Was this Paleo?

Why hello!

I’m sorry for being a little inconsistent with my posts lately. Between long work days and overwhelming myself with fun activities, I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to writing anything meaningful or insightful.

How’s your week going? Are you happy today? (<– If you’ve met me in real life, I’ve probably asked you this at some point. Haha.)

A few things to recap from the week so far:

I roasted a chicken….

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… then proceeded to eat it with our bare hands.  IS THIS THE PALEO DIET?

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I don’t know why, but I prefer eating with my hands. Dipping stuff. Not giving a $*@!. Living on the edge.  {On the side: cauliflower puree, carrots and kombucha.}

Speaking of dipping, my friend introduced me to a new favorite food addiction.

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It’s a fun mixture of thyme, sesame seeds and I don’t know what else. My first experience was with pita bread dipped in olive oil, then za’atar.

I tried it with sweet potato chips the other night.

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Insert 500 heart-eye Emojis. Seriously. If you’re a fan of things that taste good you’ll enjoy it. Wow, I’m really selling this to you guys, hey? 

I’m still loving my evening walks with tunes blasting…


…and hey look! I DIDN’T wear my pink lulu shorts OR purple heart shirt during a workout. YAY ME.

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My favorite way to incorporate upper body strength workouts is with 5 & 10 lb plates. I find them more challenging than free weights. If I’m using free weights for an arm/shoulder workout, I use 12′s 15′s and 20′s, but with plates, less is more. I don’t get it.

Some {breakfast} things will never change. I’ve had a yogurt or chia pudding bowl for breakfast every morning this past summer.  What am I gonna do when winter arrives and I have to revert to my seasonal diet of dead sticks, icicles and roadkill? :( No.


I’ve had to look at this the last few nights. Ugh. This is my neighborhood, by the way.

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Every time I think about what I’m doing with my life, I feel a rush of excitement and a flutter in my heart.


THIS article right here. I think I’ve read it twice a week since discovering it. A sweet breakthrough memory that will always stick with me is the moment I decided to show up, stop playing small and claim my power. I announced (out loud): “I know what I want and I’m ready to create. Lets do this.”  And I kept saying it again and again until I was living it.

I know it seems awfully simple, but the truth is, it was! The only thing that has ever held me back was a lack of faith and trust in myself. I needed to unlearn those fear-based mental habits and listen to my instincts.  Looking back, any time I haven’t listened to my gut, I ended up in a huge mess. That being said, I don’t regret it. At the time, I didn’t know any better. Those mistakes have taught me to pay attention to how I feel about situations, people, decision making, etc.   If something feels good, we should keep doing it. If it doesn’t – get outta there ASAP, homie. Even if it doesn’t ‘make sense’ in the moment, it will at some point.   It’s easy to become anxious when we’re always trying to anticipate the future or figure out what ‘the lesson’ is before we’ve experienced the process. The funny thing is, we know what the answer is all along. We’re just afraid of it.

And, if you’re anything like me, one day you reach a point where you don’t care anymore and have nothing to hide.

Have you read anything soulful lately? Or learned anything new?

What’s the last Paleo thing you did? (I don’t even understand this question)

Have you tried any new foods recently?

Ps. I just had deja vu. 

A change of scenery.

Why are all of latest my blog posts comprised of weekend recaps. Is it boring? Do you guys still like me?  Do I talk about Lauren and Glenn too much? ;)

I don’t have any mountainous activities to share today as I spent the entire weekend in the city. (???!!!)  Weather-wise, it wasn’t that great in the Rockies and I honestly needed a brief break from climbing mountains and wrestling with bears.


The highlights:

-Donuts. From Jelly Modern. Oh man, they’re unreal.  We sampled 12  in one sitting. As we do.


They make a killer carrot cake donut which was my favourite. I totally loved the peanut butter and vanilla glazed (with pink sprinkles!) too.  #Diabetes #FatFluential #MetabolicSyndrome  #whocares

-Dinner at River Cafe in downtown Calgary. We sat on the patio and it was sooooo cozy. That’s one thing I’m really going to miss about summer. Outdoor dining. <3




We shared this amazing risotto that featured Taber corn, popcorn and nori. How’s that for a strange but good combo?

-I wore a Grecian dress. (NOT with those shoes. I wore strappy gold Michael Kors sandals)


-A massive Costco grocery re-stock. I finally conquered my Calgary Costco fear, guys. Are you proud of me? I spent $300 on produce, peanut butter and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.


-The Farmers Market



I found a nut butter vendor (!!!) They had almond, peanut, cashew, macadamia nut, hazelnut, etc. I sampled five of each flavour. Not even exaggerating.


I got my gelato fix!  That would be a combo of mango and mint chocolate chip. All I did this past weekend was eat. Good times/thumbs up.

We need to talk about the neighbourhood that my friend lives in. It’s…. so perfect, quaint and picturesque… and creepy as hell. HAHAHA.

It reminds me of a movie set/Stepford Wives. I’m convinced everyone living in it is a robot. I even saw a store called Jolly Goods candy shop, which sent a bone-chilling wave of terror throughout my body.



Then there was this cat, which sat there staring at me. Unblinking. For several hours days minutes.


To disguise myself, I bought an iced coffee and walked around in lululemon gear then did some tricep dips on a bench.  Hiding in plain site.

What did you get up to this past weekend? Any food/travel/fitness adventures?

What are you going to miss most about summer? It’s going by way too quickly!

What do you typically buy at Costco? 

A surprise in the mountains


I wasn’t sure if I’d have time to pop in and say hello to today, but here I am. Hi! (insert the waving hand emoji). <– I feel like I used that line in a recent post. Did I?   I woke up at 430 to ‘something’ making noise in my bedroom. There’s either a mouse or a ghost tap dancing under my bed and now I’m freaked out.  I’m pretty sure it was gnawing on one of my race bibs, too. Ew.

I have a few things to share before I get started on my weekend adventuring. As of 12pm, I’m back at it. I’m taking the afternoon off. My boss told me to give him a few good reasons why he should let me leave early and this is what I came up with:

“I’m fun, and funny, and you love me…?”   
Boss: “That bought you 15 minutes. What else have you got?”
“Your life is better now that I’m in it.” 
Boss: “Go on…”
“Remember when I made you protein balls? I’ll do that again”
Boss: “I do remember but I’m still not convinced.”
“If I leave early, this will allow me more time to collect funny stories for my Monday morning weekend recap of my life.”
Boss: “Oh my god. I can’t wait until __ is back next week. I need him to entertain you so you leave me alone.”
<3 <3 <3

I had a visitor at work this week! An old childhood friend from my hometown is visiting from Australia and giving his girlfriend ‘The Canada Tour’. I like to think they fly overseas JUST to  visit me in the mountains. :)

The last time we saw each other was… oh geez, I don’t even know.  Based on this photo, boyfriend jeans were in style, so I’d put this at 2009?



And now:


He has a beard.

One of my coworkers made a scene in the lunch room yesterday when I started eating fries. “OH MY GOD, SHE’S EATING A FRENCH FRY, SOMEONE CALL THE HEALTHY POLICE”  Okay, calm down…

I’m starting to think people assume I’m some sort of freak because I bring extra veggies and avocados to work with me everyday.  I think I’ve had avocado toast everyday for the past month.  Glenn joined in on the party too. I taught him  how to make avo-toast. Mash it up before it goes on the bread, then add salt, pepper and chili flakes. So simple, yet so delicious.


(Plus a side of mussels and prawns in a cream sauce that were SO FREAKIN GOOD.)

I saw these Paleo Wraps at the health food store a few weeks ago, and my first thought was, “I bet these suck. But I’m going to buy them anyway.”


I was wrong! They’re coconut flour based and the ingredient list is super clean. I thought they’d crumble and fall apart or taste weird, but I was blown away by how good they held up… and taste. (I think brown rice wraps are the reason why I have trust issues.)


I made wraps with goat cheese, spinach, peppers, tomatoes, chickpea salad and avocado. YUM!!! They reminded me of a crepe – slightly sweet. I can’t wait to make some dessert-like versions with peanut butter and bananas.  Or whipped cream and peaches.


They didn’t fall apart or turn soggy while I was eating them, either. THUMBS UP.

I took a selfie in the gym last night. I’ve realized that every time I’ve taken a photo of myself doing something fitness-y, I’m either wearing this purple heart shirt or my pink lululemon running shorts. Every single time. I actually have more fitness clothes than regular clothes, but for some reason, these pieces are my go-tos.


I worked my arms and core. (Bicep curls, squat into an overhead press, reverse flies and tricep dips on a bench + ball crunches)

Guys. I need you to listen to Naughty Boy’s ‘Hotel Cabana’ album. Here’s one of the best songs. (Download ‘Hollywood’, too!)

(You can thank me later)

I hope you have a great weekend! What do you have planned? 

Name your top 3 fit-fear pieces: iPod, lululemon running shorts & their sports bras

What’s the last workout you did?


I woke up last weekend with one thing on my mind: Cinnamon.Toast.Crunch. It was one of those “I need it right now!” cravings so I rounded up my dog sled team and ventured out of the woods and into town to buy some.

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Plus 800 handfuls before and after I made this yogurt bowl. WHY IS IT SO ADDICTIVE? Best cereal ever! (There were some blueberries, bananas, plain Greek yogurt and cinnamon underneath, but we don’t care about that, right?)

It’s funny, because in some ways, since moving to the mountains, you might say I’m “less healthy” than I used to be. By conventional nutritional standards, that is.  Compared to how I was operating a year ago, my meals and workouts are less structured and  I’ve taken a much more relaxed approach to living a healthy lifestyle.   As a result, I feel… well, healthier. What I’m getting at is, over the past several months I’ve been more focused on nurturing my emotional and spiritual foundation more than my lady muscles and wow, has it ever helped me see ‘the bigger picture’ when it comes to achieving a happy, vibrant, balanced and fun life.

That being said, I still love my green smoothies and salads, but I also don’t really think twice about trying to choose ‘the healthiest option’ in a restaurant, or feel any guilt when I accidentally fall into a box of these at 9am.

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New guy at work brought these. He just moved here from Maui and has promised to help me move to the islands at some point. I just finished telling Glenn about this plan. “I kind of want to stay single forever so I can do whatever I want!”  To which he said, “That’s the beauty of your life – YOU get to choose.” Whaddaya think?

Glenn makes me happy. While we were dining together recently, I started clapping my hands and announced, “I LOVE MY LIFE!”

“Yeah, I can tell! It’s so nice to be around someone who’s so happy all the time”  :)

I’m bursting at the seams, friends. And I’m on a mission to share it.

Some other stuff I’ve been eating  (and doing) this week:

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Peaches, peaches and more peaches. I’ve been eating at least two a day, either in a yogurt bowl or chia seed pudding.

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Salads. This one featured romaine, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, avocado, sheep feta and hummus.

This weeks lunch breaks have consisted of me sitting on a bench, suntanning and looking at the mountains. :)

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Short gym sessions + long walks.  The last thing I want to be doing in the evenings is anything indoors. I rush home, knock out an intense, short weight training session, then head out for at least an hour long power walk.




Does your city have these outdoor gyms? HOLY $*%& – the chest press machine is hard! I used that one and a shoulder press machine during last nights walk.

Last night’s dinner was super random. But delicious. All I wanted to eat were tortilla chips, but I tried to balance it out a little bit. With salsa…


… and some veggies and chickpea salad. I tossed chickpeas with lemon juice, diced pickle, celery, dill, chili flakes, salt & pepper and mashed everything up a bit. The tortilla chips are a great vehicle for it!

Lazy girls dessert:


Dates and almond butter x2.

I’m off to the gym, then work. Have a great day!

How do you maintain a ‘balanced’ lifestyle? How has your healthy living journey evolved over the years? 

What is it with women and snack plates. Do we have any answer for this yet? I always think of Sam and Amanda when I make one.

Tell me something happy or fun about your week: 

Kananaskis Adventures!

You know your weekend was a good one when you wake up completely exhausted and missing a toenail on Monday morning. My body is so tired, friends!  I’m not complaining though… there is SO MUCH adventure to be had in the Rockies that it’s a common (and necessary) side effect. It accompanies living the good life.

Hmm, where to start. I stayed true to my word on Friday night and stayed home. I worked out, cooked dinner (say what?!) and chatted with Lauren’s Mom for a while before heading to bed. Since I’m always craving Mexican food, I made a burrito bowl.


My Saturday activities included climbing a mountain and eating. My friend hasn’t done much  hiking in the area so I thought Ha Ling would be a good introductory hike. HAHAHA. (How do you like me now?) I think they thought I was exaggerating when I said Ha Ling is a challenging climb, even for fit people.

Anyways, we made it to the summit in 1:18. (My future goal is to do it in an hour. I need more practice!) We ran into Jen on the way, too. Small world, hey? We have a fitness-sangria date planned for this coming weekend.






We shared a bunch of small plates and a bottle of bubbly at Tapas.


This is the reason why I’m so tired. One of the things I’ve been dying to do is the Kananaskis Trail – a stretch of highway that’s only open a few months out of the year. It takes you through the Highwood Pass, which happens to be the highest point on paved road in Canada. Round trip, it’s about 300km.



The mountain range in this area is unreal. I don’t know why, but sometimes mountains remind me of dinosaurs. Yes, I’m aware of how ridiculous that sounds, but I don’t know how else to describe it!  This one looks like an ankylosaurus.



We drove to Longview, bought beef jerky (they’re famous for it) and a friendship bracelet at a gas station.


The next leg of our adventure was hiking Troll Falls. This is one of the most popular ‘hikes’ in Kananaskis, but most people think it ends at ‘the first’ waterfall.


If you climb up the cliff behind the waterfall, there are at least seven additional waterfalls to explore in the forest. It’s spectacular – you literally feel like you’re in an enchanted forest. Climbing over rocks, jumping across streams, swinging from tree branches… it’s a very ‘Paleo’ experience. Hahaha!   We didn’t venture too far into the forest because it was late in the day and I forgot to bring bear spray.  And I was hungry.

WATERFALLS! New summer plan: visit as many as possible.

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Isn’t it amazing? My mountain paradise and home. The Rockies have always felt like home to me, and for the first time in my life, feel completely at ease.

Our fun didn’t end there. Next up: Barrier Lake.  Unfortunately we didn’t get to stay and enjoy the beach for very long. Once the sun dipped behind a mountain, we were swarmed by these weird swamp bugs and had to get out of there! :(

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I want to enjoy a beach day at Barrier this weekend. Paddleboards + sunshine + picnic + books = YES.

What was the best meal you enjoyed over the weekend?

Do you have a summer bucket list going? What kinds of things do you have planned?

Describe your weekend in three words: 

Irrational Fears + Beautiful Experiences

Confession time: Uh, I realize I’m about 40 years late to the party but I JUST used Google Maps for the first time ever a couple weeks ago. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Maps used to be one of my greatest fears. Mostly because I could never figure out how to get the GPS in my previous car to work so I didn’t even bother with the Google Maps app until I was forced to navigate Calgary by myself.

Lets recap all of the irrational things I’m afraid of, shall we?

  • GPS navigation systems
  • BBQs
  • Balloons (I don’t like it when they pop)
  • Bruised and/or overripe bananas
  • Lake seaweed
  • Box jumps (Sam, I know you can relate)
  • That weird feeling you get when you try to refold clothes in a store

…. Gee, I don’t know why I’m single? :)

HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS. What are your plans for the weekend? I was supposed to go to an ashram in BC with Glenn but we had to reschedule for September. I still have a fun weekend to look forward to, though!  My Friday night plan is to go to bed at 9pm and stay in bed for at least 12 hours. I’ve been so busy with work, recovering from the stomach flu and having fun that I forgot to sleep and now I’m paying for it.

One of the “fun” highlights from my week was meeting up with a friend for a five course Moroccan meal in downtown Calgary. I didn’t take any photos because the lighting was dim and most of the food was brown and un-photogenic. Is that even a word? It is now.   I took this photo at the Boxwood Cafe later on. We drank lemon drops and watched people doing yoga in the grass.

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People often assume that because I live in the mountains, I hate cities. Nope. I love the energy of them but I also like going home to my mountain sanctuary at the end of the day.

Switching gears a bit… I came across one of Danielle LaPorte’s Instagram posts and I thought it would make a great blog topic.

“List 10 Beautiful Experiences You Want to Have”. I’m starting with five today, because I need some more time to contemplate the rest. I’d love to hear about some of your experiences, too!

1. Watching the sunrise from the top of a mountain. How awesome would it be to begin your hike at 3-4am (okay, that part would be a little creepy) and make it to the summit just in time to see a new day emerge?


2.  Rock running along the seabed. Who wants to join me? I’ll tow you and do all the work.


3. Taking a week off work, packing my bags and heading to the airport with no idea where I’m going. I’d book whatever affordable flight/vacation package was available in that exact moment. Hows that for spontaneity? Plans. F**k ‘em. Not all the time, but once in a while it’s nice to surprise yourself.


4. Writing and publishing a book. This is something that is in the works. I know with every cell of my being it’s going to happen. My ‘book voice’ is a little different than my blog voice. This space is much more casual, laid back, weird, slightly immature and random. I author Living Mint Green as though I’m actually talking to you in real life. The book is still ‘me’, just more professional.

5. Falling in love. I have “loved” people before… in the sense that they were my best friend and we shared a bond. But I’ve never completely opened up and shared my heart with anyone. (Should I feel sad or anxious about this? Because I don’t.) I know it’s worth the wait because anything worthwhile takes time.


I like that quote! Holla.

Tell me about some of the ‘beautiful experiences’ you’d like to have! Name one, five, ten… whatever.

If you could go anywhere RIGHT NOW, where would it be?

What’s one of your favourites quotes or words to live by? 

It’s hard to believe this exists.

Not only do Lauren and I share a love of {mostly} healthy food, a house, and an inability to use a BBQ, but infectious microorganisms. You know how I mentioned I was sick last weekend? {It was like The Walking Dead meets ‘the cherry scene’ in Witches of Eastwick. Ew.}  Poor Lauren is in the same boat now. When I pulled into the parking lot at our condo last night, I was greeted by this:

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Oh this looks like a nice place to take a nap. Right next to the curb on a dirty patch of dead grass. I wonder if she’s still there. Haven’t seen her since last night. More importantly, who can I infect with my demon virus. My dream is the world.

Lauren’s Mom is visiting from Toronto and this is her first time in the Rockies. I’ve loved hearing her observations and reactions to things. For instance, her first impression of the mountains was, ‘they’re scary!’ and ‘THEY’RE JUST… THERE!’ while throwing her hands up in the air.


We took her to Lake Louise on Monday morning and I wish I would’ve had a pen to write down all of the hilarious things she said.

“Well, I thought that was a moose, but it was just a piece of bark”

“Here Kitty!” (to a squirrel)

Lauren: “Hey Mom, we should name the squirrel!” Mom: “Yes. Mira.”   {MIRA? Where does that even come from?!}

I’m so glad we had the opportunity to go adventuring together. We hiked to the ‘small beehive’, followed by the Lake Agnes tea house, before taking a longer route back to the trailhead. It was unbelievably beautiful and a hike I’d like to do again and again. I typically prefer less-touristy adventures, but the views of Lake Louise on this one are so spectacular I didn’t mind that things got a little crowded at times.

I’m also on a mission to visit as many ‘Caribbean blue’-hued lakes as possible before the snow starts to fly.

Including a quick lunch break, it took us about 4.5 hours and we covered around 10km.

I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.



















A few points we need to touch base on:

  • THE COLOR OF THE LAKE!! It’s hard to believe it’s real, hey? The hue changes throughout the day, depending on the position of the sun and the weather. So pretty.
  • I touched the squirrel and it made a laser beam sound. I don’t know how else to describe it.
  • We ate hummus sandwiches at the tea house, followed by giant cookies. I’ve discovered that hiking allows you to eat whatever you want. It’s SUCH a good workout… your body basically becomes an incinerator for any and all food.
  • A trip to Banff isn’t complete without a stop at Cows ice cream. There’s always a huge lineup but it’s worth the wait. My stomach was still killing me from my Walking Dead virus, but I didn’t care. I ordered Cowberry (strawberry ice cream with blueberries and raspberries).

Have you ever tried Cows ice cream? Where have you experienced ‘the best’ ice cream?

What’s been the highlight of your summer so far?


A Weekend Done Right: Emerald & Peyto Lake

Hey! I have a few things to share with you guys. But first, how was your weekend?  Hard to believe it’s August already, hey? There are so many things I want to do before summer is over and I’m getting worried I’ll run out of time!

It was a long weekend here in Canada and I took Friday off ‘just because’. I need to implement four day weekends more often.

Early morning in Canmore - it’s been smokey and hazy from all the nearby forest fires lately

Have you ever been to Rocky Mountain Bagel Co? DO IT. I stop in there to grab a coffee from time to time, but I recently tried one of their Power Balls and I’m in love. It’s a mix of almond butter, pecans, dates, spirulina, matcha green tea and coconut.  That thing held me over for several hours!  I’m thinking I need to recreate these next time I make up a batch of Protein Balls.


I got to check something veerrrrry special off my adventure bucket list this past weekend. I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I’m OBSESSED with vibrant blue-green bodies of water. I just want to stare at them all day.  I’m not sure if it’s the colour,  that I’m a water sign or maybe I’m autistic… (this sentence and explanation makes no sense. I’m going to stop now)  but I’m absolutely fixated on them. Is that weird?

Anyways, a friend and I went adventuring on Sunday and one of the places we visited on our travels was Emerald Lake. It’s near Field, BC and I’m not sure how long it took us to get there because I was under the influence of Gravol. Maybe 15 minutes or 1.5 hrs? I can’t be certain…

Okay, keep in mind I took these photos with a little old point and shoot camera, and the lake was even more vibrant in person.


Right? Mmhmm. Yep. This exists. 

We rented a canoe and spent an hour on the water. So fun!  You can walk a 5km loop around the lake, but we preferred to take in the view from a boat.  There’s  lake front accommodations that I’ve love to spend a night in sometime. I had visions of curling up on one of the wrap around decks with a book and a bottle (or five) of wine.



Ummm… can we talk about how blonde my hair is now? I made the mistake of telling my hairdresser, “do whatever you want!” and now I look weird. :(    It looks nice against the Emerald Lake backdrop, though.  Once fall rolls around, I’m going back to dark blonde.

Next up: Peyto Lake. I’ve been DYING to visit it since moving out here and I’m delighted to have checked it off ‘the list’.


I can’t. It was too much for me to handle. HOW IS THIS REAL.



I would like to be a mermaid in Peyto Lake.  I should just go for it. Why not.

We finished off the day with Greek food at Balkan in Banff. I was legit malnourished and starving by this point. Over the weekend, I either came down with a mild case of food poisoning (I projectile vomited cherries ALL over my bathroom – twice. Woo!! I’m actually proud of myself for that one) OR I’m a huge wimp. I couldn’t stomach anything other than a few bites of bread for TWO days.

We went to town on a big platter of assorted stuff: pita bread, hummus, salad, all different kinds of meat, rice, potatoes and wine.  It was so good and I can’t wait to eat there again. Everything was super garlicky and now I stink.


This was the perfect re-introduction to real food again. Not eating for two days really rattled me. I lost who I was. Never again.

Lastly, look how cute Lauren and I are. We made matching breakfast bowls the other morning.


Plain yogurt, bananas, blueberries, cherries (I hate cherries now. I can’t even type the word without scowling) and Nature’s Path Qia cereal.

Things I’m never eating again:
Daiya “cheese”

I feel sick all over again.

I’m really excited! Lauren’s Mom just arrived from Ontario and we’re taking her to Lake Louise this morning for a hike. I’m going to introduce you guys to her later this week. She’s so cute and I wish she was staying forever.

Tell me about one of the most scenic places you’ve visited. Or, do you have any places in mind that you’d love to see?

What do you usually get done at the salon? Do you let your hairdresser have complete control?

Thinking Out Loud: 25 Things You {Might Not} Know About Me

Hi! (Insert the waving hand emoji)

Today is my Friday and I couldn’t be more excited. I have a four day weekend ahead with so many wonderful adventures in the works! :)

I thought I’d switch up the usual Thinking Out Loud post and incorporate this fun survey I’ve seen on a few blogs recently. Thanks to Amanda for hosting! She’s going to be in the Rockies this weekend too and I hope our paths cross!


1. I’m happiest when I’m laughing and having fun with my friends and the people I care about.

2. … especially if it involves an awesome meal, wine and good conversation.


{Haha, these aren’t even my friends. They belong to Taylor. A couple of his Vancouver buddies were in Canmore for a couple days and he asked me to take  them out. I think we liked each other - I’d say we hit it off!}

3. I’ve always wanted to sky dive, SUP yoga, enjoy a R&R/spa weekend at a “fancy” resort, road trip down the west coast, backpack across Central & South America, complete yoga teacher training,  hike the Pacific Coast Trail, take an extended volunteer-vacation, qualify for the Boston Marathon… yeah, I want it all.


4. My family and I are very different from each other. I’ve always had a wild, adventurous heart and spirit.  “You’ve always been so determined!” My Mom recently said to me. 


5. I was a terrible cook until I met my ex. He taught me a lot of cooking basics and  was a huge inspiration for me.

6. My first job was selling Kool Aid on my parents front lawn. 

7. I could probably spend all day, everyday researching and planning future trips. I love it!


8. I stole all of the pistachio cheesecake from the staff cafeteria at work recently. :(  It’s mind-blowing, I have no self control and should be ashamed of myself. (But I’m not)

9. I was born on July 4. I’ve always enjoyed celebrating my birthday in the United States – it feels extra special.

10. My all time favorite film is a video I took of my boss & I phoning employees with the Super Mario Bros theme blaring in the background to see if they’d notice or say anything.  (If they didn’t answer their phone, they received a voicemail.)

11. I do a pretty mean comfort meal. Some of my favorites: roasted chicken, mac & cheese, veggies (with lotsa butter), chocolate soufflé and pumpkin pie. Cooking is one of the best fall and winter past times.


Or, making vibrant, colorful, plant-based meals.

IMG_2488 {Veggie ‘noodles’ with raw marinara}

edible flower salad {A flower salad. Oh sure, why  not?!}

12. I’m still mad that I broke my phone again. After this last incident, I thought the universe was preventing me from going to a party, but I think the lesson is I need a phone case.

13. I met my roomie Lauren on the internet. She was in the process of moving to Canmore and stumbled upon my blog while Googling photos of the Rockies.  She sent me a message asking if I’d be interested in having lunch sometime and the rest is history!

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14. I always knew I wanted to live in the mountains – particularly Canmore. Most people would KILL to live here and I’m always thrilled when I have the opportunity to share my magical life with people.



15. I have almost no idea how my life is going to unfold now.  You’d think this would freak me out, but I’m excited to let life reveal itself to me. I’ve learned to trust the process.


{You guys think I moved to the mountains to pursue my dream, but it was actually so I could take selfies and photograph my food in the forest, where no one can see me.}

16. I make the best FRIENDS. It’s one of the things I treasure most about living in the Rockies. I’ve met some really great people. 

17. I have almost no self control when it comes to jars of peanut butter (or any nut butter). Glenn always says: “If it comes in a jar and you can eat it with a spoon, you’re happy!” Oh, and cake.

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18. I always cry when I see semi trucks hauling livestock. :(

19. I’m a quiet, yet powerful force.  I have a tendency to keep my most important dreams and desires to myself. And, when I decide to pursue something, I actually do it. 

20. I spent the evening with Glenn earlier in the week. This is what we did:


21. I wish my folks liked to travel, or that we could vacation together. 

22. At age 5, I was deeply in love with Ghostbusters and Carebears.

23. I believe if everyone had  the courage to pursue their passions, the world would be a better place.


24. I can’t stand when people drive slow in the fast lane. Or walk slow in front of me. WHY. My adrenal glands cannot handle this kind of BS. 

25. Whenever Ghost Dad is on, I’ll watch it.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see ya next week!

Tell me three random things about you!

Do you have any long weekend plans?

I’ve been eating cupcakes all day + a {Bodymorphia} review!

What’s up friends? Happy Monday! Back to the work grind, eh? (I really like going to work. I know, kill me, please.)

I knew my weekend was going to be a good one when I received a message from Glenn on Friday afternoon asking, “Can you come to my office please?”  My initial reaction was paranoia, but this was what he ‘wanted to chat about’.


Oh Glenn, I love him. I should change my blog name to Living Mint Glenn since he’s all I talk about. I spent Friday evening in the gym, followed by my bed. I’m old/boring.  My body is finally starting to feel like it’s on the mend! Woo!  I’m beginning week three of physiotherapy and my limp/achey hips seem to have subsided.  My sports med clinic primarily caters to {fancy} athletes so I feel like I’m in good hands – they treat Olympians, ultra runners, Ironman triathletes and… Joanna Gregsons.

My strength training sessions look a lot like this now. My hope is that this broken pelvis situation will give me a six pack from all the  one legged planks  and pushups I’ve been doing. (That will never happen, I eat too much cake and am constantly pregnant with a food baby.)


Post workout Saturday morning smoothie:

Spinach, kale, frozen banana and watermelon, kiwi, chia seeds and a scoop of cashew/brazil nut/coconut butter.


Enjoyed by the hot tub. :)  I met a nice family visiting from Miami who asked for some non-Banff  adventure suggestions and I was delighted to help. I sent them off on an adventure in Kananaskis Country, where the locals like to hang. (I suggested they rent bikes and hit up the trails near Kananaskis Village, horseback riding  + dinner at Boundary Ranch, then drive back to Canmore via the Spray Lakes route). I hope they liked it!


I went to Calgary for 15 hours on the weekend and this is what I brought with me. OH MY GOD. I’m ridiculous, but I didn’t know how long I’d be there for, or what I’d be doing so I packed everything.


That would be two pairs of Nikes, workout gear, Quest bars, etc. Plus vodka and Grizzly Paw beer. After meeting up with a friend for drinks, I was supposed to go to another friends party, but then I dropped my phone which contained all of their contact info. So yeah… no party for me and now I don’t have a phone… again. Why does this keep happening!

Lauren works at a resort that hosts a ton of weddings and sometimes the staff get to keep the discarded leftovers (party favors, unopened bottles of wine, etc.) I woke up this morning and found a sweet note from her:


Do you like my response? My current life mission is to come between Lauren and her boyfriend.  What am I gonna do when she moves to Calgary in the fall? :( Nooooo.

So far, my Monday is going great. I received a call from a coworker saying, “Cupcakes. Lots of them. Come here.”

Me: “Why are there so many?”

Coworker: “Because we know how much you like cupcakes so we ordered you a box!”  I’m not sure how I feel about that statement. Should I be ashamed? Proud?


My stomach hurts and I feel like I might be having a heart attack. I’d already had cheesecake for lunch dessert but I CANNOT say no to cupcakes or ice cream. (Or any food, if I’m being honest.)

Lastly, Canadian friends, I wanted to share a new-to-me service with you. You know how food/snack/healthy living subscriptions are all the rage right now? Bodymorphia is a new Canadian monthly subscription supplement, snack and vitamin provider and when they asked if I’d be interested in reviewing their service, I said yes, please!


For $20 a month, you get an assortment of goodies delivered to your house. (Or in my case, the post office on top of a mountain.)

July’s swag bag goodies:


  • Kaizen CLA supplement, which may help our bodies metabolize fatty acids for fuel
  • Bars: Pure Organic (thumbs up!) and Promax (thumbs down)
  • Cytomax Energy Drops (I’ll use these for marathon training)
  • Vitargro “Muscle Fuel” (I’ve read the package three times and I can’t figure out what it is exactly.)

Thoughts: The service itself is great because it allows you to sample different brands and products at a reduced cost.  On the other hand, I don’t advocate taking supplements without the recommendation of a Doctor (with the exception of high quality probiotics, fish oil and Vitamin D.) particularly when the integrity of the product is ‘questionable’.  As someone who appreciates quality over quantity, I typically buy nutritional supplements from a Naturopathic clinic or health food store.

So, that being said, I’m on the fence with it. My personal preference would be more natural/less processed ‘health’ products.

Do you subscribe to any food/snack boxes? Thoughts?

What kinds of supplements do you take, if any?

What’s been the best part of your day?