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{Friday Favourites} The best reads in fitness, health and wellness

best-reads-teaserHappy Friday, friends! What are you up to this weekend?

With the Finlayson Arm 25K out of the way, I now have my sights on training for the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon coming up on Thanksgiving Weekend. Which won’t actually involve much training since I ran almost 30 km last weekend. I figure I’ll do a 16 km this weekend, 20 km next weekend, 12 km the following weekend then race! My primary goal for this race is not to run a PR, but to create a good calorie deficit so I can handle a possible double turkey dinner feast that day, haha! Also, it’s one of my most favourite races (the first one I ever ran almost seven years ago now!) and I hate to miss out on it. It’s become my Thanksgiving weekend tradition!

I’m also running because Ange from Cowgirl Runs is coming to Victoria to race and will be staying with me for the weekend! I’m so excited to finally meet her IRL.

I don’t have a ton of best reads in fitness, health and wellness for you this week unfortunately as I didn’t have that much spare time to read awesome things on the internet, but I DO have a cool announcement and a documentary you absolutely need to watch. (more…)

#FitFashion Friday Feature: Carrot, Banana & Peach yoga wear

Carrot, Banana & Peach sounds good enough to eat, doesn’t it?

Though I don’t recommend it, you probably could eat the clothing made by Carrot, Banana & Peach, considering most of the materials the company uses to create their eco-friendly yoga apparel comes from bamboo, soybeans, milk, bananas and aloe vera.

Carrot, Banana & Peach is a U.K.-based yoga and lifestyle apparel company specializing in “hypoallergenic yoga clothing created from organic and sustainable sources.” While I’m curious as to how they make stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric from aloe vera, milk and soybeans, I can imagine the fabric feels super soft. I love the subtle and natural colour palette they’ve used in their collection of “retreat” wear, and the bright pops of colour featured on some of their yoga and fitness gear. Below are a few of my favourite looks from their fall collection. (more…)

#FitFashion Friday Feature: Sustainable outdoor fashion by Nau

If you’ve ever been to Portland, Oregon (or Vancouver Island, for that matter), you’ll notice an eclectic mix of outdoor wear (think Gortex and hiking boots), hippy threads (ponchos, pantaloons and Cowichan sweaters), hipster garb (tight pants, boat shoes, plaid shirts, toques, grandpa sweaters) and various spandex attire meant for yoga, running or cycling. I wouldn’t call it fashion-forward, but I would say the clothing definitely fits the environment and how we function in it. Luckily, there is one company based in beautiful Portland, Oregon that manages to make our west coast sense of style… stylish.

Nau makes beautiful functional clothing for both men and women that’s perfectly suited for our urban-yet-wild, sometimes-rainy-hardly-snowy environment. Not only do they use sustainable fabrics like recycled polyester, wool and organic cotton, but also donate 2 per cent of every sale to a partner organization of your choice. Which is awesome and very considerate of them, considering most of us on the west coast are like this: (more…)

#FitFashion Black Friday: Deals and discounts on all my favourite things!

blackfridayYeah yeah, I know… Black Friday = evil first-world consumerism. But that doesn’t mean you can’t support amazing local companies or companies with awesome products who are doing nice things for the world, such as supporting local artisans in Costa Rica or using recycled materials and offsetting their energy consumption with renewable energy credits.

Since I like to vote with my dollar and support amazing companies, and because I want other people to save money at a financially stressful time of the year, I’m going to pass some of the deals and discount codes I received via email subscription this morning and other social channels along to you! Happy shopping 🙂 (more…)

Practicing with prAna: Early winter collection yoga apparel review

Breath, life, vitality of the spirit.

Breath, life, vitality of the spirit.

Remember a few #FitFashion Friday’s ago when I posted about California-based yoga and lifestyle apparel brand prAna and their funky, well-fitting pieces with beautiful details? Well guess what — I was lucky enough to be selected through a Fit Approach campaign to try out a few pieces from their early winter collection… AND give my readers a 15% off discount code so you can try it for yourself!

I chose to feature prAna awhile back not only because I loved the look of their funky-patterned yoga leggings and tops, but also because I was impressed by their commitment to sustainability — something I think is definitely lacking with other active wear brands.

“A brand should give much more than it takes from the world”. This has forever been prAna’s simple answer to the complex challenge of sustainability. prAna’s reason to be and to continue on is based on an increasingly mindful use of natural resources, but also on our ability to motivate our community of customers and peer businesses.

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PSA: Why I’m no longer eating meat (thanks in part to a talking gorilla)

With the gorilla gone, will there be hope for man?

With the gorilla gone, will there be hope for man?

I should have known this day would come.

I tried to deny it, ignore it, fight it, and justify it ever since I was old enough to understand what was being served to me at dinnertime. I just don’t think I can anymore.

(Paleo people, cover your ears.)

I can’t eat meat anymore. I just can’t. Even though, as a fitness professional, I know it’s an excellent source of protein and essential amino acids and will still recommend it’s consumption to my clients (preferably lean cuts that came from locally and ethically raised livestock, mind you). But I can’t eat it.

Although I blame this decision partly on my dislike for red meat, my high cholesterol levels, some bad childhood memories, a love of animals and how terrible animal agriculture is for the environment, there are two other reasons why I’m going vegetarian-bordering-on-vegan (’cause I can’t eat dairy).

And one of them has to do with a talking gorilla. (more…)

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