As you might have noticed, it’s been a little while since my last post. This is not due to lack of inspiration or writer’s block. On the contrary, this is due to a voluntary time out. Regardless of our life situations, we all spend way too much time online these days connected to cyberspace as opposed to being connected to the land and each other. We’re online at work, at home and via mobile on the go. I truly believe that once in a while we need to just disconnect and replenish the old fashion way!
I’m still new to blogging and so far it’s been a blast, thanks to YOU the readers!! On this beautiful day, while I’m preparing to go to the park and Foster My Inner Child as well as perform some much-needed Grounding, I just wanted to share my gratitude with everyone that has stopped by, read, liked, commented, followed & supported me on this journey over the past few weeks. THANK YOU!
I also wanted to let you all know that I plan to post a series of healthy recipes over the next few weeks… I mean, that’s what Joy In A Bowl is primarily about. Along with other healthy inspirations that bring me joy, outside of a bowl 🙂
So as I truly value your feedback, I wanted to ask you, the readers, which recipes you’d like me to share. I post daily on Instagram and it already features a collection of meals and dishes I love to prepare. I invite you to look through my little collection and nominate what you would like to see featured here first. It will give me a great perspective on the order of my upcoming posts.
Whether you’re a homemaker or a working gal (or fella), one thing is certain; if you eat healthy, if you have little ones to feed or if you simply just eat 3+ times a day, you must spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen. And wouldn’t you agree that every time you get your mind set on a recipe or decide to just wing it and create something original, there’s at least 10-20 minutes prep time for washing and cutting veggies, preparing seasoning, etc.?
Now what if I told you that by adopting a simple habit you could save that time or at least cut it by half every time you cook. Doesn’t that sound appealing?Read More »
In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share with you one of my healthy practices that not only improves my overall well-being, but also helps me stay connected to Mother Earth.
Grounding or Earthing generally refers to the practice of connecting to the Earth’s surface electrical field and absorbing good electrons into the body through direct contact with the soil. Simply put, it’s standing, running or walking barefoot on the ground. Something humans have done for centuries naturally, until the invention of modern shoes. From then on, the umbilical cord was severed and slowly but surely we started suffering the consequences without even realizing it.Read More »
If you were born prior to the year 2000 chances are you had a playful childhood. After the new millennium, things took a bit of a turn and there’s a whole new generation of youth that has spent their early years staring at a screen or connected to a virtual world. Either way, we all grow up. And one of the casualties of growing up often seems to be the inner child. After all, adulthood is associated with responsibility, caring for others, developing careers, networking, acquisitions, important decisions, serious paperwork, tight schedules, daily stress and so on…
So what happens to the inner child once we reach the adult stage? Does it just fade away? Does it get buried under paperwork? Or is it that we simply no longer have time to foster it?
Who’s in the mood for Healthy Snacking? Humans of all ages love popcorn. It goes well with your favorite movies & TV series but it can also be fun to snack on at any time of the day… given of course that we tweak it a little to remove its shameful “junk food” label.
Part of healthy living involves being present in the moment! And there’s no better time of year to indulge in the beauty of our surroundings than Spring time. Spring is the season of renewal and new beginnings. It’s an ideal time to set healthy goals and get inspiration from the natural world.
Spring is also my favorite season! Being born in May might have something to do with it or the fact that I live in Canada where winter often feels endless. Regardless, it’s the time of year that brings me the most joy. It’s when I get motivated to increase physical activity and where the added hours of sunshine impact my mood in the most positive way.
Taking long walks in Spring feels amazing mainly because of ideal temperatures, as oppose to Summer that can get extremely hot or Fall which is often too rainy (not to mention Winter – hibernation season), but also because of the added bonus of stunning scenery! When everything around you is blooming you get the notion of living in a fairy tale. I know I do 🙂
So get your sneakers ready, it comes only once a year!
For many years breakfast was something I regularly skipped, even though many experts suggest it’s the most important meal of the day. That only worked for so long and over time I would be crashing at work long before lunch time. So I started experimenting with breakfast.
A lot of people go the traditional way when it comes to morning eating… Cereals, toast, fruits, eggs & bacon and sandwiches tend to be on the menu. For me, carbs equal instant snooze button! I don’t follow a gluten free diet, however, one thing is certain: if I have pasta or bread, a couple of minutes later I’m only good for a nap. Forget about feeling energetic or focused.
I tried different combinations of food until I figured out the one best suited for me. One that actually boosts my metabolism and allows me to tackle each day’s challenges head on. Read More »
I don’t wish to get into a debate over household drinking water or the effects of fluoride, chlorine and heavy metals present in our tap streams. But if you are like me and prefer the pure taste and benefits of natural spring water, I have good news for you!
A few years back I discovered an amazing website called findaspring.com, a wonderful community project where people mapped out most of the natural springs in North America, categorized on a map. So anyone can easily locate the nearest source in their area. Most of them are in Provincial Parks and State Forests but occasionally they can be found on the side of a rustic road. Best of all, they are absolutely free to use. Needless to say, it has changed my life.
I live in Montreal, Quebec and found at least 7 locations within 1 hour driving distance. I visited the Lost River Spring multiple times and not only did I stock up on gallons of some of the best tasting water I have ever tried, I also adored the whole road trip experience! It’s such a fun and rewarding activity.
Here are a few pics of my beautiful journey to Lost River Spring