Yoga Playlist V

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This playlist and more are all up on Spotify.

  1. Still Wild- La Mar
  2. California Girls- NoMBe
  3. Hustler- Josef Salvat
  4. Wood- Rostam
  5. Matchstick- Yuma X
  6. Kalifornia- Modern Pleasure
  7. Tell Me- ALTA
  8. Runnin Thru My Dreams- Sunny Levine
  9. Sinking (Ft. Nori)- Feverkim
  10. Winter- Daughter
  11. Feels- Giraffage
  12. Stargazer- ISLAND
  13. It’s Alright- Majik
  14. Shiver- Lucy Rose
  15. Want Me- Affelaye
  16. Re: Stacks- Bon Iver

 

 

A Small Token of Appreciation for My Yoga Practice

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Yoga, you have been my saviour.

For all that has ailed me: anxiety, depression, anger, pain, and the many stresses in life.

For all that you have offered me: happiness, love, acceptance, gratitude, heart opening, connections with my own soul and the beautiful souls of others I have been fortunate enough to meet.

Yoga you have bestowed upon me more wealth than I could ask for from my mat, my friend, my home.

Yoga you are the safe place to explore the raw emotions of my true being.

Yoga you have given me strength unseen in the physical form, more than skin deep, and running farther than the life that exists within me.

Yoga your continued presence is always just what I need at just the right time and just the right place whenever I step foot on the mat.

Yoga I am forever grateful for having you crack me open and seeing the world with different eyes.

Thank you for being there when I have cried, when I have ached, when I have smiled, when I have laughed, when I have mastered a pose, and when I have fallen on my face.

Thank you for giving me time to heal and for giving me hope when I thought there was no more to have.

Thank you for filling me with light in my spirit and therein my every step.

Thank you for always teaching me something new when I create moments of synchronized mind and movement.

Thank you for the spaces in between the breaths, for that is the essence of what really matters.

Yoga thank you, for your infinite support, your unwavering, unapologetic, and unconditional love.

Spring Rice Wraps

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I was very ambitious back in March making these for lunch on an almost daily basis thinking spring was well and truly here. Of course I was misled by the sunnier mornings and the rising temperatures were only fleeting.

Now I think I am safe in saying that spring seems to be making itself known and these rice wraps are a great transition into the lighter side of things.

There’s no exact measurement for the amount of ingredients here; mix and match whatever veggies you like, add some sprouts, rice noodles, shrimp, different herbs, etc. The beauty of these is using what you have on hand or changing it up with what’s in season for different colours, flavours, and textures.

I made these with fresh basil, cucumber, carrot, zucchini, chopped lettuce, and rice noodles, sprinkling in some sesame seeds and hemp hearts. Get creative by changing up the veggies, spiralizing some and chopping others.

Instead of using peanut butter, I’ve made an almond butter satay sauce with a spicy hit that really takes these up a notch! spring, recipes, rice wraps, Asian food, Asian fusion, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegetables, five a day, healthy, vegan, raw, raw vegan, healthy food, holistic nutrition, yoga girl, deliciously ella, madeleine shaw, nutrition, health, healthy living, fresh, herbs, plant basedIngredients:

Rice wraps

Variety of veggies, chopped into “matchsticks”- red pepper, cucumber, carrot, zucchini, greens, etc.

Vermicelli

Fresh herbs- basil, parsley, coriander

Sesame seeds

Hemp hearts

2 tbsp. almond butter

1 tbsp. maple syrup

1 lime, juice and zest

1 tsp. tamari

1 clove of garlic, minced

Splash of water- to thin as needed

Optional– chopped red chilli, chopped green onion

Directions

  1. If using vermicelli, boil some water to pour over desired amount and set aside for allotted time until softened.
  1. Chop your veggies into matchsticks, and if using, spiralize your zucchini.
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together almond butter, maple syrup, tamari, lime, and garlic. Add water if needed to slightly thin the sauce.
  1. Assemble your wraps: Pour a couple of tablespoons of water onto a large plate. Taking a rice wrap, dip it into the water until every part has been coated with the water. Do this for about 25 seconds then lay onto a chopping board.
  1. Sprinkle sesame seeds, hemp seeds across the wrap. Layer a couple of leaves of basil in the centre then add the veggies you like, noodles, anything you’re using to fill.
  1. Start from the bottom of the wrap, roll away from you and fold over the filling. Tuck each of the sides in and continue to roll until you have a wrap.
  1. Repeat with the rest of your ingredients and serve with the almond satay sauce.

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The Magic of Magnesium

organic, natural remedies, magnesium, minerals, epsom salts, relaxation, stress relief, stress management, holistic, holistic health, health, wellness, healthy, healthy lifestyle, healthy livingOne of the things I was most looking forward to with finally studying holistic nutrition was delving into the solid facts about the things I have read.

It’s easy to do a quick Google search about a certain vitamin or easily become confused about whether fats or healthy or not with all the information floating around out there but now I’m truly learning what this is all about. The dots are beginning to connect as knowledge flows through my classes into everyday life.

One of the first classes I took was an introductory course into the fundamentals of nutrition. This was a great class led by a great teacher full of outside the box info on holistic health and gave a general overview of the basics of nutrition. Towards the end, we finally covered vitamins and minerals which I think are always a bit confusing as there’s so much out there to know. How many times have you gone to a health food shop only to leave feeling more overwhelmed than before you arrived?

I want to highlight some of these on here and I wanted the first one to be one of my favourite minerals: Magnesium.

There’s good reason as to why I love magnesium so much. It’s definitely worked its magic on my classmates and myself during stress-y periods of constant assignments, tests, and exams. How does magnesium do this exactly?

Magnesium is one in the top three minerals that we tend to be deficient in (alongside iron and zinc). In today’s modern world, it’s hard to get enough of this from our soil alone as it’s very often depleted due to current farming practices. We also become deleted in this mineral by our fast paced lifestyles fuelled by caffeine and excess sugar.

One way to make sure you’re getting what you can from a food source is to ensure you’re purchasing organic. Organic food comes from soil that is treated without the use of chemical fertilizers leaving you with more of the nutrients intact for your body to receive. A few sources to mention include organic brown rice, almonds, spinach, and chard.

Magnesium is a natural relaxant and tranquilizer that helps to alleviate muscle spasms and tension. It’s also helpful in easing muscle cramps, PMS symptoms, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, as a laxative, reducing stress, and as a prevention and treatment for heart attacks and heart disease. Just to name a few.

When looking for a magnesium supplement, you’ll most often come across either:

  • Magnesium Citrate (useful as a laxative)
  • Magnesium Malate (useful for fibromyalgia & muscle aches)
  • Magnesium Oxide (not as readily absorbed as the others)
  • Magnesium Bisglycinate (this is the newest of the bunch with the highest absorption)

It’s best to go for a complex (a blend of them all) this way you ensure you’re getting a well-rounded formula.

My favourite way of getting more magnesium is actually through Epsom salt baths and magnesium spray. This is a really gentle way to ease into the benefits of this wonderful mineral.

I find this is a great way to unwind in the evening: Have a bath filled with Epsom salts (I use minimum 2 cups) then spray the body while skin is still damp with magnesium spray so everything absorbs into your system for a rested and peaceful sleep.

It truly does work wonders and I can say this as anyone who I’ve recommended this to have seen a huge improvement and they notice the difference when they go without.

How do you know if you’re deficient and how much should you supplement? If you’re consuming magnesium tablets, you can start with 200mg increasing until you reach bowel tolerance. You’ll know when this is!

I find it best to take this in the evening prior to sleep to help with the relaxing effect.

Magnesium truly is a magic mineral that I encourage everyone to try out and incorporate into his or her everyday life.

 

 

 

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Bites

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The difference in these though is that they are considerably a much more healthier alternative. A little note on using organic carrots:

Choosing organic products means better health benefits for you and the environment around you. The soil our food grows in these days is seriously lacking nutrients and is depleted by the use of different pesticides and herbicides as well as conventional farming practices. I don’t know about you but I like my carrots to taste the way carrots are meant to and know that they’ve grown as nature has intended them to.

Organic carrots make up the bulk of this recipe giving you a dose of Vitamin A,  an antioxidant that maintains our vision and healthy skin. They also contain Medjool dates for added sweetness and a dose of fiber, and walnuts which have essential fatty acids. These are the kind of healthy fats we can’t make ourselves but that are necessary in supporting the body’s hormone production, reducing inflammation, and aiding in the proper development and function of our brain and nervous system (to name a slight few reasons as to why they are essential). Not to mention, a wicked raw cashew “cream-cheese” frosting to drizzle over as a final touch. I mean…

You can put them together this Easter weekend, or make them as part of your food prep for the week ahead as a tasty snack.

Makes 18-20 balls

Ingredients:

For the carrot cake bites:

4 organic carrots

1 1/2 cups of walnuts

4-6 Medjool dates- (depending on your sweet tooth)

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

½ tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. ginger or freshly grated (add a little more with fresh)

Pinch of sea salt

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1 cup of cashews, soaked for 4 hours or overnight

6-8 tbsp. of coconut milk (depending on how thick or thin you want the drizzle)

1 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. of vanilla

Juice of ½ lemon

Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, add about ¼ cup of the walnuts, pulse until crumbly then set aside to roll the balls into later. Add the carrots and the rest of the walnuts and pulse again until fine.
  1. Set aside about ¼ cup of the shredded coconut then add the rest along with the dates, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and salt and pulse to combine everything.
  1. Take ½ tbsp. amounts of the mixture, roll into balls then alternate coating them in the ground walnuts or shredded coconut until covered. Place on a lined baking tray then pop them into the fridge.
  1. Make the cashew cream cheese. Drain and rinse the cashews then add to a high- speed blender with a few tablespoons of the coconut milk. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, lemon juice, and salt and blend until smooth. Depending on how thick the mixture is, add more coconut milk, tablespoon by tablespoon until desired consistency is reached.
  1. Drizzle the carrot cake bites with the cashew cream cheese and enjoy!

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The Gift Of Time

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Think about it.

It doesn’t matter how much money any of us make, what jobs we have, our marital status, our education, backgrounds, ethnicity, everyday we wake up we are all given exactly the same amount of time.

24 hours in one day.

I got thinking about this a bit more this past week.

I’ve recently gone back to school to study holistic nutrition. This means a new routine, a new schedule, and managing my time in a whole other way. I’m a student again. I have a lot I need to think about and focus on. I also commute.

It’s been snowing quite a bit the past couple of weeks. We’re looking forward to some warmer temperatures coming this week, but this is how it goes when we get the snow (as Canada is often known for)

Where I’m from in Ottawa, you grew up knowing that in winter, most mornings when you looked out the window there was a pretty high chance it had either a) snowed overnight b) was snowing or c) was about to snow the second you left your house. You’re prepared, it’s like second nature; you sort of just get on with it.

I was amazed when I moved to Toronto years later how quick they were to panic about any amount of snow and how quickly they would try to clear it. Don’t even get me started on the UK! I get it. It’s not fun to drive in and everyone who happens to drive decides that’s the day they’re commuting alongside you.

Last week, it snowed “a lot” for Toronto standards and what was usually an hour and a half commute for me turned into four. Four hours! You would probably just call this a bad morning and move on with it. On my way home, I ended up being delayed once again. This commute turned into three hours. My day was made up of traveling. It dawned on me I spent the majority of my day not eating, sleeping, or in class, but commuting. Seven hours.

I don’t know what happened on my way in other than some bad weather and bad luck. On my way back, I do know that there was a fatality involved with the trains and that is why they were all delayed.

I also know how easy it is to get angry and frustrated within a situation like this. You’ve been at work all day. You’ve been up since the crack of dawn. You’re tired, hungry, itching to get home to just relax. But you can’t. You get angry. At the announcement of the delay, that your phone battery is almost dead, there are people everywhere bumping into you only conscious of themselves, and the person at the ticket counter isn’t really telling you anything you need to hear. I have definitely been that person. I’m sure I still could be.

If you want to see how people value time, just watch people during rush hour. You can sit quietly in the corner of a station and just observe. It’s amazing what you will see. I can’t even begin to describe what it’s like in other countries. In the UK people run around day in and day out as if they are running the country. People are full of “busy-ness”.

If anyone could have gotten pissed off at the nature of the events of the day it would be me. I was late for school in the morning. I was very tired having left the house by 7am and I was most definitely hungry and thinking I would have long been at home by then. Not stuck in the middle of a train station after having a nightmare of a morning.

But now something in me stops and thinks.

While I’m thinking about complaining about all these things, I realize that someone has just died. Someone tonight will be seeing this on the news. They will be mourning the loss of their loved one. They won’t be thinking about the meaningless things that really don’t matter. Because they don’t.

Tomorrow you wake up and it’s another day. It’s sunny out, the snow has been cleared, you make all your connections, and everything is on time. But for that other person, life as they know it is changed forever.

So how are you choosing to spend your minutes and seconds?

Are you happy? Are you miserable? Are you grateful and feeling at peace with where you are? Are you constantly worrying and wishing for more? Are you just concerned with how you can make money or are you concerned with enriching your life? Are you waiting for something or making something happen?

We all have an equal opportunity when we rise each day.

We all have TIME.

It’s a gift and it’s what we choose to do with it that makes the difference.

 

Yoga Playlist IV

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As always, you can find all my playlists up on Spotify.

Happy yoga-ing! x

  1. Always This Late- Odesza
  2. Sound & Colour- Alabama Shakes
  3. Light- Dr. Toast
  4. Everything- City Of The Sun
  5. Can’t Stop Now- Major Lazer, Mr. Vegas, Jovi Rockwell
  6. Inner Ninja- Classified, David Myles
  7. What Do You Mean?- Justin Bieber
  8. Swear Like A Sailor- Tep No
  9. Right My Wrongs- Bryson Tiller
  10. Open- Rhye
  11. Mark- La Plage
  12. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay- Otis Redding
  13. Flume- Coeur De Pirate
  14. Mind Doodles- Alec Troniq
  15. When We’re Fire (Cello Version)- Lo-Fang
  16. If I Be Wrong- Wolf Larsen