Playlists – your best workout pre-planning friend

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I’m not sure how often you all work out, but I am almost certain I work out 7 days per week. Sometimes a good session in silence is called for, but for my tastes I like a lot of variety in my tunes. The common thread? There’s gotta be an amazing beat! Something to pace myself by and that is possibly a little on the nostalgic side ~ I’m only human.

Here are some of my all time favourite workout jams for you:

Ace of Spades – Motorhead

Aint fit to live here – Graveyard

Am I demon – Danzig

Animal Rights – Deadmou5

Artsy – remixed by Edit – The Grouch

Bit by a little – The Smalls

Hot in Herre – Nelly (shaddap, it’s a guilty pleasure & now it’s out)

Middle of the road (cover) – The smalls

Pala Tute – Gogol Bordello

Woman – Wolfmother

Shame on a Nigga – Wu-Tang

The ballad of John and Yoko – The Beatles

Start wearing purple – Gogol Bordello

Get it together – Beastie Boys

I come prepared – K’naan

Shake – Shook Twins

Angel or Devil – Nomeansno

Must be losing my mind – Brett Dennen

Get lucky (feat. Pharrell) – Daft Punk

Unstoppable (remix) – Diplo

Default – Django Django

Transmission – Joy Division

Nice Legs…. – The Monks

Booty Swing – Parov Stelar

C.R.,E.A.M. – Wu-Tang

Have a good time – Team Canada DJ’s

1980 – Dirt Nasty

Any which way – Scissor Sisters

Kangaroo Court – Capital Cities

 

 

The big “O”

Leading an informed lifestyle can be torturous. Not only do you come upon a tonne of information that both shocks and appals you but, conflicting stories and opinions can start you into a tailspin of confusion about what ethical and heart-based decisions you can make.

Fear not, the quick answer to this is to not beat yourself up about it. You can only do so much, and caring about slow food, farm to table and small-time community initiatives (CSA’s, Farmers Markets, Eating in season…) are a great place to start.

Organics are tricky because, like most things, once the “big boys” get ahold of terms like green, local, organic etc…they start to bastardize their intended meaning…leaving us all, well, throwing our hands up in the air.

While I try not to beat myself over the head with info, I definitely like to keep a personal mandate of NOT supporting big business, especially big agribusiness and big pharma.

I found the chart below exceptionally helpful when trying to weed out “bad” organics from my very saintly regular grocery shops. Hope you find it helpful too!

Infographic Organics 

 

It’s January, what’s local in my neck of the woods?

It’s very definitely January. I chose to attach a lovely picture of one of my dogs on a morning walk which also identifies to you a 6 foot snowbank behind her. 

Yes, I live in the Rocky Mountains of Canada.

So, we might not all have the good fortune of living south of the 49th parallel. And at this very moment in my life, that happens to be the situation.

The following is a small listing of what’s in season this month. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re living somewhere where lemons are Kiwis can grow, but you might and lucky you.
Just a little meatless Monday and spruce and for you all, get cooking, at home, with your family, every day.
Apples
Beets
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chicory
Clementines
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Kale
Leeks
Lemons
Oranges
Parsnips
Pears
Persimmons
Pomegranates
Shallots
Spinach
Sweet Potatoes
Tangelos
Tangerines
Turnips
Winter Squash

And for those of us that live in cooler climates specifically, here’s a great link from eat seasonably out of the UK: