Iceland 2016 Video

This past weekend Xavier and I celebrated our first anniversary. For the occasion, I created a video of our Iceland trip! I hope you like it, and stay tuned for other posts in which I’ll describe our adventures in more details and share lots of photos 🙂


Let’s talk Goodfood

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It’s been almost two months since I wrote a post for my blog, and I feel so good doing it! After being sick for about three months, I’m finally feeling a lot better! It feels amazing to get my energy back – I feel like I’m myself again. I have to admit that the past few months have been quite a rollercoaster emotionally and I’m glad it’s almost over.

During those few months, I had a lot of trouble taking care of myself since I didn’t have much energy. I kept working four days a week, so all my energy went into work and I couldn’t do much more. That means that careful grocery shopping and menu planning went a out the window as well as working out or planning much activities. I’m sad to admit that I had no choice but be a couch potato. However, as I mentioned in a previous post, my parents were kind enough to come help me out and give me lots of food that I was able to put in the freezer so that I could still eat healthy. But all of that made me think that even when I’m feeling 100%, it takes a lot of time to plan an interesting menu and perhaps I should find another way to shop and cook food. This brings me to a couple weeks ago when I got a Goodfood coupon by the mail. Usually all of those things go directly to the recycling bin, but since I’d been thinking about better ways of eating healthy, I decided to check it out! Turns out it cost me $51 for a first week worth of food with the coupon, so I couldn’t resist trying it.

At first, I was really surprised by the price. I thought those delivering companies were a lot more expensive, but a standard price of $78 per week for 8 meals sounds extremely reasonable to me, especially with the generous portions they send. Since I live on my own, I always end up buying too much food at the grocery store as most products are sold in bulk and not only does a lot of food goes to waste, but I have to eat the same recipe over and over. Therefore, grocery shopping ends up being quite expensive if I want to diversify my meals. With Goodfood, I don’t have to worry about that! Everything is sent in the exact quantities you need to make the recipe and that’s it. This week, I cooked a tuna salad, veggie tacos, beef yakisoba and bolognese rigatoni. To cook all of these recipes the usual way, I would have had to get so many ingredients from the grocery store and there’s no way I would have been able to eat them all. On top of this, the recipes are sent with step-by-step photos that make it so easy to cook, even if you are not an experienced chef. Personally, it forces me to get out of my comfort zone and cook recipes I wouldn’t have tried otherwise. For instance, it was my first time cooking with wild tuna!

By the way, when you buy a box of food, Goodfood gives a meal to a young kid in need. How amazing is that? You eat good and you do good!

Happy cooking 🙂


Forced to Slow Down

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I’ve always loved to be productive. I always try to wake up early, even on the weekends, because I simply love to do things and I don’t think any day should be wasted. Of course, I have my Netflix evenings like everyone else, but overall I try to be as productive as I can be. I love the feeling it gives me.

However, for the past month, I’ve been forced to slow down. During my finals, about a month ago, I got fever, headaches for days and I was constantly tired. I blamed it all on my nerves, which means I blamed it on me, and I cracked. I had put so much pressure on myself, it was too much. I sort of had a nervous breakdown. Then, I started developing other symptoms. So much that I went to the hospital over a week ago to find out that I have mononucleosis and a viral hepatitis. I put so much pressure on myself, when in the end, I had absolutely nothing to do with what was going on. I was sick.

As a high-achiever, it can be hard for me to listen to my body and focus on myself. Whether it’s at work or at school, I always try to give my 110%. However, what I’m realizing is that it’s impossible to do so when you’re not healthy. I started a new job two weeks ago, right after my last final, and it’s been incredibly hard for me to realize that I must slow down and I can’t do the hours I would normally do. I have to take days off and sometimes leave early. I also had to drop my summer class at school. In a way, I feel like I’m disappointing the people around me, when in fact, all they want is for me to get better. The other day, someone told me “I find that you’re too hard on yourself”. It sort of hit me. The fact that what seemed normal to me was in fact way too much to someone else. In the end, what I’m finally realizing is that all of those missed hours or that dropped class don’t matter. All that matters is that I get healthy again.

This past weekend, my parents came to Montreal to help me out. I hadn’t gone grocery shopping in weeks! They brought me tons of food, new furniture I needed and they gave me some much needed love. When they showed up, I couldn’t help but get emotional. I’ve been living on my own for years and I think along the way I forgot how nice it is to have someone care for you that way. It meant the world to me that they showed up to help me out. In fact, I was able to take my first truly relaxing nap in weeks. I couldn’t be more grateful for both of them.

Although I do hope I wasn’t sick, it’s reminding me what is really important in my life and who matters in the end. It also reminds me how amazing it is to be young and full of energy, and that I shouldn’t take any of that for granted. Now those are some pretty positive takeaways from all of this! 😉

And by the way, I believe I am slowly but surely getting better!! My goal is to be fully back on my feet by July 1st. Let the countdown begin!

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