First of all if anyone has read any of the Jessica Darling novels, you’ll know all about Marcus Flutie, and probably have a crush on him too. When I read this series back in high school, I remember reading this quote. “My thoughts create my world.” I scribbled it on the inside of every journal.
It’s still a little hard to believe it’s 2018. I moved to Kelowna almost 3 years ago, and despite so many changes that have happened in my life, I can’t help but feel a little bit stuck. Kind of like I was more ahead of the game 3 years ago than I am right now. As
Yes yes, it’s that time of year again. Christmas decorations are coming out of the closet, people start shopping for presents for people they only see once a year, and the flu comes through town like a freight train. Just like clockwork, the weather gets colder and sick calls start coming in. Whether you’ve been
Hey guys! I’m here with another gut health post, what else is new? I figure, the more I preach, the more I educate, and the more I banter about the importance of loving your guts, maybe you guys actually will? (And maybe the doctors will start prescribing probiotics when patients with mental health issues enter
What IS conscious eating, exactly? I never actually realized how unconsciously I ate until I started to create awareness and presence around food. Often we eat staring at our computers or phones (guilty), while driving to work in the morning (also guilty), or late at night, watching Bachelor in Paradise while simultaneously petting your slightly
Wow my titles are getting SO creative! WELL, it’s officially summer in the Okanagan. The city of Kelowna is blooming, the sunshine is hotter than ever, and there are not enough fun activites to do! Of course we’ve been covered in a smokey haze this last week but that didn’t take away from all the
Read a motivation quote. Like. Screen shot maybe.
Like that girl’s photo you haven’t spoken to in two years.
Drool over the insta-famous fashion blogger’s cute dress, bag, and angle shot that you can never seem to replicate.
Scroll some more.
Like every single pomeranian photo, because you follow all the popular
Alright, alright, alright, so my precious Kobo has been accumulating some dust lately. Actually, cat hair would be more accurate. I don’t know when I stopped picking up my little digital reading device but lately I’ve been spending my spare time sending memes out to my girlfriends and laughing uncontrollably by myself. I’m sorry, but no one is
Ah May, you started off a little cray. I felt like Serena Van Der Woodsen running around town and hitting up dinner parties and social events, as well as driving to Edmonton spontaneously just to witness the Oilers Playoff atmosphere. Which was well worth it I may add. I’m calling it the year as yes, but as I
Well April has come and gone! I’m just now getting to my April post for #yearofselflove. Very consistent Kell. I’m just too busy with my girls trips, staycations, and cheering on the Oilers. I should also note it hasn’t even broken 20 degrees here…
This would be common if say I lived in Edmonton or
Amazing adventure. Incredible friends. Ridiculous laughs. Delicious food.
Just a few things that come to mind when I think about my three weeks travelling through Central America. I was going to write a 3 Part Blog about each country we traveled to (Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua), but I think it’s more efficient to
My February month of self-love plans may have changed a wee bit. It was supposed to be Fit February, and it still kind of is? I just, can’t actually exercise very much because I pulled my back! It’s very frustrating. Even more frustrating when you think you’re healed, then go hammer out some heavy squats
So excited January is coming to an end! And even more excited I’m feeling 100% better than when this month started. I mean I blame Strep throat for feeling crappy in the beginning but regardless, I am thinking 2017 is going to be a very promising year.
January’s #yearofselflove was ensuring I fuel myself with nutrient
One week of 2017 in the books and my #yearofselflove has already been making an impact in my life!
If you’ve read my first post you’ll know that my January #yearofselflove monthly practice consists of eating nourishing foods. And that doesn’t mean everything I eat needs to contain X amount of antioxidants or X amounts
Happy New Year everyone!!! I can’t believe it’s 2017 already. I also turned 28 over the holidays and am pretty excited to do BIG things this year.
The general consensus of my social media feeds (including my own) is that 2016 kinda.. sucked. Like sucked bad. Did 2016 reallllly suck or did we all just
Guys, my birthday is this month! Actually it’s this week. I thought I would hate getting older as I near 30, but I actually have never been more excited in my life! Okay lies, I’m pretty much this excited every time I have a few spare hours to watch The Office and hang with Marlow
So guys, I did a juice cleanse. Actually I did a juice and bone broth cleanse. BIG difference.
First off, my diet has always been geared towards higher fat, lower carbohydrate. It just has, it’s how I roll. Do I love carbs? Obviously. But I would rather fuel myself with rich, nutrient dense healthy fats
What is this bone broth talk? I get asked this all. The. Time.
“Kel, what’s the deal with bone broth?” “Why are you drinking that stuff?” “Ew you drink that for fun?”
If you think this whole “witches brew” thing is just a fad, well then, you’re probably right… But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good
Ah change, you love it, or you hate it.
Especially when that change includes your job, home, relationships, lifestyle, or diet. We cling to what we know, & we cling to our habits. Studies suggest it takes 21 days to develop or change a habit, but I’ve also heard it could take up to 66 days!
So obviously I had to write a blog post about yam toasts. It’s all the rave these days, and I’m not wasting anytime hopping on the trend train. The foodie in me couldn’t wait to start the hashtag fun! I mean, first it was avocado toast, or #avotoast if you will, and now
What a beautiful time of year! The leaves are changing, scarves and boots come out of your closet, and autumn flavours are out in full swing. Apple cinnamon muffins, peach cobblers, or pumpkin spice anything has my name all over it. Even though summer is over, everyone starts soaking up the holiday cheer starting with Thanksgiving,
It just seems so simple. Change your thoughts, change your life. Such a popular topic lately… and something I’ve been very keen on researching as developing these healthy thinking habits have been linked to decreasing symptoms of depression.
It seems as if everyone’s “thinking habits” and how they contribute to their happiness comes up in
This week, and September in general, is all about removing toxins. Raise your hand if your summer was filled with sweets and treats, palm bays and beers, too much take out food, and late night eats? (Insert girl emoji with hand raised). Now I can’t say that I have been consistent this month, as Summer
Over the past few weeks I have heard/read/spoken the phrase “The grass is not always greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.”
I wish I could say I agree with this… but lately I am definitely in the mind frame that the grass IS greener on the other side, that there is always
Fact: the title of this is referring to me completing my holistic nutrition program and NOT readying myself for the worlds demise due to global warming, the election 2016, and instasnapchat. But the truth is, I am SO TIRED of completing case study after case study and it’s 5 am so I’m going to try
Okay, so I’ve recently embarked on the journey of getting off oral contraceptives, and instead switching to a less estrogen dominant and thus hormone dysregulating product. If there’s ONE thing I’ve learned in my program, it’s the negative effects that oral contraceptives have on your hormones, and your body. I’m going on 13 years taking
So I just finished an Eco-Nutrition course, and am immediately inspired by what I learned. Not only am I more motivated to STOP shopping at grocery stores that support factory farming, but I think I’m considering limiting the amount of meat I eat in general. Daily, weekly, whenever. First of all, I don’t need
Okay I know that’s not a word. But I heard someone talk about it on a podcast and then laughed, and then decided to write some nonsense about it. And by adding the -ing it is really confusing, and almost sounds like I’m talking about a shoulder. But basically, I’m talking about that one word
I’ve been done Whole 30 for a week now! I quickly realized however, that my body does not like sugar. I may have gotten into a chocolate bunny or two, some reese peanut butter cups, AND girl guide cookies hiding in my freezer (gluten filled and everything!)
So I realize after being on a clean
This by far is one of my favourite recipes, and will definitely be thrown into my weekly food prep rotation. I used to always think cauliflower was lacking nutrition, due to it;s boring white color! But in reality, these little florets are a perfect vehicle for your perfect spice and is a powerhouse of vitamins
I cannot believe I ACTUALLY completed a Whole 30. I am pretty fricken proud of myself. 30 days. No grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, alcohol. Anytime I make a goal for myself, I just have to attack it. It took myself a loooong time to convince myself to actually go through with it, and with
And just like that, I am 2/3 of the way finished Whole 30! Honestly it doesn’t even feel like I am on a specific “diet” or have any limitations on my current eating habits. It’s just, life. Someone made a face when I said I couldn’t have any wine at a restaurant and it didn’t
Officially 1/3 through this crazy journey and I feel absolutely amazing. My skin is brighter, my sleep is sounder (when I do fall asleep.. still struggle with adjusting after working night shifts), and my energy is soaring. Along with following a Whole 30 diet, I am also keeping active everyday, whether it be running outside,
Believe it or not, I have never done a Whole 30. I’ve been a paleo advocate for over 5 years, a firm believer in the “80/20” approach, and have never completed a Whole 30.
So why did I decide now to complete one? Firstly, my instructor in my preventative nutrition class was talking about therapeutic diets
I forgot how much fun it was to live with a girlfriend. 24/7 girl talk, wine and chocolate on the ready (don’t worry, we make sure we eat plenty of vegetables and green smoothies!), binge watching The Mindy Project without judgement, and our favorite thing as of late: boy talk. It reminds me that
I love February. Whether you’re spending this month celebrating your love for a special someone, or simply single like me, it’s a great reason to spoil yourself and pass it off as practicing “self-love”. First up, these gorgeous Tiffany’s glasses that not only give me butterflies everytime I put them on but also provide me
Is it possible to still prep for a goal (or even a competition) without becoming fully engulfed with counting, tracking, and “obsessing” over food? I know how important it is to monitor your intake, because at the end of the day “calories in vs calories out” is really what’s going to be responsible for weight
I moved! I am officially settled in to a new suite up on Black Mountain with my new roommate Hallie. I’m sure you will see many posts about our adventures in the future. For our first dinner I whipped up this delicious pesto chicken spaghetti squash. It was Hallie’s first time having spgahetti squash! Trust
After lying in bed for a good 45 minutes this morning I figured there were other ways to be productive than catching up on Kendall Jenner’s instagram. Yoga didn’t start for 3 more hours, the gym doesn’t open til 7 am, and my stomach was growling! I quickly googled some general muffin recipes, threw on
It’s funny how you can eat healthy, nutritious, nutrient dense foods, get plenty of sleep, and still wind up sick on the couch with loads of herbal tea and a roll of toilet paper because you’ve ran out of Kleenex. To be completely honest, I feel a little stupid walking around with a rudolf nose, itchy
Happy New Years Everyone!
I am extremely excited for 2016! First of all, I graduate from CSNN this summer! If you don’t know what that is, it is the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where I am studying Holistic Nutrition. I do truly love working as a psychiatric nurse, but would love to balance it
Merry Christmas everyone!
I was spoiled this year and got so many beautiful thoughtful gifts. I’ve probably has at least ten cups of tea in this mug already 🙂
I am so unbelievably excited for the New Year! I also just celebrated a birthday so I feel like I am getting a new start
I can’t believe I’m already finished a module of my program! It honestly feels like I just started yesterday, but here I am, 1/4 finished the Holistic Nutrition program and I still have my head on straight.
Going back to school after taking a few years off was definitely a hard decision. Actually, the decision
I love the holidays!! I love watching the seasons change. I love the holiday cheer and the holiday baking. I love sitting on my couch, with a cup of tea, the fireplace crackling, and the tree lit up. I don’t think there’s anywhere else I’d rather be.
Although there’s many scary things in the world happening
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I couldn’t wait to hop out of bed and make these! After just coming off a night shift and sleeping in until noon, it really was the perfect time to roll up my sleeves and make some pancakes. I used to always make these a few years back, as
Guys, I went to Mexico! It was absolutely amazing. Every single second of it. Even though I moved to a “vacation” town here in Kelowna, it still felt SO good to get on a plane, disconnect, relax in the sunshine, read something OTHER than human anatomy and physiology (although I should have been keeping up
Stress. Thought of to be the most important factors when considering your risk for disease. How do I know this? My textbook says it. And it was a question on my test.. And I nailed it ok? So for now on believe everything I say.
I’m kidding. Listen to what the World Health Organization says and
I had quite an eventful weekend as usual. And by eventful I mean filled with delicious food. Food I didn’t have to stress about or feel guilty about after consuming, food that I thoroughly enjoyed after every bite, and food that I pushed away from me after I felt full. These are simple actions people
Thanksgiving weekend wrapped up pretty great for me. I finally felt relaxed, after such a busy few weeks. I am usually a go go go person-work, study, gym, sleep. Sometimes I find myself staring at the TV, only to realize I’m not paying any attention to what’s going on, and actually have a million different thoughts
Thanksgiving is definitely my favourite time of year. Surrounded by food and family, love and laughter, desserts and wine. What else can you ask for? I was unable to go back home to Edmonton due to school and work commitments, but luckily my second family drove up for the weekend. The first night my boyfriend
Since starting school a few weeks ago, I have absolutely loved getting back into a routine. From planning meals and workouts, to study sessions and organizing date nights, I love being BUSY. Yes summer is fun; sun is shining, beach is hoppin, but there’s something about getting back down to business, being productive and
Such a busy week in my little world of Kelly! I managed to work 60 hours at the hospital (never again!) on top of attending classes twice a week, and all of that fun studying that goes along with it. For the record, colorful pens make studying a LOT more fun. Nothing like regressing back
Okay okay, this drink defeats the purpose of Bulletproof Coffee. BP Coffee usually consists of a cup of your favorite coffee, a couple table spoons of either grassfed butter, MCT oil, or brain octane oil, and maybe a little bit of vanilla extract and cinnamon, but I couldn’t resist myself! I usually drink this while
Since returning to school, and having an endless to do list, I needed to come up with a morning routine that I can establish to ensure I set myself up for success, rather than failure. We’ve all had those mornings where you press snooze a few too many times, and end up rushing to
This past weekend I had the privilege of taking my best friend Ashley out to celebrate her birthday! Her birthday may have been in July, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it a little later! We’ve both been incredibly busy; me with work, and Ashley is slowly starting her own business as well as
I can’t believe I’ve never made these! I think I remember making protein balls awhile back, but they were nothing like these little delicious balls of bliss. Literally. It helps having a vitamix too, that thing blasts anything you throw in there!
I don’t know if karma is after me, but today I decided to
I’m not sure if I was just craving comfort food, or itching to twirl something around my fork like I did when I used to eat ichiban noodles three times daily when I was in Elementary. Okay not really 3 times, but often enough. I DID eat some nutritious food.. broccoli and cheese sauce anyone?
Today I had the most invigorating yoga class yet. Some yoga classes I flow through the movements, no distressing thoughts, but not entirely “in the zone”…maybe thinking about dinner, or plans for the rest of the evening. This class was different. First of all I left my phone at home. I don’t need to be checking
This has been such a busy week but incredibly needed. My girlfriend and fellow graduate Carolina flew in to Kelowna on Tuesday and I’ve been keeping her busy and making sure she gets the best Kelowna experience!
On Tuesday we went for a quick walk after settling in. I was planning on going for