Category Archives: Food

Light, Healthy + Delicious at The Pickle Barrel – Toronto

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I’ve been trying to eat healthy all month, but eating out is SUCH a challenge for me because I usually default to something fried and greasy. Does anyone else here do the same thing? My poor choices usually ends up derailing my diet and will lead to more junk food all week.

So what’s a girl to do?

Giving up on eating out is just not an option.

I met with Rose Reisman – a leading health and nutrition expert, cookbook author, caterer, and media personality who had some great advice for me. She suggested: (more…)

Brown Rice BBQ Chickpea Bowl

USA Rice BBQ Chickpea Bowl

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Have you been meal prepping like a maniac?

I’m one of those people who like to make New Year’s Resolutions and this year I opted for a Dry January and to stick to my Reducetarian Diet. We’re nearing the end of the month and it’s been so far, so good! (more…)

How Do You Stop Sugar Cravings?


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.


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


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


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…)