All Things Natural At The Textur’d Hair And Beauty Show

Oct 1, 2017

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I’ve worn my hair naturally mostly under protective hairstyles for a few years now. It just made things easier. But easier isn’t always better if you let a busy schedule and a non-existent hair care routine get in the way. If your natural hair isn’t getting TLC on a regular basis it will take a toll on the health of your hair.  Let’s just say, my hair is in need of TLC, a good hair care routine and a few good products to match. Coincidently, timing couldn’t be better. The  Textur’d Natural Hair & Beauty Show was happening right in my neck of the woods and I was able to catch day 2 of the event.

With over forty (mostly female) vendor’s, I looked forward to chatting it up with hair and beauty brands from Toronto and the United States. It was hard just to choose just one item from the variety of organic, vegan and naturally handmade products available. Almost all of the brands had a solution to maintain, repair and encourage healthy hair growth.

Not just a vendor showcase, several workshop facilitators shared their unique knowledge on everything to do with natural hair, body and skin care. Nutritional Consultant, Trisha Smith, discussed natural remedies and the connection between digestive disorders and the various effects on the hair.  Certified Shea Butter Technician, Kedar Waterman, discussed the many healing properties of premium grade Shea Butter and it’s benefits.

I ATE whole wheat roti, coconut curry chickpeas and quinoa salad courtesy of Chic Peas Veg, a plant based catering company.  I CHATTED with Ndija Anderson-Yantha,  a natural hair advocate and author of “What are you going to do with that hair?” A non-fiction book encouraging young girls to celebrate and love their natural hair. And I BOUGHT, (with so many wonderful products to choose from) En’tyce Your Beauty’s Herbal Temple Root Gro to help with thinning edges. And Muthaland Secrets’  Three Leaves Special Body Bar to help tone and purify your skin. It was a great afternoon fill with positivity and love for all things natural!

My haircare brands wish-list to definitely try,

What do you use in your natural hair?

 

 

 

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Must Try Turmeric Infused Energy Boosters

Aug 24, 2017

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Getting through a tough work week can be tricky when overloaded with tasks and to do lists. For me, working a 9-5 while slowly transitioning to full-time blogging can be a bit stressful (mentally and physically). Working long hours can often make me feel sluggish and lack energy and a great energy booster often gets me through the day. I was never a coffee drinker and for better health I stopped drinking caffeinated teas and pop some time ago. As a natural alternative to any sugary or caffeinated drink, pure turmeric infused juices have been my savings grace!

Why turmeric juice?

  • It’s a great detoxifier for your liver and blood
  • It promotes good digestion and improves gas and bloating
  • It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Helps to boost the immune system

Haven’t tried a turmeric infused juice yet? Lucky for me our city has a number of organic juice bars with great tasting pure turmeric juices.

Here’s a few to get you started,

FRESH

Their cold pressed Healer blend is a mix of turmeric root, ginger, orange, pineapple, celery, lemon and Himalayan pink salt. They produce their juices in small batches, is 100% organic, raw, vegan and cold pressed.

www.freshrestaurants.ca

THE GROW UP

Their Golden Potion is a mix of yellow turmeric root, grapefruit, lemon, orange, ginger and hemp oil. They also have Runner’s High blend with white turmeric root, ginger, pineapple, lemon and chlorella.

www.thegrowop.ca

VILLAGE JUICERY

Their turmeric booster shot is a fresh blend of turmeric root, orange and black pepper.

www.villagejuicery.com

GREEN HOUSE JUICE

Their YYZ booster is a mixture of orange, turmeric, ginger, organic camu camu.

www.greenhousejuice.com

 

Try one it will be well worth it!

 

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Chilli Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Apr 13, 2017

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If you know me you know that I have a thing for sweet potatoes. A few nights ago I visited Flock restaurants and had the best tasting roasted sweet potatoes with chilli and lime salt. It truly hit the spot and I will definitely be visiting them again.  With very little ingredients, I knew the recipe had to be simple enough that even I could make it.  So on the hunt I went to find a similar recipe. And Voila! Budgetbytes.com has a version of the dish (minus the lime but you can add that in) that takes only 10 minutes to prepare.  Hope you enjoy!

CHILLI ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

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3 Things That Ease That Bloated Belly Feeling

Apr 2, 2017

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Guess who’s back? Yes, it’s me. I know, I know. It’s been a minute since you’ve seen me post but I promise you more consistent posts are on the way. Now that, that’s out of the way. Can I say that bloating really sucks? I mean really, really sucks! It’s uncomfortable and really takes away from my day. There’s a number of reasons why people suffer from bloating and it can take a long time to figure out what personally triggers you. I recently found out that gluten is not my friend and a major cause for my bloating. Unwillingly, I must give up my french fries, red velvet cake and breads of any kind.

Let’s just say, I’m not a happy camper.

If you suffer with bloating like I do, there are three simple steps that help me reverse that bloated feeling and helps my digestive system get back on track. It may just help you to.

1. WARM WATER & LEMON: this is pretty much my tea of choice, even when I’m feeling great. Squeeze half of a lemon (or lime) in warm water and drink quickly. Drinking it quickly helps flush out your system at a faster pace.  The mixture helps with the flow of digestion at the start of the morning before you have your first meal of the day. For a little taste, you can add some cayenne pepper (which also helps to speed up your metabolism) and a bit of maple syrup. This almost immediately gives me some relief.

2. MORE WATER: after I finish my warm water with lemon (lime) I drink another glass/bottle of water (500 ml bottle at room temperature). It seems to help the unwanted stomach stuff pass thru my system (I’m trying to keep it clean here) and supports the flushing I mentioned previously.

3. GREEN SMOOTHIE: I replace my breakfast with an all green smoothie. You can use any combination of green veggies or fruits of your choice but I tend to add celery, spinach, kale, lettuce, avocado, cucumber and a pear or kiwi for taste. I did recently learn when juicing or making smoothies, veggies and fruits should not be mixed together, keeping them separate allows for better digestion. With that said, you know your body better than anyone else, so choose what works for you and stick with it.

TIP: I usually keep to this routine for at least a few days (along with a healthy diet) to continue to feel better for longer periods of time.

Let me know what works for you, Cheers!

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Secret Supper Club Anyone?

Oct 25, 2016

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Shhh! I’ve got a secret. Well, not exactly. Other than I had a great night out this past Saturday and dined at one of the Food Networks Top Secret Supperclubs in the world. How lucky am I? Very. I love a good meal, glass of wine and meeting new people. And besides that, for one night I can avoid an over-crowded restaurant and can actually take some time to get to know the person sitting next to me.

Have you ever attended a secret supper club? It’s a cross between a dinner party and a restaurant, at a secret location, enjoying a great meal with a small group of friends or strangers.

If you don’t know what to expect. Expect to be fed that’s for sure. But for the newbies (like myself), here’s a few tidbits on secret supper club etiquette that will guarantee everyone in attendance has a great time!

  • Don’t panic: you will receive instructions a day or two before you attend your dinner.
  • Dress: unless stated in the instructions, dress comfortably to eat, relax and mingle among the group.
  • Drinks: supper clubs are not licensed to sell alcohol. But you can bring your own. Your host will often recommend what type of alcohol (often wine) you could bring to pair nicely with the meal.
  • Service: it’s not a normal restaurant. Expect service but not the same type of service as a fully staffed restaurant.
  • Seating: you will most likely be sitting with strangers but it makes for a fun atmosphere.
  • Help: depending on your host, some supper clubs welcome any help when things get too busy.
  • Be on time! but not too early. If you arrive a few minutes early, you may get your choice of seating.

Bon Appetit!

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