3 Tips for Enjoying the Holidays (no weight-gain required!)

holiday stress

For many of us, the holiday season is anything but calm.

Gifts to buy, crowds to fight, family to visit, parties to attend, deadlines to meet, resolutions to contemplate and healthy diets to maintain can all leave us feeling slightly frazzled and overwhelmed.

But, if you’re struggling to lose weight it can be a particularly challenging time of year.

That’s why if I could give you just 3 pieces of advice to take with you over the holidays it would be these 3 things. Continue reading

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

This past Friday night was pizza night over here! However, the pizza we had was nothing like I’ve ever had before. Sure, I’ve had gluten-free pizzas made from various different flours but this one was made from cauliflower – not grain. A true vegetable-centric pizza at its best!

And better yet, it was a properly combined pizza given there was no heavy starch (i.e. grain) + protein combo that usually makes pizza so heavy and oftentimes difficult to digest. Continue reading

When Eating Healthy Doesn’t Translate to Weight-loss

You’re a health enthusiast.

You have a love for all things whole, natural and pure.

You’re hip to quinoa, chia and kale, and can make a mean green smoothie.

Generally speaking you feel pretty good, well, better than you did before at least.

There’s only one thing. The scale hasn’t budged in months and you’re feeling a little thick around the waistline, in spite of all your healthy ways.

You’re doing everything right. Or so you thought. So what gives?

Sound familiar? Continue reading

Instead of That…Try This!

Looking for a healthier alternative to your daily Frappuccino or coffee fix?

Look no further!

Combine the following ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth:

  • 1 frozen (ripe) banana
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or your favorite dairy alternative
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 tbsp of *Teecino OR ground organic espresso (or whole beans)

Optional ingredients:

  • 1-2 dates (for added sweetness)
  • 1 tbsp of raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon and/or natural vanilla extract

* Teecino is a caffeine-free herbal coffee alternative that you can find at your local health-food store.

Enjoy!

p.s. If you’ve been living off those Starbuck’s “Treat Receipts” this summer you might be dissappointed to know they came to end yesterday (at least here in Canada). No need to fret though as this alternative isn’t only healthier, it will also keep some $ in your wallet if you happen to have one of those daily frou-frou coffee habits;)

Don’t forget to sign-up for my upcoming 4-week holistic nutrition & wellness program running September 12th – October 3rd. Early Bird special is still in effect until Wednesday, August 29th!

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My Top Detox Tips + Maple Glazed “Shrooms”

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being featured over on my good friend Joy McCarthy’s blog Joyous Health! I shared my Top 10 Detox Tips for Living the Detox Lifestyle in a two-part series that you can check out here and here.

Secondly, if you’re a mushroom lover like myself, then you’ll definitely want to try this mouth-watering recipe below. This quickly became one of my summer staple dinners and I’ve had fun experimenting with a variety of different mushrooms, herbs and spices to keep it interesting! Continue reading

Mojito Madness

I’ve always loved the taste of a good mojito! The delicious combination of freshly squeezed lime juice coupled with the flavour of fresh mint was always enough to tantalize my taste-buds and perk my spirits. Wait…or was it the rum? ;)

In any case, after stocking up my kitchen with lots of fresh limes and mint this past weekend I decided to reinvent the classic mojito taste in virgin-style, sans the refined sugar, that can be enjoyed anytime of the day (including breakfast!) and won’t leave you with a hangover if you drink more than one! Continue reading

Summer Solstice

Summer is officially here in the Northern Hemisphere! Well technically it starts this evening at 7:09pm (EDT) but let’s not get lost in the minor details;)

If today’s temperature is any indication of what’s in-store for us here in Toronto I can tell you that I’m going to be sipping on a lot of coconut water throughout the summertime.

Coconut water, also known as “nature’s sports drink”, is brimming with important electrolytes, particularly potassium, that our bodies lose through times of intense sweating – especially during exercise and/or hot weather conditions.  As I tell all my clients – ditch the Gatorade loaded with refined sugar, additives and artificial colours and go straight for the coconut water! Continue reading

Springing into Summer! (plus a fresh recipe)

Not to jump the gun but things have been heating up around here!  Spring is in full bloom here in Toronto but given the gorgeous long weekend we just had I must say it felt a bit more like summer. I’m not complaining though!

Since everything in nature is cyclical, it’s no surprise that we naturally gravitate towards lighter fare when the weather warms up. Hey, nobody wants to feel weighed down by their body when the sun is shining brightly and beckoning to come play outside! Continue reading

The Power of REAL Food!

Hello Everybody! Its been a little while I know.

First off I’d like to say happy first day of March to you all!

And second, I’d like to take this opportunity to inform you all about an upcoming workshop I’m leading over at the Kyla Fox Therapy Centre next weekend on Saturday March 10th.

Come spend a cozy Saturday morning with me learning all about the Power of REAL food!

In this 2-hour session I will be covering:

  • The difference between real food and fake “phood”
  • How to liberate yourself from calorie counting forever
  • Why most diets miss the mark when it comes to true and lasting health
  • The importance of proper digestion and how you can improve it
  • The difference between feeling truly energetic vs. stimulated (i.e. by coffee and sweets)
  • How to simplify your diet so that you can enjoy quick and healthy meals in a pinch
  • Important lifestyle practices to help you eat mindfully
  • Some of my favourite must-have foods to incorporate into your diet now

Leave this session feeling inspired and empowered around food!

To register or learn more please click here. Hope to see your beautiful smiling faces there!

In other news, take a look at this pretty pic I snapped when I was out for an afternoon stroll the other day. Now that spring is just a few weeks away I’m hopeful that more sun-drenched days like this one are just around the corner!

xo Elaine

 
 
Top photo via vegnews.com