Sunday December 4th 2016 – Superfoods :)

On the note of ‘Knowledge Is Power‘ I thought I would share a little secret of mine.

Since coming out to Canada, my eating habits have changed dramatically from the all filling amazing home cooking in Australia.

I have since though discovered, that I used to be an over indulger. I would eat EVERYTHING that were served to me on my dinner plate, and after all, that is how we are brought up. To not waste food and eat what is on your plate before you were priveledged with any dessert.

With being three of us children, plus Mum and Dad, Mum would cook enough food for an army and evetually I learnt this practice also. Cook more than I needed. Eat as much of it as possible, and use the leftovers the next day etc.

I was never an unheatlhy person as such, but I did enjoy my fast food every now and then and certainly ate more than I needed to because, well food was there for the taking and enjoying.

When I arrived to Lake Louise in September 2015, it all changed.

I had lived out of home before and buying my own groceries for myself was certainly never as issue. But there was just something different about the people here in Lake Louise.

Things like, ‘kale’ and ‘coconut oil’ were the norm for everyday foods and cooking.

Certain superfoods began making their way into my life, and I was learning about benefits that I had never paid much attention to before. Research and positive infuences were shaping the way I was changing my diet and lifesyle.

I used to make smoothies some mornings before work at home, that included incredients such as fresh fruits that I had frozen and coconut milk and of course my all time favourite, ‘chia seeds’.

I changed my Australian canola cooking oil to coconut oil. Cooking with canola oil can have long term effects on heart damage where as coconut oil digests much easier, putting less stress on the pancreas, increases the absorption of minerals into our bones for bone strength and does wonders for the immune system!

I changed my breakfasts from toast and coffee to my daily superfood smoothie.

This is just one of my little creations of my smoothies, and ideally I would have more greens such as spinach or kale for more vitamins, anti-oxidants and eye health πŸ™‚ but I am currently out and need to do a mini run to the shops soon.

Anyway, what I have below is-

Coconut Milk-  Antiviral and antibacterial properties. For more information, click here πŸ™‚

Chia Seeds aka SUPERFOOD – Digestion, heart health and metabolism. Wanna know more, click here πŸ™‚

Yoghurt- I toss between greek yoghurt and Activia yoghurt (Convenience of buying at our local staff shop). We all know that the benefits of eating yoghurt daily is the natural bacterias that assist with digestion and immune system.

Frozen grapes- Protein, calcium and vitamin C. Freezing my grapes makes them last longer for my smoothies. For more information- click here!

Frozen strawberries and mangoes- Well other than the obvious benefits of these yummy tropical fruits, they taste amazing in my smoothies πŸ™‚

Fresh ginger- Heart health (as you can tell by now, this is a pretty big one for me), immune sytem, metabolism and helps fight cancers (and by the way, there will probably be a whole nother blog post about foods that help fight cancers and my story behind this, but that is for another post!) πŸ™‚  Intrigued about ginger? Click here

Thyme- I simply add it to balance the ginger. I discovered it one day when it came in my farm box in the summer. It was already in the box, so I experimented with it, and use it everyday now.

 

Thank you to my amazing friends out here that have had the positive influence on me and the healthy lifestyle πŸ™‚

Please note: I am not a health care professional, nutritionist or anything of the sort, just a person who enjoys sharing healthy information. If you have any serious concerns or questions, please visit your own health care professional!

 

Saturday December 3rd 2016 – Knowledge Is Power

From the day I walked into my primary school, Cowra Public School, I was taught that ‘knowledge is power’. It was our school motto.

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I always interpreted this as learning at school. Learning what our teachers were teaching us about our times tables and what is gramically correct. I never really fully understood the complexicity of the term until recently.

Everyday we are always learning. Every single day.

If we are not learning, we are not living.

It is always on the forefront of my mind to be able to share information with people that I come into contact with to help them learn something new. I know how excited and motivated I am when I learn something new.

Whether it is something work based, to help someone better their day at work or something personal, information or a hand that I can lend, I have always had the personality of wanting to help others.

The other day, a friend thanked me for recommending a particular experience to them that I had also experienced. It was knowledge that was too good not to share. Why would I keep information to myself when I can share it with the world. Better someone else’s day?

I think this is why I blog, to share information!

The more people circulate knowledge, the better off the world becomes.

When you ar excited about something new that you have learnt, or information that you KNOW will help someone else, I feel it is our duty as humans to help other gr0w.

The more you learn, the more you know, the more you know, the more power to you πŸ™‚

 

Monday, November 28th 2016 – Fairview LookoutΒ 

Today, I decided to go for a walk up to the Fairview Lookout to check out the view of the ski hill and all of the snow from up high.

But first, I had to get some amazing pictures of the hotel and the lake on the way.

The sign on the way up to Fairview Lookout

 

After walking for 1.5 kms, I reached the beautiful lookout that looks over the lake, the hotel and even over to the ski hill!

 

You can see that the lake is not fully frozen yet and it is quite dangerous to walk on still.

All of these photos were taken on my iPhone! Untouched and unfiltered πŸ™‚

 

The snow up at the lookout was atleast 50 centimetres deep. The legs on the chair at the lookout were completely snowed in.

Oh Lake Louise, I will always have a special place for you in my heart ❀

 

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 – Lake Louise comparison photos

I’ve wanted for a little while now do to a Lake Louise comparison photos post. This amazing little piece of the world transforms overnight from a summer sensation destination to a winter wonderland. And every little bit of it is just as picturesque as the day before.

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Yes, it does literally freeze overnight. I big difference is noticed if the lake forms a layer of ice then snows overnight. One day a blue beautiful lake, the next, an amazing snowfield!

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December 2015

The ice rink is in the process of being smoothed out here for the skaters, and you can see the chairs on the side there for the observers.

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January 2016

So believe it or not, the lake and the moutains are in the background of this picture. Of course, they can’t be seen, there was quite a downfall of snow that day. I still went on the horse and sleigh ride to the end of the lake and back anyway!

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February 2016

 

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April 2016

Annndd, the ice castle was there, then it was gone 😦 Β At least I still have my ice creams πŸ™‚

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May 2016

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Also May 2016

Yeah, not kidding eh. That lake is just hours away from being completely melted. It was an amazing sight to see it all just slowly collapse back into the water over a couple of days.

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May 2016 Again

Told ya πŸ˜‰

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June 2016

Wait, what. There’s snow and its summer! Yeah, that happens here in the rockies. Atleast once every summer, there will be a day when it snows haha.

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July 2016

Happy Canada Day!Β 

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July 2016 again

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August 2016

A beautiful sunny day paddle boarding on the lake!

 

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September 2016

 

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October 2016

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November 16th, 2016

 

Monday November 21st 2016 – Snow Day

Canada, you blow me away every day ❀

Monday November 21st 2016 – Snow Day

Today, myself and one of my spa girls decided to go have some fun at the lake πŸ˜‰

Oh yeah, and get some pretty amazing pics! Hello SNOW!!

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The lake isn’t fully frozen yet and no where near even safe enough to wak on yet! However I have heard stories of people trying to be brave and being ‘the first one to walk on the lake’.. Β I’ll skip on that thanks.

Being an Aussie, and growing up never having any idea or concept of snow and having never even built a snow man (I know, I never got around to it last winter), today was the day i finally built my first snowman!

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Okay, so it’s more like a snow ‘pooh-bear’ than a snowman haha. The snow was very dry today so it made it difficult to make a normal big snowman.

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The cute snow ‘pooh-bear’ looking over the lake πŸ™‚

 

Wednesday November 16th 2016 – The first layer of ice on the Lake!

This afternoon I went to the gym and when I returned outside, I could see a very fine thin layer of ice merging on the lake!

It’s that time of year again.

It will only be overnight now and no doubt tomorrow, there just may be a tiny layer of snow settled on the lake if it snows tonight.

I love how Lake Louise can literally transform overnight ❀

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And those clouds <3.. Β My backyard is so beautiful!

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Monday October 24th 2016 – First sign of snow

This morning I woke up to the very first sign of snow for the season!

While this is still nothing in comparison to what it is to come, I had to go on an adventure and get some good pictures πŸ™‚

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Not only was today the first sign of snow, but also the day that the canoes at the boat house were packed away. A very sad day, it means that summer is now officially over. But now to another winter season in Lake Louise.