More than ever it can be hard to balance the demands of your worklife with the commitments and interests of your personal life. If your balance is off there will be a ripple effect through all areas of your life.
The Canadian Mental Health Association has a free, online quiz that you can take to see how balanced you are. Along with the quiz there are also a number of free resources to help you find your best balance.
It can be hard to find recipes to make when you have family members (or friends) with various food sensitivities or food preferences. This recipe satisfies the gluten free, dairy free, whole food crowd.
We get it, you're busy. Life is busy. And with that busyness often comes increased levels of stress and less time to take care of ourselves. And, the ironic part is that when we are busy, when we have higher stress levels, that's the most important time to be physically active.
Here is a fantastic video from Kinesiologist and Personal Trainer Gillian Goertzen. She demonstrates a series of movements that require no equipment, that will train your entire body.
Don't let the busyness of life stop you from taking care of your most important asset, you.
I know in our family it's sometimes a challenge to find receipes for desserts that actually are healthy and don't require a whole bunch of ingredients that we never use. With just 5 ingredients, this chocolate chia seed pudding from Weelicious is fantastic and really easy to make.
We often use our hands and wrists while we are at our desks, especially when we use computers. When we keep making the same movements, we could strain or even injure our hands and wrists. This video will help keep your hands and wrists strong and flexible.
Homemade apple sauce is really easy to make! This can be a delicous and nutritous snack to share with your family, pack in lunches or simply have when you're craving something sweet. If you're family is anything like ours, sometimes we have apples for a bit too long and no one wants to eat them. Those are perfect for making apple sauce. This recipe comes from Appetite to Play.
9 large Apples (any variety)
1 cup (250 mL) Water
1 Lemon (juiced)
1 tsp. (5 mL) Cinnamon
Wash and dry the apples, then peel.
Chop apples into bite-size pieces. Remove core and seeds.
Place chopped apples, water, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large pot
Stir with a wooden spoon.
Heat on medium-high until mixture comes to a boil. Stir frequently.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until apples are very soft and mushy, stirring every few minutes for about 10 minutes.
Turn off stove and remove from heat. Stir to cool or refrigerate.
When it’s time to hit the road for family vacations, the idea of spending endless hours in the car can feel intimidating. Don’t get discouraged. There are things that you can do to get kids to burn off some extra energy on road trips. Last year, I spent the entire summer on the road with my three kids (6, 8, 10) and we drove 14,000 km across Canada. But even on the biggest drives, my passion for the outdoors leaves me with a deep-rooted desire to keep the kids active.
Many times, I’ve been asked how do I do it? So here are some of my tips and tricks:
Stop at provincial parks for lunch
Pack an outdoor recreation bag … and keep it handy
Have a proper bike rack
Play “Find the Monkey”
Save your recycling for creative time
Let the kids help set up camp
For more on specific things to do in each of those tips (or instructions on how to play "Find the Monkey", click here to read the full article.
Do you have children in competitive sport? If so, this is a must watch video. It's only 12 minutes long and opens our eyes to what we need to do as parents and coaches to ensure that our children have a life long love of sport.