:: the plan ::

After many iterations and (too) much thought, here is my 6ish-month, doable-yet-challenging plan:

  1. Eat:
    • Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
    • Identify the foods that work best for me. Eat them.
    • Identify the foods that don’t work for me. Eat less of them.
    • Herbs.
    • 4 litres of water per day.
    • Enjoy every sandwich.
  1. Move:
    • Walks, walks and more walks.
    • HIIT and weight training.
    • Make space for yoga.
    • Whatever my physio tells me to do.
  1. Listen:
    • Meditate.
    • Unplug.
    • Rest.
    • Journal.
  1. Be:
    • Gratitude. Practice it.
    • Pleasure. Delight the senses.
    • Connection. Reach out.
    • Acceptance. One day I’ll miss these days.
    • Perspective. Tell happy stories.
  1. Allow: Be open. Allow this to be a fluid journey that ebbs and flows as it needs to. Allow for imperfection. (By no means is this a rigid daily checklist!). Say yes to life.

More details on each pillar to come…

mxo 💕

P.S. Thank you so very much for the tremendous amount of support! Wow. 🙏

eight TLCs…

There’s a 13-foot hole where my front lawn used to be and five guys with big machines tending to it. Junior’s due date is in a week. Yesterday, I stressed. Today, I’m moving on. 🙂

A beautiful friend of mine recently shared this video which is now going viral:

I like a lot of what Logan has to say, especially the attention he brings to Roger Walsh’s eight therapeutical lifestyle changes (or “TLCs”).

tlcsThat’s my equation for a happy, healthy life… what do you think? 🙂

Happy Tuesday!


tiny steps…

Today was better. Significantly so. 

Here’s why:

I ate every meal at a table (NOT a desk), sitting down, doing nothing else but eating. Who knew?!

I deleted all of the social media apps on my phone (except Instagram – I like taking pictures!) I need more quiet moments to notice the raindrops and let magic in.

I logged out of every social media site on my computer. It seems I check them mostly out of habit. When I navigate to one without thinking and stumble upon a login page, 9 times out of 10, I don’t care enough to log in. 

I ate tremendous amounts of greens. Tremendous.

I left work at 5:30 and got my steps in. I love the rain.



Truth: I’m at home, alternating between the bed and the couch, somewhat dead to the world.

Between work and my social life, I’ve been running on overdrive recently. I am happy as a clam, but I’m a burnt-out clam. Exhausted. Completely and totally. 

This is entirely my own doing – every moment in our lives is a culmination of all the previous decisions and moments – and it’s mine to fix. 

It’s back to basics time. Here are the general principles:

  • Better nourishment.
  • More rest.
  • Less busy.
  • Unplug.

I know better than to set timelines, rules, deadlines, etc. Scratch that. It’s about taking care of myself so that I have the energy to keep enjoying the life I love so much.

Details to follow. Now back to my Timothy Olyphant Justified marathon.



Here it is, folks. My new bible. Undiet.


I’m 10 pages in and I already feel like Ms. Telpner is writing about me – except the galavanting in Africa part, although that sure would be fun.

Inspired by Telpner, I wrote my very own healthy list.

  • Walk 10,000 steps. 
  • Do yoga.
  • Meditate – you know, like be quiet for a few minutes.
  • Eat four cups of super green vegetables.
  • Do absolutely nothing if that’s what I want to do. 
  • Bonus: drink a green juice. 

Now that’s one daily to-do list I can get behind (and will)!

It was a very soggy 10,000 steps today!


Happy April showers!


flu remedies…

Cough, cough, sniff, sniff. Yup, it’s that time of year. Half of my office is out with something or other.

I came down with some sort of bronchial disaster this weekend. Late last week, I started to feel woozy. By Sunday night, I was a fevery, coughy, sniffly mess.

A few years ago, I was very prone to a lovely combo of bronchitis + pneumonia + nasal infections. I’d be out for a week and overly-medicated with antibiotics and puffers. Sometimes they were necessary, sometimes they were not, but always they destroyed my stomach for months to follow.  I desperately wanted to avoid antibiotics this time around… so I got to work.

I cured myself (almost!) with these very simple, natural remedies.

Nature’s medicine cabinet.

Lemon Elixir: 

  • Lemon – juice from 1 whole lemon 
  • Ginger – big piece finely chopped or minced 
  • Honey – 1 heaping tbsp, the more natural and raw, the better
  • Hot water – 1-2 cups
  • Cayenne pepper (optional, it can be a bit much for a sore throat)

Place all ingredients in a mug, stir, let sit for a minute or two, and drink! 

This is pretty much all I drank for days. Lemons are packed with vit C, ginger is nature’s antibiotic, and honey has awesome antimicrobial properties. Best part: this is delicious! Drinks lots and lots of it!

Grandma’s Onion Cough Syrup (version 2.0):

  • One whole onion, peeled and sliced into thin, long pieces
  • Lots of honey (or traditionally, sugar) – I used raw honey and coconut sugar

In a mason jar, layer onions then a glob of honey/ sugar, onions then glob of honey/ sugar, onions then glob of honey/ sugar, etc. Seal and let it sit on the counter for 6-8 hours (or overnight). Drink 1-2 tbsps as needed to calm the coughing. Use it up in a few days as it’s got to be fresh.
If you have a Polish grandma, you have probably tried (a.k.a. been subjected to) this deliciousness before! You’ll probably also remember that while it smells horrendous, this syrup actually tastes quite nice (I hate onions and even I like this syrup) and it works like magic. Onions contain a compound which helps reduce bronchial constriction and they help eliminate mucus (gross). Sugar is ok but honey is far better as it’ll kick bacteria to the curb.

Chicken Soup + Less Junk:
When you’re sick, it’s important to avoid the foods that cause inflammation (as your body is already trying to fight inflammation). So, no alcohol, coffee, dairy (mucus-producing), sugar, processed stuff, etc (sorry!). Instead, you need lots of green veggies and chicken soup.

Why chicken soup? Chicken contains compounds that thin out mucus so it’s easier to cough out (how many more times can I say mucus in one post?!) 🙂 If you’re veggie, just have broth with lots of anti-inflammatory ingredients like onions, garlic, carrots, etc. Oh, and did I mention garlic? Yes, eat LOTS of it.

Truth: I’d be feeling much better if I had avoided the home-made cake and chocolate truffles left over from my hubby’s birthday this weekend!

Ha, betcha didn’t see that one coming! 🙂 But really, it’s the most essential one. You need to slow down, sleep ridiculous amounts, and stay in your pjs until they start to smell a bit suspicious. The main reason I’m not 100% better is because I made the “daft”, to quote my British colleague, decision to go into work today. Don’t be me – no one wants sick coworkers around. You’re not a brain surgeon and even if you are, you need to rest! I certainly don’t want a sick brain surgeon coughing into my open skull!

That’s it! And here’s the thing, if you try all of the above and they don’t work, no harm done. You can always go to the doc after, but I suspect you won’t need to.

Happy healing!


Happy Tuesday! My body is humming from another sweaty hot yoga class – what a perfect treat in the winter!

A few days ago, in the midst of an email discussion about health and happiness, my brilliant husband wrote this:

the constant ability for humans to ignore the obvious solution staring them in the face never ceases to amaze!”

It’s true! We do tend to ignore the obvious and we certainly don’t want to hear it. Case in point:

Who wants to hear AGAIN that you should eat more vegetables, exercise and unplug?! It’s just so booooring. But, alas, it’s also true.

I get it. Trust me, I have looked in every nook and cranny for a magic solution but there isn’t one. Health takes commitment; it takes hard work. But eventually, when you start feeling truly awesome, this hard work becomes fun! And the beautiful upside of all of this is that it’s also simple – we can feel so much better just by taking small, itty bitty steps.

So, based on the Doc’s prescription, what kind act can you do for yourself? What work can you put in towards your health? As for me, I need to ditch my computer!

Be kind to yourself.

healthy on the cheap: thrive in 30


Truth: I have a bit of a crush on Brendan Brazier. He’s a vegan Ironman, general health-atarian, and founder of the amazing Vega products.

He has also written many books like Thrive Diet,  Thrive Fitness, Whole Foods to Thrive, etc.

But here’s why I’m writing about him on this Thrifty Thursday: Thrive in 30!

For absolutely free, you can access free videos of Brendan covering content from his Thrive books, such as:

  • How to combat stress using whole, plant-based foods and
    high net-gain nutrition
  • The whole food truth about protein, fats and carbs—
    and how balancing your diet will help you build a younger body
  • How you can alkalize your body’s pH to combat disease,
    improve sleep and lose weight
  • What superfoods to use to balance hormones,
    detoxify body or lower cholesterol
  • How to identify common foods that cause unexplained, mystery illnesses
  • How to use nutrition to strategically fuel your body so you’ll have greater endurance, maximize the return from your workouts and recover faster
  • Why nutrition, exercise and sleep are the secret
    to empowered mental health
  • Long-term strategies that will help you transform your health for life

It’s pretty darn amazing, and it doesn’t cost a penny. Not one.

What are you favourite healthy on the cheap tricks?

Happy tumbling & stumbling!

healthy on the cheap: Qi Herbs & Nutrition

Fact: It’s Thirfty Thursday.

Fact: I just discovered Anthropologie where I bought the cutest flapper-style dress…. but it was 50% off!
So sue me! 🙂
For serious though… I realize that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can add up. Eating organic and buying superfoods + vitamins + random healthy goodies certainly can! But it doesn’t have to be ridiculous.

Here’s one of my not-so-secret healthy secrets: Herbs & Nutrition (Qi Natural Foods) in the Annex.
From BlogTO

This place is a mecca of fresh, healthy deliciousness at very reasonable prices. Something is always on sale and even when it’s not, it’s easily 20% cheaper than anywhere else I’ve come across. The owners work directly with farmers and companies to keep costs down.

They have a massive selection of vitamins and superfoods, bulks grains and dried fruit, beauty products, etc… AND bonus: they recently added fresh organic produce and meats! 

I adore this super happy healthy market… and my wallet does too. 

Check out BlogTo for more info.

Where do you like to shop for healthy things?

Happy tumbles and stumbles,

Crazy Sexy Week

I disappeared again – sorry about that!

Here’s what happened in the last week, in rough chronological order:
  1. I had a physical and emotional breakdown over Easter.
  2. I got so frustrated with my dismal state that I decided to take my health and happiness into my own hands. 
  3. I started a mostly raw, very green cleanse (inspired by one of my role models, Kris Carr).
  4. I had a follow-up session with Joy McCarthy (read about my first session here).
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = the perfect reset at the perfect time, and the start of a new direction.
What I have known intuitively for awhile, and what Joy confirmed today, is that I need to focus less on dietary restrictions and labels (raw foodist, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc), and instead focus more on my emotional health, especially when it comes to food. 
So many of us desperately cling to diet after diet, food trend after food trend, and we do “all of the right things”, but we continue to suffer. What we often ignore is all of the other toxic aspects of our lives: jobs we might hate, bad relationships, maxed out schedules, etc. 
Here’s what I’ve realized recently: health and happiness are holistic. We each have a perfect blend of where we need to be mentally, physically and spiritually to be happy and healthy. But you can’t be happy or healthy if one of these elements is drastically off balance. You can take all of right supplements and eat all of the right superfoods, but if you’re not addressing the other elephants in the room, you’re not going to get very far.
I believe the key pillars to health are:
  1. Nutrition – are you eating foods that truly nourish your body and enrich your soul? how is your relationship with food?
  2. Exercise – are you moving your tush every day? are you pushing yourself too hard?
  3. Stress – what are you doing to curb stress in your life?
  4. Sleep – are you sleeping a solid 7-8 uninterrupted hours each night?
  5. Job – do you like what you do? are you stressed about your finances?
  6. Relationships – do each of your relationships support you? are there toxic relationships you can let go of?
While each needs to be addressed, it can be overwhelming to tackle everything at once! In the spirit of breaking things down into manageable pieces, start with the one pillar you know is the most off balance.  Personally, I’m going to attempt to tackle my guilt-ridden, misguided relationship with food.

So here’s what I propose (for me): I’m throwing out all rules, labels, and 30-day challenges that I’ve set for myself (because they didn’t come from healthy places). Instead, I will listen to my body, provide it with the nourishment it most desires, and I will try to enjoy every single morsel. Generally, I’m going to start being good to myself holistically…. oh yes, and I’ll share my journey with you!  
The road may be bumpy but I’m not afraid of a little hard work! 

What do you most need to do right now, what one step can you take to steer you towards your most perfectly happy and healthy self?

Happy tumbling & stumbling!

P.S. Phew! What a long post! Oops… 🙂