Sometimes it’s all Random and Stuff

So, I’ve been a little (a lot) MIA as of late.  Life is happening.  A lot of life is happening and if I’m being honest, getting to my blog just hasn’t happened.  Oh the things I have to say…they abound.  However, taking the time to stop and write a post has just fallen to the wayside.  

My brain is full of posts I’d like to write, maybe I’ll get to them one day, maybe I should start a YouTube channel, or experiment with Snap Chat and then I can just put them out there when they happen.  hmmm….

Life happening has revolved a lot around my health and the fact that it’s not exactly awesome at the moment.  Well, it’s not that my health isn’t awesome, my body is being an A-Hole with a capital A and Hole (apparently).  I’ll go in to detail, probably, later but in short it’s taking a large amount of my energy to function.

I’m seeing different modalities of physical therapy each week.  Being stuck with needles.  Shipped to Vancouver (3x in a week) to specialists and for testing.  I’m still working out (because it’s my sanity, my love & my “happy drug”) and caring for my body, but I’ve definitely had to modify things.  I’m so thankful I know how to do that.

It’s good, it’s Ok, we’re making progress though we have yet to figure out the root cause of my problem.  I’m learning to cope with it.  I’m learning that some of this might be my new normal, and that change happens whether we want it to or not.

On top of that we’re dealing with Audrey’s little body and it’s continued problems.  Again, not something I’m doing to delve into at the moment but what I will say is that this kid is an inspiration and an example of how to keep going.

With life, and therapies and work and kids and all of the everything – you can see how this has slipped a little.  I’m sorry everyone.  I needed to focus inward a little, so I did.  So I am.

Coaching is coming a long.  Have I mentioned I LOVE health & fitness?  Have I mentioned that THIS was my purpose?  Not just helping people with programs, in fact that’s the smallest part of my purpose.  

It’s the helping them find HAPPY inside of healthy, working on creating meal plans for them.  Getting into the nitty gritty of their health struggles, seeing them lose tons of weight and find that they CAN do it and it WILL last because we’re working on new habits.

Man, if you were sitting here the sound of my fingers flying over the keys those last few paragraphs would probably annoy you.  (Anyone else find typing an annoying sound?)  I’m excited about it, passionate, and in love with it!

The trouble?!

I want to help more people.  I NEED to help more people and I’m struggling on 2 levels.  

Sometimes reaching out feels hard.  Not because I don’t want to help, but because I don’t want to offer help to someone who didn’t want it and then offend them.  I’m working on it, and a lot of people don’t even know that I’m coaching.  They have NO idea what I can do to help them.  I need to put myself out there more.

The other problem?  

Well, when you want to change the world.  Help families (not just one member of them) get healthy, it’s a big job.  I need help!  I need other people who want to learn about getting healthy.  People who are works in progress who want to help others they love become works in progress.  

I need a team.  An army.  A FAMILY! of people who want to coach along side me.

Is that you?!!  If it is please, please, please let me know!  Reach out if you want help getting healthy, if you want to learn about coaching, if you just wanna chat about the fact that sometimes watching YouTube videos about bacon cheeseburgers feels good.  Whatever, I wanna chat! 

Wow, this post is disjointed and has gone in 100 different directions.  But if I’m being honest, that’s kind of how my life feels.  No, not kinda, it IS how my life feels.

As God and I are working through all that is happening.  All that is changing I need to learn balance. I need to learn to be still (I suck at sitting) and I need to learn to put myself out there more.

So, my friends I am here.  I’ll always be here.  Sometimes I’ll be quiet but I’m here whenever you need me.  I’m here!

What do you think should I start a YouTube channel and spew forth all that’s in my brain?  What would you like to hear more from me about?  Life? Fitness? Nutrition? Healthy families? Recipes?

Help a girl out and let me know what you’d like to hear/see and I’ll do my best to oblige!


“Focus On The Facts” : Do you KNOW what you’re eating?

“Made with REAL Fruit Juice”, “ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS”, “A Good Source of Fiber”, “Organic”, “Healthy”, “Wholesome”, “Nutritious”

These days, everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with claims of how a food, a product can completely change our lives.  How “healthy” something is, how that conveniently packaged product is a “better choice”, why we should feed them to our children.

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The claims & slogans are plastered on to the fronts of packages, the ads on TV & the sidebars of Facebook.  We are all on a quest to live healthier lives (I believe YOU are, otherwise you wouldn’t be here.  My people, my friends, you – they’re the kind of people who want to live a good, healthy life) and these products are promising to help us do just that.

Their pretty colors & comforting words lull us into believe that we’re making wise choices.  I mean it’s written right there, in bold letters, across the TOP of the cereal box, it has to be true, doesn’t it?  They wouldn’t lie to us like that, would they?   I saw a celebrity “eating” it, and they wouldn’t mislead us, right?

Maybe not.  Maybe that box in your hand right now IS telling the truth.  Maybe the foods that are inside, do contain good ingredients.  Maybe the CEO of that company does have our best interest at heart.  Maybe that celebrity does believe in the safety of that product.

And maybe not.

Marketing is a tricky business and loop holes can be large.  Not all CEO’s put the consumer’s health before that of their bottom line.  And sadly, many celebrities enjoy the perks of having an endorsement deal more than they care about the people who call themselves fans.

Right or wrong, truth or a lie, black or white, in a world run by social media & an abundance of products, finding the facts can feel like an overwhelming chore.  Especially when the aisles of the grocery store have become so very grey.

So, what do we do?

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We become detectives.  In our house we’ve been food detectives for a long time, otherwise known as label readers.  

When my corn allergy began getting more serious 10 years ago, I was forced to look at the labels on our food.  I’d skim them for the ingredients that would hurt me and carry on, never paying much mind to what else they contained.

Then I had kids, and I decided to get healthy.  All of that changed.  I soon was reading the labels, searching for GOOD ingredients, hunting for the TRUTH behind the packages and discovering that the nutrition labels were more than just a simple table, but a fact finder’s friend.

Finding the Facts - Nutrition Detectives

Turns out, the information was all there but learning to read it, took sometime.  It came with bumps along the way, misunderstanding and some serious frustrations.  If only there had been a simpler way to learn how to read it…

Then there was.  I’m super excited to have been given the opportunity to share The Nutrition Facts Education Campaign: “Focus On the Facts” with you.

Designed by the Government of Canada, this campaign has been created to help Canadians learn how to use the Nutrition Facts Tables (NFt) found on the packaged foods they find on the groceries store shelves.  By learning how to read these labels, they are empowering us to make informed and ultimately healthier food choices.  

Starting with learning how to determine the Serving size of an item (not always what think it will be.  Those can be sneaky too!) they walk us through the Percent Daily Values (% DV) of the item & more.

Finding the Facts - Nutrition Table

You learn to determine the serving sizes of two items, then turn your eyes to the right column on the NFt to see the Percent Daily Value of each one.  Hint: 5% or less of a % DV isn’t very much but 15% or higher, is!  Do you really want to use up 24% of your daily sodium in take on that one, tiny snack?

Once we’ve discovered how to read these labels, we’re able to add more foods to our diet that contain the nutrients we need, like calcium, fibre, & protein.  It also enable us to be aware of & even reduce the less desirable nutrients like sodium & trans fats. 

In other words, the “Focus On the Facts” campaign is giving us, YOU the consumer the power.  The power to understand, the power to decode & ultimately the power to make the BEST choice for you & your family.  Not to mention the power to empower your children to do the same!

And I don’t know about YOU but this girl loves her some choice making power.  (Now if only they’d send me a cape…in pink.  With sparkles.  And maybe a really cool emblem…)

Finding the Facts - Label Readers

Our girls LOVE reading labels with me.  They have for a long time, but only recently have they learned to understand what they’re reading.  Now they care about what it means for their health & more importantly, in their eyes for how they feel.  Whether they’re helping choose a fruit leather or picking out a treat, they’re learning to make a better for them choice.

Now it’s your turn.  Head out and discover what you can about the foods you’re putting in your body.  Gather up the free information the Government of Canada is offering you (non-Canadians the information will be JUST as useful to you.  So don’t hesitate to check it out too!), grab your kids, head to the grocery store and make good choices.

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Here’s where you can find ALL the information about the “Focus On the Facts” Campaign!

Those grocery store aisle don’t have to stay grey, with a little education & some smart detective work, they will become an easy to maneuver, black & white healthy journey.

Now, I want to know – Do YOU read nutrition labels?  Is this information new to you or old hat?