I know, Holiday decorations are already up and it's not even December yet. To beat the mad rush of the holiday season though, it's always nice to be a little prepared. Christmas is a time to show our loved ones how much we care for them. Spending time with our family and friends is what it is really all about. Buying gifts is not a necessity but it's always nice to receive a little something from someone you care about. We tend to rush and buy things at big stores that everything is majorly made in China in large sweatshops. Buying gifts from local artisans , not only supports your local economy but will help someone pay rent, support their families and help an individual peruse their dreams. Here are some little examples for those who live in the Mont-Tremblant area. If you know anyone else I have missed don't hesitate to comment them!
A tea shop right here in Tremblant?! Hidden away in the Petit Hameau, in Saint-Jovite, this shop has been open for about a year now. The owners are truly passionate about tea and know more about tea than humanly possible. They have a super large selections of teas, that will appease everyone. They also sell tea accessories, such as tea pots etc.
Want a way to help with those winter colds? Offering someone an appointment to the Acupuncturist is a nice way of keeping someone healthy. From the common cold, to dealing with chronic pain and even more serious health issues such as Celiac disease. Check out the website for much more information on acupuncture and more about Rosemary McDonough, the owner.
Handmade, these thermo therapeutic grain bags are made of 100% Cotton and 100% Organic Grain Oats. To be used hot or cold, they can help you relax with heat or help with many different types of injuries. You can buy these beauties online.
Kirtan is a very different kind of music. Many years ago in India it begun as a spiritual practice as a way for everyday people to connect with the divine. It's based on ancient chants that are sung in Sanskrit. If listened with intention, Kirtan has a way of quietly soothing the mind of its constant chatter, putting you in a meditative and joyful mood. A sing-along type of concert, it is encouraged to chant along with the musicians, as it contributes to lifting the transformative energy that forms.
Everyone sits on the floor with cushions during a concert. There is little distinction from the musicians to the audience. ( usually it's the ones with the big instruments … ) The Wallah, also know as the concert leader, sings the mantra, which follows by a response by the audience. While singing with others, you experience a deep rooting and connection to your surroundings and the other beautiful souls around you.
Smoothies are a easy and tasty way to get nutriments. All you need is a blender, some fruit and veggies and something liquid! It's fun to experiment and try different combinations. Here is a delicious recipe that gives you a lot of protein for the day.
- 2 Scoops of the powdered protein of your choice
- 2 tablespoons of rolled oats
- 2 Bananas
- 1 cup Almond milk
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 ice cubes
It's no surprise that non-morning people have trouble keeping up a routine when they wake up. I certainly know that I do. But this one simple trick is so easy and so good for you, that it's something everyone should try out. Here are the 10 reasons you should drink hot lemon water when you wake up before eating anything.
1. Enhances Mood
Even just the sent of lemon juice can lift your mood and help clear your mind, reducing anxiety and depression. It gives you a calming feeling, where on the contrary coffee can make you feel jittery.
2. Aids digestion
Lemon water helps flush out toxins in part because it increases the rate of urination in your body. Therefor the unwanted materials are released at a faster rate. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.
3. Boosts Immune system
Lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C helps fight the common cold while potassium helps control blood pressure and stimulate nerve function.
4. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. It is vital for healthy glowing skin. The alkaline propriety of vitamin C kills some of the types of bacteria known to cause acne.
5. Balances pH levels
Surprise! Lemons are very alkaline foods. It will therefor reduce the overall acidity in your body. Helping to prevent infections such as urinary track ones.
6. Stop bad breath
The lemon water will kill the awful bad breath bacteria you may get in the morning. The citric acid may erode your teeth enamel, so you should monitor the health of your teeth.
7. Helps with weight loss
High in pectin fiber, lemons help fight cravings. Studies have also shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet tend to lose weight faster.
8. Helps digestion
The lemon water helps encourage the liver to produce bile and help relieve indigestion.
9. Hydrates lymph system
Warm water and lemon juice help support the immune system by hydrating and replacing lost fluids.
10. Promotes healing
The ascorbic acid, that is found in abundance in lemons, promotes healing and has high anti-inflammatory proprieties.
You are not your diagnostic. You are not how people tell you how to live your life. You are not the limits attached to your situation. You are not the fear that other people have installed into your mind. You are not your body. You are not the sum in your bank account. You are not your country. You are not the rumours that people spread about you. You are not the number on a scale. You are not your parents. You are not the people that have left you.
What you are, is the passions and desires that fuel your fire. You are where your mind drifts to and makes you smile. You are every single reason you haven’t given up on your dreams yet. You are being of light that will have ups and downs all through life. You are a mixture of dark and light that creates beauty. You are infinite love. You are beautiful. You may have flaws to some, but those negatives will be the reason someone will fall in love with you. You are the people we make smile with random acts of kindness. You are the way you chose to express yourself. You are creativity.
You are perfect the way you are.