Wednesday, August 19, 2015

fuse: disruption 08.15.15

the "Natasha" vest by Melissa Araujo, trousers from Aritzia, crop tank from American Apparel, loafers from Zara, necklace by Cult of One Jewelry, vintage purse.
 one of my more notable experiences at fuse
i hadn't been out in awhile, however, nik somehow convinced me.
it was fun while it lasted - some really crazy, abstract pieces... (go figure)... but really.
i especially enjoyed the "How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth" exhibition by Geoffery Farmer.
i was clearly not all there because for some reason i only thought to snap photos on my snapchat rather than my camera, so i have no photos to share of his exhibit.
easy fix: search the hashtag "vancouverartgallery" on instagram and you'll find a plethora of photos.

these days i'm a bit of a grandma and need to be at home in bed by a reasonable hour so i ended up leaving a couple hours in.
i also can't handle large crowds of people in squishy, tight areas. and it was exactly that.
... sorry for party pooping.

but do i suggest you to go to the van art gallery and see these exhibitions?
go on a weekday when you practically have the place to yourself.
that's the true experience.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

HOW TO reinvent your breakfast - smoothie bowls.

smoothie: two handfuls of spinach, 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
toppings: granola, shredded coconut, pepitas, hemp hearts, goji berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs

smoothie: handful of kale, 2 handfuls of spinach, 3 frozen bananas, 1/3 cup (frozen) mango, 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup water (to thin out smoothie)
toppings: bee pollen, hemp hearts, chia seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries, pepitas, shredded coconut, 1/4 banana

i love creating smoothie bowls in the morning!
i'm forcing myself to try and pay more attention to my breakfasts as they are what help my days start off on the right foot. if i've had a small or insignificant breakfast i end up snacking a ton before lunch and it messes up my meal routine. i also have a difficult time concentrating and notice a lack of energy.

for a long time i labeled smoothies as just summer fruit drinks. somewhat boring after awhile. 
however, i began researching different health-conscious smoothie recipes and my mind was BLOWN.
i was especially keen on Lee Tilghman's smoothie bowl creations.
i believe that for a breakfast to taste exciting, it sometimes needs to look exciting.
even if you're eating plain oatmeal - there are ways to spice it up!
toppings are what add the pizzazz! not only do they look neat and fancy but they add flavour, texture and are HEALTHY (providing you choose the proper toppings).

the options are endless...
for smoothies, i always like to add chia seeds, hemp hearts and goji berries, and from there i add in whatever i feel. different fruits (berries, bananas, passionfruit, etc) and nuts are great add-ons as well.
there are even recipes for creating your own toppings, like homemade granola.
Lee Tilghman  makes an awesome rawnola made out of just dates and coconut (blended in a processor)... currently on my list of things to make.
if you're feeling fancy you can make your own healthy chocolate sauce (i use coconut oil + cacao powder).
refrain from using artificial sweeteners and even some natural sweeteners such as honey/agave as they aren't as healthy as they are made out to be. 
using bananas makes for more than enough "sweetness" to your smoothies.

of course making these types of smoothie bowls means that you need to lay aside a few extra minutes in the mornings.
but may this encourage you to set your alarm a few minutes earlier in the mornings. i promise, you will start looking forward to waking up in the mornings... just to make your smoothie bowls!
you'll also feel so much better being able to relax in the comfort of your own home enjoying your breakfast rather than racing out the door. 
these are the kind of habits that are good to get into.

make your breakfasts a priority!
you're body will thank you for it.

fun facts about chia seeds: 
- contains 8x more omega 3s than salmon
- contains 5x more calcium than milk
- contains 3x more iron than spinach
- controls sugar craves and aids weight loss
- anti-aging (improves health, skin, nails and hair)
- great source of fibre
- packed with antioxidants
- rich in protein

fun facts about hemp hearts:
- aids in repair and growth of lean body mass 
- reduces cravings 
- helps with digestion
- packed with protein (gives you lots of energy!)
- prevents heart disease, diabetes and dementia
- high in calcium, iron, amino acids, vitamin A

fun facts about flax seeds:
- high in omega 3s
- increases metabolism
- full of anti-oxidants
- high in fibre
- lowers cholesterol
- prevents cancer
- improves blood sugar levels
- improves brain performance
- aids in cardiovascular health

Saturday, August 8, 2015

4 months... but really, who's counting.

i couldn't think of a clever ice-breaker, so this'll have to do.
instead of giving you a lengthy, boring run-down of my life the past few months,
allow me to give you the more "significant" details... and then we'll call it a day.
let's take this point-form style.

- i no longer work at wings + horns (though i do miss it there, and the people)
- i work at Westside Church (also the church that i've been attending for 7 years) as the
front desk administrator.
- i booked a flight to new york (!!!) for the end of october. i'll be there for 11 days.
it's been a long time coming for that trip. i am very very very excited.
- i have gone back to my roots of being active and healthy. i train twice a week with my
good friend and trainer, ann, and hit up the gym on my own 3 or 4 other days of the week.
fitness has done a 180 for my body in the way i feel and function.
physically, i feel so alive and strong.

that's all. i promised to keep it short.
going to try to get back into the swing of blogging.
forgive me for the lengthy absence and thanks for your patience.
more to come...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

food for thought: gain in doubt.

"A faith without some doubts is like a human body with no antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask the hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person's faith can collapse almost overnight if she failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.” 
- Timothy Keller