November 2011 – Harvesting and Storing Category

The season of overindulgence has passed. You survived or you wouldn’t be reading this. How much damage was done is open to perception. Did you go for seconds at the family events? Did you fill up on potatoes, gravy, pies and bread? Or were you tipping the elbow? If you enjoyed both food and drink with wild abandonment, you are not alone! No need to feel guilty or be hard on yourself when you need to squeeze your butt and thighs into your pants. You had an awesome time, IRead More
Committing to a daily workout, minimum of four days a week, is key. What is the one sure way to ensure you do that? You must reprogram your mind. You must stop seeing yourself as someone who is on a diet, “trying “ to lose weight, fat, or pounds. Let’s say you are a non-smoker, on your way to the store to buy a magazine. You do not think before going to the store, “I hope I can avoid the temptation to buy cigarettes.” No, you see yourself as aRead More
I recently received a question from my sister-in-law. Her good friend suffers from low thyroid and she wondered what she could do naturally to increase the function of the thyroid. An underactive thyroid system is a common health problem, causing symptoms such as low energy, weight gain, hair loss and depression. The good news is that there is plenty you can do to address it naturally. One in ten women over the age of 50 suffers from this condition, so you may want to forward this blog post to anyRead More
This is my favourite breakfast when the snow starts to get so high that you can’t see the recycling containers out on the street when you’re looking out your window. Funny way to reference snow, I know, but don’t you ever rely on your neighbor to tell you if you’re on a garbage or recycling day? I suggest you get familiar with this amazing grain called Quinoa. To quote my friend and fellow nutritionist Jae Steele, “Quinoa (say KEEN-wah) has the highest protein and calcium content of any grain –Read More
In January, the fast pace, bright lights, luxurious meals and energetic parties associated with the holidays and New Year’s Eve give way to simpler, quieter days – still with early nightfall and (at least in Canada) freezing cold. The warmth of summer can feel a long way away. As we do our best in this time to focus on our goal, or on some new resolutions, we may be in need of some regular nourishment for our spirits. It is good to do something every day that brings joy, quietsRead More
“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” Eat Pray Love (2010) I found Eat Pray Love to be one of the most powerful movies I saw in 2010. In fact, at the end and throughout the entire credits I couldn’t stop crying. I was deeply affected because there were so many parallels in the story with my own life transitions at the time. The foundations of my home and my direction in life and career had been shaken up just like the heroine named Liz. In herRead More
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” Inception (2010) I believe based on my experience that what I want already exists. I just have to focus on it. Proof of this came on the opening night screening of Inception. A friend and I chose to see the movie at a theatre outside of Toronto, so we left by car 90 minutes before the film start time. Unfortunately it was rush hour with multiple road repairs and a public event causing the traffic we were in. Every directionRead More
Fashion Takes Action, the company founded by our Fashion columnist Kelly Drennan (who recently won TreeHugger’s “Best of Green” Best Style Twitter Feed), has launched a new initiative called Resizing Fashion’s Footprint. Fashion Takes Action has said, “Our ultimate vision is to see the fashion industry transformed – with the practices of sustainability stitched in to every garment, shoe, and accessory, from fiber to finish. We encourage our members to be active players in this transformation by supporting them with the tools, ideas, and community they need to create prosperityRead More
2011 has been a year of incredible friction. We are nearing a global economic recession and the immediate future may not seem promising. People have lost hope, and anger seems to be on the rise. We have also seen 2011 as a year of incredible uprising, hope and transformation. The Syrian youth want change and have used the Internet to interconnect and speak in a united voice. But it isn’t just the Syrian youth who are marching for equality and freedom. Millions of people in the so-called developed countries areRead More
Continued from Part 1.  The new single Charlie Brown, which was released in late November, is sure to be a Coldplay fan favourite. It has urgency and lyrical style similar to the classic Springsteen anthem Born To Run. Chris Martin sings about cars, boys and girls, the fire of youth and the possibility of turning darkness into brilliant light. But where Springsteen’s song was straight-up rock’n’roll, Charlie Brown has a much more indie/major sound and orchestral feel, complete with swells and bare sections, such as you might find on anRead More