Marathon Musings: A Tale of Two Cities and The Road Not Taken

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A year ago today I was toeing the line of the Scotia Bank Toronto Waterfront Marathon looking for the elusive Boston Qualifying time. Later that morning, I had earned that BQ time. A mix of emotions washed over me as I crossed that finish line—elation, pride, awe…then quickly it was followed by disappointment and even sadness as I realized that while I did just run a 3:39:03, a whole 57-seconds faster than the standard for my age group, I knew that in all likelihood it was not fast enough to … [Read more...]

Stop Feeding my Kids! My food in school manifesto.

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So I am apparently “that mom.” I have a little secret for you, I don’t care. Every time I turn around my kids are being bombarded with junk food. Whether it’s staring at them in a pretty display at gymnastics, being physically handed to them by their coach after gymnastics, after school day care, the bus driver, the barber shop at the end of my street where we walk to get haircuts, at church, or the register of any store in the world; my kids (and yours too) are faced with junk food on … [Read more...]

Fig-Onion Relish

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This past summer, I saw the most beautiful figs at the market and needed them—mostly because they were so beautiful. And, if you haven’t already figured it out I’m kind of a sucker for beautiful produce. For me, walking into a Farmer’s Market or a Whole Foods is probably just as exciting as walking to into Sephora, J.Crew, or Lululemon. No lie. My mind swims with possibilities!   Back to the figs—Whole Food happened to have some stinky-licious blue cheese on sale the same day, and nothing … [Read more...]

Chocolate Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream

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For those of you that saw my Facebook photo update from earlier this week, you’ll know that I hit a big time low at work that drove me to eating some ice cream that a co-worker bought for me to cheer me up. Not gonna lie—it was delicious. It wasn’t the best choice I could have made, but it did make me feel better. It did get me thinking about a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while, oh like ALL.SUMMER a while. Now that it’s fall (my favorite season) I kind of feel like it’s still to post … [Read more...]

When Life Turns on a Dime: Full Plate Mom Valerie

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I met Valerie at an Ava Anderson party that was hosted by one of my CrossFit Ladies, Julie. There was no way I was going to turn down an opportunity to eat paleo food, talk about CrossFit, and learn more about a company that has always intrigued me since I heard about it 6 years ago. I remember hearing about a new company that was started by a high school girl who grew up in the town next to mine as a kid. I remember being very impressed that a 14 year-old girl started her own business because … [Read more...]

6 Ways I’ve made Paleo Sustainable-my 3 year anniversary.

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This month marks my 3 year anniversary since adopting a “paleo” diet. I put paleo in quotes because I don’t like referring to the way I eat by a name. Let’s face it, as soon as you label the way you eat, be it paleo, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, clean, or whatever you invite people into your personal life whether you mean to or not. When I find out that someone doesn’t eat animal products the first thing I ask is why? I just find it fascinating as to what led the person into eliminating animal … [Read more...]

Back-to-school organization: stock your freezer in 4 steps

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It’s my favorite time of the summer…when it’s over and I go back to school! Yes you read that right, I am glad the summer is almost over and I can go back to work and my kids can go back to school. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I love being able to spend more time with my kids, family, & friends. I love going to the beach and sleeping in. I love having more time to take a graduate class at my pace, work on the daunting task of the annual family photo book (could making those be any more … [Read more...]

Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Making salad dressing is not only easy, but it will save you a lot of money too. When I look back to the stuff I used to eat before I knew better I get disgusted. Not only because now I know what the ingredients are in the bottled stuff, but because of how gross they taste. Kraft lite balsamic dressing is an example of what I used to buy. Of course it was lite (reduced fat and calories) because I was scared of fat & counting calories like a typical American. Have you seen the ingredients in … [Read more...]

Featured in Paleo Living Magazine!

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A few months back I was contacted by the folks at Paleo Living Magazine asking if I'd allow them to feature one of my receipes in an upcoming edition of their magazine. It was a bit of a thrill to be honest! If you haven't heard of Paleo Living Magazine, it is an e-magazine that is published monthly for Apple and Android platforms. It's a great resource for articles and recipes that are focused on providing information that will help people find health and wellness as well as provide … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Crossfit Dropout

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I feel like my second grade self in the moments leading up to my First Penance. I can remember it pretty clearly. During the school day we'd go across the parking lot to church and each take a turn going inside the confessional so we would be familiar with our surrounding--the darkness; the quiet; the screen with the dreaded sliding door that the priest would open. When the day of our Sacrament came along, each of our parents walked us to the confessional to wait in line until one freed up. If … [Read more...]