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why i care so much about my health + eats for the week

Hey all!

It’s Monday morning and I will try my best to not count down the days until I return to school (even though it’s 8). Since going away didn’t work out for my week off school (insert super sad face), we’re doing the next best thing – driving 50 minutes to my grandparents’ house in Oakville for the night.

I actually have a hair appointment tomorrow morning with my favourite hairdresser who I haven’t seen in a while because she lives over an hour away from me (she’s in the town where I did my first undergrad degree), so I stopped seeing her once Nia was born. Since I have this week off, I made sure to get in to see her, which gave us an excuse to go to Oakville/Burlington area (aka: my fave area in Ontario). She’s the ONLY hairdresser that really makes me the blonde I love to be (because life is about those shallow moments where you just need to be completely blonde to feel better about yourself).

On the agenda while we’re away today/tomorrow:

  • Lunch at The Naked Sprout (with my grandparents)
  • Kelly’s Bake Shoppe
  • Hairdresser (Niki) for hair did
  • My favourite natural baby store a 5-minute walk from my grandparents’ house: Simply Green Baby
  • Whole Foods Oakville
  • Hang out with my grandparents
  • See my friend, Mel (tonight)
  • Was suppose to see my friend, Carly tomorrow, but might be postponed now 
  • Pick up a purchase off of kijiji (a steal of a deal that I got for Nia!) 

So why do I love Oakville/Burlington so much (and what this has to do with the title of today’s post)? Because there are so many great health options there (as you can see from my list above of places we are going to go).

I have become SO passionate about my health over the past couple of years and visiting all of the amazing places that Oakville and Burlington have to offer just reinforces the fact that my health is important. Whether it’s eating local (and supporting local business), or organic, or as natural as possible…these are some of the most important things to me now, and for my family! I find, in particular, Oakville and Burlington have so many options available, when it comes to eating healthy, and I love it. I never want to leave (and partially want to slip into a food coma)!

It also reiterates the fact that I need to make this my career. I love food. I love learning and reading about food. I love being around food all day long. I want to make good, healthy food my life and help change other lives through food too (like it’s done for me)! This is probably why one of my favourite quotes is:



I hope to be an advocate for making healthy living become effortless and easy…and enjoyable!! (The three E’s?)

Speaking of (mostly) healthy foods, let’s talk a look at some of meals that I have planned this week (that’s right, because I planned again!):

  • butternut squash, chickpea and red lentil stew (using the crockpot!!!) (via Eat, Live, Run)
  • a powerhouse soba noodle bowl (with tofu, broccoli, bok choy, red bell pepper, mushrooms in a ginger-garlic-peanut sauce) 
  • homemade veggie pizzas (with peppers, onion, mushrooms, and spinach)
  • BLTs (because I can’t get enough, and making tempeh bacon is the easiest thing ever!) with roasted sweet potatoes and kale chips

Plus, this past weekend, I’ve also enjoyed:

-steel cut oats with ground flax, chia seeds and wheat germ added in, fresh organic blueberries, and a drizzle of maple syrup (eaten on both weekend mornings in a row)

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-OSG’s favourite chili + vegan sour cream

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-individual brownies with vanilla coconut milk ice-cream and heated up organic frozen raspberries

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-coconut curry red lentil soup (recipe to come!)

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And this morning you can count on pancakes with organic berries being consumed before we head off!

Question: How do you define how you eat? Or, what makes you eat the way you do?

12 Responses to why i care so much about my health + eats for the week

  1. You know I love healthy foods, too! It’s fun to feel so passionate about something you get to EAT :)

    That coconut curry looks great!!
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  2. Can I just come live with you and have you cook healthy meals for me? I’ll babysit Nia and clean. I mean, that sounds doable, right? ;)
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  3. I am really passionate about food and healthy as well. I get gluten free and dairy free and I just love trying out new food and finding foods that help me be a better me. Great post! Have fun at your grandparents!

  4. Love that you are passionate about your health! I can relate. I wish more people thought that way. :)

    Speaking of your food choices and such, I have a couple post requests… Obviously feel free to deny them though. ;)

    1) I’d love to see a full day of your eats as a vegan. To get ideas, see how much you have to eat to be satisfied with an active lifestyle, etc.

    2) I know many vegans joke about this and consider it a “myth”, but I am wondering what protein sources you eat besides the obvious beans and nuts? And ways to cook tofu/tempeh? I love beans and nuts, but they are also fairly high in carbs and still don’t have as much protein as let’s say…chicken.

    Just curious about all of this as I “search” for how I’m feeling about dietary choices. :)
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  5. Making what you love into a career puts you so far ahead of so many people, and that much closer to true happiness (IMO)! So happy for you. :)

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  6. Great post! I eat the way I do because I know that food is my first line of defense and the best way to make me feel my best is to eat what is good for me (and what I’m meant to eat). I think of food as medicine. And of course all of your meals above look amazingggg!!!
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  7. I love the way you think and live your life Char! I want to eat that coconut curry! looks AMAZING!
    I eat the way I do to feel good and more and more because of my son, to be a good role model for him. Which relates to my question to you- I just found out my son is allergic to cow’s milk, and so am cutting out all dairy from my diet as I’m breastfeeding. But what do vegan parents/babies do after 1 year if they don’t want to breastfeed anymore? what are you doing with Nia? I’m a bit confused as to what vegans do in this case! thanks in advance :)
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    • For Nia, I give her fats (via avocados), but I still breastfeed 3-4 times a day. You could also get other milks in – such as hemp or coconut! Once Nia’s done BFing, I’ll probably just make sure her diet is staying varied, and feed her nut milks just how we use them (in smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, etc!). I’m going to continue to BF Nia until she weans herself!

      • Thanks Char! sounds like a good plan! Doctor prescribed me Nutragimen formula milk (which is formula with certain proteins broken down) but I don’t want to stop breastfeeding or even eventually use it, as I want to keep feeding him as natural as possible. So I’m cutting out all dairy and red meat for the rest of the time I’m breastfeeding. Cutting out meat is fine as I was a vegetarian for 11 years before, but it’s just the cutting out yoghurt and milk in my coffee that’s a killer! hahaha! but your coconut creamer and coconut yoghurt in your last blog post look good!! I will have to try them!
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  8. I love the Burlington/Oakville area too – I’m so happy to be back here and I’m really hoping to get a job in this area post internship. In my ideal world I will get an apartment in downtown Burlington so that I can be within walking distance of Lettuce Love and Kelly’s hahaha. I hope you post about your lunch at Naked Sprout! What did you get?
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