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“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” ~William James


Cool (Mostly Health Related) Stuff I Found This Week


Do you use the machines at the gym to tone up and lean out? Make sure you’re using the right ones! Here are 10 exercise machines to avoid and why!

If you’re a yoga lover, you may want to try these yoga exercises to lose belly fat Shhh!!! The secret is doing a lot of plank exercises!

There really is no excuse not to work out, even if you only have 20 minutes you can still get in a killer workout! Here’s a great excuse-busting workout video in its entirety so, you’re welcome! Now I don’t want to hear “time” being the excuse as to why you don’t work out!

Having a hard time staying consistent with your workouts? Try one of these 20 ways to stick to your workout. I’m big into blackmailing myself with fancy shower gels, reading time, a favourite TV show, etc.!


Are you a Lassi lover? These savoury Indian smoothies are extremely popular these days and for good reason: they’re so damned tasty! Try making one at home with this recipe for a mango lassi!

Think healthy meals need to be expensive? Think again! Get 3 healthy daily meal plans under $15 You’re welcome!

I’m all about trying new things and that includes my food! Lately I’ve been on a beet kick, something I never thought would be possible so when I saw this recipe for a fennel, beet, and blood orange salad, I knew I had to put this on my menu for the week!

I’ve been craving salads lately which I’m sure is attributed to the raging humidity that’s happening here in Toronto lately and whereas five years ago I’d balk at the idea of just having a salad for a meal, I’m all over it now! Do it right and you can get all of your healthy veggies, fruits, proteins, fats and carbs in one salad (and it’ll fill you up)! Here are 8 fats to help you get the most out of your salad, just add 1 – 2 of these per salad and you’ll get all the healthy fats you need in a meal!

Generic sauces can pack a lot of calories and sugar into your wonderfully healthy homemade meal. I always suggest to make your own where you can. Here is a simple recipe for making homemade marinara sauce to get you started!

General Health

Have you heard about Big Food’s “fourth meal” campaign? That if three square meals per day of Double Downs and Dorito stuffed tacos wasn’t enough, fast food chains are trying to get us to add an extra full meal so they can fill their pockets with our money? It’s revolting to me, read more about it in David Siorta’s Feeding The Obesity Crisis.

We already know that there are a lot of adverse health effects associated with being overweight but consider the idea that there may also be adverse health effects associated discrimination against overweight people. What are your thoughts on this article?

For The Casa

Oh my gosh! The medieval historian in me is in LOVE with this place! It’s the Sextantio Albergo Diffuso at Le Grotte della Civita in Italy. All I need is a big hunk of cheese and loaf of bread with a huge goblet of wine and I’m set for life!

When it comes to the environment, I’m all about doing what you can. I’m not saying you need to be perfect but anything is better than nothing. That being said, making an effort can be worth it! I remember four years ago making a concerted effort to cut back on the amount of plastic bags I took home. In a one year span I only took home 13 bags (I kept a log)! I realized that it’s really not that difficult to bring a reusable bag with me and if I didn’t have one with me, I just wouldn’t get something until I had one! Try one of these 25 wasteful things you can probably get along without and see how it works for you! Trust me, the effort to change only takes a few weeks before it becomes a part of your life!

How To Be Your Awesome Self

Do you have a hard time saying no? I’m much better than I used to although I still have my moments! Here are 7 simple ways to say ‘no’!

Are you prone to pity parties? Do you know someone who is prone to them? I used to throw them all the time in a grandiose fashion although no one showed up but me… here’s a great article about self pity that teaches you how to deal with it yourself and how to help others that may be in on the festivities!


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