Healthy Lifestyle

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about healthy lifestyle choices. How do you stay motivated? Some people need to stick to one thing at a time and make it a priority while others can have many things on the go and function just fine. As I get older I have come to realize I’m a one-thing-at-a-time kinda person, otherwise I get too bogged down. When I find myself searching for motivation I sometimes need to just remind myself of how great I feel when I am more active and care about what I put into my body. I am not a garbage disposal – I repeat – I am not a garbage disposal! 😉

I found this energy ball recipe a while back and absolutely love it so had to share it with you all because: a) healthy can be tasty too and I can’t keep something this good to myself! b) it curbs a mean sweet tooth and c) it’s full of superfoods that have added health benefits. A Freshii recently opened at a local mall in the city I’m from and I noticed that they sell energy bites with similar ingredients as listed in the recipe below, but of course it wouldn’t be as cost-effective to purchase them there, and you can also modify them to your liking by making them yourself.

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  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (recipe says optional – I say mandatory)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together and let set in fridge for ½ hour. Roll into small balls 1 inch in size. Store in air tight container in the fridge. Makes 3 dozen.

These are SO good…I’d almost be so bold to say I prefer them over some chocolate bars(some)…and not only are they amaze-balls – there’s always room for a dad joke around here 😉 – they are also packed with nutrients including:

  • Flax seed: 1 tbsp of flaxseed approximates to 8 grams of fiber. It’s also full of healthy fats, and nutrients
  • Peanut Butter: Full of healthy fats and fiber and 1 serving amounts to 7 grams of protein making it a perfect energy boost and also keeping you full throughout the day. Also feel free to sub in a nut-free butter if you’re allergic.
  • Oats: Rich in fiber, protein and nutrients, also known to reduce cholesterol – a big win for me as high cholesterol is in my family.

Give these a go for a somewhat guilt-free healthy alternative! I will warn you though, they are highly addictive! I thought I’d also share my recent nightly yoga routine with you all tonight here as it’s about that time! If you’re like me and have trouble sleeping, this might help you out. I work in an office where I’m primarily sitting for most of the day, and this can really combat tense muscles! 🙂

– Amy

Namast’ay Inside

Pluviophile: a lover of rain;someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Call me crazy, but I have always been a bit of a pluviophile, of course I love my sunny days most and the motivation they bring, but there’s something very calming about a rainy day. It might stem from growing up in a family that went camping all year round rain or shine. A little bit of rain never stopped us, even if it meant sitting by the campfire with oversized umbrellas roasting hotdogs. To most, this wouldn’t be appealing, but to me it was what built my childhood.

I don’t camp quite as much now, a few times in the summer if I’m lucky, but I still find the same comfort in the rain that I did during these times – only now it’s usually while looking at it through a window from my warm condo. When I find myself moving too quickly and not taking enough time to myself, the rain almost makes it ok to take a day off from the usual hustle and bustle. Maybe I shouldn’t see it this way, but it validates staying indoors, and focusing on my introverted pastimes ie: reading a book, shamelessly binge watching a Netflix series or writing like I am now. Here’s the thing, I don’t let the rain stop me from getting out and living my life by any means, but sometimes these guilt-free inside days are much needed for me to feel centered again. That being said, I am ready for sunshine to return, we are all lacking some serious vitamin D in Vancouver!

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to have a co-worker come in on her day off and put a few of us through a yoga session. We had limited time but were able to do a few Sun Salutations and it’s amazing what a difference it made to a day that had a bit of a rocky start. We left energized albeit very relaxed. This is why I love yoga so much. It serves as a form of meditation, lowers stress and anxiety and improves your sense of well-being. To some it’s a mode of improving flexibility, strength and health, while also exercising the mind. For me it is all of the above, but most importantly it is a way to cleanse my brain of the overload of thoughts I occasionally have and brings me peace of mind.

What motivates you and gets you through the day? Maybe it isn’t yoga, but it’s good to find something that brings positivity to your life and to set aside time for it. If you do decide to give yoga a try, don’t feel discouraged if it takes a little longer to work through some of the poses. Most people aren’t born with the kind of flexibility that it requires but you can work your way up to it.

And for all you dog loving yogi’s out there, here is an adorable frenchie working that cobra yoga pose 😉