Month: October 2017

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Who loves Chinese Food?! Well this my friends is an absolute favourite of mine and my husbands. If my husband had his way we would be eating it every chance we could get! The problem is that Rice is not a fan of my husbands due to his Diabetes.  So I am always looking for new ways to make our favourite meal healthier than the usual. I know many say rice is healthy, but sometimes too much of a good thing isn’t good either am I right? And my husband would NOT only eat the right size portion, he keeps eating until it’s gone.   I incorporated these two dishes as one of our favourites and trust me it’s so good, I mean really, really good.

If you don’t like the expense of Chinese and just wanted something like this for a Saturday Night. This is a great alternative.  There are no extra preservatives or additives. I also find that I don’t have that heavy, bloated feeling like I do when I eat rice, so it’s a win-win in my books.

First I’m posting the Ginger Beef, Mostly because it takes the most time, and you’ll want to get it started before you do the Rice ( cauliflower)  I use my Actifry which is probably the best way to eat healthily but still have that deep-fried kind of feel.  I like that you only use 1 Tablespoon of Oil and not dumping it in a basket of oil.  Still, has that crunch.

The Ingredients are as follows:


Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Serve: 3 people


  • 1 lb. Beef Steak or Roast. Use inexpensive Cuts. Flank, Sirloin, Inside or Outside Round. Or you can use precut stir-fry beef ( found it saved a lot of time)
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch (Reduced Amount Works)
  • 1/2 cup water (Reduced Amount Works)
  • 2 eggs (1 Egg Works)
  • 1 large carrot, julienned. (Can also add small strips of Green Pepper for colour and flavour)
  • 3 green onions, chopped (Small with green stems) OR 1/4 cup diced cooking onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar OR regular vinegar OR vinegar and wine
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I mixed white and cane sugar)
  • 3 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, to taste (depends if you like mild, medium or hot!)


1. Trim excess fat from the beef and Cross Cut into narrow strips up to 2 ½ inches long. (Cross-Cutting the Grain yields more tender meat) Note: Chilled or Partially Frozen Beef is easier to slice 2. Place cornstarch in a medium-size bowl 3. Add water gradually while whisking 4. Beat eggs into cornstarch mixture 5. Toss in beef and stir to coat 6. Pour 1 Tbsp cooking oil into Actifry 7. Pick Beef out of egg mixture, put into Actfry and cook for approximately 20 minutes or until crispy. (If you dump the whole mixture in, you might get strips of cornbread floating around but you might also get a thicker coating on the Beef. – Still working on this one) At first, the beef tends to go around in a big glob but eventually starts breaking up into individual pieces. You may need to separate some of the strips of beef with a soft utensil. (chopsticks if you are talented) 8. Remove Beef and Set Aside 9. In Actifry combine 1 tablespoon Sesame Oil, Carrots, Onion, Ginger, and Garlic. Cook Briefly depending on how you like your Carrots. (5 minutes?) 10. Add the last 4 ingredients to the vegetable mixture. (To Thicken Sauce you can add a small amount of Corn Starch / Water mixture) 11. Bring Sauce to in Actifry to a boil, then add Beef 12. Heat until the Beef is completely coated in the sauce and the sauce has thickened

IMG_2384The Second to this dish is the Cauliflower Rice,   this dish is actually quite simple. I love this rice mostly because it’s very little calories and hardly any Carbs! So I don’t have to feel guilty for indulging in a favourite dish of mine.

Cauliflower Rice 

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup carrots, cubed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp. ground ginger
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp green onions, chopped
  1. Chop head of cauliflower into florets and place in food processor. Pulse until it starts to resemble rice; set aside.
  2. Heat a large wok (or skillet) over medium heat and drizzle in sesame oil. Add onion, peas and carrots and saute until tender, about 2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and red pepper flakes; set aside.
  4. Slide veggie mixture to one side of the wok and add in the beaten eggs, scrambling until cooked through and then incorporate with the veggies.
  5. Stir in cauliflower “rice” and pour the soy sauce over top, mixing well. Cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until cauliflower, is soft and tender.
  6. Top with green onions, serve and enjoy!
Serving Size: 1¼ cup • Calories: 131 • Fat: 6.3 g • Saturated Fat: 1.3 g • Carbs: 13.5 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 6.5 g • Sugars: 7.1 g • WW Points+: 3 • Smart Points: 5IMG_2386

Trick or Treat


I don’t know about you but I used to love Halloween. I mean what kid doesn’t right? I even loved it more when I became a mom and the kids were old enough to trick or treat lol. Hubby and I would raid the candy after they went to bed. They weren’t going to notice a few candies missing right?  Isn’t that the Parent’s prerogative?  So now that I’m eating healthier and watching what I fuel my body with, its times like this that I find it most challenging. Bringing back memories of Caramel apples, and chocolate bars. I remember feeling like we scored big if we got a full-size chocolate bar! Now I look at those snack sizes and think one won’t hurt right. Well, there lies the problem. Can’t stop at just one.

Well, I was so happy to find this recipe so I don’t have to worry about eating chocolate bars. I have my own and they’re so super healthy too! So it’s a win-win! Now I just have to remember not to go too crazy lol. But the funny thing is that these peanut butter cups actually fill me up pretty quickly. So it’s not empty calories. I’ll be making these puppies up this afternoon. So when we’re handing out candies I won’t have to worry. Plus it leaves more for Mom too.

Late Night Snacker Club

Habits can be a pain in the butt.  Especially when they are not good habits.  I find it’s so easy to create bad habits but good habits are a little more challenging. Then when your trying to get rid of Bad habits it’s so tough. Your brain has been conditioned for so long to do a certain habit and it actually goes on Auto Pilot. Don’t you agree? So when you try and do something different it’s so much harder, because your brain is like, ” ugh, what are you doing? we always have a snack late at night”  What’s this ” Carrot Sticks?” “Where’s my pop and chips?”  Does any of that sound familiar? Well, you can officially join my club. The Late Night Snacker Club!  Ha ha, well I haven’t created a club, I meant it as a club for people who are guilty of snacking late at night and not good things either.

So this video describes the steps that I took, to conquer those bad habits and replace them with good habits. Sound boring? well, it’s quite the opposite. Sometimes we have to struggle through these things on our own. But I say “why?” if I can share with you what I have learned as far as how I was able to cut it out of my usual boring evening. Eating out of boredom, why wouldn’t I share. It’s not TOP SECRET! If 1 out of the 3 of you are able to do the same then that’s one more person I was able to help.  That’s my mission.  We’re all guilty of snacking off and on or now and then. It’s the snacking that gets out of control. Like we’re on autopilot, as soon as the TV is on right away we’re looking for a snack. Not a healthy one mind you. But the complete opposite. Mindless eating out of straight boredom.  So if you’re wanting a change for a healthier lifestyle, tired of feeling overfull, if that’s such a word, you’re going to want to try one of my tricks I use to cut the Late Night Snacking!! I would love your feedback after you give this a go. Now, remember it takes 21 days to start a good habit and its the same out of time to cut out a bad habit.  THere is no easy way, unfortunately, there is no Magic Pill.  But I do promise you something, you’ll start to feel amazing after, you’ll start to realize what it’s like to feel good before you go to bed. I would love to know your feedback!

Your A Badass


When I decided to become a Coach, it’s hard to describe the feeling. The first feeling I had was excitement! To actually be able to share with my friends old and new exactly something that I have learned by experience and hardships and came out feeling like a $1000 bucks!  But my other feeling was that I felt overwhelmed and worried. Like ” what if I fail?” , ” what if I’m not a good enough?”  Do I really know what I’m talking about?

So I reached out to my Personally Sponsored Coach and told her my fears. She explained to me about the 4 Vital Behaviours, I was like what? ( what the hell are Vital Behaviours?)  Maybe I did bite off more than I can chew.  All I know is that I love to workout and inspire people, who are doing the same thing.  But then she explained one of the behaviours ” Personal Development” so then my second thought was ” I’m too old to learn stuff like Personal Development!” But then I thought to myself.  Nope, what harm could it do? So I pick up a book and if worse comes to worse I can write it off as a business expense right?  So I asked her what would be a good book for me to read for my first “PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT” book?  So she suggested the books that helped her.  This was the first book that I grabbed, I had my doubts ( believe me) but the best thing happened. This author was talking directly to me!  She knew my fears and doubts! She also knew what had been hidden for so many years just waiting to shine and come out.  I was hooked!

I was just about done the book when my biggest fear happened. I was flying back to Ontario to help my daughter pack and move to her new place and I was at the airport grabbing a water and when I went to pay for it, I left the book behind.  I didn’t realize that until I boarded the plane and went to grab it out of my bag and it wasn’t there.  I looked in every bag I had with me and it was definitely gone. So now what do I do?  I was almost finished. I did the next best thing, I got it as an audiobook. YEP! I was able to finish the book, best yet I have listened to it more than once especially when I’m feeling those fears and self-doubt.  she lets me know that I’m capable of achieving anything I want.  I’M A BADASS!!  If you’re wanting a good read to let you know your fears are there, but they don’t have to control you, you are capable of anything you want! YOU’RE A BADASS!! Then this is your book.  I encourage you to read it, I know it’ll change your life like it did mine.  ENJOY MY FRIENDS!


Body Beast Week 4


You would think with myself doing these programs that I would be great at it? Well let me tell you, that is not always the case. First off, I’m trying a New Program and instead of going through the Nutrition Plan that you get with every program, I just figured to myself that I’ve done this enough times I know what I’m doing right? WRONG, way wrong.  Rule #1 never assume you know everything. By this week #4 I have done anything but lose weight, in fact, I have been gaining. Gaining so much that I’m heavier now than I have been for 2 years. I just about s*** my pant when I stepped on the scale and saw that number.

So I was getting discouraged and frustrated at the same time. Feeling like I should give up.  Second guessing myself. Maybe because this program focuses on weights more than Cardio, maybe that’s my problem? I haven’t been running like I used to thanks to the weather of course, but to be completely honest I haven’t felt like running either. Feeling fat, bloated you name it. I told my hubby the other day I think I need a treadmill or an exercise bike. He replied by saying I won’t do a treadmill, but I would probably use an exercise bike. So I thought perfect!!
I went into my next phase Week4 and I was thinking to myself I had to finish this week, then start something else. This wasn’t working for me. One of my fellow coaches suggested I add 10-minute trainer which is 10 min of straight cardio. To help me feel better. I know my nutrition wasn’t great I haven’t been following the plan like I should. But I figured I knew what I was doing.  Until last night I got a message from a fellow challenger and she knew I was doing the Body Beast! She asked me about my results and if I was improving. I told her NO. She asked if I was gaining weight? I told her YES!! She said she was having the same problem, so we met up this morning and talked about what changes we were feeling. Turns out that I wasn’t following the exact nutrition plan, and that is why my body doesn’t know what’s going on. I’m supposed to bulk up for the first two weeks, then cut back on carbs the last week and all that weight will start to come off because when your muscles grow they burn calories faster and you start to see the results.  This girl was talking about Macros’ and other stuff , then I thought to myself, how can I coach people if I don’t do the research?

Lesson learned. I am definitely not making that mistake again. I tell you. There is never a time that learning isn’t a good thing. I’ve never pretended that I know everything, in fact quite the opposite. I’m a wife, mom, daughter, caregiver, I share my experiences to let others know that it is possible. You can reach those goals you never thought possible. I’m not a Super trainer or a doctor.  But I also have had an experience of being overweight most of my adult life. I don’t look at the Super Trainers and think “OH MY GOODNESS” I’ll never be that thin. In fact, I won’t be, I’m 50 years old. What I’m working on is my health and making sure I have a happy lifestyle by both Mind, Body and Soul. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I have chosen to share my life experiences in hopes to help that person who feels like I felt and will know that it doesn’t have to be like that.

So after my great visit with my challenger, I got home looked up the nutrition plan and discovered the reason why I’m gaining and not feeling the best. The best thing is that this is what we call prep week, so I have time to focus and zone in on what plan will work for me and follow it. To the letter. So that way I can prove to myself, it can be done!  We can be our own worst enemies, we don’t need others to add to it! So that’s why I tell all my challengers, that you have to do this for yourself and only yourself. Because it will get tough, and if you don’t have a big enough reason “WHY” you’ll give up. No one can make you do it, only you can make that choice.  So I’m excited to see what this week and the next 4 weeks will do. I’m starting right, by having an awesome workout, even though it was early and I’m eating right too, by having a great lunch.  This was a great lesson to learn, it just goes to show you can never be too old to learn. Happy Wednesday !!


Date Night


Sometimes traditions are a very good thing.  This is one tradition that I have valued a lot. Mind you when the kids were little we didn’t seem to be able to do it as often as we wished. But when we did we still valued it when we could.  Date night is a special night for myself and hubby. It’s time that we get to spend doing what we love the most. Spending time with each other alone. Whether it’s a movie or going target shooting.  Tonight we’re going to our favourite thing the “MOVIES” it’s always been one of our things. Even with the kids, I think at one point we had over 300 movies in our collection!

It is something when you find your special person and you cherish every moment of it. Even when life gets in the way. We haven’t had much time together lately and we seem to get caught up in everyday things. Mostly with Mom, we have to make sure she has looked after. So as much as those times are what we need to go through and can be trying on our relationship, it’s still something special when you can spend some time away together and cherish the moments we can have together!.

As much as he can be annoying in some of his ways, I’m sure I have ways that annoy him as well.  Like loading the dishwasher proper lol. But hey we’re not all perfect, that’s what makes it all the more interesting and challenging too.  SO if you have a special someone, make sure you spend that little bit of time with them that makes them feel special. Make sure you make it a date night. To cherish each other and cherish those special moments. We have been together for a very long time. Honestly, it doesn’t feel like it at all. That’s when you know it’s a good relationship! IMG_8521