DIY: Coconut Matcha Face Mask
WARNING: You might scare your roommate/partner/neighbors
If this was high school, coconut oil would be the popular kid that everyone loves. It's cool, it's smart, it's versatile and it's jam packed with goodness. I personally love to cook with it; some of my favorite forms of consumption are when it's thrown into a peanut butter and almond milk protein smoothie, in cocoa spirulina energy balls, or when I'm stir-frying veggies! Plus, the smell of coconut screams vacation. Another perk.
But did you know it also makes the EASIEST and most AMAZING face mask when mixed with matcha powder? This mask is literally as easy as 1-2-3. We filmed a great segment for E! Canada with Graydon Moffat awhile back and she shared this fool-proof, yet potent conconction with us.
- 1 dallop of Coconut Oil
- 1 small spoonful of Matcha powder
- Splash of boiling water
Not only do you look like Hulk's other half, but this green goop that smells like a beach vacation is also packed with goodness so that you can put your best face forward. Let's break it down:
MATCHA: You know how everyone raves that green tea is great for you? That's almost entirely thanks to the vibrant green matcha component. Its' antioxidant levels are 60x higher than spinach! Imagine if popeye had consumed matcha instead of spinach? Shiiiiiiit. Not to mention it is in high in vitamins and minerals such as selenium, vitamin C, zinc and magnesium. If you drink 1 cup of matcha tea, you'll also get the added benefits of increased metabolism and a boost in energy!
COCONUT OIL: This succulent oil promotes healthy, moisturized skin and acts as a medium for the skin to properly absorb the vitamins and minerals present in the matcha powder. Plus, it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties! Bye bye pimples!
SIDE NOTE: No one will judge you if you accidentally try a little lick...
Although summer may seem miles away, I thought I would get you a little excited about those hot days by introducing you to sailing. Now I am not talking about the captain’s hat and booze cruising sailing, I am talking about the physically demanding, mentally challenging, Olympic class sailing.
Sailing seems to have been in my life for as long as I can remember. My dad is a sailor, and a pretty great one at that. I am pretty thankful that he chucked me in a boat at a young age, and although I may have lost my favourite pink flamingo hat one my first outing, I soon fell in love with it and it has become part of my identity.
The sailing community in Canada is so close knit, and I was lucky enough to cross paths with Sarah Douglas a few years back when I was working in Toronto as the head coach at a sailing club there. At the time she was on the Ontario Sailing Team and I have been so excited to see her progress and be a total inspiration to young sailors across the country.
I was able to steal some time in her very busy schedule to get some questions in, and I hope you enjoy virtually meeting Sarah!
Let me know if any of these scenarios resonate with you.
Have you ever been stuck in a cycle of eating healthy throughout the day, and then indulging in treats later at night - leaving you feeling sick, bloated and powerless to your cravings?
What about those days when you're just SO DAMN BUSY that you're constantly finding yourself grabbing the most convenient food available instead of the most nutritious choice?
Or perhaps you’re just in a place in your life where you’re feeling a little complacent with your current nutritional habits and are ready to shake things up and get excited about eating healthy again?
If you’ve been nodding your head through any of these scenarios, you are not alone.
If there is anything that I have struggled with lately, it’s turning off my mind when it’s time to go to sleep. Does anyone else have this same problem? It feels like all day there is an energy deficit, and I am so sleepy… but of course, night hits, and all of a sudden I am wide-awake.
This affects me the next day in a few ways. Not only do I find it difficult to wake up, but I also hit a wall as soon as I get home from work where I feel the need to sleep right away. I have experienced this type of insomnia before during times of stress, and it’s easy to feel like this is out of my control.
As a chiropractor and fitness coach, I often ask patients and clients the following questions - Do you wake up the day after a workout feeling stiff and sore? Is your desk job a (literal) pain in the neck? Are you getting headaches after an upper body workout or a long day at work? If the answer is yes, there are many factors to consider – sleep, stress, hydration, nutrition, ergonomics and self-care, to name a few. One of them may be recurrent or chronic tension. If that’s the case, which for most people is at least part of the reason, it might be time to consider foam rolling as part of your daily routine. Your body will thank you!
What does your breakfast look like? What do you have for lunch? Is dinner your favourite time of the day? Today I’m letting you all in my kitchen to take your through what I eat in a day. On an average day, I have 3 BIG meals and probably anywhere from 3-5 snack breaks throughout the day. In this post, I am breaking down what I eat, what I cook, when I (usually) eat, and all that fun stuff (who doesn’t love talking about food?), so here we go!
You know the phrase “winner winner chicken dinner”? Well, it repeats in my mind whenever I cook this dish because everyone I have made it for loves it. Plus the recipe is so simple. Delicious + easy = a win in my book!
I typically make this dish for my husband and I as a post-workout meal during the week. It’s also a great option if you’re having friends over for dinner because you prep it the night before, leaving you free to socialize with your guests (because who wants to be cooped up in the kitchen the entire night?). And clean up is a breeze because it’s just one pan. I wasn’t kidding when I said this was such a win!
You might recognize Meghan House from The Bachelor Canada. She was known for her humour, her good ol' Newfie accent, and her kindness. Since her appearance on the show, Meghan's life has changed significantly. She is now happily in love and is on a brand new journey, as she is also pregnant!
For this month's article I chat with Meghan about the changes to her lifestyle within the past year, her daily routine, and her pregnancy journey.
I am a huge fan of sleeping, and I love products that can help promote a good sleep.
Sleep is a crucial part of healing and your overall health, which is why I make sleep one of my wellness priorities.
Our body needs that time to heal and to rest, and when we neglect that base need we can see some very serious health issues.
Let me walk you through a few of the products that I would recommend that help me find deeper sleep!
A big hello from the windy (yes, very windy) city of Chicago. My boyfriend’s celebrating a birthday and was craving an adventure where we could dip out to without travelling too far that had a cool art scene, great food, and cool architecture... We found decent flights and impulsively jumped on them. We were hoping to stay in the stunning Chicago Athletics Association Hotel but for whatever reason the prices doubled on the Monday and Tuesday night which got us wondering: do we spend more on a hotel and sacrifice the level of activities we’d be doing, or vice versa? Nice hotels are great (obviously), but we love going to museums, comedy shows, yummy restaurants and bars with elevated cocktails - so, it was an easy decision. We’d forego staying in a top notch hotel and find something more affordable so we could do all the things.
I know I’m late to the game on this one, but I’m obsessed with podcasts. Friends have been telling me for the last couple of years to check them out and for one reason or another, it took me until last fall to actually download the app and dive in. Now that I have, I’m officially a podcast junkie, and listen to them constantly. Driving to work? Podcast. Taking transit downtown? Podcast. Making dinner? Podcast. You get the picture.
So, in the spirit of my new found love affair, here are a couple of my favourites!