Cilantro and Honey Sesame Cold Noodle Bowl

This cold noodle bowl features fresh raw vegetables, vibrant cilantro, and a delicious honey sesame sauce to top it all off.

It’s finally warming up around here and the snow is almost gone. I can’t wait for summer! I don’t leave my house much in the winter. It’s so cold and so much effort to bundle up my baby girl who constantly kicks off her winter boots. I’m dreaming of warm days when I can just put my kiddo in the stroller and walk to the park in the sunshine.

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious and fresh veggie cold noodle bowl that’s perfect for warmer days. I’ve collaborated with 8 other Canadian food bloggers to bring you our best recipes for springtime! I don’t think I’m alone in saying that Spring is super exciting for Canadians. We get brutal winters and the hints of sunshine in the Spring are a relief. Continue reading

The Jillian Michaels App: Week 2

Read about week 2 of my journey using the Jillian Michaels App! It was definitely challenging but very effective- I've lost 2.5 lbs!

It’s Tuesday so it’s time for another update! If you’ve missed the previous posts on why I’m on this fitness journey, click here, and how week one went, click here.

So this week was a weird one. I’ve never been so sick. I’m so congested that I can’t smell or taste anything and my face hurts. Not fun. In the past I’ve turned to comfort food when I’m not feeling well, which of course is so counterproductive. I felt so nauseous and icky my whole pregnancy, so I comforted myself with pizza, donuts, potatoes, etc. I know it makes no sense to eat junk food when you feel sick, but I’m an emotional eater. This time though I consciously made the decision to nourish my body with healthy food rather than giving in to emotional food cravings. And I did really well!

I ate according to the vegan meal plan in the Jillian Michaels App for the most part. My appetite was really weird so sometimes I ate different things but I stuck to healthy options.

I lost another 2.5 lbs for a total of 6.5! I was worried I was undoing my progress by not exercising but clearly sticking to healthy food makes a big difference.  Continue reading

The Jillian Michaels App: Week 1

Read about week 1 of my journey using the Jillian Michaels app! It was definitely challenging but very effective- I've lost 4 lbs!
Here’s my weekly check-in for the Jillian Michaels program! You can read more about the start of my journey here.

Week 1 went really well. All of the recipes were delicious and satisfying. The workouts were HARD but I’m proud of myself for pushing through them and doing what I can. I’ve needed to move around the workout days and rest a bit extra, I don’t get a restful night sleep because my baby wakes me to nurse every few hours at night. I don’t want to get burned out and give up so I’m trying to make sure that if my body really needs rest, I rest. If I’m just a bit tired or not feeling like working out, I’ve pushed myself to do it anyway and always feel great afterwards! I actually quite enjoy my time at night after I put baby Evelyn to sleep- I workout, take a shower, and enjoy my healthy dinner in peace and quiet. It’s the “me time” I’ve been desperately needing. Continue reading

The Jillian Michaels App: my new journey to fitness

Follow my journey as I push myself with the Jillian Michaels App so I can be the fit, active mom I want to be!

I’m doing something a little different today! My passion is healthy cooking but what goes hand in hand with that is fitness. This is a bit of a sore subject for me. Truth is- I’m embarrassed.

I was always a bit overweight my whole life, then went through an eating disorder and got way way too thin, then put the weight back on. But while I was in university I got myself really fit and healthy. I ate well and I worked out like a BEAST 5 days a week, lifting heavy weights and feeling strong and confident. I kept this up for several years.

It pains me to say, that all fell apart. I struggle with anxiety and it hit me HARD a couple years ago. I stopped working out because I felt so lethargic. I started eating for comfort. I started to put the weight back on. Then when I got pregnant about a year and a half ago, my comfort eating got out of control. I was very sick my entire pregnancy, intense nausea and horrible heartburn. The only thing that calmed down the stomach acid for a bit was eating, especially starchy foods like bagels. I ate lots of pizza, bagels, donuts, etc. Of course I felt awful afterward, but I’ve always been an emotional eater and pregnancy only intensified the issue. Continue reading