Today’s post is a follow up to yesterday’s juice versus smoothie debate. Yesterday I provided all you need to know about cold pressed juice, today, it’s all about smoothies! Personally, I don’t have a favourite between the two, but I do have favourite brands and recipes when it comes to both! My current go to for all things smoothie is @evivesmoothie Evive is another Montreal based company (which I love) who provide ready to blend smoothie cubes. Each smoothie wheel makes 1-2 smoothies and are packed with not just fruits and veggies, but vegan protein and additional superfoods as well. This is perfect for me because I don’t have to think about the flavour combination and I don’t have to buy protein separately to keep at home (which I find expensive truthfully). The best part? If you’re interested in trying them, you can use my discount code and get $10 off your next order! MichelleL10 Stay tuned! Blog post part 2 on the health benefits of smoothies is coming up. I’m still not telling you to choose one over the other, just giving you the facts so you can pick what works best for you.
As I’ve gone through the process of cutting out my multiple cups of coffee throughout the day, I’ve been looking into healthy alternatives to replace cup 2 and 3. On most days I’m finding I don’t actually need a replacement, but on the days I do, I’ve been choosing tea, smoothies or cold pressed juices. There is an ongoing debate (maybe not a widely known one, but it’s there!) over whether juicing or smoothies are “better” for you. The good thing is that both have their health benefits, and what I love about juicing is the convenience of companies that have done the work for you, so all you have to do is go to the fridge and grab one! I’ve been turning to @velishco as my go to for cold pressed juice lately. They have a ton of great flavours and delivery or pickup at their Montreal locations. Bonus- delivery is free on orders over $60! I’ve been sticking mostly to the green juices so that I get a nice boost of veggies, which is great if you find you don’t know how to incorporate enough throughout the day in your meals. Today on the blog I’m going to be posting about the health benefits of cold pressed juice. I’m not telling you to choose juice over smoothies (smoothies are coming up next!) just giving you the information so that you can make your own decisions for what works best for you.
One of the questions I get asked a lot, is “how do you do it” when it comes to getting up, getting going and getting to a morning workout. The truth is, I’m not great at it. I always try to do too much before a class and now that I’m working out mostly from home I get distracted with something else and then rush to start the class right as it begins. That absolutely doesn’t lend to the best pre-workout habits, but it’s allowed me to come up with ones that work for me. That’s the trick. There is no one size fits all secret, but there are things you can do if you’re like me and tend to leave yourself too little time to get ready before your workout. It’s important to prep your body before you work out, so chances are if you aren’t, your workouts feel more brutal than they need to and that’s why you may struggle to get into that workout groove. If your body has no fuel, it gets way more tired and you’re more likely to give up on going back because it feels discouraging. So, here are 3 simple things you can try if you have my pre-workout MO and find it’s stopping you from getting into better workout habits • Always, always have a big glass of water when you wake up to hydrate and get your system flowing • Now, have your coffee (if you’re a coffee drinker of course) • Eat something small and quick to make- rice cakes and nut butter or a smoothie with protein are simple options and take 2 minutes to prepare ** Make sure you give yourself 15 to minutes to digest before starting your class. Try these 3 things and you’ll see it will make a world of difference.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I need to be” The last few months have been interesting to say the last, but if they’ve taught me anything it’s that determination and perseverance always have a way of paying off. It may not be exactly when you want or how you saw it rolling out, but the universe has a funny way of always giving you exactly what you need 💗
We all know that drinking water is good for us, but more often than not, we just aren’t getting enough throughout the day. I was making such an effort when I was working in an office, but oddly enough when I started working from home I realized there were times I’d go the entire day without even having 1 glass. The difference? I kept a water bottle at my desk at the office filled at all times, which I wasn’t doing at home. Well, that was a simple solve. I went out, found a bottle that hold roughly 1 L of water, and now I keep it next to me all day. My goal? Make sure to finish the entire bottle between when I start work and when I finish for the day. It’s amazing how just having it next to me has so easily changed my habits. I highly recommend trying it if you find yourself not staying hydrated enough in a regular basis- It doesn’t have to be anything fancy- this one was $7 at Walmart 🤣
Today is a holiday in Quebec so officially, I have the day off. Unofficially, it’s actually been really hard to allow myself to take a day off, not just throughout this pandemic, but ever really. It’s not about a fear of not being productive, it’s about that drive to push through every second of the day striving towards that dream and end goal. I’m the first to admit that I know what needs to be done, it’s ok to relax, taking a day off doesn’t mean you’re turning your back on your goal, but I’m still trying to get to that place where I’m actually ok with that concept. Baby steps! On days like this, I commit to answering emails in the morning, and then afternoons and evenings I leave them for the next day. It’s still not a perfect day off, but at least I’m setting my own personal boundaries which is the first step in the right direction. Anyone else struggle to take a true day off these days?
I sometimes get an eyebrow raised when I start to talk about how your diet can impact your overall well-being. It’s still a newer way of thinking, and I understand how it can be hard to believe the level of the impact your diet can have on more than just your weight. I’ve been cooking and creating recipes without most of the common inflammatory ingredients and allergens for years, but during COVID I’ve really been preparing more meals for family than ever, and the results have been tangible. I have family members that have stomach issues, and since eating my meals regularly have had a significant decrease in their most common issues. To the point where I’ve had the conversation after a few days of eating my meals, they’re surprised at how good they’re feeling. The proof is in the pudding as they say! The majority of my recipes are created without these common ingredients: Refined sugars Gluten + refined carbs Dairy Soy Artificial trans fats + vegetable or seed oils I use natural substitutes for sweetners, and nut milks in place of dairy where I can. My blog has tons of recipes if you’re curious about what this way of eating looks like day to day. You’d be surprised how little change you’d actually be making
Since cutting back on coffee, I’ve been looking for other options for my afternoon drinks. I’ve been turning to tea a lot lately, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect when I received this lovely set from @healthfromtransylvania What resonated with me about @healthfromtransylvania is that the owners and founders, Ana and Mircea, are both corporate professionals, turned health entrepreneurs. They built their company 3 and a half years ago based around their passion for healthy food, something I can relate to! Now, onto the good stuff! @healthfromtransylvania makes homemade jams and teas, and now for a limited time, they’re offering a deal on their Summer Gift Set. For only $37 you get 2 teas, and 3 jams, so it’s a perfect way to get acquainted with the brand, or treat yourself to some of your faves! The Summer Gift Set includes: ❉ 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐑𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐉𝐚𝐦 (my personal favourite!) ❉ 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐄𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐉𝐚𝐦 ❉ 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐋𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐉𝐚𝐦 ❉ 𝐌𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐓𝐞𝐚 ❉ 𝐅𝐫𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐓𝐞𝐚 FREE Delivery in the Greater Montreal Area, and they deliver to 🇨🇦 and 🇺🇸 #montrealtea #canadatea #fruitjams #fruitjam #artisanjam
This picture sums up everything you need to know about my dad, in one snap. Forever a kid at heart Ready to jump in and have fun with the people he loves the most Never letting the small things get him down I’ve learned many things from my dad, but the one that has resonated the most with me throughout the years is the importance of family. I’m grateful to call him dad, and look forward to all this craziness being done so that I can safely give him a big hug. Happy Father’s Day to him and all the other amazing dads in my life
Welcome to my new normal of fitness Gyms are re-opening in Montreal as of Monday I am NOT there yet The thought of being in an enclosed room panting around other people gives me levels of anxiety I don’t need. I am very happy to continue to support trainers online and in a social distance outdoor setting. This mornings workout went from Zoom to a park in Westmount. We were one of three classes being hosted in the park. It was AMAZING to take the workout outdoors and it felt great to be “around” people. Be patient. Support your trainers digitally and at a distance. Keep yourself and them safe- it’s time to embrace a new ways of doing things. 💗 Here are just a few of my fave digital platforms or trainers offering outdoor workouts in Montreal @fitbytroy @fitfomo @asculptbody @lbfitnessmtl @pumpfitnessmtl @mccurdy86 @ckazfit