October 19th, 2013
The dreaded email from the classroom teacher; the creepy diagrams taped to the preschool door: yes, it's head lice season again!
And just in time for hat-swapping and costume-sharing, we've discovered a drugstore shampoo that could save us a whole lot of grief.
We knew the little critters don't like the smell of mint, but tea tree oil seems to be their real nemesis. We're lathering the whole family up with the new Tea Tree Shampoo ($5.99) from Rexall's just-launched house brand, Be.Better.
Why would any mom not try this? That's a real head scratcher. —Sarah Bancroft
$5.99, to find store locations across Canada visit www.rexall.ca
August 9th, 2013
It used to be that an apple a day would keep the doctor away.
Today, the apple remains key – alongside kale, beets, carrots, ginger and lemon, as per juicing proponents like Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Cross.
The juicer, which is the star of the cult film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” effortlessly juices anything from leafy greens to sweet potatoes (!), making healthy elixirs a cinch to prepare.
Now all we need is more counter space. —Christine Laroche
August 6th, 2013
Starry skies and campfires, we love. Mosquitoes, horseflies and other pesky insects, not so much.
Relieve the itch with this organic witch hazel, lavender and tea tree oil infused bite and burn spray ($10.50) from Fat and the Moon.
Your bug bites will vanish in no time, leaving nothing but smooth, Ontario sun-kissed skin. —Athena Tsavliris
At the Drake General Store, 3 locations, http://www.drakegeneralstore.ca/
June 3rd, 2013
Hangry is an emotion we like to avoid whenever possible – and ready-to-go healthy snacks are the key to avoiding blood sugar crashes. Besides the always-useful baggie of almonds, here are four options, all created by local companies.
These dense nuggets of goodness are packed with tasty, nutritious ingredients including goji berries, hemp protein, honey and enough cocoa to satisfy a chocolate craving. They come in three flavours; we're partial to peanut butter, naturally. www.kewaza.com
In chili and herb flavours (with barbecue apparently on its way), these pea- and potato-based chips are high in protein, vegan and gluten free – and extremely addictive. www.thesimplybar.com
Made in the dehydrator, these crackers satisfy our cravings for crunchy, salty and fatty – but unlike the usual suspects, they're gluten-free, raw and satisfying, too. www.livefoodbar.com
With just four ingredients – banana, coconut, sesame seeds and spirulina – these cookie-like dehydrated snacks are just sweet enough to satisfy and packed with nutrition, too. http://nudfud.com
April 10th, 2013
We like to think of ourselves as healthy eaters. But in between cocktail parties, brunch dates and late nights at the keyboard, we admit the balance might have shifted in the wrong direction.
So we're looking for guidance from Toronto "nutritionista" Meghan Telpner. Her new book UnDiet ($24.99 in print, $14.99 for the ebook) is a contagiously enthusiastic guide to living well, packed with useful nutrition advice, an easy-to-follow meal plan and eight-week transition program and tips on being a better (and more healthful) cook, plus 40 simple gluten-free recipes.
Telpner's arguments are so convincing, we're almost considering giving up our daily almond milk latte. Not quite, but almost. —Kat Tancock
February 16th, 2013
It's been such an epic flu season, it may be time to call for back-up.
To shore up our immune system, we’re gulping down omega-3 via NutraSea’s range of flavoured fish oils, which can can be added to cereal, juice, or taken as is. The kids’ oil has a bubblegum flavour (200ml, $21.99), or give them a quarter dose of the adults versions (and take one for yourself!) Our favourite is the apple flavour fortified with Vitamin D (200ml, $28,99).
Which, as you may recall, we are supposed to get from the sun. Unless you live in Canada. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
At your local health food store and online at https://shop.ascentahealth.com
September 21st, 2012
Your little one doing lion’s breath?
Now that’s cute as a button. Newly opened YogaButtons,
Vancouver’s first yoga studio devoted to kids, offers classes for babies four months and up in a sleek (think Eames elephant stools), bright and cheerful space in Kits.
Can’t imagine your tiny tot meditating? That’s where stories, music and dance come in – to keep mini yogis entertained while they engage with their breath. And if the little one gets as hooked on yoga as you are, pick them up their very own mat from the selection of kids accessories sold in-studio.
Happy baby, indeed. —Kelsey Dundon
Classes $10 (kids) and $12 (adults); YogaButtons, 2525 W. Broadway, Vancouver, 604-739-9642, http://www.yogabuttons.com/
September 20th, 2012
If you think life coaching is all about organizing your lists and increasing output, think again.
Our recent series of coaching sessions with Life Compass was hardly that. The focus was personal transformation and integrating values into our daily life. After a gruelling questionnaire (What do you see as your life purpose? What is your definition of success?) we had our first conversation and were given a challenge: throw away the lists. Well, that particular challenge didn’t work out so well for us, but we did learn a lot. Here is a list (oops) of three things life coaching has helped us change in our lives.
1. We’ve stopped checking Facebook more than three times a day, as it was cutting into the time we spent with REAL friends.
2. We’ve stopped living life for the future. Life Compass Coaching taught us that happiness is about learning to enjoy all the good moments of life, whether it be that amazing trip or simply watching your dog swim in the ocean.
3. We’ve learnt to accept life as it is, even as we strive for change. This was a big challenge, but certainly a worthy one. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Life Compass Coaching, first session is free, following sessions cost $100 per hour. www.lifecompasscoaching.ca
September 17th, 2012
After a season of sunshine and sangria, our lackluster locks and reptilian skin are in need of encouragement.
With its impressive selection of green beauty, skin and lifestyle products sourced from far-flung corners of the world, The Detox Market is a good place to begin.
Snap up some water-based, toxic-free lacquers in high wattage colours, vegan lip balm in coconut, grapefruit and mint, a luxurious shampoo made with organic ingredients from the Amazon and pure organic skin care so fresh it’s stored in a fridge.
Mason jars filled with loose-leaf tea and tin pots stuffed with wheatgrass accent the clean, fresh, minimal space. Old wooden crates painted white double as shelves to display creatively packaged products.
“The health food shop meets Holt Renfrew,” says Bita Doagoo, a Toronto naturopath and the store’s Canadian partner.
It’s a pop up (the company have two other locations in L.A. and San Francisco) but, we’re pretty sure, it’s here to stay.
À votre santé. —Athena Tsavliris
The Detox Market, 367 King St. W., Toronto, 416-548-9879, www.thedetoxmarket.com
August 28th, 2012
In this humidity, high-intensity, fast-paced workouts tend to lose their appeal. We suggest embracing your instinct to slow it down.
These yoga classes have helped us relax, unwind and generally clear our minds all summer.
Restorative at Octopus Garden: Described as a “nourishing experience” we love the dim lights, myriad of props and soothing voice of the instructor guiding us through a range of healing postures. $18, 967 College St., Toronto, http://www.octopusgardenyoga.com
Restorative Yoga at Yogaspace: The keyword here is gentle, which makes melting into this 80 minute class a perfectly calming yet somehow energizing experience. $18, 148 Ossington Ave., www.yogaspace.net
Yin at Moksha Uptown: Probably the hardest workout of the lot, Yin involves holding strong poses for ages as you sink deeper and deeper into the stretch. This class is a great recovery after a Friday night out, or to energize you for Saturday evening plans. $17, 1498 Yonge St., Toronto, http://uptown.mokshayoga.ca
Pre-natal Yoga at Esther Myers: Our mum friends tell us they owe much of their pregnancy and birth peace of mind to Esther Myers’ calming practice. Plenty of non-pre-natal classes are also available. $11-22, 390 Dupont St., Toronto, www.estheryoga.com
It’s like the saying, “go slow to go fast” – we think if you take your time now, and you might be thankful later. —Julie Whelan