Happy New Me / You


How many times have you found yourself making a new years resolution, starting a cleanse or spring cleaning your house??? I know I have moments of extreme refreshing in the quest for a happier, healthier and simpler life. It is however a vicious cycle, no sooner are you tip top, feeling great and your home is a sanctuary than one bad habit after another sneaks in and before you know it you are back to square one.

The truth is to really feel great consistently you have to make a conscious life change. It might not be 100% perfect because lets face it a little of what you fancy does have its own benefits and can give you an extra boost. Chocolate for sure will always sneak in there for me.


I just turned 45 and like many women my age this middle stage brings with it lots of new fun things to tackle and a looming decade of treats ahead. With that in mind my birthday gift to myself is simple, a free pass to kick out the old and rebuild with clean, minimal and healthy options. I’ve also become a little obsessed with my new passion for running, but have quickly learnt I need to feed myself correctly to maximize performance as well as avoid injury.


Beauty obsession

Having collected four decades of stuff and being somewhat of a hoarder our house is literally bursting at the seems. The problem is, being creative I see potential projects in everything so to do a mass throw out seems very wasteful. I am wondering though, how many times have I made do with something just because it needed using up and buying that great potion or wonder face paint on sale because it seemed like a deal not to be missed. The painful truth is though the sum total of all these little impulse purchases actually are doing more harm than good. I wonder if you were to go through your make up collection or skin care cupboard whether you may find a good percentage of items that are out of date or just not right for your skin. I took a look and this is what I found (and thats not half of it!)


makeoverNikkiBaxendale-0236Shiny, jewel toned promises of eternal youth wrapped in the perfect bow.

Yes its official I’m seduced by packaging, I enjoy the fantasy, its a lifelong obsession but it hasn’t made the aging process any easier or slower! There has to be another answer and its not in a bottle thats going to mask the problem.

Enter Sarah J. Cuff RHN founder of  Eat2Run . When I first met Sarah through our running team West Van Run my first and lasting impression was this enormous smile. I’m not joking when I say I don’t think she stopped smiling the entire time. I saw Sarah several more times, heard a lecture she gave on nutrition and again the beaming continued. I followed Sarah on Instagram and her blog and everywhere happiness, I had to wonder why ??


So with my new year approaching I decided I would make an official meeting with Sarah, rip the band aid off and share my veritable feast of ailments.

To name but a few:-

  • Raynauds syndrome
  • Running injury
  • Ageing
  • Poor Circulation
  • Brittle Nails / dry skin
  • Troubled Skin
  • Iron deficiency

When I met face to face with Sarah I was blown away by how her skin glowed and learnt that this comment was testament to changing her own diet. Having suffered years of troubled skin, cleaning out the offending food groups and simplifying a beauty regime had allowed her to beam. I can’t lie when I say I wanted a bit of that!! and promptly starting making lists of all the products in her bathroom.

We agreed to partner on a program using myself as a guinea pig and I would share the results on my blog trying out her carefully crafted recipes and guidelines. Enter your email (in the navigation bar to the right) and follow along to see how the first 3 weeks go, you will have the bonus of trying some fabulous recipes and tips directly from Sarah too.

Step One – Clean out

I sent Sarah a ‘What’s in my cupboard’ document listing out everything in my kitchen, fridge and freeze as a sample of the typical items I cook with. I knew I was generally pretty good so wasn’t surprised when Sarah complemented my grocery choices. However even though you think you are buying the best, it doesn’t mean to say they are the right choices for you or your family. We also talked through supplements and the storage of food and I was fascinated to learn after all these years I had made some simple but significant mistakes that Im pretty sure Im not alone in doing.

Over the next few weeks I will share everything I have discovered and pass on some great tips that everyone can benefit from. I will be sharing the recipes with you so for today I want to leave you with my favourite Eat2Run smoothie, it’s a recovery drink that follows a workout.

This fantastic post-workout recovery shake meets the requirements for optimal recovery. Drink it within 20 to 30 minutes of finishing your long or hard run for best results.

Why is it so great? check out Sarah’s post here to learn more


(Chocolate) Cherry Berry Recovery Shake (makes 1 serving) Ingredients 

  • ½ cup coconut water (or water)
  • ½ cup tart cherry juice (must be tart, not sweet or black – nothing added)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp hemp hearts (and/or chia seeds)
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, preferably organic
  • 6-8 frozen strawberries, preferably organic
  • ½ scoop of high quality protein powder, such as Ergogenics or Vega Sport
  • 1-2 medjool dates, pitted (for a sweeter shake)
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 scoop greens powder (such as Amazing Grass Superfoods original) or 1-2 kale leaves, washed and de-ribbed or handful of baby spinach 


  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender, pulse and then mix on high until completely smooth.
  2. Enjoy immediately; or pour into a to-go container to bring with you in order to consume it as soon as you complete your workout.

Nutritional Info

  • Total carbohydrates: 50 grams (without dates), add ~15g carb per date
  • Total protein: 15-17 grams
  • Total fat: 2-3 grams





As for the cosmetics and skin care lets just say I filled a large sack of definitely out of date items and tossed them straight in the garbage, I then filled a basket of the pretty things I need 1 more week to get over but I know they are almost gone:) and as a new treat I have 5 new items I’m growing to love each day, check back to find out more.

My grandmother swore by her Oil of Olay and I have fond memories of giving her a bottle every year for her Christmas and Birthday presents. It was simple nothing expensive but it worked for her and I always remember her skin being soft and luminous. Looking back I think having one item rather than stripping her skin constantly with many potions to try and fix a problem almost certainly had a lot to do with its success. Simplify and find whats right for you, eat your way clean with a little eccentricity from Literally life and a lot of great advice from Sarah J Cuff.

Final tip – if you haven’t yet signed up to West Van Run its not too late and you will feel more than radiant running with this crew! so come join in the fun March 5th and 6th in West Vancouver.



One Comment Add yours

  1. Karen says:

    This article really speaks to me! I find as I get older that simple is best …. drinking LOTS of water, a consistent skincare regime, and eating the foods that leave me feeling energized is a must. Cannot wait to try the Cherry Berry Recovery Shake. Thank you for letting me know that I’m not alone, NIKKIB2013


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