Posts Tagged ‘health’

Returning to Cook. Write. Garden. Repeat.

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi guys!  I have missed my food and healthy living blog. I have all these great recipes and photos to share with you that have been building up over the last three months. Plus I am planning a new garden which will debut in the spring! Actually lots of garden plans are in the works.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

Vegetable Gardening for Small Spaces I have been reading many blogs and books and I’ll share with you some of the specifics of using the space you have to grow vegetables and herbs.

Worm Composting Kitchen Scraps Why worms make sense for folks living in apartments or condos.

Quick Wholesome Meals: Recipes that come together in 30 minutes that are tasty, mindful of your body and your pocket books.

Canning and Preserving I really enjoyed it last year and I will be planning my year out.  When and How will be the big ones shared and recipes!

Ideas for Nourishing Packable Snacks and Lunches I have a full time job and I’ll reveal to you what I bring to work for breakfast, lunch and snacks that are easy, wholesome and healthy.

Foraging for Wild Fruit, Fungus and Fronds As we head into spring it’ll be time to gather fern fronds, wild onions, ramps and wild berries.  I look forward to some great Hikes too…

Well, I think that should keep me plenty busy.

By the way, what do you think of my new blog design? I’m still working on the heading. If you notice anything that isn’t working or confusing let me know.


Hayley, I am Sorry…

October 1, 2010 2 comments

I have to say I am sorry for being MIA for the past little while.  We have had some big stressors going on at home and in my life.

We live in an apartment building and I recently found out that other apartments in the build on the other side and on different floors have some unwanted visitors.  This is hard for me to say because I feel there is a such a negative stigma but I am going to share.  2 Apartments on the 3rd and 4th floor have bed bugs.   From what I have read and been told (as I can not look at those website without beginning to have an anxiety attack) is that this is very common right now across North America.  None the less I feel uncomfortable in my home. 

My landlord has informed us that we do not have them. Which has eased my mind slightly although I still worry.  That’s what I do.  I have not been posting because I have been home very little. 

Also, this week (Wednesday) I had a Colonoscopy and an Endoscopy which was a HORRIBLE experience.  The doctors are still trying to figure out what causes the horrid pain I have every so often and why I have to go to the bathroom so frequently. I have to Thank Ellie for being there for me and for making me soup when she brought me home!!

Yet I am feeling a bit better, and I am looking forward to sharing more of my successes…

I have been going to the gym regularly as well… more on that to come!

This is an apology to myself for letting my demons get the best of me.  I am a clean and healthy happy person.  For a couple weeks I did not feel that way.  From time to time you may see more of these posts.  Its a way for me to address my inner concerns and get to the root of my problem.

How do you cope with stressors? Do you keep a journal?? Are you willing to share your weakness??

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To Juice or Not to Juice

August 28, 2010 4 comments

I have recently been in a Green Monster kick.  Which have been truly delicious.  Although I have noticed that there are a few bloggers who have a juicer.  I have been interested in purchasing one.

I have read the reviews on a few different brands.  The best I have seen so far (which is in my budget range) is the Hamilton Beach Juice Extractor.

Hamilton Beach 67650H Big Mouth Pro Juice Extractor

I would love some input from others as to whether purchasing a juicer would be advantageous. 

The Whole Life Challenge 2010

August 12, 2010 1 comment

For any and all who followed before I had done the Whole Life Challenge back in June 2009.  Well lets say I fell off the wagon.  Given my current state with the potential of having Crohn’s or IBD I will be revamping and restarting the Whole Life Challenge.  I intend to have this last for me for 1 month (to start) or 4 weekly posts with how and what is going on with my challenge.  I hope to continue after wards. This challenge will begin on August 16th (the same day I start my new job).

Some of my changes:

  • Eat BREAKFAST every day.
  • Take the stairs in the apartment. (Can’t at work, alarms will sound)
  • Take a 30 minute walk each day
  • No POP!! (Big one for me to break)
  • Drink more water
  • Do Yoga 30 minutes 3 times a week
  • Do lengths 3 times a week
  • Limit Sugar intake
  • Eat more fibre (In hopes to ease tummy issues)
  • Pack a lunch everyday (no lunch at the office)
  • Enjoy the small things!
  • Read a book in that time… Maybe 2
  • Research joining a gym

Please feel free to join in!! Comment on your own progress on your blog and link back to the week your in.  I will be having weekly posts to show you how I did the week before.

  1. August 22th 2010 (Completion of Week 1)
  2. August 29th 2010 (Completion of Week 2)
  3. September 5th 2010 (Completion of Week 3)
  4. September 12th 2010 (Completion of Week 4 and  WLC)
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Health Issues

August 11, 2010 1 comment

I have let some know that there have been some medical issues.  I have been suffering a lot of pain.  The doctors are not sure what is wrong just yet. Although my Nan had Crohn’s and they think I might have it as well…

Basically I am in sharp pain.   I have not been able to pin point trigger foods.  I wish I knew what I should do… I have founds some links:’s-disease.html

If  you have any suggestions or tips I would be happy to hear them!! I know there are probably a lot of people who suffer from this or have the symptoms although do not think anything is wrong.  To be honest, I did not realize there was an issue.

So I have been trying to figure out what I should eat.  Low Fiber, No Fiber, Gluten Free? I would again greatly appreciate any input!

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Who is your Guru?

August 4, 2010 3 comments

Is there a person in your life you look to for advice?  Are they a friend or family member? Or do you have more that one.

I have many Guru’s.  I feel that one should have a multitude of life experiences which in my opinion bring us Gurus.

I posted last week that reaching out to a stranger can be a GREAT thing.  Well I would like to say that Rita @ The Giggly Bits has become my Motivation and Healthy living Guru.  (Surprise Rita).

She has written many posts that I whole heartedly recommend.  Her most recent post is to create a vision board and to write a mission statement for your healthy lifestyle.  So I took her advice and here is my Healthy Mission Statement (note it may evolve as it is a work in progress):

“Ensuring to promote healthy lifestyle by learning and exploring food options. Promoting a stronger and flexible body, mind and soul, by partaking in physical exercise and yoga.”

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Product Review Greens+ Smoothie

First all I have to say is the bag TOTALLY LIES!! My best friend E. is doing a product review of the Greens+ Smoothie and well I had been considering trying those products.  Well last weekend E and her hubby came down to my little B&B.  So Saturday morning before our great adventure (posts to come) E. made up 2 green drinks with apple juice.

It was so not good!!! The bag truely lies!! So I deciede to blend it with some froozen stawberries and ice.  Still no change still tasted HORRID.  FYI Pinching your nose so does not help either.  Well I drank it all. I had to chase each gulp with water.

Note: Just because it says on the outside smooth texture and great taste – be weary. Products LIE!!