Creating Inclusive, Accessible Wellness Spaces

Last weekend I attended a workshop with Dianne Bondy, yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement (and also my new bff), hosted by the New Leaf Foundation. The workshop was titled “The Path to Empowerment, Self-Love and Body Acceptance” and I signed up as I have personally been struggling with these three things since the birth of my daughter in 2015. Going into the workshop I assumed that I would leave with some tools to help me learn to love this post-partum body that I’m still getting used to – and I certainly did. And perhaps more importantly, I also left with a new perspective on the wellness industry and the real issues it has with inclusion and accessibility.

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How to Make 2017 the Best Year Ever

fmd_cru6otk-cathryn-laveryI love a fresh start and that includes New Years Resolutions. I don’t care if they’re cheesy or cliche or if the media says they never work, I always make a couple each January. I’m not talking about fad diets or dropping big bucks on a gym membership I’ll never use, but getting clear on what I want from the next 12 months and setting some intentions on how to make it all happen.

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Holiday Survival Guide

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The holidays can be a tricky time.

On one hand, they only come around once a year so what’s a little indulgence? But on the other, it can be a slippery slope and before you know it you’re not just indulging at the Christmas or Hanukah dinner table, but when a box of green and red sprinkled Tim Hortens doughnuts shows up in the office kitchen.

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The Final Frontier: Why I finally gave up hormonal birth control

copy-of-my-pill-story-mainWhen it came to holistic, natural living hormonal birth control was my final frontier. I had long favoured unprocessed foods, clean beauty products and chemical-free cleaners before I ever considered giving up my trusty Nuvaring. Natural birth control was something I had read about it but I certainly didn’t understand it. And besides, my hesitation really had little to do with pregnancy – I was terrified to find out what my periods might be like after more than a dozen years on hormonal birth control.

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My Favourite Natural Beauty Bits

SHININGMy path to natural health and holistic wellness didn’t start in the kitchen, but rather in the bathroom after I developed a terrible rash from using antiperspirant. Switching to a natural deodorant cleared it up almost immediately, but a new rash soon surfaced – this time on my eyelids. Itchy, watery, puffy eyes and skin were enough for me to trash all my make-up, lotions, potions, shampoos, creams and gels. That was seven years ago and I’ve never looked back.
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How to Cook on Vacation

A few simple meals I’ve put together while on vacation

My guy and I have been travelling together for almost nine years now. We’ve figured out that our best trips are always the ones where we’ve stayed in homes or apartments instead of hotels. It’s a fun way to experience a new place and having a place that really feels like home at the end of a long day exploring makes me feel more relaxed. And then there’s having access to a kitchen – I love to cook whether it’s at home or when we’re away.

Over the years I’ve made a lot of mistakes when it came to self-catering in rented apartments. Now I’ve got it down to a fine art and I wanted to share my secrets with you to encourage you to try out cooking a few meals on your next vacation.

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