A healthy dose of all things wellness – from new products and supplements, to people, places and share-worthy finds.

Fitness star rising: My 1-on-1 with Eva Redpath

Eva Redpath Nike VancouverWhen you think women’s fitness, think Eva Redpath.  Along with holding the esteemed title of Canada’s first and only Nike Master Trainer (you might recall my huge passion for NTC training App here), she has graced the cover of magazines, shared the stage with Derek Hough and recently won the Award of Excellence from Equinox as Signature Program Presenter (translation – she was selected among thousands of instructors – she’s that good!).

As a personal friend and someone who helps with her Marketing & PR, I could share volumes about Eva’s talent, her drive, passion and energy for fitness, health and helping women sweat their butts-off in mad glory…

Instead, I’ll give you a closer look inside her world – the challenges of being a star trainer, her favourite foods, inspiring quotes and other juicy tips.

Read more in my Q & A with Eva, now hosted on Elevate Magazine.


Thank you @EvaRedpath and @ElevateMagazine.



Chia Love

Talk about tiny little seeds that pack a nutritional punch. Rich in fibre, omega-3s, antioxidants and iron, chia seeds are considered a leading super-food.

They’re also versatile and tasty when added to foods such as yogurt, oatmeal, scrambled eggs or smoothies.

Lately, I’ve been drinking-up a daily dose, thanks to trachealth’s convenient packets and my favourite Soda Stream.

Chia and soda stream

Available in a few flavours, I’m loving Strawberry Lemonade.  Just one packet has 80 calories, 10grams of carbs, 4grams of fibre and 2grams of protein.

Sweetened with stevia, I add one serving to about 1 litre of water (lightly carbonated) for a perfectly light and refreshing drink. What’s more, when left for an hour or so, the chia seeds take on a deliciously smooth, jello-like texture which I find richly satisfying.

So where does one find these magical little packets of chia goodness?

Check out Nutrition House – specifically the one under the Bay (at Bloor).  Or Healthy Planet, located on the Danforth.






My Silver Medal Moment

Hosted by ZICO Coconut Water, featuring Jock Yoga, a secret location  – plus an Olympic Medalist Athlete…

Talk about my kind of an event!

Thanks to ZICO Coconut Water and Environics PR, I had the pleasure of joining the City’s top media and PR peeps for an evening Jock Yoga class led by my friend and dynamo Michael De Corte, with special guest  Olympic Ski Cross Silver Medalist, Kelsey Serwa.


Zico water

Kelsey and AureaMichael Jock YogaWith yoga mats ready and lots of chilled ZICO coconut waters to enjoy, the event kicked-off with a meet and greet with Kelsey – just back from Sochi, still riding the Olympic fever high.

Along with sharing some of the favourite Olympic moments – she let us hold her brilliant (and heavy) silver medal.  Surreal!

Down on our mats and ready for some Jock Yoga, Michael did a stellar job leading us through a somewhat intensive class. Our arms hurt in places and our legs definitely felt the burn, but we were all the stronger (and happier) once finished! Thanks Michael.

And thank you ZICO and Environics PR for all the work you put in to making this event a success :).

Zico smoothieFor a delicious smoothie idea, try adding chocolate flavoured ZICO, almond milk, banana and almond butter. Blend and enjoy!

Until next time…

My latest greatest and tastiest…

A quick post featuring a few of my current favourite things:

Kewaza Protein balls:
Holy incredibleness is all I can say! Super clean ingredients, amazing (!) intense cocoa and rich peanut butter flavor. Low in calories and natural sugar. These balls are the bomb! Since finding them a few weeks a go, I swear I’ve become a PR agent – telling everyone I know, sharing a pack with those deserving (ha ha). So much, my local Noah’s ran out, but they’ve since re-stocked. Thank you very much!kewaza

Karma Leg Warmers:

My Flashdance look combines comfort with coziness. Yoga with dance. I’m loving these leg warmers made by Karma. More than that, when they arrived by courier, inside was a lucky dollar coin with a note to pay it forward and share good karma, or hold on to it as a gift. “A small token can empower a big change.” So cool! Leg warmers

Hard Candy Fitness:
Probably the best spin studio in the city. Bikes are smooth. Huge amount of space between riders. Plasma screens, killer sound system – including live DJ – on Friday nights. Harder is better, and this gym delivers! Highly recommend a test-ride. #NosweatNocandy Hard Canday

Hot Vanilla-Protein-Milk
My healthy twist on hot chocolate during cold wintery months: Unsweetened almond milk, a scoop of Genuine Health’s proteins+ vanilla with a dash of cinnamon. Blend into a smoothie. Pop into a mug and microwave for about 1.5 minutes. Add a pinch of maple syrup, drink and enjoy. Vanilla hot choc

YYoga Queen West
Stunning new space on Queen St. West. Gorgeous yoga studios, spin room, change rooms and boutique. I could go on and on about this place! Tons of classes and the nicest staff. I took a 30-day pass recently and got my serious sweat-on, thanks to Jock Yoga classes, M-F, 6:45 AM. YYoga

CW-X Conditioning Wear

I just love workout wear. Particularly running gear with cool design and innovative functionality.

At the Runner’s Expo before last weekend’s Scotia Waterfront Half-Marathon, I discovered CW-X Conditioning Wear. Totally impressed with compression gear overall, I had hoped to find a pair of running tights – and low and behold…

Choosing the Women’s ‘Pro’ tights, I was immediately impressed with their cool design and graphics, supreme fit (tighter than non-compression) with obvious support felt thru my hips and knees.
According to the CW-X website: The patented Support Web™ brings the hips, knees and ankles into proper alignment, reducing impact and load to the legs. The Support Web also creates a suspension system for the hamstrings and quadriceps, reducing workload in both the pull and push phase of the running motion.

So did the Pro’s make a difference on race day?

I finished the half in 1:30:30, 8th in my category (of 652) and 53rd woman overall (of 5377). A PB, quite pleased indeed.
Half marathon

With the amount of compression wear I saw on race day (!), there’s no denying functional gear is where it’s at – and I definitely plan to buy more.

#GearAddict #GuiltyasCharged.

The Pro’s retail for $124.99 and can be ordered online, here.
For more on CW-X, visit:

Genuine Health’s Performance Nutrition

From yoga to spinning to marathon training, I’ve relied on Genuine Health’s formulas to power my workouts, boost my performance and recovery.  Simply the best!

Check out this video to learn more – including commentary from my favourite sports nutrition guru, Dr. John Berardi:


GenuineHealth video



Yogalosophy with Mandy Ingber

MandyIngberShe’s a yogi.  She’s a health and wellness guru.   A teacher and friend to Hollywood celebs.  She’s Mandy Ingber, and I recently enjoyed meeting her while in town to promote her book: Yogalosophy.

Hosted by friend Marcello Cabazas at the Spoke Club, Mandy shared her inspiration behind the book, as well as her life story – including her rebellious, complex Father who was also a master yogi.

Once a successful actress, she endured years of unemployment, depression, eating disorders – eventually becoming a spin instructor.  Mixing her sass, passion for fitness and helping others – earned her a cult-like following  (She was Soul Cycle – before Soul Cycle), teaching to sold-out classes regularly.

Coming into herself as a person and teacher, Mandy soon opened herself to yoga, accepting it as a strangely profound gift from her Father.

Now a super-star yogi, she counts the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Brooke Shields and Kate Beckinsale among her clients and friends, appearing on top TV shows and in leading health and fitness magazines regularly.

And I can certainly see why.

After my 90 minute yoga class with her, I wanted more Mandy!  She’s 100% genuine, engaging, energizing and inspirational. Her style of yoga is among the best I’ve tried –mixing power-vinyasa with toning exercises thrown in (so this is how Jen keeps fit and lean!), set to a playlist featuring the likes of Robin Thicke to Bobby Ferrell.

Hopefully I’ll meet Mandy again – in LA, near the ocean – or anywhere in-between!  In the meantime, I’ll keep following her on Facebook and Twitter for some daily inspiration.


Focal Upright dream desk

The future of workstations is here! Made by Focal Upright Furniture, it’s called the Locus desk and I can hardly wait to get my tush on one.  Finally, a desk for those who absolutely cringe at the amount of hunched-over, bun-flatteningscreen-time we do each and every day.


Truth be told, sitting has to be one of the worst (worst!) things we can do for our health. What’s more, we’ve completely lost touch when it comes to movement, exercise and balance. Instead of walking, we’ll drive. Instead of the stairs, we’ll take the elevator.  But heaven forbid we miss our cardio-racing spin classes, thinking it’s all we need for the day.  So not true.

I’m not suggesting this desk is going to solve our movement-crisis, but thanks to its innovative design, it will definitely improve our body’s positioning while we work, putting less stress on our back, shoulders and neck.  Not to mention keep us upright and alert – which oddly enough, we humans were designed to be.

Oh, may every company out there embrace this workstation innovation! Especially the company I should be so fortunate to work for next.  #Jobsearch #Marketing/PR  #ReadyAsEver.

Until next time…

Simply Whey Bar

With SO many protein bars on the market today, how do you choose?

For me personally, I go for ones that aren’t loaded with a ton of ingredients and contain good quality protein.  I look for bars under or around 200 calories, low in sugar (5 grams or so) and carbs (15 grams), and provide about 15 grams of protein.

I seriously avoid anything chocolate coated (preferring REAL dark chocolate) – same for bars containing sugar alcohols, sucralose, corn syrup, and any other sneaky fillers disguised as ‘healthy’.

Currently, my favourite is the new Simply Whey protein bar.  It meets all of the above – plus delivers great crispy texture and coconut taste.WHEYC-2

For a truly outstanding snack, I’ll slice a bar lengthwise in half, and spread organic coconut oil and peanut butter on the 2 halves.  Seriously off the charts delicious! (I’ll have to take a photo and tweet sometime.)

Find the Simply Whey bars at all leading health and grocery stores, including Bulk Barn – which conveniently enough – I now buy my organic coconut oil and organic peanut butter at too :).

Vega’s Maca Chocolate Bar

Those who know me, know I love dark chocolate – every day. Lindt 85% has remained a staple for years (and years), but every now and again I’ll try another brand.

While Vega’s maca chocolate bar isn’t exactly ‘new’, I recently discovered it at the CHFA Show in Toronto.  And by discovered, I mean devoured it!

Containing 70% dark chocolate infused with maca root powder (a super-food providing a host of health benefits including energy, stamina and hormonal balance), this bar reminded me of the raw chocolate I used to buy from Chocosol years a go.

Its potent taste provides the perfect amount of bitter with sweet. Its smooth texture is really nice, same for its easy ‘snap’ into bite-sized squares.

One bar down, and I can already sense a new addiction (sorry Lindt!) on my horizon.  A guilt-free one too.  That’s because this bar is considered a health food, with a daily recommended dosage of 1 bar/day!

I’ll take that kind of recommendation gladly….after lunch, with a cup of matcha green tea.

Talk about sensory heaven. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s dose!

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