Top Ten Things To Never Say To A Vegan...

(Vegan) Pumpkin Tart

Sumac Roasted Vegetables with Lemon Cous Cous

Reflecting back and looking forward.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I've been vegan for one month!

The Big "V"

So Long And Thanks For All The Friends...

Thank you.


An Impending Feeling of Doom...

5 months to go...

Resolutions were made to be broken!

Take stock.

The countdown begins...

Six and a half months to the Big Day.

Giving some props where they are due.

Toronto the Beautiful?

We made it to Friday.


Where did today go?

Vegetables are sexy.

Busy Sunday.

Saturday, Saturday.

Another week bites the dust.

The weigh in, cont.

Grilled Vegetable and Avocado Salad

Food as reward?

I admit it. I like Mondays.

Cheat weekend?

Sleepy Saturday.

Cheat day.

The weigh in.

How competitive am I?

Today = Yuck.

The power of the food journal.

Happy Birthday Little Soccer Dude.

Ahhh... The sweet smell of Saturday.

Thank GOD it's Friday.

Sleep... sweet sleep.

A day in the life...

Kick it into gear already!

Polenta and Roasted Veggies. Because bikini season is coming...

Resolutions for 2010.

Enjoy the good and shrug off the bad.

It ain't easy being green.

When you just don't fit in (to your pants).

Who knew we could trust the government?

To my students at Parkdale Public School: Thank you

Everything in moderation.

Cheat day.
Friday, June 11, 2010

Trainers use the term "cheat day" all the time. It's our way of making our clients feel better about sticking to their diet 6 days a week. Everything is easier in moderation. There are however, still rules that govern cheat days:

1. Plan it. Keep your cheat day the same every week. That way you won't be tempted to turn every attractive plate of food into a cheat. Keep yourself on track by making yourself wait -- it will also make you appreciate it all the more!

2. Don't go overboard. Cheat day is not your chance to eat an entire cheesecake, or hit the all you can eat buffet for dinner! Think before you eat and make smart cheat-choices. This is the day to allow yourself to indulge in the things you have been cutting out of your diet and miss. For me that means things like cream in my coffee or potatoes at dinner. Cheat, but cheat inteligently.

3. Drink your water. Keeping up your water intake will help curb your appetite as usual (making rule #2 easier) as well as help to maintain some healthy homeostasis in the body. For me at least, there is no doubt that I will consume more sodium and fat on cheat day. Water helps flush all that out so that I can more easily get back on track tomorrow.

My cheat day this week looks like this:


Activity: taught Belly Bootcamp class in High Park

1 cup water

2 cups water
1 coffee with cream and sugar
1 BLT on a bagel

1 cup water

Snack (I was at Costco and those sample ladies MADE me eat their treats!):
1 crispy pita "chip" with salsa
1/2 piece bread with Nutella

Lunch (in the car):
1 cup water
1 Kashi raspberry bar
3 banana chocolate walnut biscotti "crisps" (literally the smallest, thinnest, healthiest "cookies" I found at Costco)

Snack (in the car):
2 cups water
1 cup baby carrots

Rum and Coke Zero

All beef hot dogs and warm potato salad. YUM.
4 cups water


" Before I started working out with Liz, there were mornings when I could hardly get out of bed or even put on my own socks as result of chronic lower back pain and over-all muscle tightness. By focusing on core-strength and basic range-of-motion exercises, we were able overcome these aliments within a few short weeks before moving on to regime..."
-John Miller