Posts

Raw / Vegan Green Soup

If after the holidays you are left feeling sluggish, a little heavy feeling, maybe a few extra pounds on as well, then this you may like.
I also know after the holidays of some over indulgents this may also seem boring, but you and your body will love you for it!!
It’s easy to make, quick, simple, healthy, tasty, nutritious , full of enzymes, vitamins and nutrients, and will help you lose that sluggish, tired and feeling a little full feeling!!

Great for lunches, light dinners or even a snack.

Green Soup

–  Big Handful of Organic (if possible) Spinach

–  1 chopped up Carrot

–  1 chopped up Celery stick

– 1 clove of Garlic

–  juice of 1/2 Lime (or Lemon)

– 1/2 cup Parsley

– sea salt to taste

–  1/2 Avocado

–  3/4 cup Water

Throw all ingredients into your Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth.  For more of a creaminess you can add the whole Avocado or cut back a little on the water, if you want it thinner add a little more water.

This is a guideline, but you can throw any vegetable in, but you want lots of greens….spinach , kale, collards etc and herbs….use any that you like.  Garlic and salt adjust to your liking……just don’t use table salt!!

If you want it warm, you can slight warm it on the stove, BUT do NOT heat it or boil it as it will kill all the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  We are programmed to eat HOT foods or think we need them and I know at times living in the rainforest here that I want warming foods……add spices like cumin, chili peppers etc to warm you up inside.

Experiment with the flavors and if you are needing to chew, when you’ve got the soup to how you like it, throw in a few veggies and just pulse for a min or two so you will have a chunky soup or have some crackers with it.

Enjoy!!

JB

Fresh Fruit Pie

Fresh Fruit Pie

Easy, healthy, quick, tasty and raw!! People won’t believe it….what else can I say??

Enjoy!!

JB

Read more

EFT, Food & U

EFT, Food & U

If you are not familiar with EFT, it’s not short for Electronic Funds Transfer…..it’s short for Emotional Freedom Technique or otherwise known as Tapping.

I believe that EFT is an amazing tool to help anyone overcome many things that may be holding them back.

It’s energy physchology which is not new but it is to so many of us. Science, Quantum Physics and backing this more than ever now.

Energy is everywhere and we many not be able to see it, but often we feel it or sense it.  Many times we don’t listen to it when our bodies are telling us no, as our heads get in the way.  It is like electricity, we don’t have to see it for it to work, or even believe it it is there and does it’s thing…….just like energy.

EFT is a simple way is pshychological acupressure.  One taps on varies acupressure points while focusing on the thought, feeling, memory that is leaving a person feel anything but good.

In this short video I share some ideas of using EFT when one is struggling with some food issues as overweight and emotional eating are at an all time high.  I speak from experience of my days of disordered eating.

To learn EFT or understand it more, or have the tapping points, you can download a copy of my EFT Manual which I highly recommend.

Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

And as always please feel free to share this with any friends or leave a comment.

Have a beautiful day!!

JB

Healthy, Tasty, Quick Green Drink

Green Drink

Here is a quick way that is tasty too of getting extra greens, fiber and other good things in.

Greens are full of enzymes and

Enjoy!!

JB

The Chicken & The Pig

So one day the chicken and the pig were having a discussion on commitment and participation.  The chicken says to the pig, “Hey I know commitment because I give an egg each day for breakfast!”

To which the pig replied…..”Honey that ain’t commitment that is participation……I give bacon…..Now that is COMMITMENT!!”

Where in your life, health, business, relationships are you participating or hoping instead of jumping in and committing?

That is also how the Law of Attraction works, when you are committed – with clear, strong intentions – things happen.  That is not to say that action isn’t necessary and that it may seem hard at times, but you know what you want and where you are going /doing……not hoping….BIG difference.

So, where in your life are you committed or just participating……your results will tell you.

Make it a great day!!

JB

Getting Off Yo Yo Dieting

Getting Off Yo Yo Dieting

How many times have you started a ‘diet’ only to find yourself craving the foods you said you wouldn’t eat any longer or doing good for a few hours or a couple of days then gorging on almost anything in the evening?  Or just having a bite of something ‘forbidden’ then feeling guilty, eating it all, then feeling even more guilt and then just letting lose eating anything and everything?  Or trying one of the qazillion ‘diets’ out there only to find that you are eating the same thing day in and day out……how fun or nutritious is that??

I thought eating somewhat healthy was common sense, but due to all the different ‘diets’ out there, all the mis leading advertising….low fat, high protein etc etc, eat for your blood type or eye color or depending on what beach you live on, it can be quite confusing to say the least!!!  And if you follow the food pyramid – Standard American Diet….SAD or even some dieticians, it can be overwhelming.

As I am writing this I am sitting in a funky cafe on the Sea to Sky Hwy and it’s so cool to see what this cafe is offering for food.  Healthy yet simple things and the place is packed……my kind of vibe!!  They make a killer Green drink too!!

Over the next couple of weeks, my goal is to focus on some easy, sensible, simple, yet effective changes one can make in one’s way of eating  ( and even thinking) so that diet is NO LONGER a part of one’s vocabulary or way of living……because it sucks!!!!

I will be providing more recipes on healthy, natural and nutritious yet simple to do recipes so that making changes or substitutions can be done easily and have the ability to stick to them.

But we are going to even do more than that as it can and will extend out in other areas of your life as well.

It begins with your thoughts……about food, your body and even your life (work, relationships, pleasures)

Eating should be fun, joyful, nutritious and even involve the senses.  I know not everyone likes to be a chef in the kitchen or doesn’t always have the time, BUT in my world I believe that when we do take the extra time it pays off in how we feel .  Before you know it it becomes part of our routine or habit and it’s not alot of effort.  If we don’t put care into what and how we feed our body (and even our minds) then how can we expect to live a quality life??

I joke often that women put more attention on getting their nails and hair done or even facials and men more time on their vehicles yet totally ignore what they put into their bodies.

Quality vs Quantity.

Calories / Nutrition in vs Calories / Nutrition out.

When we can transition to healthier ways of eating and thinking, then times like New Years become less important as we won’t have the cycle of in the moment (and usually after a couple of drinks :)) of making these great changes only to find by the end of January we are back to doing and eating and thinking the same old same old.

So, it’s the beginning of September, kids are going back to school and there’s no time like NOW to start making today a great day and eating healthier.

Have a great long weekend and check by for more recipes and inspiration and motivation for transforming YOUR body, YOUR mind and YOUR life……..as when we eat healthier, we think healthier, we feel healthier and well life just gets better!!!!

JB

The Challenge Update

The Challenge Update

You may or may not have heard about the 90 Day Challenge outside of my blog here, if you haven’t I am sure you will very shortly!!

People are joining the Challenge in BIG numbers…….36 619 in May, 41 551 in June, almost 50 000 in July and last night by 6 pm it was 57 701…..and I know it’s gone up since then!!

Someone is joining Vi every 30 seconds, the company is doubling in size every 90 days in the last 18 months.

Why?

Because it works, like I said in my previous post, most people don’t eat breakfast and if by chance they do it’s caffeine, sugar, white flour (donuts’, bagels, muffins etc) or cereal which aren’t the best choices.

Alot of people don’t even eat lunch or just keep drinking more coffee which has really surprised me.  How does one expect to function well or even feel half decent??   The more you go without eating the more you put on the weight.

Obesity has become an epidemic…..but this is for anyone who wants to either lose weight, get into better shape or just feel better – more energy.

People are getting good results, they are taking responsibility for the way or choices of ‘food’ they are eating and starting to make it more of a priority.  The Vi shake (and of course it tastes great) is the vehicle to help people start.  Yes it’s a meal replacement, but add it in some Almond milk or juice and a bunch of fruit and you are good to go!!!

That is a good start to the day.

It’s also helping people cut back on their food bills…..in other words saving money.

Many people are even getting their product for FREE….not pay now and get a cheque back in 4-6 weeks, which you get taxed on but you don’t pay……in other words saving money.

The shakes are packed full of nutrition, protein, enzymes, fiber and more!!

Then there is the Vi community where there is support, shake recipes, meal plans, exercise plans and lots of people doing the same thing!!!

It’s not hype it’s a buzz……and people love being part of something that is working.

What about you, have you joined the Challenge yet??

NOW is the time to start to Get Healthy, Hot and Happy!!!

Breakfast

I did a short video on Why Breakfast and the importance of it for healthy eating & feeling.

Please feel free to share it, like or or leave a comment.

Here’s to your health!!

JB

Dare to Stand Out

We went up and spent the day in Whistler the other day and this couple really caught not only my attention but many others as well.

I thought how cool and if more of us couldn’t be like that……Dare to Stand out instead of following the status quo all the time or trying to keep up with the Jone’s……who are they anyways??

Sometimes that is going against what everyone else thinks, or playing safe or worrying about what other people will think.

Sometimes it’s really about tuning in to who we really are or need.  Listening to that gut instinct.

I had that recently.  That strong gut feeling that if I did something or went to to this place it wouldn’t be good for me or wasn’t in my best interest or whatever.  See, sometimes our human minds try to figure ‘it’ out, but we can’t always.  Every time I had this strong feeling in my gut and listen to it, it became very clear later on why and when I didn’t listen to it….oh boy lets not go there!!

This time I did listen to it, which I really try and do more and more.  It kept bugging me if we were to go away to this place to meet these people.  It was a strong feeling of don’t go.  So I didn’t, and I soon found out why and was very glad I didn’t go and in the end these people ended up not being such good friends after all.

When it involves other people, it doesn’t mean they are bad people or anything like that, they may just not be good for you or at that time in your life.

Sometimes in your life, it may mean going against what everyone else is saying or doing…..always honor that inside of you.  It’s in all of us, but we get so busy in life or trying to figure things out or in between our 60 000 plus thoughts a day maybe don’t even want to have to think about it!!

Dare to Stand Out if you have to or be different…..you really do win in the long run, no matter what they may say.  It is your life anyways isn’t it???

Obesity…..Curable or Not??

Obesity

Warning some content / pictures may be disturbing!!

Obesity is on the rise and in every country.  It is becoming an epidemic.  Over 1 BILLION  adults are overweight with 300 million clinically obese. 22 million children worldwide under the age of five…..YES FIVE…..are obese……are you kidding me????? NO!!!!

Adolescents and teenagers have doubled and tripled since the sixties and seventies.  Could it be learned behaviors or habits??

With being overweight or obese comes some major health problems……type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular, hypertension, stroke, high blood pressure, and more….oh but wait there is probably a pill for those……sorry for being cynical!!

How does one become obese?  I can’t honestly answer that as I have never been obese, I can only give my thoughts and ideas and information what what I have read, do and don’t do.  I also understand that in some……in some cases there are health problems like thyroid etc.  It still comes back to diet, can it be reversed?  I am not sure.

Here goes….when a person eats foods that are high in saturated fats, sugar, dead, processed, chemcial ladden ‘foods’, and reduced physical activity weight is put on.

So I want to take it even further, as it’s up to each person to be responsible for themselves, which is hard in our society it is always someone else’s fault…..or something like the economy……what one puts in their mouth is up to them….period.  We do get confusing messages from one thing being the cancer cure last week to it being no good next week and so on……….keep it simple and natural, if it’s man made, it’s probably not good……learn and take the time to read ingredients……if you can’t say it or don’t have a frickin clue what it is…..it probably isn’t good!!!

Are you emotional eating? In other words are you eating because you are bored, sad, depressed, scared or any other feeling you don’t want to feel?  Eat when you are hungry.

Are you eating in front of the tv or computer so you have no idea of what or how much you are eating?  Eat at the table with nothing on paying attention to what you are eating and how much, listen to your body and don’t shovel it in.

Stop using the excuse that it runs in the family or it’s in my genes……….create a new / different story, one that empowers you!!!

When we eat alot of fast foods, take out food, package foods they are full of things the body can’t really use or can’t digest.  They are usually full of extra calories we don’t need, and because there are chemicals in these foods, they become addictive and we start craving them and then eating them more often, sometimes every day.  The fat starts piling on, the energy goes down and the cycle begins.  If you don’t believe me, watch Super Size Me.

Another things people don’t think of or pay attention to is the sizes of things now.  When I was a kid, and I know that was just a few years ago…:)……a small was about 6 oz, med 8 oz and large 10 oz.  Now small is about 12 oz right on up to the super gulp 64 oz……really???? Cookies fit in my hand, now it fits into a frisbee……oh I only had one cookie…..yeah who is fooling who?? Actually cut out alot of pop for one thing, that will help tremendously as it’s just chemicals and sugar and very addictive.

Fast foods and package foods are full of cheap fillers…..high corn frutose syrup and palm oil to mention just a couple, empty calories. no nutritional value, high in saturated fat and cheap fillers.

Here are the demographics in the US on obesity, (Canada is not far behind).

Red is the states that have an obesity problem……Scary isn’t it?? That is the most recent I could find and it’s a couple of years old.

So since I’ve done some b#@%ing, I should offer some solutions, as there is no magic pill or potion.

Start the day with a glass of water

Choose live foods more often, (things natural, coming from the earth… fruit veggies, grains etc)

Eat when you are hungry

Stay away from the white stuff……flour, sugar, salt

Sit down with out a ton of things going on around you like eating in front of the tv and eat your food, one mouthful at a time

Carry healthy snacks with you and or have snacks to carry you through the day so when you get hungry you can choose wisely

Don’t skip meals so that you are famish later and eat everything in site

Don’t starve yourself

Stay away from high saturated fat foods

Eat smaller portions

Don’t eat late at night

Start your day with a good breakfast…..don’t skip it

Surround yourself with people / support systems who are making changes, want changes, are committed and are doing it if you really want to make lifestyle changes and can help / support you and on a mission

Face the emotions that you are pushing down so that you can go on and release the weight and feel healthier in many ways

Get healthy extra nutrition in your diet as we need more than what we can get from our food

Move, even brisk walking for 30 mins a day will help get you started

When you put better foods into your body you will feel better and have more energy so that you can move.

In my opinion, obesity is curable, it’s a way of life, it’s a lifestyle that has choices and decisions every day just like everything else. One just needs to take responsibility and action and make better or different decisions, so why not start today as it starts with a single step.

Here’s to YOUR Health.

JBC

Low Fat Pesto

Eating healthy and fresh is so much easier in the summer and right now Basil seems to be abundant!!!

Here is an easy low fat Pesto sauce that makes for a great dip or spread.

Low Fat Pesto

– 1 can Navy beans

– 1 cup Packed fresh Basil leaves

– 1-2 cloves garlic (depending on how much garlic you like!!)

– 1 1/2 tsp sea salt (adjust to taste)

– juice 1/4 lemon

– 1 tbsp cold pressed Olive oil

Put all ingredients into a food processor, blend until smooth.

Use as a dip for crackers, carrots, celery etc or use as a spread of Rice cakes, cabbage leave or some other flat bread style of your choice.  You can add chopped tomatoes, spinach or whatever you would like.

Enjoy!!