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You’re ready to get started? Are you sure? The biggest and probably only thing that will prevent you from achieving your weight loss, health or new lifestyle goals is you. Before you begin...
Kettlebell training is becoming increasingly popular in the fitness world these days. Why is  this? I see a couple of major reasons:   #1 - It works! #2 - It is quick! #3 -...
    My love for water solidified when I began to experience life - fully hydrated.     It means energy. It means lean. It means clarity. And it’s life...
... a client that recently told me she is now always thinking "What would Charly do?" when it comes to health and fitness.   Brilliant!   It is because of this that I am starting this blog. I will share my thoughts, my...
  Often times, I hear that eating healthy costs too much. Heck, I even catch myself making the same claim from time to time. But I’m always reminded of the fact that if I don’t...
 Three weeks to get beach ready!   First thing - be grateful I eat clean and am active in everyday life, so there’s not far to go.   Next, make a plan and...
WWCD - What Would Charly Do?   Ok, so it’s true I am just like everyone else. I love pizza and if I love it, Shaun (husband) is over the moon in love with it. Needless to say the...
  I’ve just finished my grocery shopping and as I was unloading all of the bright coloured fruits and vegetables into their designated areas I noticed how much joy this brings to me. I...
I'm going back to the basics and I am inviting all of you to follow along.   I have been hearing about the Paleo diet and the philosphy behind it for some time, however I notice I am...
Day 1 - Feeling good! After lunch I wanted a little something more so I went for a handful for superfood trailmix (gogi berries, mulberries, raw cashews, raw pistachios and raw cacao beans). It was...
After completing 30 days of an alkaline diet I am feeling great and ready for a new challenge.   This time I am committed to PRACTICING yoga an hour a day everyday for 21 days. I emphasize...
  There seems to be some confusion out there as to whether or not one should use a workout drink while doing resistance training. The answer to that is both yes and no. Really, it all...
I am seeing a new naturopath who really knows his fats. I've started using this product he recommended and I think I'm in love! A combination of refined organic coconut oil and GRASS FED...
So I'm on the road right now, actually sitting in Wichita for a little less than a week. And one thing that is always at the forefront of my mind is getting my hands on liters and liters of...
... super FUN, super CHALLENGING, ultra EFFECTIVE workout program.    We created ELS Express for you. This is the fitness program designed to fit your schedule, your budget, your life AND gets RESULTS!   What are the most reasons...
Stress: Part 1   Simple Shifts That Last A Lifetime !!      “You can get old pretty young if you don’t take care of yourself !” Yogi...
So I just finfished watching this 1 hour and 6 minute video... long I know but very interesting. This interview not only covers the simple sham of fluoride, but gets into aspartame, H1N1 and...
We just came across this great video that briefly mentions the powerful benefits of Grounding. Shaun will post more information on this at a later time but this is definitely worth a look. Pay...
  Body Mind Balance   “Be good to yourself. If you don't take care of your body, Where will you live!” – Kobi Yamada     Of all the steps...
  WELLNESS REVOLUTION 2011 Pillars of Success   It's almost here! Get your tickets now!   Energy Life has the opportunity to take the stage with elite speakers such...
... Over the past decade, I've grown passionate about living my life in such a way that evokes energy, vitality, fitness, fat loss and do whatever I can to mitigate any chance of developing degenerative disease further along the road....
Have you ever slept in, got up in a rush, shovelled in your breakfast and raced off to work? Things have been happening so quickly that you can't even remember what you had for breakfast........
One of the challenges I find when I'm away from home is getting a good workout in, especially at a hotel gym. Equiptment is ususally hit or miss. But if you're fortunate enough to be...
  I am a huge advocate for real, whole food and don't think we should be living off of meal replacements on a regular basis. Yet I also recognize there will be times when access to...
  One of the things I keep hearing is about how much weight was gained over the holidays. Why is this? I know there an abundance of treats and sweets everywhere you turn for the whole month...
When I sat down to eat dinner last night, I thought to myself, WHO is it eating this salmon salad and yam fries. Is it someone all stressed out while shoveling food down their throat? Or is it...
What comes to mind when you think of the word commitment, especially when speaking inside of health and fitness? Things like discipline, dedication, gratification?... or perhaps a little snot and...
  Yes - we are expecting our first baby. And we are so excited to meet the little one and embark on a new journey as parents. We have been waiting a long time for this. We had some...
Do you ever compare yourself to others? What about look at the person you think has the perfect body scarf down a few cookies and think to yourself "it's not fair - I can't eat that...
How much time does one need to invest on a daily basis to get fit? Well contrary to popular belief, it does not need to involve hours and hours wasting away on a treadmill. It does however require...
Have you ever found yourself super excited about a holiday only to quickly freak yourself out worrying about how your trip will affect your current get fit efforts?   Here are the basic...
... in the best shape of her life. Genetics or hardwork??   Always believe that is hard work and discipline. If fitness is important to you, you'll put in the time and effort. Celebrities really are no different - they have to work...
    Cellulite is one of these topics that isn’t going anywhere. There are always new lotions and potions coming out that claim to be the solution and yet it is still one of the...
  I've decided to share my opinion on soy as it seems to be a hot topic in health discussions lately. It has probably been about 10 years since I first heard of soy as a great health...
I love training my lower body. I can really get my heart rate up and feel every muscle I've worked the following day. Also, who doesn't want a great backside!?   Today I am going...
In most cases, I workout Monday to Friday leaving the weekends free to enjoy the weather, family, friends etc. However, things of course don't always go to plan and sometimes I'm left with...
When you eat, relative to your workout, can have a great impact on the results you're getting.   If you've been training hard and eating clean but don't feel like your results...
I've always tried to avoid the newest fads when it comes to nutrition and diets as it seems there's always some new great revolutionary way of eating popping up. That being said I am very...
It always amazes me what makes the news but this one was a real shocker. Not only how absurd it is, if you actually think about it, but how quickly it spread. I heard from 3 clients about it by...
  My husband is definitely the more detail oriented one when it comes to health so this week, as he's in research mode, I'm taking the opportunity to share his thoughts. Please enjoy...
... to get you started. For more short intense workouts that can be done in HIIT fashion, consider ELS Xpress to keep up your fitness routine.     SET TIMER FOR 50 SEC INTERVAL / 10 SEC / REST ONLY 10...
One of the most important things I have trained myself to do in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to schedulle a day for food prep. There is a direct correlation between my doing this and...
... REVEALED in the kitchen!   We've all heard that diet is at least 50% (if not more) responsible for getting the fitness results we want. It's true - abs are made in the kitchen ;)   It is not uncommon to hear people talk...
         I recently heard someone say that there are still a lot of people out there that don’t believe they need to taking nutritional supplements; and...
  Earlier this week I received this email from one of our awesome ELS Xpessers. It seems like simple information we all know (on some level) but it doesn't hurt to take a look at how/who...
Here is a copy of a great article I found recently that is very worthy of being repeated. This come from organicauthority.com. The site has a ton of other very imformative articles as well as a...
Here is my day by day journey back to my previous fitness level (FIT!) after having my first baby. I am following the program, ELS Xpress, I created for busy people that love to be fit but find...
Great workout this morning. A quick shoulders and arms routine that kept the heart rate up and muscles on fire.   3 SETS of the following circuit   Overhead Squats x...
... those training sessions most days. However, in order to really push it to the my max each day and every day in strength and fitness (mentally as much as physically), I must have a goal...a CHALLENGE. I find this necessary to push me in moments of...
It's easy to get wrapped up in all the things we shouldn't be eating, but this can leave us feeling deprived quite quickly. Instead of worrying about what needs to go, let's focus on...
The following is an article written by Mike Adams "the Heath Ranger" from Natural News on the recent vitamin bashing that we see in mainstream media. According to Mr. Adams, we are...

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Ingredients 2 cups organic non-gmo rolled oats        1 cup organic non-gmo rye flakes           1...
Ingredients 1/2 cup almond milk 1 organic banana  1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, raw 1 tbsp gogi berries 1 tbsp cacao powder 1 tbsp maca powder 1 tbsp hemp seeds, raw 1...
Ingredients 2 medium tortilla shells (spelt or sprouted grain) 2 tbsp pureed chickpeas (add a touch of garlic and oregano) 1 cup cooked chicken 4 white button...
Ingredients 1 cup steel cut oats (uncooked)  2 cups egg whites 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder 1 large banana...
Ingredients 12 Eggs (Free range organic) 2 cups spinach (fresh organic) finely chopped ½ cup red onion (finely chopped) 1 roasted red pepper (finely...
Ingredients 1 tbsp coconut oil, 100% unrefined organic 1 large white onion, chopped, organic 3 - 5 garlic cloves, smashed, organic 1 small yam, peeled and chopped into...
Ingredients 1/2 cup yam, chopped into 1cm cubes (roughly) 1/4 cup red onion, chopped 1 cup organic zucchini, chopped 1 tbsp coconut-ghee oil (Yummm!) 2 free range...
INGREDIENTS 12 Eggs, free range organic 2 cups pumpkin puree, organic 1/4 cup almond flour, raw organic 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or your favorite comination of...
I've recently learnt a lot more about the phenomenal benefits of broth. It is essential for healing the gut lining....which pretty much everyone in today's world could use. I've also...
Ingredients 1 small butternut squash, partially roasted, peeled and cubed               1 1/2 tsp coconut oil,...
Ingredients 1/2 cup high quality oil - Olive, Udo's, Avocado, Walnut etc. 1/2 cup balsamic oil, organic 1/4 cup old fashioned grainy dijon...
INGREDIENTS 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs (free range organic) 5 garlic cloves, pressed 2 tbsp coconut ghee oil (my new fav for cooking) 2 tbsp dijon...
Ingredients 2 organic zucchini, chopped 1/2 cup organic raw hemp seeds 1 organic garlic clove, pressed or smashed 2 tbsp spirulina 1/2 tsp himalayan...
This is an amazing recipe one of my brilliant clients (Beverly Robertson - Amazing Hair Stylist) threw together. I love it and just have to share. Have fun with...
Ingredients 1 cup strong tea (your favourite flavour)** 1 cup steel cut oats 4 eggs 1 tsp coconut oil, unrefined ¼ tsp Himalayan salt **I have used...
Ingredients 1 banana, organic 1/2 cup coconut, organic unsweetened 1/2 cacao powder, raw 1 cup almond milk, organic unsweetened 10...
Ingredients ½ red onion finely chopped ¼ red onion coarsely chopped 2 cups kale chopped 1 cup quinoa, rinsed thoroughly 1 tsp coconut oil, 100%...
 Ingredients 1 small head organic purple cabbage, chopped           1 small head organic green cabbage,...
Ingredients 2 Eggs, organic free range 1/2 tsp coconut oil, organic unrefined 2 tbsp spirulina zucchini hummus (recipe at www.energylife.ca/Recipes) 1 tbsp salsa,...
Ingredients 1 small organic beet, grated 1 small organic zucchini, grated 4 free range organic eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 tsp coconut oil, unrefined...
 "Cereal" - Perfect for breakfast with a couple eggs   Ingredients 1 tbsp gogi...
Ingredients 1 handful fresh organic basil 1 small fresh organic lemon 2 - 3 tbsp olive oil 2 organic garlic cloves 1 small handful of organic raw...
Ingredients 2 eggs 1/2 cup raw shredded coconut, super fine 1/8 tsp himalayan salt 1/8 tsp organic vanilla 1 tsp coconut oil, organic unrefined 1/2 tbsp...
Ingredients 1 large organic yam 1 tbsp coconut oil, 100% unrefined 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp himalayan sea salt Directions Preheat oven to 400F. Wash yam...
INGREDIENTS 3 Eggs, free range organic 2 Large ripe bananas, organic 2 Tbsp coconut-ghee or coconut oil, organic  1 Tbsp honey, raw 2 Tbsp almond milk or...
I adapted this recipe I found on a great blog - staceyspaleokitchen.com. Check it out. And I used the falafel's I made to create my version of one of my favorite restaurant salads - The...
There is a fantastic little vegetarian restaurant, The Coup, in Calgary that I love. I am not a vegetarian by any means it is however the amazing combinations of flavors that has me repeatedly...
INGREDIENTS 2 lbs GRASS-FED extra lean ground beef 1/2 red onion finely chopped 1 tbsp braggs 2 tbsp dijon mustard 2 tbsp organic yogurt (full fat) 1/4 cup...
INGREDIENTS 1 medium spagetti squash, organic 1 tsp coconut oil, organic unrefined Your favorite pasta veggies grilled (I like tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and red...
INGREDIENTS 2 Eggs, Organic free range 1 Cup Coconut, raw finely shredded 2 Cups Coconut, shredded lightly toasted 2 Tbsp Honey, raw DIRECTIONS Preheat...
INGREDIENTS 6 Eggs, Orangic Free Range 1/4 Cup Coconut oil, unrefined - melted 1/2 Cup Honey, Raw 2 tsp Vanilla 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp baking...
INGREDIENTS 6 1/2 - 7 Cups of assorted RAW, ORANGIC nuts and seeds of your liking (I used almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds) 1 1/2 Cups of ORANGIC...
INGREDIENTS 1 sheet toasted organic nori (seaweed) 1/2 cup cooked WILD fish of your choice (I like white fish ie. cod, haddock or halibut) 1/2 avocado 1 celery stick,...
 This is a recipe that was just introduced to me by a good friend and is must for anyone who craves a savory crunch from time to time and prefers a healthy whole option. This recipe was...
This is our all time favorite breakfast for any special morning. And it's super simple. INGREDIENTS 12 eggs, free range organic 2 cups spinach, organic 1 cup cherry...
I have adapted these cookies to grain free, from the YUMM cookbook by Nancy McMurdo. They are full of GOOD Fat, barely baked and a perfect guilt free treat...
INGREDIENTS 1/2 coconut milk, full fat 1 banana, organic 2 large kale leaves, washed and stems removed 1 scoop natural or chocolate protein powder** (whey, sprouted...
INGREDIENTS 1 head organic living lettuce, washed and chopped 1 organic red pepper, chopped 1 organic tomatoe, wedged 1/2 organic cucumber, chopped 1 cup cooked...
This is an amazingly delicious and simple recipe that I've adapted from http://cherilitchfield.blogspot.ca/. My first attempt at these I decided to start with a half batch as I have a...
  INGREDIENTS 1 Head organic green or red leaf lettuce, washed and chopped 1 Large organic red pepper, cut into salad chunks 1 Large organic yellow pepper, cut into...
INGREDIENTS 1 large head organic romaine lettuce, washed and ripped into bit size pieces 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 cup finely...
 This is a wonderful recipe I just tried for the first time while a good friend was in town (actually she basically made it). It turned out delicious. If you like banana bread this is a must...
INGREDIENTS 2 hard boiled eggs (pastured eggs ideally) 1 - 2 fresh asparagus spears, chopped (lightly cooked - optional) a few thin slices red onion (optional) 1 tbsp...
INGREDIENTS 6 Eggs, Orangic Free Range 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, unrefined - melted 1/2 Cup Honey, raw 2 tsp Vanilla 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt 1/2 tsp Baking...
This has become a quick go to breakfast for me or a snack from time to time. I am not usually a fan of dairy products (definitely not mass produced conventional products from the local superstore)...
We recently bought some fresh herbs at the farmers market as they looked and sounded great. But when we got home were not sure what to do with them. I came across quite a few recipes for beet and...
INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 small onion, diced 1 leek, chopped 1/2 green cabbage, chopped 4 carrots,...
I've recently started to experiment with celery root and have been very pleasently surprised. These hashbrowns are honestly the best I've ever had. And trust me - I know my...
Apricots can also be substitued for large dried dates (I used 6). Makes 12 regular (medium) size muffins.    INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup honey, raw local 1/4 cup...
INGREDIENTS 6 - 8 Large or XL pasteured eggs 1 Tbsp high quality FAT (coconut oil, coconut-ghee, grass fed beef bacon drippings) 1.5 Tbsp coconut flour 1/4 tsp...
INGREDIENTS 1 lb grass fed stewing beef 1 leek, washed and chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 tbsp Braggs 1 - 2 tbsp fresh ginger, chopped 1 cup beef...
INGREDIENTS Jicama Lime juice, organic or fresh squeezed Chili powder DIRECTIONS Peel jicama and cut into wedges or sticks Toss with lime juice and...
This is my adaptation of the Oat and Sweet Potato Salad in the current Alive magazine.   INGREDIENTS 1 Organic yam, peeled and cubed 1 Tbsp Unrefined organic coconut...
This is a recipe I've adapted from one I found on getsomezen.com   I've used this both as a salad dressing when I want a thicker dressing. It goes really well with our Cobb...
Another great recipe I've adapted from cher stuff blog   INGREDIENTS 1 Cup canned organic black beans, rinsed and strained 1/2 Cup butter 6 Tbsp raw cacao...
I stumbled across this recipe last week and just had to try it. They are FANTASTIC and completely GUILT FREE as far as I'm concerned.   INGREDIENTS 1/2 Cup coconut...
This is by far the best oatmeal I've ever had. And it makes the "good" oats (slow cooked) quick to prepare. Recipe taken from Alive magazine.   INGREDIENTS 1...
INGREDIENTS 1 - 2 Stalks lemongrass, ends and outer layer removed 1 tbsp Fresh ginger, minced 1 - 2 tbsp Red curry paste 3 - 4 Lime kaffir leaves 1 L Chicken...
This simple delicious amazing recipe taken from http://paleomg.com is a must try. I used macadamia nut butter but feel free to use any nut butter.   INGREDIENTS 1...
Here is a recipe I saw in an Alive magazine a while back. Tried and was amazed at how easy it was (I don't usually like "raw" recipes because they always seem to require too much...
INGREDIENTS 4 - 5lbs root vegetables (I used carrots, celery root, turnips and parsnips) 6 garlic cloves, smashed 1 red onion, chopped 2 - 3 tbsp coconut oil 2...
This is a great basic recipe that you can really take some liberty with. I have made a banana version, a cranberry-pecan version and this one. Have some fun! I slightly adapted this recipe from...
I found a great new resource (organicempire.com.au) full of recipes I am eager to try. This was my first one. I brought this salad to a potluck recently and it was a hit. Would also be a good...
I had never tried liver before but was determined to add it into my diet. After a little reading I discovered that making a pate is often a good way to introduce it and learn to like it. I found a...
These cookies are phenomenal! I found this recipe and tried it out. I then made a slight change...avocado instead of banana. I gave samples of each them to quite a few people. Most preferred...
I am seriously in love with this recipe. One of the best ideas ever!! I have seen quite a few recipes for this so I started with my version here. I think next time I would try adding in a...
INGREDIENTS 1/2 - 1 Cup Homemade Kombucha 1 small ripe avocado 2 kiwis, organic 1 small lime, peeled 1/2 banana 2 Large kale leaves, organic 1/2 Tbsp...
INGREDIENTS 6 eggs, pasture raised 3 ripe bananas, organic 1 cup coconut, finely shredded 1 - 2 tsp cinnamon pinch Himalayan salt coconut oil for frying DIRECTIONS Beat eggs...
I started having chia seed pudding a few months ago and am loving it. Great for digestion and it's fun to spice up. I just tried it with my homemade milk kefir for the first time and it was...
Original Recipe by Elana's Pantry - Paleo Bread   I usually play with the recipes I find to make them suit my preferences but for this one I wanted to try out the original first...
Even I was skeptical about this one but IT WORKED!! Seriously, fills that comfort food craving and baby loved it! Although not completely dairy free it is baby approved for us as we do eat cheese...
INGREDIENTS 1 Large ripe banana Almond (or peanut or coconut) butter 100g (ish) dark chocolate   DIRECTIONS Slice banana in to rounds, place on parchement paper lined...
INGREDIENTS 1 medium head cauliflower 1 eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup 2+ year aged grated cheddar cheese, divided 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp Himalayan...
INGREDIENTS 1 small spaghetti squash, cooked and "stranded" 1 red onion, chopped 1 bunch asparagus, chopped 1 cup chicken, cooked and chopped 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1/2 tsp...
‚ÄčThese are very similar to the Nutty Coconut bar recipe but I find these ones hold up a bit better with the buckwheat. Also, I feel much better about loving them with all the sprouted nuts and...

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Physiotherapist, Tri-Athlete I first met Charly in the fall of 2009.I had hurt my left foot running the police half marathon In April of the same year. I continued racing triathlons that year...
... by how they experience life.  Their energy and commitment is second to none.  I recently competed in my first fitness competition with the IDFA.  12 weeks out from the competition date I asked Shaun and Charly with Energy Life to...
  12 weeks ago I was at my heaviest weight I couldn't believe the number I saw when I stepped on the scale. I weighed 160lbs. That was all the motivation I needed. Today, I have...
... noticed a much younger and thinner woman walking very gingerly across the uneven and icy path. I realized that my improved fitness, balance and trust in my body (and mind) made me walk much more confidently. I knew that my greatly improved balance...
Lost -33lbs Lost 32 inches from my entire body Lost 6 inches from my waist Lost 11% body fat   For as long as I can remember I have always struggled with weight and...

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To us, fitness is so much more than how your jeans fit or how you look at the beach (I do agree these are very important as well). fitness is about being able to do what you want, when you want....

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