Even though the weather is changing, and pretty fast I might add, I’m a huge fan of camping and hiking all year round. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices and lack of preparation. Okay, okay, I know that might be easy to say… until you’re attempting to hike in the middle of a freakin’ snow storm. But, embracing adventures in the outdoors all year long is totally worth it – I promise!
Teaching online classes, bookwork and many projects creates a busy schedule where snacking is a necessity. I don’t only try to pick up healthy snacks for when I’m moving, but for when I’m in rest mode too. I’m the type of human who really likes a snack with both crunch and energy. To find a good balance between the two is hard, but Localle has done it in style!
As a nutritionist, some of the most common questions I get are about what to eat for snacks and the best way to get in a healthy breakfast. Here in North America, breakfast is generally synonymous with what I like to call “beige food.” We’re talking breads, cakes in many forms, sweetened yogurts and sugary cereals – just processed carbs upon carbs, with an extra side of unhealthy carbs. And listen, I’m not knocking carbohydrates, we need them to function. But we need the right kinds and amounts, like complex carbohydrates and also not in abundance. We really need to round out the nutrients within our meals, especially if it’s our first one of the day.
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Growing up, I had a mother who was very open about everything. It was just the two of us for a long time, so she took it upon herself to make sure she taught me everything that she wished she knew when she was a young girl, going through changes and feeling all of the feels. She always encouraged me to be comfortable with my body and to not feel ashamed for wanting to express myself, wear what I choose to wear or even run around naked if I felt like it. But equally, it was also okay to just not wanna talk about it sometimes, as my body changed and gradually morphed into a woman. I definitely learned from her that it can be a very personal experience.
*By Ro Nwosu*
This Summer, my goal was to get out camping in Ontario at least once. In the past two years, I’ve been quite fortunate to visit a few provincial parks – except I haven’t really touched many within Ontario. Camping is one of those things where you move efficiently, and with more purpose because the regular amenities that you would normally have around you are gone. Things like fancy toilet paper (you know what I’m talking about!), fridges, your entire closet and the gym.
*By Jennifer Morris*
Being busy does not mean that you are also being productive. There I said it… come at me “I’m just soooo busy” people. I cannot go a day without someone mentioning how “busy” they are and I too find myself falling into this trap from time to time. There are times when I am truly busy, meaning I am at that moment engaged in something and therefore cannot do something else. Or yes there are a lot of things I have on my to-do list, but are they all pressing at that moment? No of course not, that’s not possible.
Listen, I know we’re all busy and that it can be quite hard to stay on track sometimes. But I honestly believe that you make time for what’s important to you. Now, I’m gonna repeat that one again: you make time for what’s important to you. And your health just has to be important to you. This isn’t me trying to shame you here, I’m just trying to advocate for you when you’ve dropped the ball on doing it for yourself. We spend so much time and energy taking care of others, that we often forget to take care of ourselves. Well, you can’t pour from an empty cup, folks. It’s that simple.
Winter in Canada isn’t always the most forgiving experience, to say the least. It can be cold, feel somewhat unrelenting and abundantly unpredictable. But over the years, I’ve worked hard on complaining less about it and rather started focusing on making the most out of it instead. Easier said than done for the most part, right? Well ultimately, the key is to be as prepared as you possibly can be, while remembering to always have fun – no matter what it throws at you. It’s that simple.
*By Jennifer Morris*
Networking is invaluable in every part of life. In business, if you think networking is not “necessary” or “worth your time”, you are wrong. So wrong. So why are there people out there that either don’t want to do it or find no value in it? Well it’s likely they are doing it all wrong. Before you stop reading, hear me out. Have you ever gone to a networking event with the intention of meeting someone specific?