A little Valentine’s Day treat ❤️

Something to try. Why not make two and share it with that special someone ❤️😊. 

Enjoy! 

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Back to the books


I finally registered myself in the Applied Nutrition Diploma Program at Alive Academy. Took me a bit longer then planned but sometimes life gets in the way and plans don’t always come together as fast as you would have hoped.

I am looking forward to hitting the books and learning all I can about living a holistic life.

I will be sure to keep posting updates along my journey. Here’s to new beginnings.

Wish me luck 👍🏻

In health and happiness 🙂

Kristen Douglas

One of those weekends

What a great weekend!

I find that I am often guilty of getting caught up in focusing on the negative things that have happened in my life or that are going on around me that I forget to take a breath and just enjoy the good things.

Over this past weekend we celebrated my husbands 33rd birthday. We spent Friday night at the family cottage with family and friends and then we took off for a relaxing evening at a little inn called Sir Sam’s Inn. Our room had a great view of a local beautiful lake and included a whirl pool bath and wood burning fireplace. We finally got to just put our feet up, sit back and just relax.

Being away and not having to focus on what we had to do next also allowed us to re-connect and talk about all the good and positive things in our lives. We talked about us, what we see coming up in the future and we really just took time to just be…no expectations or stressors lurking in the back of our minds.

I truely believe that sometimes you just need to take some time for yourself to unwind and unplug.

I have really been focusing on this as of late and I have been making a concious effort to take some me time, and doing my best to not feel guilty about it. It’s OK to think about the negative things that might be going on around you, that is just human nature to do so, but you can’t let it consume you. Sometimes you just need to get away (even if it is just for few short hours) and just breath and stop to think about all the good in your life. Maybe it’s as simple as starting a gratitude journal in which you take some time at the end of each day to jot down 3  things that you are great-full for or maybe you have more free time and can get away on a yoga retreat with a friend or by yourself to just unwind. Whatever it may be, realize when you need to “unplug” and take some time for yourself. Know that this is OK, not selfish, and that it is needed in order to regroup and reconnect with the world around you while gathering your personal thoughts and establishing your goals.

A great little spot that you may want to visit in order to relax and regroup, if you’re in the area, is Sir Sam’s Inn. This is a quiet and relaxing place where you won’t have any trouble just letting go and taking some “you” time.

In health and happiness 😊

Kristen Douglas

The photo below was taken while my husband and I were out enjoying a great X-country ski at Moose Woods, a small, volunteer ran ski trail system in Haliburton, ON. This was a quaint, little warming hut along the trails that had a nice fire place going and hot chocolate ready to be enjoyed ❤️☕️. Great spot to get fit and unwind!

 

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I have been enjoying my new journey towards a new career and also taking some time for me! Time to reflect and time to just relax.

I’m so happy you have chosen to join me on my new journey. Baby steps, sometimes that’s all it takes.

  

Leader of the pack 

Once they sorted out the “pack order” it was a walk in the park.

Great day out on the shoes, so much beauty right in my own backyard.

   

    
 

Quinoa and sweet potatoe cakes…the finale 

So here is the final product! One of my all time favourite meals (and there is usually leftovers for the days to follow).

I like to make this a “meatless Monday” meal but it is great whenever you feel like a delicious change.

Follow the link below for the recipe.

http://kulamama.com/sweet-potato-quinoa-cakes/

The aioli is simple to make as well, 1/2 cup of egg free mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp of paprika, 5 garlic cloves minced and some freshly squeezed lemon juice (2tbs but I just squeeze a bunch in until I’m done), and I personally like like to add some cayenne pepper for a little kick, about 1/2tsp. Mix up ingredients in the food processor and voila, you have lemon and garlic aioli!!! Mmmmm.

Enjoy!

Kristen Douglas

Why getting outdoors is so great for your overall health

I keep saying how great I think getting outdoors is for your mind and body.

But why?

Getting outdoors is beneficial to your health for so many reasons, it increases Vitamin D levels, helps relieve stress, helps with sleep deprivation and much, much more. Here is a quick “snapshot” of some of the benefits of being outdoors.

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To take a further look into the benefits of getting outdoors I encourage you to take a look at this great article outlining the many reasons getting outdoors and being one with nature is so important to ones overall well being.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1680

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Stealing snowflakes from the sky

Took some time tonight to hit the trails and play in the snow.

Had a great time while out for a little snowshoe with the family. I highly recommend a “pit stop” to stop and take it all in and steal a few snowflakes from the sky 😉❄️.

Get outdoors, I can’t stress it enough how beneficial this is to ones overall health. There are so many fun winter time activities that you can take up and enjoy alone or with the whole family.

Snowshoeing is one of my favourites and I would say one of the easiest workouts on the body. I like to consider it a massage, time to let my muscles recover from my previous fitness routines while burning some calories and toning the whole body along the way.

Enjoy life, you only get one shot at it.


In health and happiness 🙂

Kristen Douglas