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Fitness Swellness: Run the Global Energy Race by Dempster’s!

Running with Billie Jean

My main reasons for running are personal: I run to stay fit, for a sense of accomplishment, to get me outside, to eat pretty much whatever I want to (hah!), and to stay sane (it is the cheapest form of the therapy!).

But as I’ve learned in the past 10 years of running, tying in giving back to help others as part of your racing makes it an even more worthy pursuit. Whether that’s fundraising for a charity (I’ve done so in the past for cat rescues) or even just participating in races that support a cause you believe in. Last year around this time, I raced in support of kids’ mental health programs, and this month, on September 24th, I’ll be running in support of food banks in the Global Energy Race by Dempster’s in Toronto.

The race actually takes place in three locations in Canada that day: the Base de Plein Air de Ste-Foy in Quebec, the Dyke Trail in Richmond, B.C., and in Toronto, it’s in Ashbridges Bay Park (where I used to train regularly!). There’s a fun 3k run/walk, which I considered doing with my dog, Billie Jean, but I’ve opted instead for the 10k run.

Here’s the best part: for every kilometre every participant completes, Canada Bread (Dempster’s parent company) will donate two slices of bread to local Canadian food banks. How much bread does this amount to? Well, last year, more than 10,000 slices of bread were donated.

I donate non-perishables regularly to the donation bin at my grocery store so giving to food banks is something I do try to support. I’m also keen to take part in this race as it’s part of a global movement to support healthy living, and it’ll be extra fun as I’ve rounded up two friends to join me that day, too!

Want to join the Global Energy Race? C’mon, do it for the good cause…and for the yummy carbs you can enjoy before and after the race! Register here today (and if you’re 16 and under, your registration is complimentary! Free! You just have to register on the site, though)!

And also, be sure to follow along on social media: @globalenergyrun #runwithus

See you at the start line!

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Foodie Swellness: Enter the #SoThankfulScaddabush Richmond Hill contest!

SCADDABUSH INSTAGRAM

Scroll through my Instagram and you may notice I’m a fan of carbs and in particular, Italian food. And if you’re just as thankful for Italian food as I am, then you’ll be very keen on entering this contest Scaddabush Richmond Hill is holding – you could win dinner for eight people! How fun (and delicious!). Having been to their downtown location, I can say I enjoyed everything I had there.

Not familiar with Scaddabush? It’s got a comfortable and friendly vibe; they make fresh pasta and mozzarella dailiy; and hello, there are two signature meatballs every day. You definitely need to bring your appetite when you head here.

OK, now to the fun contest details:  the great news is that it’s super simple to enter this #SoThankfulScaddabush Richmond Hill contest, which ends 5 p.m. EST of Monday, November 2, 2015:

From now until 5 p.m. of November 2, 2015, take a picture of something you are thankful for (so not only are you entering contest, you get a chance to reflect on the good things in your life!).

Post this picture on your Twitter or Instagram, or you can you post it as a comment on www.facebook.com/ScaddabushItalianKitchen&Bar and make sure to include the hashtag #SoThankfulScaddabush.

You can enter once a day but you must post a different photo each entry (a nice way to reflect each day on what you’re grateful for in your life, dontch think?).  Three winners will be chosen at random.

Make sure you’re eligible to win, though. You have to be a Scaddabush Social Club member (sign up at www.scaddabush.com), and be legal drinking age, and a few other criteria. You can get the full contest details and info on eligibility here.

What fun would it be to feast with seven of your friends at the new Scaddabush Richmond Hill location! (I’m thinking you should invite me…just sayin’…haha).  Oh, and the #SoThankfulScaddabush dinner takes place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7 p.m. so if you’re entering the contest, keep that evening clear in case you’re one of the three lucky winners!

Go forth and be thankful, and good luck in this contest!

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Foodie Swellness: #TrainWithGrains GIVEAWAY

savoury oats

 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congrats to @blondefriesen who is the winner of this prize!

I’m in training for a marathon about 45 weeks out of the year for the past five years. And I’ve been called a machine by many people. I actually use this idea of being a machine to help me during a run; I try to really think of myself as a machine, one that can keep on keepin’ on without feeling any of the agony and pain marathon training can entail. I’ll likely be thinking of this next weekend when I’m running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon as I work towards my summer of sweat #keepsweating goal.

To keep this machine performing well for training and racing, grains are key part of my diet. Healthy whole grains help the body to recover from a tough workout and they help provide the energy our muscles need to get through the training (whether it’s speed work on a track or an easy recovery run) or the 42.2 kilometres of the big race day.

Another great aspect of whole grains? They will have you feeling full so I’m a fan of having a bowl of steel-cut oats for breakfasts, and especially so before a morning run. And while I’ve been eating it simply (usually with just a touch of honey and a small handful of nuts), I’ve started trying it as a savoury dish.

avocado, bacon, eggs, oats

 

With a splash of soy sauce and chopped scallions, it reminds me a lot of congee (that soupy rice that’s a comfort food I grew up with).  Thanks Mark Bittman for the idea. Post-run, I have more time to cook so one of my new favourite savoury ways to eat my steel-cut oats is topped with some crumbled bacon, avocado and a fried or poached egg (I finally tried poaching eggs using a mesh strainer and, yay, success!) and some chopped chives and sriracha. I think it’d also be delicious with some caramelized onions and a soft-boiled egg, and maybe even some blue cheese, hello, stinky but yummy breakfast bowl!

Whether you’re just kickstarting a new workout routine or are a fitness buff, #trainwithgrains and you’ll have the fuel and improved recovery your body needs to perform at its best. Want to add this to your diet! Well…I can help you with that!

To help you #trainwithgrains for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon ( or your personal fitness goal, Grain Farmers of Ontario has given me a $50 President’s Choice giftcard to give away to one lucky fitness fan in Ontario. This way you can create your own delicious recipe with barley, grain corn (think corn meal, flour or starch), oats, soybeans or wheat so that you can ensure your body is getting the wholesome, clean fuel it needs to help you perform your best.

N.B. To enter this Good in Every Grain Giveaway, you must be a resident in Ontario.

You can enter to win the $50 President’s Choice giftcard in four different ways:

  1. Email me at healthandswellness@gmail.com with your name and address (please put “Good in Every Grain” in the subject line).
  2. Twitter. Follow me on  Twitter (@healthswellness) and tweet:

I want to #trainwithgrains and enjoy the good in every grain by winning this @healthswellness #giveaway! http://bit.ly/1N0VYz6

  1. Instagram: Follow me on Instagram (@healthandswellness), “like” the photo of this savoury egg, bacon and avocado oats bowl, and tag a friend who you think would also benefit from the good in every grain.
  2. Facebook: “Like” the Health and Swellness page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/healthandswellness)–not just the photo but the page for Health and  Swellness — and comment on the savoury oats photo about what grain dish you think you’ll make using the giftcard if you’re the winner.

This giveaway is open to Ontario residents and you can enter up until 12 p.m. EST, Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via the method they’ve won. If they do not claim their prize within five days, another winner will be selected at random.

Good luck! And stay tuned for another tasty grains dish from me next week!

 

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