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Fall in Love with Your Life, Instead of a Person

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Its fun and games when you fall in love with someone… But you must first fall in love with YOUR LIFE.

Why?

Because by giving your life a chance, you give you a chance!

A chance to find your passions and doing things you love. A chance to find your goals in life, what you want. A chance to value your relationships in your life, and not only romantic one, but people that you should give a chance to. You will allow yourself to feel alive and travel and be you, what life is truly about. A chance to really live your dreams and not just imagine them when you are in LaLa land. You also allow yourself to grow and learn to really listen to those around you, and not be blinded by what is really happening around you. It also allows you to see the little things as huge things, because when you have time for your happiness, you realise the small things are the big things. You enjoy the beauty of what the outdoors allows you to see and value your health because it matters the most.

My personal favorite, when you have time for you, you are always seeking to improve and become the best version of yourself, which will mean the world to you and to those appreciating your changes around you.

You also cherish every moment because every experience you live is unique. You are very proud of your accomplishments and achievement, you grow as a person and you become a special individual that you appreciate.

YOU LOVE YOURSELF!

So wake up and FIND ALL THESE. If you are single, find yourself now before it’s too late, and if you are in a relationship, remember YOU and if you are unsure who you are, take a step back, and find the time to find Yourself.

Enjoy your life and always seek Happiness!

Do You SQUAT?

If you squat, then I hope you are doing it right. If you want to squat, then welcome to the SQUATTER club! But before… for either of you out there. Please know HOW to Squat… Injuries are very common, and you don’t want to hurt yourself.

Watch Jonny Catanzano’s video on How To Do Squats:

Change Begins with YOU!

My absolute favorite videos are motivational ones. What motivates you?

Do you fear of failing? Do you Fear disappointment? Or Fear of losing?

Fear is life’s Roadblock!

STOP fearing and START changing. Star Becoming a Better Reflection of YOURSELF!

So, one word of advise, take a moment in silence and ASSESS your Life, your Successes, your goals, your willingness to Grow. Be AMBITIOUS and GROW! Grow Spiritually, Grow Emotionally, Grow Powerfully! Grow Grow Grow!

It doesn’t matter what happens to you, the question is WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

WATCH THIS POWERFUL VIDEO AND PLEASE MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO GROW.

 

Celery with Benefits

Celery is not the most Tasteful… but Damn is it Beneficial!

Celery is an under-Rated vegetable as many of us think its just Water and Crunch, but it is much more; as it is a good source of calcium, vitamins, potassium and magnesium.

What Other Benefits?

  1. Celery has Anti-Canceous properties, with its rich component called Luteolin which helps to lower the growth of Cancer cells in the pancreas.
  2. It contains Phthalide and pottassium which helps to lower blood pressure by reducing the production of stress hormones.
  3. Celery also helps maintain a normal cholesterol and regulating Vitamin D. Also includes 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh), a component with the function of lowering cholesterol and maintaining a healthy heart. The Chicago University study showed that two stalks of celery a day can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 7 points.
  4. Celery is healthy for the eyes too, as it contains Vitamin E and antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients, which keeps the eye moisturised.
  5. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote that Celery is a vegetable that can be used to calm our nerves and provide a great relief to joint pains, asthma, acne or lung infections. Celery’s special benefit is its components to help reduce inflammation.
  6. Celery helps boost a man’s fertility, as Dr. Alan R. Hirsch, Director of the Smeel and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, says :

    Two pheromones in celery–androstenone and androstenol–can boost your arousal levels. Another good news is celery oil has been found effective in boosting the number and motility of sperm, when it is used together with vitamin E.

  7. These stalks improve digestion which allows your body to absorb better nutrients, with its high water content, and the NBP (a healthful compound) in the vegetable as it improved circulation in the intestines and helping the body to detox.
  8. Finally, it helps you lose weight as it is low in calorie (10 calories per large stalk) and rich in nutrients like magnesium and potassium, as previously mentioned. Celery helps you regulate lipids and fats in the body which controls metabolism and restricts obesity. Not to mention, in reality, you are losing more weight chewing on that stalk more than anything else. So moral of the story, eating celery makes you lose weight, and don’t take that lightly because it’s true.

For more details and some Celery recipes, see link below:

http://www.lifehack.org/367363/amazing-benefits-of-celery-5-refreshing-recipes?ref=mail&mtype=daily_newsletter&mid=20170217_customized_editor_pick&uid=393464&hash=766d7a7a7b817a4c73796d75783a6f7b79&action=click

Should I be Drinking Wine?

 Should I be drinking wine?

Of course You should!

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Resveratrol,  a trihydroxy stilbene derivative C14H12O3 that is found in some plants, fruits, seeds, and grape-derived products (such as red wine) and has been linked to a reduced risk of coronary disease and cancer, and may be the wonder ingredient responsible for many of wine’s benefits.

See these fourteen benefits of wine to prove this to you!

1. You live Longer!  People living in places in the world with high wine consumption, are living longer, also according to dietary patterns.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School uncovered evidence that resveratrol directly activates a protein that promotes health and longevity in animal models.

  • 2. You get Smarter and Resveratrol may help improve short-term memory
  • 3. Inhibit breakouts because of the antioxidants in wine, and Resveratrol is able to inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria longer than benzoyl peroxide
  • 4. Going to the gym is healthy right? It improves heart, brain and bone function. You know what else does that? Resveratrol, which is in wine.

5.Researchers in Spain found that those who drank two to seven glasses of wine per week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression, so Bye Bye Blues!

6. Modest wine consumption, defined as one glass a day, may decrease the prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Challenging any other alcohol consumption.

7. Promotes Eye health, as Resveratrol stops out-of-control blood vessel growth in the eyes.

8. Wine reduces bacteria on your teeth!

9. Wine cut Cancer Risks:

Red grapes are the fruit best able to suppress the activity of aromatase, the enzyme used by breast tumors to produce their own estrogen – this is called an aromatase inhibitor.

Studies show that moderate consumption of red wine can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 50%.

Harvard Men’s Wealth Watch reports that men who drink an average of four to seven glasses of red wine per week have a 52% less chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer compared to those who don’t drink wine. Doctors speculate that flavonoids and resveratrol contain potent antioxidants and may counterbalance androgens, the male hormones that stimulate the prostate.

10. Studies show that those who drank wine were less likely to come down with a cold compared to those that drank beer or spirits. Antioxidants help lower inflammation and reduce the symptoms of colds.

11. Wine’s Resveratrol, lower cholesterol.

12. Wine shows benefits of reducing risk of stroke, where beer and hard liquor do not.

13.  Regulating Blood Sugars

The amount of polyphenols in a small glass of red wine appears to rival the blood sugar regulating activity of certain diabetes drugs.

14. Those who drink wine moderately have 30% lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. This can be due to Resveratrol, as it improves sensitivity to Insulin.

SO, Bottom line: Wine can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, IF CONSUMED MODERATELY!

See more at: Lifehack and Mayoclinic.

 

 

 

Friendships & Marriages: Find Your Roots

A really good friend of mine sent me this video and told me I was the Root in her Tree, so I watched this video and understood the beauty of friendships and love. Her love was real; some love are temporary and others are real. I really can’t describe this video any better than ‘Madea’. So please watch this and reassess your relationships.

 

Words of Wisdom

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They say trust your elders, I saw their right. Experience is everything in life. Learn from other’s mistakes, you don’t always need to make them yourself, and you know what, when it comes to these words of wisdom, you really don’t want to make them yourself because that will be a life full of regrets. You don’t want to wake up at 60 saying What did I do to My life? Gosh, do I regret my life. You don’t want that, it is scary.

So I read this article today Advice from some old people, and it was a wake up call.

Please take a look at the 20 tips given by older people to teach you a little something about life. Do’s and Don’ts.

I don’t want to wake up at the end of my life regretting the little things that don’t even end up mattering. Wake up, live a better healthier loving life. Don’t dwell on things that mean nothing. Dwell on what really matters. Take care of yourself and those that mean the most to you.

Read this article and hear every piece of advise loud and clear: Advise from Some Old People

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I am crazy about FITNESS and you know what, I think it is about time I share my love with you.

My body, Mind and Soul are through my fitness.

Is working out for you a chore? Because it shouldn’t be, and If you know half of what makes me happy about working out, you will want it too. The new year is coming and resolutions are sky high. Why not get into something that will leave you happy and excited? Not all workouts are like your typical gym, where you go, do your reps and leave, some are ALOT OF FUN. So stick around and find out more.

I want you to find that love within, and I believe that this article does it best, to show you exactly what the best SWEATS are.

So, here it is: 7 Badass Fitness Classes In Ottawa That Will Get You Toned AF

1. Orangetheory Fitness // 1001 Dazé Street

I personally have never tried it, I have tried Canadian Strength which was an amazing all body workout. I do plan on trying OrangeTheory and I am certain I will fall in love with it, as it seems to be exactly what I strive on, High Intensity and a lot of fun.

2. Greco Fitness // Multiple Locations

This is my Baby. Greco Sparks Seriously such AMAZING FUN. Greco gets you working on yourself in ways you can’t imagine. Dedication, Friends, Fun, TONENESS. You got it all! It is Intense, and It is for everyone. Greco is my home now, and I can do 1-2-3 classes a day, you go at your pace. Check out the  OAC Greco too, amazing HIIT classes, worth your time and your legs! Working out is no longer to get skinnier or to workout that ice cream, it really becomes your identity, your social guru, you should try it. There are MANY locations, you just need to pick.

3. DOUVRIS Martial Arts // Multiple Locations

This is a new one for me, though I have been to 100% Martial Arts which is amazing, with highly trained instructors and a love for the dojo. Bill Gatchell, the founder and Head Master of this amazing place and his team will leave you sweating and in shape, let alone teach you to defend yourself. I think Martial Arts is an amazing talent and an amazing workout that benefits more than your body, but your mind and your self-confidence.

4. iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre // 1416 Wellington Street West

I have never tried this studio, but I believe strongly that it is what it claims to be, toning you inside out, and these barre classes with combination of strength training, yoga, pilates and a ballet barre will definitely do the job to kick your butt.

5. Ottawa Pole Fitness // 1066 Somerset Street West

FUN right? I have been meaning to try this fitness class for a while and man do I believe this gets you fit, I mean you must have that strength to be able to do what these dancers do. Let’s face it, we all want to feel hot while getting that hot BOD. So let’s try this out.

6. Pure Yoga Ottawa // Multiple Locations

PURE is my heaven, I love this Yoga spot, and yes I have tried a few Studios but PURE has by far been the Purest and Best, especially for a Fitness freak like me. I love the burn, I love the heat, I love the power. PURE YOGA has it all for you, and you should really try it. I have been to YogaTown Studio and it is also amazing and worth a try.

7. Wheelhouse Cycle Inc. // 1279 Wellington Street West

O.M.G. What FUN, what BURN, what FITNESS. I was recently introduced to Wheelhouse and DAMN did I love it. So much fun, with Music, Sweat, Dancing, and Friends. GO TRY THIS RIGHT AWAY, you are missing out. It really is unreal, you won’t imagine what a full body workout that is. It might be your next best thing.

So ………… All this to show, WORKING OUT CAN BE SO FUN, it is not a chore, it is not to drag yourself to the gym, you just need to try something new, remember, you just might LOVE IT.

Your Healthy Solutions!

fitness-tipsHere are a few tips that I live by; and I want you to Live by them too.

1. Cut the Sugar: Sugar spikes your insulin. Avoid Processed food too, it is filled with sugar. Instead, have a high protein and vegetables vegetable diet.  The protein helps build muscle and veggies are carbohydrates low on the glycemic index (GI), they are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised, cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore lower insulin levels. Other good carbs are brown rice, sweet potatoes and quinoa as they are slow digesting carbs with low GI.

2. Allow yourself Cheat Meals: Having a cheat meal once a week is allowed if you take care of your body and treat it well. Your healthy lifestyle can afford it, but note that this rule only works if you’re working out.

3. Schedule a Fat Burning Workout Routine: Doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a great way to shed extra weight as this exercise gets your heart rate to go through the roof for about a short period then allows it to rest and repeats, which  increases your heart rate in intervals. This is a great fat burning workout.

4. Keep a routine: Starving yourself, we have already discussed, is a pure no no. It only causes your body to get confused and store the fat as it does not know when it will be fed again. Therefore keeping a routine and eating small meals every 3 hours or so will allow your body to read you better and know to burn as it will be fed again soon. This routine over time  allows you to eat tons of food but consistently stay low in body fat, as your metabolism will spike and you will continue to burn throughout the day.

5. Surround yourself with people like YOU: Truth is, it is really hard to be healthy if you are surrounded by unhealthy people, so be choosy with your friends. I swear by this tip and have like-minded friends, which I absolutely love. These friends keep me on my feet and allow me to continue being happy. One in particular, always teaching me new health  tips and different workouts, which feels absolutely amazing. Hanging out together is never an impediment as being healthy and staying fit is a lifestyle, and we both live by that. Friends that train together, stay together, right?! So build your life around people with similar goals.

For more information, see article by Nicolas Cole in Medical Daily.

 

Be the Happiest YOU!

 

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Are you Happy?

Are you TRULY Happy?

I am very Happy. Life is beautiful and I know I am, finally, happy.

What determines your happiness? How do you know you are happy? In my opinion, it is when you feel free and so positive about life. When you wake up and say, I have it great. Smiling as your smiling down  the street, and not because you are starting a new relationship, but because you are single and happy with yourself. YOU ARE HAPPY.

I found this article that tells you in 6 steps what makes you a happy person. I loved it, I really enjoyed it, because I have surpassed all these steps, and I know that I am happiest I have ever been. So, don’t envy, because it took me a long time to get where I am today. You will too. Keep positive and do follow these steps.

BE HAPPY, Life is short and you know it.

  1. WORK ON YOURSELF, instead of focusing on other people and what you think makes them happy. The best happiness is the happiness within. You can seem happy to others, on the outside, but true happiness is the one within you. When you are satisfied with what you have accomplished and what you are doing for yourself. Following people on Social Media, and envying how fun their lives seem (how happy they ARE) People choose to show what they want you to see, remember that. True happiness  cannot be shown from the outside. Even the funnest, funniest, coolest people can be depressed. Don’t be fooled by the visual. Look at Robin Williams. Exactly. Focus on Yourself as a person and make yourself WHOLE.
  2. YOU ARE YOUR OWN WORTH, so don’t ever let anyone determine your worth. You are as good as you act, as good as you feel. Don’t ever let anyone bring you down with your choices and your way of being. No one should tell you you’re embarrassing or you’re weird. The best people are the weirdest in my opinion, imagination comes from the oddest individuals. There is a fine line between genius and crazy. But you know what, that is beautiful, you are your own kind of beautiful. Everyone is beautiful and everyone is different. What would life be without diversity. Don’t judge others, judge yourself. Self-worth comes from within.
  3. CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY, happiness comes from practicing gratefulness. You must decide that you don’t want to live behind your tears. Don’t wait on your happiness to come to you. Grab it by the leg and make it your own. YOU decide when you must be happy, it is not when I finally get this or once this person comes into my life. You are your own happiness. Embrace challenges, learn from experiences, bad and good, GROW and BE happy.
  4. STOP HOLDING ON TO WHAT WAS, the past is the past for a reason, you can’t bring it back. Stop holding on to your past, the best is yet to come, your future is your best. You can only move forward, moving back into the past, no one was ever able to do that, so why try now? Don’t be bitter of the past, stop living in the past. Live for your future, make a change and find your own success.
  5. SURROUND YOURSELF IN POSITIVITY, If people bring you down and diminish your ability to grow, lose them. Only people that are positive and supportive should you keep. Your surroundings are very influential to you so why influence yourself in a negative way? It is better to be alone than around people that bring you down. That does mean you are lonely, be careful, there is a big difference. You only find true happiness when you are alone, when you focus on yourself, and that does not mean you are lonely whatsoever, it means you are YOU, self-reflecting AND finding your way and improving.
  6. STAY HONEST WITH YOURSELF, You don’t need to lie to others to make yourself seem more lovable or approvable. You don’t need to prove yourself to anyone. Be happy with YOU. Don’t change for anyone’s approval. Taking criticism is not a bad thing, but know what is honest and what is not. Always work to better yourself, but remember to stay truthful to yourself. Be free to make your own choices and fighting for what you believe in. Don’t be embarrassed or scared to be yourself, ever.

I really hope to have influenced you, even that 10%. You need to find your happiness.

Grow and find YOU. It all starts somewhere. That does not mean no sadness will ever come into your life, but you will see… You will be able to deal with those times in ways you never knew possible.

See more: Six Things Happy People Never Forget