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Monthly Archives: January 2012

31 Jan, 2012

January Goal Check-In: I’m a believer

Good morning friends! If you've been reading for a while, you'll know that I always do a monthly check-in on the goals I've set out to achieve for the month. (They look a bit like this and this.) January was a little difference, since I only declared my 2012 goals, rather than a set of [...]

26 Jan, 2012

Thursday notes… and some exciting news!

Lately... I can't seem to get enough cottage cheese. I absolutely hated cottage cheese as a kid. Well actually, to be honest, I don't think I ever tried it. This was because I was so repulsed by the fact that something thin like milk had clumps in it that looked nothing like cheese I was [...]

25 Jan, 2012

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 92

Good morning friends! I hope you're having a wonderful day so far. Thanks for all of your great comments on yesterday's Food from Home post. It's so interesting to hear about the cultural dishes you and your families enjoy. I've got a great lineup of new things to tell you about from this week's Try [...]

23 Jan, 2012


Hey friends! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I have to say, mine was exactly what I was looking for. After a busy couple of days, I went into total weekend mode by passing out crazy early on Friday night (cough*8:00*cough), then heading to the gym on Saturday morning for a run and a bootcamp-style [...]

19 Jan, 2012


Good Morning! How is your day going? Ready for the weekend yet? I sure am! It's been a busy past couple of days, and the first official start date of my Institute of Integrative Nutrition program was on Tuesday. Like a nerd, I've already spent several evenings wit my nose buried in my books and [...]

18 Jan, 2012

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 91

Good morning friends! How are you today? I'll start off by saying thank you SO much for all of your comments on yesterday's post on portion control. To be honest, I was a little worried that there might be some controversy about my point of view, but you guys had some great points to add [...]

17 Jan, 2012

Reader’s Request: Portion Control

One of the common email topics I've noticed in the reader emails I get is portion control, and rather than continuing to respond individually (which I'm still very happy to do), I thought it might be beneficial to write a post about it. Hi Angela, I follow a clean diet and work out about 5x [...]

16 Jan, 2012

Food From Home: Tabbouleh

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? I hope you had a spectacular one! Today I'm kicking off an new series that I've been wanting to start for a while now. If you've read my About Me page, you'll know that I was raised in the Middle East for 5 years. My family lived on [...]

12 Jan, 2012

In between pasta and pizzas

One thing that I learned about Italians in Milan was that they tend to eat very, very large meals in one sitting. For example, the Christmas Day dinner that we enjoyed included aperitivo (pre-meal drinks), antipasto (appetizers), primi piatti (first dishes), secondi piatti (second dishes), and dessert. The primi piatti and secondi piatti all contained [...]

11 Jan, 2012

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 90

Good Morning! How are ya today? Thanks for all of your lovely comments on the Milan posts this week. It sounds like many of you are keen travelers too! Maybe we should arrange a blogger meet-up in... say, Fiji? ;) I'm down for anywhere as long as it's warmer than Ontario - although lately I [...]

10 Jan, 2012

Milan Recap: Shops and Giraffes

Good Morning friends! This is my 4th and final recap of my Milan adventure, and in case you"ve been wondering, "where are all the shopping photos???" this is your post! (And if you"re catching up, you can check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 first.) To be honest, I really didn"t shop much [...]

9 Jan, 2012

Milan Recap: Venturing out of the city

So far I've talked about how I spent Christmas and touring the Piazza del Duomo, but that wasn't all we got up to. One of the things my dad really wanted to do was visit Lake Como, which is a lake just north of Milan. Many wealthy people have flocked there over the years, and [...]

5 Jan, 2012

Milan Recap: The Sights

You may still be full from reading about my Christmas Day meal, but I've got more to tell you about! Milan has a lot more going for it than just food, which was a good thing because we needed to find a way to exercise our legs and not just our mouths! As expected, almost [...]

4 Jan, 2012

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 89

Goooood morning! Happy humpday, and welcome to day 2 of back-to-real-life for most of you! Ever since I got back from Italy, I've had a bit of trouble sleeping in past 6am (blame the jetlag!) so waking up early  for the gym this week hasn't been as tough as usual. Now that we're back to [...]