Category Archives: Food

How Do You Stop Sugar Cravings?

Candy-buffet

I’ve made it to Day TEN with no booze or soda since the beginning of my Dry January Challenge and guess what?

The sugar cravings have set in.

I think my body is going into a wee sugar withdrawl from what I used to get from alcohol and soda. Giving up alcohol hasn’t been so bad at all. Everyone I know has cut back after the holidays that doing a Dry January hasn’t been too difficult.

Now SODA.

Soda, I realize is a habit I could easily fall back into. Especially when I’m at a party or eating certain foods. My body actually craves a soda to contrast anytime I’m eating really salty or greasy food – which I have also been cutting back on.

This one has been a harder battle, but I’ve stuck mainly to flavoured sparkling water, lemon water, kombucha and drinking LOTS of tea.

I find myself wanting to eat more sweets like cookies, cupcakes and things I usually don’t crave all the time. So I’ve tried to swap in more fruit like apple slices and bananas – but it’s hard.

So I want to know, how you stop sugar cravings?

 

 

 

Why I Am Choosing A Dry January

Water-Mason-Jar

I recently wrote about how I’m moving towards a reducetarian lifestyle. Which made me also re-evaluate my alcohol intake and what else I was putting into my body.

I drank A LOT of beer in Portland.

It was really part of my everyday life there with over 70+ breweries within the Portland city limits. I wanted to try everything, sample all these new beers and ended up drinking a lot more beer than I usually do. Don’t even get me started about being 30 minutes away from Oregon wine country! (more…)

What Happened When I Became a Reducetarian

reducetarian diet

For about five years in my late teens and early 20s, I gave up beef and pork. I ate chicken occasionally and shrimp once in awhile. I generally felt good and was in great shape.

I started eating more meat when Paul and I began dating more seriously and since then burgers, steaks and bacon became a part of my diet. I have toyed with going vegetarian, but I always felt like I ‘failed’ when I couldn’t eat perfectly. (more…)

5 Places For Christmas Dinner in Toronto 2017

Cafe-Boulud-Toronto

Trying to avoid cooking a big feast on Christmas day? Would you prefer going out with family and leaving the grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning to someone else? Here are 5 places for Christmas Dinner in Toronto for 2017:

1) Cafe Boulud

The fancy Cafe Boulud inside The Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto will be serving up a three-course prix-fixe menu for $107. Make sure to book early as spots will fill up quick. The main course includes an option of turkey, scallops, venison, fish or pasta. See more from our visit! (more…)

7 Easy Recipes To Try This Winter

Trying to get cozy?

It seriously feels like winter already, even though the official date isn’t until a month away. When the weather gets cold, I’m always craving big warm bowls of comfort food that make the house smell amazing. I’ve been experimenting with a couple different recipes lately – here are a few to definitely try out this winter:

1) Chicken Soup with Dumplings

Soup has to be one of my all-time favourite foods and this hearty bowl of homemade chicken soupwith big chewy dumplings does the trick for me. Make a big pot at the start of the week and throw it into a cute thermos for work the next day. This soup is also super quick to prepare and is a great weeknight meal. (more…)

Weekend Brunch: Jack’s BBQ – Seattle

Brisket Brunch

Let me start off by saying – I love BBQ.

Growing up on the East Coast, BBQ meant having a party with your friends and family that involved hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on an actual BBQ. I did not discover the art of ‘barbeque’ style meat until I spent more time in the US, sampling the different styles found in St. Louis, Texas and the West Coast.

Now the BBQ I’m talking about is the slow-cooking of meat over low, indirect heat, by smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Now THIS is what I’ve been missing out on my whole life. Perfect tender chunks of perfectly flavoured choice cuts of meat – not hot dogs! (more…)