13 Food Trend Predictions for 2015 – Bon Appetit
New Year’s Eve is here and I find it to be the greatest time to look back on all the awesome things that I did throughout the year. That’s easy for me because, frankly, I’ve had a pretty awesome year.
That’s not to say I haven’t had my share of horrible, unbearable, I-want-to-forget-it-ever-happened kind of years. I’ve had my share of years where the best thing about them is the fact that I won’t have to relive them again. But from those tough years I discovered that I have this intense resiliency inside me keeping me pulled together when things are terrible. I somehow manage to get up, dust myself off, and say that things could always be worse, that these experiences only prove to make me more formidable, not weaker.
I’m optimistic about 2015. I have a good feeling about it. And even if it turns out to be one of those terrible years then at least I know that I’ll come out the other end stronger.
I don’t know how I suddenly spun having a thumbs-up, totally awesome, look-at-me-go! year into a tale of resilience in the face of adversity but there you have it. And before I let this all get too heavy, here is the recap of my thumbs-up, totally awesome, look-at-me-go! year in 2014.
My 2014 Favourite Posts
Most of my posts this year were content curated by me and posted on my (mostly) weekly Links for a Sunday Morning, which have been popular.
As for original content, these are just a few of my favourite posts that I wrote this year for their content or humour or both.
Your friendly reminder to stop thinking of yoga as a sport for lithe white female contortionists. “This idea needs push back.“
With such wisdom as: “Some days you just shouldn’t do a backbend”.
Note to self, make more frequent trips so as not to look like an alcoholic.
The number of men who have approached me sympathetically after I posted this was astonishing. Thank you.
My Favourite Recipes
Two of my favourite dishes that I posted about this year.
Perfectly balancing protein, carbs, and fat this recipe is delicious (thank you, butter) and so easy that it regularly pops up on my weekly menu.
The cinnamon bun, perfected. Thank you, Sweden. (Or, I should say, tack Sverige)
Things that I happened to achieve in 2014. Some were goals, some were happenstance, and some were inevitable.
I turned 29 and lived to tell the tale.
I meditated with Zen Buddhist monks.
I fed a monkey.
I bench pressed my body weight.
I got naked in front of other women without feeling totally ashamed.
I completed Prenatal Yoga teacher training.
I was Teacher of the Month at Breathe Pilates & Fitness Studio.
I landed myself in Yoga Journal.
I also landed myself in The Windsor Star.
Luck has become famous for congratulating—sincerely and enthusiastically—any player to hit him hard. Any sack is met with a hearty congratulations, such as ”great job” or “what a hit!”
What is Fatigue? – The New Yorker
Your limit is probably never truly reached. Fatigue is simply a balance between effort and motivation, and that the decision to stop is a conscious choice rather than a mechanical failure.
“Breaking up with motherhood is more complicated than simply not wanting children. It is breaking up with our perceived use-value. It is looking at what we as single, childless women, unfettered by traditional roles, want to offer the world.”
Tea Rituals Around the World – CN Traveller
A cup of tea isn’t merely a drink: It’s the history of the world itself.
The Kids are Alright – The Atlantic
Teens are using less drugs and alcohol than before, even though they’re less likely to think the substances are harmful.
But how did the makers of Cards Against Humanity get the poop in the box? “Well, we didn’t do anything that anyone else couldn’t have done,” Temkins says. “We went on Google and were like, ‘Can you buy bullshit? Can you sell bullshit?’”
Young weightlifters breaking stereotypes – Metro News
“It has nothing to do with strength. It’s timing, rhythm and flexibility. It’s how you move the weight and line it up on your bones.”
According to a June report from UNESCO, 57 million children aren’t going to school—or 11% of all children of primary school age. Almost a quarter of those children had attended school but dropped out. One reason is because the journeys are too long, difficult or even dangerous.
Incredibly, with all the science that has been done on how to exercise, what we know about what works for fitness is almost embarrassingly simple — yet we have invented myriad ways to cloud, over-complicate, and obscure these basic, common-sense truths.
I tend to anxiously anticipate Christmas, but this year it’s flying at me at an alarming rate. I don’t even feel in the Christmas spirit yet even though I’ve finished my shopping, gone to Christmas parties, and put up a tree. And even though I’ve been extra festive this year by doing Christmas-y things like seeing the Nutcracker and going to Holiday Nights.
My sister and I went to see The Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House a few weeks ago. It was the first time at the ballet for both of us, and The Nutcracker seemed to be the most natural foray into the world of ballet.
The costumes were gorgeous, the scenery was well done, and the dancing was impressive. Victoria and I marvelled at how anyone could possibly dance right on their toes and spent time the next day Googling pointe shoes and how they work.
Needless to say I’m keeping my eyes peeled for the next ballet that rolls into town.
This past weekend Matt and I and three other couples went to Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn for the Holiday Nights event which runs every year.
Greenfield Village is a collection of authentic homes, workshops, cabins, and other buildings from the 1600s to 1800s. In December the village is open at night for Christmas themed festivities in an event that sells out every night.
They line the paths with candle lanterns, and there are actors in period costume throughout the village including Santa and live reindeer (for those who thought reindeer were fantasy, they do exist).
There are special Christmas themed exhibits, displays, and demonstrations.
There are carriage rides and Model-T rides and a small ice skating rink.
Live carolers, brass bands, and mummers provide entertainment. When you get peckish there are stews (delicious!) and hot roasted sandwiches and chestnuts and cocoa and cider available too.
The night wraps up with a Fireworks Finale after which the whole place swiftly shuts down (and I mean swift) and you can’t get a beer anywhere. We tried.
I hadn’t been to the Village before (just to The Henry Ford Museum) but I’d like to go back sometime when it’s less busy so I can spend more time looking at the historic buildings.
You’d think that by partaking in such festive activities, I’d be fully ready for the holidays next week, but still I’m not quite there. I have presents to wrap and cookies to bake and a Christmas Eve menu to put together.
I am pleased to say that I have nothing to do all day on Christmas Day until dinner and Boxing Day will be completely free. That’s two whole days of chilling and doing absolutely nothing. Sounds great in theory, but can I handle such idleness? We’ll see in a mere week.
Here in Canada, Second Cup had been seeing financial losses for some time, and last February took on Alix Box, who held senior positions at Starbucks and Holt Renfrew, as new president and CEO. She’s been aggressively trying to bring new life to the company ever since; if this new location’s redesign is successful, all the franchises will see a revamp along these lines.
Both versions are correct, if complicated by the fact that while mathematics sounds plural, it may actually be singular.
Relief for Tight Hamstrings – Yoga International
Back pain is not the only negative result of tight hamstrings. Many people suffer chronic pain deep in the buttocks, which actually arises from this tension in the upper hamstrings.
YOGA ON THE BIKE – Mantra Magazine
is a mindful mode of transportation. As you pedal, all senses are engaged in moving meditation.
How Successful People Stay Calm – LinkedIn
The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance.
If you’re stuck in holiday traffic or a conversation gets heated, pause and deepen your breath. Use the yoga-breathing technique of inhaling and exhaling deeply through your nose and deliberately deepening your breath. This exercise trains your mind to respond rather than to panic or react negatively.
My 2014 Christmas Wish List:
Left to right, top to bottom
1) Yoga Mat Carrier– I loosely carry around my yoga mat like a chump. I have a Manduka black mat that weighs about the same as a toddler, so it’d be nice if I could carry it on my back from time to time. I don’t really need a mat carrier since I tend to not carry my mat any farther than the distance between my parking space and the studio door, but at least this will keep my mat from unraveling in the back seat of my car. (Go Play 2.0, Manduka, $32)
2) Compass – An epic hiking adventure just may be in the works this year and it requires a compass. I need to practice my compass and topographical map reading skills that I haven’t used since I was 14. (SUUNTO M?3DL NH LEADER BASEPLATE COMPASS, MEC, $28)
3) Cardigans – My life philosophy is that you can never have too many cardigans, or cookies. Chalk it up to the cubicle farm life where the temperature switches from sweltering to frigid faster than you can say “At the end of the day, it is what it is.” (Any cardi will do, but I’m partial to v-necks with buttons like this AEO Boyfriend Cardigan, American Eagle, $34)
4) Athleta Stripe Fast Track Tank – I tried this on months and months ago and I regret not shelling out the $50 to buy it. It fit amazingly. It was perfectly stretchy without being clingy, light, and comfortable. It doesn’t look like they carry my size any more but I need to keep an eye out for a similar tank and snatch it up. (Stripe Fast Track Tank, Athleta, $49)
5) Wool Base Layer Top – I could use a mid-weight base layer for the aforementioned future hiking adventure. I like merino wool the best because it’s warm and dries fast. I find good wool stuff is worth shelling out big bucks. (Oasis Long Sleeve Half Zip Hood, Icebreaker, $130)
6) Sweat Pants – Because I always dress to impress and sweat pants always impress. . . actually I just need something warm to put on over my yoga pants in the winter. (Pocket Original Sweatpant, Roots, $68)
7) AE Artist Jeans – I only wear American Eagle Artist Jeans. I currently have two pairs with holes in the crotch. I have nothing against other companies or jeans, but constantly re-purchasing a style that I know looks good means less shopping, and I hate shopping. You’d think I’d look for a new brand that’s a little more durable since my thunder thighs consistently burn holes in the groin area but, again, that means more shopping. (AE Artist Jean, American Eagle, $51)
8) Tea for One – I drink tea on my own and preferably with biscuits whilst watching British television. Making an entire pot just means it goes cold or, even worse, I drink it completely and spend the next hours making repeated bathroom trips. A teapot for 8 to 16 ounces would be perfect. (Brown Betty Teapot – 2 Cup, English Tea Store, $32)
What do YOU want for Christmas this year? Maybe I’ll buy it for you!*
*Under no circumstances am I obliged to buy you anything for Christmas.
If Eric Garner Were White – The Atlantic
His death would be a Tea Party crusade. Think about it. The police hassled Garner because he had a history of selling untaxed cigarettes. It’s the kind of big-government intrusion that drives Tea Partiers nuts.
The Case Against Positive Thinking – Wall Street Journal
Positive expectations are fine, and positive fantasies are too when you have no real control over whether something happens. But when it comes to something you want to achieve, and fulfilling these wishes, positive fantasies are problematic because they relax you. They don’t provide the energy and effort necessary to help you in your goals, because you feel that you have already attained the positive future. They are dangerous when you actually want to achieve that future.
The Messed-Up Ways People Talk About Shia LaBeouf’s Rape – The Atlantic
Comments that LaBeouf’s claims are “absolute baloney” echo the all-too-frequent refrains aimed at female and male sexual assault victims alike who are told their rapes aren’t real.
I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time. – CHARLES DICKENS
Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills – NY Times
Doctors provide families in the FVRx program with a “prescription” to eat fruits and vegetables. The families also are given nutritional education, recipes and, most important of all, so-called Health Bucks that are redeemable for produce at a local farmers’ market.
Here’s our real-world take on the concept of privilege, which turns out to not be so simple after all.
Quiz: What Style of Yoga Is Best for You? – Greatist
Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin. What are they all about?
Exercising but Gaining Weight – NY Times
Scientists have had little understanding, however, of why exercise helps some people but not others to shed pounds or whether there might be early indications of how people will respond to an exercise routine.
Too many women and men do not report sexual assault to police because they think it will be too painful to relieve the experience, their motives will be questioned, or their efforts will come to naught. We need to change the attitudes, beliefs and procedures that surround sexual assault to ensure each and every case is properly reported, investigated and dealt with appropriately by the legal system. But, most important, we need to ensure sexual assault is no longer considered everyday behaviour in Canadian society.
Is Meat Unhealthy: Part III – Whole Health Source
There is a lot of evidence we can bring to bear on this question, and not all of it is consistent. This inconsistency is why we see different groups interpreting the research in opposite ways.
. . .So, does eating meat increase cardiovascular risk? Yes! And no!
This is it. I no longer teach at Lifestyle. I’m very sad and a little lost as to spend my evenings now. I pretty much ran around like a chicken with my head cut off during the last few months working, weightlifting, cooking, eating, planning classes, teaching, sleeping, and repeating. Now I have two less classes and I feel like I don’t know how I’ll fill that time.
One way is by turning my focus to the other classes that I teach, especially at Breathe Pilates & Fitness Studio which is where I am teaching 4 classes per week. It is also where I have recently been nominated as Teacher of the Month!
Here’s the bio that’s gone up on the studio’s facebook wall and on the literal wall in the studio.
I’m so excited that I’ve been featured. It’s been great to see my classes at Breathe growing in number and the students growing in strength.
I Don’t Have Babies But I’m Obsessed With Baby Names – The Atlantic
Unlike the majority of words—which possess, more or less, one definition—names are constantly changing with the era, stockpiling references, nuance, and weightiness in society’s mental bunker.
This is Your Body on Caffeine – Experience Life
Infographic: Here’s what happens when you down a caffeinated drink and your body gets hit with the jolt.
Achieving a Headstand in Yoga – News Press
“My toes didn’t leave the ground. My shoulders and upper back were on fire, and I was stuck in headstand prep.”
Yoga has been the place where the super-fit, super lean go hangout together. Only in yoga will people chant in a foreign language, oblivious to the meaning of the words and then closely examine their curves in pants now worn by porn stars.
Can meditation help keep you from getting sick? This study says yes – Globe and Mail
As an exercise physiologist, I would have bet that exercise would be more powerful than meditation for preventing the flu. I was wrong. Both meditation and exercise reduced the number of people who got sick by about 25 per cent.
Here’s a little story to help people who have trouble understanding the importance of affirmative consent and why “No Means No” is not always enough.
You’re in your front yard, doing some yard work (planting bulbs or trimming bushes or whatever it is you do) and your neighbour passes by on his way to the mailbox. You say hello.
Your neighbour takes your greeting as an invitation to stick around and chat, which is okay. He is a nice enough guy and you two have a cordial relationship.
After chatting about the weather and that local sports team, you get into some personal topics like what your relationship with your parents is like, the things on your bucket list, and your aspirations for your career.
You’re enjoying yourself and getting along well.
During a lull in your long and pleasant conversation, your neighbour takes advantage of friendliness, and says “It’s okay if I just pop into your house right?” as he opens your front door and lets himself into your home, leaving you standing on your front lawn with dirt under your fingernails and a look of confusion.
You don’t want him in there. Sure he was really nice to you, but you didn’t feel comfortable inviting him in. And, yeah, he asked if it was okay before he entered, but everything happened so fast that you barely had time to process it, let alone respond. He seems like a good guy, so he probably doesn’t have bad intentions but all the same you have a bad feeling about the whole thing.
Then, before you know it, your neighbour comes out your front door after rifling through your things and upsetting the balance of your home in a way that makes you feel uneasy.
“I really didn’t want you to go into my house. You shouldn’t have done that,” you finally find the nerve to say.
“Well, you didn’t say no,” he responds. He continues on his walk to the mailbox as if the whole situation were without consequence and leaves you to put back together the mess he just made inside your personal space.