12:53 | December 3, 2014

INTERVAL TRAINING

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Doing cardio is actually my favourite way to get my fitness in. I just love the feeling of running and find that it makes me physically feel the healthiest. For me, I do some of my best brainstorming or problem solving while running. It is a nice time where you can think and just focus on your strides. Anyone with me on this one?!

For all of my workouts I have posted so far (Sexy Booty and Legs Workout and the 12-Minute Total Body Workout) I do interval cardio training as my warm up. Sometimes I will do a longer cardio session (45 minutes usually) as my whole workout, but it depends on how I am feeling that day!

So… What is interval training you ask?? Basically it is alternating between period of high intensity cardio to periods of low intensity cardio multiple times during a workout.

My routine (which is just what works best for me) is to warm up power walking for about 10 minutes, and then do 3 minutes jogging, and two minutes power walking. Repeating the 3 and 2 pattern as many times as I feel like! Most of the time I will do these intervals for 30 – 35 minutes total. 

What are the benefits of interval training? Well… Here’s the skinny!

  • You will burn more calories over a short period of time in comparison to steady rate cardio.
  • Improved your cardiovascular fitness (AKA a healthier heart!)
  • I find it makes a workout more interesting… and the time passes faster haha! 😛
  • Interval training burns more fat than just traditional cardio.

And there you have it! So glad I got to get a bit of a run in and share with you my favorite interval routine. Do any of you do intervals in your workouts?!

 

x,

 

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6:46 | December 2, 2014

TOP 5 REASONS TO EAT BREAKFAST

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Breakfast is by FAR the best meal of the day. Sometimes when I go to bed at night I am thinking about how excited I am for it to be morning so it can be breakfast time again. No, I am not kidding haha.

Why do I like eating breakfast so much? First off, there are SO many amazing things you can eat for breakfast, for example: Breakfast Cake, Skinny Granola, or Pumpkin Pie Granola. Second, eating breakfast is a great way to make sure you are staying in the best shape possible. There are so many health benefits to eating breakfast it’s actually ridiculous! Now, what exactly are these mysterious health benefits?

Here’s the skinny:

  • Eating breakfast controls your hunger later in the day, and reduces your chances of unnecessary overeating!
  • Breakfast is associated with improved cognitive function (especially memory.) Who doesn’t want to be a smarty-pants! Gotta build our empires, right?!
  • Your mood will be improved significantly! The happiest women are the most beautiful women. 🙂
  • Having a morning meal also helps with weight loss. It will reduce excess snacking later in the day.
  • And lastly, breakfast improves your strength and endurance (AKA you will have more energy to workout!!) After breakfast give the Sexy Booty & Legs Workout a try and see the difference in energy you have!

Now that you know allll about why breakfast is so fab, I will fill you in on that delicious breakfast I posted above. This was hot old-fashioned oats cooked with almond milk and my famous gingerbread spice mix (<– I will give you guys the recipe later!) I topped my oatmeal off will all the best treats. There was shredded coconut, prunes, gojji berries, mulberries, and chopped brazil nuts. Soooo delish. 

What are your favourite breakfasts to eat?! Let me know in the comments 🙂

 

x,

 

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11:44 | November 30, 2014

BLACK ON BLACK

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In the winter time I am totally guilty of wearing all black, all the time. It might also be a Vancouver thing because I feel like everyone here just wears black all winter long! I have been trying to switch it up lately and wear a bit more colour, but today I went back to my usual all-black ensemble and was loving it haha.

So it was the windiest day EVER when we shot these photos. For real. I was trying to be like Beyonce (in all her glorious fabulousness) with her constant wind fan, but my attempts were futile at best. I have got to hand it to the woman… HOW DOES SHE CONTROL HER HAIR with all that wind!! It was basically impossible, so I went for the “I’m going really fast on a boat” look with my hair. Not that I had a choice LOL.

Moving right along… Lets start with the shoes. Because they are beauuutifulll and I love them. Michael Kors made these bad boys, and I can’t get enough of their asymmetrical shape. So gorgeous.

My skirt (which is actually a dress, sneaky sneaky) is from Club Monaco. The dress’ neoprene material is super cool because it makes it hold a really nice shape. The sweater is from American Apparel and it is definitely a staple piece for me in the winter. Throw a nice big sweater on top of any outfit and I am one happy camper!

What are your staple clothing pieces for the winter time? Comment below and let me know!

 

x,

 

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5:37 | November 27, 2014

SKINNY BOLOGNESE SAUCE

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This recipe is the perfect thing to make if you have some extra time on your hands one night. I made this last weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed myself throughout the entire process. It is a bit of a slow cooking meal, but ohhhh boy is it worth it. If you feel like taking your time one night and making a delicious meal for friends, this is the perfect dish!

Disclaimer: this recipe becomes even more fun if you consume a very generous glass (or two…..) of wine. 😉

And I knowww that pasta is not a healthy meal. But, I am all about balance! If you are craving pasta one night, have the pasta! Just not every night and keep the portions reasonable. I make my bolognese sauce “Skinny Belle” by using turkey instead of beef! Way less fat and way better for you.

What’s in it:

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 large diced peppers (red, yellow)
  • 1 large white onion
  • 2 finely shredded carrots
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cans 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small tomato paste can (4 oz)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • small handful of fresh (or dried) basil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese

Get your wine ready friends… because here are the steps (which are unusually long for me haha!)

1) Chop up all those yummy veggies.

2) Cook 2 lbs of turkey in a non-stick frying pan, and set aside once its done. It should be browning just a little bit.

3) Get a nice big pot out. Seriously get the biggest one you have because this recipe makes lots. 😛 Put your olive oil in, heat to medium and add in the onion, carrots, and peppers. Add in the garlic last. Cook all this together for about 3 minutes.

4) Add in the wine and let simmer for about 1.5 minutes.

5) Now, toss in your basil, thyme, and oregano.

6) Add crushed tomatoes and the tomato paste.

7) Put in the salt and bay leaves.

8) Simmer for an hour. This is when your friends and wine come in realll handy 😉 )

9) And FINALLY, add in parmesan (<– cheese is my first love in life) and parsley. Simmer for another 25 mins.

10) Remove the bay leaves, and ENJOY!!!

I don’t usually make meals that take quite this long, but this was SO delicious it was definitely worth the wait! And it makes so much that I have tons of leftovers. Great news for everyone.

Comment below and let me know if you give this a go, or share your own bolognese recipe! And a big Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in the United States! <3

 

x,

 

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5:23 | November 26, 2014

HAIR WASH ROUTINE

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When I thought about writing this post, I debated with myself if I really needed to share my hair washing routine with the world. Yes, yes I do. I am basically morally obligated to tell you this. Haha! 😛 Since we are talking about hair today, I figured I would share some crazy hair photos from my modeling this summer in Milan (shot by the amazing Attilio Cusani!)

Okay let’s get down to it. I only wash my hair 2 – 3 TIMES A WEEK. Max. I can hear you now… “Eeeewwwww! You only wash your hair 2 – 3 times a week? Nasty.” Okay now, it’s not nasty!! Let me explain.

The more you wash your hair, the greasier it gets. So if you wash it every day, your hair will become accustomed to getting its daily wash and actually end up being oilier than before. So, it is better to wash your hair every few days, and get your scalp used to less frequent washing.

Another reason you should only wash your hair a few times a week is to keep it healthy. The more you wash your hair with harsh chemicals (found in shampoo and conditioner,) the more damaged it will become. It is really good to let the natural oils in your hair condition it a bit!

Keep in mind that this is what works best for me! All hair types are different and the ideal hair-care routine changes based on your hair type. I have quite dry and fluffy hair so I find that mine looks better when I wash it every few days.

To make sure my hair stays soft, I also like to do my Coconut Oil Hair Mask once every few weeks.

There you have it, friends! What is your hair care routine?! Tell me in the comments below!

 

x,

 

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