Hello! My name is Valentina and I’m here to DISH on some things I am passionate about. I’m a food, fitness and health enthusiast. A WELLNESS AMBASSADOR 😉For a few years I’ve focused my attention on creating and editing recipes and mostly healthy ones.
Some time has passed, I’ve evolved and transformed. I believe that I’m as fit and healthy today as I was more than a few decades ago🙄. I’m dating myself and I don’t care. I’m still as active as ever and I encourage everyone I meet to find that activity they enjoy and just go for it.
I believe that AGE has no boundaries and once you begin TO BE MINDFUL you WILL ACCOMPLISH and AMAZE YOURSELF.
Over the course of my adult life I’ve tried to combine eating healthy with a good dose of daily activity. However I’ve discovered it just isn’t enough. As I focused on my food intake I soon realized some unhealthy habits had crept in. That 80/20 rule that some follow can be loosely interpreted. GUILTY
FOOD is very powerful. It provides nourishment to all of our vital organs aids in fueling our bodies to accomplish physical tasks and can also affect our hormone balance. ++
I’ve learned so much over the years of trials with diets and eating plans avoiding this eating that and now FINALLY have THE 🔑.
IF you want to be the best version of yourself you need to put the work in every single day. There is no end.
Do you want to make a change break bad habits and Create new healthy ones?
Perhaps you’ve started a change in life and your hormones are getting the best of you. I overcame this and so can you.
You need to TAKE CONTROL AND STOP MAKING EXCUSES. TIME WILL SLIP AWAY FROM YOU. SO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU. THE TIME IS NOW!
So a little MORE about me. I’m a foodie at heart. I love to cook and bake and experiment with ingredients. I’ve been collecting recipes and cookbooks for years. For me, food isn’t just a function of living, it is something I take pride in and love to share. I learned to cook by watching my mother, who is my inspiration. Born in Italy, and raised in Canada I have very strong ties to my roots. I love authentic Italian food however I like all food. I was the owner of a catering business called SIMPLY ITALIAN FLAVOURS, wholesome food for parties and family gatherings. I operated this from my second kitchen (how cliché to be Italian and have a second kitchen, I know 🙂 ) The experience was priceless. It was a lot of work and also very rewarding. I would never have tried had it not been for my husband. I prepared for ladies luncheons at a local country club to bridal showers and family parties. After a few years, I gave up catering and focused on baking enrolling in George Brown College’s Baking Arts program. I had already been baking for quite a few years but I love to learn and my instructors were stellar. I learned a few tricks and I also learned that baking is a science. I’ve thrown out lots of pastry along the way. Like anything, you have to fail along the way to learn and get better. And with a family of food critics, I’m always assured an honest opinion.
On the fitness side, I’ve been active all my life. From my early days of running track to playing tennis as a teen, to playing volleyball in the OVA and teaching aerobics in University to make ends meet, fitness has always been front and center in my life. I ran 5 days a week for several years until my second pregnancy. After which, I began lifting weights. Running on its own didn’t help with the excess weight I had to lose. My body took on a different shape than my running body. I still incorporated kick boxing classes, shorter runs and spin classes into my fitness routine but I was spending a lot of time getting to the various facilities. As I became leaner I decided to try out a bodybuilding competition. Ah, another learning experience. I prepared for a year and a half and stepped on stage at 130 lbs with my fake tan and a 3rd place finish. Being on stage was the most fun but I knew this wasn’t my world. I was just passing through. So I began working with my own clients, continued to weight train and run and practice yoga. However the routine was getting stale and I needed a change. A friend of mine told me about Crossfit. By her description alone, I knew I had to try it. After one class, I was hooked. I liked Crossfit so much so I decided to take it to the next level and compete.
In 2010 and 2011, I had the privilege of competing in the Canadian Regional Games. In 2011, I qualified as a Master’s Athlete and competed in the 2011 Crossfit Games in Carson, California. One of the best experiences of my life. Even though I suffered the misfortune of breaking my big toe 11 days before competing, I would not have traded this experience for anything. And I mean, the experience of competing at The World Crossfit Games. 😉 I met some amazing athletes. Women my age with children and some with grandchildren who are dedicated to being the very best they can be. Just amazing role models.
In 2014 I decided to hire a weightlifting coach. Weaknesses exposed through crossfit led me to this decision. And it has been one of the most enlightening experience I’ve had in my fitness life. I lifted 3 days a week. Have some amazing training sessions and some not so good but that’s how it goes. I stopped beating myself up about it. It’s all part of training. Olympic lifting requires so much skill and the only way to improve your skills is through hours of practice patience and CONSISTENT EFFORT.
I’m 95% CROSSFIT AND 5% anything that keeps my body active and makes me happy 😊