family secrets…

Happy Family Day!

Today’s lovely, sunny day off has started with…

… lemon water
… a glorious green juice (curly kale, cucumber, celery, parsley, and a pear)
… yoga with Kathryn Budig on yogaglo.com
… 15 minutes of “time-out” (a.k.a. lying on my foam roller) (a.k.a. meditating)
… avo toast from Crazy Sexy Kitchen 

Avocado smooshed onto Ezekiel bread, topped with olive oil, sea salt and chili flakes.

…  and lots of mulling over my grandpa’s way of life.
                                                                                                  
Decades ago, my grandpa figured out the secrets to health, longevity and living life well, and has been applying them religiously ever since. He’ll be 84 in March and every time I hear about his recent escapades, they blow me away.

Despite the winter weather, he walks a minimum of 6km each and every single day. Then he rides his stationary bike for 30 minutes. Each and every single day. “It’s the most boring 30 minutes of my day, but I do it, and then it’s over”. Exactly.

His tips for health are simple:

  1. Never over eat, but eat everything in moderation. 
  2. Exercise, always. End of story.
  3. Be consistent with eating, sleeping, exercising, etc. 
  4. Throw in the towel on all of the above once in awhile. On occasion, have a extravagant dinner and dance the night away (two weeks ago, he was dancing until 4am!) 

The key, of course, is to practice 1-3 regularly so that you can thoroughly enjoy 4 and not pay for it with your health. You have to work at it and you have to commit… but he’s living proof that it’s worth it!

My grandpa, Witek, on his 80th birthday.

So on this Family Day 2013, I am channeling the energy of my grandma yet again. 🙂

Be kind to yourself!
mxo

adding juice…

Today is day four of my juice fest.

My amazing husband got me an amazing new juicer, replacing Old Faithful, without me even having to ask for it! I love him so.

Ta da!

But back to the juice…

For the past few days, I have been adding one big, huge green juice into my daily diet, usually right after my morning lemon water.

Now don’t get me wrong, I still follow it up with a coffee, sometimes even with eggnog (albeit it’s organic eggnog) and I’ve been proudly polishing off every last Christmas truffle I can find in the house (there are a lot!)…

The juice is simply my healthy treat for my cells. No drama. No cleanses. Just pure juice love.

It tasted (and looked!) much better than this sad pic…

Here’s this morning’s juice:

  • Handful of romaine.
  • Handful of kale.
  • Big handful of parsley.
  • Half of a cucumber (peeled as it wasn’t organic).
  • One apple.
  • 1 inch piece of ginger.
  • Lemon juice to squeeze on top when it’s all done.

To quote one of my favourite ladies, Ms. Kris Carr,Make juice, not war.”

Much love,
mxo

today…

Today feels like…
… New Neil Halstead.
 
… Texts from good friends about new life. Bless.
… Homemade apple almond butter. 
Apple Nut Butter:
  • 6-8 large apples, cored and sliced into big chunks. Keep the peels!
  • Splash of orange or lemon juice.
  • 1 tbsp vanilla.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • Nut butter of choice (1/2 cup or so for every 1 1/2 cup of apple butter).
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup.
  • Pinch of salt. 
…first, the apple butter: 
Place the apples in a slow cooker with the splash of OJ. Set to high and let it simmer for 4-6 hours. The longer you cook the apples, the more condensed the butter will be. Stir occasionally. Let it cool, then blend until smooth. It’s super delicious on it’s own.
…then, the nut butter:
Place 1 1/5 cups of apple butter, 1/2 cup of your favourite nut butter (I used almond), and remaining ingredients in a food processor. Blend. That’s it. 
So yum.
mxo