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Finding joy in the small stuff – the quiet of an early morning, the smell of cinnamon sprinkled in your tea, the tip of a plant poking out of the ground for the first time in Spring, the feel of sweat rolling down your chest after completing a run you didn’t think you’d be able to finish and the pleasure you feel when wearing a funky pair of boots – that’s the essence of Living Well.

It takes more than exercise to keep us healthy and fit. It’s really about attitude and taking responsibility for our lives. It’s what we eat and when we eat it. It’s the time it takes us to make a decision and why we struggle to do so. It’s how we feel and who inspires us. It’s where we end up and the journey we take to get there. Be it through movies, books, travel, recipes, gadgets, or real life stories, Living Well is a thought provoking look outside of the gym that nourishes our body, expands our minds and moves our spirit, in some small, or perhaps, more significant way.

Forget the 100 mile diet, I went for 50 feet!

Salad

Funny, but I never thought I had enough garden space to add vegetables and grow my own. I have a tiny house in the middle of downtown Toronto. How was I to know?! But when one of my clients was telling me about picking her own spinach and tomatoes from the garden boxes on her balcony, I was encouraged to try and grow my own as well.

I grew up in Niagara and my parents, like many in that area, had a huge vegetable and fruit garden. Until I moved out on my own, I didn’t appreciate the value of having fresh fruit and vegetables in my own backyard. And how inexpensive, delicious and convenient it was!

So this year, I tried growing my family’s favourites and to my delight it worked! I now have beans, peas, peppers, spinach and Romaine lettuce growing in and around my flowers.

Imagine my delight eating my first salad of the season! Thank you client Jenna for the inspiration!

Condo, apartment or downtown city dwellers take heed – all you need is a small patch of dirt or a garden box, a few seeds or starter plants, and a nice bit of sun! Talk about clean eating!


body

Body – I’m not a big fan of counting calories – I mean we all know a donut has a lot of them – but this video gives you a very clear idea of what 200 calories looks like:

Source: vod.io/tknYb/


Spirit

Mind – You’ll recognize these 10 foods as being good for you but I was surprised to see how specifically they make your brain work better:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-foods-boost-your-brainpower


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Spirit – Throughout my life I have inconsistently kept journals and I often find it revealing to go back and read them. When I came across this article it made me realize that writing can enrich our lives in many different ways:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20458/9-great-reasons-everyone-should-write.html