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Editor’s Letter

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Viva Experts

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Contributors

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Behind the Scenes

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Giveaway

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Balanced Living

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Eco Chic

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Grocery Basket

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Inspired Living

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Horoscope

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Simply Flawless Pro secrets to radiant skin.

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Health Q&A Should you give up sugar?

60 Jorja Fox Why our favourite CSI star is one lucky lady. 86 Green Up Your Home Cost saving secrets to make your home more energy efficient. 88 Where Cell Phones Go To Die What happens to your old cell phone.

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Get the Look

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Balanced Health Ryan Sawlsville

56 Green Ways to Keep your Baby Clean 58

Health Cabinet

FOOD 70 Freshly Tossed Six healthy salads you have to try. 78 What’s in Your Fridge? Splash’n Boots YOUR LIFE 84

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Balanced Living Bitsie Tulloch

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Founder/Publisher Olivier Felicio Editor Nancy Ripton Art Director Tom Pal West Coast Entertainment Director Bonnie Siegler Editorial Assistant Kavita Sabharwal Junior Designer Tamara Kelly Editorial Intern Maya Akbay

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his April 22nd, Canadians everywhere will make an effort to turn out their lights, avoid unnecessary packaging, and reflect on the planet in which we live. While it’s a good step in the right direction, one day out of 365 is hardly enough to make a dent in the damage we’ve done to the planet we call home. Although the masses have only been celebrating Earth Day for the last decade, its origins date back to 1970. Even then, an elite group of environmentalists could see that what we were doing to our environment would have long-term consequences. In fact, the origins of Earth Day actually date back even further to the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962 (the 40th anniversary edition is still available). The ground-breaking book was a New York Times best seller, selling more than half a million copies in 24 countries with its initial publication. Carson was the first person to get the message of environmental concern out to the masses. Silent Spring was responsible for the banning of DDT, and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land and water. Now, 52 years later, there are still way too many of us who forget about our environment on all but its special day. It’s easy to see why. With over seven billion people on the planet it’s hard to see how one person can make a difference. Kelly Lovell (who spoke with Viva for “5 Ways to Make This Earth Day Count” on page 48) is proof of just how much of a difference one person can make. At just 22 years of age, Lovell is a pioneer when it comes to protecting the environment. She’s the founder of My Clean City, a program that collaborates with environmentally committed organizations to engage youth to volunteer, and is the youngest person to ever receive the honour of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards for her commitment to change. While not everyone will make the impact of Lovell or Carson, you have to believe that every little thing counts. Every cellphone that you keep out of a landfill, every light you turn off when leaving the room and every time you walk instead of drive you are making one tiny step toward a better world. Our environmental issues were built out of little things becoming one big mess; only little changes can reverse the damage.

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PRODUCTION Production Manager Erin Booth CONTRIBUTORS Babak • Christine Davis • Rider Dyce • Catherine Doherty • Nancy Jambazian • Steve Krug • Kimberly Metz • Sarah Orbanic • Rose Reisman • Claire Stubbs • Chris Van Doorn COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Elisabeth Caren Cover Hair Rosie Johnson, for Solo Artists Cover Makeup David Gardner, for Grid Agency Cover Stylists Angel Terrazas, for AIM Artists Photo Assistants Liz Bretz and Keith Berson

President Olivier Felicio General Manager Melanie Seth Credit Manager Louise Coté email: viva@publicationpartners.com telephone: 1.877.547.2246 or send your cover label and new address to: VIVA Magazine, 60 Bloor St., West, Suite 1106, Toronto ON, Canada M4W 3B8 ADVERTISING INFORMATION Olivier Felicio 416.203.7900 x6107 olivier@vivamagonline.com Jeff Yamaguchi 416.203.7900 x6122 jeff@vivamagonline.com Jason Cawley 416.906.1228 jason@thergmgroup.net Daniel J. Vincent 416.203.7900 X6135 danny@thergmgroup.net Erin Poredos Marketing & Events Coordinator 416.203.7900 x6128 erin@vivamagonline.com

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PANEL OF EXPERTS THE NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR AND NUTRITIONIST: Dr. Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN

Dr. Lindsey Duncan is a man with a healthy mission. The naturopathic doctor and celebrity nutritionist (clients include Marc Jacobs, Sharon Stone, and Demi Moore) is one of the world’s leading experts on super foods, herbal medicine, natural remedies and natural health. He has studied with indigenous people around the globe with the goal of bringing Mother Nature’s most powerful medicines to the forefront in mainstream America. Duncan’s goal has always been to allow the body to rejuvenate and heal naturally rather than just relieving symptoms. In 2004, he launched Genesis Today, the world’s fastest-growing healthy super food, beverage and snack company and he currently serves as the lead formulator, as well as CEO and Chairman of the Board.

THE DENTIST: Dr. Tarra Elliot, BSc, DDS

Dental care is about more than a just great smile. New studies show that the way we take care of our teeth impacts our overall health. Dr. Tarra Elliott is an expert in preventive, therapeutic and cosmetic dentistry. The owner of Eglinton Way Dentistry in Toronto, graduated with distinction from Dalhousie university and is committed to ongoing education. Elliott is an Invisalign Preferred Provider and a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. As a mother of two young boys, she also has a keen interest in family dentistry – and some tips on keeping your kid’s teeth cavity free.

THE NATURAL HEALTH, NUTRITION AND FITNESS EXPERT: Dr. Karol Wojewnik, B.Sc, M.D.

As Medical Director of dicentra regulatory and scientific solutions, Dr. Karol Wojewnik is involved in product formulations, claim substantiations, safety and efficacy evaluations, clinical research designs, analyses of scientific publications, medical evaluations of adverse reaction reports (ARR) for Health Canada, medical evaluations of adverse event reports (AER) for the FDA, GRAS medical evaluations and consultations on Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. Wojewnik is also a member of Life Sciences Ontario (LSO), Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, Cannabis Committee at the American Botanical Council, Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, the International Cannabinoid Research Society and the Regulatory Professional Society (RAPS).

THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Nicholas S. Liatsos, PT, CSCS, CISSN

Nick Liatsos understands the importance of balancing the science and art of healing. A licensed physical therapist with over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field, Liatsos has constantly evolved his knowledge of the body and his spectrum of therapies, providing the best treatment interventions for his patients from all over the world. Liatsos’ therapies go beyond soft tissue work and into energy medicine by utilizing his advanced training in microcurrent and Low Level Laser to heal all the way down to the cellular level. Nick bridges the gap between physical therapy, strength training and nutrition.

THE MIND-BODY HEALER: Steve Ozanich, AAS, BSAS, MBA

Steve Ozanich, a mindbody health-consultant, penned The Great Pain Deception based on his own experience, the work of John Sarno, MD, and 10 years of intensive research. Over the years, Ozanich has helped to heal thousands of people and his book has recently caught the attention of celebrities including George Clooney and Arianna Huffington. In addition to being a mindbody health consultant, the Ohio-based Ozanich is a health blogger with JenningsWire, health lecturer, certified personal fitness trainer, acoustic guitar player, and golf swing coach.

THE PARENTING EXPERT: Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley is one of the most recognized and respected parenting experts in North America. This parent educator and mother of four is best known as the author of the now-classic baby sleep book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Pantley has also authored 10 other parenting books, including The No-Cry Separation Anxiety Solution, The No-Cry Potty Training Solution, The No-Cry Discipline Solution, The No-Cry Picky Eater Solution. She is known worldwide as the practical, reasonable voice of respectful parenting.

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CONTRIBUTORS Steve Krug Steve Krug is an active member of the Toronto photographic industry, and has worked with distinguished clients on a number of national brands and campaigns. His award-winning work ranges from conceptual advertising to food and lifestyle. Having traveled much of the world, Krug is constantly inspired by new design and a culinary passion. He lives in Toronto’s West end with his wife and two boys. He’s also a big homemade sourdough bread geek, and by far the tallest photographer in Toronto. See his work in this issue in “Freshly Tossed” (page 70).

Rose Reisman This mother of four knows food. Rose Reisman has published 18 cooking books for a total of over 2,000 recipes. She’s the owner of Rose Reisman Catering and Personal Gourmet, a food delivery service with a fresh and frozen food line, has five degrees, and is an adjunct professor at York University’s Department of Health. Reisman has her own menu at the Pickle Barrel chain of restaurants and she’s also a philanthropist, having helped raise over one million dollars for breast cancer research, education and treatment. Next up she will be speaking at the Symphony of Wellness Canada May 29 and 30, 2014. See her favourite salad recipes in “Freshly Tossed” (page 70).

Kavita Sabharwal Shortly after completing her Media Studies degree at the University of Guelph-Humber, Kavita Sabharwal quickly jumped into the world of journalism by interning at FLARE. She is also a globetrotter, having lived in Korea for one year where she taught English. Sabharwal is currently the Editorial Assistant for Viva. Find out about some of her favourite things in this issue’s Eco Chic (page 23), see her profile on Extreme Weight Loss winner Ryan Sawlsville (page 54) and read about what she has to say about how we handle our old cell phones in “Where Cell Phones go to Die” (page 88).

Rider Dyce A 25-year veteran in the field of sponsorship marketing, Dyce’s interest in photography was borne out his travels around North America and Europe, and has developed into a passion over the past decade. Dyce recently moved into the world of portrait and street photography, disciplines that give him the opportunity to engage his subjects personally and challenge himself to create compelling images of people. He and his wife are based in Toronto. Dyce’s work can be seen this issue of Viva on page 83, “What’s in your Fridge” (page 78), and in “Where Cell Phones go to Die” (page 88).

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HOW DO YOU DEFINE BALANCED LIVING?

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Balance comes from the inside and I think it looks different for different people. What is balance for you and for me might be two different things. At the end of the day, if you are doing something you love, and if you can sleep at night, then that sets up a good equilibrium. An accomplishment and a restful night’s sleep help to keep me stable. When I am out of balance, I either can’t sleep or I can’t get out of bed. To me, that’s very telling that something is off.

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ON THE WIRE Throw on a couple Telephone Wire Bangles by The BAT Shop to brighten up any outfit. These bracelets are woven from colourful telephone wires and are Fair Trade certified for even the most ecoconscious fashionistas! (All Things Being Eco, $21.95)

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ECO-CUDDLY Give your kids the gift of environmental awareness with an Eco Snoopers Raccoon Backpack by Pecoware Company, which features a removable plush raccoon and accompanies a line of activity books to teach kids how fun it is to go green! (All Things Being Eco, $31.95)

SPRING FLING For those warm, lazy spring days, kick back in the organic cotton EZ Dress. This versatile dress was made with low impact dyes, can be dressed up or down to suit your mood, and features a feminine silhouette because comfortable can still look good. (Indigenous, $110)

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Help pollinate the trees and flowers in your yard by putting up these beesnees bee houses from All Lovely Stuff by Ester Comunello. Made from oak with a rusty steel roof, these rustic abodes will fit into any backyard and keep your garden beautiful! (Galerie CO, $42.95)

Enjoy lunch on a warm day on the boldly printed Kissing Rabbits Picnic Blanket by Anorak. The cotton blanket with a waterproof nylon underside comes with a strap for easy portability and is fully machine washable to take care of spills. (Galerie CO, $67.50)

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KITCHEN STABLE Give the dinner table a wild twist with Fair Trade Mahogany Animal Napkin Rings by Jedando Modern Handicrafts, carved from African mahogany using simple tools. The company focuses on educating the craftspeople on the need for reforestation to ensure sustainable incomes for years to come. (All Things Being Eco, $34)

STACK ‘EM UP These Stacking Cups by Green Toys are perfect for bath and play time. Made in the U.S. from 100 per cent recycled plastic milk containers, this toy helps teach basic counting and math concepts for a happy baby. (All Things Being Eco, $16.50)

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ICE COLD Cool down on a warm evening with a set of four diamondwheel engraved Glacier Glasses. These beautiful bluetinted glasses are made from recycled wine bottles and bring to mind frosty glaciers. (Rolf Glass, $59.99)

SWEET SCRIBBLES Grab the bright and cheery Every Day is Earth Day Jumbo Journal by Ecojot to record all your thoughts. The pages and board of this journal are made from 100 per cent post-consumer waste and for every journal sold, the company donates a school workbook or pencil to a child in need through Buy1Give1. (All Things Being Eco, $17)

ORANGE CRUSH To put some spring in your step, slip on these vegan leather Gift Sandals by Olsen Haus. These comfy sandals feature a natural linen footbed and antique brass buckle, and were produced in a fair trade, fair wage factory to keep your conscience as light as your feet. (Compassion Couture, $88)

COMFY KICKS Keep his feet comfortable in Timberland Earthkeepers Hookset Handcrafted Fabric Oxfords, made of 100 per cent cotton canvas with a lining made from recycled plastic bottles and a natural latex footbed. His stylish feet will thank you. (Planet Shoes, $82.50) EARTH ISSUE 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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STYLISH SIDEKICK Carry the spacious Lively Up School Pack everywhere you go. Made from REWIND fabric, a patented blend of 30 per cent hemp, 30 per cent organic cotton and 40 per cent recycled plastic bottles; this bag is a cool blend of eco-friendly fashion and function. (House of Marley Canada, $119.99)

LADY IN RED When the weather gets warm, stand out in Lavuk’s brightly hued Millennium Dress, a 100 per cent cupro shirtdress made from regenerated cellulose fiber. Plus, for every dress sold, a tree is planted through the American Forest Releaf Program. (Modavanti, $247.48)

SPIN CYCLE While this Trompe l’Aundry hamper by Streamline NYC won’t wash your clothes, it’ll look mighty cute while storing them. This handy hamper features carry straps and a window so you can see what’s dirty! (Modcloth, $30.86)

Slip on these ethically made Jennifer Skinny Jeans by Beija-Flor in a bright, springtime hue. Available in six splashy colours, these skinnies are made from eight recycled bottles in an ISO certified facility and come from the largest water recycler in Brazil. (Modavanti, $195.78)

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Beauty is in the details. Four stars dish on their favourite quickie beauty secrets that take just seconds to create. Add one to your routine and glamourize your look in under a minute.

PENELOPE CRUZ

Working moms are always short on time. To add a bit of quick glamour, Cruz likes to define her eyelids with a stripe of sultry black liner before adding a strip of copper with a Lancôme pen. This keeps the shimmer from looking too ‘schoolgirl’ and provides an effortless yet appealing look.

TARAJI P. HENSON

“I put a dollop of cocoa butter under my weave so that my natural hair stays moisturized,” says the Person of Interest star. Her show films in New York City, where the dry winter weather and inside heat can wreak havoc on Henson’s hair. “I need to keep my hair hydrated as much as possible.”

CONNIE BRITTON

The Nashville star uses Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm on her entire face. “I use this religiously all over my face to create a smooth canvas before applying any foundation. I usually only wear bronzer and powder foundation,” says Britton. After filming, the actor removes makeup with Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2. “I use this creamy cleanser twice a day to remove makeup from my face and neck area.” 

RENEE ZELLWEGER

The actor is faithful to the fruit in Fresh Seaberry Restorative Body Cream, which has seven times the restorative vitamin C of a lemon. Zellweger insists it’s her secret to a peaches and cream complexion year round.

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Use the bronze shade in this illuminating compact to add a warm, sultry glow to eyelids. This silky, shimmering powder uses lightreflecting minerals to flatter all skin tones, and age-defying ingredients like red tea* and pomegranate to defend against free radicals. Mineral Fusion Illuminating Powder  (8.4g, $29.99)

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Nurture your hair and scalp with this ultra moisturizing hair mask. This minty fresh hydrator adds shine and manageability to hair while soothing your scalp and softening your locks with coconut butter*, soy protein and Moroccan argan oil. Tashodi Japanese Peppermint Hair Mask (200g, $14.99)

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Take the day off while soothing dry or mature skin with this hydrating face wash. This creamy cleanser contains clary sage* to trap and retain moisture in the skin while removing dirt, makeup and impurities, leaving skin soft and supple. Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser (6 fl.oz, $12.99)

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Add a few drops of this 100 per cent pure sea buckthorn seed oil*, the same magic ingredient that is in Zellweger’s favourite cream, to your regular body moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and soft. This moisturizing oil preserves skin’s youthful texture while infusing skin with nourishing omega 3, 6, 7 and 9. Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (10mL, $14.80)

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NOVA SCOTIA FISHERMAN LIP CARE

The larger size creates better coverage and Xtreme Care for your lips, sealing in moisture to protect against nature’s elements. It’s also created using 93 per cent organic materials. NOVA SCOTIA FISHERMAN APPLE CIDER SOAP

The 100 per cent natural, handpoured soaps are made from olive, palm, coconut, and castor oils using the time honoured “Cold Process Method.” Reduced water content delivers a harder, longer lasting, more concentrated bar. Organic Shea butter provides extra moisture and a satiny feel. No artificial preservatives are added and all-natural scents are used. NOVA SCOTIA FISHERMAN RESCUE BALM

Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it absorbs everything it comes into contact with – water, sunlight, oxygen and the products we use. Nova Scotia Fisherman’s allnatural Rescue Balm is made with raw ingredients such as chamomile, Nova Scotia sea kelp and aloe extract to offer intense care for troubled areas such as hands, elbows and feet. NOVA SCOTIA FISHERMAN LOTION

A premium all-natural product that is a real treat for your whole body – you’ll fall in love with its creamy, smooth texture. Made from plant and tree derived oils and skin-friendly botanical extracts, this lotion improves your skin’s texture, leaving it looking (and feeling) rejuvenated.

NOVA SCOTIA FISHERMAN CUTICLE RESCUE

Great cuticle health means healthier nails, less trouble with hangnails and infection. This cuticle rescue is made with 91 per cent organic ingredients including Seabuckthorn, which is loaded with Vitamin C to encourage collagen production and soften and moisturize your cuticles. NOVA SCOTIA FISHERMAN SALT N SEA BODY SCRUB

An all-natural body scrub that contains Nova Scotia Sea Kelp and Seabuckthorn; this treatment will cleanse your skin of dead cells, while leaving amazing moisturizing oils and nutrients behind. Bonus: This scrub exposes hair follicles allowing for a closer shave. It also unclogs pores to reduce skin irritations and breakouts.

PARTNERING WITH NATURE CONSERVANCY OF CANADA In launching the Nova Scotia Fisherman™ line, the company formed a partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Since their first provincial project in 1971, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has become Atlantic Canada’s largest private land conservation organization. NCC works on a landscape scale to acquire, manage and restore habitats, including some of the region’s most iconic landscapes. SPRING 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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SIMPLY FLAWLESS WHO SAYS PERFECTION ISN’T POSSIBLE? ANYONE CAN HAVE GLOWING RADIANT SKIN, YOU JUST NEED TO KNOW A FEW SECRETS FROM THE PROS. CELEBRITY MAKE-UP ARTIST NANCY JAMBAZIAN SHARES HOW TO GET A SATIN FINISH, REGARDLESS OF YOUR SKIN TYPE.

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hether you prefer minimalist makeup or you’re more of a dramatic diva, a flawless complexion is the essential starting point for any look. Healthy, beautiful skin is the best foundation to create a picture perfect you. While maintaining a good, daily skincare regimen that includes cleansing, toning, moisturizing (and occasionally exfoliation) is the starting point, you’ll need more than the basics to achieve skin perfection. Here’s how anyone can love the skin they’re in:

YOUR SKIN IS WHAT YOU EAT It may sound cliché, but beauty starts from the inside out. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Your body is about 70 per cent water. Throw off this balance just a little, and your skin will be the first area you’ll see the damage. Lack of water not only dries out the skin; it can contribute to flare ups and other problems. Regular exercise to boost circulation and plenty of “beauty” sleep are also essential factors for glowing skin; as is eating a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and the skin is no exception. While you can’t go wrong with fish, whole grains and produce, there are five nutrients that are especially important in terms of your complexion. Here’s a look at the vital five for flawless skin: 1. VITAMIN C This antioxidant helps the body build skinsupporting collagen. Supplement or find naturally in fruits such as kiwi and oranges.

4. LYCOPENE This antioxidant helps prevent against sun damage. Tomatoes and watermelon are both excellent sources. 5. LUTEIN Lutein fights free radicals and increases skin elasticity. It’s abundant in eggs and kale.

LIGHT COVERAGE Glowing skin doesn’t need heavy foundations – especially in the summer months. For a light, natural look use tinted moisturizers or the new hybrid BB (beauty balm) creams. BB creams are the next generation in multitasking products – a moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, foundation, and skincare treatment all in one. BB creams help even out skin tone, reducing redness, dark spots and blemishes. They improve skin texture, and treat and protect the skin with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients. Used over time, BB creams will regenerate and brighten the skin. APPLICATION: BB creams are easy to apply since they are sheer. They blend into the skin invisibly, so you don’t have to find an exact match for your skin colour. The colour ranges to choose from are typically light, medium and dark; as long the hue is close to your skin colour you’ll get the results you desire.

GOING BANANAS! Bananas are your skin’s super food. They are packed with nutrients and essential vitamins such as A, B,

2. OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS These essential fatty acids keep the skin supple and act as an anti-inflammatory to prevent redness and wrinkles. Supplement or find naturally in fatty fish such as salmon or walnuts.

C, and minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc. Bananas give you younger looking skin because they are hydrating, anti-aging and support the skin’s elasticity. Used topically, bananas make amazing skincare products ranging from moisturiz-

3. BETA-CAROTENE Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body to act as an anti-aging agent to help repair skin tissue. Supplement or find naturally in orange vegetables such as carrots and sweet potatoes.

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SATIN SKIN: For extra glow (especially for drier skin types), skip the setting powder and use cream blushes and shadows, which will blend into the skin like butter.

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MEDIUM COVERAGE If you need, or simply prefer, more coverage, choosing the right type of product is essential for a beautiful finish. A liquid foundation is a great way to create the perfect canvas for the rest of your make-up. There are different formulas designed for various skin needs ranging from oily (creating a matte finish) to combination and drier skins (satin smooth finish). Each provides light to medium coverage. APPLICATION: Always prep your skin with a hydrating moisturizer and eye cream prior to applying foundation so that it will go on smoother and look fresher. To apply, dab several dots of foundation on the center of the face (forehead, nose, cheeks and chin) and blend out and downward. For more coverage you need a product that has more pigment, not a heavier texture. Once foundation has been applied, cover any imperfections that are still visible with a concealer, pressing it on using a small, flat synthetic brush or your fingers. Choose a creamy formula if you are applying under the eyes.

FULL COVERAGE POLISHED SKIN

IT’S ABOUT PRIME: For a smooth longlasting finish, start with a primer that is hydrating and acts as a filler for pores, wrinkles and fine lines. It’s important to use a primer that is the same formula as your foundation. Oil and water don’t mix – keep them separate.

If you are trying to cover scars, acne or more severe pigmentation, full coverage is your best choice. The good news is that today’s foundations are galaxies away from the old masklike cracked and cakey faces from the early eighties. Newer formulations are more highly pigmented with high performing ingredients so they can give great coverage, with less product, and leave a much lighter feel on your skin. Cream foundations are the big hitters when it comes to full coverage. Traditionally they are oil based, however there are now oil-free formulas that work just as well. APPLICATION: A good application technique will ensure a smooth finish. Scoop some of the cream foundation onto your hand and gently massage it around to warm it up. Stipple on a little at a time with a foundation brush until you have the coverage you want; then blend and buff it into the skin with a make-up sponge. Set your foundation with a dusting of loose powder for a polished look. VM

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BEAUTY TERMINOLOGY RED TEA Red tea works well to help heal many ailments due to its Quercetin content, a flavonol. It increases circulation, prevents hemorrhaging and protects against infection. A fantastic antiaging ingredient, red tea contains a special enzyme called Superoxide Dismutase, which helps prevent free radical damage. It also contains natural antioxidants that help to remove or neutralize toxins.

CLARY SAGE Clary Sage is often used to help soothe issues caused by women’s hormones, and can also be used to help improve feelings of depression. This medicinal herb is usually harvested in France and Spain and thrives in adverse conditions such as in dry soil due to its ability to avoid dehydration. Clary Sage traps and retains water, and when used in skincare it helps to prevent moisture loss, the main cause of dry skin.

Sea buckthorn is a bright orange berry that gives its users many health and beauty benefits including its well-known anti-aging properties. The highest quality sea buckthorn berries are grown in the Tibetan Himalayas, in a combination of extreme weather, high altitudes and rocky soil. The berry and its seed oil have been used for over a millennium to help sustain energy levels, improve cellular health, cardiovascular and joint function, moisturize dry and damaged skin, improve immune health, decrease wrinkles and fine lines and help manage eczema and rosacea symptoms.

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COCONUT BUTTER Coconut butter is made from the flesh of a coconut, dried and blended to form a creamy paste. Coconut butter makes an excellent moisturizer due to its high fat content. It is sometimes used as-is as an at-home body or hair moisturizer, but is a common ingredient in soaps, conditioners and body butters.

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Which of these ailments are in your family? Calcified swollen fingers

Sleep apnea? Trouble falling asleep?

As recommended by Dr. Gifford-Jones M.D. 48% snore, however, 75% are suffering if a partner snores or interrupts breathing (sleep apnea). Another high number of adults have problems falling #23 NPN 80045172 asleep and staying asleep. These things happen in almost all families. All are serious as they reduce energy next day. Sleep apnea may cause strokes or irregular heart beats (I can testify from my own true experience). Literally hundreds of true testimonials on our website all with full names, towns, many with phone numbers or email addresses: <My husband stopped snoring and gasping for air first night<Since taking Bell Sound Sleep I sleep quietly and peacefully all night long <It is such a joy not having to use the CPAP machine anymore<I’m amazed something so simple and natural could be so effective. <Full names and towns on our website you may call if you are skeptical.

Frequent Bathroom Trips?

I personally was treated for many years with all kinds of medications that did not completely solve my running frequently to the bathroom….until I created my own tea with the help of knowledgeable experts: The Bell Ezee Flow Tea #4a. Within 3 days I had #4a NPN 80046303 no more urgency, pain or burning from the bladder inflammation that always comes with prostate BPH. We have literally helped hundreds of thousands of men in North America and 80 countries around the world. You can buy the tea in Florida or Africa or Hong Kong or Moscow. It also stops incontinence in men and in women (women ask for #4b). It puzzles me to no end that the US Mayo Clinic writes that there are 30 million women in USA alone that are incontinent. Our Bell Tea #4b can stop incontinence (and wearing diapers) within days. MEN #4a: < I Cancelled my prostate surgery. Get up once a night. < After 1st year PSA went down to 4.5, 2nd year 2.9, 3rd year 2.3. A real life saver. WOMEN #4b < Within a week no more wetting accidents. < Had relief within 6 days. Tea represents truth in advertising. <Guarantee printed on all boxes.

Calcified hardened arteries By Dr. C. Hammoud M.H., Ph.D. Calcification can be removed quickly on fingers (where we can see it). Bell Calcium Build-Up #71 can remove calcium in arteries, soft organs, heart valves, including all joints may become less smooth or even painful from the calcium build-up. Everybody knows the meaning of calcified, hardened arteries and too few take the simple step to rectify it. Calcification of the joints often comes together with osteoarthritis and both health problems can be treated at the same time or separately. Bell #71 does one more important thing, it helps to direct the calcium intake to our bones where we want it and need it. Both are simple matters we can understand and easily treat. Everybody saw the TV commercials how a calcium remover cleans shower heads and they become sparkling clean. This is what Bell #71 may do for your fingers, arteries, organs and joints if taken regularly. Names of people and towns are on the Bell website and catalog: <Within a week of using #71 the lumps on my fingers have gone away<I’m surprised to see actual results of the build-up gradually disappearing. I also believe now it will reduce plaque from my arteries, where I cannot see it<I was aware of calcium and hardening of the arteries. I tried Bell #71 and after one bottle I started to notice less stiffening in my knees and much to my surprise a difference in my hands.<I had limited joint mobility. After taking #71 NPN 80045172 #71 for 8 months I have progressed to walking 5-10 miles every day. <I have been on Bell Calcium Build-Up for 4 months and I am a different person now. I am also taking Bell Shark Cartilage #1 which is helping my arthritis.

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My own kidney function increased from 45% to 61% within 2 months established by blood tests by drinking the Bell Kidney Cleanse & Function Tea #76. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, May 2010 Newsletter, states that there is no conventional medicine to #76 NPN 80035543 restore kidney function and NSAIDS drugs are not recommended. Kidney transplant is an option. However, all transplants require life long rejection drugs that kill the immune system and make a person defenseless against all minor and major illnesses. Excerpts from our website: <Kidney GFR rate went from 29 to 43.<My kidney function went from 40% to 80%<Within 2-3 months my kidney function went from 46% to 63% <Passed 3 small stones after drinking only 5-6 cups of Bell Kidney Tea. < You will find on our website full length testimonials with names of people and towns you can call if you want more information.

Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Rosacea By Dr. C. Hammoud M.H., Ph.D.

All creams and washes on the market attack the skin from the outside and leave the cause untreated. Our different approach makes a lot more sense. Since there can be no doubt about it, that the cause is coming from our inside, it is this common cause that should be treated. Bell #60 works from the inside and cleanses the blood that causes all skin problems. Usually people see #60 NPN 80042656 results for all above skin disorders within a few days or latest by the time they finished the first bottle. Bell #60 is all natural, it is inexpensive and we have no reports of side effects. Excerpts from our catalog or website: <After 1 week my severe acne became quite mild and after 2 weeks it had completely vanished. <Red rosacea on the nose and cheeks gone in less than a week. <I had severe psoriasis over 95% of my body. Last 5 years I have stunned every doctor and dermatologist. With 2 days my skin cleared up. I’m speechless. It was inexpensive compared with the money I spent before.<I am a minister and had eczema on my right hand for some 30 years. Expensive prescriptions didn’t help. Finally Bell #60 worked within days and I could shake hands again.” <Guarantee printed on all boxes.

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THINK YOURSELF HAPPY Looks like you really are who you think you are. According to new research in The Journal of Positive Psychology you can think yourself happy. In the study, all participants did the same activity, with one group being told to focus on improving their happiness and the other told to focus on the activity at hand. Turns out the “think happy” group really were the happiest at the end of the two-week study.

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H E ALTH NEWS WILL CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECT THE WAY WE EAT? A study led by the University of Leeds found that crop yields will be negatively affected by climate change much earlier than initially expected. Climate change will have an increasingly negative impact on crop yields of rice, maize and wheat from the 2030s onwards. The impact is said to be bigger in the second half of the century with a decrease in production of over 25 per cent.

COULD COFFEE BEANS HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT? Looks like the answer’s yes, but only if your coffee beans are green. A recent study by the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania looked at the weight-loss effects of green coffee bean extract. In the study, 16 overweight or obese participants lost an average of 16 per cent of their body fat in 22 weeks. The participants continued to consume 2,400 daily calories, however they supplemented with green bean extract three times a day. Green coffee beans have their colour because they are straight from the plant. When coffee beans are altered through roasting they lose chlorogenic acid, which signals your body to burn fat for energy more easily, and helps block sugar from your bloodstream.

CALORIES COUNT Female athlete triad syndrome is a condition that’s been rising among adolescents lately. The female athlete triad has three interrelated components: disordered eating and low energy availability, dysmenorrhea (reduced or non-existent periods), and low bone mineral density. “Many girls are so active they need 3,500 calories a day plus because they are competing at a high level,” says Dr. Anastasia Fischer, MD, a physician in Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Some girls who have this syndrome do have serious eating disorders, but most do not. Rather, most adolescents just do not realize how important eating the appropriate amount of calories and proper nutrition is for their athletic performance and general wellbeing. Girls underestimate that food is fuel.” Female adolescent athletes should track their menstrual cycle and have a nutrition plan that consists of getting enough calories throughout the day.

SYMPHONY OF WELLNESS Childhood obesity has tripled in Canada over the past three decades and one billion people worldwide are overweight. The Symphony of Wellness Canada (held in Vaughan, Ontario May 29 and 30, 2014) aims to educate people on how to lose weight for good. Guest speakers include: Rose Reisman (see her salad recipes on page 70), Tony Greco and Extreme Weight Loss winner Ryan Sawlsville (see his story on page 54).

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EAT LESS, LIVE LONGER According to a new evolutionary theory, consuming a diet low in calories may help you live longer. Scientists have known for decades that restricting food intake in animals reduces the incidence of diseases of old age, such as cancer, and increases lifespan. The same appears to hold true for humans.

YOUR MATH ANXIETIES MAY BE HEREDITARY A new study on math anxiety from the Ohio State University indicated that children, and some adults, may have more anxiety about math because of genetic factors.

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If you absolutely cannot live without sugar I recommend trying Stevia as a substitute. Stevia is all natural and it doesn’t have the same effect on blood sugar levels as other sweeteners. Coconut sugar and yacon syrup are also sweeteners with lower glycemic indexes, making them good alternatives when you need something sweet. Raw honey is a good choice too because it has some beneficial health properties. Fruit is also a good choice when it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth. Fruits have many beneficial qualities including vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, fibre and water. Fruits are high in fructose, a sugar that is processed in our liver to be used for energy, however this natural sugar isn’t harmful unless it is consumed in high quantities. I would recommend two servings of fruits per day for women and three for men. VM

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Meet our Expert: Dr. Christine Davis, ND, is the Health Promotion Manager for Magna International. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto before completing the four-year postgraduate program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Davis believes in the power of knowledge and promotes health education by holding health seminars, writing articles and leading corporate wellness initiatives at Magna. A strong advocate for preventative medicine and patient-centered care in Ontario, Davis currently practices naturopathic medicine at the P3 Clinic in Toronto, ON and the Magna Health Centre in Aurora, ON. Christine is passionate about health and she encourages and empowers each individual with new skills to achieve their health goals, optimize their wellbeing and address the root causes of disease.

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CHOOSE LOCAL

“Put local food on your plate and eat what’s in season as much as possible,” says Anthony Westenberg, the PR Manager for Evergreen Brickworks. Have you ever stopped to think that the strawberry you eat in January may have travelled 5,000 kilometers to make it to your plate? Even little changes can make a difference. “If you have a choice between garlic that comes from China or garlic that comes from northern Ontario, pick the garlic that comes from northern Ontario.” Not only does the money stay in the province; it’s more eco-friendly to opt for local produce.

to do your part to improve the environment:

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PAINT YOUR HOUSE WITH LOW OR NO-VOC PAINTS.

According to a study from Johns Hopkins University, more than 300 toxic chemicals and 150 carcinogens may be present in paint, which can cause long-term health problems. As paint dries, these harmful VOCs are released into the air and are highest during or soon after painting (about 50 per cent of the VOCs are released in the first year). They continue seeping out for several years afterwards. “Painting over prior paint with low or no-VOC paint will generally seal in the VOCs,” says Jason Kliwinski from The Green Living and Building Centre. If not done properly stripping old paint can cause particles to become airborne and more hazardous so painting over is usually the best option. Low or no-VOC paints are now widely available and sold by most major paint manufacturers.

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“I know I used to forget to do this, but turning off the lights when you’re not in the room, is a small thing that people really forget,” says youth ambassador and environmentalist Kelly Lovell. “We also usually leave our laptops plugged in throughout the day, it really wastes a lot of energy. Only plug it in when you need to charge it. I would encourage you not to underestimate what your actions can do.”

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EVERY DROP COUNTS

Every little action adds up, so small things like getting your leaky faucet fixed can save at least 5,500 litres of water a year. According to Waterwise, that’s enough water to fill a paddling pool every week for the whole summer. If you turn the tap off while brushing your teeth, it saves six litres of water per minute – you can save around 12 to 18 litres every time you brush your teeth.

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CREATE A GREEN HOUSE

No home is too small to start a mini garden. “My friend always says that your balcony is bigger than you realize,” says Westernberg. Think vertical by filling in your windowsill with stacking herbs, or use hanging baskets on the wall to increase growing area. “Speak to the gardener selling you [the plants or seeds] about how often to water it, where to put it, and when to expect it to bloom. It requires some experimentation,” says Westenberg. You can even grow a plant out of an old pencil stub. Sprout Pencil has a seed capsule inside it. You can use it like you would any normal pencil; when it becomes too small to use, you plant and water it. The seed germinates once you water it a few times, and you can leave the remaining pencil shaft in the ground as a position marker or take it out and watch your seed grow into flowers, herbs or veggies. Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Sprout Pencil is available to buy at Amazon.

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HOW ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE Kelly Lovell, who had just come back from attending the Oscars in Los Angeles when we interviewed her, is a pioneer for protecting the environment. From fundraising to building schools in Africa, serving as a National Youth Delegate and launching volunteerism projects, Lovell is a dedicated mentor and founder of My Clean City, a program that collaborates with environmentally committed organizations to engage youth with volunteer actions. “It’s run by youth for youth, and it caters to the twenty-first century volunteer,” says Lovell, who uses social media to get youth involved. “From my own experience I found that there’s quite a bit of disconnect between youth and community resources, because a lot of the time we lack awareness of what’s already existing within our community, or we lack the motivation to get involved.” My Clean City wants to show that community involvement can be fun, with “Clean Teens” engaging in activities like planting trees, doing compost gardens, community cleanups, and water conservation activities to earn “clean creds.” Lovell was the recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s 2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards last year. Just 21 at the time, Lovell is the youngest person to receive this honour. She’s also an Ontario Provincial Change the World Youth Ambassador, and a recipient of the QEII Diamond Jubilee medal.

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FITTER PARENTS EQUAL FITTER KIDS. HERE’S WHY INCREASING YOUR ACTIVITY WILL BENEFIT YOUR WHOLE FAMILY AND FIVE SIMPLE WAYS TO GET MOVING. BY NANCY RIPTON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH ORBANIC

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hen life gets busy, it’s easy to forget about your own health and wellbeing. When we spend all day at work, guilt can keep us from taking a little extra time for ourselves. In reality, being active is one of the best things you can do for your child. A recent study at the University of Essex found that children who said their parents do almost no physical activity have a 50 per cent greater risk of being unfit than those with more physically active parents. This is especially significant since the overall fitness levels of our youth have been declining rapidly since the early 80s. According to Stats Canada, close to one third of five- to 17-yearolds are overweight. The average 12-year-old weighs 11 to 14 pounds more than in 1981 and scores lower on aerobic, strength and flexibility tests. Although some parents seem eager to place the blame on everyone from schools to marketers, studies are finding that the biggest indicator of a child’s physical fitness is how active their parents are. “Modeling being active can be very useful in raising fitter kids,” says Kristen Holm, an assistant professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO. Holm was a lead author on a recent study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health that found that on days when parents are more active, their kids are more active. “Parent and child activity levels are strongly correlated,” says Holm. The more steps a parent takes in a day, the more steps their child will take. To help you take control of your health, Viva has uncovered five ways that even the busiest parent can make time for fitness.

doesn’t mean you need to block out a solid chunk of time for daily physical activity. “Little things like parking the car farther away in the parking lot can make all the difference,” says Mann. Make a family pact to avoid elevators and walk whenever possible. PRIME YOUR HOUSE FOR FITNESS

Create a home that is full of fitness opportunities. Mann suggests substituting chairs for stability balls. “Using a stability ball at your desk is a great way to train your core while you work.” You could even switch out your dining room chairs for stability balls at some meals. Your kids will think it’s a blast to sit on a ball while they eat and your whole family will get fit at mealtime. In Mann’s house they leave a set of hand-weights at the bottom of the stairs. When someone walks up the stairs, they carry the weights and leave them at the top. When they walk down, they take the weights with them. You could use books or any heavy object. “When you’re busy it’s all about making simple and easy opportunities to build strength,” says Mann. GET INVOLVED DURING YOUR CHILD’S ACTIVITIES

Volunteering to coach your child’s team is a great way to get fit. It also shows your child that you care about getting in shape. If you don’t feel comfortable coaching, use your child’s activity time to go for a walk or jog. Since her oldest son (now 22) was in kindergarten Mann has always volunteered to teach fitness once a month at her children’s school. “Helping kids find the fun and playful side of fitness keeps fitness fun for you too,” says Mann. VM

TAKE TIME FOR SCHEDULING

“Set aside time on Sunday night to plan your fitness activities for the upcoming week,” says Sharon Mann, mother of three and group fitness director at White Oakes Spa and Resort in Niagara-onthe-Lake, ON. Write down when you’re going to exercise the same way you would your children’s activities. If it’s on your schedule it’s tougher to brush off.

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“Fitness videos are one of the easiest ways to squeeze exercise into a busy day,” says Mann. You can do them at home, and at anytime, and they’re economical. TRY MINI ACTIVITY BURSTS

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TAKING CONTROL

A FORMER CONTESTANT ON ABC’S EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS, RYAN SAWLSVILLE SHARES HIS STORY OF OVERCOMING THE ODDS AND TAKING CONTROL OF HIS LIFE. BY KAVITA SABHARWAL

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25-year-old Appleton, Wisconsin native unwilling to leave his home. He made a habit of eating late at night and rarely exercised until a friend pointed out that something had to change. “I realized being overweight was more of a disability than losing my arm and something had to change,” says Sawlsville. “I wasn’t in control of losing my arm. It was gone and it wasn’t coming back. I was in control of my weight, however, and I felt like I was letting myself down and letting my family down.” COMMITTING TO A CHANGE A friend challenged Sawlsville to try out for the third season of Extreme Weight Loss and helped him through the extensive process of interviews, paperwork and a video application to be considered for the show, including an emotional visit to the scene of his car accident. Following rounds of cuts, Sawlsville was surprised by a Green Bay Packers jersey-wearing Extreme Weight Loss transformation specialist Chris Powell while at the Packers Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field, announcing that he had made it on the show. The two-hour episode (which aired on June 26, 2013) started with Sawlsville weighing in at 410 pounds. The episode followed Sawlsville for one year as he hiked, did CrossFit workouts and spent hours at the gym with Powell and Powell’s wife Heidi. They started by making small adjustments to workouts so he could do them onehanded, but he continued to push himself, not wanting to let having one arm become an excuse for himself. Sawlsville paired his exercise

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regimen with clean eating according to Powell’s food plan of consuming 1,800 to 2,000 calories throughout five small meals per day. Sawlsville chose to not consume junk food to avoid going back on his goals, although contestants were given a “free day” where they were not required to work out or rigidly stick to the food plan. By the end of the episode, Sawlsville had lost 217 pounds, or 53 per cent of his former body weight to finish at 193 pounds, surpassing the results of any other contestant on the show and earning him the nickname ‘Juggernaut’ from Powell for hitting all his goals. As a reward for working tirelessly to achieve his goals, Sawlsville received a state-of-the-art prosthetic from Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics from the show. Since leaving the show, Sawlsville’s weight sits at about 220 to 230 pounds, which is where he wants to stay. He has built up more muscle since leaving the show and says this range is what works best for him. To maintain his new shape, Sawlsville usually works out for an hour per day running and lifting weights, and continues to eat clean. The show connected him with Ryan Dart of CrossFit Appleton, who Sawlsville works out with as Dart helps him achieve his personal training certification. Sawlsville’s dream is to one day open his own gym as a certified personal trainer, alongside his future wife and children. GIVING BACK Sawlsville will be speaking at the Symphony of Wellness Canada event on May 29 and 30, 2014. Created by Felicia Pizzonia, a registered nutritionist with certifications in fitness and exercise, the Symphony of Wellness is aimed at educating people on how to lose weight the healthy way and keep it off. Sawlsville knows first hand what a struggle it was to even get to the point of wanting to losing weight, and believing that he could. To support others, he has started a 21-day challenge on Facebook where he provides advice and support for people looking to lose weight and make a positive change their lives. Sawlsville believes the biggest obstacle in losing weight is lacking confidence in yourself, the fear of the unknown and the fear of failure. “People get hung up on what could happen, causing

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them to not try,” he says. “What they need to do is have somebody come into their lives that believes in them, builds them up until they start to believe in themselves. That’s what Chris Powell, Ryan Dart, my family and the show did for me. They all believed in me and then I got to a place where I believed in myself.” If you want to lose weight you need to know that it will take a lot of hard word and dedication – and you have to be consistent. “Honestly, the first time I’ve been consistent was on the show,” says Sawlsville. “Looking back now, I think me not putting effort into anything is what got me where I was,” says Sawlsville. “After the car accident, I had a chance; I could take control of my future. I realized that as long as you’re not dead, you can still fight; you can still transform your life.” And now that he’s learned how to fight, there’s no turning back. VM FEB-MAR 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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detergent ingredients. “Be especially wary of sodium lauryl sulfate,” says Marlene Beadling, a product educator. “It’s an ingredient used as a foaming agent in many cleansers that has been shown to be irritating to skin.” Talc, polyethylene glycol and polysorbates should also be avoided, as they are known carcinogens. To help make your shopping easier, we’ve rounded up a list of our favourite eco-friendly baby products. Try these natural products your baby will love:

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Get a good night’s sleep with these fastdissolving alcoholfree capsules. These all-natural sleep aids contain White Chestnut, Star of Bethlehem, Clematis, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Rock Rose to battle the common symptoms of stress while being safe for the whole family to use. (28 capsules, $9.95)

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2. ST. FRANCIS HERB FARM DEEP IMMUNE

This product acts as an antiviral to boost a weak immune system by reinforcing the basic functions of the body. It strengthens the bone marrow, helping it produce more immune reserves. You can use this product to counteract the debilitating effects of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. It’s also a savior with autoimmune and immune deficiency diseases. (50mL, $15.99)

3. NATURE’S BOUNTY HAIR AND NAILS CAPSULES

These capsules carry a formula of biotin and bamboo to provide nutrients that boost the health of your hair and nails. The specialized and unique combination of nutrients, including L-cystine, horsetail, bamboo, inositol, and Vitamin B6, make your hair and nails stronger. B vitamins help with energy metabolism, while biotin acts at the base of the nail where growth begins, and maintains healthy growth for both nails and hair. (60 capsules, $8.99)

4. OMEGA ALPHA VITAMIN D3 1,000 IU CONCENTRATED DROPS

Use these orangeflavoured drops to counteract issues with the heart, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, the Canadian Cancer Society recommends adults take 1,000 I.U. every day as a sound preventative measure for cancer. It’s especially important to take Vitamin D when there’s a lack of exposure to sunlight. (50mL, $7.29-9.99)

5. WEBBER NATURALS TURMERIC BROMELAIN JOINT EASE

If you’re in need of a product to improve inflammatory conditions and digestion, this is it. Bromelain is a digestive aid that helps with absorbing turmeric. Turmeric acts as an antiinflammatory for painful joints. You can use this product between meals if you have achy joints, and take it with meals to support your digestion. (60 capsules, $9.97)

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FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING JORJA FOX ON OUR TELEVISION SETS. HERE’S A LOOK AT HOW THE ACTOR SPENDS HER TIME OFF SCREEN, AND WHY SHE CONSIDERS HERSELF ONE LUCKY LADY.

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LADY LUCK

orja Fox is really the antithesis of her television alter ego Sarah Sidle on the hit show CSI. Whereas Sidle is often sullen and dark, Fox is all smiles and has a bounce in her step that just makes you want to be around her. However, both ladies are looking for ways to reinvent themselves. “Sara got dumped by her husband last year so she’s been grieving,” says Fox of the character she’s played in close to 300 episodes. “She’s looking for ways to break out of her shell. I think we’ve all been through a break-up; it’s part of the peaks and valleys in life.” Hoping to step outside her own comfort zone and reinvent herself again, Fox has taken on the role of producer with the animal rescue documentary Lion Ark. The film reveals a historical move of 25 lions from Libya to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado. “I think it’s important to reinvent yourself over the years,” says Fox. “I’ll act for as long as people will have me, however I also want to put my eggs in a couple of other baskets.” VEGAN WANNABE One area Fox won’t be reinventing herself is her diet. The actor has been a disciplined vegetarian for the past 20 years. “Eating meatfree is second nature to me,” she says. Fox describes herself as a vegan wannabe. “I’m vegan 85 per cent of the time.” Fox eats healthy and considers rice pasta with vegan meatballs her comfort dish. “I made a vegan meatloaf a few months ago. Unfortunately I blew it – it came out looking like chili,” she laughs. “It was tasty though.” Fox does make minor adjustments to her diet in an attempt to improve her health. For example, she switched from early morning coffee to green or black tea. Aware that omega-3 fatty acids are important to her well being, Fox now takes a vegan source of omega3s daily. She also supplements with a multi, pro-biotic and magnesium and calcium vegetarian capsule. Early morning before heading out to work or surf, Fox has a green smoothie. “Kale, lettuce, spinach, chard, a little fruit, and nuts for protein such as walnuts, almonds or cashews, flaxseed or chia seeds.” She also eats a sweet something for breakfast. “A cookie, cupcake, piece of cake – real sweet. It probably started with me having chocolate pop tarts when I 62

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was a kid,” she says. Growing up in Melbourne Beach, Florida, the young girl never wanted to I REALLY LIKE THE ZEN THING OF eat breakfast. “My mother would feed me almost SURFING – CLEARING MY MIND AND anything so I didn’t go to school on an empty JUST BEING IN THE MOMENT. stomach,” she says. “Maybe that’s why I was a chubby kid.” When Fox turned 13, she decided she didn’t the need to present herself in a certain light, “sort want to be heavy anymore so she became very focused on how of like I’m mature, perhaps intellectual. I always go to have a healthier weight. Several years later, she won a modfor dark blue, yet I love the blue tropical ocean color eling contest (yet to this day she still considers that a fluke). within the turquoise family.” “I think I’ll always feel a bit like a fish out of water,” she says, “I felt like one in Florida my whole life. I’m quite tall [five-footSOUL MUSIC nine] and wouldn’t trade that for anything, however there’s a “I’d put my music into a category of guilty indulsort of awkwardness that comes with it. I was never typically gence,” says Fox. “Music is something I have never what most people think of as attractive or beautiful in Florida pursued professionally so it’s an art form that I can – I wasn’t blonde or curvy.” be as silly and crazy as I want to and never worry While she may still feel atypical at times, Fox can confidently about it being popular. That has saved me many say that she feels a certain comfort in her own skin now. “I times – having music, which is just for me or just love the California lifestyle of shorts, sun dresses and surfing for me and friends – that’s fun.” so I’m on the beach in a bathing suit. Then it’s my black wet “I think as actors we sometimes forget to have an suit, which reveals all my imperfections. Yeah, I look like a artistic hobby,” says Fox who has played the guitar total dork in the water on my surf board with zinc on my face, since age 12. “Music is more my story.” If she were to and a hat, but I’d rather have the fun experience of surfing.” write a tune about her life, what would the title be? “Lady Luck. I know it’s been used before, but AN OUTDOOR GIRL that’s what I’d title my song.” Not Georgia On My It isn’t just surfing Fox loves, she’s a outdoor girl. Seizing upon Mind? “I’ve heard that thousands of times, espeLos Angeles’ temperate climate, Fox takes her exercise routine cially growing up in the South. It’s a song I love and to the open air. With her rescue dog Bear by her side, Fox takes I don’t think I’d ever get tired of hearing it.” Still, 45-minute walks every day – sometimes longer on weekends. with Fox’s success and peaceful existence, Lady “I’ve developed a passion for being outside, so hiking, walkLuck seems more fitting. VM ing and surfing are year-round activities for me. Growing up in Florida, it was all about the ocean. As a younger person, I surfed for the adrenaline rush. As I’m getting older, I’m not into that anymore, however I really like the Zen thing of surfing – clearing my mind and just being in the moment.” Fox also hits the outdoors when she’s in Canada. Both of her CLOTHING CREDITS parents were born in Montreal, Quebec and she still has famPAGE 60-61 DRESS BY MISTER ZIMI ily scattered throughout the country. “One of my brothers is an RING BY NANIS ITALIAN JEWELS avid sailor so we go sailing a lot together up north,” says Fox, BRACELET BY SAMANTHA WILLIS SHOES BY LAMO FOOTWEAR who also loves to swim in the lakes. “We also have some skiers in the family so that’s always a fun visit in the winter months.” PAGE 62 TOP BY VINCE

FASHION BLUES Fox says she has a love and appreciation for fashion, however she appreciates it on other people. “My parents were of that Mad Men generation, dressed to the nines every day of their life, loved fashion and they got this little girl who just wanted to be barefoot in shorts and a tank top all the time.” If she feels 64

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Preparing your veggies ahead of time or buying your produce pre-chopped can save time, making fresh salads easier to create.

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“Convenience is hurting us. Seventy per cent of people in the hospital are there because of the way they eat.”

While Reisman can’t add more hours to your day, she can offer solutions to make quick and easy meals at

home. One of the easiest and healthiest meals is a salad. “You can add a grain such as brown or wild rice, or quinoa to a basic salad to make it more filling,” says Reisman. Add a protein such as grilled chicken, beans, tofu or fish and you’ve got a filling, healthy meal. 70

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THESE SIX HEALTHY SALADS MAKE THE PERFECT ADDITION TO ANY MENU – AND ALSO WORK AMAZING AS A STANDALONE MEAL.

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FRESH TUNA SALAD NIÇOISE WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES SERVES: 4

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INGREDIENTS: SALAD

• 6 fingerling potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise, or 1 Yukon Gold potato, quartered • 12 grape tomatoes • 3 large slices red onion, about 1⁄4-inch thick • 8 asparagus spears, trimmed • 12-ounce raw tuna (or canned flaked white tuna packed in water) • 4 cups baby spinach • 3⁄4 cup diced cucumber • 10 Kalamata olives DRESSING

• 2 tbsp olive oil • 2 tbsp lemon juice • 4 anchovy fillets, finely chopped • 1 tsp finely chopped garlic • 1⁄2 tsp Dijon mustard • Pinch of salt and pepper GARNISH

3 tbsp chopped fresh dill

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1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat it with cooking spray. 2. Place the potatoes, tomatoes, onions and asparagus on the baking sheet. Lightly coat the vegetables with cooking spray and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the tomatoes and asparagus after five minutes, and remove the tomatoes and asparagus from the oven after 10 minutes. Continue cooking the red onion for another five minutes, then remove from the oven. Continue cooking the potatoes for another 15 minutes, turning halfway through, or until tender. 3. Meanwhile, preheat a non-stick grill pan, lightly coated with cooking spray, over medium-high heat, or preheat your barbecue to mediumhigh heat. Sear the tuna on each side for one to two minutes, or until the outside of the fish is just cooked, but the inside of the fish is rare. Take the tuna off the heat immediately. To stop the cooking process, place in the refrigerator immediately. 4. Arrange the spinach, cucumber and olives NUTRITIONAL on a large serving platter. Top with the roasted INFORMATION PER vegetables. SERVING Calories 314 5. To prepare the dressing: Whisk together the Carbohydrates 29 g olive oil, lemon juice, anchovies, garlic, mustard, Fibre 4.7 g salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the Protein 24 g salad and top with the dill. Slice the tuna thinly Total Fat 11 g and arrange it on top of the salad. Saturated Fat 1.7 g EARTH ISSUE 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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• 1⁄4 cup whole almonds • 1⁄3 cup packed brown sugar • 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon • 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg • 1⁄4 tsp ground ginger SALAD

• 8 cups baby spinach • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper • 1 cup sliced strawberries • 1⁄2 cup crumbled goat cheese (about 2 oz)

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• 11⁄2 tbsp apple cider vinegar • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 tbsp apple juice concentrate • 1 tsp brown sugar • 1⁄2 tsp chopped garlic • 1⁄2 tsp Dijon mustard • 6 oz grilled sliced chicken or shrimp (optional)

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING Calories 104 Carbohydrates 11 g Fibre 2.3 g Protein 3.2 g Total fat 5.6 g Saturated fat 1.3 g

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1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray. 2. Rinse the almonds with cold water. Drain but do not let them dry. Place them in a bowl and add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Toss to coat. Spread out on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, tossing once. Let cool, then remove from the baking sheet and chop coarsely. 3. Place the baby spinach, red pepper, strawberries and goat cheese in a large serving bowl. 4. To make the dressing: Whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, apple juice concentrate, brown sugar, garlic and mustard in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Top with the chopped almonds. Serve topped with grilled chicken or shrimp, if desired.

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EDAMAME, WATER CHESTNUT AND RED PEPPER SALAD WITH SESAME DRESSING SERVES: 4

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING Calories 257 Carbohydrates 29 g Fibre 3.6 g Protein 17 g Fat 7.9 g Saturated Fat 0.5 g

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DIRECTIONS:

• 3 cups frozen edamame beans • 1 cup canned corn kernels, drained • 1⁄2 diced water chestnuts • 1⁄2 cup diced red bell pepper • 1⁄4 cup chopped green onions • 1⁄4 cup chopped cilantro • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce • 11⁄2 tbsp rice vinegar • 1 tbsp sesame oil • 2 tsp honey • 1 tsp crushed garlic • 1⁄2 tsp minced ginger • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

1. Boil edamame beans just until bright green, approximately three minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place in serving bowl. 2. In non-stick skillet sprayed with vegetable oil, sauté corn just until browned, approximately five minutes. Add to edamame along with water chestnuts, bell pepper, green onions and cilantro. 3. Mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, honey, garlic and ginger and pour over salad. 4. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.

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INGREDIENTS: SALAD

• 4 oz New York strip steak • 3 cups chopped Napa cabbage • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce • 1 cup sliced red bell peppers • 1 cup sugar snap peas, cut in half • 3⁄4 cup diced orange segments • 1⁄3 cup sliced red onion • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro • 3 tbsp chopped toasted cashews DRESSING

• 2 tbsp Hoisin sauce • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce • 11⁄2 tsp minced garlic • 1 tsp chopped ginger • 11⁄2 tsp honey • 1⁄2 tsp hot sauce DIRECTIONS:

1. Grill the steak just until cooked to your preference. Cool for 10 minutes; then slice thinly. 2. On a large serving platter, add the cabbage, lettuce, bell peppers, peas, orange segments, onion, cilantro, cashews and steak slices. 3. To make the dressing: Combine the hoisin, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, honey and hot sauce and pour overtop.

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING Calories 210 Carbohydrates 27.1 g Fibre 6.5 g Protein 11.6 g Total fat 6.6 g Saturated fat 2.2 g

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QUINOA WITH SPINACH, CHARRED CORN, BELL PEPPERS AND FETA SERVES: 4

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• 1 cup quinoa • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock • 11⁄2 cups corn • 1 tsp vegetable oil • 1 cup diced onion • 1⁄2 cup diced red bell pepper • 2 tsp crushed fresh garlic • 1⁄2 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp seeded minced jalapeno pepper (or 1 tsp/5 mL hot chilli sauce or paste) • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach • 1⁄3 cup chopped green onion • 1⁄3 cup chopped cilantro or parsley • 1⁄2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese (2 oz/60 g) • 2 tbsp olive oil • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Bring the quinoa and stock to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, just until the stock is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Remove from the heat and place in a serving bowl. 2. Spray a small non-stick skillet with cooking oil and place over medium heat. Sauté the corn for approximately eight minutes, just until browned, stirring constantly. Set aside. 3. Spray a medium non-stick skillet with cooking oil, NUTRITIONAL add the vegetable oil and place over medium heat. Add INFORMATION PER SERVING the diced onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin and jalapeño Calories 257 pepper and sauté until the onion begins to brown, Carbohydrates 29 g about five minutes. Fibre 3.6 g 4. Remove from the heat. Stir in the spinach, green Protein 17 g onion, cilantro, feta, olive oil, lemon juice and sautéed Fat 7.9 g Saturated Fat 0.5 g corn. Add the mixture to the quinoa and mix well.

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WATERMELON, TOMATO, PISTACHIO AND FETA SALAD SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS: SALAD

• 4 cups baby arugula or baby spinach • 1 cup small red or yellow grape tomatoes • 4 cups cubed watermelon • 1⁄3 cup diced reduced-fat feta cheese • 1⁄3 cup toasted chopped pistachios • 1⁄4 cup chopped mint or parsley DRESSING

• 1 cup balsamic vinegar • 1⁄4 cup maple syrup DIRECTIONS:

1. To make the salad: Place arugula, tomatoes, watermelon, feta, pistachios and mint in a large serving bowl. 2. To make the dressing: In a small skillet, add the vinegar and maple syrup, bring to a boil and cook at a rapid boil for eight to 10 minutes or just until NUTRITIONAL the mixture bubbles INFORMATION PER on the entire surface and SERVING Calories 191 is slightly syrupy. Do not Carbohydrates 28 g overcook, or the syrup will Fibre 2.7 g get too thick. Protein 7.3 g Total fat 8.4 g Saturated fat 2.4 g

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WHAT’S IN YOUR FRIDGE: SPLASH’N BOOTS JUNO NOMINATED CHILDREN’S PERFORMERS TAES AND NICK CHAT ABOUT EATING HEALTHY ON THE ROAD, FISH FOR BREAKFAST, AND THE CHALLENGES OF EATING DAIRY FREE. Occupation: Children’s performers What’s your secret food vice? Taes: Cookies at 3:00 p.m. with tea. Growing up, my mom and I would always have tea and cookies in the afternoon. I love ginger cookies the best, but really any cookie will do.           What is your number one comfort food? Nick: Kraft Dinner. There is a lot of comfort there. Probably because in university it was the first “meal” I learned to cook. What is your biggest food challenge? Taes: Eating healthy on the road. We travel so much and are always eating in restaurants. Since I have so many dietary restrictions (no meat, no dairy) it’s really hard to eat healthily and make sure I’m getting enough protein and nutrients. We are always searching for the restaurant with the most vegetarian options. What keeps you eating a balanced diet? Nick: Our performances are very active so a balanced diet plays a key role into being in the right state physically and mentally.  Any allergies or intolerances? Taes: I have always been a vegetarian and in the last few years I discovered I’m lactose intolerant. At first it was hard to get used to, but now I love discovering different options for cheeses. I can eat goat’s cheese and I also really love Daiya vegan cheese. Dislikes? Nick: Cooked broccoli and I have just become friends in the last two years; his raw brother and I still aren’t talking. Everything else is wonderful and delicious.   What must you always have in your fridge? Taes: Unsweetened almond milk. I put that stuff in everything: shakes, sauces, cereal, soups . . .  What’s the strangest food you’ve tried? Nick: While performing in Bermuda, we were invited to a traditional Bermuda Cod Fish Breakfast. It was the first time I’ve ever had fish for breakfast, but the dish was wonderful. Look up the recipe!  What is your favourite meal to make for guests in your home? Taes: I love making noodle bowls because they are so easy and people can add what they want into them. Basically you can put out a whole bunch of ingredients: steamed and/or roasted veggies, nuts, sprouts, tofu, avocado; then rice or soba noodles and I usually make a peanut sauce. Give people bowls and tell them to go to town! What’s next for you? We have a full spring and summer tour coming up across Canada. Also, we are back in the studio and will have a new album out this summer. 78

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E ARTH NEWS ECO-LAWN Traditionally our lawns were imported from Europe because settlers wanted fast-growing grasses to feed their livestock. Sure, they look good, however their shallow roots don’t make sense for a modern residential yard because they are difficult to maintain and often require harmful fertilizers in order to thrive. Eco-Lawn is a viable alternative. Created from seven fine fescue grasses, Eco-Lawn requires little to no mowing, no fertilizer and is drought resistant. “You can over seed your existing lawn to create an Eco-Lawn at minimal cost,” says Miriam Goldberger, President of Wildflower Farm. This is good news considering 44 per cent of Canadians live in an area that prohibits the use of fertilizers containing pesticides. “Some municipalities are also restricting watering,” says landscape architect Mary Jane Lovering. Eco-Lawn blades naturally bend at just over three inches for a meadowy look, or owners can mow every few months for a manicured yard. “A slow growing, drought resistant lawn just makes sense,” says Lovering. (www.wildflowerfarm.com)

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In the past, large changes have happened very quickly – they’re not spread out over thousands of years; more like 10 or 20 years.

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Wildflowers are a sustainable option for your yard because they don’t require the heavy watering or fertilizing that most non-native annual and perennial plants do. Wildflowers have developed over thousands of years and they thrive in the harshest of terrains, making them a great choice for every level of green thumb. The key to a successful wildflower garden is choosing varieties that match your garden’s natural soil, sunlight, and moisture conditions. For tips on how to start your garden, check out Taming Wildflowers by Miriam Goldberger, which launched earlier this year at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

Little changes by many people will make the difference.

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CHOCOLATE Using a soft toothbrush, gently work baking soda into the stain. Remove with warm water.

JAM AND OTHER SUGARY STAINS Scrape off any excess sauce or spill with a spoon. Mix equal parts club soda and water and gently dab until the stain has been removed. For best results, use a microfiber cloth. The small fibers will help to lift the stain.

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What’s the problem: “The average 50-year-old home loses a third of its energy through air leakage,” says William Kemp, author of Smart Power and The Renewable Energy Handbook. The biggest culprits? Tiny holes in window frames, behind walls and baseboards. Electrical sockets, an attic hatch, and areas where items are screwed into walls (such as clothing rails in closets) are also drafty spots. “The average Toronto home has enough cracks, leaks and crevices to add up to a basketball sized hole in the wall,” says Vladan Veljovic, president and CEO of Greensaver. What to do: A blower door test, conducted during an energy audit, is the best way to find primary air leakage areas. Sockets can be lined with foam ($20 for an entire house). Small cracks can be caulked (about $4 per tube of caulking) and larger ones filled with foam ($5 can should do the entire house). Savings: Depends on leaks and accessibility of holes; savings of 20 to 30 per cent of energy costs are normal and could reach 70 per cent.

WINDOWS & DOORS

What’s the problem: In most cases, it’s not cost effective to change windows because their cost is so high compared with the potential energy savings. What to do: Caulk windowsills or cover with heat-shrinkable plastic in winter (less than $20 for a few windows). High-grade weather stripping can help reduce drafts around doors ($25 per door). Expect to pay $500 to $1,000 per new window and use a reputable company: improper installation can actually decrease energy efficiency. Look for a double-glazed window with low-E glass and argon gas fill. Expected savings: About $3 to $5 per new window per year.

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What’s the problem: Ideally, an attic should have 12 inches of insulation to decrease drafts and make a home more comfortable. Homes built in the ’60s typically have about three inches while older homes could have even less. What to do: Lay new insulation ($200 to $2,000 depending on ease of access, since not all older homes have a cavity to the attic). If there’s no opening, an auditor can drill a small hole to check for insulation thickness. Make sure the opening is well sealed and a vapour barrier is installed or warm air can blow through insulation, possibly causing mold. Ensure insulation isn’t blocking lights, creating a fire hazard. Savings: Up to 30 per cent in older homes, however it may not be worth the cost if there’s no access. An energy audit can give you an estimate.

LIGHTING

What’s the problem: Standard incandescent light bulbs are widely used but inefficient. What to do: “Replacing all incandescents with compact fluorescents (CFLs; $3 per bulb) is the easiest way to reduce energy costs,” says Kemp. Install dimmer switches on certain types of CFLs or any remaining standard bulbs indoors and put timers on outdoor lights. Savings: $100 to $200 per year.

FIREPLACE

What’s the problem: The damper door doesn’t close tightly, allowing hot air to escape when fireplace is not in use. What to do: “Leaving the damper open is equivalent to having an open window in your house,” says Whiting. Check for damper efficiency during a blower door test. If there is leakage, a WETT certified fireplace technician can install an airtight, spring-loaded damper (about $300). If you don’t use the fireplace, consider sealing the opening with drywall. Savings: $30 to $100 per year.

VENTS & DUCTWORK

What’s the problem: A temperature imbalance, usually resulting in excess heat on the main level of your home and insufficient heat on upper levels. What to do: Test vents by placing a standard garbage bag with a cardboard rim over each vent and timing how long it takes to fill with air (three to five seconds is normal). Vents that fill faster are sucking air from the rest of the house. To slow them down, partially close the damper to encourage airflow to less efficient areas. If vents on upper floors are too slow, consider installing an additional cold-air return ($500 to $1,500) to redirect more air upstairs Savings: Variable savings; however, the biggest reason to change airflow is for comfort and uniform heating.

APPLIANCES & ELECTRONICS

What’s the problem: Today’s refrigerators and washing machines are highly energy efficient, and models prior to 1990 should be upgraded. Stoves, dishwashers and dryers may not be worth replacement costs. Energy is also wasted on electronics left in standby mode. What to do: Unplug or turn off electronics. Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency fridge ($650 and up) and front-loading washing machine ($900 and up). Savings: $200 to $250 per year.

AIR CONDITIONER, FURNACE & WATER HEATER

What’s the problem: In most cases, it does not pay to replace these big-ticket items unless there is another problem with the unit. The possible exception is the air conditioner – the biggest energy waster in most homes. What to do: Reduce the need for air conditioning by installing energyefficient ceiling fans. Programmable thermostats (about $50 and up) save heat or air conditioning power when you are sleeping or not home. When it’s time for a new furnace (they typically last 25 to 30 years), choose the highest efficiency model possible ($1,400 to $4,000; new central air costs $1,500 to $3,000). The greenest option is ground source heating, also known as geo exchange ($18,000 to $40,000 to install; annual cost to run is about $10). When it’s time to replace a water heater (every 15 years), consider an on-demand unit, which costs 60 per cent less to run ($1,000 to $2,500 to install). Until then, launder in cold water and install low-flow showerheads and aerator faucets, which mix air and water to give less flow while maintaining high pressure. Savings: About 30 to 40 per cent increase in efficiency; switching to a geothermal energy system will cut costs by 300 to 500 per cent. VM

HOW TO GET AN ENERGY AUDIT

An audit is the best way to assess where your home is losing money and determine a cost-effective fix. “A few simple changes can add up to savings of $100,000 to $150,000 over a lifetime,” says Kemp (expect to pay $100 to $300 for a two-hour audit). Because some changes are best done during a renovation, pre-reno is the best time to have an inspection. However, even home owners who aren’t tearing out walls can benefit. Look for an EnerGuide certified auditor such as Green Communities Canada (www.greencommunitescanada.org) or GreenSaver (www.greensaver.org; 416-203-3106; across Ontario).

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HOW TO FIND A BETTER FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR YOUR CELL PHONE AND REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT.

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Not only does the city offer curbside collection for houses (if PHONES FOR FOOD left out on designated garbage days); there are also drop-off Another way for consumers to recycle old cell phones depots available. In addition to cell phones, other electronics is the Phones for Food program, sponsored by Rogers Communications, Sony Canada, Purolator and Global can be recycled, including computer cables and accessories, laptop and desktop computers, cameras and televisions. Check Electric Electronic Processing. This industry-leading phonewith your city’s government website to discover the e-waste recycling program focuses on diverting waste from landfills recycling options in your city. while raising money for Food Banks Canada. They do this While the government urges consumers to drop off old cell by recycling used cell phones and accessories and using phones at an e-waste disposal depot where all the parts of the the profits for charity. Since its inception in 2003, as the phone can be dealt with, City of Toronto Director of Processing first national wireless device recycling program in Canada, and Resource Management for Solid Waste Management Phones for Food has recycled over 750,000 cell phones. Services Derek Angove says that they urge consumers to Consumers can participate by dropping off their old recycle when possible because landfill space is valuable, and phones and accessories at over 1,000 Rogers Plus, Rogers believes it should be saved for waste that can’t be reused. Wireless and Fido locations across most of Canada’s major Since all manner of e-waste contains valuable materials cities. The company also offers a postage-paid recycling such as gold, silver and platinum, as well as base metals like envelope with most new wireless device purchases, so steel, iron, zinc and copper, these parts are users can send in old devices to be recycled often taken apart and repurposed into new or refurbished at any time. products. E-waste is also a good source of glass Phones for Food has raised over $750,000 and plastics. More than 90 per cent of e-waste’s to support the food banking community, MORE THAN component parts can be recycled. Fourteen and was awarded the Connected to the 90 PER tonnes of electronic waste creates one tonne Community award by the Canadian Wireless CENT OF of copper, which would otherwise have to be Telecommunications Association in 2010. E-WASTE’S mined underground. That copper is enough COMPONENT to make 5,000 new cell phones! CLEAN BEFORE YOU TOSS PARTS The Ontario Electronic Stewardship is a “It’s important to remember that you’re CAN BE non-profit organization that works to divert throwing away not just cell phones but RECYCLED. Blackberries and iPhones, and those are electronics from landfills and encourage more different generations,” says Angove. “The responsible behaviour in consumers. It was developed in partnership with Waste Diversion Ontario on information that you have on there can be taken off and behalf of the Ontario government under the Waste Diversion used illegally so you have to make sure you really clear the Act 2002. Since the program began in April 2009, the Ontario information from your cell phone or your electronic devices Electronic Stewardship has diverted over 250,000 tonnes of before you throw them out because they’re going to pass e-waste from landfills, and that number just keeps growing. through many people’s hands and you want to be very careful After cell phones are collected or dropped off at an e-waste with your personal information.” drop off location, they, along with other discarded electronics, What many people don’t realize is that at the time are shipped to a facility where they are inspected and weighed. of purchase for most electronics, retailers charge an They are then manually dismantled or mechanically processed environmental handling fee (EHF), which is put in place by an approved processor. Hazardous materials are separated to cover the cost of refurbishing or recycling these products and sent for further processing, while materials that can be at the end of their life. The cost includes the collection, down-cycled into steel, aluminum, copper, glass or plastic are transportation and processing of e-waste, as well as research made ready to be used in new products. and educational programs promoting the responsible management of electronic waste. Unfortunately less than BEFORE YOU DISCARD YOUR CELL PHONE 40 per cent of Ontario residents recycle their old electronics, When recycling your phone, ensure you separate your phone’s while over 90 per cent of Ontario residents are holding on battery from the handset. “We have separate battery recycling to old electronics that they will never use again, but do not recycle. Don’t let that money go to waste by ditching your as well, so you can put the phone out for recycling. The battery, cell phone in the closest garbage can. however, is different. We recycle batteries at our depots, but you want to bring those in separately. You wear out your Help the environment by recycling your old cell phone. battery sometimes more frequently than your phones, so we Reducing your carbon footprint will feel great – and who take just the battery as well for convenience,” says Angove. knows, maybe the Hollywood spies will catch on, too. VM

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“I can honestly say my life, and what I’m doing, was meant to be and was the plan all along – I just didn’t know it.”

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SCHOLARLY AMBITIONS Bitsie Tulloch on why she ditched her academic aspirations for Hollywood – and couldn’t be happier. BY BONNIE SIEGLER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELISABETH CAREN

I love Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin,” says actress Bitsie Tulloch on her favourite Grimm fairy tale characters. “I’ve always loved a happy ending with a princess,” says the female lead of the popular TV series Grimm. “The truth is, I read the childlike versions because the originals that the Brothers Grimm had collected over 200 years ago were incredibly gruesome. Did you know in the original Cinderella the step sisters get their eyes pecked out by crows? Very gruesome indeed. I didn’t realize until I was older that these tales were so gory.” HER STORYBOOK LIFE

Although Tulloch was born in San Diego, California, she was less than a month old when her family moved to Guatemala. “My mom’s family is from San Diego, and I’m ninth generation, so it was very important for my mother to continue the tradition of her family being physically born in San Diego,” says Tulloch. After the birth, they were off. After an initial move to Central America, a young Bitsie (named after her grandfather’s nickname) spent her formative years living overseas in Spain, Uruguay and Argentina until she landed in New York for high school. Afterwards, Tulloch attended Harvard with academia career goals. Although she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Tulloch decided to pass on her academic plans and try acting. “I just feel there’s a plan, fate, destiny – whatever you want to call it. You really need to listen to your instincts and trust that inner voice when it speaks. Mine said to try something that scared me more than academia, and I did.” DON’T HATE HER BECAUSE SHE’S BEAUTIFUL

“I don’t like working out,” says Tulloch. “I can’t remember the last time I was in a gym.” She also never weighs herself and

eats mostly carbs with very little protein. Don’t hate her just yet though. A screen-worthy physique doesn’t come quite that easily. Tulloch does admit to regular Pilates and Gyrotonic classes for strengthening and balanced muscles. She also walks everywhere. “I live in Portland most of the year [Grimm is shot there] and it’s definitely a walking city,” says Tulloch. “I walk Henry, my French bulldog, every day. He even goes to work with me and hangs out in my trailer.” Not one for culinary skills, Tulloch says she’ll order meat, fish or chicken when dining out; at home, however, it’s mostly carbs. “I eat a lot of brown rice and other carbs. I think when people start denying themselves what the body wants, they end up eating more,” says Tulloch. “I snack on cheese and crackers and I like a glass of red wine here and there.” To boost her overall health, Tulloch loads up on fruits and vegetables in a morning smoothie, and takes a regular multi-vitamin, fish oil, iron, and a hair, skin and nail supplement. Ultimately, Tulloch says she feels the most beautiful when she’s at peace. “If I’m feeling calm, beautiful and peaceful on the inside – if I’m not thinking about the outside – that’s when I look my best.” To keep things in perspective, Tulloch constantly checks in with herself to find gratitude in daily life. “Faith and gratitude really keep me stable and grounded,” she says. “I’m a pretty happy person and I’m constantly reminding myself how lucky I am; which isn’t to say I don’t have hard days, however there’s always that little voice saying it’s not that bad and things will get better.” From Harvard to Hollywood and academia to acting, Tulloch says her life is well balanced and very happy. “I think a lot of balanced living is taking the focus off of yourself, which is why having Henry is good for me. Also having a routine, which is a challenge for me because my schedule changes from day to day.” Yet that is where fate and destiny come in. “I can honestly say my life, and what I’m doing, was meant to be and was the plan all along – I just didn’t know it.” VM EARTH ISSUE 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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How actor Lauren Holly found solace by moving to Canada and learning to take it easy on herself

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ctor Lauren Holly was at one time married to famous Canadian Jim Carrey, who she co-starred with in Dumb and Dumber, but when we think of her we associate Holly with America. She was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Geneva, New York. Holly is also remembered for her patriotic American roles such as Deputy Sheriff Maxine Stewart on TV’s Picket Fences and Director Jenny Shepard on NCIS. So it may come as a surprise to many that Holly has lived in Toronto for over seven years. “I didn’t want to raise my three boys in Los Angeles,” says Holly. “The mixture of cultures and open-minded attitudes in Toronto are a great example to my sons.” Living in Canada’s largest city also places Holly close to her upstate New York roots. Of course, the fact that Holly stars in Motive, which shoots in Ontario, also makes Toronto the perfect place to call home.

though,” says Holly. “I’m in shape; I’m enjoying life and I’m learning to embrace my more voluptuous self.” Holly tries to think more about eating healthy and feeding her family healthy foods than focusing on losing weight. “That being said, a few extra pounds can creep onto my body without me even knowing it; then it’s time to stop eating. Seriously though, if I notice I’m gaining a little too much weight I start to drink more water and I eat really clean for a few days. Then cravings start to go away and I can return to healthy eating.” WHAT DOES HEALTHY EATING MEAN TO HOLLY?

“There’s always lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in our house,” she says. And not a lot of meat. “I don’t eat meat anymore – I just don’t want to. I feel more energetic without it. I’m not sure if I will always stay this way. For now, however, my body doesn’t want it and I feel so much better as a vegetarian.” Holly also swears by the vitamin and energy drink Verve! By Vemma. “It gives me a great boost,” says Holly.

SIZING HER UP

At five-foot-eight, Holly admits that most people find her taller than they would expect. “For some reason people always expect me to be much shorter,” says Holly. “Physical stature doesn’t mean as much on the big and small screen – it is make believe, after all,” says Holly. Still, Holly isn’t always 100 per cent comfortable in her skin. “I’m really not sure why,” she says. “I feel like my whole life I have spent getting comfortable in my skin; then I shed it for an updated version and so on. I’m a comfortable skin shedder and rejuvenator.” Perhaps it’s because actors constantly have to reinvent themselves on screen, so it’s difficult sometimes to stop trying to reinvent oneself in real life. The 50-year-old actor has always been slender, however she feels she’s bigger now than earlier on in her career. “I feel good 92

FINDING BALANCE

Between a hectic shooting schedule for Motive and raising three boys, Holly says it’s a challenge finding time for everything in a day. “I struggle with letting things go,” she says. “I like that I’m busy and engaged; I think it’s a good example for my kids. They see me work hard, earn what we have, and they respect it. My family is a team, and we work at our life together.” Still, as every working mom can attest, there are times Holly needs to be alone. “Even if it’s just to breathe deeply,” she says. “We all forget to do that. Focused breathing helps me de-stress and relax. I also really rely on silence. No sound, no conversation, and stillness for 10 to 15 minutes a day works wonders for balancing out my days and keeping a grounded sense of self.” VM

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“Make sure there is always some free time. Whether it’s a rainy afternoon board game or lengthy talks around the kitchen table, balanced living includes taking time to pause and enjoy those you love.”

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VIVA READERS SHARE THEIR SECRETS TO ATTAINING OPTIMAL HEALTH, NATURALLY

VIVA WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU Please send your inspired living story with the subject line “Inspired Living” and contact information to letters@vivamagonline.com

TONI LEMMA Age: 32 Occupation: Yoga Instructor Health Issue: Stress and fatigue Natural Solution: Meditation works many wonders for the mind & soul. It can ease tension, reduce anxiety, revitalize, improve sleep, impact the cardiovascular and nervous systems, and improve self-esteem. Details: Meditation helps one remain centered. As a mother of two young kids, life can sometimes be overwhelming – along with the added fatigue from being up with a newborn at night. Physically, it gives boosts of energy when I meditate. Mentally it eases the stress and anxiety of the day and allows me to approach life with a clear mind. Twenty to 30 minutes a day is ideal, however the positive effects of meditation can be achieved with as little as five minutes. These days I rarely get 20 to 30 minutes to myself so I take advantage of the little, quiet breaks during the day. 

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CARLEIGH O’CONNELL Age: 22 Occupation: Student Health issue: Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI’s) Symptoms: My typical symptoms include painful urination and a constant urge to go to the washroom; occasionally I would see blood in my urine. I spent many hours in walk-in clinics and the emergency room waiting to be prescribed an antibiotic for relief. Health Recommendations: After I started to get bladder infections fairly regularly, I began taking a natural cranberry supplement every day. The acidity in cranberries helps prevent bacteria from sticking to the lining of the bladder and reduces UTI’s. When I feel the beginnings of any discomfort coming on, I drink pure cranberry juice and a lot of water to flush my system. I also use unscented laundry detergent when washing undergarments, and I don’t use dryer sheets. The Results: After keeping up with this regime for several months I can happily say I haven’t had a UTI in almost two years. I attribute my good urinary health to cranberries and lots of water. VIVAMAGONLINE.COM / EARTH ISSUE 2014

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MORGAINE CRAVEN Age: 22 Occupation: Freelance Journalist, Sales Associate at LUSH Health Issue: Deep, cystic acne Symptoms: I always had bad acne as a teenager, however when I grew out of puberty and into adulthood I started getting deep cystic pimples along my jawline, across my cheeks and down my neck. I tried everything from high-end products to prescription medication in an effort to get rid of my horrible breakouts – nothing worked. A lot of the time, it would just dry out my skin and make everything worse. Health Recommendations: I had always dismissed natural products, assuming they would not be strong enough for my skin. Then I tried a natural calamine, rose, tea tree and lavender wash – to my surprise it worked! Using natural ingredients like lavender, rose and calamine to soothe and balance my skin, while using antibacterial and antifungal tea tree to help treat my skin naturally gave it the balance it needed. The Results: Using soothing natural ingredients instead of trying to strip my skin with harsh chemicals worked! I get the occasional spot or two, however it’s nothing like what I used to get. I have a renewed faith in natural products – and my skin has never looked better.

KAREN NICOLE SMITH Age: 41 Occupation: Teaching Assistant at Queen’s University, Department of Medicine Health Issue: Kidney failure Symptoms: I remember being very tired, itchy and having very little appetite. Eventually my doctors started me on dialysis – which does the work for the kidneys. Things improved, however I still didn’t feel great. Health Recommendations: Two factors really improved my life: tweaking my dialysis schedule to suit my specific health needs and incorporating fitness into my life. My doctor and I worked together closely to decide what was best for me. As far as being fit, I learned that even with a chronic illness, fitness would help me feel better. I slowly transitioned from walking everyday to eventually having the confidence to go to my local gym. The Results: Tweaking my dialysis regimen gave me a better quality of life. I feel like a normal person again. Active living has been icing on the cake. I feel strong. I look healthy. I even feel better psychologically. Now I understand that having a chronic illness is no excuse for being inactive. EARTH ISSUE 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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The Centre Family Dwelling, built between 1824 and 1834, with herb garden to the left.

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WHY A VISIT TO SHAKER VILLAGE OF PLEASANT HILL CAN DO MORE THAN HELP YOU RELIVE HISTORY, IT CAN INSPIRE YOU TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU LIVE.

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rior to visiting Shaker Village, my only familiarity with the Shakers was with their meticulous furniture making skills and the little bit of history I had reviewed with my son during grade school. Needless to say, my visit to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (located about 25 miles outside of Lexington, Kentucky) proved to be quite an awakening. Shaker Village was preserved and renovated in 1961 after years in disrepair. Now a National Historic Landmark, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill sits on 3,000 acres in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region and is the largest restored Shaker community in the United States. SHAKER LIFE “The Shakers were a very progressive community,” says Amy Bugg, Marketing and Communications Manager. “They were entrepreneurs who engaged in and invented some of the latest technology of the time.” When Pleasant Hill was flourishing in 1823, the skilled farmers had almost 3,000 acres of wheat, rye, oats, and extensive fruit orchards – all producing enough surplus to be shared with the poor and exported up the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The innovative settlers erected a municipal

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water system complete with a water tower, and their superior quality craftsmanship was highly sought after. The Trustee House at Pleasant Hill displays a marvel of Shaker architecture – a twin spiral cherry wood stairway that seamlessly winds up three flights. The Shakers believed that pride in their work was the currency of their service to God. All their devotion was put into what they made with their hands. The Shakers invented hundreds of labour-saving devices such as the clothespin and the circular saw. They shared these novel and original inventions with others, without patents. VISITING THE VILLAGE Today, the Clapboard Building (erected in 1923 to formally serve as a meeting house) plus the dwellings, barns and craft shops serve as a restaurant, gift shop, and inn where guests can stay in the simple, historic rooms that once housed the Shaker families. With more than 70 guest rooms, suites and private cottages spread throughout the 13 restored 19 th century buildings, the village gives guests a glimpse into the Shaker lifestyle with furniture reproductions and hardwood f looring.

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Overnight room in the Trustees’ Office.

Dining room inside Trustees’ Office.

Main farm and garden area with Trustee’s Office in the background.

Livestock grazing on the grounds.

“It’s tough to tell how many visitors we actually receive,” says Bugg. “We can count the number of tour tickets we sell annually and we know how many overnight guests we have, however there are a number of folks who hike, horseback ride, drive, dine and shop on the property who are not in those figures.” Some of the more intriguing sites for visitors include the Centre Family Dwelling, which is the main tour building. Also, all guests who dine or check in at the Inn at Shaker Village visit the Trustees’ Office where the dining room is located. Hikers and horseback riders enjoy the 3,000 acre Nature Preserve and explore 40 miles of trails, and the farm and garden are seasonal hits with families. The Nature Preserve showcases beautiful hills and countryside covered by restored native prairies, woodlands, fields, and diverse plants and wildlife. “Many of our hikers and nature enthusiasts ask questions about wildflowers, wildlife and conservation efforts,” says Bugg. Along self-guided walking tours through the village, costumed workers give glimpses into Shaker life, while skilled artisans work at 19th century trades, such as blacksmithing and historic farming. During the spring, summer and fall, wagon rides are

THE SHAKER LESSONS OF COMMUNITY, INGENUITY AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE REPRESENTED IN MOST OF THE PROGRAMMING IMPLEMENTED AT THE VILLAGE. a fun way to take a tour of the village. And, on any given day, musical performances help bring visitors back to 19th century entertainment. “The Shaker lessons of community, ingenuity and sustainability are represented in most of the programming implemented at the village,” says Bugg. The Shakers focused on conservation, excellence and productivity, and Bugg hopes that visitors will learn, and take home with them, some positive aspects of the Shaker’s existence and life. VM EARTH ISSUE 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20)

A visit from the past surprises, however it allows you to fix past mistakes. Any renovations you undertake now should work out well so take inventory of what needs repair. If you’re heading in the wrong direction, keep your cool to find yourself back on the right track. It’s a good time to reinstate a better health regimen, as a physical workout is the best cure for your mental stress.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21)

Sometimes illness is nature’s way of saying you’re doing too much, so check out any cold/flu symptoms. Now is a great time to pay attention to your health and make adjustments. In May, you’ll have much more energy due to a renewed interest in outdoor activities. Your desire to travel is strong, however it’s better to save now and cut back where you can.

CANCER (June 22-July 22)

With so much on your plate, you will need to summon a fair amount of patience and endurance this spring. You will be on the right pathway by late May due to sudden unexpected changes! Go with it, as there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. The summer will bring even more security to your life.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Sometimes you can be a bit inconsiderate with others; try to change that. Show your leadership abilities, while giving more freedom to others. It’s best to pay attention to details now and write down a game plan to resolve issues. Rewards for your hard work are very close, so balance work and play for best results.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) If an accident or illness has sidelined you, sit still and take a good look at your life. However, don’t fret about life’s troubles. Be your logical self and do a self-appraisal to figure out your next move. Ditch the fear and have more faith in yourself!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Energies have been running high while Mars has been in your sign and it is coming to a critical point around May 19. Look for new activities and new beginnings that have been delayed. You’ve reviewed your past and your present, so quit deliberating and start acting on what you want. Now is the best time to ditch winter fat, the gloomy doldrums, and negative thinking.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)

Sometimes the universe drags you through the mud because the greatest wealth is found in the earth. Discovering new resources, new beginnings, and renewed health can be like finding diamonds and gold. By mid-May you’ll learn to keep digging

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without making a mess of things as you realize you don’t have to do everything on your own.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Lots of stuff will be thrown at you this spring, luckily, no one can shoot down projectiles better than you. Enjoy travel and make sure you’re prepared to deflect any issues that arise. Don’t be afraid to show your soft side, as you are a warrior with a good heart and are very good at protecting others when needed.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The spring is fairly challenging for you and unfortunately, the mechanical breakdowns are getting on your nerves. Resolutions may not come if you keep using the same tactics or wait it out for change. Try gently replacing the people and situations that are causing you problems, or replace your lacklustre solutions with new ideas and actions.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You don’t enjoy doing the same thing all the time so you will love this spring! Life-changing events are already occurring or soon will, so don’t fight it. Forget about the future and deal with the present to make positive changes by late May. This is a great time to explore new sources of income.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

New people, partnerships and pathways are all possibilities this spring. Spring cleaning is a great idea for you, so tidy up details to avoid feeling overwhelmed, and don’t hesitate to ask for help. Hidden friends, resources and wealth can be found, but only if you complete the tasks you’ve already been given. Don’t let a loose end untie your ship and leave you adrift.

ARIES

(Mar. 21-Apr. 19) Work appears demanding now as situations beyond your control cause delays and a few frustrations make you scramble to meet deadlines. However, a turning point in mid-April can help you grow in healthy new directions so be fearless, regardless if others think you’re moving too fast. Roadblocks and detours will abate after May 20, indicating less drama in your future travels.

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