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Plant-Based Recipes You’ll Love

Plant-Based Recipes You’ll Love

Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or even flexitarian, anyone can appreciate the wholesome goodness of a plant-based meal. There are many reasons to choose a plant-based diet with plenty of organic veggies and fruits. More plant-based websites and bloggers are coming out with incredible resources to make mouthwatering dishes (that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out). With the right resources, these meals can be filling, tasty, and nutrient dense. Here is a list with some of the top plant-based recipe resources from websites and bloggers you definitely won’t want to miss. 1.) Oh She Glows This one’s a no brainer. If you’ve ever stumbled upon this cookbook or website (or app!) you’re in good hands! This award winning vegan recipe website will make meals quick and easy. Angela Liddon (the founder) is a genius who has spent years perfecting the art of plant-based cooking. If you’re looking for food inspiration, Oh She Glows will be your first go-to. 2.) Minimalist Baker This tasty plant-based website focuses on keeping it simple. With 10 ingredients or less this no BS take on plant-based cooking is a breath of fresh air. These recipes will be sure to impress even your carnivorous friends. 3.) Simple Vegan Blog This one I stumbled upon more recently when I was trying to find a vegan alfredo recipe that didn’t use cashews. I usually LOVE using cashews to make creamy dishes but with the alfredo the flavour was never quite right. Enter in the simple vegan blog. Using cauliflower (yumm!!!) I found that it was exactly what I was looking for in a recipe. After...
RMT Tips To Stay Healthy for Ski Season

RMT Tips To Stay Healthy for Ski Season

There’s a buzz in Whistler that happens at this time every year… the mountain is open and there’s finally snow on the ground in the village! Excitement is in the air and whether you’ve been up the hill or not, it’s nice to welcome ski season back to our little mountain town. So the next thing on everyone’s mind as a skiier or snowboarder is how do I extend my ski season? Or in other words, how can I avoid getting injury and stay healthy this year. We have some great tips from local registered massage therapist (RMT) Stacey Taylor on how to keep yourself healthy over the coming months.    1.) What do you recommend for skiiers and snowboarders to do specifically after a day on the mountain?   Stretch and Hydrate. Stretching out your muscles will help prevent future injury and staying hydrating allows for a quicker recovery so that you can get back at it the next day with less of an impact from DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).     2.) What injuries do you see the most from skiiers and snowboarders and what would be the best prevention?   With skiiers, I tend to see a lot of ACL tears. It’s important to maintain strong and balanced quads, hamstrings and gluts when skiing. If a fall happens when a ski is slightly twisted causing torque your knee, ACL tears can occur. Staying strong and most importantly balanced between those syngerist muscles will help to prevent unwanted twisting of the knee. As for Snowboarders, I often see broken wrists with the elbow and shoulder also taking...
Boost Your Energy With Yoga

Boost Your Energy With Yoga

We all have those mornings when it’s tough to get out of bed. When you’ve finally rolled out of from under the sheets you might feel like you need caffeine. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a hot cup of coffee or tea, but when you start to crave it just for the caffeine buzz you have to wonder how your energy levels are doing. Here are some great tips for boosting your energy to keep you alert throughout the day. 1.) Try Breath of Fire Kundalini yogis know what’s up when it comes to breath of fire. This powerful breath technique has many physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health benefits including boosting energy. It’s the kundalini solution to a cup of coffee! It will help you feel energized and alert throughout the day. Avoid if: pregnant menstruating hernia digestive issues heart conditions eye, ear, or sinus problems high blood pressure (Try long deep breathing instead if you’re experiencing any of the above!)   2.) Practice Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) Sun Salutations are practiced for many reasons; one of the intentions is to honor the sun which gives us life so it’s no surprise that it also gives you energy. They can also help build internal heat and warm up the body to experience more freedom in static poses. So how do you practice a sun salutation? There’s no one, easy answer since most traditions have different ways to practice them. Although there’s no perfect blueprint, that can work to your advantage. Be creative, be bold, and do what feels right for you! Here are a few tips from yoga...
Restorative Yoga – Relax, Restore, Renew

Restorative Yoga – Relax, Restore, Renew

Yoga has the ability to create bliss on many levels – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The key to this state can come from a variety of practices, but one form seems to stand out when it comes to relaxation. Restorative yoga uses long, supported holds to relax the body and restore the nervous system, which has the ability to open doors to the subconscious mind. We look to answer a few questions you may have about restorative yoga and how you are able to benefit from this healing practice.   How is restorative yoga different? There are different styles of restorative yoga, but generally they all have the same intention. Restorative yoga uses props to support the body, meaning there is no physical effort or strain in maintaining a pose. In fact, it is encouraged to be in complete relaxation. If there’s any intensity, sensitivity or pain then it’s important to ease out or provide more support using props. If the pose is not supported, the body unconsciously holds tension to protect your joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. This can prevent the nervous system from entering it’s relaxation phase, known as the parasympathetic response. In a deep restorative yoga practice, you may relax in a pose for 10 minutes or longer. Moving quickly from one pose to another can disrupt the relaxation response, which makes patience and timing essential to a restorative yoga practice.   How does restorative yoga affect the nervous system? During everyday life, we are constantly bombarded with stimuli from our environment. For most of us, we’re operating with a fight-or-flight response, a.k.a. the stress...
Yogic Breathing For Well-Being

Yogic Breathing For Well-Being

Yogic breathing is the act of breathing consciously in-and-out through the nose. Nothing out of the ordinary, only the use of proper breath mechanics to soothe body, mind and spirit. For many people, everyday life induces the sympathetic nervous system, or stress response, which can affect ones breath rate causing rapid, shallow breathing. Proper yogic breathing is essential for well-being to relieve stress and maintain good health. One of the simplest ways to ensure proper breathing is to practice “three part breathing” or what’s known as dirgha pranayama.  This yogic breathing technique can be used sitting up or lying down. How to practice three part breathing: – Start with one hand on your low belly, and one hand on your upper chest – Feel your inhale expand into your low belly, mid belly, then into your upper chest – On your exhale, allow your breath to relax towards your spine – Repeat Once you feel confident that your low belly initiates the inhalation, you are welcome to rest your palms or take a mudra (hand gesture) and continue yogic breathing. Practicing this breath not only promotes proper yogic breathing, but it will help calm your nervous system. Although this technique is great to add to your yoga practice, it can be practiced anytime to cultivate well-being and...
Detox Yoga

Detox Yoga

The holidays are an amazing opportunity to spend time with friends and family. The only downside of these joyous festivities can be the tendency to overindulge. Processed food, sugar and alcohol over the holiday season can result in feeling fatigued and unbalanced. Yoga can have many powerful effects, including the ability to detoxify. A detox yoga practice can benefit health and wellness by leaving one feeling clean, refreshed and energized. Here are a few techniques for your next yoga sequence to see the benefits of detox yoga. 1.) Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breath) Bhastrika pranayama or bellows breath has many benefits including the ability to promote detoxification. This powerful breath technique has the ability to purify physically and spiritually. Although detox yoga is important for the physical body, the cleansing aspects it can have on a deeper level should never be underestimated. How to perform bhastrika 2.) Uddiyana Bandha (The abdominal lock) While uddiyana bandha contibutes to a detox yoga practice, it also improves blood circulation to the abdomen. The increase in gastric fire promotes digestion and elimination to further contribute to the detoxification process. How to practice Uddiyana Bandha 3.) Twists The asana (or pose) portion of detox yoga is to include twists in your sequencing. Twists compress the body’s organs to help remove wastes and toxins. Think of it like wringing out an old sponge – the body has a similar ability to rid itself of what it no longer needs with a bit of twisting.   These three yogic cleansing methods can make a great addition to any morning routine. Using these detox yoga techniques during your...
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