Yip yip Canada Day is here! If you're off to the cottage or hanging with the fam, planning around all the food needs can seem like a total pain, but it's not impossible. You know we're all about what you DO eat and less about what you DON'T eat. Food is personal, don't we know it, but all of us feel better when eating fresh veggies and fruits on the regular. So enjoy your weekend with friends, indulge if you choose, just eat/drink your greens too. Make a couple of big jars of smoothies before you leave, they'll keep for 3 to 4 days refrigerated and ensure you're keeping your system moving and nourished. Cottage Buddy  3-4 bunches of bok choy 2 organic carrots 1" peeled ginger 1 lemon, juiced 1 red delicious organic apple 1 bosc organic pear 1 tbsp hemp oil 1 tray ice cubes  2 cups filtered water Blend all ingredients except ice until smooth, add ice and blend again quickly. Now have fun and enjoy the sun. Oh and The Weekender is another great travel smoothie recipe.

I'm going to be honest - I've fallen and I can't get up, but I'm trying. I'm talking about eating as clean as you can as often as you can. It's hard being a stone-cold fox with little ones at home but my dear friend Steph does it like a P.I.M.P. So after seeing her this weekend I renewed my vows to keep it clean (it's the afterwork part of the day that gets me) and already I've got more energy, I feel happy and strong like bull.

It's funny but we eat crap as a treat but it's no treat at all. You're left feeling bloated, burnt out and down. How is that a treat? Answer: It's not.

So what am I having for dins tonight with the family... a little Asparagus Heaven.

Ma Bitches At The Dizzy I get asked this a lot "My _________ is in town, they're veg where can we eat?" I could list of all the vegetarian, raw or vegan places in the city but really that's an easy web search. What I like best is an amazing mainstream restaurant that has options for everyone. Inclusive is so in. Some favs, in no particular order with a few recos Ursa - Sprouted salad and tofu main with a shrub to sip, outstanding Hawker Bar - Don't ask how many Laksa Lemaks I've eaten and the Silken Tofu is unreal Hole In The Wall -  The tostada hits the vegan, soy and gluten free mark in a delicious way Milagros -  Ensalada costena is raw and do not forget guac, beans and salsa starter OMG Union - It might not look it but they'll whip you up something special without a dirty look Mavrik - Tacos and starters with vegan and gluten-free options These are just a few and of course please share any gems you have with us! Enjoy.  

Parkdale Street Art While in Bali last April I had a wonderful chat with a friend, I'll be damned if I can remember who it was and maybe in fact it was many conversations tied into one lasting message. So the idea was this, when you're feeling stuck, sad or disappointed try imagining the universe (I'm calling it) has presented this to you as a challenge. Let me give you a current example. I went through a breakup early on this year, I didn't really see it coming though hindsight is 20/20. I've spent much time wallowing but I keep coming back to this idea of the universe presenting me with this situation as a test. If that were true, because it could be as much as it couldn't be, how would I approach things differently? Well I might start by accepting that this part of my life has passed, since that takes time to sink in. Next I might reflect on what I learned, how am I better because of the this person, what parts of the relationship did I like and what didn't I like. In that way I gain a clearer perspective of what I want going forward. I have applied this thinking to some tough situations and believe it truly fuels progress. I guess I need there to be a point and I feel comfortable with the experience being the point. Have a wonderful weekend, go live some life!

Lunch with Little Bro Yeesss it's a long weekend and Good Friday so no eating meat today... or any day ever again.... just kidding... kind of. We got a great question from our friend Beth, who Cat and I worked with in our studio days
I’ve been flirting with raw food and finding it very interesting. Something I was wondering was how you deal with going to dinner at friend’s/family’s houses? How do they handle your eating habits? Do you just go with the flow, eat what they make and then get back to the raw food when you’re back at home? Or are they on board with you? I think I would have a hard time getting my mother to wrap her head around raw food.
Basically yes, I go with the flow when I'm at other people's houses while trying to make the best decisions I can. All my people know I don't eat meat, that's a hard rule, but it seems almost everyone these days is up for a vegan meal and it's been getting easier and easier. And my mother has totally come around and is enjoying the benefits of eating raw foods on the regular... it can happen! If I am concerned about there being nothing for me to eat, I bring something safe and delicious to share, then there's no getting stuck or feeling like a picky jerk. I usually have a green smoothie before I go out so I'm not tempted by an empty stomach (good trick, try it). And ultimatly it's more about how you eat most of the time. Whenever good food goes into your mouth you're that much better off. Have a super good weekend and thanks Beth.