Photo cred Cat Oh I love hummus. Hummus, hummus, hummus.  I just learned a few things about this original prepared food. First of all, hummus is the Arabic word "chickpea". And if you go back to Socrates and Plato days, you'll find that they even wrote about it cause the shit is so damn good. Good for you with all its iron, vitamin C & B6, fiber, protein and potassium. I have to say it's perfection and it is (and always has been my desert island food - you know that game of "if you were stranded on an island with one thing what would it be?"). We introduced a new salad today, the Baouleh Baouleh and it came with a creamy hummus dressing. Hummus combined into a salad dressing? I'm in heaven. So here's the recipe for all you other hummus lovers out there. 2 cup cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tbsp tahini 2 garlic cloves 1/2 tsp mineral salt 2 tbsp olive oil Blend'er up & enjoy.

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 Just got back from a fabulous mini trip to Cancun, sans l'enfants. It was 3 days, it was beyond glorious but why does my body always have to pay for it?  It was an all-inclusive, need I say more? It was a complete assault on my body. I ate and drank way too much and in a nutshell, my body shut down. Oh I ate all the glorious fruit, fresh guac & salsa I could but let's be honest, I'm was not eating all my usual stuff (you know, the stuff with all the fibre, if you get my drift). But I wasn't completely unprepared. I knew this would happen so I actually brought a ziplock of the magic muesli. I should have had it everyday but the day I did, it worked and I felt instantly better. Next time, I shall eat it every day while I'm away -- and maybe opt for a non-all-inclusive next time. I swear...I'm my own worse enemy sometimes.

photo (12) I met up with a work colleague the other day to discuss an upcoming project.  After the biz was all taken care of, we got down to the fun stuff. Total catch up session as the last time I saw her, I was 8 months preggers. We finally arrived on the topic of exercise and she shared what she'd been doing for the last 6 weeks. Hula hooping. Yes, you heard me. Clearly I wanted to know everything. She did one better, she showed me a vid of herself doing a routine. I was gobsmacked. It looked like she'd been doing this forever. Not only was I beyond impressed, it also sparked something inside me. I, too, wanted to 'hoop'. It was so graceful and beautiful, and riveting to watch. So, on her reco, I'm buying a hoop at Family Hoops in T-dot where they are professionally made and weighted properly and I'm going to watch Deanne Love tutorials (the more I watch her, the more I get excited to try) on YouTube AND THEN in a few month I'm going to post my progress. Here we go...