Maca + Bee Pollen Fat Bombs

April 23, 2017

I might be a bit behind the times since I’ve only just started to eat bee pollen. I mean, why have I been missing out?

What is bee pollen exactly?

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Why Over-Exercising May Be Sabotaging Your Health

April 14, 2017

What!?!?  Is Julie actually implying that exercising is detrimental to my health?  If that’s what you’re thinking (and now your confused or worried), hang on a quick minute and let me explain.

Many of you are familiar with my health issues over the years, but more likely, my health in the past six months.

For those of you that are new around here, here’s the quick and dirty story: (Oh, and hey, welcome!)




In late November of 2016, I was diagnosed with low cortisol. Our adrenal glands (they sit on top of our kidneys) produce all of our essential hormones, including the stress hormone cortisol.  Cortisol is an essential hormone to our body as it assists the body with it’s response to stress.

How did I get low cortisol?

I basically burned it out and was running on nothing.  If you’ve heard the term “burn out” before, that’s the unofficial description of adrenal fatigue. I’ve done this at least three times in my life. And, when you’ve had it once, it’s easy to teeter off into burnout again.  The symptoms of low cortisol include:

Dizziness
Fatigue
Unexplained weight loss
Dark rings under the eyes
Palpitations
Cravings for salty food

I’ve since made and re-established some nutritional and lifestyle changes to shift my energy.  And, a proper supplementation plan is definitely key as well.




Okay, so let’s talk exercise. And, I’m framing it to women who may or may not be diagnosed with a high or low cortisol (there are both) or an adrenal issue but who have low energy, and perhaps are having a hard time losing those last five (or more) pounds.  Let’s face it, many of us don’t know that there is a diagnosis for those with severely “low energy” and those symptoms listed above.

There was (and quite frankly still is) a time where I would work out daily and still not be able to lose weight or “tone up”.

Do you know when I feel my strongest and healthiest?

When I exercise for 30-40 minutes a day, take a walk in nature, and of course, yoga.

Why do you think that is?

My body is telling me that it prefers to be more in a resting state versus a period of high impact movement that either creates a surge of cortisol or taps out my adrenal glands.




That is also why many of us come back from holidays, not only looking rested, but looking like we’ve lost weight and looking a whole lot healthier than when we left!

High cortisol can have devastating effects on the body. That’s why intense exercise may not support your health, at least for the short term. Studies have shown that intense exercise can increase cortisol levels. And high cortisol does not allow fat to be burned. In fact, when we’re in a state of stress, the body panics and stores glucose into your gut region (to save for later). That’s why those that lead very stressful lifestyles will likely have excess weight in the gut.

Now, I would never EVER say to stop exercising but you definitely need to take a look at the best forms that will support your overall health.  I talk about some options in my {FREE} Weekend Stress Detox Program which you can get HERE.




I’m personally drawn to yoga, weights, and as much as possible, walking and hiking outdoors. Since my health has improved, I’ve actually recently started to run as I am training for a 5 km race for charity. Some other recommendations could be:

Pilates, and Barre programs
PIYO which is a combo of pilates, yoga and some cardio
Light interval training may be an option but pay attention to any fatigue during and after.

Now tell me: what exercise do you think best supports your health goals? Let’s have a discussion so tell me in the comments below!

Eat Life Balance and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. 
All material on Eat Life Balance is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program.

Basil Pumpkin Seed Pesto (vegan)

April 8, 2017

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I’m ready for Spring. Like, ready yesterday!!! How about yourself? I think even my digestive system is confused. Normally, when the weather starts to warm up, I start craving more raw foods but that hasn’t quite happened to me yet. We have been having constant rain in Vancouver and I know that other parts of Canada and the U.S are experiencing boughts of snow. Isn’t that cray-cray?

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Gratitude + Matcha Green Tea Truffles

April 3, 2017

I got to tell you, this past week wiped me out. I’ve been getting up at 5am as I had started my study plan for my nutrition certification.  But, then a few things happened this week that presented a bit of a set back. But, I surprised myself this week.

I was surprised that my reaction to these situations were calm and collected. No joke, a couple of years ago, my emotions would have gone off the deep end. The DEEP-END. Crying, moody, disconnected. We’ve all have had those feelings at some point. So, where did I attribute the change to?




GRATITUDE. Straight up, simple gratitude.

In the midst of the week of having those issues, I turned on the national news and saw footage of the recent attacks in Syria.  I was in shock and disbelief. The images, if you haven’t already seen, are haunting.  And, like many, I immediately felt lucky that I live in such a safe country.  I sleep in a warm bed with someone who loves me and who will protect me.  I continued to tap into that feeling for the rest of the week and when another set back happened, I immediately went to that space.

Gratitude is an amazing practice. In my {free} Weekend Stress Detox Program, we go through the importance of this practice and how you can easily incorporate it into your life.  Get the program HERE. Now, onto the recipe!




How surprised are you to see that I have another matcha recipe for you?

Hahaha, I know.  I’m matcha crazy. But, listen, here’s why.

Matcha is crazy good for you. Here are some of the many benefits:

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Grain Free Breakfast Cookies

March 26, 2017

It was an epic week for me. I hit a a big milestone. I have literally completed all of my case studies for submission for my registered holistic nutritionist certification. I’ll be submitting them this week and as long as there are no technical difficulties, I’ll be on my way.




The next big step is my exam which I hope to have done by June. Honestly, it’s been a long road. I’ve worked a pretty demanding job over the years while I’ve tried to complete this certification. I took a year off school when I transitioned to the job that I have now. I was a big set back for me at the time but I figured if it was meant to be, I’d get back to it.

And, it happened. I started waking up at 5:15am throughout the week. I ended up tapping out my cortisol levels and ended up burning myself out. And, with the right supplementation and rest, I’ve managed to pull through.

Thank you for your continued support over these past few years.  I really, REALLY, R-E-A-L-L-Y appreciate it.  Once this is over, I’ve got some big things planned for us.




The next step, after passing my exam, is to create a program which will be a much bigger and enhanced program of my Weekend Stress Detox. You can get this free e-book HERE.

Now to the Grain Free Breakfast Cookies. These are so good, friends. They are so flavourful and hearty, making it a great option for breakfast on the go.  I’ll make a bunch and free them for later!

Grain Free Breakfast Cookies

ingredients
2 cups blanched almond flour (I used meal and it worked fine)
2 Tbsp coconut flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp orange or lemon zest
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 Tbsp ground flax
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
6 Tbsp of either coconut oil, butter (unsalted), or ghee, at room temperature (not melted)
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ cup unsulphured dried cranberries
Almond milk (optional: if the batter is dry, you can add a 1/4 cup of almond milk)

directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, hemp seeds, coconut flakes, and coconut oil. Mix until they become a pea-like consistency. Then, slowly add in eggs, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in the dried fruit. If the batter seems dry, just add a bit of the almond milk.

Take ¼ cup of the batter (I used a measuring cup) and dollop onto the prepared baking sheet (I used the measuring cup to flatten it out).

Bake until the cookies are golden on the outside and no longer soft on the inside, about 25 minutes.

Allow to cool. These can be stored in the fridge for a week or freeze.

Superfood Chia Bowl

March 11, 2017

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I’m giddy excited today. We’re just in the process of booking our Spring trip to L.A.  We had been toying with the idea of going to Thailand but given that we only had about a week, it just didn’t seem like the best use of such a short amount of time. We’ve tabled that trip for next year.

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My Favourite On-The-Go Snacks (mostly Paleo)

In an effort to minimize crappy, cannot-pronounce ingredients, I love to make my own snacks. And, for the most part, these are not time consuming.  What I do try to avoid is grains, refined flours, and minimal sugar, if any. Why? Because they tend to spike blood sugar which essentially will make us crave and grab for even more sugary and refined foods that do more harm than good.

I’m going to give you the snacks that I make myself and those that I grab from the store, on the go!

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How To Make Cauliflower Rice

March 4, 2017

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You guys…I’ve just completed the last of my 12 case studies as part of my nutritional certification. I’ve got a bit of fine-tuning to do but seriously, I almost fell of my chair when I realized this.

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