Clean Eating

What exactly is a plant based diet?

It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

Why I chose a plant based diet?

Recently I embarked on a new journey-plant based whole foods.

Why? Well, there are a few different reasons.

Here are just a few in no particular order;

  • I love FRESH foods
  • I want more energy during the menopausal years
  • It’s cleaner
  • I don’t agree with agricultural practices(a recent revelation)
  • not a big meat eater to begin with(but I did really love burgers)
  • Overall better Wellness
  • Readily available
  • Tastes really good!(I never was a big vegetable eater before)
  • Dairy makes me sick
  • Better skin, hair and nails
  • Longevity & fight disease

There are more but I’m still waiting to experience them in the coming weeks and months.

What foods do you eat for protein?

The first thing people ask is “what about your protein?” To be honest I wasn’t sure at first either till I did my research.

Turns out there are lots of different plants to get your protein from and it is just as efficient as other non-plant based proteins.

Protein based plants/whole foods;

  • Veggies: Greens!! I’ve been drinking these for a few years now and I’m so glad I do.One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale? 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas? Nine grams. No wonder our moms told us to eat our peas! Lol (they probably didn’t realize how much protein they had).
  • Hemp. 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie is about 11 grams of protein – just like that
  • Non-Dairy Milk. 1 cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein. I’ve been using almond milk for 3 years now instead of milk and it tastes delicious
  • Nut Butter(one of my favourites) almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of either of these is 8 grams of protein
  • Quinoa. 9 grams of protein per cup.(it’s also gluten free
  • Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein
  • Lentils. Think veggie burgers! I actually just made cabbage rolls with lentils and rice the other day-YUMMY! 1 cup cooked is 18 grams of protei
  • Beans. Pinto, kidney or black beans, are approximately 13-15 grams of protein(lots of fiber too).
  • Tempeh. One cup of tempeh equals 30 grams of protein!
  • Sprouted-grain bread. 2 slices are about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.


So there it is, that’s quite a bit of options. And let me tell you, when you start cooking whole food plant based recipes.

BEWARE!!You will love them! Even my carnivore husband has made the decision to join the plant based food wagon!! (Thank you Jesus!) . Now it’s just getting two of my sons to buy in.

Good news…Meat eaters are not exempt

Those who eat meat and dairy meat can enjoy a plant based diet, you just won’t get the full benefits of it. But starting to include more vegetables and fruits into your diet is a great idea! I will leave you with just a few of the benefits;

Here are some of the Benefits;

  • Prevent & reverse chronic diseases like diabetes,high blood pressure and heart disease (someone won’t like that I said that)) it’s been proven several times.
  • Weight loss BMI reduction
  • Increase of fibre intake
  • Lower risk of cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better blood sugar levels
  • Improve cognitive function

For more on Plant Based diet and nutrition visit Forks over Knives

Being Present…

As a mom do you ever find it difficult being present with your children? I mean REALLY present.

I'll put my hand up first.

Electronics- The Struggle is Real

This year has been the biggest challenge for me to be present with my kids & for them to be present with me.

Over the last few months, I have done a lot of praying, thinking and research and I have put into practice different steps in order to change that.

The Balance

A typical day for me looks something like this;

• waking up between 6:30am-7am
• shower
• make lunches
• make breakfast
• do make up
• hair
• get dressed
• 9am – leave for work
• 9:30am-2:30pm -work
• 3pm go home
• grocery shopping(you know always getting those things you can't keep in the house)
• arrive home
• chase at my kids to get their chores done
• clean up kitchen(it's a never ending battle)
• workout
• start supper
• eat with kids(when husband is home he eats with us)
• chase at kids to clean up kitchen (dishes from the dishwasher-so difficult right?)
• clean up kitchen AGAIN because I have OCD(I'm almost certain)
• Sign agendas
• chase kids to get home work done
• Throw on a load of laundry
• Wash the floors of needed
• chase kids to shower and brush teeth
• work on part time business
• Maybe spend time with kids(if they aren't on their video games, phones or out with friends)
• make snacks
• Chase kids to brush teeth and get ready for bed-like a hundred times!(keep in mind my kids are teens)
• 10pm kids are finally in bed, I lay down in bed and plan to read but can't keep my eyes open long enough…so, what do you do? You reach for your phone.
• FINALLY, your laying there in your bed and you know that you should be sleeping and shutting the phone off-HECK, you know you should have left it in the kitchen.

• So, it's now 12:15am and your having this discussion with yourself, "I have to shut this off, I need my sleep, it's so important, ok, once I read this last article(or Pinterest), I'm shutting it off; then all of a sudden, the article you were reading takes you to another link!!!! Ugh! What to do?

Why do we stay up late at night when we know we have to get up early to face a new day?

I'll tell you why I do, it's because by the time I'm in bed and settled down, that's the first time I have had time to myself all day and I just enjoy it so much I can't shut down.

Distractions Good and Bad

My son comes up to talk to me when I just sat down on the couch for the first time at the end of the day.

This is what happens, keep in mind some of these are neither good nor bad-it's called life.

• I'm so tired because I didn't get the right amount of sleep the night before and so as he is talking to me, I am only half present. I find myself distracted even by the simplest things.

• Next thing I know, I hear the phone notification from my text messages and I catch myself too late, I've already ran to check who just messaged me.

• Husband calls me from work to talk and say goodnight on his break.

• I realize I ran out of school snacks and need to run to the store.

• Some sales guy knocks on the door

• a family member (whom I love dearly) calls me for the 5th time that day.

Side Note: Not sure if any of you moms feel this way, but my trips to the grocery store often involve windows down, music cranked and a speed of 5km/hour. Many grocery trips saved my sanity over the years.

The TWO letter word…

I have learned over the last several years that the first thing we need to do in order to be more present with our children(I'll speak about our spouses in another blog), is to learn to say NO!

As women, we are naturally nurturers, givers and helpers. We have a hard time saying no. Practice now saying NO!…here is a great book on setting boundaries without the guilt(checkyour local library to rent it) Boundaries

Being present today with our children can definitely be a challenge with all the "noise" and "busyness". So intentionality is the only way we will master this skill. It is possible.

Being Present…taking Action

If you do not have a journal yet; you REALLY need one. A phone "app" task list is not as effective. Writing it down increases our chances of sticking to your plans. You can get really cute ones at the dollar store.

Meal prep! Yes, I know at first it can seem overwhelming but like everything, it will get easier over time-you will be glad you started. Here is a great link to start 10 Tips to meals Meal Prep Easier

Get a fancy box with a lid(dollar store), and make it a cell phone lock up box. We recently had a discussion about "back to school" laws for the house with our three teens. This is what it will look like; each teen has to hand in their phone in the box by a certain time for the rest of the night. They get it back the next morning.

DON'T forget MOM's & DAD's, that means you too. Pick a time to put your phone away and stick to it.

This may sound terrible but, schedule dates with your kids -individually. Even if it's just going for a drive and getting a drink. Spend that quality time together. Make eye contact when their talking to you, be present.

Don't pick up your phone unless it's an emergency. I have specific ring tones for certain people who I would only pick up for, mainly my husband, kids, my mom and mother in law.

Teen years have been the most challenging I will say, but I have come to the conclusion that my husband and I made the decision to have these amazing, handsome boys and they need us just as much now as they did when they were younger.

As much as I crave that time alone, my husband and I have the responsibility of raising our children to the best of our ability and if that means that we don't stay up till 1230am to get that alone time than that's what it means. In saying that, make sure to schedule time for yourself & your spouse for time alone(that's another blog).

Last but not least, ALWAYS hug and kiss them good night-even when they are teenagers.

Detox or Botox?

Botox Beauty 

In today’s society we are plagued more than ever by the constant bombardment of “how to stay young or how to look beautiful”.

At one time it was only the rich and famous that could afford plastic surgeries and nip & tucks. Now you will find the average 13-20 year old in the Botox and Day surgery clinics getting a whole list of treatments done-in and out in under a couple hours. Everything from lip injections to Botox fillers to breast implants.

Don’t get me wrong, no judgment here, I would be lying if I told you I have never thought of Botox or a nose job(we will just leave that there).

But to be real, as you get older you realize that our looks are not the priority anymore. Most women or men become more comfortable in their own skin as they age. We just want to be healthy and avoid diseases. We want to see our children graduate and become successful. We want to go on vacations. We start thinking about retirement.

The Healthier Alternatives 

Whether your 16 or 61 years of age, I have good news! There are many alternatives to invasive surgeries and Botox treatments, it’s called good nutrition, exercise, regular meditation and proper sleep.

Your probably saying to yourself, wow, that’s a lot things to achieve a youthful glow. Well, let me encourage you that once you start making better choices and start balancing every one of these areas, it will become routine and you won’t even think twice about it. In fact, you will ask yourself why you didn’t start sooner.

Poor Maintence  

Detoxing is a great way to start making those healthy choices and habits. It’s about creating a healthy lifestyle, not a diet or fad.

Imagine buying a car and not doing your regular maintence on it for years. First off, it wouldn’t last you years. It would conk out on you probably before a few months.

Its the same with our health.

We have neglected to maintain our bodies the right way and now we feel like our bodies are conking out on us, fatigue, depression, lethargy, irritability, sickness, diabetes and other ailments are just a few of the effects we are facing today.

Optimal Performance

Detoxing helps reset your “engine” to run better. Optimal is the word I like to use when describing the effect of a detox. Here is a great link to learn more about Detoxing

I am on Day two of a liver detox right now and if you have never done one before let me tell you, it can go in two different directions depending on the individual. You will either feel like your getting the flu with similar side effects(crankiness, brain fog, fatigue, body aches etc) OR you might feel on top of the world-I’m feeling like crap.

I made this awesome detox soup recipe tonight for dinner..and no, the kids did not eat it. I will share the link at the end.

Beauty by Nature 

So, if you want to look younger, have more energy and feel great, starting a healthy lifestyle is the way to go. It is safe, cheaper, and a healthy lifestyle also makeovers your internal body(the most important), not just the outside.

If skin and hair health is one of the health benefits to living healthy, than what the heck are we waiting for?

Here’s the recipe I promised you;

Recipe Courtesy of “The Glowing Fridge

Cleansing Detox Soup

Photo : Be YOUR Best with Billie