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Highway to Health Blog

Thoughts on nutrition, health and family by Roslyn Fisher, RNCP.

May 9, 2016 // No Comments

I did something totally crazy

Hey Moms,

So I did something totally crazy;  a joke we spoke about at my last Freezefest.  I was having a friend over for lunch today and I wanted to find balance in my day and give more time to myself.   Cooking all morning to prepare for this lunch wasn’t in the cards.  I began by flipping through my recipes, gearing up to be cooking all morning in place of household chores, work and my workout.  BUT instead I said, “NO”;   I am going to grab 2 freezer meals that were prepared at my Freezefest last Thursday, set them out on my counter (heating up in the oven for 15 minutes) and whip up a salad to go with it.

I grabbed Curry Lentil Stew….it was delicious.  With a few slices of naan breads and I threw together this delicious Beet and Orange Salad to go with it.    Please share this recipe with your friends.

 

BEET and ORANGE SALAD

One of my favourite salads and a fantastic way to enjoy beets again. Full of iron and vitamin C

 

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 3 medium beets, peeled, trimmed and diced
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned (2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2tbsp chopped green onion, green part only
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp 100% orange juice or juice from orange
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of ground pepper

 

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450F.
  2. Place beets on oiled roasting pan.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and cook in oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Then uncover and cook for another 10 minutes until beets are tender when pierced with a fork; set aside to cool.
  5. In a large bowl gently toss beets with oranges and zest, onion, oil, orange juice, vinegar and pepper.
  6. To serve place quinoa, top with beet mixture

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait for my next Freezefest.   My next one is taking place on Tuesday September 20th 10:00am – 11:30am and Thursday September 22nd 7:30pm – 9:00pm to accommodate both the during the day and the evening crowd.  The cost is $39 to attend and you leave with 15-20 deliciously nutrition meals.  Ohh and by the way have you seen all of the food additives, stabilizers, enhancers and fillers in the ones you buy at the grocery store…even the ones that are supposed to be healthy..YUCK!  For more info and to get registered please email me at nutrition@highwaytohealth.ca or give me a call at 905-580-3574.  If you would like to host a Freezefest in your house, you literally just open up your house and I do all the rest…AND you receive over 20 meals that are gluten free and salt free and some are vegetarian too.

AND I always have a fabulous guest speaker to inspire us women!

Its a fantastic evening…Please watch for my Mother’s Day eye opening moment…coming up this week.

May 2, 2016 // No Comments

Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

Homemade Granola Bars … Nothing’s Better!

Here is how you make them … super-easy 🙂

1. Line an 8x8inch baking pan with foil letting it extend over the sides.  Grease with butter.

2. In a large bowl mix 1 cup of Pc Organics Granola/Blue menu/Natures Path/Enjoy Life or Kashi granola; 1 cup of rolled oats, ½ cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of diced honey dates (see variations below)

3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 egg, ¼ cup honey, ¼ cup canola oil and ¼ tsp cinnamon.  Stir into granola mixture, then pat batter into pan.

4. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes or until browned.  When cool, use foil to life from pan.  Cut into bars.  Store at room temperature for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.  Makes 9 squares.

5. Add big chunks of almonds, and unroasted cashews if desired.

April 5, 2016 // No Comments

See me Speak

Hello,

I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that I will be speaking at Pretty in Pink Spa and getting you connected on Thursday April 21st from 10:30am – noon.

Do you sometimes feel scattered, off kilter, unbalanced and unsatisfied with your life?  Do you feel like something is missing or there has got to be a better way?   Join me as I get you back to connecting quickly and easily in my GET CONNECTED presentation.

Grab your free ticket here and join me.

 

Some other cool things; have you taken my 6 week nutrition program in the past and want a boost?  Or are you interested in getting started with me to alleviate headaches insomnia, menopause, acne, food sensitivities, allergies, anxiety, tension, high blood pressure, stress; to lose weight, gain weight and get your bowel movements under control.  To get more nutrients in, to find out what your body needs and the list goes on.  If you would like to achieve better health, lose weight, feel cleaner and better from the inside out; I am now offering single sessions where we meet in your home or mine or over the phone depending on what is better for you.   These session just take it one step at a time.  If you would like to meet me for an hour or so and get back to feeling great again, simply send me an email to nutrition@highwaytohealth.ca or give me a call.  All of these sessions, send you home with your own individual food plan so you can get started right away.

Please note I work with children and families on a one on one per appointment basis too.

 

 

February 9, 2016 // No Comments

Picky Eating is the NEW COOL Thing….

Family Table

Here is my latest post:

Just a couple weeks ago at my daughter’s soccer game I could see on the bench from where we were sitting that the parents in front of us were arranging a playdate with their daughters after the game. You could tell they didn’t know each other well. I could see the one mom arranging the car seat and some bags for the playdate. They were chit chatting about pick up times and who could drive home.  It was all loose goosey. They seemed pretty laid back about everything and all was good. Just before leaving with the children the mom asked, “Does Isabella have any food allergies?” (because this is the new norm these days). The dad piped in, “no.” And then continue to say, “but she is a really small eater.” “She is really picky, REALLY PICKY”, he continued to clarify just in case they didn’t hear him the first time. He seemed very concerned that they needed to know this. And it seemed odd that his concern was just coming to the forefront now, as I got thinking about it. What was he even telling these parents? His daughter is picky. What does picky eating have to do with food allergies or better yet, having fun at a play date? The reason why this word is being used so frequently is to protect parents. Parents are forced to understand their child’s pickiness for fear their children won’t eat, won’t grow or in fear their children will get really upset and cause a big embarrassing scene.

At least by telling this family his daughter is Picky they will accept it as this new UNIVERSAL word is recognized and renowned so everyone who encounters a picky eater knows what to do and what to expect.

We have hit a decade of the pickiest of picky eaters and we are accepting it and living with it. We are caught up in the cycle with constant table wars.  Parents are more stressed out about feeding their children than they ever have been before.  We are force feeding, feeling guilty, bribing, giving rewards, punishing, cheering, distracting, disconnecting or getting angry when a child does or does not eat. And furthermore we are now openly labelling our children as picky. And often times we don’t even have to say a thing, we simply just serve these children something different than the others as if they have some clinical disease or something that they cannot eat what the rest of us are eating.

This is a crazy, crazy new phenomena that needs to be made sense of.

See what some moms had to say after taking my NEWEST CLASS; Reclaim your Dinner Table:

After 2 weeks on the program:
“Just to let you know last night I made my favourite meal, which was
oven baked Tilapia (with couscous on the side and corn) and the kids ate it! It was pretty plain, just garlic and lemon and they dipped it
in ketchup but there was not too much grumbling. Luke ate all of his
fish but didn’t care for the couscous, and Lauren ate half of the fish
and all of the couscous.
I was stunned.” Lana ~ Burlington,ON

After one day on the program:
“Dinner last night was the most peaceful and enjoyable dinner we have had in SEVEN years! I am not kidding. Nate was totally into it, he chatted away happily the whole time. He ate 85% of his meal on his own. My husband was in shock! Wished I’d called you 2 years ago when my intuition said to” Jennifer ~ Burlington, ON

“My drive home used to consist of worrying and stressing over what I was going to make once I got home. The rush during dinner prep was agonizing and when it was all done – I was far from hungry, and on my way to a downward spiral of anger and resentment. This program is totally worth the outcome after just one week we have little stress, fewer arguments at the dinner table, and a much more positive experience.” Maggie ~ Burlington

Get more information about Reclaim your Dinner Table here

January 28, 2016 // 1 Comment

The Journey

It has been a crazy week as my book has launched.  And wow what an emotional ride it has been. I felt compelled today to share how I feel. As I sit and ponder about where I have come…I have a feeling of emptiness instead of a feeling of fulfilment that I thought my finished product/book would bring. I thought I would be on cloud nine, excited, enthused and relaxed.  A feeling of being done…accomplished, hitting the finish line.

When I reflect back on how I thought it would feel after writing my book, I imagined feelings of fulfillment and satisfaction about being an author and accomplishing my book. I further imagined the feeling I would have after completing such a big thing that I never knew I had in me to do and WOW what a cool feeling it would be. It is crazy to sit here and open my honesty gates and tell you…It wasn’t my book launch that gave me a cool feeling or a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. It was the days leading up to it. With each sentence I wrote, each chapter I closed the door on and the video I produced I could feel my book coming together and my sincere gratefulness for having the abilities to do so. The emotions were in the journey, in the path and in the steps that it took to get me to my final product. It was the design of my front cover and the book bounded together. It was when my first of what would be six more proofs that came home from Staples as a word document bounded in coil; to hold it and see what I had written and feel the weight of it. It was the warm words of encouragement from clients, friends and family and it was with each story I told about my life that I felt another piece of myself reaching my destination. And now that I am here; here where I have always wanted to be; I can safely say it is not about reaching it, it is about the journey. The journey was far more exciting and exhilarating than getting to the top of this mountain, to the completion of my book.

So when we sit here and say as we often can do, I can’t wait for next year or when my children are old enough to do this or that or when winter is over or when the weekend is here…from the wisdom of my heart and soul…enjoy the journey, the stuff you learn along the way. Listen to it and take in what you are seeing and feeling.  Absorb it and understand it.  The people you meet, the conversations you have, the hugs you receive and the warm smiles you give. Embrace the journey…for each day is another day in the book of YOU!

Since my book has been published I have developed an amazing program called Reclaim your Dinner Table in just 6 simple weeks. For those of you who are finding your dinner meals insane…have a picky eater or eaters in the house, nobody eats together, some are fussy, your husband isn’t home and you are cooking a bunch of meals to please palates daily. You are tired of cooking and want to find a better way. Check out what my new program is all about…And with my program you will receive a copy of my book Power of the Table.

Back by popular demand is Freezefest; happening in my home on Wednesday April 6th from 7:30-9:00pm. We will have a great guest speaker and I am offering 5 brand new and delicious recipes to ROCK your freezer. If you are interested please let me know by emailing me at nutrition@highwaytohealth.ca.  Spaces are limited to 12 guests.

You can now grab a book on my website here

If you missed my video on how my book came to be…Check it out here.

Thank you for all of your support!!!

January 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

My BOOK is HERE!

You have followed me on my journey for a year and a half and today is the day my book is here and ready to go….Join me as I illustrate my writing journey and how I made my dream come true.  Check it out right here and follow the link to get your very own copy today.

Here’s 3 ways:

  1. Hardcopy from Amazon
  2. eBook from Kindle
  3. Apple iBook (Coming Soon!)

Thanks for all your support.  It’s really been a joy writing Power of the Table – I know you’ll love it!

Yours in health,

 

January 12, 2016 // No Comments

New Beginnings

Well this week has been full of new beginnings for me. I discovered further that when I allow my children to mess up and learn from their mistakes I further facilitate their growth and development; but when I allow this to happen they grow up way too fast before my eyes. I know people have told me that suddenly your daughter won’t be a child anymore…they will act more like an adult and this week this has happened to me. I am both blessed, have tears in my eyes as I write this, sad and excited for the new ventures ahead.

Just yesterday the cold weather hit our town of Oakville ON and my seven year old Ryley…soon to be eight (cry face) left for school; she leaves the house before her older sister and walks on her own to school now (double cry face). She wants to be on time! As she was leaving I noticed she didn’t have her hat or mitts on. I asked her if she needed her hats and mitts today and she said, “no I’m fine.” I prompted again, “are you sure?” and she replied “yes I am sure, “ and off she went. Meanwhile later that morning I stepped outside to discover how cold it had become. I thought, ohh no, Ryley went to school without her mitts and hat, she is going to freeze to death was my first response. And then I stopped and thought about how long her breaks outside were and what I would do if I forgot my hat and mitts. I thought how she would likely put her hood up, run around to stay warm and tuck her hands into her jacket. Now I work from home, so I can easily drop mitts and hats by the school. But then I stopped myself. Wait a minute here. She isn’t going to freeze to death and yes she will feel pain from the cold but how is she going to learn what she needs to bring to school in the morning if she doesn’t feel the cold. Ahh the guilt set in and then it left, from thoughts of what are the other parents going to think and what about the teachers if they see her with no hat and mitts, what kind of a mom are they going to think I am. And then I just let it go. I need and want to raise children that make mistakes and learn from them. I know we only grow when we make mistakes and if I constantly told Ryley she needed her hat and mitts or forced her to put them on; I would be doing this every single morning until April. So when Ryley came running through the door after school she shouted…I am FREEZING. I said, “I know it is so cold out there.” I then asked her, what she could do differently tomorrow to keep herself warm…She told me what she would do and today she was all dressed and ready for school with her snow pants on, winter boots, hat, gloves and a scarf…No prompting from me at all!

So as I continue to allow my children to discover and learn they continue to grow up so fast…I am so sad that this week my older daughter who is 12 used to beg me to go on field trips with her and yesterday she begged me not to come. She said I am sorry mom but I am good now. What??? Good??? You mean you don’t need me anymore I thought?? Wrong…yesterday I spent most of my thoughts thinking of all the places that Madison needed me now. She needs me to help her straighten her hair, wash her face with her and for her at times. She needs me to show her how to put mascara on and she wants me to take her to wax her eyebrows with me. Last Friday she begged to come with me to my yoga class and this morning she wanted me to show her how to wear her new snow hat. And overnight she still asks me to tuck her in. “I’m ready for bed now mommy, can you tuck me in.”

So as I jump into new beginnings like a flash before my eyes, I will miss what was and what has left me so quickly and am looking forward to the excitement of what’s ahead. I am rolling with the punches here in the GORDON/FISHER household.

I too have a new beginning…As I look back on the many edits I have gone through and the process of writing my book, it is just a distant memory where I learned from my mistakes and grew stronger.  I can’t believe my book is complete and will be ready to purchase on Wednesday January 20th…You will all be sent a video message on the 20th of January. A message of my journey of how I got here and why I wrote my book. I can’t wait to share this new beginning with you as I share with you how the POWER OF THE TABLE is all you need to build a positive foundation for your family. So mark your calendars for Wednesday January 20th. We will be partying the entire day…Watch your inbox!

January 2, 2016 // No Comments

My Book is Here

What a year 2015 was for me.  I wrote my first book this past year and as I have come home from my mini New Years vacation away…at my front door to greet me was a UPS parcel of my book bound and ready to go.

What a dream come true.  My printed books have arrived!   I never imagined I would ever write a book.  My story on how this all came to be will come to full fruition on January 20th when I launch my book and share with you the process of how my book came to be.  At this time you will be able to purchase THE POWER of THE TABLE online as a hard copy on Amazon or as an e-book on Apple iBooks and Kindle.

I want to thank all of you for making my dream come true.  Without you I wouldn’t have a story.  Each and everyone of you has touched me so deeply to find the story, the experience and the ideas to bring this book together.  Thank you for believing in me and following me throughout this journey.  I can’t wait to share this amazing concept with you.

Happy NEW YEAR!   Cheers to 2016!

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