One of my good friends and fellow Canadian musicians has just started a great new blog. Vivian’s new blog is called MissGuitarBlog, and it is so entertaining! Vivian goes on tour a lot, and you can follow her tours via her blog entries. She just returned from a Mediterranean tour and she is about to embark on an Alaskan and South American tour. Make sure to follow this most excellent Canadian musician on her next tour!
Aside from touring and blogging, Vivian is well know in the music industry as the female guitarist, mucic business author and musical mentor.
Once in a while, Vivian and and I perform together. In fact, we are performing together this Thursday night at a cool Toronto Jazz bar. Come for an evening of great food, jazz, and an excellent wine selection.
I do not yet have a video of Vivian and I performing together. As soon as I do have one I promise I will post it here. In the mean time, here is a video of Vivian, filmed while she was on tour in the Mediterranean.
July 17, 2009
Buffets and social functions whose tables are laden with tempting treats can be trying unless you have a well-planned strategy to help you make wise choices. Whether you are on holiday, or at a work function, you probably shouldn’t just view your time as out of the ordinary experience and thus overindulge.
Buffets really are survivable if you follow just a few simple tricks, like the following:
- Drink only water and unsweetened juices
- Stay away from the breads, deep fried breaded items, and starchy foods
- Eat lots and lots of raw or steamed veggies and fruits before going near any other foods
- Stay away from the dressings and dipping sauces
- Try to stay far far away from the desserts table(s)
- Plan to eat a bit anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour before you have to face the buffet – better than going when you’re starving and thus will find it harder to make smart choices
- Plan for 1 treat a day and make sure that you eat it – you will feel you’ve been deliciously bad and that will help to keep you true to your other menu choices
For many of you, unless it truly is a once or twice yearly experience, the buffet is something to be avoided completely as the wide variety of offerings and the lure of ensuring you ‘get your money’s worth’ is just too strong of a temptation!
Tables loaded down with food remain a central part of too many social gatherings yet as long as you don’t use them as an excuse to go wild, you’ll be fine. If there are some foods that you just can’t do without, then ensure that you balance them by choosing wisely with the rest of your meal. If your greatest desire is to eat healthier but need that extra help or coaching to discover how, try contacting a really good health and wellness practitioner who will be able to help you in gaining back your energetic and healthier lifestyle. Healthy choices and nutrition are a conscious decision that you can easily learn and follow until it becomes second nature.
Everyone knows that eating too much can affect your health, but did you know that what you eat and drink during the day could affect your sleep at night?
Kate, at You Potentiality reminds that there are many things, medication, like caffeine, smoking, heavy food and carbs, and even alcohol consumed too close to bedtime that can affect your sleep and therefore your health. Ironically, even medication for insomnia can have adverse health effects and cause you to lose sleep. Follow the quick tips below and check out the recommended general relaxation and rebalancing techniques combined with a personalized cleansing and nutrition system to help you in gaining a healthier sleep pattern.
Quick tips to aide your sleep:
- Don’t eat carbs after 6pm This one is admittedly the hardest tip to follow but staying away from the chips and cookies while watching the evening news will bring about the quickest and most beneficial health benefit. Your sleep will be easier.
- Ensure a dark and quiet sleeping environment. Turn off the TV, lower your blinds or wear a night-shade over your eyes. If your room is too bright or too noisy, you are losing the health benefits of a deep sleep
- Put a quiet time into effect in the hour or two before bedtime. Just like when you were a child, that quite time is beneficial in helping to put the stresses and stimulus of the day behind you.
- Count sheep. Don’t laugh! Keeping your mind engaged in a boring activity can numb your brain into a boredom induced and relaxing sleep.
- Progressive muscle relaxation Quite easy to do, while lying down for bed, this technique involves every muscle group in your body. Starting at your toes, you tense all their muscles as tightly as you can, count to 10 and then completely relax them again. Do this for every separate muscle group in your body, working your way up from one by one to the top of your head.
You Potentiality can help you relax and calm your nervous and digestive system to bring about a very natural state of well being that will help to enable a natural and healing sleep.