As your levels of serotonin plummet, your body begins to crave carbs and sugar. These "comfort foods" boost levels of serotonin, making you feel happier and relaxed. However, because they lack nutrients, your body will experience a crash and you'll end up craving more junk.
It was a grey and cooler morning in Vancouver this past Sunday. I bundled up and wore many layers to keep myself warm while managing a booth at the Vancouver Spirit Run, one-day cross-country and trail running event that took place at Jericho Beach Park and featured runs for all ages.
In order to achieve your health goals (or any goal for that matter) you have to focus on altering your habits to compliment your goals. (Bad) Habits start off slowly and gradually, and before you know it they are integrated into your daily life. What happens when you adopt a bad habit that is no longer serving you? How do you alter your habits in order to achieve your goals and thrive?
It's been so long since I posted. And I hate to admit that I forgot how to access my blog dashboard. As you may have noticed, the health and wellness blogging industry has boomed. I personally feel overwhelmed by the number of bloggers and health practitioners (all very talented and with a story to share) emerging onto the scene.
Last month I shared with you a few products that I discovered and tried at the Wellness Show Vancouver. After a few weeks of product testing, I would like to share with you the second instalment featuring beauty products, nutritious food and health services.
As an entrepreneur (I started a jewelry line a few years ago), I'm always drawn to what inspired people to start their own business, what fuels them and where they envision themselves in a couple of years. It such a great feeling to hear people dream big and obtain a level of success they've never imagined. I had the pleasure to connect with Connor Meakin from Pure Bone Broth and ask him how he got started, the benefits of bone broth, his biggest life lesson and his favourite soup recipe (it's a must try!!)
We’ve all been there, it’s late in the afternoon and we have zero energy left for the workday. Do you find yourself reaching for that quick energy fix candy or coffee in the afternoon? Try these simple nutrition and lifestyle tips to avoid the afternoon slump that will keep you energized throughout the whole day.
Happiness is something we all strive for. We seek it in our jobs, relationships and even our possessions (new car, new house, etc.). We often assume that happiness can be achieved if we build a relationship with a certain person or if we land our dream job or buy a house. However, happiness is not an end destination. Happiness cannot be found in things or people. It's found within.
This week for my March is Nutrition Month series, I'm featuring Mandy King, Holistic Nutritionist. She is going to dive straight into it with eating for energy. Often when we are hit with the midday crash or need a quick energy boost, we reach for the sugary, processed snacks. They might boost your energy for a short period of time, but you'll be back to your sluggish ways in no time. Not only will you be feeling more sluggish, but you are depleting your body of what it really needs.
March is nutrition month and I've got quite the line up of amazing nutritionists throughout the month who will be sharing their knowledge and tips on nutrition. We'll be discussing how to change eating habits (read below), how to incorporate more nourishing foods, what foods to incorporate before and after your workout and snack ideas for avoiding the midday crash (one I've been experiencing way to often). First off, we have the inspiring Britt Martin from Fit Britt.
This past weekend I attended the Wellness Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. An event dedicated to resources you need to help find the balance in your life. There were numerous workshops, seminars, and demonstrations in addition to the endless list of exhibitors. There was truly something for everyone. For example, those interested in fitness had the opportunity to participate in a dance demonstration, speak with owners of various fitness studios, and learn more about local fitness and lifestyle services.
Are you practicing yoga or exercising to lead a lifestyle that you think others will admire you for? Are you living a lifestyle for a particular status? Are you working out and following a restrictive diet because you want to lose weight so others will find you more attractive? What are the reasons behind your actions?
The day is gloomy. It feels like the perfect day to stay in bed with a good book or movie and endless amount of snacks. It also feels like a good time to take a moment from the chaotic day and reflect on my life's challenges, opportunities and successes. Let's dive into a Meaningful Eats discussion.
Whoever knows me, knows that I love chocolate. Spicy. Salty. Caramely. I'll have it all. When I was little, my favourite chocolate was Reese cups. I loved taking one cup out at a time, pealing the paper cup and savouring every bite as it melted in my mouth. But things have changed over the years. I still love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but reese cups are full of sugar. Now when I eat a Reese cup, I instantly feel a burning sensation in my throat. I've also stopped eating the traditional bars because they contain dairy (I cannot digest the protein in milk and feel foggy after consuming it, so I've decided to follow a dairy-free diet). –
As I entered Pure Float, a wellness centre providing premium floatation therapy, I was greeted by the young man at the front desk. I felt instantly at ease and felt miles away from the downtown rush. While I walked through my spa tour, I was educated on the benefits of float and what to expect on my first visit.
What is healthy living? We all have our own definition of what constitutes as healthy - drinking 6-8 glasses of water, eating more vegetables and/or exercising 3 times a week. And rightly so. We are all built differently, have different interests and have a varied outlook on life, which is why our lifestyles differ from one another. But there is one common denominator when it comes to healthy living - balance.