I definitely have a big sweet tooth, my roomie knows I’m always down for Dominos and cookie dough. (@sunflowersandseersucker lol) But, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to your favourite snacks and treats! I wanted to share some of my favourites.
These are SO good! Perfect salad topper or snack. Chickpeas are high in fiber and protein to keep you energized. Here is a great recipe you can try!
This one is perfect for those hot summer days when you need something cold and refreshing. This recipe only calls for 2 ingredients! You can try this with any fruit you like!
The simplest recipe ever! This dip is perfect for dipping any fruit or vegetable with! My favourite is apples, so good! You can find the recipe here. What is yours?
Sunrise Detox Smoothie
This smoothie is so sweet and refreshing. The perfect smoothie for detoxing your body after too much sugar. Check out the recipe here!
It’s the 21st century and everyone is glued to their mobile devices. Not going to lie here but I am definitely one of them! It can be so hard not to when the rest of the world is. They have become part of our everyday lives and we almost forget what the world was like without them. Social media plays a huge part in society, both good and bad. It has the ability for communication across the globe as well as incredible ways of learning and understanding new information. But, it also creates mental health problems and concentration issues due to its addictive qualities.
My friend and I have decided to dedicate this week to a “digital detox”. Starting Sunday we will have a different task to get us away from our devices. Join me!
Delete, unfollow, unsubscribe, to anything or anyone that doesn’t have an uplifting, positive, inspirational impact on your life.
Don’t look at your phone until lunchtime, especially not first thing in the morning!
Keep your phone out of your bedroom at night! This will stop the temptation to look at it and stay away from it for at least 2 hours before bed. Try to read a book or magazine instead!
Write a friend or a loved one a hand-written card through the mail
Don’t look or post anything on social media
Go out to a social event without using your phone at all throughout the evening
Ballet has always been a huge part of my life, it has shaped me into the individual that I am today. I am so thankful for ballet. I wanted to share the important life lessons it has taught me throughout the years.
Left: My first Nutcracker ever, I was a Sugar Plum Fairy Attendant
Right: My good friend, Stephanie and I before our Grade 3 exam
Ballet has taught me how to be hardworking and self-motivated to achieve my goals. Ballet takes years and years of training in order to master the technique properly. I danced 6-7 days a week and remember times when I just wanted to quit and be done to have a “normal kid” experience. There were days I was so sore from the previous day but I knew the goals I wanted to achieve. Ballet is very self-disciplined, the teachers are not there to tell you how great you are doing. They are there to give you the tools for you to be the best dancer you can be. You have to apply their corrections in order to improve.
Left: Tiny Tots’ Beauty and the Beast, I was Belle and Stephanie was Maurice
Right: Tiny Tots’ Pinocchio, I was the Blue Fairy
The Importance of Taking Care of my Body
I credit dance to my love for health and fitness. Dancers know their bodies better than any other athlete, we know when we are off toe and know the slight change we need to make to fix it. We know how to listen to our bodies to know what they need. Dancers know the importance of eating healthy foods to fuel their bodies in order to perform their best. They know the importance of resting and taking care of their bodies in order to heal.
Ballet training takes many, many years in order to master the technique it requires. Ballet requires lots of patience in order to achieve your goals. You will not be able to master a perfect pirouette on your first try, maybe not even your 100th. But after lots of long days in the studio, you will get there!
When I was younger one of my ballet teachers told me how she loved how humble I was and people who were humble make the best ballet dancers. They get noticed for all of their hard work and determination without being in your face about it. I think this is an important trait as a future healthcare professional.
Nutcracker 2013: On left Vincenza as Russian Trepak, middle Taylor as Chinese Tea, on right me as Mirliton
The Importance of Teamwork
When dancing in the corps, you must rely on your fellow dancers to be there for you. Corps work together in order to stay in perfect sync. If one girl is off, that can affect the entire corps. Ballet dancers must rely on each other to know when to do the next movement. Fellow dancers are so important in order to create beautiful ballets. Ballets like Swan Lake and Giselle have the corps playing a huge role throughout the entire ballet.
I have met my best friends through dance. They are truly the most amazing people and I am so grateful for these friendships. They share all of the long hours in the studio to the most beautiful moments on stage!
A Form of Self-Care
“Everything at the ballet was beautiful”, ballet is graceful, elegant, and tough. Despite all of the blood, sweat and tears it entails, ballet is a form of expression. It is a creative outlet I got to when I need to relax and destress. Just spending 5 minutes in the studio a day, can change my whole day.
I’m so grateful for ballet. It has shaped me into the person that I am today. It makes me so happy to be apart of something so beautiful and historic. I know ballet will always be in my life.
Being a ballet dancer for many years, I have always loved be active! As flexibility was always an important aspect for a ballerina, we would do yoga as a form of cross training. Yoga is great for improving both strength and flexibility while also working on balance. Yoga is also a great way to lower stress levels and anxiety through the deep breathing and meditation. The yoga practice has been around for thousands of years, it was a way to achieve harmony between the heart and soul on the path to divine enlightenment.
My Favourite Yoga Poses
Trikonasana (or Triangle Pose)
This one is great for stretching the spine and hips! While it also strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles, so important for a strong foundation! This pose is also good for relieving stress and improving your digestion. Try it out here!
Natarajasana (or Dancer Pose)
Of course this is one of my favourites, after being a dancer for so many years! This pose is great for practicing your balance as well as stretching your thighs and shoulders. This pose can also be modified as well! Here is a video to get you started!
Svarga Dvijasana (or Bird Of Paradise Pose)
This one took a lot of practice for me but I love it now! Standing on one leg will strengthen your calves, quadriceps, and glutes, as well as help you access and engage your core to keep you from losing your balance. Try it here!
Benefits of Practicing Yoga
Although there are numerous benefits of practicing yoga, here are the top 6:
Decrease Stress and Anxiety
Improves Quality of Life
Reduces Chronic Pain
Promotes Sleep Quality
Improves Flexibility and Balance
Promotes Healthy Eating Habits
Just because I love pictures that describe things, here is a picture of the benefits of yoga I found on Pinterest!
Here is a great vinyasa flow that any level can do! What are your favourite yoga poses?