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GOOP Detox

While we were on vacation in Arizona David & I decided to do the GOOP Detox when we got home, after spending a week indulging and having cocktails by the pool we figured it would be a good time to start when vacation ended. HA. dummies. That was brutal.

I couldn’t believe the withdrawals I had in the first few days of the detox. I felt awful. I was literally crying on the phone to David saying “This is stupid, I don’t need to detox!” and then accidentally hung up on him because my mind was SO foggy I was just pressing buttons without thinking. But he convinced me not to cave… So here’s how the rest of it went.

The goal of this detox is to remove as many toxins from your diet as possible, GOOP explains how are bodies are overloaded with the amount of toxins they have to try to process, so taking charge of the amount we intentionally put into ourselves can give our gut the opportunity to repair and restore the bodies natural ability to repair itself.

The Detox rules are: 

  1. No alcohol.
  2. No caffeine.
  3. No dairy.
  4. No eggs.
  5. No beef, no pork.
  6. No shellfish, no raw fish.
  7. No gluten.
  8. No soy.
  9. No Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers).
  10. No strawberries, oranges, grapefruits, grapes, bananas.
  11. No corn.
  12. No white rice.
  13. No added sugar.
  14. No peanuts. 
  15. No processed oils, or butters, no vegetable seed oils, no canola oils. (Can use olive oil, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, pumpkin seed oil).

Since I have a 3 year old, and infant and needing my sanity I cheated on no caffeine and drank Green Tea (which I looked into after, and apparently is fine)… So I’m not a rebel after all.

Like I said the first few days were H-E-double hockey sticks if you know what I mean. Flawless Gwyneth Paltrow had lied to me, I definitely was not glowing from the inside out. I was nauseous, tired, lazy, hungry, irritable, and had really bad headaches. I really didn’t think it would have that much of an effect on me since we eat fairly healthy most of the time, but it was apparently quite the shock to my system. But as we continued and started to figure out what foods worked for us with this diet I learned to love it and by the end never wanted to eat any other way.

What I was eating never made me feel bad or bloated, or guilty about what I had eaten. We stopped looking at our meals as how could this taste better, but instead as how is this nourishing us and what it was doing for our bodies. We didn’t feel the need for lots of sauces, sweetness, or tons of different flavours (not that this diet makes you compromise on flavour at all) we got excited about what ‘good for us’ foods were packed into our meals. I actually got more creative with my cooking again having the challenge of new ingredients.

I definitely recommend it, we felt awesome once we go the hang of it. The key was keeping the fridge stocked with things that you can eat. Because when we you cut that many ingredients out, there are very very few grab & go foods. We spent the first few days staring into the fridge saying “I’m so hungry”, and then we spent an afternoon prepping protein balls, chicken salad, tuna salad, & chopping veggie sticks. When I crave candy (which is a lot) I have a handful of snacking dates or a scoop of sunflower seed butter mixed with carob. When I was really hungry I would eat refried beans straight out of the can haha (Amy’s organic brand are actually delish).

Before you start you should make a meal plan, go to the grocery store and load up on ingredients you can eat, get rid of the stuff you can’t.

We started by sticking strictly to the rules for 10 days, but next time I could definitely go for 30. Since stopping the detox there hasn’t been one “cheat” meal we’ve eaten and haven’t agreed after that we wish we didn’t. Our bodies feel SO much better after a detox friendly meal, I wasn’t aware of the feeling before the detox but now majority of the time both of us would choose a healthy meal over a delicious/indulgent one because of the energy we have after.

Here is the link to the book with all the info, including recipes. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.

I’ve included a couple detox friendly recipes below, lot’s more to come!


David’s Delish Date Balls

12 pitted dates

1/4 cup carob or cacao powder

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (plus extra for rolling)

1 Tbs sunflower seed butter or almond butter

Sea salt

Honey to taste

1-3 tsp water

Sesame seeds

Combine everything in the food processor until crumbly, add water as need to make mixture stick together in a ball. Wet hands and roll into balls, roll in unsweetened shredded coconut & sesame seeds. Store in the fridge.


Avocado Chicken Salad

3 Breasts Shredded Chicken

1 Avocado

Salt

Garlic Powder

1-2 Tbs Water

Mash (or blend) the avocado with seasonings, and warm in a saucepan with water and chicken. Serve on top of rice cakes or salad. We liked to keep this in the fridge so that it was a hearty lunch ready to go, and I would just warm it up again with some more water to keep the chicken moist.


Grilled artichoke

1 Artichoke

Nutritional Yeast

Salt

Garlic Powder

Olive Oil

Dip:

Plain Coconut Yogurt

Paprika

Salt

Juice of half a lemon

Cut the artichoke in half and simmer in water 15 minutes, remove from pot and place on a baking sheet. Rub with olive oil, season with salt, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast. Broil on high until it starts to brown.

For the dip: mix ingredients together to taste.

Eat the artichoke one leaf at a time scraping off the meat with your teeth, like so.

Summer Shades

Summer, is that you?! It’s finally feeling warm in Vancouver and all is right with the world. Time for barbeque’s, shorts, campfires, and sunglasses.  

I’m always a sucker for the classic Ray Ban Sunglasses and this pair is my favourite yet. Since becoming an IRIS ambassador I’ve shared lots of frames with you, and I’ve also been learning about the importance of taking care of your eyes. Something most of us don’t think about until it becomes a problem. But properly protecting your eyes from UV rays can prevent cataracts when you age.

Your eyes, just like your skin, can sunburn. So go ahead, get the shades, it’s for you health after all 😉 Sunglasses for your eyes are the same as sunscreen for your skin.

IRIS carries a large selection of designer frames, some of my favourite being Ray Ban, Tom Ford, Michael Kors and Maui Jim… you really can’t beat looking through a pair of Maui Jims.

Family Travel

David and I both have a passion for travelling and that is something that we really try to embrace as a family and hopefully our kids learn to also love. It’s easy to put off travelling until your kids are older because it’s more work with them at this age, but the memories we make with them at this adorable phase of life make it all worth it. There are ways to make travelling with kids easier, for example you could hire a private jet with Jettly to avoid the disapproval of any fellow passengers. We all know that travelling can be a stressful process, from booking the trip to packing and trying to get to the airport on time. Try doing all this with kids. A while ago now, we went on a family trip to the Philippines, which was amazing thinking back. But without being recommended that we looked into something like travel operators Philippines, I don’t think the trip would have ran as smoothly as it did. It’s just these little tips and tricks that you need to make any holiday a success.

Seeing new places through their little eyes is something special and trying to explain distance and different places to a 3 year old is definitely something funny. On our most recent trip, Poppy asked us every couple hours if we were still in California. A good family outing in California is with san diego whale watching cruises that depart all year round.

It’s also easy to put off travelling with littles because it’s not always an easy stage of life to spend extra money, but when we travel we always use our American Express rewards points. We seriously encourage our friends all the time to sign up for an American Express Gold Rewards Card because it’s cuts our costs way down being able to cover a plane ticket or two with our rewards.

The Gold Rewards card is the most flexible travel card, so you are able to plan your trip how it best fits your family. It’s consistent and dependable, they offer a reliable program for booking flights so that there are no surprise fees or limitations.

I think a lot of parents are afraid of taking their kids on airplanes, but you just have to think what’s the worst that can happen… At least when it’s over you’ll be on vacation! I shared a few of my tips for travelling with toddlers in a post recently.

Statistics show that Canadians are travelling more now with their families than ever before, over 90% of Canadians currently travel with their children. They actually believe that travelling with your children at a young age makes them more curious/adventurous about the world, more aware/receptive to other cultures, that travel helps a child’s development, social skills, and can make them more creative, passionate, and emotionally open. More about family travel here.

With the American Express Gold Rewards card you receive 25,000 Membership Rewards points as a welcome bonus with $500 spend in first 3 months of your Card membership and earn 2 points for every dollar spent on eligible travel and everyday purchases (gas stations, grocery stores and drug stores) and 1 point for every dollar spent for everything else. You can also book on American Express Travel and you’ll earn 1 additional Membership Rewards point for every dollar you spend on hotels & cars.

Some of the benefits of the Fixed Points Travel Program is literally how stress free and predictable everything is – absolutely no guesswork, since the number of points required is the same every day of the year! Booking flights on the Fixed Points Travel Program is also amazing for any last minute travel plans – you don’t have to worry about last minute fares or booking at peak times such as March Break or summer holidays, you can book up to 24 hours before departure (even direct flights!) and still be charged the same number of fixed points. The Fixed Points Travel Program from Amex definitely helps with budgeting, making family travel possible and the planning process a breeze.

We love to rent a car and explore when we travel, we allow for lots of stops with the kiddos to stretch their legs, and have a snack, I definitely don’t mind when the stops look like this!

This post in partnership with American Express.

Garden Party with Adera

Last weekend we took part in a sunny Saturday afternoon garden party to celebrate the launch of Adera’s South Ridge Club’s final phase, Grandview, located in South Surrey. We got to hang out in the beautiful South Ridge Club outdoor amenities area, have some mimosa’s & delicious sandwiches, and learn a few gardening tips from Wes of Lifespace Gardens.

These luxury 3,4 & 5 bedroom townhomes have beautiful rooftop patios perfect for growing a little vegetable garden. Lifespace Gardens made these beautiful self-watering garden boxes which are perfect for balconies, and you basically can’t kill your plants by forgetting to water them (boy, do I need that).

Wes made me get in there and get my hands dirty helping put one of these gardens together on Saturday, as an inexperienced gardener, I actually learned a lot.

Thanks Adera for having us out to celebrate! It was fun to meet some owners of the residences, celebrate new buyers, learn a bit about gardening, and raffle off some Lifespace Garden boxes.

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