Successful Saturday’s…

Hope everyone had a good week and stayed on track with their diets and meal plans. I stuck to my juicing diet and have kept myself accountable by posting daily pictures on my Instagram account. I have had a lot of people ask me what vegetables and fruits I use, as well as what else I eat along with the juices or if I am strictly drinking juices all day everyday.

WELL, here are the answers to your questions:

  1. I put whatever I have in the fridge/on my counters into my juices (only fruits and veggies though). I have been putting in spinach, pineapple, green apples, lemons, oranges, cantaloupe, carrots, beets, celery, cucumber and watermelon. I will be incorporating other fruits and vegetables like kale, mint, celery root, limes, plums, grapefruits, avocados and etc… So, stay tuned!
  2. I have been eating FULL meals each day while juicing. Each morning I will juice my fruits and vegetables and add 13 grams of chia seeds and stir it up. I will usually pair that with a protein such as eggs or toast (rye bread or ezekiel bread) with all-natural peanut butter. My lunches are filled with proteins and a carbohydrate like quinoa/brown rice along with a Greek yogurt and more fruits/vegetables. Dinner looks pretty similar, but I don’t always include quinoa or brown rice and just stick to proteins and vegetables.
  3. I have cut out MOST processed foods from my diet this past week. There is ONLY so much that is in my control and there are the occasional temptations at work (ie: a co-worker (you know who you are) brought these lovely cupcakes from a local bakery to work one day and I may have dabbled into the icing of one of the cupcakes… BUT that is all I ate, I swear. I am human after all.)

So after a week of “clean-eating” I am happy to report that I was 1.9 lbs down from my last weigh-in at Weight Watchers this morning. I have shed most of the summer weight I gained.

I have also noticed that my skin is less dry (I have eczema) and I have noticed that my nails are less brittle. I know that it has only been one week, so I will keep an eye on both things and see if there are any other changes over the next month.

When juicing you don’t always get all the vitamins and nutrients that you want from the fruits and veggies because they are in the skins/peels. I will start baking with the leftovers from the juicer and make “healthy” muffins/cakes. Stay tuned for that as well!

I am NO expert on juicing and I am not a dietician/nutritionist so if you are contemplating a similar diet, please do your own research or consult with your physician to see if this would be of benefit to you. Each person is different and what works for one person, may not work for the next.

 

Go enjoy your Saturday evening people!

It’s a beautiful day here in St. John’s and I’m going to enjoy it with my hubby-to-be! Yesterday was our 4 year anniversary and we are going to celebrate it this evening by going out for dinner and a movie.

 

This next song is dedicated to my Davey boy!

 

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– Caro

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Juicing…

Dave and I started a juicing lifestyle which we will try to implement into our everyday routine. We are going to monitor our bodies and write any changes that may occur while we begin this process.

I’ve had digestive issues for as long as I can remember and have been tested for a number of different diseases or conditions such as celiac disease, crohn’s and colitis disease. The doctors determined that I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and that I have an intolerance to dairy and have a gluten sensitivity.

Before this “diagnosis” I followed a variety of different lifestyles and cut gluten from my diet for a while. It worked really well for me, but I am the type of person that craves gluten products. It didn’t last and was too much of a challenge for me to stick with.

With this juicing diet, I will drink one juice each morning and have whole foods throughout the day. I have cut out all processed foods and most gluten and will only eat natural foods that are high in vitamins and nutrients. I want to get to know my body and understand what it needs daily.

On top of writing down how my body reacts to these changes, I have started taking daily pictures of my belly each morning. I will put together a collage at the end of the month and compare each image to see if there are any changes.

NOW that it is in writing, I’m being held accountable to do it… Pressure is on! 

Juicing Recipes

Day 1 

  • 1 small beet
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cup snipach
  • 3 medium carrots

Day 2 

  • 1 cup cantaloupe
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 beet
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 cup spinach (not pictured)
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* Tomorrow I will add chia seeds to my juice *

Benefits of Chia Seeds

  • Combats diabetes
  • Provides more fibre in the diet
  • Lots of protein
  • Strengthens teeth and bones
  • Fights belly fat
  • Makes one feel full for longer
  • Improves heart health

Since it is Monday, here are some MOTIVATIONAL quotes!

I hope everyone had a lovely labour day weekend… Back to the grind tomorrow. This next song is dedicated to all you hard working people out there. Keep your chin up and stay healthy! 

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– Caro

Back to the Basics…

Two months have gone by and I have been a busy body and have played host to several guests this summer. I have had my family visit twice, my girlfriends stayed with me for a week and then mine and Dave’s mutual friends stayed with us for a couple of days.

It was a busy couple of months and we are so fortunate to have such amazing people in our lives. I had the greatest summer and got to spend some good quality time with the people I love, in my new city.

With that said, my “healthy diet” was shelved for a bit. I am happy to report that I was able to maintain my weight for the most part. I only gained three pounds, but I don’t intend on allowing those pounds to stick around with the other pounds I intend to shed.

I know I’ve said these sort of things before, where I’ll fall off the wagon and then hop right back on. I feel a little hypocritical in saying that I am back for good and I will be blogging about my healthy lifestyle again. The fact of the matter is, life happens! Plain and simple. I need to get back to the basics…

With some well-deserved TLC and research I have changed my outlook on life. My thought process on food, exercise, health and my overall sanity have changed. Let me tell you why. I have been watching documentaries about healthy and REALISTIC lifestyles that we should all be following. I recently watched Hungry For Change  and it was so informative and helped me rationalize how we should be consuming food.

In today’s day and age, we aren’t eating real foods anymore. We are eating chemically enhanced and processed foods that are high in sugar, which turns into fat. We are deprived of certain nutrients and are hungry and starved of them, so we are constantly hungry because our bodies crave them. We are eating a lot of the “wrong” foods and it is causing health concerns and we are putting on fat, all because our bodies are being starved of all the nutrients it wants and needs.

We weren’t supposed to sit at a desk for eight plus hours a day, under fluorescent lights and eat processed foods. I know we can’t change our jobs per se, but we can change our eating habits. Typically, if a label on a food item has more than 5 ingredients, it usually has a lot of the products we shouldn’t be consuming.

MSG and free glutamates are used to enhance flavour in about 80% of all processed foods and are hidden behind 50 other names. The MSG chemical excites the brain and tricks it into thinking it is getting all the things it craves, temporarily.

I used to eat foods that were high in sugar and would go to the gym and hop on the stationary bike or treadmill for hours on end to burn away the fat I consumed, but in actuality I was burning some of the fat and the toxins had no where else to go and would stay in my body and would wait around for the next sugar fix. How mind blowing is that?

I did know SOME of this before, but I think I was too stubborn to admit it to myself. Sometimes you need a harsh reality to put things into perspective.

If you’re the type of person that likes to do their own research in order to find a plan/lifestyle that suits you to lose weight, here are a few other documentaries I have watched that I have taught me a few other things:

  • Chew On This – TED Talks
  • Vegucated
  • Food Matters
  • Food, Inc.

What it all boils down to is that we should be consuming more whole foods that are enriched in nutrients and not chemicals. Essentially we should be eating what Mother Nature gave us; aka the Caveman Diet . The Caveman Diet may be hard one to follow, depending on the individual but it is the MOST clean lifestyle one can follow.

I will continue to follow Weight Watchers and count out my points, as it has been effective in my weight-loss journey thus far, but I will incorporate certain diets such as the Caveman Diet, to steer clear of foods that are over processed or high in sugar. I will start juicing my fruits and vegetables to ensure I am getting a ton of vitamins and nutrients from whole foods.

These are some of the goals I have set for myself, but I won’t deprive myself from other foods from time to time, as things are okay in moderation. That doesn’t mean that on a Saturday afternoon I will sit on the couch and consume an entire chocolate cake, but if I want a slice… I will eat that slice!

Does anyone out there have any juicing tips/recipes? Such as, what fruits and veggies go well together? 

Have you watched any good documentaries regarding diet/lifestyles? 

This next musical delight is by Lana Del Rey, whom I have a slight girl crush on. She is one of my favourite artists as she has an original sound and style. This song is fitting as summertime is coming to an end.

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– Caro

Get your rock on…

Today I am happy to share with all of my followers that David proposed to me on Saturday, June 29, 2013. I would like to use this blog post to share my excitement and our proposal with you.

David planned a trip to go back home to Ontario a couple of weeks ago for a conference and planned to visit our families and friends. I had a hunch that he would be buying a ring as we were discussing marriage more freely and openly. He also did drop some not-so subtle hints such as stating he had a surprise to share with me on the Saturday (pretty much a week after he returned home). When I pointed out that he would be home on the Monday and questioned why he couldn’t give it to me then, he had no rebuttal and told me I had to be patient.

I shared with David a couple years ago that I would like if he asked for my parents blessing, when the time came for him to propose to me. I am not a traditional person by any means, but I am very close with my parents and thought it was a romantic gesture.

The last evening David spent in Ontario, he stayed overnight at my parents place and informed them of the intentions he had for our relationship and our future.

When Saturday approached I kept pressing him to tell me about this so-called surprise he had for me. He said “it’s not a ring, so get that idea out of your head.”

On the morning of Saturday, June 29, 2013 I stuck to my normal routine and went to my weigh-in at Weight Watchers. I was down 2.0 pounds on the nose and that put me at a total loss of 30.4 pounds. Pretty pumped about that!

Anyways… Back to the juicy details…

David and I planned to visit Ferryland, NL and walk up to the lighthouse that overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. It was a rainy morning and I wasn’t sure if we would still go. Once I returned home from my weigh-in, he insisted we go regardless.

On our way up to Ferryland David was cool, calm and collected… Until we arrived in Ferryland and he got very quiet. We ate our sandwiches in the car and he told me he wasn’t hungry enough to finish his. I was disappointed because I was ready devour mine, but I did not want to look like a glutton and set mine aside. Common guys, I’m a lady. Not!

He suggested we begin our trek up to the lighthouse, but I wanted to walk along the ocean beach front first and take it all in.

We weren’t even on the beach 5 minutes when Dave said “I’ve been lying to you all week” and reached into his jacket pocket revealing a ring box. I wish I could have been cool about it all, but instead I screamed “I ALREADY KNEW!” in his face.

I don’t remember his whole speech, I just remember saying “Oh my God” over and over again. I don’t even think I said yes at the time.

It was the perfect proposal though and I am over the moon. The day turned out to be a beautiful day in every aspect and the sun came out. On our walk up to the lighthouse we even saw a whale.

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Here is a song dedicated to my hubby-to-be!

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– Caro

Chug-a-lug…

I’ve compiled three days into one… You ready for this information overload?

I’ve been pinning recipes on Pinterest that I’ve been trying and have fallen in love with this one in particular.

Crunchy Raw Protein Balls (that’s what she said)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 scoop Raw Protein Powder (or raw protein powder of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup organic raw almond butter (or organic peanut butter for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey (or raw organic agave nectar for vegan)
  • 2 tablespoons organic grade B maple syrup
  • pinch pink himalayan salt

DIRECTIONS

  • Combine all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined and in a crumbly, paste-type consistency.
  • Scoop small spoonfuls and squeeze tightly in the palm of your hands then roll between the palms of your hands into a small ball shape.
  • Serve plain, or roll in sesame seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
  • Refrigerate and they will become firmer.

Check out the Healthy Family and Home blog for more recipe ideas. I cannot take credit for this recipe and it’s amazingness. Protein is filling and this is the perfect snack to munch on when you’re on the go.

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t become overweight because I ate too many vegetables. I gained weight because I like starchy foods such as potatoes. From being an avid pinner I found a solution to my problem. CAULIFLOWER! Instead of me rambling on about how good cauliflower is, let me show you one of the recipes I’ve pinned, tried and LOVED.

Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c panko —–> *I did not use panko or breadcrumbs in mine – but you can if you want
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper (more of less to taste)
  • salt
  • olive oil —–> *I substituted olive oil with Pam cooking spray 

DIRECTIONS 

  • Cut cauliflower into florets & cook in boiling water until tender about 10 minutes. Drain. Mash the cauliflower while still warm. Stir cheese, eggs, panko, cayenne & salt to taste.
  • Coat the bottom of a griddle or skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. Form the cauliflower mixture into patties about 3 inches across. Cook until golden brown & set, about 3 minutes per side. Keep each batch warm in the oven while you cook the rest.

For more delicious recipe ideas, check out A Good Appetite blog where I found this delicious creation.

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY’S

I missed Wellness Wednesday yesterday and wanted to shed some light on the importance and benefits of drinking water. Two-thirds of North Americans don’t drink enough water. And here are the reasons why you should set the beer/wine aside for a minute and get a good understanding of why water is so important to drink.

  1. Water is the only liquid on earth that reduces weight. It suppresses your appetite and limits your food intake. Regular water intake increases metabolic rates and improves the digestive system. (If you are bloated or constipated, drinking water may be the solution. Just saying…)
  2. Drinking enough water can help prevent and combat skin disorders such eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, wrinkles and spots.
  3. Water removes toxins and waste from our body. Without water or if our bodies lack water, our heart has to make extra effort to pump oxygenated blood to our other organs. This can lead to severe health concerns and issues.
  4. Drinking water can help prevent headaches and back pain. Staying hydrated is one of the key factors in relieving headaches.
  5. Research suggests that drinking water is likely to reduce the risks of bladder and colon cancer. Water has the ability to dilute the concentration of cancer-causing agents in urine .
  6. Brain cells require a balance of water as well as other things, but keeping properly hydrated means your brain will be running at optimum efficiency. With lack of water it affects your focus and memory.

THINGS I LOVE THURSDAY’S

Here are some of the workout challenges I love and will start documenting. I need to burn more calories. Dave’s parents are taking us, his brothers and their girlfriends (one is a soon-to-be wife) on a trip to Mexico and we are leaving in 163 days. I HAVE to get trimmed and toned. It’s crunch-time. Pun intended!

I have a lot of fun blogging and sharing my thoughts and findings with all of you. If there is a topic that you would like me to cover or talk about, please email me at: caroline.krucas@gmail.com 

IF I don’t have the answers, I will do all the research I can and help enlighten all of us together. 

I absolutely love the Dixie Chicks and in turn, I love Natalie Maines. She is inspirational and speaks out for what she believes in. If I could see her or the Dixie Chicks in concert, I’d be one happy lady. Her new album Mother is amazing and I highly recommend you have a listen.

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– Caro

Cancer and Physical Fitness…

A couple months ago, a girl named Melanie approached me about discussing the health benefits for cancer patients staying physically active during recovery. It’s a subject that touches close to home as I’ve had a few family members that have passed away from the disease. Also, last week my aunt Nicole passed away from lung cancer and my family has been going through the motions of saying their heartfelt goodbyes.

Melanie Bowen is currently a Master’s student with a passion that stems from her grandmother’s cancer diagnosis. She often highlights the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness.  To read more from Melanie, visit her blog for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. In her spare time, you can find Melanie trying new vegan recipes, on her yoga mat, or spending time with her family.

Here is Melanie Bowen’s article where she highlights the key points and exercises that help cancer patients during their recovery:

Can Exercise Improve Your Well-being During Cancer Treatment?

Experts believe that exercise can aid in the healing process, potentially speeding up recovery. Since you are not likely to be feeling your best during cancer treatment, you may be limited in the type and amount of exercise you can do. Don’t worry, though; there are exercises for every stage of the recovery process.

Light Stretching

Stretching is a light exercise that almost anyone can do. It won’t cause you to break a sweat or exacerbate any breathing difficulties, which is why it is an ideal exercise for those undergoing treatment for mesothelioma or other cancers that affect the lungs. In its most basic form, stretching simply calls for moving your body around to preserve or improve your range of motion.

Stretching may help improve your mood, relieve anxiety, and, of course, improve your flexibility. Many cancer patients experience lymphedema, swelling of lymph nodes, as a result of surgery or radiation treatment. Studies have shown that stretches, such as arm extensions, can bring about some relief. Lung cancer patients can especially benefit from stretching because it doesn’t bring about noticeable changes in breathing. This is great news if you already find yourself short of breath. You can obtain some of the benefits of exercise without wearing yourself out.

Yoga

The great thing about yoga is that there are varying degrees of difficulty, which allow you gradually increase the complexity of the exercises. You may find that you break a little bit of a sweat doing yoga, but you can tailor your routine to fit your needs and goals.

Yoga can provide immense benefits, so much so that cancer centers are offering classes for their patients. Your flexibility can be improved beyond what you achieved with light stretching. You may also see improvements in your sleep, physical conditioning, and pain management. One of the most beneficial aspects of yoga for cancer patients is stress management. Studies have shown a link between prolonged periods of stress and the development of cancer. Therefore, it is imperative to keep stress in check, and yoga can help you accomplish that task.

Weight Training

As you start feeling better and stronger, you may want to move on to more advanced forms of exercise. If eating has been difficult as a result of your treatment, you may have lost muscle mass. Weight training is a fantastic way to rebuild those muscles.

Weight training isn’t just for the muscles, though. The benefits extend to the cardiovascular system as well, and lifting weights can definitely make you feel more energized. If you have put on a few pounds as a result of taking it easy during recovery, weight lifting can certainly get you on the road to shedding excess fat. Much like you would with any other exercise, start slowly and increase your resistance as you feel yourself getting stronger. Weight machines are a great option for beginners, because they encourage proper form.

As you can see, there is an exercise for everyone. However, it is important to follow your doctor’s recommendations when determining which type of exercise is appropriate for your stage of recovery. While you continue healing, you may find that you are able to do more and more every day.
I would like to thank Melanie for sharing her article with me and sharing her insight on how exercise can improve ones well-being during cancer treatment. If you have any further questions for Melanie and to learn more about her research, please visit her blog.

This week I will be getting back into my regular blogging routine and I will post Tasty Tuesdays… Should be delicious, just saying!

I’ve recently become a Serena Ryder fan. She is a fellow Canadian from Toronto, ON and sounds a lot like Adele. If you aren’t familiar with her music, I highly encourage you to sit back and have a listen to her album Harmony, I can assure you will not be disappointed.

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– Caro

 

Fresh Starts…

Good afternoon everyone!

Sorry I’ve been MIA (missing in action – for those of you don’t know the abbreviation). I have had a couple of stressful months and I haven’t had time to document my workouts and eating regime through my blog

Last week there were a few bumps in the road with some family stuff. I have been a little preoccupied to say the least.

I am back on the wagon today. I have still been tracking what I’ve been eating for myself and exercising when I can. I will start sharing this information with you just as I did before. I’ll share my meals and it will feel like we were never apart.

Dave went back to Ontario for a couple of weeks as he had a conference and visited our families and friends. He is back home tomorrow and I am ecstatic. I restocked the fridge with some fresh fruits and vegetables and took a nice little walk around my neighbourhood in St. John’s, NL. It’s 28 degrees and the sun is shining.

Today I’m going to keep this blog short and sweet, but I promise I shall return again tomorrow and share some new recipes/photos and some of the exercises I’ve been doing. And, I’ll update you on my current weight…

Thanks for your support and until tomorrow my dear friends!

Please have a listen to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I absolutely love this song and I know you will too!

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– Caro

Long Weekend Daze…

Let me start out by saying that I was down 1.6 lbs at my weigh-in on Friday. I went a day early because Dave and I had plans to go to his buddies cabin on Saturday. I am at a total loss of 27.9 lbs. YAY!

I hope you all had an excellent long weekend. As I mentioned Dave and I went to a cabin in Whitbourne on Saturday and it was really beautiful. I saw one moose on the highway on our way home, but thankfully it was way off to the side. Those things terrify me and I never want to see one up close.

I didn’t stick to my regular diet/routine this weekend and I did have 3 bad days of eating. I was really hard on myself this morning and felt guilty for all that I ate. In the long run it wasn’t really worth it, but I guess that’s what life is all about. There will always be bumps in the road, we’re human and we are not perfect.

Today,  I started out by eating clean again and I will try to reverse the damage this week by hitting the gym hard, doing my workout DVD and eating clean as well as within my points.

Here are a few quotes for those of you who fell off the wagon this long weekend, time to get back on track again. Let’s all give each other some moral support!

I’ve decided that this week I will work really hard! I’m going to burn off all the calories I consumed this weekend and I will have a loss at my weigh-in on Saturday.

Cheating on your diet is not worth it… Tomorrow is a new day and I will fight for what I want.

What are you going to change this week?

This next song is by a Canadian Indie band from Burlington, Ontario that was formed in 2006. They have a fresh new sound  and have worked hard for the successes. For the first few years they weren’t signed on with any record labels, booking agents or management. In 2012 they eventually signed on with Columbia Records. That just goes to show, if you work hard at something you love, you can achieve ANYTHING!!

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– Caro

It’s ALMOST Summertime…

Yes, that’s right! It’s almost summertime, well according to DAVIDsTEA anyway! Their summer collection was released today and let me tell you, it is PURE genius. All the flavours scream summertime, in fact I even had one of their new flavours as an iced tea. Is it time to bust out my shorts and prance around? Not so much… I live in Newfoundland, remember?!

ANYWAYS, the new flavours are awesome. Here they are:

  • Pink Passionfruit (Herbal Tea)
  • Tropicalia (Herbal Tea)
  • Mango Fruit Punch (Herbal Tea) – I can’t have this one… I’m allergic to mangoes 😦
  • Coconut Grove (White Tea)
  • Mint Julep (Black Tea)

I purchased each one except for Mango Fruit Punch, but I have heard that it is unreal. I also nabbed a fancy Leakproof Iced Tea Tumbler and I am happy to report that it kept true to its word! No leaks coming from my tumbler.

I am usually skeptical in trying teas with chocolate as an ingredient, but I recently tried Read My Lips and it is very delicious. It tastes like the After Eight mints or the Mint Chocolate Girl Guide cookies. I purchased 50 grams of this flavour and I don’t think it will last a week in my house.

“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.” 
― Sydney SmithA memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith

 

I know I’ve mentioned some of the benefits of tea, but I wanted to elaborate on the different kinds of teas and their benefits;

White Tea

  • White tea is the least processed of all teas and contains the highest antioxidant levels.
  • It has a profound amount of power against cancer-causing cells and against different types of cancers.
  • White tea has been found to work as a prescription drug and without all the side effects.
  • It is known to reduce blood sugar and help prevent symptoms of diabetes.
  • It is also known to reduce stress and increases energy levels.

White Tea Fun Facts by DAVIDsTEA: Made from fresh, young silver leaves and buds, this delicate tea is as close to the living tea bush as you can possibly get. White tea is loved for its light flavour and natural sweetness. 

 

Green Tea (from my previous blog Eat Clean AKA Tasty Tuesdays!)

  • Green tea protects our bones. A study was conducted and compared tea drinkers vs. non-drinkers and it was uncovered that those who drank tea for several years had stronger bones (taking several things into account such as body weight, exercise, smoking and other risk factors.)
  • Green Tea is calorie free – Enough said!
  • Tea can help increase ones metabolism. Green tea is known to increase the metabolic rate and can help you burn up to 70 to 80 calories a day, just from consuming several cups of green tea.
  • It helps prevent cancer. The antioxidants found in tea are known for their cancer-fighting effects.

Green Tea Fun Facts by DAVIDsTEA: After water, green tea is the most consumed drink on the planet. From vegetal pan-fired Chinese greens to sweet, buttery steam-heated Japanese greens, there are a ton of amazing flavours to explore. 

Oolong Tea

  • Oolong tea helps reduce cholesterol build-up in the bloodstream.
  • It is known to help prevent heart ailments.
  • It promotes longevity by stimulating bodily functions and strengthens the immune system and has been used as a treatment for digestive disorders.
  • It helps fight against tooth decay.
  • It has potassium content and has a considerable content of the L-Theanine Amino Acid. 

Oolong Tea Fun Facts by DAVIDsTEA: Oolong tea is somewhere between a black and a green, with a world of variations. The eaves are tightly rolled or twisted so they slowly unfurl in your cup. Try steeping your oolongs multiple times, “gung fu” style. 

Black Tea

  • Black tea saves arteries and prevents deadly clogging and reverses poor arterial functioning that can trigger heart attacks and strokes.
  • It tames inflammation and is known to have an anti-cancer compound and suppresses the Cox-2 gene that triggers inflammation. 
  • Black tea and green tea have the same amount of antioxidants.
  • It is known to neutralize germs.

Black Tea Fun Facts by DAVIDsTea: There’s a whole world of amazing black teas to explore. Like delicate, woodsy Darjeeelings from northern India. Rich, robust breakfast teas from Kenya. Or wild-growing leaves from China’s Yunnan province. 

Pu’erh Tea

  • Pu’erh tea is known to lower blood cholesterol levels.
  • It has also been used to invigorate the spleen.
  • It is used to boost the flow of blood and helps enhance circulation.
  • It helps heal aches and pains especially with arthritic patients.
  • It aids in fighting off unwanted toxins.

Pu’erh Tea Fun Facts by DAVIDsTea: In China, earthy pu’erh has been used to aid digestion for over 1700 years. Its name comes from the ancient city of Pu’erh, a popular stop on the trade routes between China and the West. 

Maté Tea

  • Maté’s are very rich in antioxidants, so much so that it has 90% more than green teas.
  • It is known to enhance ones ability to focus because the chemical compounds and nutrients in maté affect the metabolism to make the body use carbohydrates more efficiently.
  • It is also aids in weight loss because the maté stimulant qualities help one feel full sooner after one begins to eat. It slows down digestion and the stomach stays full longer.

Maté Fun Facts by DAVIDsTea: Super-energizing yerba maté is a South American drink of ancient origins. Guayusa, yerba maté’s Ecuadorian cousin, 2000 years of Amazonian tradition. 

Rooibos Tea

  • Rooibos tea contains a great deal of antioxidant enzymes called Superoxide Dismutase.
  • It is quite rich in the mineral zinc and a plays an important role in regulating the body’s immune system.
  • It is high in thiamine, a water-soluble vtamin that the body uses to utilize carbohydrates as an energy source. And is even known as a natural sports drink.

* MY random Fun Fact: It is grouped under the term “Red Tea”, because get this… It’s RED!

Rooibos Tea Fun Facts by DAVIDsTEA: This taste, caffeine-free infusion comes from the rooibos plant, a small shrub that can only be found in a tiny region of South Africa. It’s a super hydrating, naturally sweet choice, said to be packed with antioxidants. 

Herbal Tea

  • Herbal tea helps one achieve a calm, relaxed state of mind.
  • It aids in heart health and helps circulation throughout the body.
  • It has cleansing properties for the body and helps with stomach and digestive problems.
  • It has also nutrients that promotes energy and wellness.

Herbal Tea Fun Facts by DAVIDsTea: WHen it comes to herbal infusions, we like to let out imaginations run wild – seriously, anything goes. We carry infusions of just about everything you can imagine, from classic tsianes to the latest super-fruits. 

RECAP

I know what you’re all thinking, I should be a spokesperson for DAVIDsTEA. What? You’re not? Oh, well I wish I was so lucky!! I could drink DAVIDsTea all day long.

“Surely a pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea.” 
― Mary Elizabeth BraddonLady Audley’s Secret

Recipes

In Sundays blog post, I mentioned that I was going to attempt overnight oats. I did make them, but they were an epic fail. I don’t have a proper recipe to share. Once I have perfected them, I will share the recipe/photos with all of you. 

Adventures

On Sunday, I was feeling particularly homesick and wanted to be with my mom on Mother’s Day. She encouraged me to go for a drive and get lost on the rock. I did just that and it was such a beautiful day. 

I went to Topsail Beach, Portugal Cove and Middle Cove Beach. If you’re ever in the St. John’s area, I highly recommend visiting those locations.

Newfoundland & the Atlantic Ocean

Newfoundland & the Atlantic Ocean

Moral of the story, when you’re feeling down in the dumps – go for a drive and get lost. You never know what beautiful places you will find along the way! Thanks Mom for the advice!

Dragonette is one of my favourite artists, they are so unique and are known for their electronic music. And, they’re Canadian to boot!

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– Caro

Measuring Your Successes…

I’d like to start out by saying Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely mommies out there. I am so grateful to have so many powerful and strong moms to look up to. I am who I am today because of these women. Thank you!

WEIGH-IN

I went to my weigh-in yesterday and after a week of counting my points and staying within my limit as well as hitting the gym regularly with strenuous workouts, I lost 0.4 this week. Within the last 2 weeks, I’ve lost one pound.

I did feel a little discouraged yesterday because I don’t want to be at a plateau. I know I’ve been working really hard and I wanted the number on the scale to prove it. The women in my meeting said not to be discouraged as the numbers may  come up next weigh-in.

My mom told me that I should take my measurements to compare from the last time. I know I mentioned that I would post them on Thursdays post, but I completely forgot to take them on Thursday. Unfortunately I didn’t take my measurements in December to compare, I only have them for March and on. Dave took my current measurements this morning. I’d also like to mention that he takes my measurements in centimeters as opposed to inches. Here they are:

BUST

  • March 11, 2013:  102.5 CM
  • April 12, 2013: 100 CM
  • May 12, 2013: 99 CM

WAIST

  • March 11, 2013: 101.5 CM
  • April 12, 2013: 98 CM
  • May 12, 2013: 92.5 CM

HIPS

  • March 11, 2013: 111.5 CM
  • April 12, 2013: 110 CM
  • May 12, 2013: 108 CM

THIGH (RIGHT)

  • March 11, 2013: 65 CM
  • April 12, 2013: 64.5 CM
  • May 12, 2013: 64 CM

ARM (RIGHT)

  • March 11, 2013: 33.5 CM
  • April 12, 2013: 33 CM
  • May 12, 2013: 31.5 CM

So there you have it folks, the scale might not be moving too quickly but the measurements are certainly getting smaller. I suppose the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and going to the gym are paying off.

Every ounce counts and so do our measurements. Try to take monthly measurements and compare, because the numbers might surprise you. I was pleasantly surprised today!

I went to the gym yesterday and I have pictures to prove it, hooray!

On the stationary bike, a little blurry because it's an action shot!

On the stationary bike, a little blurry because it’s an action shot!

I did the Stair Master for 20 minutes as a warm-up!

I did the Stair Master for 20 minutes as a warm-up!

I took the day off  from the gym today to read and get some meal prep ready for the week, therefore I am going to do my 30 Day Shred DVD tonight. I will also be attempting to make overnight oats with chia seeds. I am not sure how that will turn out but I will report on that in tomorrows post with some pictures. Wish me luck!

This next song is dedicated to all of the mama’s out there!! Enjoy your day, here are the Spice Girls!!!!!!

 

– Caro