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Train your brain like an Olympian

Jean François Ménard’s new book teaches us how to have an Olympian mentality at work. You’re training some of the country’s elite athletes. Within that inner circle, there is a technical coach, a strength and conditioning coach to train their body, a physical therapist, chiropractor, nutritionist, and a mental-performance coach. Being a part of that inner circle is a huge responsibility considering that when an athlete reaches an elite level, what separates the winners from the rest of the field isn’t their physical preparation but how well they build that brain muscle strength and call upon it when their performance hits a curve. Like any coach in this arena, you’ve put in the work and navigated your way successfully at various international competitions – World Cups, Pan American Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. Each event is getting you closer to the holy grail – the Olympics. For the first time in

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Health

Health benefits of bitter foods

We tend to avoid bitter foods because they are unpleasant, but overtime we develop a taste for them. Here’s why. Bitter foods… not exactly a palate pleaser unless they’re blended—and semi hidden—among layers of flavours and textures. Initially, you’ll tolerate them and over time, you’ll develop a taste for them and here’s why: because they are liver-loving foods. The liver is often called the “King of Organs” as everything we consume passes through this vital organ. When you consume bitter foods, it’s like throwing a lifeline to your liver. Energy levels rise, your immune system functions better and metabolism improves because excess toxins are eliminated. As well, bile production improves, which leads to better digestion along with a host of other benefits—all as a result of improved liver function. But getting your daily dose of bitter foods can be challenging. Their taste is pungent—your mouth puckers, cheeks rise and eyes

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Mind

The importance of self-care

Self-care is an activity that we do to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Here’s how to put you first. In today’s day and age, it’s easy to neglect taking care of ourselves because we’re just so busy all the time. We’ve got a ton of things to juggle—from trying to excel at work, managing our relationships, to handling our kids and pets, and striving to maintain some sort of social media presence. It’s a lot to handle, and usually the first thing to fall off the to-do list is self-care. Most of us grew up believing that the more you sacrifice, the bigger the reward. In fact, for many of us, the idea of taking a break to eat a proper lunch, or exercise, or hang out with friends feels a lot like “slacking,”

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