The Perfect Diet For Everyone

Did I catch you attention with that title? Notice that’s what most magazines, articles, programs, and book titles use to suck us into their material. If there was a perfect diet, I’m pretty sure everyone would know by now. Besides, how fun is it to follow rules someone else set of rules for you the rest of your life?

We can all probably agree that society has placed an odd value on the importance of weight loss and weight in general. You can hardly go a day by without the constant nagging of “lose the last five pounds” or “flat abs in just two days”. These claims are both unrealistic and a bit excessive, in my opinion.

It’s safe to say there will never be a shortage of information regarding weight loss and the “next best thing”. Of course, I see the importance in these messages because of the obesity epidemic, and wanting to live a healthy lifestyle in general, but do we really need all this constant pushing, and confusion from different sources on how you need to eat to look a certain why.

If only these messages could be kept straight to the point: Eat real foods, not too much or too little, exercise moderately and limit processed foods. There’s no need to remove entire food groups from your diet. Simple, but people like to make things more complicated and have “rules” to follow.

As someone who has suffered from eating disorders, obsessions, and body image issues; I can certainly see the appeal in these magazines and new books. Weight loss and dieting is such a hot topic. Even though these topics are trending, it seems all this information is borderline obsessive.

There’s so much conflict with how and what to eat. Just because two people eat differently doesn’t mean one lifestyle choice is wrong. Health is personal, everyone is different and has different needs. Sometimes, I struggle between what I want to do and what society wants me to do. It almost feels wrong to live a balanced life with wine and kale, when others tell you the opposite is true.

Although I don’t want to hear all these “new” weight loss tips, they will always be there. I’ve suffered enough time and energy being completely consumed with these tips and tricks, and they did nothing, but make me feel bad about myself in the end. Is there really a perfect diet for everyone?

The perfect diet is the one you feel happiest and healthiest doing. We’re all individuals with different needs. Break the mould on the ideal perfect diet. Find your own perspectives and inspire others with your recipe for healthy living.

I also feel a little sad that there is such focus on outer appearance, instead of who we are on the inside. Real beauty starts on the inside. Having positive energy, compassion, generosity, kindness, and a loving heart is way more important than having a “perfect body or diet” – whatever that may be. Be more positive, generous, respectful, and loving. These are all goals we can achieve.

Always remember your weight and size is not a measure of your self-worth.

I’m one for the importance of a healthy lifestyle overall, but do you ever think society goes overboard?

Does it bug you when you get tips thrown your way? Or that there seems to be an obsession with weight?

Why do you think food and diets are such a controversial and hot topic these days?

Orange Creamsicle Green Smoothie

Vegan Orange Creamsicle Green Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • *optional: 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup ice

Directions: Add all ingredients into a food processor or high speed blender and blend until creamy.

Do you like protein powder? Which one is your favorite?

Chocolate Cherry Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Cherry Avocado Pudding

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Chocolate Cherry Avocado Pudding

  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder (I use sun warrior – warrior blend)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon himalayan sea salt (or just regular salt) to bring out the sweetness
  • pure stevia extract (to your desired sweetness)
  • optional: ice to add thickness

Place all ingredients in a vita-mix, high-powered blender, or food processor and blend until smooth.

Serve immediately or allow to chill in the fridge or freezer until you eat it!

I like to keep it chilled for a while, it tastes best when it’s nice and cold.

Have you tried avocado pudding before? If not, do it now. Seriously.

Favorite avocado recipe?

Single-Serve Coconut Banana Oat Bake

Vegan Coconut Banana Oatmeal.

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Single-Serve Coconut Banana Oat Bake

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 banana (mashed)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (full-fat)
  • 3/4 cup water

Mix all ingredient together and pour into a lightly greased baking dish and bake for ~30 minutes at 350º.

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On a final note, I’m getting minor surgery this week so I’ll be taking a bit of time off of the blog (but I have some wonderful guest posters lined up!) It’s also something I’d rather not discuss on the blog, but if you have questions you can shoot me an e-mail.

Do you like coconut? What’s your favorite form; butter, oil, milk, flour, flakes? I like all form, except the flakes.

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

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Strawberry Ice Cream (single serving, vegan, gluten free, and super duper easy)

  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • a little sweetener if desired
  • *a few handfuls of ice (for added thickness if needed)  - optional

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- Blend all the ingredients together in a blender of food processor and blend until nice and creamy.

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Single Serve Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal


Single Serve Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Single Serve Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (vegan, gluten free)

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (I use gluten free oats)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup water or almond milk (I used silk unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sweetener of choice (I used 1/4 teaspoon stevia)

- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients in an oven safe dish and lightly grease or tinfoil that dish to prevent the bake from sticking.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes
- Finish off with adding the toppings of your choice! (I chose peanut flour frosting and a few fresh chopped strawberries)

I love the added coconut flour into this, but don’t I usually. It adds that nice cake-like texture to it

Banana Coconut Smoothie


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Banana Coconut Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder (I used sun warrior – warrior blend)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 an avocado (optional for added creaminess and healthy fat!)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. The coconut flour really helps to thicken up the smoothie and offers an amazing texture and a great taste too. Sort of cake like.

Do you ever eat smoothies for meals?

Chia Banana Protein Smoothie

It feels like I’ve been gone forever, in reality it’s been three days.

If you saw on twitter, my blog was in commission for most of the weekend, or so I thought. Somehow, I managed to block my own IP address from my website. Not even sure how that’s possible, as I don’t know how to black others. That would happen to me…

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Going green is quite easy, just throw a few spinach leaves into a smoothie and you instantly have a more nutrient filled meal. You can’t taste the spinach, I swear.

These have been my go to Dinners as of late. I just make sure to jam pack them with good stuff.

Chia Banana Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop sun warrior protein powder
  • a big handful of frozen spinach (so simple – just freeze a fresh bag of chopped and rinsed spinach)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 of an avocado (optional for added creaminess)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Just blend and enjoy!

What’s your favorite green filled food?

Single-Serve Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal

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Single-Serve Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder (I used natural, warrior blend)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (you could use all water or all milk if you’d like)
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat your oven to 350. Mix dry, add wet. Pour into a lightly greased round baking dish. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the bake is firm.

Random Acts of Kindness

Performing random acts of kindness is a great way to show the world that we have the power to bring kindness to other people, and have the opportunity to make someones day a little bit brighter.

This isn’t a new concept, it’s been around for a while. It feels better when I put my intentions out there, this way maybe more people would like to get involved as well. It couldn’t come at a better time. Next week, starting on February 11th is the kick off to National Random Acts of Kindness week.

Sometimes, it’s nice to do things for other people, even if they have no knowledge of who performed this kind act. I think this kind of activity can help bring awareness to how our behaviours effect other people. Are you doing things with a kind and open heart? Or a negative one?

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Often, we get caught up in the mindset that things “never go our way” or we “don’t have enough”, I’m always a firm believer in gratitude and being grateful for the blessings I have in my life.

What better way to take that focus off “me, me, me” and start thinking about others. I want to use this week to bring more gratitude in my heart and be able to make other people smile.

It feels great to contribute more to society, be a compassionate and loving person, and show my appreciation for simply being blessed in life. I believe random acts of kindness are a great way to show this.

Random Acts of Kindness

These things don’t have to be difficult, just little acts that can truly change how someones day is going. We may have experienced these random acts before.

There are many things we can do:

  • Buy coffee for the person in line behind you
  • Donate old clothing or canned food items
  • Bring blankets to a homeless shelter
  • Bring in treats to work
  • Fill someone’s parking meter, volunteer,
  • Give someone a compliment
  • Be more thankful to those around you.

These are just a few ideas, but there are way more out there. A simple thank you and a kind smile can do wonders. Whatever you do, it doesn’t have to cost money. Just know it will benefit someone, even in a small way.

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Remember it’s not all about you. If your in a bad mood, it doesn’t mean you have to drag others into your bad state. Try putting on a smile and give someone a compliment, or buy a persons meal. I guarantee this will make your day at least a bit better. You have the power to change your attitude and show others kindness.

I want to end that post with my appreciation. I appreciate you all for reading, even if you don’t comment. Thank you for just showing up to my blog, blogging truly boosts my happiness each day.

Would you think about participating in Random Acts of Kindness week?

Have you ever experienced Random Acts of Kindness yourself?

How do you spread kindness in your life?

Feel free to share your stories!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!