• Eat,  health

    Taste Test: 4 Gluten Free Pastas

    I am a starch-carb lover. I love potatoes, perogies, pasta, bread, croissants, scones, cookies, basically everything and anything with gluten. A couple years back I switch to a paleo diet and gave up most starches and grains. I really noticed a difference in my energy levels, instead of feel sluggish after eating, I felt energized. Grains have slowly worked their way back into my diet, but I am always looking for healthier alternatives. I love spaghetti squash, but it doesn’t quite fulfil my carb cravings. I decided to do a taste test and try a few different gluten free pastas to see which one I like the most.  Explore Cuisine Organic Chickpea Pasta, $6.99 I was pleasantly surprised by…

  • Beauty,  health

    Anti-Aging: Cosmetic Procedures to Consider in Your 20s & 30s

    I used to have very limiting views on plastic surgery; I believed treatments were reserved for the rich and famous. It seemed superficial to be overly concerned with your appearance and aging was just a inevitable passage in life. In recent years, cosmetic procedures have become more common place in my life. My dad, who pays $5 to get his hair cut splurged on laser treatments for his rum nose and my mom routinely goes for chemical peels. Even within my own circle of friends, we are compare notes on the procedures we endure to keep us looking our best and to take proper care of our skin.  Before I dive right into…

  • Canada,  health,  Vancouver

    Outdoor Fitness Classes in Vancouver

    Photo Credit I have finally started to regain my work-life balance, which includes trying to get back into the routine of going to the gym on a regular basis. In the summer, although it is nice to be in an air conditioned gym, it is also lovely to be in the sunshine. If you want to leak sweat or just have a light stretch there is an outdoor class available.  Liquid Yoga What is better than SUP Yoga? Liquid yoga, because it is in a pool the temperature of bath water! Falling in is quite enjoyable and you don’t have the waves to contend with. Balancing is still quite challenging…

  • Beauty,  health

    Beware of these Beauty Fads

    Beauty trends come and go, I remember when I was obsessed the using Sun-In to lighten my hair and being the first to get my hands on crackle nail polish. As I have grown older, I tend to do more research into the long term effects and the ingredients that are in the products that I love and use on a regular basis. My mom is always sure to let me in on the latest ‘bad for your trend’ that Dr. Oz has decided to uncovered. Here are the top beauty sins that I really wanted to try until I did the proper research.  Eyelash Extensions The idea of waking up…

  • health

    I Did the Master Cleanse, so You Don’t Have To

    When I got back from Pemberton Music Festival, I was not feeling good. My skin was breaking out, I was super tired and I was regretting everything I ate over the weekend. Ugh, just intense post-party depression! A friend of mine was hyping the Master Cleanse. I was very skeptical, because the thought of not eating seemed like it would be more damaging then beneficial, but after a quick google search and reading reviews I was on board. It makes sense to rid your body of toxins and start fresh. When I told people I was on a cleanse, I got grilled on how much weight I have lost/or am hoping…

  • health

    Getting Better Sleeps

    I had my first weekend off in quite some time. I could barely remember what it feels like to relax, recharge and do nothing. I was having a hard time shutting my mind off and getting good night sleeps. Some days I would have the craziest dreams and wake up anxious instead of well-rested. I did some research and here are the main things I found helpful to ensure that I have better sleeps and wake up feeling well-rested. Break Up With TechnologyI cannot count how many hours I waste creeping my feed. I started to move my phone away from my bed so I can’t get lots in my social…

  • health,  Live

    A Healthy Start for 2016

    It is hard to believe that today is the last day of 2015, this year has flown by. The beginning of a new year, usually promotes a fresh start; New year, new you, right? I already posted about my resolutions for 2016, although I prefer to call them my goals for the new year; Health and fitness is at the top of the list. It is really important to me, to feel good and have more energy in 2016. These are my tips for starting 2016 off on the right foot.  Remember to Move I used to get up every morning and do a 10 – 15 minute at home workout on YouTube before I…

  • health

    Surviving a Juice Cleanse

    It is getting to be that time of year. After a season filled with tasty treats, it is time to cut back and start fresh.I have done my share of “cleanses”. My mom, when we were growing up, would recommend seasonal cleanses to clean out our digestive systems. She usually forces us to do whichever one Dr.Oz’s is hyping, but I usually cheat. I remember one year, I thought I could wash down my cleanse, by pairing it with Green Tea Arizona drinks; I figured it is close enough having tea, and this was supposed to be permitted on my cleanse. This was obviously a mistake because those Arizona Ice Teas have…

  • health

    What is Bulletproof Coffee?

    I am always just a little bit behind the times. I am not a huge coffee drinker, so I had no idea what a Bulletproof Coffee was when I saw it available at coffee shops around Vancouver. I had to do some research. Bulletproof coffee is coffee with grass-fed butter and MTC oil or coconut oil. David Asprey thought of the idea when he was hiking in Tibet, he had originally used yak butter in the recipe.Bulletproof Coffee is supposed to help you feel energized, increase brain performance and detoxify your body. The fat in the butter and oil acts an an appetite suppressant, which in turn should help promote weight…

  • Eat,  health

    These are NOT Vegetables

    Yesterday, at the grocery store, I overheard a lady say that potatoes are her favorite vegetable. I am sorry lady, but you are doing your body a huge disservice if your whole vegetable intake revolves around potatoes.For some reason all the basic information about nutrition was not properly explained to the massed and unless you seek out the information there is quite a few misinterpretations. Society has this misconception that calories are bad. If there are no calories in something, there is a good chance it has no nutritional value (celery, cabbage and tea among the few exceptions to this rule). Calories give our bodies fuel and it is important…