About Me

Hello!  I’m Myra, thanks for stopping by. I started this blog because I wanted to share recipes, workouts and things that make me happy! And in turn, help you along the way to health and happiness. After my 30 lb weight loss, friends and family asked how I did it or what foods I was eating. I figured this was the best way to share it with everyone.

I currently live in the Interior of beautiful British Columbia, Canada with my handsome husband, my adorable chi-terrier, Paco and chihuahua, Abby. I work as an administrator which means I spend most of my day on the phone or in front of the computer which is why it’s important for me to exercise every day. I was never an overly large person but I was definitely tipping the scales. I originally lost about 20 lbs but plateaued for a few years. I strived to be more fit and more toned.

I drastically changed my eating habits by going mostly dairy and gluten free, eating less meat, dabbling with vegetarian/vegan recipes, counting calories and weighing my food. I HAD to know what I was eating, no more guessing game or thinking I was eating right. I started noticing a huge difference; I was losing weight and becoming more toned. I was starting to see the body I knew was under there!

I have most recently introduced more grass-fed meat and some dairy back into my life by trying a low-carb/keto approach.  So far, I am really liking this style of eating. My skin has cleared up, I experience less bloating and I have maintained my weight loss.

I try every day to eat clean and workout. I live by the 80/20 rule – eat clean and healthy 80% of the time, allow yourself and indulgence 20% of the time. I’m never going to say I’m perfect because I do allow myself treats (ummm hello popcorn and M&Ms!) and have the occasional drink (or two!) I don’t believe in depriving myself of certain things, I just have them in moderation.  You can read more about my weight loss journey here.

Eat food. Be Fit. Be happy” ~ Myra Mingo aka The Happy Health Freak


Me and the Hubbs


Paco & Abby


  • Rhonda Duhme March 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Hi Myra,
    I see you use Stevia in your recipes. I get headaches from aspartame or any kind of artificial sweetners, can I use honey or another kind of sweetner? I really would like to try the overnight oats.

    • thehappyhealthfreak March 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

      For sure! You might not even need sweetener, but if you do, honey would work. Have you tried green powder stevia? It’s straight from the plant – not processed, a little more bitter but if you don’t have a sweet tooth you mind not mind it! I get headaches and stomach pains from artificial sweeteners too, stevia is the only one that doesn’t really bother me 🙂

  • Miss Chris Creations April 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Happy Monday! I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you wish to accept this award you can follow the rules on my latest post. Totally up to you, but I love your blog and wanted to share the love.



  • Thomas June 1, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Hi Myra, Nice to meet you and a nice write up about yourself !! I like your blog a lot 🙂

    • thehappyhealthfreak June 1, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I’ve had a chance to check out yours too. I’m dabbling with the idea of vegetarianism…maybe even vegan. one step at a time! Don’t know if I can give up my eggs but I don’t eat dairy and have been limiting my meat consumption. I’m always looking for new meal ideas. Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • Thomas June 1, 2013 at 1:23 am

        Hi Myra you’re welcome and I hope you go vegan.. yes well I wish the world went vegan, but that’s for the health of the animals not ours 🙂 Good luck on your journey and if you need any advise about anything ust let me know… thanks !! 🙂

        • thehappyhealthfreak June 1, 2013 at 1:27 am

          Thank you!! I agree there are many benefits and the creatures will thank us 🙂 I’m sure I’ll have some questions on my journey!! Thanks 🙂

          • Thomas June 1, 2013 at 1:29 am

            You’re welcome and contact me any time 🙂

  • celestedimilla August 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Myra! You started following my blog, so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” What a lovely blog you’ve got here girlfriend! It’s wonderful to e-meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better! Celeste 🙂

    • thehappyhealthfreak August 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Celeste! Nice to e-meet you too! Thanks for following. I’ve been dabbling in vegetarian-ism…one day I’d like to make my way to vegan, but dang I’m not sure how I’ll give up my eggs 😉 I’m looking forward to reading your posts. Take care. Myra 🙂

  • newlyVEG August 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Hey Myra!
    Your blog is amazing, couldn’t stop reading your posts..))) thanks for stopping by NewlyVegs, so we got to know you! What a pleasure. Can’t wait to read more from you.
    Happy Blogging,
    S & H
    P.S. and your dog looks adorable..;)

    • thehappyhealthfreak August 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Thank you so much!! 🙂 I too enjoy your blog, as someone who is looking more into vegetarianism/veganism I find your posts to be really informative!
      And anyone who says nice things about my dog is high up in my books 🙂

  • livelaughcooking March 12, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I love your blog! There are so many recipes on here that I can’t wait to try. Keep up the great work 🙂

  • brandangelak April 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Great blog! We’ve recently started trying to go gluten free, and I am going to try some of your recipes! Thanks for sharing!

    • thehappyhealthfreak April 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much!! Going gluten free is a bit of a transition but I don’t miss it at all 🙂 So many great options out there now. Enjoy the journey!

  • April Murray April 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Recipes look great! Looking forward to following you 🙂

  • Liz July 23, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    what a fun blog! Thanks for finding me. Love your photos and agree that food is meant to be enjoyed 🙂

    • thehappyhealthfreak July 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks for following! Looking forward to seeing more of your posts 🙂 Take care.

  • lipstickandberries October 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Myra! I just ran across your blog! I have met so many people recently that are from British Columbia…they all say that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world! It is one of the places that I want to visit next. I live in Las Vegas, so at least I’m on the west side of the country. 🙂 Love your story, and adorable pictures.

    Ashley Diana Cox

    • thehappyhealthfreak October 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Ashley! Thanks so much! BC is amazing, we love it here. Vegas is definitely on our bucket list. It’s quite close for us so the plan is to go next year. Love the name of your site, lipstick and berries are the best 🙂

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