Juicing and Smoothies and You

While juicing and smoothies are health and diet trends that have been around for many, many years, withstanding the test of time, these crazes have only just recently hit an all time popularity high.  It seems every second person I know is juicing or blending or partaking in the latest “cleanse” diet.  If you’re reading this then it’s likely you are also, or that you are at the very least considering it.

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My favourite blend (kale, apple, mint, pineapple) of store bought cold pressed juice. I buy this 0-2 times a month as a treat. Don’t let all the hype fool you – you may find an all natural variety out there with no additives, but these suckers can be loaded with sugar


Out of these three options, why are you drinking your fruits and veggies?

1) To supplement an eating plan and improve health 
2) To lose weight 
3) Because they taste delicious.

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Middle of the Night Poetry – The 4:30am ramblings of an insomniac

IMG_4451One time explanation:

I’ve suffered insomnia as far back as I can remember.  As a kid being scared of the dark I’d lie terrified all night.  As a teenager being awake all night was my alone time.  Once I was of legal age, it was party fun time.  In my 20’s it was productive time.  Now in my 30’s it sucks the life right out of me, and plays tricks with my mind.

I’ve learned ways to keep it regularly at bay, yet certain triggers flare it up.  This past week’s extreme weather changes did just that.  I can fumble somewhat capably and coherently through my days, but at nights when I am able to lie back and give up trying to be functional for a few short hours my tired brain through sleep deprivation induced delirium – kind of a half asleep dream like state – occasionally comes up with things I on a normal day would not. Continue reading “Middle of the Night Poetry – The 4:30am ramblings of an insomniac”

Have You Tried It? Vol. 1 – Grapefruit Essential Oil

I have a friend who is always up on what’s hot in the fitness and health world.  She looks amazing, has a positive attitude, jumps at any chance to try something new, and loves to share her latest discoveries; she had never steered me wrong in the past, so when she raved about kefir milk I just knew I had to try it.  I’m up for trying pretty much anything once – never know when you’ll stumble across your new favourite thing!  And if I don’t like it, I’ll try it again, because maybe I did something wrong the first time.  But this time – the kefir milk incident – I was left vibrating, eyes watering, retching over the sink trying to get it down my second go-round.  I just could.not.do.it.  I spent a week cringing every time I thought of that nausea and pain inducing mess I had ingested, and silently cursed her until all remembrance of that particular experiment had vanquished from my memory.

Getting past that, as stated earlier, she had never led me astray before, so when her and another of my health/fitness guru personal trainer friends started in on essential oils, I was recovered and ready for the latest new thing, so I buckled myself in for another fun round of experimentation, which in turn led to uncovering my newest obsession:  Grapefruit essential oil.

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Grapefruit essential oil. My latest addiction.

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A Purposeless Life: Rediscovering my goals and the start to living life just a little bit better.

It was just another Monday…

I have been living well below my potential.  There.  I said it.

A strong statement to make, and warrants explanation, but before I tell you my story I want to talk about goals first – that word defined in the dictionary as ‘the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result’ –  and why they are such a crucial ingredient to living your best possible life.

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Introducing The Broke Girl

FullSizeRender_23Creating an online persona is a funny thing.  How do you come up with a name that sums up who you are and what you have to offer in a few simple key words that hasn’t already been used, that’s memorable and relatable?  After a couple of days of struggling with this very thing and scratching every idea that seemed (ugh) poignant, relevant or witty I called a friend for some support, and went back to the beginning.

I had to think about who I am. So who am I? I’m the ‘broke girl’. Continue reading “Introducing The Broke Girl”

The Positivity Project and The Broke Girl – Getting to know me better

“Bling yourself.” “Perform a random act of kindness.” “Compliment a stranger.” “Treat yo’self – The 10$ challenge.” What does this all mean and what does any of it have to do with this blog? Continue reading “The Positivity Project and The Broke Girl – Getting to know me better”