As the summer kicks into full gear, we’re already putting ourselves on the bottom of list. So before we get too wrapped up in packing, unpacking, driving, parking, cleaning, entertaining, cooking and of course, parenting, let’s remember to hug it out with ourselves. Here are 5 easy ways to do it…
Wellness + Food
Founder of Chefs for Oceans, a foundation that educates and builds awareness for sustainable seafood, Ned Bell is also the executive chef for Ocean Wise and serves as a member of the Loblaw Food Council. What we discovered during our one-on-one chat is that he’s passionate about wanting families (including his own) to think outside the box when it comes to making a meal.
Allison is the owner of September Project. In her own words, it’s ” all about unique and honest messaging (i.e., stuff you actually think and want say to the people you care about) delivered simply and beautifully in a way that lets the words do the talking. Today she’s using the power of words to share her personal experience of miscarriage which we all agree should be an on-going and open-hearted conversation instead of a secret.
When Sara Celik, a naturopathic doctor and spokesperson for Renew Life, invited me to try a cleanse, I was truly meh about it. After talking me through the process and serving up sensible answers to my long list of questions, I was still skeptical—but willing because she suggested a cleanse that wasn’t a full-on fast so I wouldn’t get so furious.
When you have a knock-out virus, don’t try to convince yourself that your A-Type and OCD impulses will beat the germs that are bringing you down. Instead, take a deep breath (well, as deep as you can) and surrender to the upside of being a sick mom. Here’s how to bring on relief that will help you stay in the game and ease your aches, chills and annoying cough.
What I’ve finally figured out (ta-dah) is that lunch time is my clean-eating time. Here’s the hitch though…making clean food is a bitch. There’s a lot of slicing, dicing, pureeing, soaking, stewing, rolling, baking and other prep that I don’t have the time or patience for. What’s a girl to do? Order in (without breaking the bank).
It’s been two months since I’ve decided to reign in my out-of-control acne situation, and I’ve seen a naturopath and undergone a food cleanse. Diagnosis so far? My acne doesn’t stay around for as long but I’m still breaking out. But the real take-away for me was my 10-day food cleanse (I’m happy to report that I stuck to it—woot, woot!) On my healthy-eating journey I found a few game-changing recipes and food lessons that’s made me cut back on sugar, gluten and dairy.
Doesn’t the saying go, “it’ll get worse before it gets better”? Well, that’s happening. I’m 6 weeks into my skin supplement routine. My skin is still breaking out (albeit, less but now it’s moved to my forehead) and my next, ‘beat-adult-acne-challenge’ is my diet. I’ve been a pretty healthy eater as of late—thanks to 2017 New Year’s resolutions—but I know I can do better. And, after hearing so many girlfriends talk about ‘rebooting’ their system with a detox, I figure my time has come.
“After I went through my divorce, I fell in love with my kitchen again,” says Anastasia Bogner. “I started going to farmer’s markets and really started taking an interest in what I’m putting in my body. When you’re a mom, you have to look after yourself and when I became a single mom, I became even more mindful of being healthy and full of energy for my daughter.” Here’s how she’s making clean eating an every day joy.
After a first career minding major athletes and rap stars (including a stint with Kanye West and surviving the Taylor Swift hooplah by his side), Nova Browning Rutherford is now a personal development coach and speaker. She’s carved out a career that’s better suited to her desire to help others, however she admits her three-year-old twins can often test her own well-honed life skills. Here’s her road-tested self-care advice for working moms.