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Canadian Fiction: Tommy tomorrow

I have so many pretend situations going on you wouldn’t believe it. Documents open on my desktop that say things like Uncle Norm wasn’t Ted’s real father and everybody knew it andPenny liked to say that I saved her life that time when all I did was tell her to go home and When we didn’t have much, Carrie would throw a couple of coffee beans on the stove. The smoke would coil around the room and I’d catch a whiff and smile at her and she’d pretend not to notice. She’d fry one piece of bacon every day so the kids would wake up and come into the kitchen excited. I don’t think they noticed they only got a third of a piece each. That’s not what was important. It was all about hope, Carrie said. Getting out of bed happy, with expectations. I worked at Safeway and brought dinner home every

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Longevity

The art of daily affirmations

To achieve positive results in our overall health, we need to take consistent action throughout all aspects of our wellness. For example, if we follow a regular workout routine then it would be beneficial to eat nutritious foods while also practicing activities that strengthen our minds.  It may seem overwhelming if you are just starting to build a wellness routine but trust that every action you take is a step in a positive direction. As a movement coach and wellness expert, not only am I passionate about encouraging you to live a happier and healthier lifestyle but I also enjoy providing strategies that bring joy and simplicity to your life.  With that being said I would like to share with you a practice that I use to support my mental and spiritual health on a daily basis. Have you ever tried using affirmations before? It is the action or process

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Health

Finding kindness and compassion

There are many ways in which we harm both ourselves, and others. Open up your mind and let go of negativity with these tips. The world needs more of our kindness. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is one of the oldest sources of yoga philosophy dating back to 2500 BCE. Sutras mean threads, and this work was put together by Patanjali’s students as a way to record his teachings. Originally passed through generations orally, it continues to be one of the most important resources when looking to deepen our yoga practice. It is from the Sutras that the “Eight Limbs of Yoga” are first described. The eight limbs being: Yamas: social code of ethics to which there are five »  Ahimsa or non-violence »  Satya or truth »  Asteya or non-jealousy »  Brahmacharya or moderation »  Apparigraha or non-coveting Niyamas: personal code of ethics to which there are five » 

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Fitness

Beware the deodorant you choose

Some people sweat more than others. The right deodorant can help. Sweating can be embarrassing, smelly and just downright messy. We’ve all been there. An awkward situation, a really hot day, or a workout at the gym, and all of a sudden our body temperature rises, our face gets red, our palms get clammy, and sweat pours out of our armpits, staining our brilliant white tees. This is the body’s natural response to activity level, stress and extreme temperatures that helps us cool down. What if you were constantly sweating excessively without anything to trigger it? This actually is a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. These people produce more sweat then the average person and they have an over-stimulation of sweat glands. This embarrassing disorder can lead to awkward social situations and can cause people to withdraw from normal daily activities. So what causes it? Hyperhidrosis can be caused by certain

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Health

Overcoming the stigma of lung cancer

When someone says they have lung cancer, we may not say it out loud, but we may first think that they must be or have been a smoker. It’s a human trait that we make assumptions about certain things. To Canadians, lung cancer is often, wrongly, tagged with being “smokers cancer.” It’s a stigma that the Canadian Lung Health Foundation and Lung Cancer Canada  are seeking to do something about and that’s not a bad idea. Nearly 30,000 Canadians are diagnosed with lung cancer each year and while around 85% of cases are due to smoking, and 15% quit long before their diagnosis. Sometimes lung cancer can be the result of other factors such as asbestos (especially for those over 70 who may have worked with or around asbestos during the 60’s and 70’s) as well as just a natural occurrence or other factors. “We are shifting the conversation from

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Travel

When travel renews our perspective

The magic of travel can renew your daily perspective. There’s something about travel that lightens your mind. Yes, there’s anxiety and stress that comes with a vacation, but there is also a sense of calm that will leave you feeling lighter, both physically and psychologically, before, during and after your travels. BEFORE YOU GO It all starts with a plan. You sit down with a vision of a destination and write a list of what your trip could look like. Use all of your senses. Where do I want to go? What do I want to see? What do I want to do? The anticipation brings your mind to a whole new place. It’s a refreshing escape from the stressful day you just endured. Through the planning process, you develop your desire for something new. The prospect of adventure and new geography will ease your typical daily aggravations. Leading up to your vacation,

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Mind

Living a fulfilling life

Feeling fulfilled. We all want that, but how do we get it? Good career? Check. Morning workout? Check. Eating healthy? Check. But something is still missing— sometimes, it takes a little more to feel fulfilled and satisfied. CEO of Metrus Group, Dr. William A. Schiemann, interviewed over 100 successful people to find out how to attain this feeling we all strive for. A Guide to living better every day Here are the top five things his research found that fulfilled people do on a daily basis at both work and home to bring about that satisfaction. 1. Have strong values—and stick to them They ensure their values are consistent and reflective of their work, environment and social life. Having contrary beliefs can be debilitating. 2. Practice resilience They are able to bounce back from adversity and focus on long-term goals while dealing with the many setbacks that arise in life.

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Fitness

The art of Chi Running

ChiRunning takes you back to the natural and efficient style you had as a kid. I came into this world flat-footed and flailing with the upper body structure of an NFL linebacker—thanks, Dad—and the ground speed of the average Clydesdale. To further drive home my point, grade school gym class was less a time of physical activity and more a time to reflect on how best—dramatically—to avoid physical activity. After decades of perfecting my ability to fake injuries or illnesses not reported since the turn of the century, I ventured into the world of personal fitness. Slowly at first, with modest weight lifting and some aerobics classes, but pretty soon I was pounding the pavement every morning for a run. Soon, I was a regular at my physiotherapist’s office, on a solid diet of anti-inflammatories and wrapping myself in ice packs whenever I felt like rain was coming. Though there

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Fitness

The latest fitness technology for 2020

Every January there’s a huge technology show called CES or Consumer Electronics Show, held in las Vegas. Companies from around the world showcase their coolest gadgets and gear and this year, there was no shortage of fitness technologies on show! We rounded up some of the best fitness technology for 2020 that you might want to take a look at. From sneakers to rowing machines and more. In every case, these gadgets have sensors in them and connect to an app on an iPhone or Android device. The Livall BH51 Neo Helmet This is a pretty cool cycling helmet for mountain biking or just road riding. It’s packed with sensors that detect acceleration and deceleration. It also includes a mic and speaker so you can take calls via Bluetooth on your phone and has LED turn signal lights! One cool thing is it has fall detection so if you zonk

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