Another playlist to keep you motivated

Far be it from me to keep a good playlist down, here’s my own personal “Sasha’s Workout Faves” which is heard at the gym at least twice per week.

Dig in, I really love this one:

Finna Get Loose – Diddy

Blackened – Metallica

Don’t Worry – Madcon

Sugar – Robin Schulz

Work Bitch – Britney

Show Me How to Live – Audioslave

Black Betty – Ram jam

Head Like A Hole – Nine Inch Nails

Spread Your Love – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

R U Mine? – Arctic Monkeys

I Sat By The Ocean – Queens of the Stone Age

Last Night – The Strokes

Don’t Stop – Foster the :People

Who Needs You – The Orwells

Do You – Spoon

Phantom Limb – The Shins

Water Fountain – Tune Yards

Back in the Tall Grass – Future Islands

Lampshades on Fire – Modest Mouse

History Eraser – Courtney Barnett

Come Get it Bae – Pharrell Williams (no relation)

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

Money Maker – Ludacris

Aerosol CAn – Feat Pharrell / Major Laser

Hunter – Pharrell

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop

We Make It Bounce – Dillon Francis

Smack My Bitch Up – The Prodigy

Paper Planes – M.I.A.

Bad Girls – M.I.A

No Sex For Ben – The Rapture

 

 

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Season 2 Episode 3

This episode will be the first that will contain a video…so it’s a “vlog” technically then, right?

Rolled out into week 9 feeling pretty crappy because I managed to catch a wicked flu on my trip home to Vancouver ~ which was a total and utter success by the way!

So what’s new at this point in my prep you’re wondering? Well, take a minute to enjoy this link to my latest video documenting my progress.

I’ve themed this blogpost “Change”.

xx- S

 

 

Baked Beans – Vegan Bodybuilding Series

There’s nothing I love more than a simple recipe during a week full of the hustle and bustle of life. I’ve chosen to add this quick and easy recipe to the bodybuilding roster because I’ve been using beans as pre-workout for about a year.

Most recently I’ve found that I personally do not get enough energy from them on my highest carb cycling/hardest workout days so I have chosen to use them in the off season or on a “cheat” day instead of as a strategy for more energy.

I used a slow cooker here to try and get as many farts cooked out of the beans as I could – this recipe was still a bit gassy….no funzo at the gym. Try soaking your beans over night before you undertake this one especially if you’re sensitive. Otherwise, be diligent to rinse the beans before you cook with them.

This is a clean recipe, I’ve included the nutritional information for you below as well. I’ve used all organic ingredients for this recipe.

Ingredients: 

1 can navy beans

1 can chick peas

1 can pinto beans

1 can white beans

1 large onion diced

5 cloves garlic diced

2.5 cups veggie broth

1 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp rosemary

1/2 tsp oregano

Salt & Pepper to taste

Method: 

Using the saute or simmer setting on your slow cooker melt coconut oil and add garlic and onions. Cook until translucent.

Modification note* if you do not have a slow cooker use a deep sauce pan or frying pan to create the same recipe – you must be at home to monitor this process*

Next, add spices other than salt and pepper to mixture. Stir in and allow to simmer for about 30 seconds.

Finally, add all your beans and veggie broth mix well with all ingredients. Turn setting to hi slow cook for 1 hour, reduce to low for 2-3 hours. Once this is completed the slow cooker should switch to warm and you are ready to eat or prep.

This recipe would do fine on slow cook all day if you would like to put it on before you leave for work – I prefer to leave it on over night in that case in the event the recipe dries out and could potentially start burning.

Nutritional Info: 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 552
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3 g 5 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 3 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 880 mg 37 %
Potassium 1091 mg 31 %
Total Carbohydrate 106 g 35 %
Dietary Fiber 20 g 82 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 28 g 56 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 100 %
Calcium 45 %
Iron 34 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Low-cal “Stir-fry” – Vegan bodybuilding Series

Spring is {nearly} here and I am back on the training machine getting ready for 3 competitions in May! Yep, 3. I’m totally mental…but so hungry for the gold. 🙂

This recipe is simple and is great if you’re about my size and need a no-carb meal in your daily regime. This is my “Meal 2” right now. Breakfast was a protein shake. After this, will be my pre-workout which changes at the moment because I’m carb cycling actively.

10 minutes of your time is all it takes.

Ingredients: 

4 oz plain Tempeh

2 cups green beans

1/2 small ripe tomato diced

1 clove garlic

1 tbsp slivered yellow onion

1/8 tsp coconut oil

Himalayan salt to taste

Method: 

Over medium heat cook onion and garlic until slightly translucent.

Add beans and tempeh and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add tomato last and cook for one more minute just to add flavour.

Top with a bit of salt if needed and serve hot!

Nutritional Information: 

 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13 g 20 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 11 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 3073 mg 128 %
Potassium 596 mg 17 %
Total Carbohydrate 39 g 13 %
Dietary Fiber 11 g 46 %
Sugars 13 g
Protein 29 g 58 %
Vitamin A 45 %
Vitamin C 72 %
Calcium 23 %
Iron 30 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Product Review – Premier Protein

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Product review: Premier Protein
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A month or so ago my Step-daughter came home with a jug of protein {pictured}. She had decided to go vegetarian and her BM was feeding her these shakes to up her protein.
*Insert panic attack and shock here*
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There are several reasons why these things are NOT good for you and especially why they are not good for children.
As her BM has convinced her that not eating meat puts you in a “bad mood” {more like the least she is like me or her father the better her BM’s mood} at the very least I am thankful that she is {most likely} not poisoning her with these things anymore.
Here’s what you need to know about these “cheat” foods and why it is imperative that we all hit the kitchen with gusto and consume whole foods with a TONNE of protein – after all, protein-rich foods are everywhere. Meat is NOT your only option!!
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My Biggest issue
This is a COSTCO product. Why don’t we like that fact? Well, like all Mega chains they have wishy-washy ethics to increase buying power. This means a lot of crushing the little guy and a lot of caselot buying from businesses that are downright dirty – GlaxosmithKline, Johnson, Unilever etc…
Do you own research however, Costco is on total boycott in our world.
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Ingredients (Chocolate Shake Tetrapak):

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These “nutrition supplements” are filled with highly processed animal proteins, chemicals, preservatives and additives. Not all processed foods are detrimental to our health BUT understanding what is in this shake is critical in determining whether or not to use it, replace it, or ditch the entire idea all together.
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Something you might find in a pre-mixed shake or powder is(Muscle Milk being the guiltiest offender of all) heavy metal…not the good kind….things like Cadmium:

Cadmium raises special concern because it accumulates in and can damage the kidneys, the same organs that can be damaged by excessive protein consumption. And it can take 20 years for the body to eliminate even half the cadmium absorbed today.” This is a highly toxic metal, and while there are some cases where decisions have to be weighed against relative risks, accepting that you have to be exposed to any cadmium at all in your protein drink after your workout is definitely not one of them,” says Michael Harbut, M.D., director of the Environmental Cancer Initiative at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Royal Oak, Mich.

“When these toxic heavy metals are combined in a product that is marketed for daily use, that raises serious public health concerns, especially for pregnant women, children, and young adults,” says Burns, who has been a toxicology consultant to state and federal government agencies.

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Acesulfame Potassium or Acesulfame K 

The artificial sweetener you find in this particular drink. Two rat studies suggest that the additive might cause cancer. In addition it is mentioned that large doses of acetoacetamide (a breakdown product of this sugar) have been shown to affect the thyroid in rats, rabbits, and dogs.
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Wheyeeet a minute!

Most whey protein is ultra-pasteurized from conventional milk full of growth hormones and antibiotics. The whey is acid processed and stripped of all of it’s alkalizing minerals (which include vitamins and minerals that we are all in need of). If you don’t balance the acidic state caused in your body by de-alkalized foods you will increase vulnerability to degenerative disease.
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Eating a variety of food provides more than enough protein for the average person – leave the protein supplements to the very malnourished and the bodybuilding set. 

If you’re part of the bodybuilding set (as I am) there are a tonne of healthy choices for you that don’t include all of the crappy ingredients found in these US made, Costco sold packs of shame.

My choice: Iron Vegan

Jeff’s choice: Beyond Yourself

If you’re thinking that you could be low on protein, try making a minimal ingredient nut butter smoothie or choose some real food sources of protein:

Meat – beef, pork, poultry, eggs, yogurt, cheese, fish. Choose ethical, choose organic, choose hormone free. Be wary of mollusks and shellfish. Read meat can be left out entirely for heart health.

Vegetarian sources of protein – legumes (dry beans, lentils, and peas), nuts and seeds (almond butter, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds), whole grains (oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, pasta), dark leafy vegetables, avocado.

Vegan Protein Nutella

 

Let me start off by saying – this does not really taste like nutella. What it does taste like is still pretty delicious, peanut butter/chocolatey and protein packed with few calories.

I created this one for building season AND because I had run out of oats…..protein pudding I reserve for competition time when my coach orders me to drop the carbs.

I’ve included nutritional information for you below as well.

Happy Vegains to you all.

Ingredients: 

2 slices Ezekiel bread

1 scoop Iron Vegan chocolate protein

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter (sub with Almond if you prefer)

Hot water

Method: 

Place protein and peanut butter in a small bowl. Slowly add hot water and mix until blended well but still thick.

Butter on 2 pieces of toast.

 

Nutritional Info: 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10 g 15 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 9 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 326 mg 14 %
Potassium 100 mg 3 %
Total Carbohydrate 27 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 24 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 27 g 54 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 30 %
Iron 35 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Happy New Year – Free Love


2016 Starts tomorrow! Can you believe it? Now is the time to for us all to forgive our overindulgences and get our health show back on the road. I thought a bundle of healthy tips for nutrition and detox would be useful for you all for a healthy journey in 2016 {tomorrow}.

Check out these food and living facts for a kickstart in 2016 ~ if you need more guidance, check out my discounted services for January sign up:

  • MACRO check/instruction
  • Supplement list
  • 2 week fat shed workout plan
  • $50 toward a 12 week tune up plan

❤ All the best.

S

Water in ~ first thing

Don’t mistake being dehydrated for being hungry. Reset that hunger feeling ASAP with water! You’ll also help your body flush out toxins, provide fuel for your brain and help boost your metabolism.
Magnesium is “the man”

Stressed out from the holidays? A simple snack may do you wonders. Pumpkin seeds or almonds are packed with magnesium, the anti-stress nuts/seeds. I take magnesium supplements nightly about 30 minutes before bed to improve sleep & relaxation – give it a try!
Eat greens

Nutrients that support your liver – and I’m sure you sort of killed your liver this holiday season, didn’t you? Do your best to include dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale and arugula to your meals – try to hit the 50% mark.
Avoid diary

They taste delicious but based on the way that they are produced……you may want to think twice about that whack of cheese. Or, maybe you did your research and found something ethical – good for you!!! Even so, your body is not meant to digest dairy past your breastfeeding babe days.

Sadly, dairy is also majorly acidic and really hurts our PH levels. Your body doesn’t do well with inflammation, so try to kick it to the curb and look for alternatives like nut milks and cheeses.

Fiber up!

Why? Regulate your blood sugar and banish toxins at the same time. Need a better reason? Ok, fiber also reduces that bloated feeling as well as hunger. The best kind of fiber comes from fresh fruit, vegetables, brown rice and oats. I start my day off 1/3 cup of quick oats and ½ a banana sliced ~ quick, easy and really gets the system going.
Alkaline all the way

Balance PH & reduce inflammation. If you haven’t included these already, please do: lemons, pears, kale & parsley.

Get the binge over with and get back to your 5-7 {balanced} meals per day. You might find very quickly that you shed 2-10 lbs of bloat in just 1-2 weeks.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Regardless of how much time I have on my hands there are certain things that I WILL NOT eat out of a package. One of them is oatmeal. Quick oats give every reason for the human race to slow down and make their own damn oatmeal…here’s an inspiring recipe to bring whole food cooking back into your kitchen.

Make the time to go wild with fruits that you love!

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup quick oats & 1.5 cups hot water

1 tbsp flax seed

1/2 tsp aromatic coconut oil

1 Fuji apple – 3/4 diced 1/4 sliced for garnish

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup nut milk of choice (this was low-cal almond & coconut 35 cals per cup)

Maple syrup or agave nectar to drizzle only

Method: 

On stove top bring all ingredients (other than milk & syrup) to a quick boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

In microwave heat all ingredients other than milk and syrup for 1 minute, stir and heat for 30 seconds more.

Add milk (add this in the heating process if you like hot milk) and garnish with apples and drizzle syrup.

Makes one serving under 300 calories.

Tofu & Bean Hash – Vegan

Quick & Painless

Quick & Painless

This month I committed myself to making some gains in the muscle department and getting a good prep in for a photo shoot in December. This means, you guessed it, meal prepping again.

At the same time I decided to lead a group of over 25 individuals on a 90-day reboot to build their confidence and body image through amazing diet and exercise. I think I need the inspiration to keep on track as well after my week in sunny Cabo!

This is a simple and typical bodybuilding-type recipe that I use for one of my 6-7 meals per day. You could sub soy chicken, tempeh or another protein source if you’re looking for variety.

This recipe takes literally 5 minutes to prepare.

I’ve currently been eating this AND a 1/2 cup of oatmeal….but feel free to add a noodle or carb of your choice for your desires.

Ingredients: 

1 cup chopped steamed green beans

3 oz organic tofu

1/2 tsp avocado oil

1/2 tsp Flavor God lemon & garlic

Salt to taste

Method: 

Heat oil in pan over medium heat.

Add all ingredients and fry until lightly crispy.

If you are using this recipe pre or post workout you can add your rice or quinoa or sub broccoli as well and make it even tastier!

Nutritional info: 

136 Calories

6g fat

5g protein

19g carbs

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Episode 11 – Dieting Back & Future goals

After play, there is rest….somewhere beautiful where your mind and body can recover and feel the power of its true potential. For me, that’s somewhere sunny, usually Mexico for my birthday but never in the frame of mind that I left with this year. An abundance of smiles, sun and incredible views have peeled away any layers of doubt that I have had about myself, my abilities and my hopes for the future.

When you accomplish big goals, you become stronger…..I feel like a hunter of the unknown and a conqueror – hold the beef.


Dieting back

I wanted to touch on this area of competition just a little because of how important it is for anyone making huge lifestyle and diet changes to understand how much they could hurt themselves if they just “let it all go” after reaching their goals.

I’m SO happy that I didn’t try to work the nutrition side of things myself while learning about the ins and outs of food timing, gains, muscle development etc…remember, this was a totally NEW endeavor for me, really best to seek out a pro for your first time around at least.

I wouldn’t have gotten to my show day physique without a bit of water depletion and strict carb loading schedule. when you’ve tuned your body to be a precision machine, you will be able to see the outcome from drinking a cup of water or eating a cup of yams versus white rice. I wasn’t sold on that idea at first, but now after seeing the results first-hand, it’s undeniable.

After the show I had a couple of days to get back up to my 3-4 litres of water intake which went smoothly – and I didn’t “blow up” as they say. I continued with basically the same bodybuilding diet as well.

Once I got down to Mexico I indulged in a number of things but also felt like I’d fallen out of love with liquor. In a matter of 6 days you could see the salt starting to pack on stomach jigglies.

I actually got sick a couple of times because my body just couldn’t accept all of the food I was eating, even though there were LARGE healthy salads, tonnes of water and a little fruit…the minute I ate bread or something sweet I was immediately sick.

Don’t even get me started on how it feels to drink. I ordered a 1/2 bottle of Veuve by the pool on my birthday and was a) buzzed and b) bloated. I’ve been sitting on another FREE bottle of champagne for 3 days as I write this…..I guess I’ll have to take one for the team ;).

Personal Goals

I know I touched on this in my last post, so I wont waste too much time going into it. My goals now are:

a) Gains

b) December photo shoot

c) May 7 & 14 INBF Comps in Calgary and Vancouver

d) Find a couple more natural comps around that time then take a break for the season or at least participate in 1 fall classic….thinking WBFF.

e) Better have me my Pro Card

Reflecting 

All in all I had a blast doing this and learned a lot from the experience. I learned that I’m STILL a super competitive person and that I need big goals to set my spirit free – once I achieve them. I learned that I can be a real cantankerous bitch and it’s not always because of the lack of carbs. I finally got that part of my life that I left back in Vancouver returned to me; living an inspired life and (without trying too hard) inspiring a lot of other people around me.

My next steps have been the same for a decade. Take my hard earned savings, head south and start a movement of health, happiness and friendships. I am still actively seeking out that final destination and have started, once again, to put the blueprint of that together – I’m excited for the next 5 years.

I’ve always wanted to help change the world for the better but had no idea what my place in it was for a very very long time. When I quit my 9-5 and focused on food medicine and healthy living, my whole life changed. Every way I have pushed myself to learn more about living a happy and full life in this part of my adventure has lead to inspiration for others in some way. That brings me so much joy. Knowing that I am making a difference is an incredible feeling, humbling and perfect in its truth.

How could I stop now?