Creating Healthy Habits with Kiwami Greens

Thanks to Kiwami Greens for sponsoring this post.

Many people have tried to create healthy habits, mainly in the form of new years resolutions. Unfortunately, most have yet to stick to that resolution and are onto other alternate routes on becoming the best, healthier self they can be. Firstly, I’ll congratulate you on wanting to keep up with your resolutions whether or not you broke it. I gotta agree, it’s tough to keep up when no one is constantly pushing you to better yourself.

My friend Elisabeth have set a pact with one another — we are to go explore new trails weekly. One, it keeps me so motivated because I don’t want to cancel on our plans. Two, I love chatting and catching up with my friend when getting in a workout, whether we hike, run or walk the trail. And third, I’m always so enthused to head out weekly with my pal as it gives me encourages me to keep up, get stronger, and become more healthy overall.

I ain’t gettin’ any younger!

Have an on-the-go lifestyle and need balance? Consume Kiwami Greens as an everyday ritual for your modern life to balance both the body and mind. Seems like it’d pair well with my weekly yoga trips! I ended up bringing one on a walk with my friend Elisabeth the other day, and I gave her a few packets to try out as well since I know she’s really into that kinda stuff, too.

Kiwami Greens is inspired by Aojiru (ah-oh-ji-ru), a traditional Japanese greens blend known for its superior nutritional properties. Aojiru is a traditional Japanese drink for health and well-being. It’s harvested from young barley and ashitaba greens from the islands of Japan. It blends well with teas, sencha, and matcha for a smooth rich taste in the way of “kiwami”. Kiwami Greens is packed with calcium, vitamins B, C, and E, iron, fiber, and folic and amino acids. Ashitaba is a very unique plant that’s long been used in traditional Japanese medicine — it’s a rich source of vitamins B1, B2, and B6, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin E.

I’ve been drinking it for the past few days as I received a box of 30, and I gotta say I’m loving the simple, small changes I’m making. More greens in my life = healthier me. Having these easy to-go packets of Kiwami Greens is such a simple and convenient way to incorporate more greens into your daily diet, and stay healthy when you’re constantly on-the-go.

Simple health habits worth adapting (with Kiwami Greens!):


Find ways to make your healthy habit and lifestyle change as enjoyable as possible. As I mentioned above, exercise with a friend is always excellent and I’ve never regretted it. I really enjoy the taste of the Kiwami Greens, and just this past week I brought along a few packets for Elisabeth too on our jaunt.


Making slow and steady series of small victories is far more desirable in the long run. You’re basically training your brain to succeed. Start by skipping meat once a week. Next time, take the stairs rather than the elevator. Drink 1 extra glass of water per day. Or if you want to start running, do so only 10 minutes every day and gradually build up your time. Remember the push-up challenge one of my CrossFit coaches suggested I do a few years ago? I started with 1 pushup, and added 1 more each day, for a 30 day challenge. It was incredible how much I improved over that one quick month.


Missed one day? Don’t worry about it! Start up again, the very next. Don’t fret about occasional bumps in the road — your habit building can still proceed without a hitch.


If you’re not a morning person I’m not talking about getting up and working out immediately. I’ve never been one to workout earlier in the day. But, for some their willpower is higher in the day and you can reap those rewards all day long. What I’m talking about is making meals or preparing for them ahead of time, so when you’re a starved gull you’ll have something prepped. Your past self will thank your future self.

Kiwami Greens are vegan, non-gmo, and gluten-free. I prefer the easy route of simply mixing it in with water and drinking it that way. However, you could always add it into milk or yogurt, and add it into your favourite juices or smoothies to disguise the taste if you weren’t a fan. It kinda tastes like green tea a bit!

If you’re interested in signing up for the monthly subscription box, you can save 10% by using the promo code SUMMER10. Promo code is for one-time use per e-mail. For subscription orders, the first order will be discounted and all others will be the original price.

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My Favourite Ways To Stay Active

My word for 2017 is “move”, which I blogged about it a few weeks ago. I know. Hi. I have’t been blogging much. Honestly, I’m trying to keep up with keeping much more active this year, than I was last. Being more organized in my life. And a whole buncha other stuff.

When I think of exercising I admit when I get a little stressed as I picture myself doing all these activities I don’t enjoy. But let me tell ya folks, when you find an activity that can get your heart rate goin’ that you enjoy – keep at’er. Although always super fun to me, I consciously remind myself that climbing is a workout. I’m in my 30’s now guys and I’m noticing I have to be more active, a lot more regularly than usual.

Today I’m here to share some of my favourite ways to stay active. Do you think you can make a list of your own? Leave me a note in the comments!

Climbing| Climbing has and always will have a piece of my heart. As of 2017, it marks 22 years of my climbing journey. Nuts right? Although I don’t go as often as I’d like (I don’t have a membership anymore because it costs a lot!), I do like to pop in one a week for a bouldering session.

Yoga| More specifically, yin yoga only. I attend a yoga class at the climbing gym, and I prefer to attend a yin yoga with a certain instructor since I feel like I can totally mellow out with her voice, and really sink in what she’s suggesting we do. Plus, those deep hip stretches are perfect for climbers as a warm-up for a good bouldering sesh.

Riding my bike| Those that know me here in California understand to never ask me to hang out after dark. But there are times lately that I’ve been cycling around come dusk (and peddling back home fast to beat the sunset lol). Specialized hooked me up with some bike lights that I totally appreciate.

Running| I have a love-hate with running. I’ve always found it difficult (minus the sprinting, I love those lol). I don’t love going for longer runs, and anything past 6km is crazy long for me. Alfie, my Husband and I go out for a weekly 6km run together every weekend. I hate it, but I love it at the same time. I used to run outside solo, but I had a scare with some random strangers who creeped me out, so now I stick to the treadmill at our complex.

Hiking| I don’t mean hiking up mountains in Alberta and British Columbia, because I’ve done that and cried all along the way (hopefully it went unnoticed!). Hiking up a steep ass mountain for hours on end with my husband before we were married was rough. Can’t beat the views, that’s for sure. But what I’m talking about is going out in the woods here in California and hiking with my husband, and Alfie… on a not-so steep incline ;)

Lifting Weights| Guys, I miss CrossFit so bad. I miss the community, I miss my workout buddies, and I miss being told what to do when I enter the gym for a workout. Lifting weights on your own or not knowing what to do is rough. I prefer someone telling me what to do, in a gym! Lol. This is another thing that isn’t so regular on my radar, but I hope to do more weights in the upcoming future. Halp.

Blogilates| I know Blogilates has a huge YouTube following, and I knew about her for years. But I’ve only recently subscribed to her for some quick and not-so-easy workouts when I know I’m sitting at my computer too much. I really love doing the workouts that don’t require weights (because we don’t have any in the house, even though I suppose I could use cans of soup to lift.. lol). Plus, it’s free! Or if you’re not the biggest fan of Blogilates, enter into YouTube any sort of workout you want to do (I usually enter in “20 minute workout” and scroll til I find something appealing).

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HIIT at Fit36

Holy SMOKES as much as I hate to admit, it’s been a long long time since I did anything quite like this. Guys, I’ve told you before — I miss going to CrossFit so much but it’s too expensive down here for the gym membership and I’m not willing to fork out that kind of dough anymore. So for the past 3 years of living here in California I’ve been doing my own thing, lacking structure and not entirely sure what I’m doing with my workouts anymore. I don’t sweat like I used to.

welcome-spiffykermsFit36 reached out to me and mentioned they will be opening a high intensity interval training / HIIT studio in Cupertino and invited me to try them out. Since I knew my pal Lauren likes these types of workouts too, I suggested they reach out to her as well.

workout-outfitI regret wearing an athletic JACKET to workout in.

The studio literally just opened up, and late October is when I went to check it all out. First dibs! Ha!

Fit36-CupertinoAs much as I thought it was going to be similar to a CrossFit workout — it kinda reminded me of it. You know those days at CrossFit when it’s all about a HIIT cardio workout? Well, that’s the way Fit36 is all the time. Lol. To be honest though, I love a structured workout class that is always changing, like CrossFit or Fit36. I was never a huge fan of going to the gym by myself and not really knowing what I was doing. I miss the small class atmosphere. I do miss my CrossFit classes though. I attended a gym in Canada for close to 4 years! It’s just really expensive down here and I don’t have the budget for it.

purple-faceThe crazy intense workouts that make you sweat buckets (you can prob tell. Due to my purple-sweat-face… sorry! Lol). The hard work everyone puts in and cheers one another on. It really is a community. Although only been to one Fit36 class, I can already tell I love the style of the class.

Calories-burnedBasically the jist of it all is a 36 minute workout (hence the name Fit36, right?). There’s 12 stations set up and you do the entire 12 stations twice in those 36 minutes (60 seconds on, 30 seconds rest). You’re wearing a heart rate monitor too, which is pushed up on the big screen as is everyone elses. That alone will motivate you between those strength workouts and cardio intervals. And if you’re afraid you’re not bold enough to try something like this, everyone there is all sorts of ages, all different sizes. Any workout can be modified and trainers are always around to make sure you’re performing correctly to get that total body workout in.

Fit36And if you’re worried you’ll get bored of it? Ya won’t! Because the workout is on a cycle and it changes entirely every two weeks (with 2 workouts to choose from in those 2 weeks). So, you keep making progress on that bod of yours.

UGH I’m stoked. Sign ME up.

Disclaimer: I received a free class courtesy of Fit36 to try out their studios.
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