11 Days of Giveaways – Day 4

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DAY 4! We still have a week to go in the 11 Days of Giveaways to celebrate my FIVE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! I still can’t believe I’ve made it this far and I am always grateful to those of you who have stuck with me through all my health and lifestyle changes. YOU are the reason I sit at this desk everyday and get my work done. You are the reason I dream about recipes and ways to inspire everyone. I can’t thank you enough, but I do hope all these chances to win make up for it!


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11 Days of Giveaways – Day 3

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Today’s Prize for the 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 3 is a lifesaver, literally.

Way back in 2012, I started following an account on Instagram that I thought was pure badassery. Her name is @KMaeCags and she is hawt, buff, covered in tattoos and speaks 100% honestly about pretty much everything. She knows how to crush a workout, will teach you to do the same, smashes doughnuts like a boss and will even help you build a diet that will leave you with a smokin’ hot bod should you put in the work. Her name is Krissy Mae Cagney and she is the voice and talent behind the soon to be open Black Iron Training facility in New York City, the programming mastermind behind KMaeCags programming and diet ebooks and also the creator of the Doughnuts and Deadlifts brand.
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11 Days of Giveaways – Day 2

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Have you ever struggled with a movement at the gym that you just couldn’t overcome? For me, that has always been pullups. Granted, I have some serious muscle weirdness going on in my upper back from my surgery (including bits that have never recovered feeling in them) but mostly it’s because, as a female that had no professional trainer, I avoided most upper body work. I don’t think I hardly ever did anything overhead…ever. When I started CrossFit, we were instructed on kipping pullups, but I barely had the strength to do even jumping pullups. We now know that NO ONE should be doing kipping pullups unless they have the strength to do at least a few strict pullups. So I continue on, with negative pullups during most conditioning WODs. I have achieved one strict pullup and I can do many kipping, but until I can do five strict, I’ll stick to the basics.

If you struggle with pullups, today is your day!

Today’s Prize in the 11 Days of Giveaways – Day 2 is 1 Perfect Pullup Bar courtesy of Fitness Town in Vancouver BC!


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11 Days of Giveaways – Day 1

Miracle Beach 2014It’s my 5 Year Blogiversary!!!

Some of you already know this, others may be here for the first time (welcome!), but this week marks five solid years of blogging for me and the Guilty Kitchen Blog! Way back in 2009, I kicked this puppy off and we’ve been growing and evolving ever since. When I started this blog as a way to keep busy with an infant while on maternity leave, I would never have imagined that it would have turned our as successful as it has. Who knew I would never go back to the Mon- Fri grind? Or that I would be able to make a career, as I’d always dreamed, out of writing and cooking? I’m happy to say that with hard work and dedication, you really can make dreams come true. All the people I’ve met along the way, the opportunities and collaborations, the brainstorming and development have made me who I am today. This little blog even helped me overcome an eating disorder and an almost imploding marriage.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

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There’s nothing like homemade ice cream.

Except when your gut microbes tell you that you can’t eat unfermented dairy. Waaaaaah!

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Then you have to figure out other ways to make ice cream. Anyone who has been Paleo or dairy-free for more than sixteen seconds has definitely tried coconut milk ice cream, which I love! Sometimes though, you just want to experiment, right?! Maybe it’s just me. Sometimes I miss the opportunities that arise when you work in a commercial kitchen. You just get to experiment a lot more often, and it doesn’t cost you any money either, which is nice. So after making the Paleo Vanilla Coffee Creamer the other day, I realized that it would probably make a very good non-dairy ice cream base. And seeing as my informal Facebook Page poll went crazy with comments, I knew I was going to have to make several different varieties of ice cream to satisfy all you closet ice cream lovers!
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