Hey Hey Come Out and Play!

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Well folks it’s a busy month according to the calendar, it’s officially bike month, ocean’s month, great outdoors month, LGBT Pride month, safety month, and men’s health month. And while the latter is the most a propos I certainly don’t want to alienate the ladies all month and ignore other current issues that do effect our health and wellness, so there’s no official theme this month, we’ll keep things fun and fresh and touch on (at least) one of these topics each week!

Since Friday was the UN’s World Environment Day (every June 5th) we’ll acknowledge the oceans and great outdoors this week. Let me first say that if you can’t figure out how environmental wellness effects your wellness then remember that the Earth is actually not very earthy at all, but 90% water, primarily ocean. Thus, if they’re lacking in health we shall suffer, the air we breathe in our great outdoors is also relevant, but what I’m going to touch on today is in fact how we can take advantage of our open water (so we don’t have oceans here in Toronto!) and great outdoors to contribute to and engage in our fitness, health and wellness most effectively and enjoyably.

I love making lists, not everyone has this interest, but I excel at this and have made a list of things I’d like to do this warm-weather season, like a summer of 2015 bucket list, so that I do it rather than just think it. Not surprisingly they are all outdoor activities. Whether you’re a list maker or not you may want to make this one or at least schedule some time to do things that will contribute to your fitness and wellbeing. Yes, time spent in nature has positive effects on our wellbeing, but I believe few would argue that a hike or run outside beats a step class or elliptical session in what’s usually an air conditioned basement, or even an interval training session inside a private boutique studio (yes, I said that!). So here are just a few ideas to inspire your own Summer 2015 Bucket List

Become a Regular: at your local park, beach or pool and do your workout there.

Take a Hike Buddy! Or  a run, or a ride. Toronto has plenty of amazing parks for this including off road hiking and cycling trails. And if you’ve got a day off you’d like to spend outside many surrounding regions and townships have some incredible places to day trip with admission under $20/car. Try Rattlesnake Point to hike and Durham Region Trails to ride.

I’ll Race You! If you missed out on the offer to be trained for and personally coached through your race last year, it was as stated a one-time deal, but fret not, that doesn’t mean we can’t make your program specific to a race goal. Whether you’re a first timer, or an experienced athlete, we can optimize your program so that you can finish or achieve a personal best, no matter where you’re at. And if you think “I’d never run a race!”, well there are so many types of races you can participate in that require no running (cycling, sailing), or are based only in running from one obstacle to the next (obstacle races), or incorporate a bit of everything (triathlons).

Row Row Row Your Boat: Have you tried dragon boating? If the last time you played a team sport was in high school now is as good a time as any to join a recreational sports league. From the classic softball to the more recently popular ultimate frisbee there are teams for every level of athlete, and if you’re intimidated to the point of fear there is a league for volleyball and ultimate frisbee called “not-so-pro”, so really, you need not be afraid!

Come Out and Play! And if it’s a beautiful day and you wonder why the heck your trainer is keeping you indoors, it’s simply because that’s what your program says, and there are no assumptions about what your preferences are. If you give just a little notice prior to your session about wanting to go outside on a nice day, we can take much of what’s done indoors to the outdoors with little equipment OR we can go “naked” in what I call a Run & Play: we’ll use local parks and public landscape features in a running route to add body weight resisted exercises to create an interval workout. This is my favourite intense and effective strength and cardio workout style to get strong and torch calories!

There’s so much more I could go on all day, we haven’t touched on recreational activities like gardening, paddling, and many other water sports, nor adventure sports, hopefully this has got your creative juices flowing though. Happy Summer of 2015!

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Driven By Beauty

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Whether we like to admit it or not, no matter how shallow it sounds, it is true, we are wired to like beautiful things. Naturally then, we are more likely to enjoy a beautiful meal, a workout in a beautiful place, a fitness routine with beautiful form, or the beautiful feeling of a goal accomplished!

My point? When is the last time you focused on not just the beauty of weight loss or growing strong muscles, and focused on the beautiful fitness, health and wellness routine you are creating? Are you having trouble hitting goals or milestone targets? Are you bored of your routine? Do you like the food you’re eating? Does the idea of reaching your goal light a fire under your ass to go do it?! If not, then you need to find the beauty in these things, find the passion and desire to succeed by creating something you want to do, eat, or experience!

A few quick tips:

Make your food attractive and pick brightly coloured fruits and veggies, and even beans, seeds, and grains!

Take your fitness to a nice park, your backyard (outdoor space in your building, a terrace/courtyard perhaps?) find a yoga studio where you like the decor and feel comfortable, or a fitness gym/studio where the “toys” speak to fun and fitness in your language.

If your goal doesn’t offer strong drive for you, it’s time to revise or rewrite until the feeling you get when you think about achieving it–whether it’s crossing a finish line, feeling good walking by a mirror in the buff, on the beach in a bathing suit, or achieving a strength goal–is a beautiful feeling that has you magnetized and focused more on what you want for the long term than what may act as a distraction right now.

My Beautiful Goal: Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and 30% of all deaths in our country are from cancer?! I am working towards a beautiful goal of raising $2500 for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Hospital and Cancer Research Centre and riding my bike 200km! But there’s a story behind my goal that keeps me driven and passionate and is a beautiful full circle; in fact Canadian Cycling Magazine thought it made a great story and published it! And that’s a beautifully awesome feeling! I feel so honoured and so grateful that perhaps my story could inspire others, maybe it could help you connect with the beauty and purpose behind your healthy lifestyle goals. You can check it out here. And if conquering cancer is a cause you’d like to support, I’m so grateful for any donation you’d like to contribute. You can sponsor me in the ride here (all proceeds got to the ride and you get a tax receipt too).

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The NINJA: May 2015

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Unfortunately the newsletter just doesn’t format the way I want it to on the WP site, and you don’t want to miss it because this month’s issue is just beautiful! Click to get it now!

Try Getting Inside Out

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When we think of beauty it generally comes from an outward and/or outside perspective, which as visual creatures makes a lot of sense. As such we also often get caught up in concerns about what to wear, how to do our hair, putting on makeup, and also take it into the things we surround ourselves with: our homes, vehicles, work spaces, etc. We make our appearance and spaces we see everyday attractive to our eyes as best we can. We are also highly feeling creatures, we enjoy things that are nice to touch and generally will avoid say fabrics that are uncomfortable. In fact short of an expensive pair of the nicest shoes ( if you’re a woman, and even then we’ll complain) we tend not to subject ourselves to discomfort, actually we avoid it at all costs… mostly. For some reason when it comes to taking care of the inside of our bodies, even when they are incredibly uncomfortable from unhealthy food, excess alcohol and soft drinks, a grand lack of movement and exercise, and our minds and immune systems are depressed, we continue on doing what we’ve been doing often until we reach illness, all the while never leaving the house without a perfect coif or letting the lawn grow more than 2 inches.

Don’t get me wrong outward appearances do affect us and our confidence in our outer world. A bad hair day and coffee-to-shirt introductions suck,  but not quite the same way feeling like crap (physically, mentally, emotionally) affects your confidence and all the other realms of your life. And all of these internal crap feelings are heavily affected by how you treat your body. You know this!

Yes, internal beauty is harder. It doesn’t just require a layer of paint, a clean shirt, or a dusting of rouge. It requires follow through, self-discipline, and forcing yourself to do things even when you don’t want to. Whether that is to put on your running shoes and just go, or to choose broccoli over buttery mash, or stop at 2 glasses of wine rather than the bottle. In fact, let’s be really honest it’s why I have a job, it’s a hard go alone and without always knowing which piece of conflicting information is the right one for you, it can seem impossible!

Remember though, that it’s always easier to be confident and enjoy your day feeling beautiful on the inside with a stained shirt, than it is to feel like a bag of rotten that with a pretty face full of makeup. It’s also why the CREATE slogan is Be Healthy. Look Fantastic. Feel Awesome! It’s a whole package deal. Today think about how you can apply follow-through, self-discipline, and just plain forcing yourself (if you must) to get that step ahead on your internal beauty that will no doubt show up on the outside.

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The Eye That Beholds Beauty… Like A Boss!

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Happy May! It’s a new month and a new theme, this month we’re looking at beauty. May is a month when we can count on more beauty coming into our lives and it’s often so inspiring. There’s beautiful weather and beautiful flowers that start to spring up, these often bring beautiful smiles and much more beautiful attitudes and perspectives. And I hope for you it brings more beautiful days enjoyed in parks, on decks and docks, beaches and patios and other beautiful places nurturing beautiful relationships with friends and family. And, I will at the risk of sounding shallow, point out that to some degree most of us partake in fitness programs not only to have beautiful healthy insides, but also to enhance our outer beauty too.

I challenge you to start this month with finding the beauty in your everyday. We get caught up in our routines and go around on autopilot lost in thought much of the time, we forget to stop and smell the roses. It’s not just about the roses though, it’s in everything, even the things that seem the same day in and day out that aren’t actually all the same. If you take the time to notice you’ll see the finer details of difference that can keep a seemingly repetitive routine beautiful. You can actually stop and smell the roses, and try more: stuck in traffic crank tunes and enjoy your time to yourself, actually enjoy every sip of your coffee or every bite of your dinner (put down the mug/fork between sips/bites while feeling the texture and taste of it), focus on every rep/breath/stride of your workout, respond to texts or emails with thought (even if they’re not sent to you that way), talk to your local barista/grocery cashier.

At one time I wanted every day to be a brand new adventure, and thought the only way to see life’s beauty was by doing something brand new and out of the ordinary daily, for most of us this isn’t even remotely realistic; even if you’re on an adventure you still have to brush your teeth every day. You may notice the more memorable and enjoyable everyday moments aren’t the ones you were caught up in your thoughts, but paying attention to what’s going on, surely a new adventure helps to facilitate this, but it’s always available. It’s about how fresh you feel running your tongue across your just-brushed teeth (and other fine details of your routine) that we can appreciate the beauty of our everyday life.

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Are You Getting Fresh With Me?!

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On a final note of renewal for April we’re looking at food. Springtime offers a number of unique renewal opportunities when it comes to food. And so often the way we look at food is one of the bigger challenges in getting fit and healthy. Spring offers a few fresh perspectives:

Changes in cravings: Often comes spring we’ll actually want to eat more of the fresh seasonal foods available. I’ve heard this time and again, and have many years experienced it myself. Take this opportunity to stray from your grocery list and adopt a new habit such as a big bowl of fruit for breakfast. Listen to those cravings of wanting those baby greens, fresh fruit and the more readily available or locally grown fare.

Opportunity to try something new: if you’ve never tried a fiddlehead, spring garlic, or baby broccoli, spring is the only time you’ll find them. They are some of the few foods that aren’t conventionally grown for the purpose of consumption in their early days, or only grow at this time of year and aren’t grown for mass consumption. If you have tried them before, don’t forget about them. Adding diversity to your healthy diet keeps boredom from setting in and can help keep you on track– that’s not only relevant to spring but anytime you feel tired of the same old thing, look for a new recipe using healthy foods you don’t normally choose.

Opportunity to grow your own: this may not be for everyone on a grand scale, but trust me when I say you can grow chives, for example. Growing food does take time and effort and having a full veggie garden isn’t something everyone can commit to (so awesome if you can!). But even growing a few herbs on a windowsill is very rewarding and feels so nice compared to dried herbs or even fresh ones from the store. I remember my first attempt at growing food lacked grand success but those few cherry tomatoes (four I think, harvested at different times, and shared with my partner) are experiences I won’t forget. Not only did they bring greater awareness to the overall process and effort required to produce food, but there is a sense of satisfaction (if not for your stomach with such small yields) and appreciation for that food you just don’t get with picking up a piece of produce from the grocery store. And since then I’ve had success growing some more substantial amounts and varieties. I’ll probably never be a farmer, but trust me when I say you can grow chives (you might actually have trouble not growing more chives than you want or need if you don’t contain them in a pot!).

So are you getting fresh with me this spring?!

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Be A Space Case

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If you’ve been having trouble implementing some of the previous renewal suggestions so far this month despite your efforts perhaps it’s a space case: we are so loaded down with stuff and schedules and to-do lists, we often haven’t created enough space in our lives for these things.

Think about how much harder it is to get things done in a messy space, how helpless we feel in a dirty or crowded space, and how challenging it is to remember to do and implement new habits into your routine when you feel like you’re overwhelmed by an already packed schedule. Does something here really speak to the way you are currently living? If so perhaps you need to be a space case.

If you’re already feeling challenged or helpless and time pressed and lost in a mess, this all sounds fantastic and ideal, but how and where to start?! Nike have a good point when they say “just do it”. Of course not all at once, but rather than ponder and dread and procrastinate and avoid the problem face it head on, in a manageable 10 minute chunk of time if you have to.

1. If time is an issue address your calendar first. What’s in there that’s making you feel overwhelmed, that you said “yes” to when “no” was really ok? Or what is an old habit in your routine that you know you don’t need to do? Make some time priorities for yourself, and really question the validity of “have to” outside of work and obligations that will truly cost you, or meetings and events you really will regret missing. Now you’ve likely found at least a few minutes to spare.

2. As a matter of priorities you manage to find time to do lots of tv watching, facebook creeping newsfeed cruising, internet surfing (we’ve all been click baited into an hour of time wastage before whether we like to admit it or not, and then wondered why we wasted that hour), and probably even useless/junk email checking. So when the thought crosses your mind that you should put down the remote, the mouse, or the phone because you know you’re wasting time: just do it and don’t look back. You will never regret missing a binge session of Storage Wars or 25 gifs of the most epic fails.

3. Now that you’ve got some time, start looking at your space even if you think “all I needed was a bit more time”, but have a cluttered or messy space, your mind may still have a level of overwhelm you don’t recognize due to being “used to it”. Use some of this time rather than making new habits and filling up your schedule again to make some life space, or work space, creative or family or active or spiritual or even cooking/food prep and eating space. Make your living spaces places you want to spend time and enjoy yourself. Spaces you find aesthetically pleasing.

4. If all of this seems scary and out of your comfort zone that’s a good thing. Often fear is an opportunity to move and grow into “better” people to ourselves and our family, but is a stretch outside of our idea of what we’re capable of, or challenges us to accept a different belief than one we’ve been carrying around for a long time. Be scared and do it anyhow! The reason we procrastinate and fill our time with non-meaningful activities is often our excuse not to be who we want to be or achieve what we want to achieve. Comfort zones are important and gut feelings are too, don’t get me wrong, but can we all acknowledge that many times they are hindering and holding us back? Allow yourself to be scared and move through it, don’t wait to not be scared of something new or different. You may never get over that fear, but you may step out of it and realize it’s usually very freeing and not as fearsome as you thought.

5. Embrace this idea: failure is awesome! Fear of failure to embrace a new change, let go of an old habit or something that once meant a lot to us stops us because maybe we failed at it, or something like it before, but failure is usually inevitable prior to success. You walk don’t you? Ever seen a toddler walk on the first or even the fiftieth attempt? I’m sure you get the point here, and to add to it often failure comes with fantastic lesson(s) with each attempt. We wouldn’t have most of the many amazing tools we use every day if failing was a sign we should give up on something. So go ahead and fail at any or all of this; just renew your “can-do” attitude and try try again!

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The NINJA: April 2015

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As seasoned readers of this blog know. I love my blog, but not such a great fan of complicated technology, so the weekly blog gets posted here, but in order to keep the high quality look to my newsletter you’ll have to bang out one more click. Thanks for the love ninjas!

A Personal Water World

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Having already covered breath and oxygen I think it goes without saying that when it comes to physical renewal water is runner up on the importance rank. Yet, most of us, even those seeking to be healthier, fitter and feeling renewed are going about our days dehydrated. I might even go so far as to say parched.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record to those who’ve ever read a word about hydration: once you are thirsty you are already experiencing a level of dehydration. And if you’re someone who “needs” their lip balm or hand cream regularly chances are you need a glass of water too. I also loathe to break it to you: not juice, iced tea, or (goodness forbid!) soda or coffee. Yes, some of these things will offer a level of hydration your body isn’t really saying “please hydrate me, and feel free to add a solid shot of sugar and/or caffeine and/or colour and flavour with that”, it’s just telling you it wants water. We survived a very long time without those others and our bodies never need them, despite the fact that our love and addiction to sugar and caffeine might tell us we do.

So when and how much water does your body crave on a daily basis? Well, starting your morning with a glass of water and then another as soon as you can handle it is a very good time to rehydrate after a long night of not drinking anything (or maybe the few sips you grabbed off of the bedside at 3:00, but that’s because you were so dehydrated your body woke you to tell you to drink, in this case you definitely need it!). Also important timing is during exercise, aim for a glass every 15 minutes or so. This is of course somewhat dependent on your size, gender, level of exertion, and whether you sweat heavily or lightly relatively speaking. Women tend to sweat less than men, and if you notice during a workout that you are drenched relative to your workout compadres you’ll want to drink more than the suggested guidelines, use your best judgment here. It’s also important to hydrate pre and post exercise. Don’t hit the gym or the road with what feels like a turbulent body of water in your tummy as you move, lest you feel sick, but a few glasses leading up to and another one or two after exercise are sure to keep you hydrated. If you will be exercising more than an hour at a medium to high intensity consider electrolyte replacement or a pinch of salt and an orange juiced into your drink (this sounds gross, but you won’t taste the salt). As for how much outside of your exercise routine: your weight in kg as the number of ounces to drink daily is ideal, if you only know your weight in pounds divide by 2 for a good approximation (i.e. 150 lbs divided by 2 is 75, so 75 oz. daily). To clarify this is in addition to your workout water, not including.

For many this will seem like a lot, and if you find yourself hitting the bathroom what seems like a comical/irritating/”again?!” number of times work your way up to your ideal. Our bodies are the most amazing adaptation machines, your body will love you for it, and the rest of your mechanisms (particularly mind and bladder) will adapt. Happy hydrating!

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I-I-I-I’m Staying Alive + 8 More Reasons to Breathe Deeply

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Smile, breathe, and go slowly
-Thich Hnat Hanh

Spring is here, officially anyhow. Whether or not the weather is in agreement with the celestial cycles is a different story. Regardless, I see it creeping into people’s behaviours, myself included, although we’ve only had a small taste, the change is coming! Although most of us are urban dwellers who essentially deny any relation to nature per se our seasonal behaviours are undeniable. And so I, and many others have begun cleaning out closets and purging of old stuffs. This is also a fantastic time to adopt new habits, and to take on some healthy practices (anytime is,now however, is a time when people seem to be gaining momentum and motivation to assist their new habits).

If you pick up only one healthy renewing habit this year let it be this. Breathe. I know you do it every day, all the time. Recently I was told by someone they already know how to breathe, not sarcastically, but breath practice is the easiest way to:

Stay alive. And now that we have that out of the way its other benefits include

Reset your nervous system to low stress, calm

Begin a relaxation or meditation practice

Give your body what it craves most. More than chocolate, coffee and even water!

Brings you immediately back to the present moment

Releases toxins, more so and more consistently than any other system

Overall efficiency of your body systems. The primary “nutrient” your body requires is oxygen, pretty much nothing works without it for more than a few seconds.

Improves posture. Breath practices encourage the same muscles because full deep breaths require good posture, so you end up practicing and enforcing that too.

It’s uplifting and energizing. If you think that contradicts the first point, it kind of does. Quick as possible explanation: when you’re stressed your nervous system is in fight or flight mode, since it’s an evolutionary thing our bodies don’t know that we can’t log on to the Skype meeting of our lives, it’s like “AAAAAHHH! Run! Bear!”. You couldn’t possibly stop and take a few deep breaths if you were being chased by a bear, so your system goes into calm mode right away, even if you still can’t log on to Skype. On the other hand, when you’re feeling tired a few deep breaths bring oxygen to your brain and muscles, and returns you to the present moment, creating an uplifting and energizing effect. Tada! Non-conflicting contradiction.

So, if only for 2 minutes, find the time to just breathe. Fully and deeply in through your nose, into your belly, then expanding your ribs out as much as you can, into the upper chest lifting those last few ribs until you’ve inhaled as much and as fully (but not necessarily forcefully) as you can. Now passively exhaling through mouth or nose, not forcing out the last bits creating a vacuum, just until your naturally inclined to breathe in again. Remembering the brief pauses at the beginning and end of each inhalation.

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The Final Key to Being Lucky!

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You’ve heard it before, and if you train with CREATE you’ve also learned that it’s part of the mental training involved in our training programs, because mental fortitude it part of one’s ability to follow through with the physical training portion. After all, there’s only a little time spent with a trainer each week and it’s a trainer’s job to ensure you get the job done when we’re not around too! So here it is: gratitude. I know sometimes I sound like Oprah’s parrot, however, she really is spot on with this one. And when it comes to luck how could you possibly feel unlucky if you are already so grateful for what you already have? When you are grateful for what you already have you feel pretty darn lucky by default of your appreciation. You wouldn’t feel so grateful for your home and feel so unlucky you had to replace the deck (sound familiar?), or cracked the kitchen tile, or need to paint the dining room, especially when you’re already following through with steps 1 and 2 of luckiness: taking personal responsibility and seeing the opportunities in everything, respectively. You’ll see how that works with anyone of these examples, or most any other you can dream up. If you take responsibility for the fact that you may have bought a house with a problematic deck, or that you dropped your iron on your kitchen tile, or that you painted a sunny room a dark colour, now it’s faded unevenly and too soon, you realize this is not unlucky, but all under the umbrella of your doing and not much surprise.Step 2, recognizing opportunity: you realize you can redesign the deck to suit your needs, or have an excuse to rid the kitchen of tiles you really hated but couldn’t justify replacing, until now, or that dark colour really closed up the room and made it seem smaller than it was, but you can change it now. Now aren’t you grateful for your home and those seemingly miserable and unlucky situation? Now you know they are actually disguised opportunities of good fortune in your favour!

Yes! This works for fitness, health, and wellness too, I’ll provide another example, but abstract and seemingly unrelated examples are best for swaying opinion initially. Yes, I’m trying to sway your opinion, because few people when given the next example really want to do step 1. Now the example, a very common situation: you’re overweight and have been diagnosed pre-diabetic and have high blood pressure.

Let’s face it, it’s difficult and not fun to acknowledge that while our parents perhaps fed us junk that for the most part we are responsible for how we got to any given place when it comes to our health as adults. If genetics play a part? Especially if genetics play a part then it’s important to take responsibility for our health prior to problems arising.

Unfortunately, we can’t even begin to recover from these ills until we take responsibility, you can cover them up and control them with medication, but recovery and curing them requires first acknowledging how you got there and who’s responsible for getting you out. But rejoice, as you realize you’re the one behind the wheel, there’s grand opportunity to steer wherever you want to go, that’s step 2 of being lucky, just seeing opportunity to rectify any problem, and even improve an already good situation which would perhaps roll around once your health is in the clear.

But how to be grateful in such a seeming mess? Well there are lots:
1. It’s still all reversible with health and exercise.
2. You were diagnosed, that’s no trip in an ambulance and a hospital stay!
3. They are all common illnesses so there’s lots of science and research behind them and their treatments.
4. You can control them with drugs until diet and lifestyle take over.
5. You will not only get healthier, you’ll feel awesome!
6. And heck, you probably won’t complain when your clothes fit you better or you can get into something you love but hasn’t fit in ages.
7. You will also be pretty grateful when walking, stairs, and perhaps even some partner-based activities *wink wink* are neither painful, exhausting, or leave you with limited ability to do other lifestyle activities because your muscles are sore.
8. So thankful you don’t have to worry about having a heart attack anytime you run to catch the streetcar, chase your niece, your dog, or any need to run in general.

A list of so many for a mere example is to prove the point that there is a whole lot of luck even when it seems you’ve run out. You see luck is really not some metered commodity acquired from horseshoes, clovers, or a rabbit’s foot (God forbid, Riley O’Hare is grateful for that!), nor lessened via black cats, ladders or sidewalk cracks. Luck is a frame of mind and when those 3 steps combine forces, you’ve got a mindset that can make you the luckiest person in the world, likewise you could have everything you ever wanted, but if you blamed everyone but yourself, never saw any opportunity to omprove, and didn’t appreciate what you had when you had it all, you’d not feel very lucky at all. A lucky mindset also takes practice, you have to be aware of what you think, and choose a mindset that’s congruent with luck, most of us just react to our thoughts and get carried away with worst case scenarios and the negative.

So stay aware, grab a hold of that wheel, and look for the most appealing turnoffs (even if you didn’t see them on the map at first glance), and thank goodness you keep on rolling!

“Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never ever have enough.”
(okay okay, I’m very much) -Oprah Winfrey (‘s parrot today.)

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Hwo to Get Lucky: $#%&in’ Horseshoes, Commanding Genies, and Other Seemingly Unlikely Miracles

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Happy March! The theme this month is Luck; thank you to the folks of Ireland for your St. Patrick’s Day inspiration, slightly less gratitude for novel but very unhealthy alcohol with artificial colour, so much fun, but not at all conducive to health. And now for what you all came for: getting lucky 😉

I hate to break it to you but luck isn’t as much about little men in stockings, shamrocks, rainbows and pots of gold as you’d hoped. In fact if it was, there would be far more men donning striped stockings and green culottes in our day-to-day lives I believe.

The 1st step to being lucky is actually personal responsibility. And now you see why luck seems so out of reach for most. We are the biggest saboteurs of our own fortune. We are always ready to point a finger at someone (or something) else or make an excuse as to why our behaviour that totally fails to serve us was acceptable under the circumstances. How can you be lucky when you don’t even prepare yourself for luck to come in and graciously assist? If you aren’t at least on your way to partial success, at what point do you think luck is going to jump in and say “hey, I know you’re not even willing to put in a half-hearted effort, in fact I’m pretty much psychic and just know what you want because really your actions barely indicate what you say you want at all, but that’s okay, I’ll just fix all that up for you.”? When you’re ready to own all that you do to make or break yourself you’ll be far more on your way to getting really lucky.

Most of the time luck isn’t nearly as random as you might think. Most of the time the luck as we know it actually comes from some action already being taken in the right direction and then “luck” comes along, but if it was just a thought in your head and you were in fact doing nothing (or worse, the opposite of what you needed to be) that luck might not come to you because it wasn’t obvious you were after something seriously. Let’s say you want to lose 40 pounds, and you tell your friend that you’ve started working out a couple times a week and invite them to join you sometime, you’re out to lunch and you choose a grilled-cheese because you’ve been really craving one and this restaurant makes one to die for, but you get greens on the side and soda water. While you’re dining your friend tells you, ”No, you should come workout with me”, their brother-in-law owns a gym and has told your friend to come by anytime with friends for a complimentary class. You go and make an awesome new connection with a couple of the class participants who happen to have a small training group twice a week, and they keep each other accountable the rest of the time. They invite you to join them as one friend just moved way and they’re looking for someone to be a 4th in their group. “Oh my gosh, I’m just so lucky to have randomly met them on this one-time visit , Is what you might say about that series of events, this is true, that’s pretty fortunate. Now, same scenario but you don’t invite your friend to join you for a workout (so who knows if you’re actually doing it) and instead of the salad and soda you get the fries and upgrade to poutine. You seem far less committed, and your friend never mentions their great offer because why waste their time? To them you are clearly all talk and no action.

This is not to say that you don’t really really really want to lose 40 pounds, but that reality is stuck in your mind and the world isn’t seeing it. You have to be responsible for your personal behaviour because while you generally don’t have to seek out luck for it to find you, you do have to take some action to get noticed. Action that speaks to your intention to actually follow through on what you say you want.

Step 1 to luck: No whining, complaining, excuses, justifying or blaming. These usually only serve to console your ego into acting like you aren’t at the helm of your ship. That’s lying to yourself, even if things are “out of control” nobody has more power over your life than you do. So stop it taking a big unlucky dump on your life! It can be challenging and requires responsibility, accountability, and taking action, but it’s a much more rewarding lifestyle, after all it leaves you open to frequent bouts of getting lucky!

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It Made the Children Laugh and Play: advanced lessons in loving life

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How come we never think of adults laughing and playing? How come when we do we generally only think of them doing so with a child or if they’re drunk.

As adults we often forget to spend time doing fun stuff, like playing with your friends, and recreational activities, or what I consider advanced tactics in loving life.

Sure it sounds basic, and yes, some things are no longer as much fun when you’re grown up, but others are. Sometimes even more so because as adults we have fewer rules confining our creativity and behaviours, basically just laws as opposed to parentally defined rules as well as all laws.

So why is this an advanced lesson?

Well most of the time that you choose not to have fun is due to fear of what people will think of your choice activity and how you’re doing it. It’s why you’re not first on the dance floor, why you didn’t try sea kayaking on your last vacation, and why you didn’t dress up for Halloween even though you had a great costume idea. It’s why you’ve only ever sang with 7 other people at karaoke. Truly I don’t know what you’ve missed out on, but the fear of judgment from stuffy people isn’t worth not laughing and playing, and I guarantee you’ve missed out doing a lot based on fear of judgment or unknown outcomes of your attempt.

We are so good at getting in our own way, and keeping ourselves from the love-filled lives we deserve. When elderly people were asked what they regretted all of the things they wish they’d done more is the laughing, the playing, the friends and family and the taking of risks. I can’t tell you what to do, only that you it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone even if you must awkwardly toss your limbs one at a time over the hurdle. There is a grand freedom to enjoying play and not letting those who are less happy get you down with their contemptuous glares. Forget what unhappy people Get out of your own way and go play.

Advanced Play Techniques Demonstrated Below

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The NINJA: February 2015

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Happy February! Hope you’re loving the month of love, even if Valentine’s Day is over.

After extensive research CREATE has found that while the written blog publishes beautifully here, the monthly newsletter The NINJA really doesn’t do so well with all of the images and “stuff”, it simply looks better on my own site, but we’d loathe to deprive you of such awesomeness, so here’s the link to this month’s The NINJA: the latest and greatest in creating your awesomeness!

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It’s True and Simple: All You Need Is Love. How to Apply this Pearl of Wisdom!

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“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”
-Arthur Rubinstein

I have been reading and watching a lot of videos lately about happiness and people who are overall very satisfied with their being; people who love their lives.

While I am a work in progress, I usually love my life and how I live, but what it was that provided that satisfaction I was unsure. All the lifestyle counselling classes in school (nor any other, but you’d think it would be “the one”) never taught me what makes this so either. So I’ve been seeking out the recipe, if you will. After all I’ve learned in my career that the biggest part of my job is not the teaching of physical and health education, but the changes in overall lifestyle, and mindset, and making it stick involves liking it. The biggest thing though is to get people’s mindset going for the better with regard to fitness and lifestyle management these habits carry over and bring better overall life satisfaction, it seems to be a natural by-product of the process. It’s how I came up with the tagline “Be Healthy. Look Fantastic. Feel Awesome!”  although in no way do I, nor CREATE Fitness, claim to be any kind of therapist, we are good at yielding positive lifestyle change and satisfaction through the overall process of our fitness and lifestyle programs. I feel like the more I know about this, the better and better I can be at what I do and if it results in greater appreciation for every day and moment of your life, well dang, I couldn’t ask for any greater gift to share with the people who are part of my life and the CREATE Fitness Family!

So here I’m sharing with you a few of the conclusions I’ve drawn from my research so far. How to be in love with your life:

1. Having purpose: Whether it’s in the work you do, how you contribute to your community, or otherwise having purpose is one of the primary keys to loving your life. Ask yourself who you serve, how you serve, what positive change or improvement you elicit for those you serve. Everything you do, even if it’s not what you imagined when you were a kid, perhaps you thought you’d be a firefighter (that was me!) and you ended up a bartender (also me before I went back to school) knowing that I was helping people enjoy their evening and providing a level of entertainment and quality service is still purpose. It may not sound deep, but finding it will help you feel good about what you do. Don’t hold on to it: know what you love and spread it!

2. Gratitude: I know, I know, you hear this one all the time, especially if you do one-on-ones. Here’s why I won’t drop it: we live in a society that is generally never satisfied with what we have, we live in a mindset of lack, yet as Westerners we have equal or more than the rest of the world (and many of them are happier!). Studies show that the happiest people, no matter what their income or standard of living are grateful for what they have. Next time you need something you are eyeing in a store take a moment to feel grateful for what you have and you may discover you don’t need it as badly as you thought. Any time you are feeling lonely, lacking, or—dare I even say it?—bored  (if you don’t already know, I don’t believe in this word, it’s a choice of mindset and it’s is worse to me than “can’t”) try this exercise, you’ll likely find yourself in a much better state of mind. Rather than feeling your lack for it, allow yourself  to feel your know your abundant love.

3. Health: it is much harder to be in love with your life if it is providing you with pain, discomfort, sadness, or any number of symptoms that disease and lack of health provide. Interestingly, health is highly correlated, it’s like a symbiotic relationship in that healthy people love their lives and people who love their lives are generally healthy. And when people who are unhealthy get to be so, often the happiness and life satisfaction come with it, while those who’ve always had it seem pretty life-satisfied. It’s this endless loop of goodness here, so I’ll stop because I’m sure you get it. It’s the one thing you’ve got for good and you’re stuck with it: love your life vehicle!

If you’d like to get more and the keys to really integrating this into your everyday call me now to set up a complimentary consultation at 416-994-6267 or fill out this fancy schmancy online form.

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Drop It Like It’s HOT! Your Diet And Why It Won’t REALLY Work

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Will your diet help you lose weight? Sure. “For how long?” or,” at what cost to my health?”  are the important questions you have to ask yourself! Especially since this is your what, umpteenth time around the diet track, only to realize you’re back at the beginning, often times even worse off than before. This isn’t just you, it’s so so many people who don’t realize what exactly they’re doing to their metabolisms and their bodies overall as they run this vicious cycle. Here are the 5 things essential to your health and success when it comes to your health, weight loss and the way you eat.

If you take nothing else away from this let it be Michael Pollan’s (he’s a brilliant food and health guy with several New York Times best-sellers) advice: Eat (real) food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Part of me hesitates to expand upon this. Its beauty is in its simplicity. But I’ll add these small nuggets: real food has no ingredient list, or a very very short one consisting of a bunch of foods that have no ingredient list, for example, there is no ingredient list for tomatoes, they just are. Salsa has a short ingredient list consisting of foods that just are, making salsa, homemade of course, real food as well. Not too much, is not too much, not overfilling yourself, not allowing yourself to eat what you know is too much but you’re not full because of years of stretching your stomach with too large portion sizes. Know what it’s like to be a little bit hungry and then eat until you’re full-ish, not stuffed. Tell me the last time groaning in stuffed pain was actually enjoyable anyhow. Mostly plants, because that’s how we evolved, eating mostly plants, so that’s what our bodies like to digest, keeps us healthy with the nutrients we need, and maintains our figure.

You will need to choose a healthy lifestyle of which a healthy diet with some rules –written more in sand than stone—will have to apply. One of the reasons diets don’t work is because most of the time you can’t do them forever, you would die of starvation, malnutrition, or disease. So when you stop because it’s over or because it takes soul-sucking will and energy to stay on, meanwhile feeling like a pile of crap, you eventually put the weight back on. And while you were on that diet you also likely damaged your metabolism further because most of them don’t maintain proper blood sugar levels or mess with the body’s hormone systems (among a long list of things that it can be negatively affecting depending on the diet), when you return to your normal eating habits it is desperate to ensure you never “starve” it of its needs or wants again and will slow your metabolism often causing a greater weight gain than before you dieted. So what you need are some simple guidelines to live by, ones that from time-to-time you can break because there is usually a time that real life calls for ice cream cake, for example. If you are seeking easy logical healthy diet guidelines I recommend Michael Pollan’s book Food Rules, for full lifestyle programs request a complimentary consultation.

 Nutrient abundance is key to overall health and permanent weight loss. There are many lifestyle diets outside of my recommendations that are also sustainable for longer periods, what is most important is that your healthy diet is actually healthy, abundant in nutrients. This is why I say agree with mostly plants, they are rick with nutrients that our body needs. Most Westerners are overfed and still starving for nutrients, it has been hypothesized by many that overeating is highly correlated with poor diets because, on top of addictive substances like sugar and MSG, people are calorically overfed and yet they’re starving for nutrients their bodies really need! Whether this is true or not you leave a lot less space in your stomach for wannabe food if you fill it with nutrient-rich veggies, fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts, legumes, healthy fats, and naturally-raised meats. Your body will have less tendency to maintain excess fat stores if you feed it real food abundant in nutrients it needs.

Exercise, the other 40%. You can lose weight on a diet without exercise, but again your results are unlikely to last. Exercise does not need to be “hardcore”, but it serves many purposes in over healthy lifestyle and long term weight loss. Some will tell you it’s only 30% of the equation, some will even say 20%, I’m going to give an experiential opinion here and say that 20% doesn’t account for long term maintenance. Exercise is 40% if you want to look at long term weight maintenance and health benefits, and especially if you want to feel awesome (remember you quit the diet because you felt like crud), as there are lots of feel good benefits of exercise. It doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment and you can choose to do activities you like, but exercise is a fundamental part of the equation.

Always choose quality over minimal calories. Artificial sweeteners are a perfect example for this. They are poison, actually poison, aspartame turns to formaldehyde in your body (yup like the dead-people-preserver, and also a neurotoxin), acesulfame potassium or K contains a known carcinogen, sucralose has heavy metals arsenic and methanol, saccharin is a coal tar compound and associated with bladder cancer. They contain few to no calories and yet prompt greater calorie consumption and in the meantime (because your body doesn’t know your ingesting anything so it’s still hungry) are doing a disservice to the body that you’re trying to otherwise have run smoothly and efficiently. It is not only about the calories, I’m sure it’s clear at this point that while sugar is quite bad for you it is still better than an artificial sweetener. More calories of (real, check the ingredients on these there should be like 3) sour cream or cream cheese are 100% better for you than their low-fat or fat-free counterparts. Fat-free sour cream is not possible, it’s just fake, cream by its very nature is fat, making fat-free sour cream not even real food. Am I saying you should eat sour cream? Not often and only if you’re going to truly enjoy it, but there is a place for sour cream as there is for ice-cream cakes, it’s of a quality incomparable to a food invented in a lab, and your body will thank you for not poisoning it even if you do gain a few ounces.

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GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL.. S!

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Got any?! How about those new year’s resolutions? You know, many have already given up on theirs. Are you one of them?

A lot of people don’t “get” goal writing, or planning beyond the few basics of losing a few pounds or quitting smoking. Are you one of them?

I understand this because I never used to understand goals either. I mean I just had in mind to do things I wanted to do. There wasn’t per se a plan of any kind. I realize now that is how most of the time we achieve exactly nothing! If you’re lucky you might take 2 steps forward and then 2 back and at least have felt the high of the forward steps temporarily, which is nice I suppose until you find yourself in the dumps of the backtrack. A couple of weeks ago there was a Goal Workshop held in CREATE’s Studio, and while there’s just too much to throw into a blog post, there are some ideas that must be shared. And hopefully you’ll start to “get” it too!

I discovered goal setting by accident. You see I didn’t know I was doing it, because some goals you don’t have to write down. When I went back to school as a mature student—which is where my journey of big successes began—writing down that I was going to aim to be an awesome student and graduate with honours seemed silly; I was there as a grown up, no parental force, passionate, so why wouldn’t I put my all into it? So of course I didn’t write out any goals. Funny enough fitness and lifestyle management school teaches you all about goals and creating them. I did very well in this class and still didn’t really “get’ it, yet. Nor did I upon further successes within my career, my life, etc. until a couple of years ago, when I realized how I was creating what I wanted. Then I found by accident that writing it out specifically just made it that much more powerful!

Here are the 3 primary requirements to making your want/vision/idea in to your reality

  1. Latch. You must latch onto the idea like you can’t imagine that not happening. Once you decide this is what will be, you’re in. I remember the day I first told people I would be riding my bicycle across Africa, at a party, that was a scary one to throw out there, but it certainly solidified it in my mind and pretty much meant that I had to do it (or live with an “attention seeking liar”-based label forever). Whatever you want, latch on to the idea, like you know you’ll get it and then…
  1. Vision, develop it! Imagine it all in detail. Not just how it looks but every aspect of it as if you already have it, or are there. Feel physically and emotionally, smells, tastes, sounds. Who’s with you, or in your life, everything you can to develop your picture of this. Write it all down so you can easily access that feeling anytime you need motivation to bring it alive easily. This will help to strengthen your latch and bring in some passion to make it want to happen.
  1. Take Steps. You don’t have to know the whole master plan and have it all figured out, especially if it’s a big undertaking, but do start taking one step at a time. Figure out the next step or two, and then do them, it will all come together in ways you couldn’t imagine.

If you’ve got an idea, but can’t latch or envision it, but can’t figure out the steps, or need help with losing and maintaining weight loss or other fitness, health & wellness goals. CREATE has full programs to help you thrive. We guarantee our results too! Call 416-994-6267 or fill out an online contact form to request your FREE consultation NOW!

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Holiday Survival Guide: Thriving New Year’s Eve & Ready to Rock The New Year!

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Well folks, you’ve made it this far! Congratulations! Hopefully you’ve had success in keeping a strong vision to your goal. A brief interlude of shameless self-promotion: We’ve got a workshop coming up Monday to help you solidify a vision a plan and work with your strengths to realize your goals! Register Now or click on the poster below for more details.  And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. If there’s any day more detrimental to our goals than Thanksgiving and our Winter Holiday Abundance meals (be they Winter Solstice, Christmas or Kwanzaa) or whatever religion is applicable to us, New Year’s Eve has inconspicuous trouble waiting in the wings that often tops the unholiest of Holiday Gluttony… And on second thought Jewish people too, just because your holiday meals aren’t a harvest type, it doesn’t make stuffing your face with latkes, Chinese food and movie theatre fare healthy!

I know you think just over-imbibing a little is maybe not the greatest, but life often unravels In ways we don’t anticipate, so let’s explore a very possible scenario to understand why we’re calling it “trouble” and how to start the New Year feeling tip top.

Here comes Trouble: You arrive and have a couple of hors d’oeuvres, no biggie, just making sure you get some while they’re still around and hot and you have a few drinks, after all it’s the New Year, and you know CREATE always tells you to enjoy in moderation. Then the clock strikes and one must toast, there’s another handful of calories, and while you’re decision making is slightly impaired one or two more treats won’t hurt (not now, but once you’re no longer impaired you may feel a little guilty). You’re not supposed to be the designated driver, but clearly your friend/partner/spouse/etc. shouldn’t be the driver either despite they kindly volunteered. So you hang out for a couple of hours, eat several more hors d’oeuvres and a drink a cup of coffee. On the conservative side assuming you drank vodka-water or soda you’ve still added almost a thousand calories to your day AND, whether you were conservative in calories or not, depending on your weight, gender, and metabolism you still might not be legal (never mind safe) to drive, YIKES!

Staying out of trouble: let’s make this a better picture starting with taking public transit (free on NYE in Toronto) or a taxi (I’d be reserving one of those if you live in Toronto!) if you plan on consuming alcohol in any quantity, it’s just your foolproof bet when your decision making skills may be impaired, which they are even after a single drink.

Enjoy a few treats but don’t arrive hungry either, NYE is often a long night. Starting at 8 and finishing at 2 is long time to expect not to be hungry if you’re not full to start.

Drink water between alcoholic drinks, or even if you don’t drink alcohol, then between fancy Shirley Temple and other tasty Virgin concoctions. Often we mistake thirst for hunger, also having water between drinks keeps you feeling next-day-okay and keeps your excess calorie consumption down. NOTE: don’t obsess over calories, but think about them on days when you know that for sure you’ll consume more than you burn and that those calories are junk food/drink!

I know this all seems logical, but have a plan for how you will keep yourself in check to feel guilt-free and awesome the first day of the year. NYE is only fun if New Year’s Day doesn’t feel like brutal payback, guilt ridden, or self-sabotaged. Have fun, but keep it fun and not out of control… You can thank me later.

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Holiday Survival Guide 2 for 1: Surviving the Main Event & Round 2: Fight… for “rock bottm” prices. Making it through Boxing Wee

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With all these holidays and parties I’m going to take some time off!!! As such this blog is a 2 for 1 in the Holiday Survival Guide. We’ve got surviving the main family get together and meal AND surviving Boxing Day/Week.

So in terms of surviving and thriving the primary get together of the season, remember previous tips from Thanksgiving about the food? Those can apply to any big family or holiday meal, a quick recap:

Eat throughout the day, don’t arrive starving.
Survey the table for your favourites and have reasonable portions of those.
Fill up on your favourite veggies first.
Don’t eat stuff “just ‘cuz it’s there, or even ‘cuz it’s healthy, you’re getting plenty of nutrients at this meal and your body won’t “miss out” on superfluous calories you didn’t enjoy.
Don’t obsess. It’s the holidays, life isn’t perfect, do your best not to ruin all your efforts (best and obsess are different!) AND enjoy!

A couple of more tips:

Think ahead: Every year people generally serve the same, or very similar food, so after how many years on this planet you can likely anticipate what will be on the table and how well it’s prepared to yourliking. Think ahead to what you’re looking forward to, that’s what you should focus your calories on as you seemingly missed it, those are the things you want to make a point of enjoying!

Hydrate: you’ll eat way more if you’re dehydrated, and, more importantly, being dehydrated isn’t good for you, and you’re likely also imbibing in alcoholic beverages. Drinking water will keep you from having a headache and a guilty step on the scale tomorrow.

Eat until you’re satisfied and loving your meal: choose not to feel gross and guilty, and maybe even sick. Yes, it’s tasty, so slow down and enjoy it, there will probably also be leftovers and there will definitely be a better appreciation of the meal if you don’t feel more stuffed than the turkey!

And thriving with abundant family time: it sounds so easy, and looks so good in holiday ads, but really we all know family get-togethers can have tension or over-imbibers or drama that just doesn’t go as smoothly as we all hope, or sometimes the activities being partaken in are just not your cup of tea. Try some of these approaches to take it from humdrum to fun:

1. Choose your ‘tude: you know who they are and what to expect of any given person. You can’t control them, you can only control how you approach the event/person/situations. Ahead of time choose a positive frame of mind for the event, and there’s any expected thing you know challenges you? You can choose an attitude of “shake it off”.

2. Suggest activity over TV or movies, you might start a new tradition of going for a big family walk after the meal, or a skate (very suited to hockey families), or even a Christmas dance off or limbo contest. Be imaginative, and sell the kids on it first (they’re solid sales people, read persistent, when they want to do something!)

3. Either you didn’t pick them, but you love them (your family), or you loved one of them and willingly took their whole family as part of the package (partner’s family). No family is perfect, in fact (actual fact!) about 80% are dysfunctional, yup it’s the norm, but it’s the devil you know and love, so own your family’s brand of holiday celebration and live up their wackiness to the fullest. Make the best of the holiday chaos, knowing it’s how they all deal with a busy time of year and do their best to show up and share of their time and love.

Round 2: fight… for the cheap stuff. Holiday survival guide the boxing day edition

You just spent a ton of money on stuff, and you probably just got a lot of stuff. Consider not buying more stuff just because it’s cheap. People get trampled in “rock bottom” prices and fight, like for real fight over a deal, this doesn’t seem worth it. So here’s my advice:

1 .Stay home. You have enough stuff, you don’t need more. Human needs are actually these: water, shelter/elemental protection, food, fire/energy. Note the lack of iphone 6 in that list. Note how you actually have way more than even what you need, be grateful for your abundance and keep from being trampled.

2. Your computer died 3 weeks ago and you’ve actually been waiting for Boxing Day sales. Stay away from Day 1 chaos if you can, and wait until about Day 3 when it gets less hectic, go first thing when the store opens. You may have to deal with ridiculous volumes of people but trampling risk, and getting punched in the face because you innocently picked up the last wireless keyboard to go with your new computer are not going to happen.

3. Better yet, find it the deal online and revert to point number one about staying home!

So for today: Happy Chanukah (not just for night 5, but for all 8 days)! And to longer days ahead on this fine Winter Solstice!

And for the coming week: A Very Merry Christmas & Bountiful Kwanza.

Season’s Greetings to all whether you have an official holiday at this time of year or not, enjoy paid days off, or really well paid days on, and get ready for some New Year Renewal!

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Holistic Holiday Survival Guide: Surviving the Parties

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So not every party you’re expected to attend this season will have homemade tzatziki and hummus, freshly squeezed green and pink juices, and homemade dark chocolate sorbet like some anniversary parties you may or may not have recently attended (ahem!). No, there will be flaky pastry hors d’oeuvres filled with ham and cheese, heavily rum-laced egg nog, and all kinds of shortbread cookies. This sounds like a disaster to you and your newfound eating habits! Not to mention that you have to have silly make–like-you-care conversations with co-workers you otherwise manage to avoid most of the time because they’re full of other people’s business. These among other things like maybe parties, or ugly sweater dressup or carols aren’t your “thing”, but being there is somewhere you feel obligated to be.

So on feeling obligated: ask yourself how really obligated you are. Sometimes we put undue pressure on ourselves to say “yes” to more than we really have to. If you despise an event that much maybe you can find another way to contribute to that community without having to do/be somewhere you’d really prefer not to be.

I understand you may have to say yes to some commitments. For those I recommend re-framing your perspective. Example: a friend of mine had a birthday at a country and western bar, not my “thing”, but I chose to have a good time with it, make a fool of myself line dancing, and kind of disliked the music but had a blast overall, because I “had to be there” for his 30th. His new girlfriend at the time, chose not to have fun and generally intent on ensuring she ruined the evening as she was miserable and wanted company. You’ll get over the music, sweater, etc. and actually enjoy yourself. It is 100% a choice, whether you like that truth or not, when we take personal responsibility for our attitude and choices it changes our potential to be happy despite _______, in any moment. So choose to make the best and it will be!

The food is also about personal responsibility, but from another perspective. It’s about being responsible to yourself, and honouring yourself and your goals. Not to say that you should have none of those things, but choose wisely, according to your favourites and don’t arrive starving (you’ve heard all the logistics before when it comes to thanksgiving food tips).

From a mentality perspective though, do it because you care about your goals and yourself enough to make choices that serve you. This can be challenging, I am not denying this, but leaves you feeling really good in the end rather than temporarily comforted by food.

Come back to that little devil and angel on your shoulder and listen for the angel. S/he’ll speak more quietly and comes with more amount of “feeling” the right thing usually more so than hearing “do what serves you”, in fact I’m sure you’ll seldom, if ever, hear that. Whereas that little devil will speak loudly with all kinds of convoluted logic like “you’ve already ruined it, by having ______, so just have everything you want”, or “ the broccoli cheese puffs totally have a serving of veggies for every 2 puffs, you should eat 6 to get in your remaining veggies for the day!”, these are silly examples, but you know that loud, clear, easy-to-understand voice that basically finds excuses to “okay” what you know really doesn’t fly, and sometimes that “logic” is equally as silly as my examples when heard repeated back at a later time!

And so I leave you with this for surviving the parties: Honour yourself! Honour your need to say no when you don’t have to. Honour yourself with choosing a great attitude in a not-preferred situation to make the best of what is and must be, and honour yourself enough to choose what is an okay treat to truly enjoy and what’s going unnecessarily overboard (and in the end won’t really enjoy, and may even feel guilty about).

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Good Luck Taking It With You: Letting Go, Sharing & Charity

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As (I hope) you all know CREATE”S first anniversary party is coming up this week (Thursday, RSVP and put it in your calendar!), and what I may not have pointed out enough is that any donations/tips for the complimentary classes are going to Save the Children, a non-denominational charity that boasts an impressive percentage of funds actually going to the cause and not getting lost in admin), there will also be a raffle for said cause (YAY prizes!).

I’m bringing this up because at this time of year we often get very caught up in the consumer hubbub and are worried about, and in fact kind of trained to, mindlessly spend and give, but in places where the monetary cost is large and the gratitude often limited; ever got anyone something they asked for but in the “wrong” colour? And some didn’t hesitate to tell you, and ensure you felt kind of bad for not getting it “right” did they? What colour is “wrong” anyhow?!

What if we spent just $100 on a cause for those less fortunate? $100 you say!? Well yes, considering most of us will spend an average of $885 I figure you could somehow manage to spend “only” $785 on people who might never wear or use what you gave them, or perhaps “re-gift” it. In many cases we’re giving something to someone for whom we have no idea what to get, not because we genuinely have something for them that they’ll love, but because we feel obligated, and the enthusiasm they exhibit for receiving a fogless shaving mirror is highly evident in their forced smile and thanks. Obligation gifting: the best feeling of the season. NOT!

On the other hand, giving of your time or money during the season to those less fortunate is just about one of the most uplifting. In fact giving whether it be monetary, of time, of knowledge, of care, support, an old coat, or of love, is likely the most amazing feeling with the long-lasting mood-boosting effects.

And in mentioning the old coat, most of us have more than we need already, and we’re about to add to it. The effect of clutter is distracting to the mind, enough so that you are less likely to be productive in a cluttered space, or be able to focus on a task or series of them. Unclutter and make room for focus (on a fitness or lifestyle goal perhaps?). I know it can feel like you’re acting with reckless abandon when you give away a lot, like all that stuff you hung on to that you told yourself you’d use/wear last year, and still haven’t. Yes, it’s time.

Let’s also share this season; of course there are the kids that “need” the x-box and such, but most people if given a choice between a fogless shaving mirror and a gift you made, would choose a crocheted doily, bar of soap, or slice of pie knowing you thought of them over the alternative even if doilies aren’t their groove. Because it’s groovy when people share their true gifts. If you don’t know what yours is, it’s the thing you create that you don’t share because you’re embarrassed someone will judge it, or that you haven’t done in years that you love and aren’t sure why you stopped. Start doing it again, and tell that part of you that’s scared to pull up your bootstraps and be bold, you’ll never know what it could be if you don’t share it.

After all we came with nothing, we only have the money, time, knowledge, care support, talent, love, and the old coat while we’re here. Even if you love that coat more than you love life itself, good luck taking it with you!

Now RSVP to the party already!!! It’s going to be excellent, schedules are at there too, the deadline is noon Dec. 1st, DO NOT miss the awesomeness!

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And in case you’re not yet entirely convinced about giving, don’t take it from me, but take it from some of these famous and brilliant folks!

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“Try the cookies, they’re healthy, they’re gluten-free”: why this and other too-good-to-be-true claims are too-good-to-be-true AND how you can still enjoy eating!

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When I hear stuff like “Try the cookies, they’re healthy, they’re gluten-free”, Public Enemy’s song “Don’t believe the hype” comes blaring on my internal song playback (you know the one, “stuck-in-your-head studios”).

So let’s start with gluten-free cookies and why they’re not healthy. Cookies are cookies. A lack of gluten (which is simply a protein that some people don’t digest well/at all) does not turn a cookie into health food, even if you bought it at the health food store. The same applies to dairy-free (soy or coconut-based) ice creams, and anything else that sounds to-good-to-be-true. Sometimes they are made with better quality ingredients, don’t get me wrong, but it’s still a dessert lacking in nutrients and adding sugar and fats. Unless you can’t eat an ingredient in your junk food (extreme pain and hospital visits aren’t worth it) then eat what you love when you’re indulging in something calorie rich, because it’s never going to be healthy and you’ll be left for want of those things you really love anyhow.

With all that in mind you could end up having the not-really-what-I-wanted gluten-free version of something, feel unsatisfied, and go ahead and eat the real thing anyhow. Then you’ve eaten crap twice rather than once! Moral of the story: Just enjoy the treat you want, forget trying to have a “healthy version”. Yup, I said that, but don’t stop reading now…

Low-fat and fat-free and sugar-free are also things to be wary of when they are things usually loaded with fat or sugar. It’s not even really the food that they’re calling it, like fat-free sour cream cannot actually be cream and not have fat. To produce something like that (taste, smell, texture of something it’s not) often takes a whole lot of engineering. You may have seen a meme that says something about these types of things being a chemical s@$# storm. It’s true. Food shouldn’t have to be engineered, so just enjoy the full-fat version. Yup, I said that too, keep reading.

You see for the most part diets don’t work, even if they’re based on sound principles. People fail themselves when they have to follow really bizarre rules that don’t work with their usual lifestyle and eating habits, and force them into eating in a completely different way, usually without any level of easing into it to keep it sustainable either.

So eat your junky gluten and dairy-laden food, and your high-fat or high-sugar food. But always eat real food; if ingredients in there are known to be REALLY bad for you (like high fructose corn syrup) OR you don’t understand it as an ingredient and wouldn’t/haven’t ever see it in anyone’s pantry or your own, OR if it can somehow “live” for years on a shelf (yes pickles and dried beans are ok, but cakes don’t work that way) do not eat it!

Now here’s the most important part. You may actually be willing to bake pies all day. If you are, this does not mean you can eat pies all day! Desserts and treats should be treated as desserts and treats. Our society is very used to instant gratification and it has carried over heavily into our diets especially as life has gotten busier, because treats and desserts are often convenient and individually packaged. Problem is, our systems haven’t evolved to run on fast food and junk, or even the desserts and high-fat food we love and can enjoy from time-to-time. And that is the key.

So with that keep in mind the treat factor; dessert shouldn’t happen after every dinner. Snacks are supposed to keep you energized until your next meal, they aren’t tube-watching entertainment. Find healthy snacks you can enjoy.

“But you said I could still enjoy eating!” Yes, I did. There are plenty of tasty healthy foods out there and part of the adventure and enjoyment is trying them, also when’s the last time you sat and really enjoyed your junk (or even your whole meal) and said “I’m eating ice cream/pudding/pork rinds, and it’s sooooo good!”? Or were you watching TV and barely noticing it as you scarfed it down?!

So, take the time when you’re having a treat to enjoy each and every bite and morsel. Savour your food, stop watching tv/surfing/being distracted while you eat, sit at a table, and if you can, share the experience with family or friends. That’s how to really enjoy eating!

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