real life nutrition: kate hutcheson

10 December 2015

1. Name: Kate Hutcheson

2. Occupation: Communications Manager (+ graphic design student)

3. Breakfast is usually: During the week I’m not a big breakfast gal — I tend to opt for fruit and liquids! More so because I’m simply not hungry first thing upon waking. So, a banana, big green juice and a warm coffee is my bag. During the weekends when I have more time and can justify having breakfast at 11am, my go-to is an omelet, sautéed greens, pan fried sweet potato and coffee.

4. Coffee, tea or green juice: I think by now you can see I do love my morning coffee! I make my own nut milk every 3-4 days and it honestly makes the world of a difference. I even bring it with me to coffee shops if I can’t have one at home! Americano with steamed almond milk and a bit of honey — delicious. I also drink a lot of green juice. I automatically feel like it balances out any acidity in my body (hello coffee). In the past, I have run the communications for a few juice cleanse companies, basically so I can just drink copious amount of cold pressed greens ;)

5. Favourite time + place to grocery shop: All the time. Seriously, it’s actually one of my most favourite activities and I do it daily. I eat a lot of fruit and veggies, so I feel justified for my grocery store addiction. I have been living in Asia for the past 4 years and so health store hunting became a serious hobby of mine! But when I’m back in Canada, I opt as much as I can for farmers markets, local produce around our family home in Prince Edward County, health shops in Kensington Market and of course, the Big Carrot is always a must.

6. Always in your cart: Kale, almonds, hemp seeds, bananas, Mary’s crackers, hummus, organic eggs, seasonal veg, kombucha or kefir water, nutritional yeast, mulberries, apple cider vinegar.

7. Exercise routine: I’m a bit of an exercise maniac. I think once you train professional for athletics (or have a father who thinks after school time when young was meant for doing squats to prep for ski season), that kind of discipline (read: insanity) is just in your blood. My main routine is a lot of circuit training 5-7 x a week. That includes sprint running, weight lifting, spinning and plyometrics. I try to balance this out with outdoor jogging and yoga. As a retired yoga teacher, I now am beginning to see why most thought my classes were the toughest they’ve ever done! I’m slowly learning how to enjoy rest days and the odd yin/ restorative yoga class.

8. Favourite way to wind down and relax: As noted, this is a concept I’m really working on! I have a few ways in which I love to relax. Often it’s over a coffee with a good friend, taking a restorative yoga class, enjoying some quiet time reading a new design magazine and most definitely riding my bike aimlessly around whatever city I’m living in. I’m still working on a regular meditation practice. But when I do, it truly calms my nerves and sets me up for either a more grounded day or a restful sleep.

9. Biggest health obstacle: I have a few health issues that cannot be cured but rather managed by food and lifestyle. It’s not so much that I have a difficult time sticking to a program that helps, but rather loosening the grip and control I can develop when trying to manage symptoms. Finding that balance between control of your health and relaxing into it is something I am continually working on.

10. How you make time for health in your life: It truly is one of my top priorities in my life. And I think that is the ticket to ‘fitting it in’. It’s not about fitting it into things, it is by making it an overall lifestyle and priority. My lifestyle revolves around keeping well, staying healthy, fit and happy … because I want to live as vibrant as possible. These don’t need to be unattainable goals, it’s shifting your mindset to making it your lifestyle and not a chore.

11. One thing you will never give up: Raisins or dried mulberries. I know, people think this is ridiculous! Almonds and raisins are my comfort food and bring me so much joy, oddly enough. I’ve tried many times to rule these out because of digestive issues, but in the end, they always find their way back into my cupboard, and desk, and purse, and …

12. Always in your fridge: Greens. I can’t live a day without having either a huge salad, green juice or green something.

13. Your cooking inspiration comes from: In all honesty, I’m a really simple cook. I follow a million food blogs and people — but often because I work in communications and love design! My main source of inspiration is honestly my mother. She’s an amazing cook but prefers to keep things simple — roasted veg in good olive oil and sea salt, organic everything and the freshest possible ingredients. We really don’t need to overcomplicate and spend hours slaving.

14. Go-to meal + recipe: My go-to is the biggest chopped kale salad with shredded cabbage and ribboned carrots, my own tahini dressing, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, potentially some roasted veg on top and an egg for protein. I crave it everyday.  And the size of the bowl is too big to show.

Kate’s (uber simple) Tahini Dressing

  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil (may need to add more — depending on consistency)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of ACV (apple cider vinegar)
  • big old squeeze of lemon
  • big spoonful of tahini
  • a few dashes of sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. mix + enjoy!

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