Nutrition & Wellness

My Lifesaver: FitOrganix

My Lifesaver: FitOrganix

Recently I was forced to assess my workload and come up with solutions to always feeling behind. Sometimes we have to restrict or scale down some passionate intent, when it can (over time) develop into wildfire. I don’t know a soul who’s never gotten carried away by something (or someone) they love. Organization is the ultimate key to success, no matter what one seeks efficiency in. Both lifestyle and business can see a complete nosedive or burnout with a lack of organization, OR, a well-fueled and completely sustainable strong machine, with its appropriate application. Sustainability is as important a concept to pay mind to in life as it is in our food. The...

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You + the Sun: Vitamin D and Protection

You + the Sun: Vitamin D and Protection

Well, I’m sitting here in Costa Rica with some pretty red shoulders (and, a pretty patterned body overall). Conveniently, I saw a post on Instagram by the knowledgeable, practical and widely respected Megan Telpner on sun protection and vitamin D. It was info she was sharing from Living Libations. (I highly recommend following Megan on instagram for tons of tips: @MeganTelpner). My father and I have often argued about sunscreen. Yes, I believe that baking for hours and hours is a terrible idea. But, I also don’t love slathering myself in toxic sunscreen. What’s a girl to do? When you know your body, you can sort of tell how much time you’ll be...

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 16: Health Food Store

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 16: Health Food Store

Essence of Life is one of my favourite health food stores in the city. It is inexpensive, the staff are helpful, and it has everything I am looking for when it’s time to stock up on groceries, supplements, beauty products… you name it. Yesterday I had the perfect snowy Sunday afternoon simply taking my time perusing through the tight yet super-stocked aisles, putting a basket together of both things on my list, and things that jogged my inspiration while there. Moonbeam coffee in hand. Head over to Kensington market and check out this little gem of a shop. You won’t be disappointed! Plus, it has wonderful health-inspired stocking stuffers....

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 13: VEGA!

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 13: VEGA!

I used to be very anti-nutritional supplements back in the day, because so many of the companies used such crazy ingredients in their products. Sure, I want protein – but I don’t want a whack load of stuff that is not actually designed to be in a human body along with it! So, I was a strictly eat-real-food trainer/nutritionist. These days, there are so many more options available to us! This leads me to today’s “favourite thing” – Vega. Vega is, quite simply, a brand that features clean and natural ingredients in its products. No, you don’t need to be Vegan to benefit from it. Many protein powders on the market include soy,...

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 11: Local Organic Delivery

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 11: Local Organic Delivery

Mama Earth Organics keeps my Wednesdays pretty exciting! It is when my delivery of all organic, mostly local produce comes to my door. Every Friday I get an email with a list of items I will be receiving the following Wednesday. I then have until Tuesday morning to sign in to the site and customize this list, should I want to swap some things out for other items. Also, they are affiliated with a few local bakeries (including Queen St Gluten Free Bakery where I love to get my bean and millet toast). You can add items such as maple syrup, hummus, eggs, almond milk etc to the order as well. And let me tell you, in the middle of the week, more often than not, I do not...

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 4: Nutrition Resource Meghan Telpner

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 4: Nutrition Resource Meghan Telpner

Meghan Telpner is a no-fuss holistic nutritionist based in Toronto. She is the author of Undiet, a nutritional concept of eating clean and whole foods with no artificial de-fooding, basically. And as this is a Christmas countdown of sorts, yeah, it makes a great gift for anyone interested in feeling great (which is – duh – everyone)! Meghan just speaks and teaches sensibly, explaining the science and telling it like it is. You all know how much I love to keep things simple, and this gal really does this. Her website is an endless resource for all things wellness – including to-die-for recipes and even tips on swapping to natural beauty products. It is...

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