My favourite resources for living well

I talk a lot about holistic living and healthy eating on this blog as it  is a passion of mine and I like to stay on top of what I can do to help my health out now and for the future.

“The first wealth is health.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am not a healthcare professional, holistic nutritionist, dietician, what have you, I am just a mom who values whole foods as much as I can manage. Trust me, there are days where I go through a drive through for sure, I’d be lying if I said that NEVER happened but, I try my best to eat well and take care of my health on a daily basis. I also seem to surround myself with people who value this as well so, that helps!

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Because I have an interest in the subject of nutrition and the nitty gritty of what we are eating, where it comes from, what is marketed as healthy but really isn’t, etc. I have found a bunch of helpful resources to navigate the crazy world that is our food. Many people say to me, “it’s so frustrating! One day this is good for you and the next it isn’t, I never know what to eat!” But, eating shouldn’t be so complicated, we just need to take it back to basics.

The reality is that there is no one size fits all approach to eating, except for the fact that if you are eating whole foods and sustainably grown/raised foods you can’t really go wrong. I personally think we all should care more about what is provided to us at our local grocery store because as consumers, we have the power to choose. My philosophy is to sneak in nutrients wherever I can even if I may not have the healthiest meal, adding little bites of nutrients can add up too, and to just be mindful of what I am eating! I like to add hemp hearts, nuts & seeds, dates, chia, nutritional yeast, nuts, etc in a lot of my meals for a nutritional boost!

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

So with all that said, here are some places I go to get  helpful information about the latest research and some great recipes!

  1. Healthy Bright Beginnings by Lisa Hewitt
  2. Firm Ground Nutrition by Brittany Andrejcin
  3. Healthy Firsts by Randall
  4. Senzable Health by Enza Ward
  5. Nurture Your Nature by Nicolette Jones
  6. Joyous Health by Joy McCarthy
  7. Mind Body Green
  8. Food Matters

“Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do.”
Michael Pollan


New Calgary consignment store caters specifically to men


When it comes to shopping, consignment stores have never been my first thought but one local Calgary boutique is changing my shopping thought process.

Rhoda’s Consignment in Okotoks and Expressions by Rhoda in Calgary offer high-end, quality consignment finds. I want to place the emphasis on the quality as this is of utmost importance to owner Kristin Halpape who has been in the consignment business for 10 years.

11845096_696810333783312_871339050610102010_oKristin has two successful women’s stores and wanted to give the men in Calgary their own opportunity to shop consignment. Her newest store, Man of Distinction offers men in Calgary great brands and quality in an environment focused on their specific shopping needs. There doesn’t appear to be anything else like it in the city.

When I walked into the brand new store, just a few doors down from the ladies consignment I was hugely surprised. No one would think for a second that this is a consignment store. Everything is laid out in such an organized way to ensure that all of the pieces are visible when you walk in and there isn’t much need to sift through things.

Pam Sullivan has worked at Expressions by Rhoda Consignment in Aveneida for over two years. She says they take pride in accepting quality goods to consign.

“Kristin has an eye for style and design which is reflected in the look and feel of the stores, this makes Distinction a unique store in Calgary that the men are ready for,” Pam says. “In the store you will find a BSA motorcycle and vintage wagon on display among the designer jeans and unique t-shirts.” 11728737_690712081059804_1611550505374997048_o

The store is designed specifically for men so they can shop easily for what they want.

“Distinction is very much display oriented which makes the shopping experience easier and more enjoyable for men,” Pam explains. “Men are usually looking for a specific item and are in and out of the store, while women like to take their time, browse and look for the treasure whether it’s a designer purse or the perfect pair of jeans.”

The new store opened up in July and is offering name brand men’s fashion at a fraction of the price. They also offer quality consigned boys clothing.

If you are interested to consign clothing you can expect a 40 per cent return if it sells but you’ll probably be spending that money on all of the great pieces you find at the store.

At each of the stores, they try to rotate the items with the seasons and stick to two main seasons of rotation, fall/winter and spring/summer so you can expect to see different styles with the changing seasons. Like with her other stores, Kristin wants to emphasize style and quality. There is a big distinction between a consignment store and a thrift store.

11856274_700475090083503_8722460128127902766_oIf you haven’t considered consignment as an option for your wardrobe before, there are many benefits beyond the reduced cost. According to an article by Mother Earth Living Magazine, consignment shopping has more benefits for you than just being more cost effective. It can also reduce your environmental impact and limit toxins in your wardrobe because used clothes have already been washed a few times. You can read the full article, here.

Kristin would like to continue to grow Man of Distinction and expand the mix of high quality, current men’s style of consignment mixed with new lines of apparel perhaps starting with shoes.

For more information on Man of Distinction or any of the stores mentioned you can visit the website.

And be sure to follow Man of Distinction on Instagram @distinction_consignment

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