Holiday Hustle : Giving Lentils Another Look

I wanted to quickly send well wishes to my friends and loved ones in Southern Ontario today on the blog.  I hope that you are safe and warm and making use of the kindness of strangers these past few days. Stay Safe!

Things may be coming up Milhouse or you are drowning yourself in cans of beans, but that is okay. Lentils can be your friend too.

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Things are getting a bit dismal around my wallet these days, even with my slew of homemade gifts, stocking up on the essentials and wrapping gear can do a bit of damage. If your purse strings are feeling a bit restricted as well do grab some lentils and make this soup.Is your family and friends have been throwing cookies at you as if it is the only food that exists, this soup is for you!

If you are like me dried lentils are kicking around your cupboard or pantry. If not, you really should purchase some of these workhorses, they are an honourary vegetarian protein source packed with iron, folate and fibre to name a few. This soup will warm you and keep you well fed for hours. It sure makes that holiday hustle and weekend warrior workouts a lot easier to fit in!

Join me on this season’s soup odyssey, won’t you?

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Cauliflower & Clean Eating

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Time will always feel like a luxury, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible to get ahead of the game. Preparation has been my best tool of surviving what some might deem the social awkwardness that comes along with a Celiac Disease diagnosis. With the onset of Wheat Belly fame, I have had a few people in my social circle come out and say that wheat doesn’t treat them so sweetly either. Their second confession is that they find it very difficult to eat wheat and gluten free, when a pastry and a traditional sandwich is always readily accessible.  And to that I must say that preparation and planning goes a hell of a long way. Building up an arsenal of good clean eats, start small, it is a surefire way to keep your belly and body happy.

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Holla for Channa Aloo Masala

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This morning we had our first sighting of snowflakes here in the big smoke. I greeted the day with a squeal and a little dance but I know that many of my neighbours had one extra reason to stay bundled away in their cozy homes this morning. Working off a full belly of spicy Trinidadian style food and some Calypso music I was well on my way to stifling a bad case of wanderlust.

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The Importance of Risotto and Rest

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Returning to dedicated movement has it ups and downs, but most definitely it has brought into focus the importance of taking the time to slow down. As with most things in life it is easier said than done.

For me this week has been about reconciling excuses with self-care.  I for one am frequently haunted by my obligations to people, activities, jobs – the usual suspects. But, what trumps it all is my obligation to myself to be busy.  As much as I love peace and quiet, I often sneak in a solitary activity in to soothe my restless nerves during my down time.

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DIY Fail-safe Chicken Stock

This week I have been trying to strike a balance between cardio, strength training and relaxation. For me getting to work on turning goals into reality is very much a ‘hurry up and wait’ scenario. Accordingly, my month of movement is also very much about rest and relaxation. Bringing in mindfulness and meditation as much as I can into my yoga sessions, means leaving with a light heart and a smile on my face. Honestly, my busy mind does get in the way with each practice. This doesn’t mean I have skipped and sang my way to each class, taking on something new is at roller-coaster love and hate relationship. But, mindfulness, movement and meditation, are all practices, there is no place for perfection. Cooking a stock, much like yoga is a process to be practiced with patience.

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Treat Yo’self – Bittersweet Autumn Salad

For so many people I know, the fall and early winter is all about keeping your head down and working hard. Challenging yourself to meet goals, professionally, personally is an important part of growth, but a surefire way to flirt with burn out. I mentioned in an earlier post about my own burn out in a past job, since then I have gotten better at taking time for myself. This is certainly not a new, but I am finally taking on the treat yo’self attitude that is captured in this great comedic moment.

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