My Local

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I’m not talking about my local bar or drinking hangout as I would be if I was still in England. My local is the place where I buy my food. Produce in particular. The Sweet Potato has been my local since it first opened on Dundas St W in The Junction. I bought produce from the owner, Digs, way before that for my Mommy Chef cooking classes, when he started The High Park Market about two years before that.

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The Tough Mudder – A Physical and Mental Challenge

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I completed the FULL Tough Mudder Challenge on Saturday. It’s called a challenge, not a race, because there’s no time-keeping and it’s about being with your team (friends or whoever you turn up with), meeting people, helping your fellow Mudder-er and getting past your doubts and fears.

I went into this challenge without doing too much research. I was invited to join an existing corporate team of my ex-husband’s place of work (the fact that I did this with my ex-husband deserves a whole other blog post). His sales background came in handy as he talked me into it. His thinking was that it would be fun, that I could totally complete the course and that the sense of accomplishment and achievement would benefit me greatly.

He was right.

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4 Weeks to a Healthier Family – Cutting Out Refined Sugar

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Sugar is in just about all foods. A few are obvious like pop, jam and cookies. Other foods like cereal, salad dressing, soup, baking mixes, cured meat, canned food and on the outside of dried fruit may not be as obvious. The Globe and Mail reported that Statistics Canada found that Canadians eat, on average, 26 teaspoons (that’s eight and a half tablespoons or half a cup) of sugar each day.

Whether it’s white, brown, superfine or confectioners, it has the same effect once it’s consumed. A swift rise in blood sugar level triggers the pancreas to secrete insulin. Insulin removes the sugar from the blood stream and stores as fat for later – if there’s ever a need. The crash that usually follows alerts your stress hormone (adrenaline) to kick in and bring you back to balance. It’s a yo-yo of hormones that become depleted and tired over time.

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Herb Garden Series – Mint

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Some say that mint is a weed, and in my experience, it certainly grows like one! I wouldn’t be without it in my herb garden.

I have to tame my garden mint more than once a year, as it spreads across the flower bed that it grows next to. In the past, I’ve had mint planted in a pot and planted in the garden to keep it from taking over.

Mint has many medicinal offerings, with the most popular being a digestive aid. Drinking mint tea or eating a peppermint often settles an upset or bloated stomach and eases IBS symptoms and heartburn. It’s also a powerful antioxidant, inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungus, relieves congestion and headaches, cleanses your palate, relieves bad breath, and is calming. The essential oil from mint – menthol – is found in non-consumable products like chest rubs, lipstick, shampoo and body lotion.

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