Archive for February, 2013

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Kickstart, a health drink?

Seriously? Who comes up with this stuff? I’m baffled why someone thought this was a good idea? Why don’t you start just giving your kids a redbull with breakfast?

Yesterday PepsiCo announced they will be releasing on Feb 25th, a new breakfast drink called Mountain Dew Kickstart.

It has less caffeine than your average energy drink –  92mg in a 16 ounce can. To compare that’s MORE caffeine then in a small Tim Hortons Coffee, which was 80mg, while a medium has 100mg.

What is worse is that Kickstart only contains 5 percent real fruit juice but with only 80 calories I can see how naive parents can convince themselves that this would be a good drink for their kids. Mmmm artificial sweeteners, yummy!

It’s bad enough that people think that drinking a can of soda for breakfast is a good idea but now Kickstart is trying to make it acceptable to have a canned soda for breakfast. This is wrong in so many ways. I’m not impressed!

We will start seeing even more stories like this one, or this one in the news, before you know it! Something needs to be done to keep these kind of products off store shelves and out of kids hands.

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baby-bullet-440Baby Bullet and Marinera Recipe

One of the first things I wanted to get when I found out I was expecting was a baby bullet. I had a Magic Bullet but I liked the idea of the baby bullet, small sizes, freeze portions. I thought it was great and something I would use all the time. I wasn’t wrong!

I cook all my little girls food ahead of time and freeze small portions. I will probably wear the baby bullet out before long(shocked I haven’t yet). I make large batches of food and freeze it. It makes things super easy when I am in a hurry and can’t cook something… which is pretty much all the time :)

Anyways one of the sauces in the baby bullet cook book was a marinera sauce. My daughter loves it on her meat, so I thought I’d share it. It’s so easy!

Baby Bullet Marinera Recipe

1 steamed/boiled carrot (or 6 oz of carrot puree)

1 steamed/boiled zucchini (or 6 oz of zucchini puree)

2-3 boiled/steamed roma tomatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

1 clove of garlic

Blend all ingredients together in your baby bullet, then pour into a saucepan and heat until cooked.

Pour over pasta( I don’t eat pasta but you can use gluten free pasta) or you can pour it over meat. I use this on chicken, hamburg all the time and my daughter loves it, she gobbles it right up. She’s getting veggies she normally doesn’t eat on a regular basis and mommy is happy!

Got any great recipes you’d like to share? What do you feed your little one, share in the comments! AND if you like my post click share!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Thoughts of the weekThese are my thoughts for the week

Good Days– I haven’t had a ‘good day’ in a while. Let me explain to you what a ‘good day’ looks like to me. I get up and as I go about my day, a burst of energy comes my way. It stays, all day even during a gym workout,  long day at work and then continues into the evening. I go home roll into bed, fall asleep and have a great sleep to wake up refreshed and feeling great again the next day…

This ‘good day’ eludes me. I haven’t had it, well since pre-baby.

Lately, I wake up and I feel like I just want to roll back into bed.. AND I feel like that ALL DAY!! But alas I can’t roll back into bed, so I continue through my day and feel the same way the next day and the next.

This is what I have felt like since having my baby.. I love her to bits but having a baby, it just drains you. From being pregnant(draining), to delivery(draining), newborn baby (draining), to chasing around a 1-year-old that is curious and mobile(still draining).

Today (SO FAR) was a ‘good day’. I honestly didn’t think I could have a good day again.. ever!

I got up and felt good, then I went to the gym and I had lots of energy. I got in a good workout and still felt great afterwards and my energy level has been good all day. Unbelievable. Just hope it continues!

More thoughts of the week

Kombucha News – My Kombucha is once again brewing. This time I’m brewing two batches. The first batch I finished is ALMOST gone now and it didn’t last long, so this time, I tripled the amount HAHA 1 batch brewing is 1 gallon, the 2nd batch that’s brewing is around 2 gallons. That’s 3 gallons of Kombucha(yes I can add, yay me)! I am not sure if it’s helping me at all or if it has contributed to my rise in energy but I think it’s still too soon to tell. I’ll give you updates as time goes on.

Working out – I’m making progress at the gym, I’m so proud that my strength and endurance is coming back so quickly. Close to half of the machines I’m using I’m back to the weight I was lifting right before I got pregnant. I’ve actually exceeded the weight on two of them.. not surprising that they are both arm exercises – with all the baby lifting that I do. I’ve only gone to the gym, maybe 10 times total(if that) since the beginning of January. The cardio would probably be better if I spent more time on it but I thought it was more important to get stronger, so I focus more on weights when I go. I still do 20-30 min of cardio, which is fantastic but I haven’t stepped up the level on the cardio AT ALL. If I keep having ‘good days’ then I might be able to step that up as well.

I don’t know if I’ve lost weight, honestly I haven’t checked the scale in a week. The important thing for me is that I feel stronger and my pants feel looser. Sad to say and admit but I’m still wearing maternity pants! I know, I’m actually terribly ashamed about it but they still fit, are comfy and my old jeans(the last time I tried them on) were too tight. I’m a cheap-ass so I just haven’t bought a pair that fit me now, knowing I’m going to lose weight and eventually get back into my jeans again. Within a month or two for sure…

My strength – I would love to get to the point where I can squat or do a push up without falling flat on my face.. A girl can dream can’t she? Speaking of push ups, I saw a great blog post today over at Marks Daily Apple – it’s called Pushups the Perfect primal exercise. It explains why push ups are a great exercise(no duh) and how to progress from doing wall push ups to floor push ups. They also posted a great success story today on Marks Daily Apple that is inspirational! I love reading success stories.

Even more thoughts of the week

Inspiration – Another great inspirational story I found is over at NERD FITNESS – This guy has dropped 128 lbs in 10 months.. You can hear his story and read an update on how he is doing. Very awesome!

Slim is Simple – A couple of days ago I posted a video that I hope you all check out, it’s called Slim is Simple and it explains how to eat healthy. If you think you are eating ‘Healthy’ you may not be AT ALL!! We are doing it WRONG(who knew) and it is costing each one of us our health. So check it out and be amazed!

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My healthy diet plan – Here is my story

I’ve lost weight(60 lbs), I’ve gotten strong but is it really all about calories in calories out? What is my secret?

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This is me in June 2004

Did my healthy diet plan consist of:

  • Work out like crazy
  • Starve myself
  • Count calories
  • Keep a food journal
  • Eat Low Calorie, low-fat foods
  • Eat high fiber grains

The old 2008 Tiana would say yes to some, if not ALL of these things.

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This is me in 2010, I’m still the same weight now even after having a baby. I just really like this picture lol

I use to workout 5 times a week at the gym, count my calories, write down everything and see how much food I was eating each day. I would watch my portion sizes and limit my calories to 1200 a day. I followed the Canada’s food guide, making sure I was eating High Fibre, whole grain foods, switched to margarine, cut out the cholesterol, no saturated fats, no salt. I was eating very health, or so I thought!

Problem was, I felt worse, I lost a bit of weight but couldn’t lose anymore, I had no energy even though I was getting stronger but doing all this, it was tough and really I couldn’t sustain dieting like this for long periods of time. It was too hard. It drained me.

This was me in 2008 when I started my journey to lose weight. Little did I know, I had sooo much to learn!

I’m so thankful that I live in a time where I have information at my fingertips. I was able to research and find a way that was better… I started with what was working. I did lose some weight but why did it stop and why did I still feel so awful? It took a lot of research and experimenting to find out what I was doing wrong. Turns out, pretty much everything I was doing, was wrong.

  • I wasn’t eating enough
  • I was exercising too much, causing stress in my body
  • I was eating the wrong foods..

That last one was the hardest to discover and accept. How can it be that spaghetti, naan pesto pizza and quasadilla’s be unhealthy? The whole wheat sandwiches for lunch and the bowl of cereal every morning?

Video that outline my healthy diet plan

I came across this video today Slim is Simple and it explains my healthy diet plan very well and what I was doing wrong.. It highlights all the changes I made a few years back. I haven’t looked back. More and more people are making these changes and discovering how flawed our conventional wisdom is when it comes to our health and losing weight. Our healthy diet plans of today are so far off, it is incredible. Time for us to take our health back into our own hands. Watch the video, be amazed, make the changes and be amazed again!

If you want some ideas on what to eat, this video is great.

The non-profit organization was launched by Jonathan Bailor author of  The smarter science of slim. His organization called Slim is Simple is dedicated to providing the public with information about diet and health through compelling multimedia resources – which are FREE OF CHARGE!

Do a search on Youtube ‘Slim is simple ‘ to see more videos. It really is a great resource!

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KombuchaKombucha brewing – Easier than I thought

I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of days.. I checked on my Kombucha that was brewing the other day and it seems to be ready. It brewed for 22 days and I got a huge scoby out of it.. so now I have 2. I’m thinking of starting two batches instead of just one. One 1 gallon batch just won’t last very long. I like the thought that I’m actually eating some fermented food now and being kind to my gut, helping it heal. But having to wait 3 weeks just to drink the stuff, it’s very long when you drink a small glass a day. I give it a week and I’ll have none left. So I guess I’ll have to go look for another 1 gallon glass container to use. I have no idea where to find one here in Ottawa, any suggestions?

Store bought/home brew no comparison!

I have to say though this Kombucha I brewed doesn’t even compare to the stuff I bought in the store for $26 a bottle. The stuff in the store was very strong and was awful compared to this stuff. It tastes a million times better when you brew it yourself. It actually kind of tastes a bit like champagne and I’m sure if you double ferment to get some bubbles going, it would be similar, though I haven’t had champagne in years so hard to really compare. :)

In the photo, the jar on the right is what I put in my fridge to drink (some more went into another jar). The jar on the left is both scoby’s sitting around waiting for me to brew another batch. I’ll start brewing again in the next few days.

I’m happy my Kombucha turned out, I was a little worried because the temperature in my house is far from consistent and the batch was downstairs, which can go from very warm to cold in a few hours. (wood furnace).

It will be interesting to see how the next batch tastes as I’ll be using a combination of black tea and green tea. I’m actually not sure what tea I used when I made my first batch since it came with my kit.

Maybe after I get use to brewing this stuff I might start double fermenting to get some fizz in my drink. We will see!

Have you tried making Kombucha before? Share you stories in the comments, success, failures, what have you learned? If you like today’s post, please click share!

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