The 2019 In Season Agenda is on its way…

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I have been receiving lots of inquiries regarding a 2019 In Season Agenda so I thought I should quickly announce that YES it will be available again this year! Please keep checking this post for updates, and keep your eye out for the agenda in stores in the beginning of December. You will also be able to place an order online here.

Like other years, the In Season Agenda is the perfect companion for living slow: eating local, growing your own food and savouring all the joys that each season brings. But what’s new is that it now covers the growing and what’s in season info for the entire province of British Columbia!

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The summer markets begin this weekend!

2017-CAD- Fe Laan by Josh Asselstine - 72-lo resThis is most definitely one of my favourite times of year…the summer farmers market near my home opens this weekend. While I adore the winter market that is located just down the hill from where I live (especially for picking up special gifts for the holiday season!), the summer ones have a very special energy. They’re bursting with people, farmers and a variety of produce – and the sun always seems to be shining. Even the fruits and veggies seem more chipper!

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The perfect companion for 2018 – my “In Season” agenda is now available

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It’s out! My 2018 In Season Agenda is now available in bookstores and boutique shops all over Metro Vancouver! While it feels like another year is coming to a close all too soon, I do look forward to ushering in a new year with a new day planner! If you’re anything like me read on…

The In Season Agenda is the perfect companion for living slow: eating local, growing your own food and savouring all the joys that each season brings.

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My Sunday morning farmers market shop

IMG_8305It’s not often enough that something you absolutely love also happens to be good for you, your community and the planet. For me, that “thing” is shopping at the farmers market.

It’s become a ritual in our home. Every Sunday morning, my husband and I grab our shopping bags and head out to the Coquitlam Farmers Market to get a week’s supply of the freshest fruits, vegetables, bread, honey and eggs.

For those of you who read my posts or follow along on social media, you’ve probably noticed I’m a big advocate for shopping at the farmers market. Why again? Here’s a recap…

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Upcoming pregnancy workshop with Crowning Glory Doula

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Two major factors that can improve pregnancy outcomes are the nutritional status of the mother, and the emotional and social support she receives. The World Health Organization recommends that people who are pregnant receive nutritional education and counseling, as well as ongoing and consistent care from a qualified health practitioner in order to achieve positive outcomes in pregnancy.

Michelle Tyliakos of Crowning Glory Doula and I have teamed up to offer a four-part series that provides parents-to-be (and those preparing for pregnancy!) with social, emotional and nutritional information to support the mother and growing baby – all the way from pre-conception to post-partum.

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My latest cover feature in Edible Magazine

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Despite what feels like an endless Winter in Vancouver this year (which I, admittedly, enjoy to the core) Spring is on its way. Edible Magazine‘s Almost Spring issue is now out on news stands, and I am honoured to have another feature on the cover – especially as it’s a photo of my mother’s hands.

My mom is the source of my wellness inspiration, and has taught me the value of good food and health since I was little (advice that I regrettably didn’t put into practice until later years!). My article is all about how she expresses her love for her family through food, the traditional Persian meals she prepares (that are bursting with essential nutrients at this time of the year), and why Persian New Year – celebrated on the first day of Spring – is my preferred time to start a new chapter.

You can find the hard copy all over town, and the digital version here.

 

Why are we so overwhelmed?

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I often hear my mom comment to my sister during a particularly stressful episode with her (much-adored) grandchildren that, “It wasn’t like this raising you two.”

Overwhelm seems to be the plague of the 21st century in North America. For most of us, life has never been more convenient than it is today, and yet many of us struggle with keeping our head above water. Sometimes we’re even paralyzed by our daily to-do lists. Why is that?

I think there are many reasons for this:

  • too much choice can cause paralysis (as outlined in The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz)
  • endless access to information and entertainment, and comparing ourselves to others
  • working and raising children simultaneously
  • constant communication in the form of phone calls, emails, texts and social media alerts

Rarely does anyone feel bored anymore.

But there’s another thread to overwhelm that I hadn’t recognized until I became a Nutritionist.

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