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Saghi: Movie Snacks – Things Done Changed

Saghi: Movie Snacks – Things Done Changed

This past week I’ve been staying on top of my food making sure I have a good balance of protein and veggies. A challenge for me has been snacks throughout the day. Jess has helped me by giving me a list of snacks I could have. The key to a snack is to make sure it includes a protein. For example if I have a fruit, I must pair it with almonds – or if I have a rice cake I spread it with all natural almond butter, or have it with a hard boiled egg. These snacks help prevent me from munching on baked goods or other processed and high in sodium snacks, because they include protein, carbs and fats and keep me satisfied. The other day my fiancĂ© and I were watching...

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3 Top Benefits of Brown Bagging Your Lunch

3 Top Benefits of Brown Bagging Your Lunch

Life gets busy, we scramble, and we end up saying “oh screw it, I’ll just buy lunch today” when we’ve failed to prepare. If you need a little reminder of how much smarter it is to invest 5 minutes every evening or morning to pack yourself a lunch, here it is: 1) It’s much easier to eat a nutritious, filling and clean meal. Most restaurant / takeout options have tons of hidden fat, salt and calories that are energy zappers and waistline expanders. Even salads are often served with multiple portions of fat (be them healthful or not – they would be more than we would add at home as consumers like to “get their money’s...

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

The holidays are for resting. Be with those you love (even if it’s just you and your favourite TV characters this year), feel zero pressure, and enjoy being appointment-free. The holidays are for indulging. Whether it’s dessert, an afternoon glass of wine, or some champagne with your breakfast, just remember a LITTLE is typically better enjoyed than a LOT. (Nobody likes an afternoon / evening hangover or a sugar coma!) Do not drink and drive. I mean, to lose your whole life or to become a murderer in a split second foggy decision is just far too incredibly stupid and sub-human. Think, stay clear, make arrangements ahead of time. These tragedies are far...

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Broccoli Slaw with Chicken

Broccoli Slaw with Chicken

As promised, here is the recipe for my mother’s broccoli slaw with chicken. It is not her original recipe, but it is how I was introduced to it! I am providing exactly what she sent to me, and then my revised version to make it healthier at the bottom. “Asian salad I pkg of broccoli slaw–I used two I c. sunflower seeds–I used sesame and didn’t measure–also toasted them in the frying pan first 2 pkg. of soup noodles–the kind that come in little rectangular packages with seasoning and that you would pour boiling water on if you were using them for soup–chicken or veg. flavour I smash the noodles in their pkgs with a rolling...

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Keep It Simple #5

Keep It Simple #5

Let go of that number. I know that a lot of trainers and coaches believe in the number on the scale as a means of motivating a client toward a goal, and to keep them moving, but I’ve never really had a client’s motivation drop by convincing them to find their best body regardless of the numbers involved. Yes, if you are very overweight, and you do everything right to lose all excess body fat, the number on the scale will go down. The number on the measuring tape will go down as you lose inches (a sign of strong, tight muscles and a loss of body fat). But, this does not need to be your number one focus. I have clients weigh in every few days, or once a...

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Keep It Simple #4

Keep It Simple #4

Stay hydrated! Many people live in a dehydrated state. This means joints aren’t lubricated, digestion suffers, metabolism suffers, muscle tone decreases, water retention is problematic, the body’s waste is not diluted properly… Basically, we remain very full of toxicity, and tend to have more body fat. It is a physiological nightmare. When you are properly hydrated, not only are you healthier and higher in energy, but you tend to be lower in excess body fat. If you are hungrier than normal, you might actually need water (when we are dehydrated we seek the water in food). If you are exhausted, you might actually need water (instead of remaining...

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