Stuck with the miserable grocery store basket?


Have you ever gone to the grocery store that requires a “coin” to unlock a shopping cart and found yourself emptying your pockets and realizing you had no coins on you? You suddenly have to decide what kinda of grocery shop this is going to amount to.

Do I just grab one of those baskets I can lug a limited haul around with?

Or do I go back and search under the car seats for some long lost coins?

Maybe you raid the stowed away carts to see if one was never securely locked in the first place?

Or do you head on over to customers service to see if you can get a “loaner” coin of some sort?

So many options. I do not know about you but 9 times out of 10 I am in a “hurry” and I just reluctantly grab a basket and make do.

It is a miserable experience especially if something heavy and awkward is on sale and now your find yourself farmer walking not 1 but 2  (because you had to go back for a 2nd) full heavy baskets around the store. It becomes a workout – where you have to rest between aisles – there you are dropping the baskets to the floor and rolling your head around to relieve the neck strain and with a quick shake of the forearms you hope for some improved blood flow so you can make a go at a secure grip on the baskets again.  Then you get all the way to the check out and get the dreaded last minute “buzz” on your phone – a text – “hey can you pick up some sparkling water too” – WHAT?!? Why could you not need marshmallows or something? Sparkling water ? Really? Nope, can’t, reached a limit, no more room, can’t go back, will have to do that another time.

I decided awhile ago – even though it was not as convenient – it actually was not a big deal and a momentary decision to just make the trek to customer service and buy one of those key chain coins or ask for a loner was more than worth it and would save me the misery and grief and if I got a simple text request with a grocery cart at hand it would not put me over the edge.

How frequently do we do this in life? We show up to circumstances and experiences unprepared  or lacking something and in our moment of lack we decide to just make a haphazard go of it? The hours collide into each other, days turn to weeks, months and years and here we find ourselves frustratingly on the edge. 2 stuffed full heavy baskets, piled with our rash decisions, set on the floor beside us as we try to muster the strength to keep going. If something falls out of the basket or we now realize we need to go back to aisle one because we forgot something our misery, anger and frustration are primed and ready to spill over. We really do not have any more room to pick up anything else whether we need it or not and God forbid somebody ask’s you to pile one more thing on top of your overflowing basket.

Perhaps you needed this analogy today – maybe you rushed into this season and you suddenly find yourself lugging around more than you can carry. Maybe you just need to slow down and take stock. Maybe you need to put the baskets down and go and make the extra effort to get a cart, be more deliberate and not sign up for the “too busy” to make any other type of decision option?  Maybe you need to ask for help? Ask for a loaner? Decide to put some unneeded stuff back? We can either get through the aisles of life miserably, cursing under our breathe, with very little capacity to take on anything more than what we are carrying now OR we can slow down, take stock of our options and find ways to bare the load differently instead of just making do?

The decision is ours continue to miserably roam the aisles OR take a moment, set aside the hurry to make some deliberate decisions how we are going to carry the load in this next chapter.

2 Words That Will Change Your Life.

What if you surrounded yourself with people who would encourage you to finish what you started?

The implications of COMPLETING or FINISHING what you start in life are HUGE.

In our 30 day flip program we are discussing the POWER behind the WORD completion.  We are holding eachother accountable to learn how to complete or finish things we start in life.  What if you learned slipping up did not have to mean giving up. What if you learned to get back up and finished what you started? Our 30 day flip program is NOT just all about food, it is about learning to have a powerful mindset.  That we can choose to finish something we started.

I encourage you to surround yourself with people that will help you see things through to completion in your life.

Have a blessed day!


You Have A Built In BS Meter

built in BS meter

Your body is amazing. Did you know that the composition of a mothers breast milk will changed based on the nutritional needs and deficiency of her baby. It is believed the process is regulated by the baby’s saliva as it feeds.

What does that have to do with your built in BS meter?

Do you not think your body as an adult has the same capacity to assess itself and place a distress call when it is lacking certain nutritional content?

I want you to start trusting that your body is intelligent. There is a reason your body is not satisfied when you eat CRAP.

Your body does not count calories. Your body is constantly balancing nutritional content and its’ needs. Your main objective may be to be skinny but that is not your body’s main objective. 

Your body is your advocate. Your body is begging you for a functional level of minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to run all of its’ systems optimally. Until you give your body what is is really asking for it will keep pleading with you through cravings, prompting and unsatisfied red flags.  The problem is previously these built in instincts would motivate you to climbing a tree to grab that coconut. Now you just look down at the target check out and grab pseudo food to stop the pleading, which is much more appealing yet far less appetite suppressing.

Don’t think your body is fooled easily either. Grab that low calorie pretend chocolate bar sweetened artificially and slap the words energy bar-low fat-low calories on it your body is going to call you OUT,

“BS! That is crap! I want REAL food to deal with REAL issues beyond your summer bikini dilemma.”

Remember a calorie is a measurement of energy. Please be aware of how much energy is in your food BUT  if you are just balancing your calorie intake and not paying heed to nutritional content you are not going to “win”. Your body is a fine tuned machine held together by nerves and a chemical explosion of hormones that will beg you more persistently than any 3 year old that NEEDS something from you right now.

Stop underestimating your body. Start listening to it. Start trusting it. The more you give it what it wants (a variety of food closest to the way God made it) the less it is going to keep nagging you for more AND Guess what? Even though it is not your bodies main objective your bathing suit will fit better.

Peanut and Orange Zest BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Peanut and Orange Zest BBQ Chicken KabobsThis past weekend Isla, Noah, and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Mom. Jen and I worked together to create an awesome yet simple Mom’s day experience. One of my wife’s love languages is quality time.  Which means that if we as a family want to show her that we love her the best way to do that is to carve out some distraction free time together.  So we started the day with breakfast and then went for coffee on our favorite patio and leisurely strolled along the waterfront in our gorgeous city Kelowna, BC. The day was topped off perfectly with a family BBQ. It was one of those relaxed and satisfying dinners that had you sitting back and sighing a deep breathe of gratitude. I encourage you to plan a family meal together this long weekend. Food means so much more when it is tied to relationship and not guilt. We had reasonable servings of delicious healthy food in good company and I am still smiling at the thought of what an awesome day it was. I posted a picture of our dinner and I promised I would share some of the recipes. SO here it is.


1/2 cup of orange juice

2 tablespoons of orange zest

1/2 cup of all natural peanut butter

2 tablespoons of coconut sugar

1/4 cup of sodium reduced soy sauce

2 teaspoons of fresh finely chopped ginger

4 cloves of minced garlic cloves

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Add 4 cubed uncooked chicken breast to marinade and let stand in refrigerator for up to 8 hour.

After soaking your wooden skewers in water. Skewer the marinated chicken and vegetables of your choice. We use red and orange peppers, onions, and zucchini.

BBQ until chicken is cooked through.

We served the chicken kabob with our absolute hands down favorite salad that is from a friends blog, you can find the recipe here:

Brown Rice Noodle Salad With “Best Ever” Peanut Cilantro Dressing.

Our dessert was lemon tarts (we cheated a little and used store bought pre-made tarts) The lemon filling was homemade from the cookbook you got to buy.  Against All Grain.

mothers day collage

Why Your Personal Trainer Is A Tool?

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Play on words intended, got your attention didn’t it?

Have you ever said “well if I just had a personal trainer and personal chef I could be fit too?” OR have you had a trainer or fitness program promise that they are going to get you fit. If a relationship is founded on these statements, failure is inevitable.  Watch and find out Why Your Personal Trainer Is A Tool.