Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Creamy Spinach Salad

Spinach is one of my favorite greens. Besides it's abundance of vitamin K and folate, it contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and it's 30% protein! According to the Nutrition Data website, spinach in it's raw state is also a great source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. WoW! The only aspect of spinach that's not-so-great is it's oxalate contents. What that means, is that the iron found in spinach (non-heme iron) is much more difficult for your body to absorb. However, since levels of iron in spinach are higher than levels of oxalate, absorption can be improved by consuming foods that are rich in vitamin C! That being said, you can always add lemon to your salad dressings when eating spinach, much like I did in the video below, and you'll be fine :) Enjoy!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mont-Royal Hike

I intended to go for a jog, however, all the ice was semi-melted on the mountain's running tracks, so instead of getting all slushy and falling into puddles, I decided to make this outing a long hike instead. I ditched the paved road and the running tracks and went straight for the steep points to get more exercise out of my hike.
Some of the stairs that I took on my way back, on the way down, were COVERED in ice, so I just sat down and slid to the bottom, while other people were trying to be careful not to fall. It was pretty funny. I wish I had filmed it. Enjoy this natural winter beauty straight from Montreal, Canada:

Now, if you've ever had young coconuts, you may have run into trouble when trying to dump the water out right into a glass. Ok, maybe you're really good at it, but try out the tip I demonstrate at the end of the video above and you won't lose a DROP of that electrolyte rich goodness. Trust me! And if you don't know how to open one at all, then check out the video below!

Friday, March 20, 2009

True Synergy

I find that many people who are into self improvement and health always seem to leave out at least one or two essential aspects of a whole encompassing healthy lifestyle. Eating whole foods, alone, is not quite enough; Being active, athletic, and fit, alone, is usually not a path to ultimate wellness; Being spiritually connected, alone, won't take you all the way to an enlightened state of being; Being mentally active and always learning new things is great, but solely that will only get you so far. All these things are great to live by, however, if we solely focus on one of them, our well being, happiness and thriving will be limited.

Living an all around conscious lifestyle and encompassing all of those great habits is where its at. Luckily any of those things are a great start. You will find that by adopting at least one of those habits, you'll soon be influenced to keep going and keep adopting more. That's exactly what happened to me! The main point is to educate yourselves and allow the transition and change to take place, while taking full responsibility for your actions.

Imagine being really into fitness, yoga, meditation, learning, teaching and whole plant based raw foods. Now that's some serious positive results and happiness waiting to lay down the law.

Another aspect to consider in an all encompassing conscious lifestyle, is your footprint on this planet that provides us with all of our living needs so selflessly. Hygiene products are a big factor to consider. Check out this video and try to make some changes for yourself, the animals and of course our planet: