Being More


I had the real pleasure to meet Julia many years ago when I would often visit her at a local small business. She was always warm and friendly, and it didn’t take long for us to become friends and realize we share many common interest in health and fitness. As moms we share the desire to not only teach our little ones and families the importance of nurturing yourself from the inside-out, but also helping to educate all those around us. 

Welcome Julia! 

Each morning I wake up before the sun and hop out of bed with limitless energy. I lace up my running shoes and head out into the darkness for my run. I get in a good 10 k and watch the sun come up while my feet hit the earth and I draw fresh air into my lungs. When I step into my silent house I unroll my yoga mat and ease into a 30 minute hatha practice. I let my breath guide the movement, always adapting my practice to my needs. Then I jump into the shower before gently waking my kids up and moving forward into the rest of the day.

Oh, wait. That was just a dream. This is how my morning really goes: My alarm goes off at 5:15 and I hit snooze a few times while sandwiched between two sweaty children. Why are they both in my bed again?!! I creep off the end of the bed doing my best not to wake either of them so that I can shower alone. I throw on work clothes, do two minutes of makeup and then rouse my kids for breakfast. My spouse packs the diaper bag and dresses the children while I put together my lunch and make a coffee and smoothie to go. I sneak in a quick Facebook post on my nutrition page before I change my pants because my son wiped peanut butter hands all over them.  I glance longingly at my running shoes and yoga mat as I dash out the door.

A very different picture indeed. One day I will have the time and space for runs and yoga practice. (And when that happens I will probably miss the business of mornings with two small children.) But, for now, I am deep in the trenches with sticky hands and peanut butter kisses. It is a bitter sweet reality that only parents of young children understand. At this stage in my life, unless I hire a babysitter, devoting myself to a long run or full yoga practice is nearly impossible. However, I will not let perfection be the enemy of good. Just because I can’t do an entire exercise regime all at once doesn’t mean I cannot fit activity into my day. It may not be for long, and it may not be alone, but I can fit fitness and movement into my life. Sometimes I walk on my lunch break, sometimes I do two sun salutations, sometimes I run around the block with my daughter laughing in the stroller and my son beside me shouting “our hearts are beating!” It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Every step, every downward dog, and every moment I look up to see my children watching me practice, brings more health and happiness into my life. Besides, plank pose with a toddler on your back is amazing for core strength.

Recently I have been asked by friend and fantastic fitness instructor, Brittany of
My Mama Journey, to pool our talents and create a 6 week boot camp and wellness program that features daily fitness or yoga practice, healthy meal plans and nutrition challenges, and all round amazing energy. Whether you have lots of time, or very little. Whether you are just starting your journey, or are a seasoned wellness warrior, this program is for you! This online program allows you to customize our suggestions to your schedule, whatever it may be! Even if it IS five minutes at a time and you DO have a toddler on your back. And the best part about it? You will be part of an online community of women to support you during this transformational process.

I hope you will join us. Click the picture below for more information.

Brittany Hameed Fitness

FALL FIESTA BAKED EGGS #TastyTuesday #paleo

I am thrilled to have my cousin Bronwyn as a guest blogger today. This new mom shares with us one of her FAVOURITE egg recipes, and it’s a yummy one! 

Welcome Bronwyn … 

Hi everyone!  I am a first time mom of a sweet three-month old baby girl (E).  We live in Toronto, where we have the good fortune of a a large backyard garden plot and I have a weakness for planting diverse varieties of our favourite vegetables, particularly tomatoes.  When they have names like “sun sugar” and “zapotec pink”, how can I resist?  We end up with more tomatoes than we know what to do with and I’m always searching for ways to incorporate them into our meals before they go bad.  Although having a summer baby this year meant that we were not able to fully tend to our garden, we still ended up with an abundance of fresh veggies (and a lot less time to make meals with them!).

Now that we have a baby, I know how important it is to make quick, healthy, easy-to-eat meals and this baked egg recipe is simple, delicious and flexible depending on what you have in your fridge (or garden!).  The tomato/bean mix can be prepared ahead of time so that you have less early morning prep to do.  If you have leftover vegetarian chili or jarred salsa, you could use that instead. Feel free to add more vegetables (e.g. grated carrots or zucchini, corn kernels) according to your tastes.  The chipotle is optional, but I find it adds a nice smokiness.

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1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp chipotle chili powder or 1-2 tsp of adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers (depending on how spicy you like it!)
1 tsp each of cumin and oregano
½ tsp salt
2 chopped jalapeno peppers (remove seeds to reduce spice)
4 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (any kind will do, but roma or san marzano style will make for a faster sauce)
½ cup sweet green or red pepper, chopped
1 can drained, rinsed black beans or 1.5 cups previously prepared black beans
1 cup cilantro, chopped
4 eggs
½ cup grated cheese (your choice)

Method (Serves 4)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a medium-sized pot on medium heat, cook oil and onion until soft.
3. Add garlic, jalapeno, sweet pepper, cumin, oregano, and chipotle and sauté for about one minute.
4. Add tomatoes, black beans and salt: boil and then reduce to simmer until thickened (about 20 minutes).
5. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.
6. Divide ½ of the tomato mixture among four ramekins and break one egg on top of each.***you can also use one loaf pan in place of 4 ramekins
7. Spoon the remaining ½ of the tomato mixture around each egg and bake (uncovered) until egg is set to your liking (about 7 minutes for a soft centre).
8. Top with cheese and broil until cheese bubbles.
9. Serve with a green salad, avocado, sliced fruit, and tortillas. My partner likes to squeeze a lime on his eggs as well.