Staying Cool (and Chic)

Wherever you might be sipping cocktails this summer (a girl can dream this is what the season is all about, no?)… keep your beautiful self protected from the UV rays.

Here are just a few of my favourite items:

The Floppy Chapeau

Relax on a park bench with your juiciest book or look fabulously stylish strolling the beach with one of these…

Effortlessly chic.

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So cute. Loving the sorbet orange shorts too!

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Tour de France, anyone?

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Sunnies

Protect your bright blue-eyed beauties (or whatever shade they might be). They don’t just protect your eyes, but also the delicate skin around them.

Little Marc Jacobs number from shopbop.com

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Join the TOMS One for One movement – with great sunglasses!

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Love some Joe Fresh…

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Sunscreen

You laugh if you know me… because one would swear I have never seen the light of day. I like to think of it as beautifully fair. Fair or not, you’ll want to keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy for as long as possible. So try some of these:

Aveeno Hydrosport – plus, a non-greasy spray – my favourite kind!

To each their own, but I like this Neutrogena one for my face.

Don’t forget these precious babies. Protect your lips! This ‘Kiss My Face’ sport lip balm is great. Comes in lots of yummy flavours too.

Staying Hydrated

Last but not least, if there are one too many cocktails on the menu… remember to stay hydrated!

Simply adding some lemon or even berries and fresh mint leaves to ice water is lovely.  I like to add pomegranate seeds and mint to a little Pellegrino. You could even try strawberries and basil.

If you want more ideas for fresh flavoured water, visit one of my go-to guys, Jamie Oliver for more.

One of my other lovers.

Need tips on how to easily clean a pomegranate? This can be a project in and of itself. Visit IowaGirlEats  here.

Here’s to more healthy and sun-shiny days…

xo

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…But Then You Get Back Up

A friend of mine posted this photo the other day, and it reminded me of the relationship between me and my bike…

True story.

True story.

As you know from a previous post, about my favourite summery things, I recently purchased a bike. My first city bike. In that post, and most days, this is how I feel about my bike:

Weeee!

I love her. Betsy is her name. She’s a dandy periwinkle beauty!

That is until Sunday past. Sunday happened to be my first run-in with the streetcar tracks in the city of Toronto. I learned quickly that bike tires + tracks = recipe for disaster. Since I’m relatively new at this whole navigating the city on my bike business (but still think I got the hang pretty quickly), this was bound to happen. I feared the day.

It was a solid wipe-out. Poor Betsy (and me!). Zipping down Adelaide Street on a Sunday afternoon, trying to make it home before the rain. The claps of thunder began… minutes before my wipe-out. To make the grueling road rash that much more awesome, it started to thunder and rain on me. Good ‘ol lululemon (partially) saved the day and the mat I had strapped around me, swung around, preventing my right arm from feeling the road like my poor buttocks did.

Clearly, I did not fall off my bike enough as a child, because this seemed like the worst thing in the world in the moment.

However, I’m thankful. Thankful that while I have some solid bruises, cuts and scrapes to tell the tale of my first tumble in the Toronto streetcar tracks, I’m just fine. As is Betsy (I think).

Here’s to a few more days of rest and elevation while I wait to try again!

In the meantime, enjoy a little tune from my other boyfriend Mayer Hawthorne, because “the ills of the world, they can get you down… but then you get back up!”

Stay tuned for future (and more positive!) bike adventures.

PS: For those of you wondering, yes I was wearing a helmet. Thank goodness!

Going Gluten-free?

True story.

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As some of you know, I was attempting a 3-week gluten-free, dairy-free cleanse. This of course meant also no vino during prime patio hours.

While I am passionate about health and wellness, I also believe in moderation. This seemed a rush decision, so three weeks quickly turned into two weeks, which then turned into six days.

It was a good six-day run! However, sun-shiny days, patios and the odd glass of wine were calling my name, and quickly topped my priority list. For those of you interested in some of the recipes, or how my solid six days went, here’s a menu broken down by day:

Day 1:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk (Thorne Mediclear as recommended by my naturopath)
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Watermelon

Delicious!

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Carrots w/ hummus

Afternoon Snack:
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter
Grapes

Dinner:
Baked sweet potato fries w/ sea salt + olive oil + fresh thyme
Turkey breast w/ summer savory, onion, dash of salt/pepper, olive oil

Night Snack:
Gluten free waffle w/ blueberries + pure maple syrup

Day 2:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
Watermelon
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Soup w/ gluten free crackers
Grapes

Afternoon Snack:
Banana
Carrots w/ hummus

Dinner:
Avocado + cucumber rolls
Salmon sushi

Power out in my building = eat out. So good though!

Night Snack:
1/4 cup almonds

Day 3:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
1/4 cup almonds
Carrots w/ hummus

Lunch:
Mixed greens salad w/ chick peas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, avocado
Dressing – white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar
Soup w/ gluten free crackers
Grapes

While I prefer to make my own, this was a goodie in a rush.

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Afternoon Snack:
Watermelon
Carrots w/ hummus

Dinner:
Soup of the Day from Fresh Restaurant on Spadina
Italian raw bowl from Fresh – zucchini noodles tossed with basil pesto, garnished with kale chips, grape tomatoes, Fresh Protein Boost and sun-dried tomatoes (asked them to hold the tomatoes)
Negril Beach smoothie from Fresh – coconut milk, mango, banana

Night Snack:
Flourless Cashew cookies from Sweets from the Earth

Day 4:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Gluten free cereal w/ almond milk

Morning Snack:
Watermelon
Double decaf Americano (a bit of a cheat, but learned that the Swiss Water decaffeinating process is 99.9% caffeine-free – that’s okay right?)

Lunch:
Fresh turkey sausage (from my favourite butcher, Whitehouse Meats at St. Lawrence Market)
Grapes + figs

Afternoon Snack:
Amaranth and Kiwani Cream w/ almond milk + pure maple syrup from GoGo Quinoa (tastes kind of like Cream of Wheat, only it’s gluten-free)
Fresh cherries

If you’re ever looking to purchase…However, I recommend less almond milk to keep it thick and creamy. Much better that way!

Gluten-free alternative to oatmeal

Dinner:
Treated myself to Thai food from Khao San Road (only picking gluten-free, peanut-free items w/ chicken) – SO worth it :)

Night Snack:
Strawberries

Day 5:

Breakfast:
Double decaf Americano + almond milk + honey
Berry Whole Food Energy bar from Green Superfood

Yummy (but pretty pricey snack at $3.99 a pop!)

Morning Snack:
Late breakfast, so sort of skipped the snack

Lunch:
Sweet potato, orange, fennel soup from The Big Carrot
Mixed greens, beets, carrots salad w/ tahini dressing (also from The Big Carrot)

Afternoon Snack:
Sea salt Rice chips w/ hummus

Dinner:
Jamaican Jerk Salmon w/ mango, black bean, pineapple salsa (as seen in SELF special edition magazine – also available here online)

This is where we introduce the roommate, Francesca, to seafood – a success!

Night Snack:
Rice chips w/ guacamole (avocado, red onion, cilantro, dash of ground coriander, ground cumin, lots of lime)

Day 6:

Breakfast:
Protein drink made w/ water OR rice milk OR almond milk
Banana

Morning Snack:
Blueberry Ginseng herbal tea
Apple
Plain rice cake w/ sunflower seed butter

Lunch:
Potato, leek and fennel soup (made a batch on Sunday and froze in servings for the week) – took this recipe from the Fresh cookbook, but made a few alterations based on preference
Mango, black bean, pineapple salsa w/ rice crackers

So many yummy recipes in here!

Afternoon Snack:
Guacamole w/ rice crackers
Cherries

Dinner:
Brown rice w/ cherries and chicken rice dish (got this recipe from Whole Foods website and substituted the chicken for lean turkey)

Omnomnom

Recommend a little less cherries than the recipe, since they can be pretty overpowering. Just a personal preference…

Night Snack:
Tea w/ gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free Honey Graham cookies from The Big Carrot

This isn’t advised for everyone. I first learned about this (and implemented it strictly once before with the guidance of my naturopath during the summer of 2010). For full details on the cleanse, download the PDF here.

Whether this is something you’re interested in trying, or just looking for a couple healthy recipes, I hope this was helpful!

Unfortunately (and fortunately!) day six was followed by a strong desire to do this:

Ahhh…

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So I threw in the towel. Remember though…

They are really the big things.

Happy Healthy Eating!

xo

“I have a surprise for you…”

A few weeks ago, I posted this on one of my Pinterest boards:

Stop. Perfection.

Yesterday afternoon, I received a text saying:  “I have a surprise for you, and I know you will LOVE it.”

My first reaction was to dig for hints, but of course I was getting nowhere. The texting culprit is a sneaky one! He showed up at my apartment last night with this on his hand. Mr. Prokaziuk saw this on my Pinterest, and tracked it down from Etsy.

Looks like I should keep him around a while longer :)

I love, love. That’s all!