I hope you have had a wonderful summer! I am sorry I have been MIA. It has been crazy busy these past 2 months! We had an amazing family holiday at the beginning of the summer in Penticton, and these past 2 weeks we were back in BC. Charley and I had the most amazing mommy daughter vacation! While we were living it up in Vancouver enjoying the water slides, Stanley Park, the Aquarium, Granville Island, and White Rock my amazing hubby was conquering the West Coast Trail! I am so proud of him, this is an amazing accomplishment.
ARVC has not only impacted myself it has also created struggles for those close to me. Jordan has felt guilty about working out since I was told to stop all exercise. To the point that he has almost stopped all exercise himself. It was always our plan to hike the West Coast Trail together. Unfortunately that is no longer in the cards for me. When the opportunity came up for Jord to hike the trail I encouraged him to go. Jordan felt bad going without me, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t struggle as he trained, but I don’t want to ever hold him back or make him feel guilty from accomplishing his fitness goals .
It was also the first Summer Olympics since my diagnosis. I normally count down the days until the Olympics, they usually provide me such tremendous joy! I never miss a single swim or medal presentation. It is 16 days of being inspired to get out and push your body past the limits you thought it was capable of. As Audrey Roloff says there is Always More. I highly recommend you check out the link to her site and blog. Audrey’s perspective with these two simple words is wonderfully encouraging. However, from a physical perspective I am in a position that my body is not capable of more. I couldn’t even watch the Olympics this year. I hate that this disease has stolen my love of Olympic binge watching. I hate feeling fragile. I hate the emotional rollercoaster that is this journey. One day I am content with my new reality and the next I struggle to cope. I find the journey of grief is unique in that it forever remains unresolved. You never get over the loss, but you slowly learn to move through it. Along the journey there are numerous desultory triggers that bring your grief back to the surface. I realize that I have not experienced a loss in the traditional sense, but life as I knew it has forever changed due to my illness.
One of the ways I coped with Jordan heading for the West Coast Trail was to make the most of the time he was away. I decided that Charley and I would make some of our own memories. We ended up having the most wonderful week! We had a sleep over every single night, we went exploring each day, we consumed an impressive amount of ice cream, and we just enjoyed spending time with each other! When I tucked Charley into bed after our long drive back home she said to me “mommy you are my best friend ever!!!!” All of my struggles of missing out on the West Coast were instantly gone!
I took a break from the blog this summer and I am really looking forward to getting back to meal plans this week. It is time to refocus!
For those of you in the Calgary area, I will be providing a free talk on meal planning and nutrition. I had the opportunity to speak for the Running Room a few months ago and it was an amazing experience. As a result I am going to be providing another presentation this September. Details are provided below. I hope to see you there.
With my health I have not been allowed to leave the country for the past 3 years. It has been difficult, yet another reason to hate this disease and become bitter. However, we decided as a family that we needed to embrace this limitation and start enjoying travel around Canada.
Last year we went to Penticton for the first time and we fell in love!!! It is now our favourite place to go. We were just there for 2 weeks and it was glorious! We even tented for the entire time and loved every minute of it. I know right?!!! That says a lot. It is like Canada’s Maui! Okay obviously not quite Maui, but I have to work with what I have. There may not be a Mama’s Fish House in Penticton, but there is a Gasthaus in Peachland and it is phenomal. They serve all you can eat schnitzel on Thursday evenings! I only ever have one, but knowing you can have as many as you want is the best! It also includes all you can eat dessert. All great variables when you can’t exercise anymore. Aside from the most delicious menu the ambiance is simply spectacular. If you go you must ask to sit on the patio.
Charley loved swimming and making sandcastles. We even went to The Kangaroo Farm this time! I highly recommend stopping in for a visit if you are out that way, it is so worth the trip. Just be aware that the park closes at 2 pm so the animals can have a rest, but it reopens at 6. It is also cash only. Two important bits of information we overlooked!
Until next year Penticton!
There is nothing better than fresh seasonal fruit, especially at this time of the year! I have been eating peaches and cherries like candy! Most of the recipes this week are inspired by all of the fresh fruit we brought back with us from our trip to Penticton.
Peaches & Cream Cinnamon Vanilla Crepes
Thoughts: I really feel this doesn’t need much of an explanation. This was delicious!!! I made a few changes. I left the peaches fresh and did not peel them. I also used vanilla sugar from The Silk Road Spice Merchant . I also used whipped coconut cream instead of cool whip or whipped cream. 5/5
For the whipped coconut cream, refrigerate coconut milk over night. Carefully separate the coconut cream in a metal bowl. Do not add liquid. Whisk cream on medium speed for 30 seconds to a minute. Then whisk on high for 7-8 minutes until stiff peaks form. Whisk in vanilla for another few seconds and serve.
Roasted Cherry & Tomato Salad
Thoughts: This worked spectacularly!!! I highly recommend trying this recipe! 5/5
Spread 1/2 tbsp of Nutella on each crepe. Evenly top with cherries and roll.
Drizzle with Nutella and milk mixture and enjoy.
Spicy tuna sandwich
Thoughts: A yummy twist on a classic. 5/5
1 can tuna, drained
2 tbsp mayo
1/2 tsp sriracha
2 green onions, chopped
2 slices whole grain bread
In a small bowl combine all the ingredients together (except bread, of course).
Spread evenly on bread on serve.
Lettuce wraps (I had 3)
Thoughts: I kept these lettuce wraps really simple. I used a pre-made teriyaki sauce from Costco and a rotisserie chicken. I made a simple red cabbage slaw and whole grain couscous. I was fast and yummy! 4/5
1 tbsp basil pesto (I actually had avocado pesto leftover so I used that instead basil pesto)
10 g feta cheese
handful fresh basil leaves
Evenly spread pesto on toasted bun.
Top with feta, chicken, tomatoes and fresh basil. Serve.
Himalayan salt block white fish with french onion baked quinoa
Thoughts: This was my first time using a salt block so my technique was terribly unrefined. I ended up breaking apart the beautiful filet, but man did it ever taste amazing!!! The salt block adds such amazing flavour! You can pretty much cook anything on the salt block, veggies, steak, chicken, etc! I am very excited to use the salt block again soon. 5/5
1 filet of fish, any white fish will work
1 tsp grapeseed oil
juice of half a lemon
Himalayan salt block
Place salt block on grill. Then warm BBQ to high heat. I aimed for 450 degrees C.
Brush filet with oil and drizzle with lemon juice.
Once BBQ and salt block are heated carefully add filet to block. Close BBQ and cook 2-3 minutes. (Cooking will go very fast)
Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the opposite side until fish is opaque and flaky.
Baked French Onion Quinoa
Thoughts: I was craving french onion soup and had this crazy idea to make a french onion quinoa casserole….you’re welcome!!! I loved this side dish sooooooo YUMMY! The one negative that I do have to say about this dish is it can be a bit on the salty side. But honestly French Onion Quinoa!!!! 5/5