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Roasted Root Vegetables

It’s time for hibernation, maybe a touch of the winter blues, and definitely cabin fever.

I’m writing this in the juxtaposition of feeling warm from the sun streaming into my window while simultaneously being chilled by the 50 km/h wind gusts that are sending the -13 degrees Celsius outdoor air into the house. My body doesn’t know what to think, and is rebelling with flaky skin.

Raise your hand if you miss being able to go for a walk outside, which is so not happening due to the inch of snow and ice covering the sidewalks, or being able to take your toddler outside without 3 layers on his top-half, a hat (toque in canadian dialect), and mittens that he clearly despises.

This is the time of year to crave comfort food, usually any type of sugary carbs. Now, some nutritionists out there might be telling you that doing a green smoothie or juice cleanse will help you get over these cravings, plus drop those extra holiday pounds and raise your energy level.

While that is true, here’s the deal (FYI, this only applies to those peeps out there who experience colder winter temperatures, not those living in a tropical climate): it’s damn cold, and your body is already stressed. While you may desperately need a cleanse or detox to address symptoms that you’re having, now is not the time.

Doing a detox can be highly beneficial for most people, since 99% of us have cells that are drowning in toxins, but it is a form of stress on your body. Stressing an already stressed body is not the way to get the best results from all of the work that a proper cleanse or detox takes. Wait for spring, which its the #1 optimal time to detox.

What you should focus on right now is eating nutrient-dense food, and the way to do that is to eat what’s in season right now. It’ll also save you some cash, since out of season food shipped from other countries altogether are outrageously expensive right now.

As mentioned in the summer edition and fall edition of this series “what’s cheap and in season RIGHT NOW”, I use this produce availability guide for my local area of Ontario. You can find one for your local area on something called “the internet” by using “Google”. Just search “what’s in season in [insert your area]“.

Chances are if you’ve got cold winter weather right now, this is what’s in season in your area, too:

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eat for more energy

I don’t know about you, but I was completely unprepared for the amount of energy it takes to raise a busy 15-month old boy who never sits down. If I could harness just a fraction of his energy, I’d probably have to take prescription downers.

I remember, before I had kids, having clients who were moms tell me how they’re so tired all.the.time. I remember thinking to myself, and telling them, that they have to try to eat more regularly, drink more water, and cook more real food.

I’m laughing in my head right now when I think that I told them to do all of these things with no actual ways of fitting them into their busy day. I give them credit for sitting there with straight faces while listening to me give them unreasonable plans that I had no idea were even unreasonable!

There’s just no way of explaining to someone who’s not a parent yet that your day isn’t just about making a green salad for lunch, but more about keeping your child from launching themselves off of their annoying as Janice’s laugh on the TV show “Friends” musical interactive table, or that your pantyliners are not their own personal stash of oversized bandaids.

In honour of all the moms of overly energetic children (and really, aren’t those all children?), here are 3 easy, totally doable ways to have more energy everyday just by eating and drinking real food:

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I don’t know about you, but even though I pretty much live for food, I’d rather spend my money on clothes or a mani/pedi.

Yes, I love having amazing food in my kitchen, like 10-year-old aged balsamic vinegar and only organic goat’s milk for my son. But I still live in the real world, and I don’t have, nor do I want to spend $200 a week on groceries (for the 3 of us).

That being said, I’m slightly sick of hearing how eating healthier costs more.

Yes, it can cost more, especially when you’re throwing in organic dairy and meat, but it can also cost the same, or even less than the SAD (Standard American Diet) way of eating.

Curious how I get away with eating grass-fed meat, organic fruits and veggies, and cold-pressed virgin oils (like olive and coconut oil) for about $115 a week?

Here are just 25 (and I say just, because I have more ideas …. maybe a part 2? Help me out by leaving a comment on the bottom!) ways to save money on your weekly grocery bill, so you can treat yourself.

I won’t even judge you if you buy a gossip mag with all your extra cash. Just sayin’.

25 ways to save money on groceries

What are YOUR best secrets for saving money while eating healthier?

Top 10 resources Who else agrees that the internet is a wonderful thing, and can’t even remember what life was like before it?

Sure, I bet that you can remember having actual conversations with people, especially if you have a child, which means you touched a real, live, 3-D person at least once.

Now that everyone and their dog are online, the inter webs are becoming so overloaded with information that’s it hard to know who or what to trust.

Oh, you want to do something simple like starting to eat healthier? Great!

So you type that into Google, and find articles telling you to eat only fruit, 100% raw, drink nothing but green juice for a month, paleo, specific carbohydrate diet, traditional diets, grain free, 100-mile diet, caveman, balanced, high carb, low carb, no carb.

Even I’m confused and having a mild panic attack, and I do this for a damn living. The choices are endless, but how do you know if the recipes are any good?

After all, you’re spending your hard earned cash on some of the weirdest ingredients you’ve ever heard of. I’m talking about you, umeboshi plum paste.

I’ve compiled my personal top 10 FREE healthy living resources so that they’re all in one tidy spot (for yours and my sake!).

Here they are, in no particular order:

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By Guest Blogger: Kelly Pietrangeli of Project Me.

make recipes instead of sharing Do you ever find yourself trolling through healthy eating websites (such as this one), soaking up new information and having real ‘I should try that!’ moments? Maybe it’s fab new recipe, a top nutritional tip or a must-buy item. 

Suddenly you run out of time, shut the lid on your laptop and don’t get around to doing any of it. So how can you take great things you read about online and put them into action in your life?

This is something I’ve been working on myself.  I’ve always been an Information Seeking Missile - scrolling and scanning my way across multiple pages, snacking on glorious tidbits of new knowledge. But doing this regularly can leave me feeling more like I’ve grazed all day than had a full meal.

I realised I was completely wasting my time online if I didn’t slow down and allow it to compute. I also know that for anything in life, I need to write it down to make it happen.

I’m now a Pro Surfer and able to bring the great ideas I read about online into my life.

Here are some top Surfing Tips to turn you into a Pro as well.

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