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contents VOLUME 6 • ISSUE 1 • MARCH 2012
6 Canadian rock star Bif Naked talks
about performing for the first time after cancer and her fresh start at 40.
6 Cover photo by Karolina Turek, with make-up and hair by Andrea Tiller.
12 Healthy and delicious can fit in
the same sentence, thanks to the husband-wife duo at Provence Marinaside.
16 Make the most of a little black dress. We showcase one dress in three looks.
20 2 0 It’s time to declutter! Why being
organized is good for your brain and tips on how you can get started.
2 6 Get rejuvenated with a boost of health at some of B.C.’s best retreats.
2 8 John Schreiner delves into the world of wine and health, giving you another reason to open that bottle of red.
From the editor Sarah Massah
t’s been a busy time over here at Indulge, with changes both big and small. For starters, I have taken over as editor while Melissa is away, spending time with her new – and adorable – family. I had some big shoes to ﬁll, and I must admit, I was nervous to head the magazine, but I’m happy I made the decision. Sometimes the most daunting tasks are the ones offering the greatest rewards. So it’s important to do things that are good for you, whether it’s facing new challenges or slowing down to catch your breath. I had to remind myself of that recently after becoming a homeowner with my boyfriend, facing an onslaught of paperwork, bills and the never-ending shopping for toilet paper, mustard and other household items you don’t think about until you need them. I felt I would never be able to relax and enjoy my place. Fortunately, I did. But it took a lot of encouragement (of the forceful kind) from my better half to gear down and take in all our hard work making the house our home.
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That experience was part of the inspiration for this issue, in which we focus on the importance of taking care of yourself, mind, body and soul – a task I know is easier said than done. Taking care of yourself doesn’t necessarily mean booking a two-week vacation to a tropical destination. It can also mean setting a few minutes aside to make your life a bit more efﬁcient and worry-free. In this issue of Indulge, we explore how you can make your life that much better, from healthy and delicious breakfast ideas, to tips from a professional organizer on how to declutter your home (and your mind). And who better to talk to about taking care of yourself than Canadian rock goddess and yoga enthusiast Bif Naked, who opens up about why cancer was one of the best things to ever have happened to her. I hope you enjoy this issue of Indulge, preferably when you’re taking an allimportant relaxation break.
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bif naked vancouverite, rock chick, yoga student, ex-wife, dog-lover, public speaker, survivor. by Sarah Massah • photos by Karolina Turek
if Naked is thankful she had breast cancer. Sitting in her manager’s Vancouver condo with her beloved 14-year-old Maltese, Nicklas, in her lap, the tiny, black-clad Vancouver rocker says she is appreciative of her two-year struggle with the disease that resulted in 13 months of chemotherapy and the removal of her ovaries in order to ensure the cancerous cells didn’t spread. “It was amazing. I’m so happy I went through it, honestly, because it was a fantastic opportunity to experience that as a writer, as a performer and as a human,” she says. “To be able to work with other people and be like, ‘yeah, I absolutely understand,’ I’m glad I went through it.” Born Beth Torbert on June 15, 1971, in India, the American-Canadian singer has always been known for her upbeat, conﬁdent personality, which she credits with helping her through her recovery. Following chemo, she admits, her outlook on life was not radically altered immediately. But she began to assess things she considered detrimental to her, and soon realized there were several things she needed to change.
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“I began to make adjustments very quickly. Before, I would prefer to sacriﬁce myself rather than pipe up about something that was bothering me. But I found that after cancer, with things that were terribly uncool, now I will say, ‘I don’t think I survived cancer to do this.’ “I’ll convince myself I have a right to speak up about something that is not OK, that is something new for me.” For some, it may be hard to imagine Bif, who is brimming with conﬁdence and positive energy, as ever being timid or even vulnerable – and for the most part, she says, she is anything but. However, she admits life after cancer was a big transformation. The removal of her ovaries in 2009 catapulted her into menopause at the age of 39, coinciding with a tour to promote her latest album, The Promise, a collection of songs written and produced while undergoing treatment. Her return to the stage just weeks after surgery, however, left her with a heavy heart. “I still had my chemo hair and I just had my oophorectomy, so I still had my stitches, but I did a tour and after that I swore I would never go on tour again. I was so selfconscious and so stupid.
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I look out into the crowd and there is not a single face out there, it’s just all iPhones. “I look out into the crowd and there is not a single face out there, it’s just all iPhones. Our culture is now that; all you perform to is iPhones, not faces.” The experience left her feeling as though she was on display as a “dancing cancer monkey.” And, subsequently, every show on the tour was a repeat of the same thing: a crowd of phones. She eventually realized that the cellphone phenomena had nothing to do with her, or with cancer, or with music – but everything to do with the immediacy-obsessed culture we now live in. “People are able to capture what they are seeing and instantly put it in the universe. I kind of had to get over my selfconsciousness, but it’s been a struggle.” The following year, she faced her next challenge, with the end of her three-year marriage to Vancouver sports writer Ian Walker. Turning to yoga to deal with the grief, she found that being in a class with other students was a struggle as her emotions seeped out; she felt exposed and embarrassed. “Last year, I was going through heartbreak, so every time I was in Shavasana, I would start crying and I wouldn’t even know it. I started feeling self-conscious and stopped going to class altogether – and the gym – because everyone kept asking me about my last marriage.” This forced Bif to develop ways to stay ﬁt on her own at home. She switched her focus from training and bodybuilding to restoration of her mind, body and soul. “After 20 years, I stopped running, not just physically, but in my head. I stopped running and I sat down and I asked what are my needs and priorities. They’re not getting my body fat down anymore, because I don’t give a f---.” After reaching an emotional plateau, she began focusing on her passion for people and the need for more open discussion about cancer. She recalls her own experience following her diagnosis, walking in hospitals and seeing patients in their own bubble, eyes down and not speaking. The atmosphere was one of fear and anxiety, forcing Bif to break that uncomfortable silence with discussion to 8 MARCH 2012 Indulge
ease their worries and her own. “There’s so many multilayers to each person’s story, like little onions. Everyone is like a little walking onion. I was, like, no way, so I went up to people and I spoke to them and I was, like, ‘let’s not be upset, let’s talk about it.’” With no family living in the province, she received comfort from other patients, and reciprocated that care and compassion. She also volunteered for whatever she could in order to speak to women going through the same challenges, taking part in trials to reach out to others and ﬁnd out all she could about her illness. One trial she participated in was an experience she compared to being in an army, huddled in the trenches, during a war. “I was in a trial with 100 bald women and nobody knew what anyone’s job was, none of these women ever heard of me and they didn’t care – it was wonderful. We were all in the trenches together and it was the best
thing that ever happened to me. “If I didn’t have that, or the other patients to be around, I don’t know what would have become of me.” Knowing ﬁrsthand the comfort that comes from speaking to someone who can relate to the tumultuous emotions experienced with cancer, it became evident she was put in the position to do something. “I think my job is kind of like saying, ‘hey, let’s talk about it,’” she said. “If I can encourage people to be more brave, then that’s great. I think I’ve done what I’m really meant to do.” With two albums set to come out this year and an autobiography in the works, the Juno Award-winning rocker is excited to be embarking on a new journey in her life. “I feel like an opening ﬂower and I’ve never felt that way before. It’s new to me. It’s truly a shift for me and discovering it has been really cool. I’m ﬁnally ﬁnding my own voice.”
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either would look out of place on the red carpet. Chef/owners Jean-Francis and Alessandra Quaglia are healthy proof of the merits of a good start to the day and an even healthier appetite for good living. He from Marseilles, France and she from Toronto, Ont., their paths crossed unsurprisingly in a kitchen, in the idyllic
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setting of Nice’s acclaimed Hotel Negresco. Ten years ago, they opened their second Vancouver restaurant, Provence Marinaside, under the spotlight and scrutiny of Food Network’s Opening Soon; they’ve been entertaining company since in more ways than one. Morning, noon and night: they’ve lost none of their shine and only garnered further accolades and appearances en
route. The duo is presently on deck to host a culinary cruise to the Caribbean with Holland-America in April. As parents of two and co-owners of Vancouver’s award-winning French restaurants, Provence and Provence Marinaside, the pair’s excellence on the plate is exceeded perhaps only by their endurance. Besides raising a pair of children, Chef Jean-Francis has his BMW
Healthy is just fresh and sensible. Eat what you love - unless what you love is major processed food. GS Endura motorcycle and budding black belt in counselling, while Alessandra celebrates salsa on a competitive level and has a dance studio at home. Yoga works wonders for both. “It keeps me grounded, healthy and ﬂexible for when I have to go up into the ceiling and ﬁx something in the kitchen,” Jean-Francis said. As per the threeyear counselling program in which he is immersed, it pays similar dividends. “I refuse to go through life and not enjoy myself, but there are things that frustrate, so we all need to ﬁnd ways to make it work smoothly.” Such as breakfast? Sharing a morning in the kitchen with Indulge, Alessandra stirring the polenta, Jean-Francis putting his touch to an
omelette, the ritual of the morning meal becomes apparent. On any given morning, breakfast is in full swing in the Quaglia kitchen. “Actually, breakfast is a funny thing. We love breakfast. Still, after 10 years, people still don’t know that we serve breakfast,” said Jean-Francis. Save for weekends and holidays, which bring the brunch crowd like clockwork, breakfast is perhaps the only time you will ﬁnd a quiet corner to call your own at Provence Marinaside. Then there is understandable industry attitude. He explains, “Not everyone wants to wake up at 5 a.m. to do the prep work. Some chefs see it as a downgrade from dinner. We like to show how you can be creative and take real pride in breakfast.” That pride shows on both the faces in the kitchen and where it counts most, on
the menu, where the house-styled croque benedict vies with the croissant shrimp benedict and ham and cheese omelette for most favoured. Naturally, breakfast takes on a lighter note as well, with a steady ﬂow of special requests to be accommodated, ranging from the dietary to the die-hard health nuts who have come to crave JeanFrancis’ egg white omelettes. “We have plenty of healthy options and don’t mind making something up at all, but people really love our take on the croque monsieur benedict-style and, no, that’s not really too healthy,” admits Jean-Francis. “Healthy is just fresh and sensible. Eat what you love unless what you love is major processed food,” said Alessandra. At home, the menu’s bend towards healthy is more obvious. “It gets harder to set aside the time as the kids get older, especially on the weekdays, but breakfast doesn’t have to be complex. You can come to the restaurant for that,” said Alessandra with a grin. “It just needs to be there as both a start and anchor for the day.” Her own secret recipe for a fresh start? A cold glass of orange juice swirled with honey and lavender. INDULGE • MARCH 2012 13
Egg White Vegetable Omelette Makes one omelette Four kinds of fruit for garnish (pick inseason fruit) 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 4 small red nugget potatoes, boiled until just cooked 1 tsp. ﬁnely chopped green onion ¼ cup blanched spinach, drained and chopped 1 tbsp. julienned sun-dried tomatoes 4 egg whites 1 tbsp. crumbled feta (goat cheese can be substituted) to taste salt and pepper Preheat oven to 350° F. Clean and prepare fruit, set aside. Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in pan over medium heat. Slice potatoes and sauté in olive oil to brown. Sprinkle with green onion, cover and set aside to keep warm. In a bowl, mix together egg whites with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. Heat another small amount of olive oil over medium heat. Pour in egg mixture and heat until almost, but not quite, cooked. Flatten the surface and put the pan in the oven to ﬁnish the omelette (1 – 3 minutes). Remove from the oven when eggs are just set, add cheese to the centre, fold over. Present on a plate garnished with fruit and sautéed potatoes. Season to taste. 14 MARCH 2012 Indulge
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In a medium-size pot over high heat, bring almond soy milk and water to a boil. Reduce heat so liquid is barely boiling. Stirring constantly, pour in polenta in a thin, steady stream; pausing occasionally to break up any lumps. Stir in sugar and salt. Simmer, stirring often, until polenta is soft and creamy to bite, 20 to 40 minutes (if heat is too high, bubbles may ‘spit’ globs of hot polenta out of the pot). Pour polenta into two bowls and drizzle the maple syrup around, one tbsp each, or as much as you like. Top with fruit and nuts.
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Organizational Disorder by Christie Judson
at less, exercise more, get organized. If you’re like most people, you’re constantly trying to work on those three goals. Achieving the ﬁrst two goals is pretty straightforward: institute a moratorium on drive-thrus and dust off the treadmill – again. However, when it comes to “conquering the clutter,” most of us aren’t sure where to begin. Of course, it’s no wonder: the thought of organizing a linen closet that has lost its way or (gasp) tackling the “junk” drawer – a shambolic catch-all of random odds and ends ranging from out-of-date grocery coupons to dried up superglue, MIA Scrabble pieces and an arsenal of loose screws and rubber bands – is enough to send most of us packing (and not in a handy Rubbermaid kind of way). Yet, while the job of getting organized may seem like a daunting challenge, according to Janis Nylund, professional organizer and
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“Having too many things and a lack of logical systems or dedicated spaces for speciﬁc items and simple day-to-day functions, such as opening the mail, creates clutter and distraction. You can have stuff stuck in the basement and just knowing it is there creates mental clutter. Some of my clients have too much stuff in their bedrooms and complain of not getting a decent night’s sleep.” While she says closets, garages, kitchens, basements and ofﬁces tend to be the most common spaces in need of reorganization, Nylund always recommends that her clients start with the areas that are causing them the most stress, costing them money or leading to problems such as missed deadlines or bill payments. “If you are going at it alone, start on something easy, such as a closet or desk. Take everything out so that you can separate the items into categories or like-item piles.
â€œOnce you see everything you have, you can make better decisions on what to keep or toss.â€? In terms of storage solutions and organizing systems, Nylund prefers anything that doesnâ€™t take an extra step. â€œIn other words, I prefer a drawer system over a lid system â€“ especially for kids,â€? said Nylund. â€œLids get lost, whereas a drawer is built-in and requires one direct movement for accessing and retrieving.â€? â€œSterilite drawers are one of my favourites for closets, playrooms, laundry rooms, pantries and garages. They come in a variety of sizes, stack nicely and are aesthetically pleasing. When organizing a childâ€™s space, such as a bedroom or playroom, I recommend staying away from multi-coloured containers. Children grow older in no time and those colours will become too primary for them. Plus, too many colours can make the room appear more cluttered.â€? The organization specialist, who is often hired alongside interior designers and
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Get the whole family on board with organization by Christie Judson Linda Chu, owner of Out of Chaos and founder of the B.C. Lower Mainland Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada, says establishing organizational systems in the home not only helps reduce family stress and anxiety, but teaches children lifelong skills that will help them learn to be self-sufďŹ cient, organized adults. To get a handle on busy schedules, while establishing important household routines, Chu offers the following simple family-friendly tips:
Create a Drop Zone Install labelled wall pockets in a common â€œdropâ€? area (kitchen, mud room, family room) to help organize school notices, homework, artwork, etc. Help kids get into the habit of organizing their papers
and emptying their backpacks (including lunch containers and water bottles) as soon as they come home from school.
Calendar Essentials Rather than juggling multiple calendars for mom, dad and kids, use one master calendar to minimize the risk of missed events and appointments. Whether you are using an electronic or printed calendar, be sure to highlight each family memberâ€™s calendar entry with a different colour, as it will make planning easier and save time in the long run. Before the new week begins, have a brief family meeting to gather important dates to enter into the master calendar. Make the â€œmeetingsâ€? into a fun family games night or incorporate a tradition of hot cocoa and popcorn.
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