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My Food Philosophy

March 10, 2017

Over the past few years, I have spent quite a bit of time thinking and learning about food. There is a lot of debate over the optimal diet. Is it vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw? With proponents of each diet toting its health benefits, it is enough to confuse anyone, including me. But with all our unique biochemical makeups, is there really a single system of eating that is best for every person on this planet? Can…

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Warming Lemon Ginger Tea

February 24, 2017

Tis the season of colds and flus. Being around people who are sick is inevitable this time of year, especially in the chilly great Canadian north that I call home. Whether its friends, kids, co-workers or a person from your yoga class, colds and flus are going around. Since its pretty well impossible to avoid people who are feeling under the weather (aka avoid human contact for the next few months), what we can do is strengthen our immune systems…

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6 Ways to Practice Self Love

February 10, 2017

It’s February and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Stores are filled with heart shaped boxes of chocolate, restaurant reservations at the best spots are booking up, romance movies are on every channel and flower stands selling red roses have popped up on every corner. It’s inevitable – love is in the air. Whether you are coupled up this Valentine’s Day or flying solo, one thing you can do regardless is to show yourself some self-love. You…

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All About Yoga Teacher Training in India

January 20, 2017

In September 2015, I stepped off a plane in the mountains of northern India. I had reached Dharamshala and would travel up the mountain, passing McleodGanj, the home of the Dalai Lama, until finally reaching my destination at Siddhi Yoga in Upper Bhagsu. It was the first time that I had travelled alone. I felt nervous and homesick but I knew that a great adventure was ahead of me. I knew that I had to step back and trust the…

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

January 6, 2017

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to cut down on sweets? If you do, don’t worry! When you’re craving a super chocolatey treat, these macaroons have you covered. These cookies are full of healthy ingredients so you can enjoy them guilt-free. As an added bonus, they are easy to make and take very little time. When I first started embarking on my journey towards healthy eating, these were my go to. Whenever I had a sugar craving, I would whip up…

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A Journey to India for Yoga Teacher Training

December 23, 2016

>>Click on the arrows above to scroll through the Gallery<< It was the spring of 2015 and I had been practicing yoga for just over 3 years. Every time that I practiced, I seemed to fall more and more in love with the way that yoga made me feel. As time went on, I couldn’t seem to shake the idea and desire to do a yoga teacher training program. This was my opportunity to immerse myself in this beautiful practice and to…

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Finding Yoga – My First Time on the Mat

December 9, 2016

Ahh my first yoga class – I remember it so clearly. It was a sunny day in August 2011 and a friend had convinced me to go to a class with her at a local studio. I had heard about yoga and was interested in the idea of it. The problem was that I was going through chemotherapy at the time and this made it seem more than a little bit intimidating to show up to a group fitness class with my…

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The Brown Rice Detoxification Diet

November 25, 2016

The Brown Rice Detoxification Diet was a tool that I personally used during my first steps towards a healthier life. The diet embraces natural, whole foods and focuses on eliminating processed foods, sugars and common allergens including dairy and wheat. The premise is that by following this plan and eating foods from the earth, you will give your body an opportunity to begin to detoxify from the burden of the Standard American Diet (SAD). I love this plan because it…

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Find a Naturopath

November 11, 2016

As I sit and reflect on my journey to health, I realize how important my Naturopathic Doctor was in helping me to regain a healthy body. In fact, I can’t emphasize enough how crucial it was to work with a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). When I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I was sent to an Oncologist who prescribed 8 rounds of chemotherapy. He told me that although the treatment should be effective, it would cause me to be extremely sick…

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What Exactly is Cancer?

October 28, 2016

We have all heard of cancer. With two in five people now being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, it effects most, if not all of us in some way or another. Cancer is a leading cause of death in North America with 30% of all deaths resulting from cancer diagnoses. North America truly is experiencing a cancer epidemic. Sadly, it is expected to get worse as national studies predict that cancer rates will increase in the coming…

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