Don’t let your well run dry – get your eight glasses easily

Most of us have one thing in common with our wellness – we don’t drink enough liquids. Even the most dedicated chuggers fall of the well once in a while and dry up. We need a lot of water. Generally speaking, women need two liters and men need about three.

Staying hydrated doesn’t have to be just drinking plain ol’ lukewarm tapwater tho. There are a ton of options that don’t make you feel like you are drinking a yawn. Continue reading “Don’t let your well run dry – get your eight glasses easily”

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Life can suck, but it doesn’t have to suck the life out of you.

pexels-photo-837267.jpegI’ve read stacks of books on being happier. I’ve developed good habits, cultivated positive self talk and wrote pages affirmations. I wouldn’t say that I’m an unhappy person.  But I’ve been sold on the idea that I can have a life of ease and comfort. That I’ll be floating on a cloud of constant bliss if I carefully follow all the steps laid out in one of my many books.

It’s didn’t do very much other than keep me occupied for a period of time. It wasn’t until I picked up a book on mindful meditation and started living in the present moment that I found out what true happiness is.

Being in the moment, whether it’s a perfect moment or one that I hope is over soon, opens the door for exploration and delight in ways I never thought possible.

When I’m feeling uncomfortable, like at the dentist for instance, I often will become curious about my resistance to being in that chair. I’ll experience that prickly sensation I get on my arms when I hear any of the equipment turn on. In my mind I’ll create a space where I look for a place of peace amidst my thoughts of “make this stop”. I”ll breathe deeply and intentionally relax my body. It transforms a situation that I want to escape into into a richer experience I want to learn more about while I lean into.

Continue reading “Life can suck, but it doesn’t have to suck the life out of you.”

Don’t talk dirty to me when it comes to my make-up.

Not only are you what you eat, but what you are also slather on your skin and hair. Not only was I shocked at the yuk ingredients in many of the grooming and cosmetics products that I used, but also the fact that the organic equivalent is about the same cost. Your skin soaks up a lot of stuff – good, bad and ugly and so what I put on my skin is as important as what I ingest.

There are some amazing resources to help find good products. Think Dirty is an app where you can take a bar scan of the products you use and look at the rating for toxicity. I was stunned when my belovedQuo bronzer came back a 10/10 for toxicity. Environmental Working Group also has a really comprehensive listing of products as well in their Skin Deep database. Usually what I do when looking for a new product is weigh the toxic load with the price – sometimes getting a 2/10 product which is fairly non-toxic for half the price of a 0/10 product might be a good compromise if you are looking to keep a few dollars back or if it’s a higher priced item. As well, always read Makeup Alley and Ulta reviews before making a purchase. I’ve bought organic mascara only to have raccoon eyes 20 minutes after application which was what everyone else who reviewed the mascara experienced. Just because it’s organic doesn’t mean that it’s good.

For me, having the product be work well and cost effective is important. If I had an unlimited budget, having the best of the best would be easy peasy. Here are some products I’ve recently switched to that I think are great: Continue reading “Don’t talk dirty to me when it comes to my make-up.”

A course correction towards sleep.

pexels-photo-290164.jpegI recently had a long  and miserable bout of insomnia. It’s got to be the worst thing ever. I was walking around like a zombie and snapping at strangers on the subway. It wasn’t pretty and it’s not how I like to live at all. During this time, I was diligent in cleaning up my sleep habits – when I do something I don’t half ass it!! Here are the steps I took, which you might find useful if you ever find yourself staring at your alarm clock at 4am.

 1. Ditched [most of] the caffeine: I am down to one cup of matcha in the morning which I enjoy because it gives me the energy boost I need for my workouts in the morning. I also really enjoy the taste of it. My tea cupboard is overflowing with every flavour of herbal  tea – from dandelion root to apple cinnamon.

Continue reading “A course correction towards sleep.”

Imbolc is over but the fire still burns.

20180201_121546.jpgIt’s been over a week since we celebrated Imbolc, the first of the three Pagan fertility festivals of the year. It’s a time when we honour the Goddess, having returned to her Maiden state and brings a ripening to the earth. It’s the season of new life with lambs being born and even though the snow falls, the days are getting longer as the Sun King grows stronger.

This is the time of the year to think about creative endeavours and what kinds of things you want to manifest in the summer. For those that are pagan-leaning, placing a little doll into a bed with a white wand or other phallic symbol can provide a focal point to these creative endeavours. This doll represents the Celtic goddess of poetry, healing and smithcraft, Brigid [pronounced Breed].

This is the time of the year when we are indoors more because of the weather and a perfect time to read, colour, knit, draw, study or anything else that regenerates your creative juices.

See what kinds of awesome things you can bring to life during this creatively fertile time of year!

 

What have you done for your gut lately?

kimchiWe all know how great a day it is when we feel a lightness and comfort in your gut. We also know how fleeting this feeling can be with one moment of weakness that throws us off-balance. There are a ton of things that can throw a wrench into that good feeling  – from the harmless gas from eating something that doesn’t agree with you to inflammation that inflicts suffering for days on end. It wasn’t until I became friends with my gut that I realized I was living with so much pain.

 The food that we eat can be a-holes. Nobody wants to admit it, but we regularly enjoy inflammatory foods we love that just don’t love us back. Fried foods and processed foods will cause the most damage. Wheat and dairy can also pose a challenge for many people. [Side note: I say many because not everyone is gluten or wheat intolerant, despite what it says on the internet]. Sugar is another big one and it’s dose dependent. A moderate amount of sugar is fine but the amount of sugar most people are now accustomed to eating is outrageous. These foods can cause inflammation and it’s also believed they can cause leaky gut which is believed to be when the intestine is damaged and allows undigested food and toxic wastes through the walls of the intestine. Continue reading “What have you done for your gut lately?”

Come to the dark side, we have chocolate.

Chocolate is the number one most craved food in the world.  The majority of the people who regularly indulge in chocolate are women. It sends us into a state of bliss after one bite – and this isn’t just anecdotal evidence, it’s been scientifically proven. I love dark chocolate and I eat a square every day of 85% chocolate which has only 1.5 grams of sugar [which is ¼ of a teaspoon]. Continue reading “Come to the dark side, we have chocolate.”