What is the book (or books) you’ve recommended the most often and why?
50 Shades of Grey…. just kidding! The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck sits on a little tray beside me on my couch everyday. If someone documented my outlook on life this book would be it. I think it’s an important one for everyone to read about how people care too much about the small things and how those things affect our happiness (the keyboard warriors commenting giving their opinion on EVERY social media post, the woman at the grocery store getting all bent out of shape because all the cashier had left for change was quarters, and so on and so on).
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the past 6 months (or recent memory)?
100% my Saje essential oil diffuser. I don’t strike people as the essential oil-loving type but I am obsessed. My sleep as improved so much with it! If I had to give a close second it would be my FitBit. People have said to me “Why do you need a FitBit, you workout everyday?” Unfortunately, working out an hour a day wasn’t combatting the hours I spent sitting at my computer working. It has improved my recovery and gets me up and moving throughout my day!
What is an unusual food or flavour combination that you love?
People ALWAYS give a hard time about dipping my steak in ketchup. I also really like getting popcorn at the theatre, sprinkling it with White Cheddar seasoning and then mixing chocolate in it!
Throughout your nutrition journey, what new behaviour or habit was been fundamental in reaching your goals?
Thinking outside the box when it comes to food. If I am craving something I can always make a healthier option of it that fits my macros if I just do a bit of research at the grocery store. I am a big promoter of working satisfying foods into my day, I never sacrifice eating something that doesn’t taste delicious and this makes sticking to my macros so easy!
What advice would you give to a new Vitality client embarking on a nutrition journey?
When I first started my weight loss journey I made so many excuses of why I had to overeat on the weekends or at special events. We can literally help anyone through any type of situation if they just ask and are willing to follow the recommendations. Keep an open mind and don’t get too caught up in the scale - we really know what we’re talking about and will help you reach your goal if you believe in it :)
When you felt overwhelmed with your nutrition goals or lifestyle changes, what did you do to get back on track or stay on course?
When I thought I could track perfectly during the week and eat what I wanted on the weekends I had to come to the realization that it wasn’t working for me. With a bit of planning I could still enjoy my weekends and then my progress really started to show. This also comes from the environment that we insert ourselves in. Do our family and friends support our health goals or do they pressure us to drink and overeat with them? My environment is honestly so healthy now that when I get together on weekends no one is even considering trying to convince someone to eat otherwise because we all have similar goals.
What is something that not a lot of people know about you?
I played with Barbies until I was like 14. I used to sneak down to the playroom in the basement and really get into it. I’m really not ashamed about it now, those Barbies were living a lifestyle of fast cars and freedom.
If we took a peak in your fridge or pantry, what food would we always find?
Pretzel Crisps or Buddha Bowl Popcorn