Vegetable power bowl meal

5 Steps to the Perfect Power Bowl

How to create an easy, nutritious (and Insta-worthy!) bowl meal

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. It’s been a challenging couple of months with my injury and making improvements and renos to our new house. While the health thing certainly is a legitimate reason for not having been as active on here lately, part of me has been holding off because I haven’t been able to come up with a good, long piece. Continue reading “5 Steps to the Perfect Power Bowl”

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Mind, brain

Staying Sane When You’re in Pain: 5 Lessons I Learned

The year I got back into the sport I love, figure skating, has been fraught with injury. Here are some strategies i’ve used to cope.

Continue reading “Staying Sane When You’re in Pain: 5 Lessons I Learned”

Turmeric ice cream

Spotlight on Turmeric: How to add it into your diet

It’s the hot spice du jour! But it’s not actually hot – a major plus in my books.

It may be tough to spell (there are two ‘”r’s” in it, people!), but it’s super easy to incorporate into your diet.

Turmeric spice

If you don’t already know, turmeric is all the rage these days – and for good reason. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, antioxidant, and its main active ingredient, curcumin, is  linked to improved brain function, lower risk of brain disease, lowered chance of heart disease, depression, and more. Continue reading “Spotlight on Turmeric: How to add it into your diet”

Lessons in Mindfulness

“What you focus on grows.”

It’s hard to read anything on health and wellness nowadays without coming across the term “mindfulness.” And for good reason, too. The practice of being mindful is credited with reduced rumination, stress reduction, focus, relationship satisfaction, and much more, according to the American Psychological Association. Continue reading “Lessons in Mindfulness”

How to Quit Sugar: Guide

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to cut back on the white stuff? Here are my tips for how to say “so long” to sugar and ditch it for good. Because you’re sweet enough!

Over the holidays, many people continued to tell me “you have great willpower!” after I turned down sweets and baked goods time and time again. I would tell them exactly what I’ve learned to be true over the past two years since quitting refined sugar – an idea Gretchen Rubin has remarked about a variety of habits – “it actually takes no willpower. I don’t eat any sugar because I have no willpower at all. Having no sugar removes any energy spent on deciding whether or not to have a shortbread cookie because the choice is always ‘no.’” Continue reading “How to Quit Sugar: Guide”

Two Years Sugar-Free

This January marks two years I’ve been refined sugar-free, so I’m challenging you to do something for 30 days.

In December 2014, I was at my heaviest and after overindulging throughout the holiday that year (also happened to be my champagne birthday!) I needed a health re-start. I decided to give up sugar for one month – January 2015 – to jumpstart a healthier year (also the year I got married). Continue reading “Two Years Sugar-Free”