August Abroad : The World Of Wellness Coastal Tour

Happy August friends!!

I am absolutely thrilled to share that this month, we’re going on a little adventure!

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This August, hold tight as we explore the cuisine of the coast, the wilderness of the east and the World of Wellness abroad!

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~ Coastal Callings ~

I remember our road trips to the East Coast as a child. I remember making friends with the chipmunks of the campgrounds, the little jellyfish that swam up my brother’s swim trunks and stung him (I’m willing to bet he remembers that too!). I remember wading through giant tadpoles to capture frogs with our bare hands, creating motels for the hermit crabs on the beach and naming our lobsters as pets before we ate them. Note to self: never name your dinner.
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I remember coming to face to face with the biggest moose we ever encountered (we saw 14 that trip), whale watching, the endless treks through the forests, the freshest fish for supper, but most importantly : I remember the feeling, that magical feeling that only the East can elicit.

FullSizeRender(17)In just a few weeks, we’ll be cruising our way through the East Coast of North America and taking the World of Wellness Tour with us! Sailing the St. Lawrence through Montreal and Quebec (the Paris of Canada), cruising alongside Nova Scotia and PEI, down to Maine in the US  & disembarking in Boston.

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We’ll be discovering all the health hubs, tasting the provincial super-foods, exploring the health practices and landscapes and oceans and doing all of this in the healthiest, tastiest, and most holistic way possible.

 

The biggest difference: this time I get to take you all along for the ride 🙂
Setting sail to the world of wellness,
Suzanne Eden

The Calm After The Storm : Harnessing The Positive Power Of Negative Ions

“It’s not the light we need, but fire.

It’s not the gentle shower, but thunder.

We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

~ Frederick Douglas ~

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Yesterday morning, everything was lit up.

Just as Sunday’s concert was twinkling with illuminated cell phones in the air, yesterday the skies were lit with lightning.

And while these moody skies may look anguished and turbulent, they are charged with negative ions and laced with the potential to uplift even the stormiest of moods and calm the most overactive of nervous systems.

Electrical Beings

  • Just as lightning is an electrical spark that bursts through the sky, electricity courses continuously throughout our bodies and is vital to our well-being. Electrical and chemical impulses (otherwise known as synapses) are how our cells communicate and send messages from our nervous systems to brains (and vice versa) that control our heartbeats, our movements etc. Without electricity, we couldn’t survive, but optimizing these synapses is what allows us to thrive.

“We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Expect your life to be full and beautiful. Magnify your own qualities of light and love. You will break free of your own stuckness, with the energetic voltage to electrify possibilities all around you.”

-Marianne Williamson

Positive Feelings With Negative Ions

  •  When it comes to our health, negative ions are anything but negative. These molecules promote a sense of clarity and well-being, have both a stimulating and calming physiological effect, decrease inflammation for pain reduction and increase the oxygen flow to our brains for mental alertness.
  • Think of how you feel near the ocean or standing beneath a waterfall. This same effect can be experienced after a heavy rainfall as negative ions are present in abundance where air molecules are being manipulated in intense circumstances.

Harnessing The Healing

It has been estimated that one in three people are sensitive to the concentrations of negative ions (myself included!). How can you tell? A good indicator is that you feel instantly refreshed and energized upon opening a window or stepping outside and find that spending too much time in enclosed spaces can make you feel sluggish.

But whether you are a particularly ion sensitive individual or not, we can all reap the benefits of these negatively charged molecules and these are a few great ways to do so:

  • Take a walk after the storm
    • Fresh after a heavy rainfall, the concentration of negative ions in the air is at its peak, making it the ideal time to submerse yourself in it.
  • Earthing
    • If you can walk barefoot comfortably, so much the better! Having direct contact between the soles of our feet and the earth allows for the transfer of negative ions from the ground.
  • Open your windows
    • This allows the negative ions to flow into your home (a space with a higher concentration of positive ions) to boost your mood.
  • Meditate
    • With the calming negative ions, meditating during or just after a storm has the potential to heighten our experience.
  • Invest in a salt lamp
    • No storm? No problem! Authentic Himalayan salt lamps produce these negative ions and can be left on all the time to add a continuous flow (and glow) of mood enhancing negative ions.

In light of the lightning,

Suzanne Eden

Five Holistic Reasons To Eat Your Way To Japan

If you ever needed an excuse to lust over the majestic forests and cultural  wonders of Japan, the cuisine would be your golden ticket!

We are getting so excited for our upcoming trip, but in the meantime I have heard and read and seen Japan everywhere lately. Though this isn’t where we are jetting off to, luckily for us, we don’t need to venture far to reap the benefits of these Japanese staples in our diet. If you needed an excuse, “feast” your eyes on my top five!

1. Matcha is to the Japanese what coffee & bacon are to North Americans

  • The Japanese loooove their matcha! It finds its way into just about everything and it’s a good thing too, as this brilliant green powder packs a big nutritional punch.
  • Matcha offers moderate amounts of caffeine balanced with calming l-theanine for an energizing boost without the coffee crash. Utilizing the whole tea leaves by grinding them into a powder, it’s a more potent source of catechins (an antioxidant compound known as polyphenols) than your standard green tea.
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|| Above : Unsweetened matcha tea latte with almond milk||

2. Get cultured

  • Fermented foods such as kimchi are staples in Japan and should ideally be features of every culture. Why? Fermented/cultured foods are rich in wholefood sourced probiotics, energizing B-vitamins and natural enzymes to enhance digestion and promote mental, physical and emotional well-being – no “zen garden” necessary!
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3. Soba Your Pasta

  • Soba buckwheat noodles are roughly the size of your standard spaghetti and made of buckwheat flour. They are commonly used in Japanese pasta dishes, piled high with fresh vegetables and drizzled with a light sauce (as opposed to smothered – the Western way).
  • I LOVE these and you can experiment with traditional pasta sauce, or enjoy the flavour when tossed simply with coconut oil, sea salt and loaded with vegetables or as a tahini based pad Thai as featured below. When savoring Soba at a restaurant, be sure to ask if they are gluten-free.

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4. Authentic sushi (of course!)

  • This goes without saying; you just can’t have a Japanese cuisine post without the mention of sushi. BUT! And this is a big but ; for all of us sushi lovers, we need to be adamant about sourcing. The seafood commonly used in restaurants is high in toxins (particularly mercury), can be contaminated with parasites and utilize inhumane fishing practices. Think: “The Greatest Catch,” documentary.
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  • In Japan (and everywhere), look not to the big sushi houses but small, intimate dinning experiences, often more expensive and not “all-you-can-eat,” that offer sustainably caught seafood and quality sushi. The REAL sushi you deserve to experience!
And on the subject of anti- “all-you-can-eat…”

5. Hara Hashi Bu

  • This is not a food per se, but a WAY to eat that will skip the sushi coma conundrum and keep you feeling healthy, vibrant, and ready for your next meal. Read more here.
To our future Japanese journeys,
Suzanne Eden

Blueberry Acai Parfaits With Slivered Almonds, Fresh Berries & Chocolate Drizzle

Give us a lifestyle that incorporates ice cream for breakfast and we’re on board!

Inspired by this year’s Vegfest, we were all over the blueberry parfaits with layers of crunchy coconut, freshly sliced strawberries, silvered almonds & a few dark chocolate chips snuck in there too.
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Being so simple and easy (just two ingredients!), I had to get my hands on the Vitamix and whip up a spin on this sweet treat. One that features maqui (pronounced “mah-key”) berries, Amazonian acai and a raw cacao sauce. Oh! And being banana based, this ice cream (otherwise known as “nicecream”) can be easily, and holistically indulged in for breakfast and leave you feeling energized and nourished for the day ahead! 100% nutritionist approved 🙂

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HOLISTIC HIGHLIGHTS

  • Acai & maqui berries are both native to central America and are known for being antioxidant powerhouses with acai containing 10 times the antioxidants found in grapes. Though acai has made a household name of itself in the nutrition community, the lesser known maqui berry surpasses the antioxidant content of acai, making it one of the most potent sources in the world!
    • But of course, superfoods don’t have to be foreign and fancy. Some of the best superfoods are found in our gardens and local farmers markets. So if you don’t have these concentrated powders on hand, that’s okay. I have two recipes to accommodate, and of course, you can put your own unique spin on it too!

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THE RECIPES

These parfaits boast the consistency of traditional creamy ice-cream (without any sugar or dairy!), and are layered with fresh berries, slivered almonds and a crunchy cacao drizzle.

BASIC BLUEBERRY BLEND

Adventure level: 1/5

Ingredients:

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • squeeze of lemon or lime

Toppings:

  • slivered almonds
  • cacao drizzle (below)
  • fresh mint leaves
  • strawberries (in season now!)
  • other fruit such as papaya, pineapple etc.
  • coconut chunks

Directions:

  • Peel and slice banana into a container to freeze overnight.
  • Once frozen, place in blender with blueberries, a squeeze of lemon/lime and blend. This will take some time and you will need to scrape the sides of the blender as you go. The more ingredients in the blender, the easier it is for the blades to grip.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy and layer with your toppings of choice.

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Fully Loaded Blueberry Acai & Maqui Parfaits

Adventure level: 3/5

Featuring antioxidant rich berries to boost the nutrition and depth of flavours in the soft-serve.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • squeeze of lemon or lime
  • 1 tsp acai powder
  • 1 tsp maqui powder

Raw cacao:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao (can substitute carob if sensitive)

 

Directions:

  • Peel and slice banana into a container to freeze overnight.
  • Once frozen, place the banana in your blender with blueberries, a splash of lemon/lime and blend. This will take some time and you will need to scrape the sides of the blender as you go. The more in the blender, the easier it is for the blades to grip.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pop into the freezer as you melt the coconut oil in a pan and stir in the cacao (optional to add stevia for sweetness, but not necessary).
  • Layer the cacao drizzle with your ice cream and toppings (see above) and pop back in the freezer until the cacao sauce hardens (approx. 2 mins). This creates a crunchy topping like a chocolate dipped cone.
  • Once solidified, remove from freezer and enjoy!

Note:

  • The more powerful your blender, the easier and faster it will be to create your ice cream.

 

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I have been nothing shy of obsessed with this parfait for the past two weeks (as evidenced by instagram) and it is with great thanks that I received more maqui berry powder for my birthday, just as I was running out! It’s bursting with naturally sweet flavours, tastes indulgent, and is loaded with superfoods for an ultra healthy breakfast bowl perfect for summer! You will looove this, I promise 🙂

 

To our Sunday sundaes,

Suzanne Eden

 

 

 

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The Best Holistic Health Advice Our Mothers Ever Gave Us

Moms, we love you!

And though the celebratory Mother’s day is behind us, we know that your duties have you working around the clock, 365 (or 366) days a year and for that, we appreciate you everyday!

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Whether it’s sharing sprouted quinoa burgers amongst the dandelions, binge watching Will And Grace with you on Sunday mornings, or dancing through the kitchen to the likes of Prince while roasting vegetable dishes from chef Micheal Smith’s cookbook. Yes, everyday is an adventure (and on the rare occasion, one that may even find us at the Eiffel Tower)!

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And though not all of your adventurous advice may be tried and true, with these, you were onto a good thing.

In other words, these are 3 reasons (of millions) we thank you!

ADVICE #1: An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

  • My personal favourite! Thank you moms for solidifying our love of nature’s perfect, nutritious snack on the go.
    • Benefits: Contains immune boosting vitamin C and soluble fibre in the form of pectin for stable blood sugar levels and a healthy digestive system.
    • What mom didn’t tell you: fruit needs to be consumed on an empty stomach, away from most other foods, for proper digestion. Otherwise you may be going to your doctor with complaints of excessive bloating and indigestion. Pairing this fruit with a little spread of pure almond butter, however, is both digestion friendly and equipped with satiating fats and protein to make this a well-rounded snack.

ADVICE #2: Eat Your Carrots For Good Eye Sight

  • Not just an old wives tale! As a part of the doctrine of signatures, a sliced carrot’s resemblance to the human eye, including the pupil and iris, is an indicator of one of its primary functions. How so?
    • Benefits: Carrots are packed with beta-carotene (the component which also gives them their bright colour). This antioxidant is converted into vitamin A in the body and according to The World’s Healthiest Foods, 1 cup of raw carrots translates to 113% of our daily recommended intake of vitamin A!
    • What mom didn’t tell you: Though eating an abundance of carrots may not restore your vision to 20/20, a deficiency of vitamin A may cause symptoms such as: dry/itchy eyes, blurred vision, and difficulty seeing at night. Tip: dip your carrots in avocado for a strangely delicious combo!

ADVICE #3: Have Soup For The Soul (And A Common Cold)

  • Turns out, these comforting soups are medicinal bowls beyond just soup for the soul!
    • Benefits: The warmth of soup can ease congestion to reduce blocked sinuses while the liquids help to clear the congestion and bacteria from the body. You simply can’t drink enough when sick and this is the way to boost it!
    • What your mother didn’t tell you: While your body requires nutrients to support the immune system during this time, it also needs easily digestible foods as digestion drains your body’s energy needed to fight the virus. Highly nutritious broths, such as fermented miso or bone broth, offer both nutrients and involves very little digesting, leaving you more energy to heal!

Whether she’s dishing out health advice, homemade dinners from Michael Smith, or exploiting her love of fine dinning with Mother’s day lunches at the Stone House (for candied pecan & cranberry salad with carmelized mushrooms, toasted leeks & balsamic reduction!), we’re all along for an appetizing ride ❤

 

Moms: for all of your wise and worldly advice, we thank you!

Suzanne Eden

The Ancestral Case To Being An ACTIVEist Over An Exerciser

April was a “wild” month in more ways than one!

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From the CN tower climb in support of the World Wildlife Fund, to the Total Health Show and Green Living Expo in Toronto, week-long 40th anniversary celebrations for our health food store, formal events in Cambridge, family birthday gatherings in Burlington and everything in between… this past month as accurately summarized by breakfast? :

Blended on turbo and packed with Maca!

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CN Tower climb time: 23:54!

With the mantra of “slow and steady,” I think WWF could use a new mascot, no?

But while we wait for next year’s ambitious trek, how does one go about raking up the optimal 8-10,000+ steps a day in activities without the boost of 1776 steps up a skyscraper? And in accordance with my book of choice this month: Spencer Wells’ Pandora’s Seed; The Unforeseen Cost Of Civilization, why is daily activity so superior to exercise? Do we really need the long runs and fancy Fitbits?

For this, we take a few steps back to our hunter-gatherer roots!

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The Daily ACTIVE-ist

Have you ever been guilty of working out for an hour and lounging the remainder of the day?

  As human beings, we are designed for consistent movement as opposed to strenuous exercise followed by a predominantly sedentary lifestyle. Think of our ancestors who were habitually active with intermittent periods of demanding exercise when hunting (or being hunted). In this way, even your highly fit individual may very likely be sitting too much as temporary bouts of vigorous exercise simply cannot make up for a day of prolonged sitting.

The trick?

GET MOVING!

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 Movement As An Ancestral Superfood

Movement is most definitely a superfood! It charges our body’s energy, detoxification, metabolism, digestion, lymphatic drainage and stimulates our brain.

But if you asked our hunter-gatherer ancestors about their exercise routine, they would have found this concept downright ludicrous!

In fact, their daily goal was to conserve the energy they expended as every calorie utilized had to be replenished by finding more food. Certainly not as easy an endeavor as it is now with Fresh Restaurants scattered conveniently throughout the city!

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As Katy Bowman put it:

“People have not exercised throughout history. Exercise is the modern man’s equivalent to nutritional supplements. In the same way supplements should not be the bulk of your diet, exercise should not be the bulk of your movement profile.”

When it comes to superfoods, opt for sweet potatoes over the household couch potato. But if you think you need fancy Fitbits, expensive trainers and fully equipped gyms? Think again!

An inexpensive pedometer, a good pair of footwear (this is one to invest in), your own body weight and some local trails to hike are all you’ll need to take your daily ACTIVE-ist by stride!

 

Tomorrow I’ll share with you my 10 favourite ways to effortlessly add more ACTIVE-ity to your day and until then, I’m off to enjoy another day of sunshine on the trails 🙂

Happy SUNday wellness enthusiasts,

Suzanne Eden

 

Gringgott’s Golden Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Milk

Everyone needs a little magic in their morning ⚡️

Mine just happens to come in the form of wands (a Harry Potter lover’s dream come true) & books & golden potions (Herbalism was a thrilling class, as you can imagine, and did you know: mandrakes are real!).
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To indulge our inner HP fanatics, I whipped up this recipe with all the ingredients specifically concocted to transform your morning in 5 minutes, just like magic. And might I say, it’s worth its weight in Gringott’s gold!
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Featuring cracked black pepper and coconut oil to enhance turmeric’s absorption, the MCTs in coconut oil as a powerful brain booster, ginger to increase metabolism and a little stevia to make this drink taste.. well… golden!

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Though turmeric has been harvested through India and Indonesia for over 5,000 years, this staple of Ayurvedic medicine has recently taken the spotlight as more than just a pantry cooking spice, with potent properites as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-oxidant.
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Everything It Touches Turns To Gold

Step aside Tom Cruise… turmeric + white jeans is a whole new stunt of Risky Buisness!

But aside from staining your attire and kitchen counters, turmeric’s golden properties boast a ton of health benefits:

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory from Turmeric’s main compound: curcumin.
    • The MCT’s from the coconut oil in this recipe assist in transporting fat-soluable curcumin into your cells making it more effective.
    • In turn, turmeric increases our ability to digest fats!
  • Curcumin indirectly boosts the growth of neurons to enhance memory and prevent degeneration of the brain.
  • Its anti-inflammorty effects help combat the unwanted side effects of exercise by reducing pain, joint swelling and mucle stiffness.
  • Enhances the functioning of our livers to aid in daily detoxification.

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Magical Turmeric Milk Recipe

  • 1 Tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 Tsp virgin, cold-expeller pressed coconut oil
  • 1/2 C boiled water
  • 1/2 Warmed rice/almond/coconut milk
  • A pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • 100% Pure stevia to taste

NOTE: for the full health benefits of turmeric, be sure to purchase the potent powders commonly found at your local health food store.

Pour all ingredients into the blender, blend for a latte-like foam, adjust as desired, and enjoy! 🙂

To your mornings with a little dose of magical,

Suzanne Eden