Monday, 30 January 2012

Eat Cheap Healthy Fast- Part 2

In the first part of this topic, I talked about how when I started working full-time, I had to find some ways to get good food cheaply and quickly. I wanted to stay healthy at my desk job and I knew eating well was certainly a part of it.

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The first part of my strategy dealt with buying the goods. This next part is about what to do with them.

Part 2: Preparing cheap and healthy food-fast.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Falling Wagons: 6 tips to get back on track

So you ate too much cheese, or chocolate, or cake, or drank too much beer, or didn't work out last night, or most nights. Nobody's perfect. Don't beat yourself up about falling off the wagon, instead, remember your destination and develop strategies to stay on track. Here are a few hints to help you do that.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

Eat Healthy Cheap Fast

Part 1 of  2

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When I got my first long-term, full-time job, I knew I was going to have to figure out a way to make sure that I ate well. I wanted to stay healthy at my desk job and eating good food is certainly a part of it. So, I began compiling a list of simple things I could do to cut back on my time and effort, while saving money and eating healthy. 

Since I began, I've had a few requests for the simple list. 

So here it is, in 2 parts, my easy-breezy-never cheesy how-to guide for eating healthy, cheap and fast.

Part 1: Buying The Stuff

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Juggling all those good intentions

At any given time, it's likely that there are numerous things we wish were better in our lives. Some require only small adjustments, some call for giant revolutions, but all require some sort of change. With all of these possibilities competing, how can we get the job done? 
Here are some tips I like for choosing how and what you juggle.

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

Free to Cheap Physical Activity- Winter Edition

Want to sweat and breathe heavily this winter? 

Good; Health Canada recommends 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week (just like my SMART goal). However, it's winter in Montreal and, while the gym is still open, if you're looking for free to cheap physical activity, it might require a bit of thinking.

Health Canada suggests we get this activity in spurts of at least 10 minutes, so running for the bus won't cut it. That said, how will we catch those extra minutes away from the gym?

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

Making SMART Goals

In my last post, I said that having a process is extremely important for achieving a goal and you needn't break your head to make one. Once you have a way to get there, though, it's a good idea to know how to measure where you are in your journey. My tip for today: Make SMART goals.

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Eat more Veggies! Potatoes are yummy!

In my alternate role as Grocery Girl, I spotted some nicely priced potatoes sold by the pound. Since one of the goals I've put forward is to work on the nutrition for my vegetarian lifestyle, I want to get at least 7-8 fruits and veggies everyday. Potatoes count so here's some ways I'll fit them.

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Potatoes are pretty awesome. They're versatile, they're cheap, and they contain fiber, vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and other goodies. Definitely a useful food. 

I generally bake them in the skin, boil them, or add them to a recipe. I've been told that you can also cook them, mash them, and freeze them. I wonder if you can just cut them into cubes and stick in the freezer, like I do with most other veggies (?). Either way, you can make a multitude of things out of potatoes. Here are two of my favourite recipes.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Follow that Process!

Since it's the new year, I began a series on setting and achieving goals. My first post was about recognizing your achievements before reaching further beyond yourself. Once you've done that and have some new goals in mind, you're going to need a process.

In trying to achieve any goal, be it writing a research paper, running a 5k, or building a dog house, there are going to be steps involved. There's going to be a point A and, down the line, a point Z at that finish line. The problem is that the path is not always as obvious as the alphabet. In fact, (at least for me) determining the steps can often be the most difficult barrier to reaching the goal.  

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