Sheryl Jesin


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Recipe – Bieler’s Broth

Not sure if you experience this too, but I find that summer can be a harder time to eat healthy and stay on track with my nutrition. There are always lots of parties and events, trips to the ice cream store, and barbecues.  The weather is nicer and the days are longer and that means I’m spending more time outside and less time cooking.  All of these things are very fun, but they can also lead to unwanted weight gain and stomach distress for me (meaning horrible bloating, gas and IBS.  My apologies if that is TMI!). 

I came across this recipe for a healing vegetable soup a few weeks ago.  I saw it on Facebook and then a friend told me she made it and loved it.  

I gathered up the simple ingredients on the weekend and made my first batch. 

I will admit that I was unsure of how would taste as the ingredient list was rather simple.   However, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was quite easy to make the soup and the end product was delicious.  

It is a really easy way to get in a few servings of vegetables.  You can cook up a batch on the weekend and enjoy it all week long.  

The soup is rich in vitamins and minerals and is very easy to digest.  It is healing to the gut and can be the perfect way to soothe your stomach after indulging too much at a summer event.  

Even my kids liked it, so that means it must actually taste good 😊

BIELER’S BROTH

from Nourishing Traditions

Ingredients

4 medium zucchini squash, chopped

1 pound green beans, trimmed

2 sticks celery, chopped

1 bunch parsley, stems removed and leaves chopped roughly

filtered water

good quality sea salt

Directions

Combine all vegetables and herbs in a Dutch oven covered with water. Bring to a boil, skim any foam that comes to the top, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until veggies are soft but not overlooked.  Puree in a blender and add sea salt to taste.


If you are struggling with your nutrition, I’d love to help you.  Let’s keep each other accountable this summer.  I’m doing another round of the 21 Day Fix starting Monday, July 4th and I’d love for you to join me and a group of amazing women who are all on a mission to feel their best!  Work out at home for 30 mins and day, eat clean, and nourish your mind, body and soul.  Email me at sheryl@ikor.com or send me a PM via Facebook or Instagram.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Hammer and Chisel – My One Month Results

Recently I completed 4 out of the 8 weeks of the new home workout program I am doing called Hammer and Chisel.

My main goals for this program were to increase my strength, and lose a bit of fat in stubborn areas, such as my lower belly, upper arms and upper back.

Also, I wanted to clean up my eating a bit more…I’m usually a clean eater but over the winter break my sugar intake went up and my healthy food intake went down.

4 weeks into the program, I’m happy to report that I have made great progress towards all of the above mentioned goals!

I started the program at 132.8, and on day 30 I weighed 130.  At one point I had gotten down to 127, and when that happened I changed my nutrition plan a bit.  It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to actually build muscle instead of just losing weight, so I moved up in my daily calories.  This was tough for me mentally…as women we tend to want to lose weight, rather than gain weight.    It took me a couple days to get over the mental block, and now I am enjoying the extra food.

I always tell the women in my challenge groups that the scale is just one tool to measure progress…and that measurements, pictures and how our clothes feel are also really important things to consider.

As for my measurements, let’s compare day 1 and day 30

Chest – Day 1 – 33.5, Day 30 -33

Right arm – Day 1 – 10.75,  Day 30 – 11

Left arm – Day 1 – 10.75, Day 30 – 11

Waist – Day 1 – 28.5, Day 30 – 27.5

Bellybutton – Day 1 – 33, Day 30 -32

Hips – Day 1 – 34, Day 30 – 34.5

Right thigh – Day 1 – 21.25, Day 30 – 20.5

Left thigh – Day 1 – 21.25, Day 30 – 20.5

It is interesting to see that I lost inches all over, except for my arms where I gained a bit.  I feel like my arms actually look more toned and they definitely are stronger, so that increase was due to an increase in muscle mass, I believe.

I always find that pictures tell the truth….sometimes I don’t actually feel like my body is changing, but a picture shows me otherwise:

 It can get easy to get caught up in the numbers and the pictures…while I like the challenge of sculpting my body and building muscle mass….these aren’t the true reasons why I love working through a program.

My workouts are “me time”.  They are my mood boosters.  They make me happy and they give me energy, and they help me focus during the rest of the day.  They are the one thing I give to myself each and every day.  As a mom I’m always giving, giving, and giving and it feels good to give something back to myself!

I love the challenge of working through a program and the sense of completion I feel as I move towards the end.  It feels good to accomplish something and it makes me feel like I can tackle anything that comes my way!

Can’t wait to see what month 2 has in store for me!

I’m putting together my next 21 day health and fitness challenge.  We start February 29th.  If you have been wanting to start taking better care of yourself – this is the perfect opportunity!  Join my supportive community of women who help each other on their journies towards better health.  Be a part of our group – work out everyday for 30 mins from the comfort of your home, learn about portion controlled clean eating and enrich your mind, body and spirit!  If you want more info, please shoot me an email at sheryl@ikor.com  or PM me via Facebook and I will get back to you ASAP with the details about the challenge. 

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Kale salad with tahini dressing

It has been a while since I last posted!

Things I have been busy with – LIFE!  Things I have not been busy with – my blog.

I really want to blog more.  If you want me to blog more, please comment below or like this post.  It really gives me the motivation to be consistent with my writing, and lets me know that there are people out there interested in what I write.  Thanks readers for following me, and sticking with me, even when my posts are inconsistent.

Today I have for you a recipe.  It is quick, easy, healthy and delicious!

Here it goes:

RECIPE – KALE SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING – vegan, gluten free

Ingredients:

Salad:

1 head of organic kale

1 green apple

1 orange pepper

2 green onions

Dressing:

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tbsp tahini

2 tbsp tamari sauce

1-2 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp raw honey, or maple syrup if you want to be completely vegan

Directions:

1.  Wash and dry kale, remove middle rib.  Stack 5 kale leaves together, roll into a tight cylinder.  Slice into thin strips.  Repeat with the remaining kale, and transfer to a large bowl.  Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt (approx 1/4 tsp).    Massage kale and sea salt together until kale leaves are softened.

2.  Blend all ingredients for salad dressing together in a blender.

3.  Pour dressing over kale mixture, mix well.  Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or two before serving so that flavours have a chance to develop.

4.  Enjoy!

Kale Salad


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4 month update

I can hardly believe that my baby girl is 4 months old already. How has time gone by so quickly? The newborn days are behind us now, and each day she gets more fun and more interactive.

I won’t lie, these past 4 months have been challenging. For the first 8 weeks, I barely slept because she barely slept. At night, she would be often up crying, and nothing would soothe her other than intense bouncing and rocking. This was no easy feat in the middle of the night. She would sleep during the day, but only if I was holding her or wearing her in a carrier. Thank goodness for babywearing or we would have been hungry with no clean clothes to wear.

At around 8 weeks, I took Alex to see my chiropractor. She specializes in pregnant women, babies and kids. She is extremely gentle. I took Alex three times, and at each visit Alex was crying when we got there for whatever reason. Hungry, tired, or both? I’m not sure. As soon as my chiropractor started her adjustment, Alex quieted down immediately and fell asleep. Coincidence? Or not? All I know is that after 3 adjustments, Alex started sleeping better. I am so thankful for that. At around the 8 week mark I also fully cut out dairy from my diet. I believe that has been helping too.

Now we happily co-sleep together, with no bouncing or rocking needed. When she wakes up at night, I hear her before she has a chance to cry. I latch her on lying down, and we both drift off to sleep. There is nothing better than that! As long as I am diligent about getting into bed early enough, I do not feel tired the next morning.

Juggling all three kids and maintaining some semblance of order in our house is no easy feat. Just the laundry alone is never-ending. I give a lot of thanks to my wonderful husband and my helpful mother and mother in law. My husband has been invaluable in his assistance with the older two boys and both grandmothers have been available at all times for sleepovers with the boys and pick ups from school. I am also so grateful that both boys are in school full-time – it gives me time to rest during the day and keeps them happy and occupied. It truly takes a village!

Even though things have been hard, I want time to slow down. I want to savour ever cuddle and snuggle and laugh with each of my kids. As Dylan has said often: “We will never have this day again.” How wise he is at only 6 years old.

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Coconut oil at Costco

I’m really impressed by the amount of healthy items that Costco carries. I love that they have hemp hearts, quinoa, gluten free pasta and Lara Bars – we’ve been purchasing these items at Costco for a while now.

I was pleasantly surprised when I stopped by the store last week and found a giant container of coconut oil for sale! Yes, you can now buy 1.5kg of delicious coconut oil at Costco for the low price of $16.99. At any other store, you’d maybe get one third of that amount for the same price. While I will always love farmers markets and Whole Foods, I will certainly be purchasing coconut oil at Costco from now on.

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Meal planning

I’ve been meal planning on and off for the past year.  When I stick with it, it makes a huge difference in our lives.  It makes grocery shopping a breeze, and we throw out far less food.  We always have a delicious, home cooked meal on our table.  I tend to make dinners the night before, as there is very little time for cooking after I pick Dylan up from school.

I’ve tried out a few different meal plan templates, and this one is my favorite:  The Project Girl Meal Planner.   I’ve been using her second version, without separate squares for each meal, but I have been planning each meal of the day – breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  It might seem a bit anal to plan out breakfasts, but it saves precious brain power in the morning when I  no longer have to decide what to make that day!

What I love about this meal plan is that there is room on the same piece of paper for a shopping list.  I take the meal plan and the list with me when I go grocery shopping each Monday morning.  I’ve found it works best if I take the list with me in a plastic page protector, and keep it in there for the remainder of the week.  That way the meal plan and the list don’t get crumpled.  I save each week’s meal plan in a binder and often refer to them when I’m sitting down each Sunday night to make my meal plan and shopping list.

Do you meal plan?  Do you make grocery shopping lists?


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Mixing up salad

Good food isn’t cheap and cheap food isn’t good.

–   Vegan chef Doug McNish

Do you ever get tired of the same old salad greens? I know that I do. It is convenient to buy those large containers of organic baby spinach from supermarket. They are fast and easy. They’re also versatile. A handful in a smoothie, a handful in a stirfry, a quick salad that can be made in a couple of minutes.

Spinach can get boring after a while. Lately, when I’m in the mood for some fresh, delicious, and different salad greens, I head over to our local farmers market at the Evergreen Brick Works. The vendors there never disappoint me. I’ve been having a love affair lately with the outstanding produce grown by Cookstown Greens. Today I threw together a small salad for lunch in about two minutes using their greens. A handful of their baby greens, topped with their sunflower sprouts and a few pine nuts I found in my fridge was an easy way to get some veggies in at lunch time.

Their baby greens are not only delicious, but they are also so beautiful to the eye, with gorgeous edible flowers in the mix. I spent about $15 on their greens this week. Yes, they are more expensive than lettuce you will find in the supermarket, but it is well worth it. I find when I buy produce at the farmers market it is remarkably fresh. This means it lasts longer in my fridge, and I throw less out.

Here’s what they put in their baby greens mix: Hand-picked lettuces, mustard, cresses, gold and crimson chards, spinach, arugula, seedlings and petals.

And here is a picture of my simple lunchtime salad.

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