a whole bunch of firsts

Volume 1 Issue 8 May 28, 2014


A glimpse at more than 12K runners for the 10km race!

A gorgeous Ottawa race weekend with mostly bright sunshine & more birthday celebrations. Mine this time! I really have to thank my parents for bringing me into this world this time of year.  The air is so very fragrant with apple, cherry & lilac blossoms.  My Saturday morning bike ride (6 km more or less) had me thinking back when any strong smells would send my sinuses soaring and my digestion system swirling.  Come to think of it, I haven’t been able to do a bike ride like that in a VERY long time. So, now I’m getting outside and continuing the day kicking off the end of my fifties and a bunch of firsts.   Please don’t be too judgmental with this video!  It isn’t perfect but it’s been on my TO DO list and it got done.


Note to self:   Don’t be so shy and look at camera more often!  And hey, nobody cares if you are doing a selfie video!

Recipe of the week

Another Recipe from Cooper’s Kitchen

Here’s what I made for brunch! Serve with grilled gluten-free turkey sausages, eggs and garnished with a handful of raspberries and some mint leaves for a satisfying way to start the day.

   Sweet Potato Pancake        serves 2

1 large sweet potato peeled & grated

1 tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

1 cup button mushrooms chopped

2 shallots (optional)chopped

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and press into a skillet.  Cook on medium heat until soft or edges beginning to be crispy. (Won’t take long so watch it doesn’t burn!)  Serve as a side for breakfast, lunch or supper.




NOTE : This post is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional. Its always the best practice to consult your doctor for a comprehensive guide/advice on health problems.



how I increased my energy (and you can too)

Volume 1 Issue 7 2014

What a gorgeous weekend of bright sunshine, birthday celebrations for a grandson, and tip-toeing through the tulips in Ottawa. Raising three daughters and having 3 grandgirls having a little grandson is so different.  He loved the flowers but the wheelbarrows were his favourite!

DiDi and me

DiDi and me


Feature Article

While I am now a health coach and understand how to increase my energy and lose weight safely without drastic measures, it wasn’t always that way.

Growing up, I struggled with my weight. I remember how it made me lack  confidence and uncomfortable with what others my age thought of me. Later on, as an adult, allergies, hypoglycemia then fibromyalgia raised their ugly heads.

I finally discovered that the problem wasn’t me. It was a lack of information about the underlying causes. Not one of the diet or nutrition books I read mentioned how I could be sensitive to certain foods.  And that these foods were causing inflammation and even weight loss resistance.

I thought I was eating healthy foods, but what I learned is that some of the foods I was eating were actually viewed as toxins by my body.

I know how frustrating it is to go on a detox diet and be hungry. Want to transform the way you look and think about food?  I am going to show you a way to think about your body and food with delicious recipes that will satisfy your taste  buds. Continue reading

who you are and who you can become

Volume 1 Issue 6 2014

There is empowerment discovering who you are and who you become going through change. You may cringe with a mighty mix of emotions when someone says “You are so courageous” or ” You are so brave”.  Anger, sadness, disbelief, emptiness, fatigue are just some of  the ingredients to discover what brave means.  Feeling anything but brave,  instead scared to death how to manage it all?

To move forward toward healing there will come a moment when you know you wouldn’t ever want to go back. Is it hard ? Hell yes!  Maybe you are asking why this was to be your path when you feel like everyone else is the lucky one and you are all alone with no obvious answers.

Dandelion in clover

What if…….. you looked at it like this?

A child is given a pizza size chocolate chip cookie.   You decide to use this as a teaching tool telling her/him that sharing with friends would be a nice thing to do. Reluctantly they give 1 piece, then 2 then 3 and so on until there is a moderate size left they can easily handle.  Happy faces are smiling all around and lesson learned.

Ok, ok I know they probably kicked up a fuss ’cause they  wanted to eat the whole thing by themselves!  What about using this for yourself as a metaphor  for going through change?  You don’t have to do this alone. Share with someone you trust & build support step by step for living a happier, healthier life  & becoming the YOU you want to be. Makes the task alot less daunting.

(Couldn’t resist posting this recipe after writing that! )

FEATURE ARTICLE                  Another RECIPE from Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me!)

Gluten free Pizza Crust

Did you get my message about my  surprise?  EARLY BIRD SAVINGS will continue until my birthday on May 25th!


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Copyright Your Better Living Coach 2014

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we all have one of these

Without these we would not be on this planet.  Of course, I am talking about our mothers! This past Mother’s Day my Mom also celebrated a birthday. What does my mother say when asked what she would like to do for the day? “Nothing”!  I warned her that if she was leaving it up to me, it would be “game on” for a road trip stopping wherever and whenever.

 Mom & I Me and Mom at the “dam”. 

Mother Nature supplied the gorgeous blue sky and sunshine.  Our stops were numerous.  The first, a favourite spot at the “dam” on the river where our family used to spend a summer Sunday, then the family farmstead(new owners) where she was born.  She had a grand time sharing her memories ( fishing for trout in the brook) and seeing how things had changed, like the pine tree her Dad planted, that now dwarfs the shed.  We even ending up chatting with neighbours she had known since a child.

Bliss farm Fairfax Rd

Brook at Fairfax






The greatest gifts don’t necessarily come from shopping the malls or the internet.

Ending up the day with a nice meal together was the best Mother’s Day/birthday present I could have given her. You see, Mom has fibromyalgia & macular degeneration (legally blind). The opportunity to be out and about on such a gorgeous day was ………….priceless!

I still chuckle thinking about a recent conversation. Talking about doing a detox, I got asked if I had “healed myself” with my blender! Well, yes and no.  That wasn’t the only thing I have done to manage my health. READ MORE here

Have you registered?  This is the bonus week for EARLY BIRD SAVINGS



RECIPE from Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me!)

Crispy Skinned Salmon with Gingery Greens  (for 4)