actually bought a Kombucha starter kit, but I don't think I currently have the space in the fridge for it, so I passed unfortunately. I grabbed a sample packet of raw chocolate coconut butter which I'm DYING to eat.... I had to put it away so I didn't just eat it with a spoon... and then some Pumpkin Super Chips! They are little chips of seeds! They are pretty good! I had a couple last night and loved them!

After we were done there, we decided to hit up Live Food Bar for some vegan goodness for lunch. This is the place I went to last week, where I got my original bottle of kombucha and a vegan salad... I love Live. The place is decorated in ALL white, it's gorgeous. You can buy pre-made salads or other dishes such as raw vegan lasagna, stir fry or even mini vegan pudding's for dessert. Then they have food that you have to order. I got their Sunshine Wrap. The wrap they make themselves and it's gluten free and vegan and it was filled with hummus, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts... basically all veggies and then it came with a side of cabbage slaw. SO GOOD.

Jenny got a vegan burrito! I took a picture of it, but didn't Instagram it. Lol.

I'm not sure what her's was filled with, but she did keep repeating how amazing it was, so it must have been good :). Jenny caught the street car after lunch and I made my way back home. It was SO good to see her!! I haven't seen her since our friends birthday a month or so ago... we definitely need to meet up more often and I think we're going to start - THANK GOD. Catching up on all of our gossip was like a therapy session hahaha!

Want to know one of the main reasons I love Liberty Village? Check out the view.

Gorgeous right?

A shameless selfie on the walk home. AND look who was home to meet me when I got back? We literally watched tv in bed from like 6-8 haha. It was perfect.

Q: How did you get out and enjoy the beautiful weather yesterday?
Q: What's your favourite vegan dish to eat?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Foodie Filled Weekend & My First MiMM!

Morning Loveys!

I don't normally do blog posts in the morning, but since I'm on vacation I figure.. why not? :)

For all of my US readers, happy day off! I love having long weekends... I think it's something I look forward to most in the summer. That and vacations. Yep. Loving staying in bed right now sipping on my coffee :). I was doing some blog reading this morning and a bunch of blogs I read participate in a link up every Monday called Marvellous in my Monday which is hosted by the lovely Katie over at Healthy Diva Eats so I decided to join in for the first time today!

Did you get up to anything exciting this weekend?

Our weekend was very low key but still good times! On Saturday afternoon we went for a small walk downtown (I LOVE walking... I probably get somewhat annoying with how much I always just want to go for a walk) and then we thought about going to the Blue Jays game... then we thought maybe we'd go to this chicken wing place instead because we had tasted their wings but have never actually visited. The restaurants name is Drums & Flats. It's such a cute little place and they have some of the best chicken wings I've ever had.

I only ordered 1 pound to take home because I knew if I got more to eat "later"... I would literally do just that... EAT them later. So to help keep my waistline where it is (or get smaller. Just not bigger!) I opted for 1 order to just eat and be done. I ordered what is called their "Hog Ranch" type. I mixed the wings, so I got both Drums & Flats (you have the option of picking one or the other as well) and had them prepared in their famous "double dipped" type. So basically they brush on a sauce and grill them on the BBQ, then they brush them AGAIN in a different sauce and broil them in the oven or something (I can't remember the exact science behind it) but you end up getting a bunch of different flavours in your wings. Mine was ranch with real chunks of bacon bits. So basically the 1 pound I ordered was basically like 2 pounds because of the extra bacon. Oy vey. HOWEVER they were SO GOOD and I was so full after eating them. I don't think I ended up having dinner that night. Lol.

Later that night I got C to watch a movie with me. Normally we watch a movie that is probably more on the "guy type" of movies. I LOVE girlie movies. I love chick flicks. I love romance movies. I love musicals. I'm basically the most cheesy when it comes to the types of movies I like. Have I ever confessed that I used to own The Lizzie McGuire movie on VHS and since I no longer have a VCR, I recently purchased it on DVD off eBay? I also own Enchanted... which is a half real, half cartoon love story. I don't think I've ever met anyone with as cheesy of a movie preference as me. If you can relate, please comment below so I know I'm not alone :). ANYWAYS... I just wasn't in the mood for a fast paced, action filled movie, but I also didn't know WHAT it was I wanted to watch. So after about 10 minutes of CB naming off movies in our DVD cabinet, I finally said YES to the movie :)...

YES! MAMMA MIA!! I had a brief stint where I literally obsessed with ABBA music. And why not? They're songs are amazeballs. Needless to say, I was in all of my glory watching AND singing along to this movie while watching CB looking like this:

I'm just joking. He only looked like that at the part where the huge group of men bust out into a choreographed dance in their speedo's and flippers. He did good putting up with me singing and loving every minute of this movie haha. This was obviously a major highlight of my weekend. 

Yesterday I really focused on what I was consuming because for most of the weekend I didn't really make the best choices in terms of food. So for breakfast I started off with a couple of ounces of Kombucha and a Berry protein shake.

I just want to say that I haven't had protein powder in a while. Mostly because I've been too lazy to go out and grab another bag however I had a sample pack of vanilla protein that I put in this shake. It's not my normal Sun Warrior protein but it was protein none the less and I wanted some protein in my breakfast since I had gone for a run in the morning (hello gorgeous weather). After finishing it though, and this might be too much information, but I was gassy ALL DAY. I wasn't bloated per se.. but just gassy in general. What the heck!? It just goes to show that you really have to be careful when it comes to what you consume because even protein powder, which most people never second guess, is FULL of chemicals and awful things for you. I wrote an article on "What's In Your Protein" a while back and wanted to mention some of my findings for you!

There are a lot of artificial sweeteners in protein powder, and of most concern is aspartame. When human’s consume this chemical, it is broken down in our body and converted into formaldehyde which is a toxic preservative.Aspartame can cause nerve damage in the brain, eyes and the nerve cells that control body movement. (source)

a lot of different protein supplements are loaded with different heavy metals. According to findings at many of the popular protein supplements contain anywhere from 0.6iu – 16.9iu of Arsenic, 1.6iu – 5.6iu of Cadmium, 1iu – 13.5iu of Lead and 0.2iu – 1.1iu of Mercury. Too much arsenic can cause blurred vision, constipation, cough, darkening of the skin, dry eyes/mouth/skin, nosebleeds, swelling, edema, chest pain, weight gain and more symptoms which can be read about here.

Crazy right? I thought so too. So if you're the type that loves a protein shake after a serious lifting session, please make sure you're using raw, organic protein. My favourite (and Tosca Reno's favourite) is Sun Warrior Raw Protein, I like Vanilla! You can click on the Raw Elements badge on the side of my blog because they sell Sun Warrior in Canada. Use the code "sarahohm" for 10% off! :)

So to finish of my day in food yesterday.... I bought my first watermelon of the summer!! I love watermelon SO MUCH I almost ate the whole thing yesterday. I also really love how pretty pink watermelon is! 

Mmmm. I ate that whole bowl like nobody's business. Then I spent the rest of the day peeing. :).

OH! And yesterday at Loblaw's I was doing my normal peek-a-boo around the organic section of the grocery store and noticed that Nutritional Yeast was on sale! I picked up a container after seeing a few other bloggers rave about it, and decided to test it out for myself. I used it as a seasoning on some baked kale last night for dinner (along with some organic gluten-free pasta and raw, vegan rose pasta sauce!) and I have to admit, it was SO GOOD. 

I had Instagramed this photo and got some other recommendations on how to use nutritional yeast going forward! Using it on popcorn since it has a cheesy flavour and using it on baked cauliflower! Both amazing ideas that I will be testing out for sure. 

As you can see I had a foodie filled weekend and I loved it! Today I plan on going for a little walk to Liberty Village to go to the health food store there - Vibrant Lifestyle and pick up some goodies!

Also - have you noticed that my blog is taking more of a nutritional/foodie turn to it? Obviously I'm still IN LOVE with fitness and running, but I think for a month or so I want to focus on food and nutrition and see what the feedback is like! Please let me know what you think and anything you'd like me to cover (education vs. recipes, etc..).

Q: What was the highlight of your weekend? What was the best thing you ate?
Q: Have you tried nutritional yeast yet? How do you like it?

Happy Monday!

Friday, May 24, 2013

My First Experience With Kombucha

Hey Loveys!

Happy Friday!! I hope you're all either having a great Friday so far or are looking forward to wrapping your Friday up and get the weekend started! I know for my US readers that it's your long weekend so I'm SO excited for you! Last weekend was our Canadian long weekend (May 2-4 weekend) and we were lucky enough to have some AMAZING weather, so I wish the same for our neighbours to the south!

I'm on vacation right now, and to be honest I haven't done much of anything and it's been so nice. I haven't been feeling the hottest, mostly really tired, so I've been resting and catching up on some TV that I've been looking forward to watching and reading the novel that I recently started (which you can see at the bottom of my right hand sidebar.. :D). I'm currently watching my favourite day time show Dr. Phil... I just love him. He's so in your face and I just love it. Most of these people just need a serious wake-up call and I love when he gives it to them.

Around noon today I went to Liberty Village here in Toronto, one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Toronto and the place where C and I probably spend the most time when we go out and do things. In the Village there is basically everything you could need. I made a pit stop into Starbucks for my favourite summertime drink, Iced Americano with milk.

Mmmm. It's so good. Are you a fan of iced coffee? While I was in Liberty Village I made a stop at the new Live Food Bar that recently opened there. I've been to their first location on Dupont and Bloor and this is their second location in the city. I'm so excited because it's all such amazing food. The restaurant is all vegan and raw food. I ended up getting the Uber Protein Salad with Tahini & Lemon Dressing as well as a bottle of Strawberry & Chamomile Kombucha. 

This has been my first experience with Kombucha and I was super excited to try it. I've seen a lot of people making their own, but I wanted to actually try it before attempting to make it myself just so I kind of new if I liked it and what it's supposed to taste like. I know that some people might not know what Kombucha is or why it's beneficial for the body, so let me educate you :). According to Wikipedia:
Kombucha - the effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food. Sometimes referred to as a "mushroom" or "mother" , the Kombucha culture is actually a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.
Some of the health benefits of Kombucha are (but are not limited to):

Detoxifying the body - it contains many bacterial acids and enzymes that are needed to detoxify the body and can help reduce the pancreatic load and help prevent the liver from becoming over burdened (if used regularly can help give you a health liver).

Prevention and treatment of cancer - the detoxifying properties and its high content of gluaric acid can aid in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Reduces risk of arthritis - kombucha contains high amounts of glucosamines, which is a substance needed by the body to maintain healthy joints. Glucosamines help to enhance the production of of hyaluronic acid which is an acid that can help preserve cartilage structure and reduce arthritic pain.

Boosts immune system - kombucha is extremely rich in antioxidants which helps to strengthen your immune system by fighting off free radicals in the body which are known to cause cancer.

Aids in digestion and gut health - because kombucha is naturally fermented, it's full of a living colony of bacteria and yeast that make it a probiotic beverage. It will help improve digestion, fight off bad yeast in the body, provides mental clarity and mood stability (bonus!).

I didn't really know what to expect when I first opened my bottle of Kombucha, but I was pleasantly surprised. At first it kind of smells a bit like apple cider vinegar, but the strawberry and chamomile really give it a nice taste, and it's a bit carbonated feeling as well.. which might just be because of the fermentation. Something that I was interested about is HOW MUCH kombucha should someone drink at one sitting. Was I supposed to drink that whole bottle? Or was I only supposed to have a little bit? I only drank a little bit because I didn't know the answer, but I'm Googling it right now.....

....... Interesting. It's recommended to drink in the morning on an empty stomach. If you're new to kombucha, it's recommended to drink only 1-2 fluid ounces per day to get your body used to it and work up to 4-8 fluid ounces daily. The absolute maximum you should drink is 32 oz/day. The person who wrote this says they drink 2oz in the morning and 2 at night and that's good enough for them. (source). So I guess that it all depends on how you feel and what your body can handle. It's better to drink too little than too much, always keep that in mind! I'm actually glad now that I only had a couple of drinks out of my bottle. :)

So there you have it folks! If you're interested in making your own, you can always Google different recipes, but I'd definitely recommend trying some before you make your own just so you know how it's supposed to taste and whatnot. Live Food Bar sells it here in Toronto but I'm sure you could find it at any health food stores? Maybe Whole Foods? I don't actually know for sure. I think I will try and make my own at some point since my local health food store is literally starting to sell Kombucha Starter Packs today after 5pm. What are the odds, right?

Q: Have you tried Kombucha?
Q: Have you ever made your own? How did it turn out?

PS - C got me flowers this week for no reason :) I love when he does that. Aren't they pretty!?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Food For Thought - Why Should You Eat Celery?

Hey Loveys,

I come to you from my couch for the first time since last Wednesday (we've done something every night since last Wednesday... this couch feels like HEAVEN!) with a green tea in hand hoping to see a thunder storm tonight :). I love watching thunder storms... watching the lightening hit the CN Tower. It's so neat. Fingers crossed!

Hello there :)
I realized today that I haven't done a "Food For Thought" in a really long time. I'm not sure why. I haven't posted much of a recipe in a while either. That changes real soon! I'm going to be making some delicious pesto chicken this evening for my dinner and I will post the recipe probably tomorrow night. I also haven't really updated you on my school for a while. I am currently doing a series of case studies... 14 in total, and I'm having people fill out Lifestyle Assessment Forms so that I can complete these on my vacation (which is coming on Thursday!!! Eeeeee!!!!). I'm excited to get these over with, although I won't be submitting them until school is back in the fall. Le sigh. Good thing I have a TON of work to keep me busy during the summer months.

Random side note - are you as excited for Arrested Development to come back on the 26th as I am? AHH I will be watching all of the episodes in one day while I'm off. Just sayin...

Anyways.. I was thinking about Food For Thought today and the first thing that kind of "popped" into my mind was celery. Weird, I know. Celery is a "hit or miss" for most people, either you love it or you don't. I know some people really enjoy celery raw but hate it cooked, or vice versa. I love celery any sort of way. Seriously. I've always loved it... HOWEVER.. I only love the really light coloured celery that isn't stringy and doesn't get stuck in your teeth. I know you know what I mean. Lately I've really been loving celery juice. I use it as my base in my green juices, I just add some kale for colour (and vitamins and minerals of course!) and an apple or two for sweetness.

Pretty right?
So obviously, today's Food For Thought is going to be about celery!

First off - we need to debunk the myth that celery is just full of water... it's not! It's full of vitamins A, B, C and K as well as potassium, magnesium and calcium! Most importantly however, it's most important for providing us with phytonutrients, which helps us keep healthy hearts and may play a role in preventing cancer! Nothing wrong about that, huh! So besides that - why should you introduce (or re-introduce, or put as a starting role) celery into your diet?

1. Preserving Brain Health. Celery contains a compound called L-3-N Butylphtalide and a recent study showed that this compound may play a role in preventing the accumulation of brain plaques that can cause Alzheimers.

2. Preventing Urinary Tract Infections. I'm no stranger to these (TMI?). I've gotten them since I was a young kid which I'm convinced was caused by spending a day sitting and dancing on a cold arena floor back home, and once you have one you become prone to them.. but that's not the point... anything I can do to help prevent these from happening, I'm going to do!! (I haven't had one in a long time, fingers crossed). Thanks to all of the water in celery and it's diuretic properties, it's been used for a very long time in places such as Trinidad and Tobago to help treat UTIs.

3. Repels Mosquitoes Naturally. Haha random.. however this is true! This has been tested and all results have come out the same. The oil extracted from celery repels all species of mosquitoes when used topically on the skin, with no side effects. What? That's so cool!

4. Keep Your Blood Pressure Down. There are compounds in celery called phthalides, and they have a two-fold effect on lowering blood pressure. They relax the smooth muscle surrounding the arterial walls which cuts the work that your heart does to pump blood through the body.

5. Boosts Your Man's Fertility. In combination with Vitamin E, celery oil can boost sperm count and motility. Celery contains aldosterone, a metabolic product of testosterone and the Vitamin E reduces oxidation which creates the best environment for the sperm to mature.

Neat huh? I love learning all of the neat and quirky benefits that different foods give us. Mosquito repellent? Haha - hilarious! I had no idea!

Q: Are you a fan of the celery?
Q: What is something that you put celery in that's your favourite?

PS - A HUGE thank you to Under Armour and Under Armour Women and their campaign for What's Beautiful 3.0. Today I received some AMAZING products from them in the mail - it was like Christmas when I got the mail!

#IWILL be using these a ton... I'm already wearing one of the headbands and have tried everything on as well. The shoes are a great fit and the tank is SO comfortable. Under Armour really does have amazing products and I can't help but want to kill it in the gym when I have it on. Thanks again guys - this is so generous of you and I'm so appreciative.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy First Long Weekend of the Summer!!

Hey Loveys,

I hope you all had a great long weekend! If you're in the US - I hope you had a great regular weekend! Lol. I love long weekends, and I love them even more when the weather cooperates. I have to admit that it was a fairly laid back weekend, but I did manage to get in a couple solid runs despite trying to convince myself otherwise. Let's start back on Friday night.

On Friday night we ended up going out with one of our neighbours and his "girlfriend" (I put this in quotes because I'm not sure they're official.. either way, they're dating). We went to Williams Landing! Haha. We go there whenever we do anything. It was fun because I got to have dinner there and I'm totally in love with their Ahi Tuna Salad.

Mmmm... it's so darn good. I could eat it every time I go there. We had a few drinks but ended up being home at a reasonable hour, I think it was like 1ish in the morning.... not bad!

Saturday was a fun day. We started by going to Yorkdale Mall... my favourite mall! We went to the food court there for some grub before we started shopping. It's somewhat hard to try and get a healthy lunch when there is burger places, and sub places, and Chinese food places all around you, but I managed to get something decently healthy.. I went to Mr Greek and ordered a huge Greek Salad with chicken. It wasn't on their menu but whatever. I figured I'd try. Turns out it was SO GOOD. I ate a lot of salad this weekend to try and counter act the ciders and only 2 runs. Anyways... the salad was so good. My mouth waters thinking about it!

The first store I hit up H&M because well... I wanted to shop. I did REALLY good though. I bought myself a really cute LBD, a long black maxi skirt with a slit up both sides, a black and white striped strapless dress (that I plan on wearing as a shirt under my maxi dress) plus another red strapless top and a black skirt. I can mix and max each piece with more than 3 other pieces of clothing that I have (which is the number 1 rule!) so all in all, it cost me about $70 for everything I bought, but I got 5 different outfits out of it. That's being frugal at it's finest. I swear I should be a poster girl for H&M... Then I came home and we organized and cleaned our closet! It was MUCH needed and I always love organizing my clothes :).

And then while I was feeling productive, I decided to get my ass outside and go for a run! I did a short 3km run but I ended up stopping often because I wanted to take pictures along my route! And the fact that The City is currently ripping up the road that runs directly along the water so I got really confused and just ended up running around aimlessly lol. It was pretty frustrating, but I got it done eventually. Here are some photos from my run! It was beautiful outside...

I love living along the water, it's so beauuutiful! Saturday night we ended up going out again with our neighbour and my friend Katie. We didn't actually even leave the house until about midnight. CB unfortunately crashed hard around 1am so we went home lol. It was funny, but the poor guy was exhausted for some reason.

On Sunday we celebrated our 3 year anniversary together! Haha, woow. Who would have thought I'd actually find a man that can handle me for long periods of time. It takes a strong man for that! We started celebrating our special day by going for a walk to go out for lunch! We wore our matching Converse shoes :)

And ended up having lunch at Jack Astors! We each had a Cesear and I had the Mexican Crunch Burger without the bun. It was so good! It came with guacamole and chipotle mayo and lots of veggies. Mmm mm good!

We walked home along Queen St. and eventually made it home after 3 hours in the BEAUTIFUL sunshine! I was exhausted. I wanted to go for a run but I actually fell asleep after being out in the sun for so long! Does that happen to anyone else? It was insane! I slept for like 2 hours! Lol! Then last night we met up with Katie again and her boyfriend Adam and had some drinks at William's Landing (again!). Katie actually introduced me to Cider! It looks like it would be beer, because it's sold in tall cans and it's on tap and what not, but it's actually made from apples and is gluten free! It was so nice to be drinking "beer" on the patio and it not upset my stomach at all! I think she's totally converted me!

Us in a cab. Haha. 
Today has been pretty good! I woke up, watched an episode of Pretty Little Liars (hello - I didn't know I enjoyed shows marketed towards 16 year olds.) and then went out for a run! It was so warm out, so I brought a bottle of water with me, which I don't normally do. I did a 7km run today and ended up  beating last week's 7km time by about 2 minutes! Wiiicked! I ran slow again today, but I loved it. People were passing me but I didn't care. I was enjoying my 9's and 1's and felt good when I finished! :). I got home and made myself a big glass of green juice (2 oranges, celery and kale!) and that brings me up to now where I'm watching What Not To Wear and writing to you fine folks!

Unfortunately because it's a holiday today - the grocery stores are all closed. This... is kind of an issue for me. I have no food, so I'm going to have to get creative with what I have in the condo. This should be interesting because I can already feel myself getting hungry! I wonder if there is a Rabba open or something that I can go grab some food. Hm.

Q: Did you manage to get active on the first long weekend of the summer??
Q: Did you attend any fun events or races? Tell me how you did or WHAT you did!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Telus Wellness Event & Kingsmount Kitchen Party #1

Hey Loveys,

Happy Friday! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been SO busy and I can't wait to tell you what I've been up to!

Wednesday was a cool day because I was invited to an event at Telus! It was an information session in the Telus Wellness Centre which is really neat, there was only 12 of us invited and I was one of the lucky 12! They have an on-site fitness facility right in their office which is packed full of fitness equipment and they even have a teeny room for small group fitness classes! We started the information session off with a workout! They brought in Toronto Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer Lyzabeth Lopez. She's one kick ass instructor! She's so adorable and so nice... it was a pleasure meeting her!

She put us through a lower body workout and boy did I sweat. Everyone that was there was told that we were doing a low-impact stretch session with Lyzabeth but that's soooo not what it was. It was ok though because I came in workout clothes! We did exercises with the body bar, stability ball, gliders and resistance bands. I was pretty sweaty by the end of it and it was only about 30 minutes long. Loved it!

Telus then provided us with an amazing lunch. I'm not sure where it was from, but it was an asian inspired, healthy lunch! There was some grilled chicken on top of a bed of steamed broccoli and cabbage I think, as well as some sort of edamame/red pepper/corn salad and then a ice pudding type of thing with coconut on top for dessert and we had the option of bottled water or fresh orange and/or beet juices! Impressive!

Then we sat down and learned about some of their amazing new health/wellness products that they're launching. You'll never even guess the "swag" we got (if you can even call it that...)... they gave us each our very own Samsung Galaxy S4 phone (AH!), 2 months of free service, a case for it, a Lululemon Yoga Mat, a tea defuser travel mug and a sample of some sport drink.

I'm not joking. How insane is that!?!? It's amazing!! They went through the health apps that they have and let us see how cool the new Jawbone bracelet that tracks everything from your steps to your sleep patterns. It was soooo cool. I want one just so I can see what the hell is up with my sleep patterns. The app it comes with is called UP. It displays data tracked from the band on the phones dashboard and prompts you to track your meals and moods. It can even scan the barcodes on any packages and tell you the nutritional information on it! Whaaaat? Telus is going to start selling the Jawbone wrist band this summer!

Some of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are:
- the screen! 5 inches, full HD, 13 megapixel camera in the front and back.
- S Translator.. which is useful for someone like me who knows no other languages. It translates words that people are saying to you so that you're able to communicate back and forth!
- Amazing features which includes Air Swipe and Optical Reader (you can scan through things with just waving your hands in front of the screen, and you can make the screen scroll with your eyes).
- AMAZING app store!! I'm STILL exploring!

One other really cool way Telus is supporting the Health & Wellness community is with their "Raise Your Paws" campaign for breast cancer. Since 2008 Telus has given over $5.4 million dollars towards research, early detection and treatment of breast cancer in Canada. This year alone their going to be donating $300,000 towards the cause. Whenever anyone purchases a Samsung Galaxy S4 at Telus starting in May, $25 is donated to Rethink Breast Cancer (the first ever Canadian Breast Cancer charity). Use the hashtag #RasieYourPaws on Twitter to join in on the fun! :)

Needless to say, I've been having an extremely amazing time getting to know my new phone and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to attend this event! Telus was so great and so good to us and I don't even know how to thank them!! THANKS TELUS!

That night C and I went to the Jays game! They were playing San Francisco, and it was so gorgeous outside, the Dome was open, so we couldn't resist. I snapped some photos on the way with my new phone!

Can you tell I'm loving taking pictures with my new phone? :) The game was fun and the Jays crushed San Fran HARD CORE... Like 11 to 1 or something like that. We went out for some drinks with our neighbours after and had a great time! Except I got to bed so late and was exhausted the next day.

Speaking of the next day (yesterday).... Last night my friend Cory and his friend Christine (bloggers at held what's called a Kingsmount Kitchen Party, which is basically a kitchen party at Cory's house haha. There were about 30 people there and there and everybody brought some sort of food. I brought juice :)

I only knew Cory there so it was nice to meet some more people. We started by munching on some mini-Jamaican patties.. and it just blossomed from there. Literally. We had some birthday cake for a lady that was there... and this was what was on the cake:


That's a flower made completely of sugar. What?! I know! It took the chef 3.5 hours to make it and unfortunately it got smashed when it dropped on a table. Everyone that was in attendance had some sort of professional food experience. It was nuts.

The founder of MADD Virgin Drinks was there so we had some non-alcoholic champagne. I have to admit, it tastes exactly like real champagne.... without the hangover! :)

These are prosciutto wrapped figs stuffed with vanilla bean goat cheese and pistachios. Omg. It was to die for. 
These are some Asian rice balls. I'm not sure what the sauce is on the top of it but it was SO good. They were stuffed with cheese and seeds and goodness. The man who made these just spent the last year travelling around the world learning how to cook and is now opening a food truck in Toronto called Menu Food Truck (Me n' U Food Truck is how it's pronounced). SO GOOD. There were two gals there who own a company that makes Australian meat pies to eat which were insanely delicious. There were the owners of Crepe A Go-Go which has 3 locations in Toronto and they brought tuna and smoked salmon stuffed crepes. The man who made the sugar flower also brough pistachio french macaroons stuffed with fresh strawberry and rose petal jam. There was a vegan chocolate cake made with cashews and avocado. There was a pavlova with whipped french vanilla cream topped with passion fruit. There was prosciutto wrapped grilled asparagus. Zucchini topped with goat cheese grilled on the BBQ. There was probably more and I'm unaware of it. 

Needless to say I came home with a massive food baby and woke up with a food hangover. AHHH. Lol. And that brings us up to today. I'm laying in bed now chillaxing. I think it's much needed.... before I head out for some drinks with friends :).

Happy long weekend to my Canadian friends! I'm going to bounce, I'll talk to you all tomorrow :).

Q: How was your week?
Q: Any big plans for the weekend?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What's Beautiful 3.0 Campaign with Under Armor & FitFluential

**This post is sponsored by Under Armour through FitFluential

Hey Loveys,

I’m really excited to finally write this post. I’ve been selected (as have many of my fellow bloggers) to be a part of the What’s Beautiful 3.0 Campaign put on by Under Armour to help us redefine the female athlete. We are setting epic goals and not only are we crushing said goals; we are going above and beyond anything we’ve ever thought possible. We’re over the whole “being so super skinny is just so super beautiful” and 100% behind the “Strong is the new skinny” movement.

The What’s Beautiful 3.0 Campaign is a continuous challenge. They want us (the female athlete) to show them our journey and prove to them what makes us stand out from the rest… They want us to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and basically conquer any goal we can think of. BUT we aren’t just doing this for nice glutes and firm abs (although, in my opinion, this is the MAIN reason we are doing this), there are some nice little incentives on the side!

Each week Under Armour is giving away swag bags full of awesome gear to women who are going above and beyond what they and anyone else around them thought possible. Under Armour is also featuring profiles on their home page of “Top Performers”, what better motivation to get your butt in gear than to be on the Under Armor home page!! BUT that’s not all. There will be 3 winners who will be flown to Costa Rica to attend a 4-day yoga and surf retreat. They will get lessons from world-class instructors, be treated to transformative massages, spa treatments, locally-sourced meals prepared by personal chefs and all while staying in a seriously sweet accommodation looking out at the ocean.

You're now probably wondering how you can get started setting your own goals and absolutely destroying them, right? Well first off, sign up by clicking here and get yourself registered. Then, you must post your goal. What have you been meaning to do but keep putting it aside? Is there something you're scared of doing, afraid you won't be able to complete it? Make that your goal and show yourself what you're capable of. My goal? To run my second half-marathon, happy and painfree (and not any slower than my first half-marathon, 2:23). Next up - tackle the challenges! I've only completed 1 (wah waaah...) but I plan on doing some more very soon! The challenges include things like:

* From the Mountaintop - film a shot video explaining your goal, and how you're going to accomplish it (this is the one I did!)
* Take a self-portrait showing your mental and physical strength
* Sign up for a race or competition and upload your confirmation to show that you've committed
* Upload a photo of yourself completing a record that you're proud of, something measurable or a personal victory, show the world that you owned it!
* Plus tons more!

See! The challenges are fun and are meant to build up the confidence that I (and you) know is inside! If you want to follow me, my username is "sarahohm". It's so much fun! You can join onto teams, you can follow your friends, it's very interactive and motivating to see where everyone is in terms of their goals and that you're able to leave little messages to cheer them on! Come on - what have you got to lose?

Q: Are you ready to take on the challenges you've put aside for yourself?
Q: This isn't a question, but just tell me when you've signed up so we can follow each other and cheer each other on!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Running On Another Continent....??

Hey Loveys,

I'm not much of a traveller. Not because I don't like travelling, it's mostly because of lack of time and lack of funds. I'm the worst at saving money and that's not a secret to anyone that knows me. This year I purposely including in my savings plan, money to take a trip at the end of the year with C. We're thinking Mexico, probably Cabo... my dad recently went there with a buddy of his and he raves about it, so I'm sold!

However, I'm not going to waste your time telling you the list of places on my "to go" list (Africa, Tokyo, Bali, Australia, Egypt, Italy, France, Rome...) and explain the situation I'm currently facing. I have a hard time committing to things that are... well... big things.. travelling more specifically. One time I took a trip to Edmonton for two weeks when I was 16 and got homesick. It could have been the fact that we drove there and I was stuck in the "back seat" (aka crawl space) of a pick-up truck with my ex-boyfriend who is like 6'2... both us tall people back there didn't make for a pleasant experience.

The only other time I've actually travelled somewhere, and the only time I've flown anywhere commercially (I've been in small planes before. The family of previously mentioned ex-boyfriend owned 3 different airplanes and flew us from our home town to Georgian Bay for a good pancake breakfast once. Ridic.) is to New York City. C and I went there in 2010... and last year we didn't take a vacation due to a lack of someone's passport (I have mine... FYI). Anywho, my experience in travelling is less than average I think.

When I was watching the GoodLife Marathon, I noticed a few people running in "Team Diabetes" jerseys. Obviously this stood out to me being diabetic and all... so today for some strange reason it popped into my head that I should Google "Team Diabetes" and find out what it's all about. Basically it's the same as Team in Training except instead of Lukemia, the proceeds to go Diabetes research. Hmm... so that got me wondering. I clicked on "International Races" and a list popped up in front of my eyes:

Cayman Islands
Madrid, Spain
Edinburgh, Scotland
Reykjavic, Iceland


I click on Madrid Spain and it says for more information, contact So&So.. so I did. I'd have to raise $6100 and in return I'd be provided with:

• Guaranteed race registration
• Official Team Diabetes tech shirt or jersey
• Fundraising tools and support
• Personalized, fundraising webpage
• On-course support
• Free electronic monthly newsletter
• Accommodation (4 nights)
• Round-trip airfare from a gateway city
• Designated team meals
• Team trainer available via email
• Online training via the Running Room

Madrid, Spain
So I've been talking to a few friends about this. And turns out the Madrid race is the same weekend as Michelle's wedding, so I'm absolutely NOT missing her wedding! Next on my list? Running in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh, Scotland
Beautiful photo for sure. So before I commit to something like this, I have some thinking to do... Luckily they provide you with a ton of resources on how to fundraise, and this could be a really good cause for some seriously killer parties. Michelle told me she'd help me fundraise... when she went to Rome with Team in Training, she raised over double what she needed to, so hopefully she has some tricks up her sleeve still. I'm talking like I've already committed to this. I think the fact that I have diabetes myself, and I'm raising money for Diabetes makes it a good fit if I were to do this "destination racing" thing. C told me that he'd come with me. Which works out because I don't have to pay to go so I could help pay for some of his trip which makes it cheaper...

Everyone I've talked to is obviously like YOU HAVE TO DO IT!!!! but I don't know why I'm scared to commit. Probably because $6100 is a lot of money and I'm nervous I won't raise that much and I'll have to pay thousands of dollars out of my own pocket which barely holds $1.

Perhaps I'm just scared. Right out scared. This is totally outside of my comfort zone so I'm psyching myself out hardcore. I just read a blog post that Tosca Reno wrote about not allowing fear to hold you back, and that's totally what I'm doing by being indecisive. I'm the type of person who gets comfortable where I am and then that's that... soooooo... yeah..... lol. This is big. 

Q: Have you ever travelled really really far to run?
Q: Should I, or shouldn't I?

PS - I've had a few friends say they'd help me raise the $. I have SUCH amazing friends. I'm going to do this, aren't I?

PPS - Don't forget about the giveaways happening right now! Ending tonight at midnight is the Epic Canadian GiveawEH and you can enter by clicking here. And the Maison Le Grand pasta sauces and pesto's giveaway is happening for like 23 more days, and you can enter by clicking here!