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This Is What Skipping Meals Actually Does To Your Body


I have to admit that I have fallen into this trap of not eating, too many times to count.

For me, it is usually that I just can’t be bothered to take the time to eat.

But also, I think the habit started when I was a teenager. Most girls, regardless of their size, always seemed to be “on a diet”. So at school, you don’t eat. That habit just follows you around until realize how bad it really is.

I find that generally, people don’t know how to make small food changes, so they simply eat less and think that by skipping a meal, that will work.

We need to learn how to eat healthier and our bodies will burn energy more efficiently and we will tend to be a healthier weight.

This­ is­ what­ skipping ­meals ­actually­ does ­to ­your ­body

Wake­Up Tips: How to Make the Morning Easier


Anyone who has been around me in the morning knows that I am not a morning person.

My husband Doug is a morning person, and for years couldn’t understand me in the morning. He maintained that it was just a state of mind, until… until our second child was born. She like me, is not a morning person. Even as a baby we could tell that she was not a morning person. She is also living proof though, that you can push through any situation. She is a pastry chef and she starts her job a 3:30am. She has a crazy timetable but she makes it work.

Hopefully you can get some helpful hints from this article. I’m still not a morning person, but at least I can be a little more productive in the morning. Grumpy but productive.


At 50, This is My Personal Fitness Routine


I get a lot of questions about what I actually do for a fitness routine.

I have to admit, I am very fortunate that my husband has been at my side for our whole fitness journey. We have been together for so many years that we usually do most things together, I know, we are weird like that.

I find it odd that I do get questions regarding my gym routine. It has become another part of me. It is just what I do now. But, I suppose the largest reason why people ask is because I haven’t always been a gym junkie. Also, I have not always been the size that I am now. Another reason that I get this question is because I am 50 years old. Women of my age are not typically in the gym. If they do any sort of fitness, it seems that they do yoga or cardio with the girls, followed up with wine. So why do I go to the gym and do what I do?

When Doug and I started at the gym 4 years ago, it was not my first time working out. I have always considered myself active. As a kid, I played everything I could at school. Outside of school, I played fewer things, but played softball for many years. I played at a highly competitive level and as I was active with school sports, I was always in some sort of gym gear for many years. When I graduated, I did what most girls of my age did, nothing. I did play a little ball, but life just took over and so did my weight. As I grew, I became less likely to put the shorts on because I was so self conscience. Once babies started to become part of our world, who had time to exercise, I barely had time to shower.

As the kids grew a little older, I would try out some step classes, the occasional drop in sports at the local rec centre and play a little slow pitch now and then. Sport, or any form of fitness, just took the back burner for many years. One day I met a woman who was a personal trainer. I worked with her for many years and although I really liked my time with her, I saw very little results. I got back into sweating again and I liked it, but, I was not totally committed to the process. You see, it was no longer about just being active. It was now about working to lose those extra inches that had decided to camp on my butt, belly, and everywhere else. I had to stop using her services when I was getting so frustrated with the lack of results and Doug had got so sick that he needed my whole attention to get him healthy. As Doug was starting to mend we both came to the conclusion that we needed to do something about our size. It was time.

This time the activity would be much more intentional. Size loss was the goal and with that came a commitment to totally do what was expected of us. This meant a change in diet as well as exercise. That was the missing piece from the other times that I had tried to lose weight. Total commitment to the process, exercise, food control, and support from Doug and our new trainers.

Four years later, Doug has reached his weight loss goals and is now sculpting his shape. Me, I am still working on the process. Hormones have played a nasty game with me. I refuse to give in to what the ‘experts’ tell me. Which is, “you will gain weight as you go through menopause and there is nothing you can do about it.” So, I will continue to eat clean, and exercise on a regular basis. It makes me feel good. It helps me to sleep at night. I know I am physically stronger. I have muscles that look good when flexed. One day, my weight will start to move again.

This is my week;

  • Monday   7am ­ 8am     gym time with Leigh Brandt. At least two muscle groups.
  • Tuesday                         hike time with Doug. Usually a minimum 5km hike.
  • Wednesday 7am ­8am gym time with Leigh again. Two more muscle groups to work.
  • Thursday                       run with Doug. We run anywhere from 5­-10km depending on the hills in the route.
  • Friday     7am ­8am      gym time with Leigh again. More heavy lifting.
  • Saturday                        hike time with Doug we have a 10km hike we like to hike the first half because it is mostly up hill then run most of the way down.
  • Sunday                           REST DAY ahhh

If we have a high stress week, there is a set of stairs that we may go do in the afternoons 437 stairs and we will do at least 5 trips up and down. There are also a couple of classes that I sometimes will take to change things up, boot camp style classes.

If you would have told me that I would be doing this level of activity at this age, I would have laughed. Yet, I would never have believed that I would be writing either. My world has changed in a lot of ways and I now embrace all sorts of change. But getting old and decrepit isn’t one of them.

“You don't stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” ― George Bernard Shaw

How do we Teach the Next Generation to Love to Eat Healthy


I grew up in an age and family that we thought we ate healthy.  Well, by most people’s standards we did.

For us, it was healthy because we were fortunate to have parents that loved eating good “real” food. Our mom loved to bake and cook and so my parents would serve us the food that was in season and preserved it to eat it later. I find myself explaining to our own kids that “back in my day, we didn’t have all this fresh produce all year long”. The art of preserving fruits and veggies grown on the other side of the world was not what it is today.

Our parents grew up in an era of canned food. Everything was canned, and I mean everything. My mom still had an icebox growing up instead of a refrigerator, so only certain foods were put in there. Freezing was only just coming into common practice. So she was still learning as we were growing up. People in the 70’s were still considered ‘hippies’ if they ate an alternative diet. Eating out was just not part of my growing up. Boy, have things changed.

We now live in an instant era. People buy groceries daily instead of on paydays. They also only buy what will be eaten in the next couple of days. People buy smaller portions, generally, for immediate consumption. Unless, you are on the other end of the spectrum and shop in the big box stores and buy huge quantities. The Americans have really mastered the art of ‘more is better’, and society now expects to eat what we purchase, even if the portions are way too large for us.

So, how are we expected to teach the next generation;

  • what to eat,
  • how to shop,
  • what portion sizing really is,
  • how to read labels,
  • value instead of price,
  • natural vs preserved.

We have a grandbaby on its way to our family. We are happy beyond belief and for the first few months, food will be simple. After that, we, as a family will be looking at how to teach this child how to eat healthy. We will want to teach our new baby the value of eating the right food and what empty calories look like and what they do for our bodies. We will want to make sure that there is a healthy understanding of where food comes from and why we eat what we do.

Some of the responsibility of teaching our children to eat healthy and properly should, in my opinion, could be taught in school. It should be part of discussions right from when kids are little, especially at home, and the teachers, as we all know, are overworked as it is. But without some guidelines, most kids will never know what food does in their bodies and as we are seeing everywhere, kids are not active as much as they should be and therefore type 2 diabetes is everywhere. It is totally preventable if we teach our kids early.

So, again, how do we teach the kids?

I think it’s time to go back to my grandparents generation.

  • Fresh is best. If it’s in season, eat it. If it’s not, what kind of preservatives have be used to keep that fruit fresh so long after it was picked.
  • Read labels. If you can’t understand the ingredient list, probably not great to eat.
  • Read portion size. Understand the quantity the label is talking about, they can be quite deceiving.
  • If you can, make it instead of buying it. Do you know how easy some foods are to make? Some foods are treats, not staples.
  • I am a huge fan of reward meals. Not cheat meals, rewards. Those times are perfect for the treats.

Talking about food should be encouraged. Do your research. There is a lot of misinformation out there and there is a lot of outdated data still being used as the rules. Try new foods, learn what nutrients are in them. Learn moderation. Taste what you eat and enjoy it more.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf