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    As much I try to live in the moment, I can’t help but feel a bit anxious when I think of summer being over. So I’m soaking up every minute of grilling time and fresh produce while it’s here. Must. Grill. Everything.

    On the grill today - peaches and cherries. Why is grilled fruit so damn good? Grilling allows the sugars from the fruit to caramelize. That combined with the delicious flavour from the grill… you will never look at fruit the same. 

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    These guys make a great snack and an even better dessert with a bit of organic ice cream. (My go-to is So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream.) Yummmmmmmm.

    Grilled Peaches n’ Cherries

    Makes: 6 pieces // Time: 30 minutes 

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    Ingredients:

    • 3 peaches
    • 1 cup cherries 
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil 
    • mint leaves 

    Directions: 

    1. Let the grill heat up on medium-high heat. Meanwhile, cut your peaches in half and remove the pit. Do the same with the cherries. 
    2. Melt 1 tbsp coconut oil and use a brush to coat the fleshy part of the peaches. 
    3. Place peaches and cherries directly on the grill flesh-side down. Let grill for 6 - 7 minutes. 
    4. Remove fruit from grill. Allow cherries to cool and dice finely. Spoon cherries into the pit of each peach. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Serve while still warm alone or with a scoop of organic ice cream. Enjoy!
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    There’s no time like summer time. So far, my summer weekends have consisted of brief weekend escapes up to our family cottage on Lake Huron, family time, good friends, sunshine and a lot of barbecuing! As I mentioned, I’ve been grilling everything these days. Pineapple, cauliflower.. even cherries. Yes, you can grill cherries. I know right? Mind blown. 

    Eating clean during the week makes the weekend indulgences even that much more enjoyable. But it never fails. Come Monday I’m so ready to be back on the clean eating wagon. 

    Here’s a quick n’ easy recipe I whipped up last week. It was an instant hit and super easy. Fresh dill, grilled peppers, red onion…. tastes like summer! These guys make a great appetizer or are great to serve along side a piece of your favourite grilled meat. 

    Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Goat Cheese & White Bean Salad 

    Serves 4 // Prep Time 30 minutes

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    Ingredients:

    • 4 large portobello mushroom caps 
    • 140g goat cheese
    • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (BPA free) 
    • small red onion
    • red bell pepper
    • green bell pepper
    • zucchini
    • 2 tbsp fresh dill
    • 1 large handful baby spinach, chopped 
    • 1 small lemon, juiced
    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
    • sea salt
    • pepper

    Directions:

    1. Preheat barbecue on medium heat. 
    2. Wash your mushroom caps and dry well with paper towel. Carve out the bottom of the mushroom and use a butter knife to spread goat cheese evenly across.
    3. De-seed your peppers and cut into four large chunks. Slice your zucchini in half length wise. Cut your red onion into 4 large chunks. Place all vegetables in a mixing bowl and toss with 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. 
    4. In a separate large mixing bowl, add your drained+rinsed white beans, dill and chopped spinach.
    5. Throw your vegetables and mushroom caps directly on the grill. Let grill for 6 minutes. Remove from heat, 
    6. Let vegetables cool enough to handle and then chop into fine pieces. Add chopped grilled vegetables into mixing bowl with beans, dill and spinach. Add the juice of one small lemon and 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Season with a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Toss well. 
    7. Plate your mushroom caps and spoon the white bean salad mix over top. Enjoy! 
  3. As I continue my journey to better health, I’ve realized how important a peaceful mind is. Somewhere in my early 20’s, I developed a notion that my body wasn’t good enough. Thoughts like “My stomach is too big”, “My thighs are huge” and “My cheeks are so chubby” put me in extremely unhappy place. I believed that happiness was being thin and if I could only be thin, I would be happy. If I was thin, then all my problems would be solved. 

    These notions haunted me for years and continue to creep up into my subconscious to this very day. Recovering from these thoughts of self-hate is a daily work in progress. Reassuring myself that I am enough - that my body is enough, is something I have to remind myself on a daily basis. And as I continue to do this, I continue to heal. I’m reminded that true happiness comes from within. Seeking happiness from external things (like being thin) is a dead end.  

    That’s why I created That Clean Life. Being healthy isn’t about achieving some unrealistic body type. It’s about tossing out these unrealistic expectations and forming healthy habits all while loving and nourishing your body as it deserves. That Clean Life is about accepting your body as it is right now and developing healthy habits to celebrate your body in all it’s glory. It’s not easy. But day-by-day we’re working on it together. 

    I wanted to share a chapter entitled “Love Yourself” from one of Leo Babauta’s free e-book’s, The Little Book of Contentment: A guide to becoming happy with life & who you are while getting things done. You can download the complete e-book here. If you face a similar struggle to the one I’ve just talked about above, this short read can really help you put what’s truly important back into perspective. 

    Enjoy. And don’t forget to love yourself :) 

    Love Yourself

    One of the biggest manifestations of our fear that we’re not good enough is our belief that our bodies aren’t good enough. Very few people are happy with their body.

    I’ll say that again for emphasis: pretty much no one is happy with their body. Not you, not me, not our beautiful relative or co-worker, not that hot girl (or guy) you saw on the street today, not even beautiful celebrities like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt.

    We believe we are too fat, or unfit. Or we think we’re too skinny, or too short, or too thick, or weird-looking. Or we’re not overweight but still want to lose 10 lbs. Or maybe we need more muscle or want to be more toned. Maybe we have great bodies but not enough definition in our abs. Maybe our skin is too dark or too pasty white. Or our eyes are too close together,
    or our teeth are crooked or over- or under-bitten. Our hair sucks. Our toes are ugly.

    Can you see what we’re doing to ourselves? It’s a form of self-hate, and it causes us to be depressed, insecure, discontent with ourselves — and seek external forms of happiness.If we recognize that we are judging ourselves badly based on fantasies of how we want to be and then realize it’s unhealthy and insane, we can start to reverse it. Let’s start by realizing that we have these fantasy images and unrealistic expectations. They are totally unnecessary. Let’s toss them out.

    Now let’s look at the comparison: Why do we need to compare ourselves to others or the images we have of others (who are, after all, also flawed)? What does this do for us? It’s harmful, not helpful. Let’s toss this out too.

    What about the judgment? Do we need to judge ourselves at all? Do we need to say, “This is good, but not this”? What if we just said, “I love all of it, without judgment”? Isn’t this how we’re supposed to love our children or spouses or parents — totally, unconditionally, without judgment? Can’t we love our bodies the same way — totally, unconditionally, without
    judgment?

    So then, if we toss out fantasies, expectations, comparisons and judgments, the bad feelings and bad images go with them.When you notice these judgments, realize that they’re not helping you, and that they’re harming you by creating these bad images of yourself, making you insecure about yourself. That’s not to say you shouldn’t try to do things that are healthy — eat healthy food, form healthy exercise habits — but
    you can do those things without thinking that your body sucks. You can accept your body as it is right now and still want to do healthy things out of the joy of doing them, and out of compassion for yourself.

    This all takes practice, and I’m not saying you’ll do it overnight. I’m still learning myself. But again, start by noticing and start letting go. Start to love your body, without judgment, without reservation, without wishing it were anything but what it is: beautiful, and you.

    Action step: Take a look in the mirror. Do it naked if you can, or at least lift up your shirt and look at your torso, and then your face. What do you see? Do you notice your judgments? Do you notice what you’re judging yourself on — what you’re comparing yourself to? You might not realize exactly what that fantasy ideal is — but it’s based on images in the media and others you’ve seen in your life.Try looking at your body (and face) without judgment.

    Accept it for what it is, without thinking, “I wish it were different.” It’s not different. It’s exactly how it is, and that’s the perfect version of what it should be. There is no better version.

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