Timeraiser 2016: Volunteer Celebration

Towards the end of last year I had the opportunity to join the organizing team for Timeraiser Calgary. Timeraiser is a national organization with local chapters in most major Canadian cities. They run an art auction with a twist; art is purchased from local artists, and auctioned off in exchange for volunteer hours for local non-profits. Emerging artists are paid fair market price for their work, local non-profits are matched with skilled volunteers, attendees get to experience a great night and possibly win some great art. I got involved because I think it’s a great, fresh concept where everyone wins.  Continue Reading ›

The Several Stages of Cutting Weight

My first 100% Raw Powerlifting meet of the 2016 season was on May 14th in Vernon, British Columbia. It was a great weekend all around, and a wrap up of the meet itself and everything that went down is available here. One thing I wanted to touch on separately though was the water cut I did to prep for the meet – I get a lot of questions about cutting weight and what I did and why I did it, so I figured I’d address some of that here.

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Meal Prep Monday: Mango Chicken and Greens

Oh! Hey there! Haven’t seen some of you lovely people in a while!

The past two weeks since Vernon have been insane. Getting caught up at work, with everything else in life that I’ve been avoiding for the past couple weeks, and not to mention getting a little run down and sick this past weekend. Keep up with your sleep y’all. I’m telling ya. My whining about my busyness aside, there’s lots of cool stuff lined up for June that I’m stoked to share with you guys. But more on that later, first, let’s get back on that meal prep train!
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Skratch Labs/ Raceday Fuel

I’ve got some pretty freaking exciting news to share with you guys. Well, I’m pretty excited for it anyways. As of this weekend I’m officially partnered up with Skratch Labs and Raceday Fuel as an ambassador/ athlete! Those who know/ follow me have probably heard me mention either or both of these guys in the past, and I’m so thrilled I get to work with them even more moving forward. Continue Reading ›

Meet Recap: 2016 Vernon Classic

This past weekend was my first powerlifting meet of the 2016 season – the Vernon Classic with 100% RAW Powerlifting in gorgeous Vernon, British Columbia. Anyone who knows me personally, or who follows me on Social Media, knows I haven’t been able to shut up about this meet for the past couple months. That’s because a ton of work and preparation has gone into this meet for me. Now that the dust has settled, I figured I’d do a bit of a quick recap on the lead up to the meet and competition day itself.

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Turkey Quinoa Bowls

Happy Monday y’all!

This past weekend was my first 100% Raw Powerlifting meet, and the whole weekend was a WHIRLWIND. It was amazing! I’ll do a full recap post of all the tremendous things that happened at some point this week, but just wanted to quickly update you all first. I’m so happy with how I did, and I even have some pretty exciting news to share with everyone on top of it.

In the meantime! Here’s a really easy recipe I use for Turkey Quinoa Bowls. These are light, fresh, and make for awesome lunches since they keep in the fridge really well. These are often a lunch I default to, especially when I’m cutting weight and/or am lazy.

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BBQ Pulled Chicken

I. Love. BBQ pulled pork. Now that it’s starting to really warm up in Calgary and it kinda, almost feels like summer (I don’t want to jinx it) I’ve been craving it like crazy. It’s one of those foods I always go for when eating out. When I have bad pulled pork, it crushes my soul a little bit. When I have really great pulled pork, it’s a life changing moment. Every time. I think this means I need to get out more…

Now, though BBQ pulled pork is actually quite reasonable to make yourself, the fact that it’s pork usually results in a reasonably high fat content when you crunch your macro numbers. Normally this would be fine, but since I’m on a cut to prepare for my meet in May I’ve cut right back on my fat intake. I find my body responds and performs best on high protein, high-ish (but always dense and complex) carbs, and very low fat. What’s a girl to do? Continue Reading ›

Guilt-Free Treats: Stoked Oats Oatmeal Cookies

We’ve all been there before; the sweeping declarations to not indulge your sweet tooth in the name of better eating. All is good at the start, but that nagging voice in the back of your head slowly gets louder.

Chocolate! Cookies! You can treat yourself, one won’t hurt…

Before you know it, you’re elbow-deep in a box of Oreos. Well, in the name of satisfying both your sweet tooth and your macros, I’ve started experimenting with what I jokingly call ‘protein baking’. First up; chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, with a twist!

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Welcome to: Tanzania, A Hike365 Exclusive

A piece on my recent trip to Tanzania that I wrote for Hike365. Enjoy!

IMG_7762 Photo by Philip Quade

Everyone has their own version of a travel ‘To-Do’ list; some have a few specific spots they can’t wait to see, others’ are miles long and seem to change from year to year. Though I’m certainly guilty of the latter, Africa has always been a place I’ve been dying to see, specifically East Africa. After a few failed attempts to organize a trip to the region, this past Christmas break I finally got the opportunity to travel to Tanzania. The trip focused on two main goals; climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and venturing out on safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

With our gear packed up, after 30+ hours of flying time we landed at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, located 50km east of the city of Arusha, which would be our home base for the next 2.5 weeks. With a day and…

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