I drank celery juice for 30 days and here’s what happened

Hands up for anyone who’s tried 2019’s latest food craze: the celery juice diet? I tried it, and I’m calling bulls**t on it.

Diet “experts” and celebrities alike are touting celery as the cure for many things: chronic illness, inflammation, infertility, gut and skin issues, mental health problems… the claim being that if you drink a 16oz glass of celery juice every morning on an empty stomach within 10 minutes of waking up, that you’ll reap all sorts of benefits to help whatever it is that ails you and basically become Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Bugs for Breakfast: A Cricket Protein Powder Review & Recipe

From whey to soy to sprouted hemp, protein powders come in all forms and flavours. And they are everywhere! With the dozens of options, it’s hard to know which one is right for you, if any. Some are hard to digest, some taste like crap and others contain a bunch of additives. We know that including more protein in our diets has many benefits but it can be hard to do. As a lover of smoothies and proats (protein oatmeal), I wanted to explore a more natural form of protein powder, one that my body may be able to digest, absorb and use better. And one that is more sustainable. And just like that, crickets crawled into my life. Well not really, but I decided to give cricket powder a try. Consuming insects is not new to the world, however it’s a relatively new food source to Western cultures. Slowly crickets are making their way to our grocery store aisles and now you can order cricket powders, flours, bars and snacks online very easily.  

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My New Nighttime Routine With Calm

I think it’s safe to say that we all know the importance of self-care. The notion that self-care is an act of selfishness is now gone (thank goodness!) and we have realized that it’s something to be practiced every day; a true necessity to living a healthy life. Self-care can take on so many different forms: exercise, cooking nutritious meals, manicures/pedicures, face masks (a personal favourite of mine), curling up with a good book, etc. But I think one self-care category that we tend to forget about is sleep. It’s not as fun as cooking or doing some spa treatments but arguably it’s the most important thing we can do for our bodies and our minds. But when we all have a to-do list that’s longer than there are hours in the day, how are we supposed to shut off our minds when we do finally crawl into bed at night?

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Authentically Me: Derek Sabado

Derek came into my life about 6 years ago, as part of the creative team at Holt Renfrew.  He instantly struck me as an exuberant soul with amazing energy.  Through the years, I saw his relationship with his own identity and sexuality transform.  He became more comfortable dressing as he wanted and identified more closely with his feminine side.  As a heterosexual female, my sexuality has never caused me any stress.  I leave my house in the morning and society simply accepts who I am.  Members of our LGTBQ community often experience unjust judgement which can result in debilitating self-image issues that can lead to depression and anxiety.  In a 2011 interview with Pride Source, Beyoncé acknowledged the difficulty of coming out and said that she was in awe of her LGBTQ fans. “The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different -- to be brave and be different and to be yourself -- is just so beautiful,” she said. “Not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream.”  

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How much is too much social media?

A really good question… and honestly, there is no simple answer. Sorry! (Bet you weren’t expecting that, huh? *Cheeky emoji here). There’s so much talk when it comes to “social media cleansing,” which I think is a bit much.

Here’s a different question: how do you feel when you’re scrolling through feeds on Instagram or when seeing articles and comment threads on Facebook? I’m going to take a wild guess and assume it all depends on your headspace. Sometimes the content you see is inspiring, empowering, and uplifting.

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Stretching – What you need to know!

What’s happening everyone? I’ll tell you what – we are finally into warmer springtime weather and you know what that means? We can finally emerge from hibernation to take more of our activities outdoors! And I want to make sure that you stay in top form all (spring and summer) season long injury-free! On that note, today we are going to talk stretching. I’m going to break it down for you, so pay attention.

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Tech-Free Sleep: The 5 Day Challenge

With the turn of the new season, I really tried to focus on improving the quality of my sleep. I reached a breaking point in March, and that was when I realized how badly I was struggling to wake up in the morning. I’ve always been a light sleeper, but usually I can wake up and take on my day with no problems. Lately, this has not been the case. If I’m being completely honest, I was starting to get fed up. 

The plan was simple. Cut off all technology before sleeping for 5 days during the workweek & observe how I felt the next day. I wasn’t worried about putting away my phone at night, but I’ve spent years falling asleep watching shows on my laptop...I knew this wouldn’t be easy. 

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Podcast Launch; from terrified to dream come true!

You know those moments in life when you can’t quite believe how lucky you are? Last week when we launched the #HIHPodcast was one of those moments. This project has been a long time in the making, almost two years ago to the day. Three episodes never made it off my desktop because life took a bit of a turn, one that knocked the wind out of me, and as I was struggling in my personal life it trickled in to every aspect of my being: work, social life, passion projects, self-identity and motivation. Needless to say, a lot was put on the back-burner while I dealt with this big change, it took a long time to rebuild to regain my footing, but guess what? I did. 

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Which Diet Type Is Right For You?

I usually get asked quite often about whether various diet types and eating patterns - like keto, paleo and intermittent fasting - ACTUALLY work to help you achieve your weight loss/fat loss goals.

The short answer? It depends.

Some (not all!) of these diet types can work, but they don’t necessarily work for everyone. To be honest, it all boils down to your lifestyle and whether this way of eating can be sustainable in the long-term. (Because we all know that the “quick fixes” never truly last.)

And while I know that many of them are backed by scientific research and can give you some sort of “structure” to follow, there’s truly SO MUCH INFORMATION OUT THERE that it’s difficult (& frankly, pretty overwhelming!) to have to trudge through all of the journals, articles and research papers in order to figure out which one actually works for you.

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3 Important Lessons from an Injury

I had the weirdest injury happen to me last month. One week, on the Monday, I went indoor rock climbing for the first time. I was definitely on an adrenaline rush as I was facing my fear of heights. I even slipped once, which was scary but I quickly realized that I was well sustained by the gear. Then, on Tuesday, I went for my usual run up and down stairs. Everything went well and I felt like I was getting stronger. I was slowly preparing to run 10km at the end of the month and needed to get back into shape. Next thing I know, on the Wednesday, I wake up with a swollen and painful ankle. What happened? I thought it might be muscular because of the climbing. At first, I did not worry about it so much. After two days, it was better so I decided to go for a run. Although it was not painful during the run, it swelled up much more after. Oops. 

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How I learned to love the gym in 2019

I set big intentions for 2019. Like most of you I’m sure, I took the time to dig deep and reflect on what the passing year meant to me. What did I learn? How did I grow? What do I want 2019 to manifest? 

2018 was a year of big changes; it was a move across provinces, of leaving a life and career I’d built for six years in Halifax, of starting fresh in my home province with a new job, a new apartment, and a new Toronto. 2018 was a year of protecting my health and my heart, and basically just trying to keep my head above water amidst it all. I spent the time to learn what I need to be my happiest self, and this is something I’m taking with me into this new year.

Now, 2019 marks a year of fluidity and movement, of not standing still. I’m ready to welcome new people, new experiences, travel, adventure, love, and growth into my world. This means new habits, new perspectives, and shedding a lot of the old, ingrained preconceived notions that previously held me back from this kind of openness.

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It's Time To Put Your Feelings First

I am constantly trying to take everyone else’s pain away so they can be happy, but sometimes forget to deal with my own mental health and emotions. I used to believe that if everyone around me was happy, so was I. However that’s not always the case. Obviously, it’s nice to help out those around you, but there comes a point when that starts to affect your mental health. Worrying about other people and pushing your emotions to the side is something we often do but don’t realize. Keeping the people in our lives happy will not necessarily ensure our own happiness. This is a common misconception.

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Balancing Fitness and School

Some days it can feel hard to get up and do a workout. As a student, my days are filled with long lectures and lots of assignments. Sometimes fitness can take a backseat. But lately I’ve gotten into a routine that allows me to balance being active and getting all of my school work done. Things can get crazy and I forget just how important it is to keep my body moving and how much better and more focused I feel when I get some type of physical activity in during my day. Here are some of my tips for balancing fitness and school.

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Let’s Talk About Stress

Lots of things can make us feel stressed. For most of us, it’s not just one thing - one thing we can cope with...it’s all the things at once that makes us feel overwhelmed and out of control. Long-term health conditions, debt, social media and email, and housing can all contribute to stress. The pressure to succeed and comparing ourselves to others are both particularly pernicious for us millennials.

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