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!
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.
*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?
Women sure have come a long way. And although we’ve made some pretty major strides over the years, we still have quite a long way to go. I love how easily we can band together in order to support each other, rather than trying to tear each other down. That’s why community is so darn important, my friends. It’s our duty to help each other out, but sometimes we just don’t know how to do it.
Growing up, I mostly lived in the city. But, I was frequently exposed to nature and had the opportunity to explore the great outdoors on a fairly regular basis. Whether it was camping or cabins with family, staying on friends properties out in the country, or even dedicated adventures – I always knew that I loved it. And now, it has brought me to a point in my life where connecting with it helps me to thrive, while pushing myself out of my comfort zone and learning about how truly resilient I am. Combine all of that with a whole heck of a lot of memories and fun along the way, and I’m absolutely hooked for life.
This last year, I’ve spent a lot of time dedicated to exploring my local area, rather than just jumping ship (or plane, really) in order to head off to another country. Although I still really love to do that, I recently realized that I haven’t seen very much of what’s right in my own backyard. Growing up in Ottawa, I spent a lot of time out in the country as a kid. We used to go for hikes or walks in the forest, head off to farms or cottages, bike around trails, canoe local lakes and even snowmobile from time to time. But one of my favourite things to do has always been to go camping.
*By Autumn Cavender*
Have you ever stopped to consider what was running through the minds of people when they first discovered alcohol? What thought processes were responsible for their notion to share this substance with the rest of the world? You’d think these questions would preoccupy people with loved ones entering and exiting 12 step rehab. You may think that if a member of your family was an alcoholic, you’d consider these topics. Even if it was just until you at least had a rational explanation. Or, you could even be looking for someone or something to blame for all of it.