November 7, 2015

HEMP Seeds for the win...


So, have you heard the buzz about HEMP Seeds lately…



I guess I am slow to jump on the bandwagon, but, boy, did I have an awakening when I did.  The powerful protein kick, in just a handful of these nutty little seeds will put you over the edge.

With the recent WHO report on the carcinogenicity of processed red meat ie: bacon (oh no), hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauce is unnerving to say the least. 
We all know deep down and have suspected this for ever, but the fact that it is now a published report, well, makes it all a little too real. 

We have grown-up believing that the main source for this vital nutrient was red meat, well. times have changed boys and girls.

Proteins are large molecules consisting of amino acids that are essential to growing bodies and minds. Protein builds, maintains and replaces the tissues in your body to keep everything functioning smoothly.  Our body structures, functions, the regulations of the body’s cell, tissues and organs cannot exist without proteins. 

After the initial shock has worn off from the WHO report, look no further in your search for alternatives to expensive cuts of red meat for your protein intake…

Hello Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods!!! 



a little nutty goodness to a colourful lunch

This Canadian based company is the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make and sell their own brand of hemp food products.  Manitoba Harvest educates on the health and environmental benefits of hemp and strives to support sustainability in all that they do.  Award-winning products include Hemp Hearts (raw shelled hemp seeds) and HEMP PRO 70 ® (hemp protein concentrate).

Sprinkle this lovely seed onto anything your heart desires or just pour a little into the palm of your hand and throw it back.  A mid-day pick me up or a full on meal flavour enhancer, you be the judge and designer of your protein limit.

add a little protein kick to vegan  pasta sauce

I reviewed this protein gem for Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods and FitApproach, but I am thrilled to have finally discovered this versatile seed. 

It is now a complete non-gmo staple that I use liberally everyday to enhance my health and wellness journey!!

Would you like to sprinkle a little protein love yourself, leave me a comment to WIN your very own bag by November 30, 2015

Have a fabulous day everyone!

Peace Love and Hugs

Nerina
xOxO


September 12, 2015

Women Build 2015


I spent September 11th on a build site for Habitat for Humanity through my company's Give Back initiative. 
A group of 50 of our employees spent the day at the 960 Brimley Road site assisting this fabulous organization to fight against substandard housing.







This coming Saturday, September 19th, I am participating in the Women Build 2015 at the same location.
I would appreciate any and all donations towards this wonderful cause at the link below. All of the donated funds are used directly for the building project and your impact is felt immediately.

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Safe and stable housing is essential to the healthy growth and development of children. ‪#‎HabitatforHumanity‬ ‪#‎adoptaday‬

Let's all pitch in to provide a brighter future for the kids!!
Thank you so much, enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!!

Peace Love
and
Hugs
Nerina
xOxO



September 7, 2015

Autumn Colour Inspiration


September marks the close to a lovely Summer season

This Summer has been glorious and this labour day weekend was no exception.  The temperature has been in the low 30s and it is hard to think of the coming weeks requiring wooly additions to your wardrobe. 

I love Summer and all that goes with it, but my favorite season
by far is Fall.  

The feel of cozy socks, boots, warmer colours and comfy sweaters 
cannot be beat.

I have been scouring the internet to find inspiration to bring my mindset in line with the coming season.



The Pantone colour of the year is Marsala, a pleasing oxblood/burgundy mix and you don`t have to look far to 
find it everywhere.




Elegant with grey



Pops with white



Fun accessories 










and great home decor




This joyful shade has me looking forward to Autumn 
like never before.

What are you looking forward to this Season?


~~

Peace Love and Hugs Friends

Nerina
xOxO

July 1, 2015

Celebrate Canada's 148th Birthday



A few Canadiana pop culture facts:

Pamela Anderson was born in Ladysmith, British Columbia. She gained fame right from birth as the country's "Centennial Baby", having been the first baby born on July 1, 1967, the 100th anniversary of Canada's official founding via the Constitution Act, 1867.


Our national anthem 'O Canada' was adopted in 1980

The co-creator of 'Superman' Joe Shuster was a Toronto boy

Canada is known as Hollywood North with various movies and Television shows filmed here, most notably - Brokeback Mountain, Twighlight, Titanic, the Incredible Hulk, Capote, Suicide Squad and Mean Girls to name a few blockbusters






This is your time to celebrate the Red and White






Get outside and enjoy this beautiful country of ours






Enjoy the energy from a patriotic parade






Take in the local festivities





I am actually paying close attention to NHL draft day today and Phil Kessel has been traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to skate with Sidney Crosby - another Canadian
This is going to be Toronto's year!!






Conclude this great day with a celebration in the sky




Happy Canada Days Friends!




Peace Love

and 

Hugs

Nerina
xOxO


March 15, 2015

Chi Chi Chi CHIA



So what’s all the fuss about, I keep seeing ‘Chia’ seeds mentioned everywhere that I go.  I am bombarded with Advertisments on television, on the internets as well as on the grocery shelves.

Touted as the new superfood, yet, I did not know anything about this myself until fairly recently.



I must have been living under a rock or just so consumed by processed garbage that I was closed off from seeing what apparently was right in front of me.

My first thought turned to the 80's when the Chia Pet was popular and came in the form of clay figures that served as the base for a sticky paste of Chia seeds, that when watered the seeds would sprout and this would suggest the figures fur or hair.  I guess you could have eaten that, but, who would have thunk it.



Fast forward to the newly marketed antioxidant wonder food, originally grown in Mexico and coveted by the Mayans and Aztecs for it’s health properties, Salvia hispanica,  commonly known as chia, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family 'Chia' meaning ‘Strength’.

Below are a few great reasons you should integrate these little babies into your lifestyle right now:
  • ·         Easy to incorporate into your diet -  because they are tasteless they can be sprinkled, mixed with, stirred into almost anything without the pre grounding and can amp up the nutritional value instantly
  • ·         As most of the carbohydrates come in the form of fiber, not only are they filling and low carb, they also aid in keeping your gut healthy and therefore everything is moving well inside and out
  • ·         Chia seeds are gram for gram an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein and can keep those bones healthy for those that don’t eat dairy
  • ·         The seeds absorb water really well and can be used as an egg substitute in recipes, so they are fabulous for vegetarians as a hearty protein substitute
  • ·         As they contain protein and fiber in the form of carbohydrates they assist in weight loss as your body does not constantly crave snacks because it feels satisfied for longer periods of time
  • ·         Filled with antioxidants as these fats protect the seeds from becoming rotten, it can only be a good thing for your health as it is always better to receive your antioxidants from real food rather than supplementing.



A few cautions, as chia seeds absorb 10-12 times their weight in water, please be careful when eating them raw with a spoon and then following this with a glass of water. As they expand quite quickly, they may cause an obstruction for those with intense dysphagia, or difficulty of swallowing.

So, let’s become like those Aztec warriors who ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance.

Not only will our skin and body look and feel better, but our digestive health and overall better sense of well being will be satiated.


Peace Love 
and 
Hugs

Nerina 
xOxO

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