Yip yip Canada Day is here! If you're off to the cottage or hanging with the fam, planning around all the food needs can seem like a total pain, but it's not impossible. You know we're all about what you DO eat and less about what you DON'T eat. Food is personal, don't we know it, but all of us feel better when eating fresh veggies and fruits on the regular. So enjoy your weekend with friends, indulge if you choose, just eat/drink your greens too. Make a couple of big jars of smoothies before you leave, they'll keep for 3 to 4 days refrigerated and ensure you're keeping your system moving and nourished. Cottage Buddy  3-4 bunches of bok choy 2 organic carrots 1" peeled ginger 1 lemon, juiced 1 red delicious organic apple 1 bosc organic pear 1 tbsp hemp oil 1 tray ice cubes  2 cups filtered water Blend all ingredients except ice until smooth, add ice and blend again quickly. Now have fun and enjoy the sun. Oh and The Weekender is another great travel smoothie recipe.

http://quiktrain.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Intermittent-Fasting1.jpg So I'm not for fasting. It kinda frightens me. Oh sure I see and understand the mechanics and appreciate the good it can do for your body (if done properly) but I'm not ready for it. Or am I? So was chatting to a friend the other day who is back to fighting weight again after a long struggle and when asked about said success, fasting was a huge component. But we're not talking fasting during daylight hours, we're talking about the sleep fast. Huh? Oh yes, the not snacking after dinner bit. Wait a minute, I can do that. There are a lot of benefits from giving your body a break, not to mention cutting back on unnecessary extra calories right? Hey listen, you'll always find an argument for and against anything you try. So listen to your body - it usually knows best.

Photo cred Cat I woke up this morning and had my blog entry all written in my mind.  Simmah had inspired me to write about the magic of grinding your own herbs (an entry I will write this week) but I was totally distracted by an equally inspiring text message from Lisa.  It said: "How was your smoothie?" Now to give you a little context, I've been feeling rather exhausted, lazy and uninspired as of late. So what was the first thing to go?  Answer: My daily smoothie.  Admittedly, the worst thing to go as it's my essential fuel for the day. There I was, last night, lamenting about my general malaise to Lisa and she verbally kicked my ass into gear and told me to make a damn smoothie already. That brings us to this morning. I did just that - I made my smoothie and I'm buzzing - quite literally.  My point is you need friends/family that understand and support you.  Not everyone does understand my want to eat cleaner but Lisa does and she's always there with words of encouragement when I need them.  Thanks Lisa - I love you Biz. So if you don't have like-minded friends and family shoot us an email and we, THE GOODS will be there for you.