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Wearing Park & Fifth Hampton dress, Community tee, Varsity Suede Old Skool Vans

Hello fall! The sun may be setting earlier but that sunset glow is deeper now more than ever. I’m feeling it. The leaves are crispy and orange, and I’m feeling that too. 

That cool breeze won’t stop me from hitting my 90s alter-ego. A little satin number by Park & Fifth is carrying me through these in-between days, over tees or turtlenecks and letting the legs soak up the last of those remaining rays. I love Park & Fifth for being such a rad Vancouver company with lady bosses making beautiful things. I often feel so lucky to live in a city blooming with all types of creatives, hiding and seeking and waiting to bloom. And you know what? I don’t even care that this is a “wedding” dress. Rules are meant to be broken. Who says you can’t turn a babesmaid dress into an everyday look?

And what’s better than satin, skin, and sneakers? Ladylike grunge, tomboy femme, whatever you want to call it. Whether it’s Vans, Commons, or Converse…get your comfort on

How are you dressing for fall?

xx

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sweet potato recipes fall paleo

Just in time for the weekend. Pancakes!

I know everyone is saying: Fall is my favourite season! The layers, the colours of the leaves, the moderate temperatures, the rain. But I’m like…what about all the marvellous root vegetable at the local farmers market?!

Sweet potatoes are absolutely delicious. I don’t understand people who dislike them, but we all have our things. Sweet potato is an amazing vegetable that’s sweet and savoury at the same time, something quite hard to find in the vegetable family (a “sweet” recipe with swiss chard? Um, no). A sugar-free lifestyle can be difficult, so if you optimize sweet flavours from fruits and veggies such as this, you will be shocked at the intensity of umami you can reach. View Post

paleo casserole recipe

More savory! Although it might seem easier to come up with savory dishes over sweet ones, I often find myself uninspired when it comes to working with non-sweet flavors. Don’t get me wrong. My dinners are always phenomenal (ask the boyfriend), but in regards to stunning the online community – are my daily flavor combinations that appealing? I can’t be so confidant that it’s anything out of the ordinary, nor something that will inspire. 

There’s no better way to boost confidence then to try, and try again. I find that once you take a leap of faith, you feel more comfortable to repeat it over and over. And this is exactly what I’ll start to do. I don’t eat sweet treats very often, so why not showcase how fresh produce occupies my plate day in/day out? I hope you don’t mind. 

This recipe is what happens when you combine a lot of garlic powder with cauliflower…I like to call it a scrumptiously fluffy cauliflower “gratin”. There is no bread, cheese, butter, or oil.

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autoimmune paleo cookbooks

It’s time I let you in on my resources. My bibles. People, these are not books to gather dust on the shelves. These are very important pieces of literature (sorry if that offends). Personally, these books have shown me the way down the sugar-free, toxin-free journey of cooking, one that has led me to the place to JERF (just…eat…real…food).  As Terry Wahls mentions, everything you put into your mouth will build your cells and ultimately build your body. Time to think twice about that deep fried potato chip, amiright?

So let’s dive in! I love a good cookbook. And I’ve written a few reasons why each book is a must (and why these ones won’t ever collect dust). View Post

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Wearing Aritzia tank, Re/done denim, Isabel Marant boots

It’s September now, and the last of the sunny days in Vancouver are here. It’s a weird feeling, to be excited for fall and cool breezes and cloudy days. Especially when you realize summer actually isn’t officially over, but how quickly one is willing to forget how amazing the everlasting sunny afternoons have become. The switch in seasons gets one overjoyed on sweaters, layers, and feeling cozy. But what about the fact that it will be grey for the next 6 months? Let’s relish in the longer days and warmer nights, and the fact that I, as someone living in Vancouver, needs to get outside and seize the opportunity to get all of the natural vitamin d shining down.

PS. I just learnt that you should always eat tons of greens before hitting the sunshine. Why? Greens are high in chlorophyll (you know, photosynthesis and such), which ultimately regenerate to Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) with the light. Mind blown. You can actually create your very own antioxidant super easily, one that protects the body from damage and creates new cells! Greens and then some raspberries for dessert – so that you get regeneration and some sun protection.

Photos by Maks Eidelson

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chai raw coconut bars

A delicate, chewy, fall-apart sweet treat? Don’t mind if I do. 

Although this experiment wasn’t my favorite, it’s still edible. If that doesn’t getting you excited to make these, then read on my friend. After the first bite size piece, I went back for a second and a third square because somehow, the flavors in these coconut chai bars are so addictive. Maybe it’s the chai, or the coconut, or the cacao nibs. Or maybe it’s the combination that makes it all intriguing. It could even be the silky consistency, met by a crunch and a chew. I found the Gaia Herbs Vanilla Chai Maca Boost in Hawaii, which is where you could say this recipe begins. I always get excited to find zero added sugar products in the grocery aisles. I know I try to steer clear from processed items, but sometimes when it’s 99.9% compliant, you give in. I did get in touch with Ann Boroch for approval, just in case some of the Chai spice proprietary blend was no bueno. Happy to tell you it’s all approved!

So what about the recipe?
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It’s a serious concern. Should the Canadian government implement a special tax on sugary foods like cans of pop or a Kit Kat bar? Or should they keep avoiding the subject, getting heavily leaned on by the sugar industry who offers them more money to keep their mouths shut. I’m 100% behind the idea. France did it. Norway’s done it. Mexico is way ahead of us. Why can’t Canada be a part of this health crazy (and the United States too)? It seems to be in the works. But there’s always an excuse. Could a pop tax be worthwhile?

PS. That’s me in Seattle 2013, eating some gluten, processed meats, and a plethora of sauces, and washing it down with a Dr. Pepper. Damn, that was a good sandwich though.

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blueberry cream pie recipe candida

Feast your eyes on this bad boy! I am so elated that I’ve had time to sit back and write this recipe down for all y’all (and for myself). I’m not going to lie, I frequently visit my own blog for inspiration and recipes because I find myself asking: Was it 375F or 275F? Was it 1 cup of almond butter or a half cup? It happens, the mind slips. And I have yet to find a sugar-free (even refined sugar-free) food blog such as this. Have you? What I love is that all of my recipes are adaptable. Meaning if you aren’t as hardcore about living a sugar-free lifestyle as moi, you definitely have the ability to add in whatever sweetener you choose (but I do hope you choose wisely – think unprocessed, unrefined, close to the ground). I don’t want to impose my values onto anyone, but if you want to experiment, I know you won’t be disappointed.

Let’s get to it. The Almost Raw Blueberry Cream Pie is now solidified in internet history (25 years and a day old by the way), and we can indulge in this beautiful masterpiece time and time again. You will want to memorize it (or at least bookmark it, or share it, or tweet, it). And you will want to try it with raspberries, blackberries, or even a mix.  View Post

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Vintage tee, Wilfred Free dress, Isabel Marant Deyis boots, Belt as necklace

 I have nothing inspirational to say, so I’ll say nothing at all. Frank can say it all.

Speaking of Nirvana, it was there.
Rare as the feathers on my dash from a phoenix
There with my crooked teeth and companions sleeping, yeah.
Dreaming a thought that could dream about a thought
That could think of the dreamer that thought
That could think of dreaming and getting a glimmer of God.
I be dreaming a dream in a thought
That could dream about a thought
That could think about dreaming a dream
Where I can not, where I can not.
Less morose and more present
Dwell on my gifts for a second.
A moment one solar flare would consume, so I nod
Spin this flammable paper on the film’s that my life.
High flights, inhale the vapor, exhale once and think twice.
Eat some shrooms, maybe have a good cry, about you
See some colors, light hangglide off the moon.

I’d do anything for you (in the dark).

Photos by Maks Eidelson

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