Out With The Old, In With The New
Ahh… Spring. The season that awakens the soul, refreshes the mind, and brings out the occasional dude wearing shorts WAY too early.
During the winter season, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest binge-worthy series on Netflix, and see the “are you still watching” message pop up on your screen an embarrassing amount of times (you know what I’m talking about). It’s been scientifically proven that colder weather brings out a depressive state in people, whether you feel it for a day or a season, we all know what this feels like. That’s why when the warmer weather starts to hit, people tend to feel like they want to “revamp” their lifestyle and leave the Netflix to a minimum! Healthy is Hot has got you covered on all the ways to kiss winter goodbye and reinvent yourself this season.
Ditching our pyjamas for workout clothes can have an overall positive affect on the mind, while allowing us to get into shape for summer! If you aren’t a gym gal, the warmer weather is the perfect time to start exploring other options than just the boring old gym. Take a hike on your local walking trail, bond with your pup on a nice jog, or bike with friends! Endorphins are a great way to make your mind and heart happy this summer!
Reorganizing Your Space.
Research shows that clutter within the home or workplace can result in decreased productivity and unprofessional behavior. Taking the time to remove all the junk and clutter winter has brought within your home or workplace will have a tremendous effect on your stress levels and behavior. Organizing your belongings in a beneficial way and tossing some unnecessary clutter can improve your mood and have you feeling motivated just in time for summer.
Change Your Look.
Do you remember the feeling of leaving the salon with a fresh cut or gorgeous new highlights and feeling incredibly motivated? Its proven that changing your look can actually make you feel more motivated and ready to take on new opportunities. It’s a great way to move on from the winter season and head into summer with a new and improved image.
Mornings can be tough. It’s hard to pry yourself out of the comfort of your bed. But developing a good morning routine can lead you to actually looking forward to waking up. I would say that I’m a morning person because I allow myself time in the morning to do things that set me up to have a good day.
Your to-do list is never-ending. You seem to keep adding more things to it than you ever cross off. You feel like Sisyphus, continually pushing the same boulder up a mountain.
You feel like there is so much to do that you don’t know where to start. So, you don’t start at all, which isn’t helping. And now your Shitty Committee is in full-flow and you’re criticizing and judging yourself for not doing more and being productive.
We’ve all been there.
Meet the self-proclaimed gluten free queen of Toronto- Rachael Hunt. Founder of GlutenFreedominc.com and Freedom School, Rachael loves scrolling through Instagram in search of the latest and greatest gluten-free eats across the city. She was diagnosed celiac 6 years ago, and it’s become her mission to share all of her discoveries in the gluten free world. Rachael also works with people who desire to turn their side hustle into their main attraction to achieve more freedom in their life- appropriately titled as a Freedom coach! I sat down with Rachael to discuss everything from her many different job titles she holds, to why she loves dragging her friends out for a night of dancing!
Today, I don't have an article to share about improving your health or fitness. I'm not sharing my fave tips for staying productive, or the best exercises for building the glutes.
Today, I'm just here to say that it's completely OKAY to be where you currently are - in your fitness journey, in your career, and in your life - right. damn. now.
And just like that, it’s over. No goodbye, no conversation, no explanation. That constant in our lives no longer existed. It was part of our routine, our everyday. How could this happen? It was what we knew and some days it was all we knew. We scheduled it, we looked forward to it. And just like that, it’s over. Overwhelming sadness and heartbreak left us searching for answers. Asking and begging for it to stay. Offering everything we could to keep things going. As energy wore thin, passionate feelings turned to disappointment and anger. It was easier to avoid the questions and to hide away until we were ready to move on. Sounds like a bad break-up, doesn’t it? In a way, it was.
These were the emotions and reactions that filled the hearts and minds of many when our local fitness spot closed without notice or explanation. The place where we worked out, sweat, relieved stress, networked, got to know each other, no longer existed. We were forced to find somewhere new. This lead myself and many others from our fitness community down the path of exploration for what else existed out there.
So what makes the right HIH spot? That depends on you. Whether you’ve moved to a new city, you need a change or you’re looking to try something new, here are a few tips to consider for your next HIH spot.
Winter is the perfect time for getting busy in the kitchen & baking healthy treats! Take it from me when I say that this recipe is the place to start! What’s better than a mouthwatering, warm, chocolatey, crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside cookie that’s filling, satisfying, nutritious & absolutely DELICIOUS?
These cookies are made with simple real food ingredients, vegan, gluten, dairy, refined sugar, dairy, egg & nut-free! They’re full of plant-based protein, fibre, good carbs, healthy fats & naturally sweet flavour… basically, what I’m trying to say is that you can’t go wrong with them! The best part? You can feel totally awesome about eating these because they’re actually good for you & won’t give you the same spike & crash in blood sugar as store-bought oatmeal cookies.
Without further ado, let’s get right to the recipe. I’d hate to make you wait any longer!
From early infancy I have been a frequent flyer with trips back and forth to Ireland to see family, school trips, adventures with friends, and a (very) long distance relationship. Although I never used to have issues with flying, as I grew up so did my nerves surrounding traveling. I am writing this shortly after a trip to visit my father in France and some of these feeling are still quite fresh in my memory.
This past week I found myself heading to the airport, not for a junket, or a red carpet premiere, or anything related to my day job at Bell for that matter, but instead to moderate a half hour program in our nation’s capital celebrating International Development Week with key individuals making waves on the quest (a non-negotiable if you ask me) towards gender equality. Through my partnership with FINCA Canada, I was welcomed there with open arms in both French and English, by government officials, NGO leaders and incredibly inspiring youth from across the country in an area I felt more like a fish out of water than a professional host.
Behold, my High Protein Carrot Cake.
This is the kind of cake you can bring over to your Valentine’s house for a romantic night in and they’d NEVER EVEN GUESS that it’s actually healthy, too. (Like, 14g of protein per slice healthy…) It tastes so delicious, especially right out of the oven, and is the perfect combination of nutty, spicy and carrot-y. (Is carrot-y even a word?)
Meet Lauren Kurtz. She’s the founder of Apres Actif, an active lifestyle brand inspired by ski and snowboard culture, and Detox Social, a third party agency where influencers, brands, etc can outsource their social media. This girl’s hustle is like no others. She works hard each day to get her brand out there, and it shows! Healthy is Hot sat down with Lauren to chat about her morning routine, how she deals with Insta trolls, and why she likes to take showers longer than anyone you probably know!