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THE PASSION OF BALANCED LIVING®

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CONTENTS S U M M E R

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In every issue 10

Editor’s Letter

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Contributors

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Viva Experts

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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

On the Cover 30

Should You Be Afraid of Your Sunscreen? How to decode sunscreen labels and protect your skin without harsh chemicals.

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Natural Acne Solutions

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34 Hot Date Beauty Easy to create looks based on the season’s hottest hues and textures. 64 Rachelle Lefevre The Under The Dome star opens up about putting yourself out there, Hollywood expectations and life on the road. 72 Grilled To Perfection Tasty meals that will take your next barbeque to another level of taste.

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Departments BEAUTY 28

Get the Look

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Should You Be Afraid of Your Sunscreen?

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Natural Acne Solutions

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Hot Date Beauty

42 Show Your Colours Summer’s bold hues remind us of how much fun fashion can be. HEALTH 50

Health News

51 Health Q&A How do I find the right physical therapist? 52

Natural Ways to Reduce Arthritis Pain

54 Do You Want to Get Fit? How to beat any excuse for not working out and finally get in shape. 60

Health Cabinet

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Balanced Health Denise Richards

COVER STORY 64

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Rachelle Lefevre

FOOD 72

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Grilled to Perfection

80 What’s in Your Fridge? Carolyn Jarvis YOUR LIFE

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Balanced Living Laura Bell Bundy

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Travel Charlotte, North Carolina

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Founder/Publisher Olivier Felicio

hen I was young I remember finding my dad’s high school yearbook. He must have been about 14 in the picture, but his hairstyle looked as if the photo could have been taken yesterday. Aside from a little thinning out, nothing had changed! I remember my brother and I bursting out laughing, and personally vowing that my own look would never grow nearly as stagnant. While my locks look nothing like my Lady Di haircut in sixth grade or my perm bouffant (yes I had a perm) in high school, I have recently settled into a bit of a rut. My hair colour hasn’t changed in nearly a decade and my flat iron has given my lengthy locks two looks – straight and straighter. When it comes to make-up, I’m not much more creative. According to a study by the Crown Clinic in Manchester, England the average woman will have more than 50 hairstyles by the time she reaches the age of 35. That’s not to say women are chopping their locks at every turn. A change doesn’t have to be overly dramatic. It’s amazing how just one or two small beauty tweaks can have a huge impact on your look. If you’re looking for a little summer refresh, I encourage you to try one of the beauty and hair ideas in “Hot Date Beauty” (page 34). Something as simple as choosing radiant orchid over your standard lip colour can give your look a total refresh. As for hair, a change doesn’t even require a trip to the salon. While braids may seem like you’re taking your beauty regime back to grade school, the right braid can take your look from ho-hum to trendsetter. For me, I decided to start with ombre highlights. It’s a subtle change, and because I kept my dark roots, it’s low maintenance. Now all I have to do is follow Viva’s beauty advice and add a new hue to my makeup palette.

Editor Nancy Ripton Art Director Scott Jordan West Coast Entertainment Director Bonnie Siegler Junior Designer Tamara Kelly Editorial Assistant Maya Akbay PRODUCTION Production Manager Erin Booth CONTRIBUTORS Lasha Andrushko • Natasha Baguley • Zoe Battles • Rider Dyce • Catherine Doherty • Kerrie Lee Brown • Kelly Fajack • Nancy Jambazian • Joyce Johnson • Megan Kelley • Steve Krug • Cassie Lyons • Kimberly Metz • Sarah Orbanic • Rose Reisman • Claire Stubbs • Chris Van Doorn • Tonia Wilson COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Elisabeth Caren Cover Hair Kylee Heath, for The Wall Group Cover Makeup Kindra Mann, for The Wall Group Cover Stylists Rebecca Koenig, Kimberly Freed Photo Assistants Liz Bretz and Keith Berson Videographer Steven Silpa President Olivier Felicio General Manager Melanie Seth 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

SOMETHING NEW: Viva’s website is undergoing some exciting new changes. First, we’re sending out regular newsletters. Please visit vivamagonline.com to sign up and receive free updates. Also, we’re able to deliver exclusive extras from some of your favourite articles. Just look for the throughout the issue to see which articles will offer more online.

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CONTRIBUTORS Tonia Wilson A talented chef, Tonia Wilson spends most of her time immersed in the world of food, wine and beer. She worked four years as Head Chef to the Canadian Embassy in Italy, where she also received her certification as a sommelier. Always passionate about wine, Wilson discovered her passion for beer while working in Belgium as Head Chef to the Canadian Mission to the EU. While living in Brussels, Wilson discovered beer’s great capacity to be paired alongside food. Wilson is a regular contributor to the LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine. She also conducts tastings for various clients and is presently working on a line of cookbooks that focus on making great food simple and accessible. See her recipes and beer pairings in “Grilled to Perfection” (page 72).

Kelly Fajack By the age of 13 Kelly Fajack’s images were already in the pages of Surfing magazine. Since then his camera has taken him to over 50 countries shooting for such clients as Neutrogena, Fiat and Fujitsu Siemens and magazines including Time, Shape and Conde Nast Traveler. Fajack even has a photo on the back of African currency. Although he rarely has time to surf anymore, Fajack still lives by the water and currently resides with his wife Holli in Venice Beach, California. See his work in this issue in “Show Your Colours” (page 42).

Sarah Orbanic Sarah Orbanic started working behind the camera as a fitness model. Always inquisitive, Orbanic started asking questions about how to direct models and shoot. When she had her son, nine years ago, Orbanic retired from modeling and borrowed her husband’s photography equipment to shoot their son. This extended into shooting friends and their kids, and soon blossomed into a career that ranges from shooting families and lifestyle shots to fitness models and celebrities including Gossip Girl’s Michelle Tractenberg and Ryan O’Neil. See her work in this issue in “Natural Acne Solutions” (page 32) and “Should You Be Afraid of Your Sunscreen?” (page 30).

Maya Akbay Maya Akbay is the newest addition to Viva’s editorial team, serving as our Editorial Assistant. Back in her native Istanbul, Turkey, Akbay dedicated her summer hours to intern at various film production and newspaper firms. Akbay came to Toronto in 2009 to attend the University of Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. She has worked as a copy editor and reporter for the Toronto, Scarborough and East York Observer publications. Akbay is also an avid traveller and all things beauty enthusiast. See her work in this issue is “Get the Look” (page 28) and “Eco Chic” on (page 21).


Why Do So Many Children Still Starve and Die in the 21st Century? According to UN statistics, there has been a 41 per cent drop in daily deaths of children under the age of five worldwide. That is the good news. The bad news is that 19,000 children still die every day, mostly from SubSahara Africa. Are There Any Answers? – Natural Calm Canada and the charity it founded, Organics 4 Orphans, thinks there are. Organics 4 Orphans has four goals: to teach mothers to become self-sufficient through food security, nutrition, disease prevention, and income generation. 21st century research tells us that some foods can be grown in the most challenging areas without expensive fertilizers or pesticides if people understand the principles of organic growing while increasing the ability to build immune systems up to 10 times. So not only can food be grown almost anywhere; these foods can be grown to overcome disease challenges in any area. For the last several years, Organics 4 Orphans has empowered trainers to do five-day workshops on both organic growing and nutritional medicine in over 12 countries. Month-long seminars are held twice a year at the Organics 4 Orphans training center in Western Kenya, with an emphasis on growing disease-fighting food year round. The majority of the funding comes from the generous support of Natural Calm Canada. The approach of solving high child mortality rates “organically” is relatively inexpensive – coaching communities on a prevention model that is locally available can cost a fraction of medical costs that are often not available

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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 just a 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, Elliot 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.  

Dr. Karol Wojewnik, a B.Sc. and M.D graduate with distinction, speaks on conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs across North America and as the host of Radical Remedies on The Natural Health Show. He is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com and a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. He reviews scientific data and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. Dr. Wojewnik believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with preventive medicine, natural remedies, exercise and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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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BEHIND THE SCENES Our Viva summer cover shoot took place just two days before our cover girl Rachelle Lefevre was to move from southern California to North Carolina to shoot her series Under The Dome. The gathering at our West Hollywood set seemed to provide a respite before her impending hectic and long days.  Animated talk ran the gamut from food and fashion to exercise and back to food. Then we moved on to trendy makeup and the latest pop tunes. Lefevre is a force to be reckoned with – a flurry of emotions and energy. “I was born with a lot of energy,”

she says. “I just finished watching all of Downton Abbey while doing my nails and organizing bottles.”  With her red hair textured into place and alabaster skin given a sunny glow by our glam team, Lefevre adds: “I have a ton of energy and if I don’t focus it in some sort of controlled way I can bounce around. If I work out regularly then I can get that focus.” With no exercise on the horizon for the afternoon shoot, Lefevre seems to channel her energy into the glorious photos that reveal a woman full of vitality, momentum and strength. 

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HOW DO YOU DEFINE BALANCED LIVING?

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Balanced living is about treating every experience like it has equal value. There’s this trend in the last decade of constant perpetual happiness being the ultimate goal in life. I’m not sure that’s healthy or realistic. There are many times in life when it gets really, really hard; it’s okay not to be a big ball of joy. I don’t think we can feel enlightened all the time. What I found is a balanced way of looking at things is trying not to allow myself to view one particular state, emotion or period in my life as everything. I think we should be careful what we’re selling when we try and convince people they should be happy all the time.

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SITTING PRETTY It’s officially patio season! Arrange and rearrange West Elm’s Wood Slat Sectional to your liking for the perfect get-together with friends. Built from durable wood, this weather-resistant outdoor furniture supports responsible forest management, as it’s made of FSC-certified wood with polyurethane coating. (West Elm, $152 – $1,274)

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This wall-mountable shelving unit looks like a fire escape and will give your home a New York City vibe regardless of where you reside. Fill with plants, books, candles, frames and whatever else your heart wishes. (Uncommon Goods, $115.02)

A DRINK ANYONE?

Serve your refreshments in style this summer with this clear glass drink dispenser on a solid mango wood base. (West Elm, $69)

PURPLE RAIN

Stay hydrated with these eco-friendly glass water bottles from Bkr, made of special glass that protects your liquids from leaching chemicals. This bright purple coloured and minimalist designed bottle is 100 per cent reusable and recyclable. (body politic, $33.00)

SAILOR STRIPES

Ahoy! This BAGGU Recycled Canvas Duck Tote Bag in Sailor Stripes is made of durable recycled cotton canvas and is perfect for the summer. It comes with matte silver hardware, durable taped seams and a round inner pocket. Let your fun-loving side shine through with this light and cute accessory. (Not Just Pretty, $39.00)

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TABLE SAVERS

These cute little coasters from Anorak will keep nasty rings away from your side tables. Sold in sets of four, each coaster has a melamine front and corkboard. Available in fox, stag and rabbit designs, these coasters add a nice touch to any decor. (Galerie-co, $23.95)

THE HOURGLASS

Dress to impress with this form fitting Side Panel Sheath dress from Obakki. Made of stretch viscose blend material with a flattering contrast side panel detail, this dress hugs the body just right. Plus, Obakki’s philanthropic charity called The Obakki Foundation provides clean water and education in Africa with 100 per cent of its public donations. (Obakki, $280.00)

THE PERFECT POUCH

The perfect size (9.5’’w x 7.25’’h) to fit in your purse or store your makeup, the Bicycle Zipper Pouch from Blue Q features art by Roy Fox. It’s made of 95 per cent recycled post consumer material with a crushed, wrinkled look to add that quirky, vintage feel. (All Things Being Eco, $6.75)

IT’S ABOUT TIME

This light and chic WeWOOD Beta Beige watch is the perfect summer accessory. Made of 100 per cent natural wood, completely free of toxic chemicals and adjustable to fit any wrist. This stylish timekeeper is sure to make a statement. (WeWood, $140.00) SUMMER 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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Spark your child’s imagination and have some fun together with these cute hand puppets, made from reclaimed wool and natural materials. These wonderfully playful hand puppets are made from reclaimed wool and are handmade right here in Canada. (Hip Baby, $25)

A WARDROBE STAPLE

Made of super soft and smooth material, bamboo t-shirts will keep your little one cool, comfortable and stylish. Made with 70 per cent rayon from bamboo and 30 per cent organic cotton, this classic cut t-shirt will fit right in your child’s wardrobe. Plus, shirts are 100 per cent Canadian made. (Jerico, Size YS-YL $17.50, size 2-6X $15.50)

A BARREL OF FUN

Made from recycled white oak wine barrels, this creative side table has an earthy and unique look. Handmade in Georgia, this authentic piece has a shelf and iron accents. (Uncommon Goods, $380)

DOUGHNUT TOSS

Made from solid beech with a strawberry pink, chocolate brown or sugar white matte finish, these All Lovely Stuff donuts are a creative and yummy way to hang your coats or bags. (Galerie-co, $49.95)

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PHOTO: KIMBERLY METZ HAIR & MAKEUP: NANCY JAMBAZIAN CLOTHING CREDIT: COCO JOHNSEN DRESS; CHARLES ALBERT CUFF.

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COLOUR SPLASH Purple was the starring hue on the runway this season. It’s the perfect complimentary colour when wearing yellow because the shades are opposite each other on the colour wheel.

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Get the Look WARM WEATHER BEAUTY TIPS

The key to looking great during the summer months is keeping cool and avoiding a makeup meltdown. Here’s how your favourite stars look their best as the temperature heats up. By Bonnie Siegler

REESE WITHERSPOON

Makeup artist Liza Zaretsky keeps Witherspoon’s eye shadow from creasing and melting in the heat by brushing Shiseido’s creasefree shimmer (in Caviar) on her lids. Also, when you prime the lids with foundation first, the shadow particles adhere to the skin better.

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THE NATURAL WAY

Mix & match any colour you want in this luxury eco-compact made of paper. The refillable compact is great for the environment, and the eye shadow will last for hours. Plus, the use of mica gives your eyelids a glittery finish – perfect for summer evenings. Ecco Bella Duo Eyeshadow Compact (.38oz, $11.99)

THE NATURAL WAY

Makeup artist Etienne Ortega says Longoria “likes to look bronzed, not orange” so she contours her forehead and cheekbones with a shimmery bronzer that makes Longoria’s skin look like it’s been kissed by the sun. One of her constant choices is Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer.

Nourish your skin while giving it a sun-kissed glow with silk powder, which moisturizes the face by balancing the pH levels and protecting the skin. Silk powder combined with joboba oil and carrot extract help smooth and hydrate even the most sensitive skin types.

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THE NATURAL WAY

Former Viva cover girl Sophia Bush is aware of the dangers of too much sun exposure. She likes to protect her face the safe and natural way by shielding her skin with Coola’s unscented, vitamin C enriched lotion that has an SPF of 30.

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While hydre sia oleosome s from safflower oil keep the skin moisturized under the harsh sun, this water-resistant sun spray lotion also has anti-aging and irritation-reducing qualities thanks to aloe vera gel’s soothing, scar reducing and healing properties. Kiss My Face Natural Mineral Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 with Hydresia (8 oz, $15.95)

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This light berry flavoured and soft pink gloss is not only vegan and gluten-free; it also contains carrot seed oil which is rich in antioxidants needed to repair skin damage caused by sun exposure, smoking, poor nutrition, or the environment. Green Beaver Splendicious Lips Lip Gloss in Amour (16g, $4.99)

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y now, we all know that we should lather up before heading out into the sun. What you may not know, however, is that for optimal protection you need to guard your skin from both UVA and UVB rays – not all sunscreens do that. UVB rays are the most superficial rays, which are responsible for giving us a sun tan (or burn) and also can contribute to aging and skin cancer. The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) on sunscreens measures only the amount of protection from these UVB rays. “If you have a sunscreen with an SPF 30 you can stay out in the sun for 30 times longer than you could without that sunscreen and not get a sunburn," says Dr. Paul Cohen, a Toronto-based dermatologist. The SPF value isn’t relevant in terms of UVA rays though.

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“UVA rays penetrate deeper than UVB," says Cohen. Although they do not physically tan or burn your skin, they are the primary rays responsible for premature aging and skin cancer. "There are only four approved ingredients known to block UVA rays," says Sean Gray, a senior analyst with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). These include: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone and mexoryl. However, the last two ingredients are not natural, are highly unstable, and break down quickly in sunlight. The best option in terms of blocking harmful UVA rays is zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (ideally seven per cent or greater). These are natural, stable ingredients that will protect against UVA rays for at least two hours.

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WHY NATURAL SUNSCREENS ARE YOUR BEST OPTION If you are opting for an unnatural sunscreen, you’re opening yourself up to the possibility of potential toxic ingredients. “There is a long list of ingredients that are potentially harmful, or even cancer causing, that we just don't know enough about,” says Dr. Rebecca Sutton, a staff scientist with the EWG. This is especially troubling when it comes to children. The surface area of a child's skin relative to their body weight is much greater than adults. Any chemical applied to their skin is about 1.4 times more significant than it would be when applied to an adult. Add that to the fact that children are less able to detoxify and excrete chemicals, they have a developing organ system that is more vulnerable to damage from chemical exposures, and children are more sensitive to low levels of hormonally active compounds and you have a potentially large problem. Of all the chemical ingredients in unnatural sunscreens oxybenzone is the most troubling. Oxybenzone has been linked with a host of problems including allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage. "Oxybenzone is a concern because it is readily absorbed by the skin and has hormone disruptive effects," says Sutton. Oxybenzone is a penetration enhancer that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin and it displays additive hormonal effects when tested with other sunscreen chemicals. Ironically, oxybenzone is particularly harmful when mixed with sunlight. The sun's rays mix with oxybenzone to form free radical chemicals that may be linked to cell damage. "We know for sure that UVA rays can cause cancer," says Sutton. We're unsure of the long-term effects of mixing oxybenzone and other ingredients. The safest and most effective sun care option is a natural, oxybenzone-free product that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. VM SUMMER 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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KEEP CLEAN, NATURALLY Skin is part of the excretory system. “You want to make sure your skin isn’t coated and blocked with oily creams that don’t allow your skin to breathe and excrete toxins,” says O’Brien. Look for a cleanser, toner and face cream that contain natural ingredients. If you are prone to acne, a product line with natural ingredients like tea tree oil, chamomile, aloe vera and lavender (such as Thursday Plantation) can keep your skin clean, cleanse pores and help get rid of black heads without creating any unnecessary build up. 32

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AVOID HARSH CHEMICALS Benzoyl peroxide is an ingredient commonly found in many over the counter acne preparations. Using products with this or other harsh chemicals causes itching, stinging, redness and dryness in 79 per cent of people. A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that five per cent tea tree oil is just as effective in treating acne as five per cent benzoyl peroxide, but without any of the negative side effects. Using a medicated gel that contains tea tree oil is a great way to target flare-ups, while calming your skin. “Tea tree oil targets bacteria found in acne and eliminates and dries out pimples,” says O’Brien. EAT RIGHT A Norwegian study found a relationship between acne and a high intake of chocolate and chips and a low intake of vegetables. The results were especially pronounced in girls, and researchers feel that eating a low-glycemic index diet helps prevent acne. Another study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics confirmed that high glycemic index foods and dairy are linked to acne. “When it comes to fighting acne, your diet matters,” says O’Brien. It’s also important to drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated. VM

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WHETHER IT’S A FIRST DATE OR SNEAKING OUT FOR A NIGHT WITH YOUR HUSBAND AND LEAVING THE KIDS WITH THE BABYSITTER, YOU’LL WANT TO DAZZLE. TRY ONE OF THESE EASY TO CREATE NATURAL LOOKS BASED ON SUMMER’S HOTTEST HUES AND TEXTURES. YOU’LL SEE HOW A SMALL CHANGE LIKE A NEW LIP COLOUR OR A BOLD HUE ON YOUR LIDS CAN TIP THE SCALES TO DROP DEAD GORGEOUS.

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GOLDEN HOUR Whether in your wardrobe or your makeup, yellow is a must try colour this summer. Yellow hues in makeup work best when your wardrobe is in other bright colours, such as blue. Try a punch of yellow on the eyelids, then continue to blend up to the brow bone with the colour gradually fading. THE NATURAL WAY: Red tea is a fantastic anti-aging ingredient often used in natural makeup. It contains an enzyme called Superoxide Dismutase, which helps prevent free radical damage. HAIR: Dreamy up-do’s are the perfect looks for any romantic night out. With this season’s more carefree relaxed looks, you can look great without looking like you tried too hard. On Stefanie: Coco Johnsen dress; Charles Albert ring.

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RADIANT ORCHID Radiant Orchid is the “it” colour of the season. With undertones of fuchsia, purple and pink, the hue emanates great joy, love and health. HOW TO USE IT: When using a strong pop of colour, choose just one feature to accent – less is more. Keep the rest of the face neutral. THE NATURAL WAY: Look for highgrade mineral makeup to provide rich, deep pigments without added chemicals. On Stefanie: Sheer paneled bodysuit by American Apparel; ring by Charles Albert.


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WARM GLOW Bronzers are a great way to fake a tan without any harsh effects to your skin. As a highlighter, use a soft brush to sweep a lighter shade of bronzer (with shimmer) on areas where the sun would naturally fall on your face – the forehead, top of cheek bones, bride of nose and chin. For contouring, use a deeper bronzer shade with a matte finish to give warmth and depth. THE NATURAL WAY: Mica is an inorganic, colourless silicate mineral that provides luster and adhesion in makeup. HAIR: Braids are back! There are so many ways to wear them and messy is in so don’t worry if you’re still learning. On Stefanie: Coco Johnsen dress; Tebazile coiled bangle; Kesha Rose by Charles Albert Druzy ring.

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FEMININITY You can never miss with a feminine look and natural, healthy skin. Wellconditioned skin with minimal coverage pulls off this look, using concealer only on areas that need a touch of cover up. THE NATURAL WAY: Look for natural moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamin E, chamomile and dimethicone (a natural way to prevent water loss). HAIR: Seaside waves are parted in the middle for a more current look. Try an hourglass wand for curling. On Stefanie: Margit David pearl embellished top and sheer pleated skirt; Kesha Rose by Charles Albert Druzy ring.

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MICA Mica is the most common ingredient used in mineral makeup. It’s a natural, safe and versatile mineral that is extremely resistant to heat, and gives a glittery look without blocking your skin’s pores. In fact, the word Mica is derived from the Latin word “micare” which means “to glitter.” It is translucent and its reflective composition is attractive in makeup because it reflects light and hides your skin’s imperfections.

ALOE VERA GEL Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice, more commonly known as simply aloe vera, is extracted from the leaves of the aloe plant. It has multiple medicinal uses including burn and wound treatment, and also healing from UV ray damage. Aloe vera gel also contains aloin, which blocks up 30 per cent of UV rays from penetrating the skin.

SILK POWDER Silk fibers grounded into fine powder absorb extra moisture away from skin and nourish it with proteins while balancing pH levels. Silk powder (also known as serica) has an amino acid composition that is almost identical to the skin’s. Silk powder can also be used for smoothing out hair.

CARROT SEED OIL Carrot seed oil has been used for its natural healing properties for thousands of years, as well as a natural beauty aid. Its nutrients helps with dry or aging skin and helps eliminate wrinkles. Containing a natural SPF 40, it also works as a topical sunscreen and skin rejuvenator.

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SUMMER’S BOLD COLOURS REMIND US OF HOW FUN FASHION CAN BE. HERE’S A LOOK AT THE SEASON’S HOTTEST HUES AND WHY YOU SHOULDN’T LET YOUR WARDROBE FADE TO BLACK. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY FAJACK HAIR & MAKEUP BY CASSIE LYONS STYLIST MEGAN KELLEY

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Enjoy all the Sweetness of bitter-less Stevia with nothing to feel guilty about when it comes to calories. Call it “Sweet Surrender”. Herbal Select Stevia is a zero-calorie, low glycemic, natural sweetener that makes a perfectly healthy substitute for white table sugar and artificial sweeteners. Unlike chemical sweeteners, NOW® BetterStevia™ contains pure Stevia extract with a taste that is naturally 60-100 times sweeter than refined sugar. So only a tiny amount is all it takes to sweeten your favourite beverages, foods and desserts! Not all Stevia is the same, though. Herbal Select takes special measures to preserve Stevia’s natural qualities to make ours the best tasting, purest Stevia available. Herbal Select utilizes the whole leaf extract - not isolated fractions - to retain the pure sweetness in real Stevia. Our attention to quality guarantees freshness in every serving ensuring a well-rounded sweet taste that is very close to that of pure sugar, without the calories or guilt. Try it today and see how sweet it is. Delicious, Clean, Sweet Taste No Bitter After-taste Zero Calorie Sweetener Versatile – Available in Liquid, Packets and Bulk powder for baking


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H E ALTH NEWS LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE Would you like the benefits of meditation but have trouble chilling out for an extended period of time? Maybe all you have to do is laugh. According to a study in Experimental Biology, joyful laughter produces brain wave frequencies similar to those seen among people who achieve a true state of meditation. Turns out humour engages the entire brain similar to meditation. “When there is mirthful laughter, it’s as if the brain gets a workout,” says Dr. Lee Berk principal investigator of the study and associate research professor at Loma Linda University. A joyful laugh can help alleviate symptoms from a variety of chronic medical conditions. “Laughter may not only be a good medicine for the health of your body, but also a good medicine for your brain,” says Berk.

WHAT THE FREAK IS FREEKEH?

START STRENGTH TRAINING EARLY IN LIFE A new study published in Pediatrics found that early strengthening activities can lead to a decrease in cardiometabolic health risks in children and adolescents. Until recently, treatment for adolescent obesity and associated health problems has focused mostly on diet modifications and aerobic exercise. However, the new research from Baylor University found that strength-building exercises help adolescents reduce the risks of cardiometabolic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. Power up!

In the past few years there’s been a string of healthy grains ranging from quinoa to couscous that have caught our attention. Now, freekeh plans to bump them all for the title of healthiest grain. Coming from the Arabic word “to rub,” freekeh is made by roasting young grains of durum wheat, then rubbing away the chaff. The grains are young and still green when they are harvested so they contain a maximum amount of vitamins, minerals and protein. Freekeh is also high in calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron. It contains four times the fiber of brown rice and has a low GI rating of 43. Also, because of the high temperature during the roasting process, the gluten is denatured making freekeh suitable for gluten-free diets. Freekeh makes a great breakfast, can be served cold in salads, or used in place of rice or pasta.

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EAT LIKE THE GREEKS We’ve all heard that the Mediterranean diet of fish, veggies, whole grains and olive oil is good for us. Now, a study of 14,586 people published in Blood found that eating like the Greeks can lower platelet and white blood cell levels, reducing inflammation in the body. 


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Meet Our Expert: Nicholas S. Liatsos, PT, CSCS, CISSN, 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 manual therapy 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. Liatsos bridges the gap between physical therapy, strength training and nutrition. Learn more about Liatsos at HeathProPT.net

Once you’ve decided on a clinic, your initial session should be 45 to 60 minutes in length. (After that sessions will be about 30 to 45 minutes.) In this initial appointment your physical therapist should ask you a lot of questions about your injury, mobility, history and lifestyle. It’s also your turn to ask some questions such as: What’s your belief in manual therapy and how physical therapy benefits the body? Have you taken post-graduate courses or studied extensively in manual therapy or advanced therapeutic exercise prescription? Do you practice active release techniques (ART), muscle energy techniques (MET) or myofascial release? Do you have microcurrent and/or low-level laser? Ask if the therapist is unable to help, does he have a network to refer you to. No one can help everyone. It’s a great sign if your physical therapist is part of a team and he can admit when you need help by another profession and refer you to someone who is qualified. If you don’t feel the love after the first visit, go somewhere else. You should never feel like you’re part of an assembly line or being given a textbook answer. Above all, follow your gut. VM SUMMER 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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JOINT PAIN CAUSED BY ARTHRITIS CAN BE EXTREMELY DISABLING AND PAINFUL. HERE ARE SOME NATURAL SOLUTIONS TO EASE YOUR PAIN AND EVEN HELP PREVENT ARTHRITIS.

WHAT IS ARTHRITIS? In medical lingo, the suffix “itis” means inflammation. Arthritis, then, means any disease that involves inflammation of the joints — the places where bones come together (such as in the knees, wrists, hands, fingers, elbows, feet and toes). Although arthritis can come at any age, it is more common as we age because the components of the joint begin to deteriorate, most notability the cartilage, and the joint area begins to dry out. Healthy cartilage is made up of 65 to 80 per cent water. A joint is like a sponge filled with synovial fluid. When pressure is applied to the joint, the fluid is squeezed out of the cartilage acting like a shock absorber. When the pressure is reduced, the fluid is pulled back into the cartilage. With wear, cartilage deteriorates reducing the smooth protective buffer between bones, causing inflammation and pain. CAN HERBAL SUPPLEMENTATION HELP? Since arthritis is a disease of inflammation, the most effective treatment is anything that fights inflammation. Medical management of arthritis usually starts with ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications, however there are herbal supplements that can help. These include: 52

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Glucosamine Sulfate Glucosamine sulfate provides the joints with the building blocks they need to repair damage caused by osteoarthritis or injuries. As we age, our bodies naturally produce less glucosamine, making it more difficult to restore cartilage that is lost through normal wear and tear; this may contribute to osteoarthritis. Glucosamine helps stop cartilage deterioration while reducing or eliminating pain and improving joint function. It does this by stimulating the manufacture of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), key components of cartilage, making it very useful for degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis. Chondroitin Sulfate Chondroitin supports and enhances cartilage production. It inhibits inflammation and removes and/or prevents the formation of fibrin, thrombi, plaque in synovium and/or subchondral blood vessels. Chondroitin also holds water and nutrients, thus allowing other molecules to move through cartilage providing lubrication. MSM MSM is thought to act in three main ways. It blocks pain, acts as a sulfur donor to repair cartilage, and is an anti-inflammatory. Celadrin Celadrin inhibits inflammation in endothelial cells, reduces the production of the immune factor IL-6, controls other immune factors responsible for inflammation, and lubricates joints.

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GIVE YOUR JOINTS A NUTRITION BOOST If you are overweight, losing weight can be an effective strategy at helping to reduce the effects of arthritis. Being overweight puts extra stress on the joints, which escalates the risk of wear and tear. Also, body fat is not an inert substance. Fat is metabolically active, capable of producing hormones and chemicals that actually increase levels of inflammation. By losing weight — and avoiding excess calories that can cause weight gain — you’ll automatically reduce inflammation in your body. Even if you’re not overweight, changing the way you eat can have a positive effect on arthritis by reducing inflammation. If you have arthritis you should avoid saturated and trans fats. Saturated fats are found in animal products such as fatty beef or pork, poultry skin and full-fat dairy. Saturated fats are also found in palm oil and palm-kernel oil, which are often found in packaged baked goods. Trans fats were created by scientists to give baked goods a longer shelf life. Trans fats are thought to be at least as damaging as saturated fats in terms of inflammation and other health problems, and possibly more so. It’s also wise to limit simple and refined carbohydrates such as sugary foods, white-flour baked goods, white rice, bread and crackers. These foods set up a state of inflammation in the body, increasing pro-inflammatory compounds in the body. Instead focus on eating foods rich in the following nutrients:

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The healthiest of fats for people with arthritis or other inflammatory disorders are omega-3 fatty acids. More than a dozen studies have demonstrated that omega-3 fish oils can drastically reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Some of the best foods for omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, seaweed and soybeans. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: In addition to healthy monounsaturated fats, olive oil contains a natural compound called oleocanthal, which may help prevent arthritis-related inflammation. These compounds block the same inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen and aspirin, medications commonly used to fight arthritis pain. For the highest antioxidant content, choose “extra virgin” olive oil – the stronger the taste, the higher the amounts of oleocanthal the oil is likely to have.

squash, turnip greens, pumpkins, mustard greens, cantaloupes, sweet red peppers, apricots and spinach. Beta-cryptoxanthin is found in winter squash, pumpkins, persimmons, papayas, tangerines, peppers (red chili and red bell), corn, oranges, apricots, carrots, nectarines and watermelon. Quercetin is found in onions, kale, leeks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, black currants, elderberries, lingonberries, apricots, red apples with skin and red/ purple/black grapes. Anthocyanins are found in blackberries, black currents, blueberries, eggplant, elderberries, raspberries, cherries, boysenberries, red/black/purple grapes, strawberries, plums, cranberries, rhubarb, red onions and apples. Vitamin D: Studies have shown that getting adequate amounts of vitamin D reduces the risk of both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Among people who already have osteoarthritis, those who have a vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop worsening disability over time. Some of the best foods for vitamin D include wild salmon, mackerel (not king), sardines, herring, low-fat milk, soymilk, egg yolks and UV-treated mushrooms. Spices: Certain spices seem to have anti-inflammatory effects and therefore should be considered for arthritis treatment. Among the most promising are ginger and turmeric. Ginger has been shown to lessen the pain of knee osteoarthritis when taken in highly purified, standardized supplement form. Scientific studies have shown that turmeric may help arthritis by suppressing inflammatory body chemicals. VM

LIFESTYLE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR JOINTS HEALTHY › Create a positive, healthy work environment. Arrange your workstation so you'll be comfortable in a variety of positions: typing on your keyboard, reading the screen with your hand on your mouse or writing on a desk surface. › Stand tall. By maintaining good posture, your muscles and skeletal system work together to put less strain on your joints. › Lead a balanced life. Try to maintain a nice, even balance between motion and rest.

Antioxidants: Antioxidants protect the body from the effects of cell-damaging free radicals and are a critical part of an anti-inflammation diet. Research has also demonstrated that certain antioxidants may help prevent arthritis, slow its progression and relieve pain. The best antioxidants in terms of arthritis relief and prevention are vitamin C, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, quercetin and anthocyanins. Vitamin C is found in guava, bell peppers, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, pineapples, kohlrabi, papayas, lemons, broccoli, kale, potatoes and Brussels sprouts.  Beta-carotene is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, butternut

› Pamper yourself. Relaxing baths, massages and acupuncture can relieve pain and help you relax, meaning your joints can also relax. › Stretch! With regular stretching, your joints won't just retain mobility; they'll remain more limber. › Gain muscle. Weight training will improve your balance, help you lose weight, and strengthen your bones. › Act your age! Take it easy at first when trying new activities, and slowly increase the demands on your body.

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t’s hard to find time to squeeze exercise into our busy lives – and it shows in our country’s fitness statistics. The average woman is 12 pounds heavier today than she was 20 years ago. In an attempt to get people moving and make exercise more attainable, The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology has reduced the recommended aerobic guidelines for good health to just two-and-a-half hours of moderate-intensity cardio a week (a brisk walk qualifies). If you engage in more vigorous activities like running or kickboxing, you only need 75 minutes of weekly exercise. Still, just 15 per cent of Canadian adults meet these requirements. It’s time to stop making excuses and start moving. Viva has unveiled the top 12 reasons for not working out and talked to the experts to find a solution. Find out which excuse is keeping you from getting fit; then make a commitment to do something about it. Now is the time to stop making excuses and finally get fit!


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EXCUSE: “I DON’T HAVE TIME.” “Time is the number one excuse for not working out,” says Jacqueline Walters, Sales and Marketing Manager at gymlife and four-time Canadian national kickboxing champion. Between work, family, volunteering and social commitments there is very little “me time” left in a day. “Women have a tendency to put everyone else ahead of themselves,” says Maureen Hagan, vice-president of operations for GoodLife Fitness. Even if you feel your life is highly efficient, chances are there’s somewhere you’re wasting a little time. Look at what you do in a week and highlight things that aren’t productive. You might be surprised to see how much time you actually waste. Screen time is one of the biggest time wasters. The average Canadian watches 88 hours of television a month and spends 43.5 hours on the Internet. In fact, Canadians spend more time online than anyone on earth. Ironically women spend more time reading about health than any other topic. If we could set aside a few hours to do exercise instead of learning about it, we’d be much healthier. Once you’ve found a little space, schedule your activity like you would schedule a business meeting or activities for your children. “Your health is just as important as the health of your child,” says Stephanie Joanne, owner of Stephanie Joanne Living. Block off your workouts and tell yourself attendance is not optional.

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sure you’re using proper technique. Plus, it makes you accountable. You’ll be less likely to slack off if you have a meeting with your trainer in a few weeks. EXCUSE: “I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START.” If your last memory of fitness is grade 10 gym class–yours, not your daughter’s–starting a formalized exercise program can be intimidating. “Step one is committing to something,” says Joanne. Find a convenient gym that makes you feel welcome and comfortable. Sign up for any free services that are available. Most gyms offer free fitness assessments and introductory personal training sessions to new members. Don’t be afraid to ask how things work and get instruction—you’re not the only newbie there. If you don’t want to join a gym, ask a fit friend to help you get started. It can be as simple as going for a power walk together or as much fun as joining a dance class. Fitness doesn’t have to be formalized.

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EXCUSE: “IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE.” The easiest way to workout on the cheap is to get outside. Walking and running are two of the best ways to exercise and they’re basically free (aside from a good pair of shoes). To strength train, buy a couple of hand weights and a DVD or fitness app and do strength training at home or in the park. If working out in a group situation is important, it may be easier to find the funds than you thought. “Ask yourself: ‘Where am I spending my money?” says Walters. So many women think nothing of buying a five-dollar coffee every day, but cringe at the thought of spending money on a gym membership. You may even be able to get a membership for free–or at least a reduced price. Many companies and benefit plans pay at least some money toward a fitness membership. “The cost of being ill and unproductive is much greater than the cost of getting fit,” says Hagan. A personal trainer may seem out of reach, but there are ways to reduce the cost there too. “Hire an online coach,” says Joanne. For about a hundred dollars you can get a personalized program and/or meal-plan. Then, book mini sessions to help motivate you along the way. Or, plan one session with a personal trainer every month or two. It’s a great way to get new ideas and make

EXCUSE: “I DON’T LIKE EXERCISE.” “Find something you like,” says Walters. Exercise has to be fun or you won’t stick with it. Not everyone is made to run on the treadmill and lift weights. Think out of the box. “Ask yourself what you hate,” says Joanne. Then avoid it. “Change the way you think about moving your body.” Play street hockey with your child, join a belly dance class or do yoga in a unique location. (The Art Gallery of Ontario even offers classes.) “Not moving is not an option so make an effort to find an activity you’ll enjoy,” says Joanne. EXCUSE: “I’M TOO TIRED.” “Suck it up,” says Walters. Working out gives you more energy. “You’ll feel better after a workout, I promise.” If you find your energy is always low, look at the way you eat. “Diet makes such a big difference when it comes to energy,” says Walters. If you eat too much sugar and starchy carbs it will zap you. You’ll be amazed the difference a few days of healthy eating will make. Plan your workouts for when is your energy is at its highest. “For people who say they are always tired, first thing in morning is the best time to workout,” says Joanne. It might be a little tough getting out of bed but you need to commit to it. On mornings when you’re especially exhausted, tell yourself you only need to do 20 minutes. If you’re still tired after 20 minutes, give yourself permission to stop–at least you’ve done something. Chances are, once you get started your mood will pick up and you’ll finish your entire workout. SUMMER 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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Get Fit? EXCUSE: “I’M NOT ATHLETIC.” “If you know how to walk and climb a flight of stairs you can get fit,” says Hagan. Being fit and healthy doesn’t require athleticism. There are a lot of average people at the gym. “We focus on the people who are intimidating to us,” says Walters. Start with the basics. Join a walking goup or an aquafit class. As your fitness level increases, so will your confidence. Soon you’ll be eager to try new things.

tinence increase with each pregnancy and risks are higher for pregnancies over age 36. “A lot of women say, ‘I only leak when I run or jump,’” says Vopni. “Even though it’s common, it’s not normal.” Switch to low-impact activities until you’ve addressed the problem. Incontinence happens because of weak pelvic-floor muscles. “If you add pounding you can make the problem worse,” says Vopni. The pelvic floor muscles hold your internal organs in place. Leaking can be an early sign of pelvic organ prolapse–where the uterus, bladder and rectum start to drop. “In extreme cases they can start to descend out the vagina,” says Vopni. Visit a pelvic physiotherapist to learn how to do kegel exercises properly and to get a list of restorative exercises to rebuild pelvic floor strength. Pfilates–pelvic floor Pilates–is also a great option. To find out more about your specific problem, try an Epi-No biofeedback device. It can give you detailed information about the condition of your pelvic floor so you can target your strength building accordingly.

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EXCUSE: “I’M TOO ATHLETIC.” It’s hard to believe that once high caliber athletes–even Olympians–could be destined for life as a couch potato, however that’s often what happens. “Sometimes athletes are burnt out and they just need a break,” says Walters. Others are into sport for the competition. Once they’ve lost site of the prize, their motivation disappears. “Find a different sport,” says Walters. Trying a new activity can be very humbling. “I signed up for a tap lesson,” recalls Walters. “It kicked my butt because it required my body to move so differently.” “I always like to look for a way to bring out the athlete in someone who is naturally competitive,” says Joanne. Sign up for a marathon or a triathlon. Turn exercise into a series of mini competitions. EXCUSE: “I’M NOT COMFORTABLE WORKING OUT IN PUBLIC.” If you don’t like working out in front of men, women’s only clubs are the perfect solution. “There’s a special camaraderie in women’s only clubs that I’ve never seen in a co-ed facility,” says Hagan. Women look out for each other and create an ambiance of security and comfort. If you’d rather go at it alone, buy a fitness video, download a workout app or do research online and turn your home into a makeshift gym. If you’re a beginner, invite a personal trainer or an experienced friend to your home to make sure you’re off to the right start. EXCUSE: “I PEE EVERY TIME I WORKOUT.” Incontinence is more common that you may think. Experts estimate as many as 70 percent of women have some type of incontinence problem. Why? The shape of a women’s pelvic outlet puts females at a higher risk than a man. And then there’s childbirth. “There’s nothing to say that having a child will cause incontinence,” says Kim Vopni, a postpartum doula and owner of Epi-No, a company that helps restore pelvic floor health. It definitely increases the risk though. Vaginal births put you at a higher risk than C-sections, as do tearing and episiotomies. Chances of incon56

EXCUSE: “I DON’T LIKE GETTING SWEATY.” It’s a great hair day and you don’t want to ruin your blowout with a workout. Instead of skipping the gym, opt for a light weight workout, yoga or Pilates. Save your more vigorous cardio workout for a time when you need a shower anyway. “Plan your workout around your situation,” says Joanne. If you train on your lunch hour keep the intensity lower. Save your vigorous cardio for the weekend. “You don’t have to get profusely sweaty and messy every time you workout,” says Hagan. Just do something. EXCUSE: “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY KIDS WHEN I WORK OUT.” If your gym doesn’t have a daycare, be creative and incorporate older kids into your workout. Run alongside your child while he bikes or do mini races around a track. EXCUSE: “I’VE STOPPED SEEING RESULTS AND I’M DISCOURAGED.” If you’ve stopped seeing results it’s time to ask for assistance. “Even though I’m a fitness professional I’ve hired trainers over the years,” says Walters. Just a few sessions with a personal trainer can arm you with new ideas and give your body the change it needs. If a trainer is too expensive, join a group exercise class or look up new ideas online or in a magaVISIT zine. The important thing is to VIVAMAGONLINE.COM FOR EXCLUSIVE try something new–the body FITNESS EXTRAS responds to change. VM

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Besides acting in TV shows including the cult classic Little nificant one she discovered was Natural Calm – highly absorbable, Mosque on the Prairie, Hewitt is a public wellness speaker, blogwater-soluble magnesium in ionic form that is easy for your body to ger and the newest spokesperson for Natural Calm, the best-selluse right away. Most people are deficient in magnesium, especially ing magnesium supplement on the market. In addition to sharing in relation to the calcium in their body. When your balance of the news about the Natural Calm brand, Hewitt is an integral part of two is off, and you don’t have enough magnesium, it places stress on the body, which makes it difficult to relax, and disturbs sleep. the company’s Organics 4 Orphans charity, a non-profit organi“It’s a product that helped me a lot with my stress and anxiety zation that empowers the poorest communities through organic gardening and nutritional and natural medicine education and levels,” says Hewitt who has since introduced it to her entire family. income generation. “I’m so happy to be a part of Organics 4 “Once I began my living well brand, I decided to let Natural Calm Orphans,” says Hewitt, who know how much I loved their is planning a trip to Kenya to products.” The owners were so visit one of the projects next taken with Hewitt’s personalFebruary. ity and her passion for Natural Whereas some people would Calm that they decided to make melt under the pressure of her their spokesperson. working on four simultaneous careers, plus charity work, PUTTING FITNESS all while raising a young child, AND FAMILY FIRST Hewitt’s healthy rituals help Of course eating well is just one keep her stress in check. part of the healthy living equa“For me, balanced living is tion. A former dancer, Hewitt all about nurturing and takhas maintained body strength Hewitt chats with Linda Bolton, owner of Natural Calm Canada, about the ing care of yourself first; rebaland stamina by engaging in company’s Organics 4 Orphans program and her upcoming trip to Kenya. ancing your own health,” says outdoor activities as well as a Hewitt. “Once you’re in a good place, you can take the best care of regular gym routine. She has trekked through the Himalayas, others around you, channel the most creativity, and inspire peotrained as a pro-wrestler with the WWE and continues to keep ple more to make a difference in the world.” This positive mindher 5-foot-6 physique in top shape with regular running, cycling, set was not always the case though. yoga and hiking. “Exercise really helps me drop out of my head Eight years ago the struggling actor was working many jobs and into my body; then I’m in a better place in life. Looking great to supplement her income. “I was sick all the time,” she recalls. is just a bonus,” she says. “If I got a cold, it would turn into a bronchitis infection. If I got Hewiit is married to top fitness expert Jessie Pavelka, which a bladder infection, it would turn into a kidney infection. I was helps when it comes to incorporating fitness into the family rousick and tired so much that I decided I was done with it and that tine. It also helps to have a supportive spouse when it comes to it was time to get healthy. I did everything I could from a mind, keeping up with healthy rituals. body and soul perspective to change my thoughts and overhaul From morning affirmations and exercise to healthy eating and my eating patterns.” the right supplements, these little rituals help keep everything together throughout the day. It only makes sense then that Hewitt YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT ends each day with another ritual. Walk into Hewitt’s kitchen and you’re immediately greeted by a Both Hewitt and Pavelka travel frequently for work so when they bountiful bowl of colourful fresh fruit – bananas, apples, pears, are together, her nighttime ritual always includes special bonding lemons and limes. “We snack on fruit all day,” she says. Other nutritime together. “We don’t have phones in our bedroom – it’s a new tional staples include: raw almond butter, brown rice, gluten-free rule. So we either have a book night where we lie in bed and read, bread, organic sausages, hummus and avocado. or we talk, or write in journals or even sit back and watch a movie Due to regular sinus infections, Hewitt has omitted most dairy and cuddle.” Also, before Hewitt goes to sleep, she always makes a from her diet. “The infections were fairly debilitating and now conscious effort for some meditation. 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THE SIMPLE LIFE ACTOR DENISE RICHARDS PROVES THAT NO MATTER HOW STRESSFUL LIFE CAN BECOME THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY TO BRING THINGS BACK DOWN AND FIND BALANCE AMIDST THE CHAOS BY BONNIE SIEGLER

enise Richards is no stranger to stress. First, she was married to Charlie Sheen. Then, she went through a highly publicized divorce (that never seems to stop getting publicity) and now she’s raising their two daughters Sam and Lola alone – and has also adopted a third daughter Eloise. In addition to taking on the role of super mom, Richards has recently amped up her career with a starring role in the ABC family series Twisted. As if this workload and having her life constantly dissected by TMZ wasn’t enough, Richards was recently forced to deal with losing her mother to kidney cancer. How does she find balance amidst the chaos? “When I am going through the tough times, I know that there’s a reason behind it,” says the 43-year-old actor. “I know it will pass eventually and it makes me stronger and makes me appreciate life more. My mother was never negative. She taught me to focus on the positive and stay hopeful, which provides you with an inner strength.” PUTTING HER BODY FIRST Richards is a longtime fan of good health, regular exercise and is aware of the negative impact stress can have on your body. Pilates is a great way to tone her body and relieve stress, as is playing outdoors with her kids. Richards is also a devotee of acupuncture and chiropractor adjustments, due to a previous back injury, and she gets regular deep massages. “I recently started doing cupping,” she says of the ancient Chinese practice of using glass cups to create localized pressure by vacuum, causing the blood to form in the area and promote healing and the release of toxins. “I honestly do feel better after having it done. It releases a lot of tightness,” says Richards. A STRESS-REDUCING DIET “Ever since I was young, I’ve always had a very clean lifestyle and good, healthy eating habits,” says Richards. I also believe in moderation though. My downfall is ice cream – which I love summer or winter.” Healthy snacking is an important component of good eating for the whole family. “I pretty much eat all day long. I always have cut up vegetables, cut up fruit, Greek yogurt and I’m big on pretzel rods. Everyone makes fun of me because I always have a bag of pretzels in my purse,” she laughs. Trail mix is also a sta62

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ple. When you eat healthy it helps you manage stress and take everything in stride. In her sunny Malibu, California kitchen there are big bowls of fresh fruit on the counter, while heirloom tomatoes, almond milk, fresh juices, blue chips and cereals are always on hand. “I don’t want to be too restrictive, however I try to cut down on overly processed foods; ones with a lot of chemicals. My main diet has a lot of organic fruits and vegetables, grains, lentils, couscous and quinoa. In winter, I make a lot of homemade soups and in the summer I make a lot of different salads where I’ll add grapefruit and pine nuts with balsamic vinegar.” When it comes to relaxing drinks, Richards opts for a cup of green tea. Not only does it help her chill out but, ironically, it also gives her an energy boost. “I like to sip on my tea and just relax,” says Richards. I found when I used to have an afternoon coffee, after the initial jolt I would feel even more tired.” STRESS-FREE LIVING Getting together with friends is a key ingredient in managing the stressors in Richards’ life. “I mostly hang out with friends who are also moms,” says Richards. “We’ll do a dinner out or a day of massage and tea and just talk. Having that time when you can turn your brain off is very relaxing. It’s a good way to decompress your mind.” Richards also opts for “Stress-Free Sundays” when she turns off the outside world by not answering phones and emails. “Texting, phones, and computers can be such distractions,” says Richards. “People know it’s just me and the family on Sundays.” VM


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achelle Lefevre passes me a California along with several yearly visits to spoon. In fact, she passes one to her native Montreal to visit family and friends. everyone on set. We also each get The bilingual actor also credits her nomadic an individual glass dish filled to lifestyle with giving her inner strength, somethe brim with chocolate vegan pudding. Sitting thing she lacked as a kid. “It’s really helped me barefoot in the makeup chair, Lefevre ticks be comfortable at being on my own and exploroff the ingredients for her sweet treat (which ing new places,” says the 35-year-old. “Then, includes avocados and sweet potatoes). Tasty when I go back to Montreal I enjoy hanging out and healthy? We’re all instantly won over by and not doing a lot. The city has a great street life that you don’t see in the States as much.” both the dessert and its server. In fact, it’s hard not to be won over by Lefevre Lefevre says that being Canadian has also – even if she didn’t come bearing treats. Besides given her the ability to be humble and take being an obvious knockresponsibility for herout, her light-up smile self and her actions. has a life of its own as “I’m very quick to apolWHEN I LOOK she talks animatedly and ogize, probably partly laughs out loud at jokes because I’m Canadian,” AT THE BODIES (yours and her own). she laughs. “I screw up OF SAY JENNIFER The Montreal-born as much as the next LAWRENCE OR actor is often recognized person, but I tend to JESSICA BIEL THEY for her role of Victoria in recognize my irritabilLOOK LIKE THEY ity or my bad mood or the Twilight series. She WORK OUT AND also starred in the Geniewhatever right away. THEY EAT. THAT’S winning movie Barney’s I try to be self aware Version, and currently so if I slip up, I immeIDEAL TO ME. diately say I’m sorry. I plays Julia Shumway in the think it’s important to hit TV series Under The Dome. Based on the 2009 best-selling Stephen acknowledge that to others so they know you’re King novel, Lefevre’s Under The Dome character not dismissing them.” is a fiery local journalist trapped in a fictional town. While the series cuts its characters off FIT AND HEALTHY IDEALS from the rest of civilization, it is actually filmed “You get to a certain age and it’s almost in very real city of Wilmington, North Carolina. unavoidable not to list off your flaws. However, While not exactly “under the dome,” shooting in I feel really blessed with the number of peothe small port city does take the actor away from ple in my life who accept me just as I am. I her Los Angeles home and friends. think that’s kind of a miracle, and it makes me Lefevre says her childhood of always being insanely happy to think about the people who love me in spite of my flaws.” the new kid on the block helped prepare her for the nomadic acting profession. “I was in a When asked whose Hollywood physique new school every two or three years, and conshe most admires, Lefevre answers Charlize stantly had that feeling of never really fitting Theron. “I love her height,” says the 5-foot-7 in anywhere,” says Lefevre. “It turned out to beauty. “Also, she’s fit and looks healthy. I strugbe amazing because it made me really good at gle, like any woman, with body image. I somebeing by myself. Now when I get a new job in times think if I was thinner my career would be a new place, it doesn’t intimidate me. In fact, different. Still, I’ve never aspired for that emaI’m rather excited.” ciated look. When I look at the bodies of say For the past two years, Lefevre has travJennifer Lawrence or Jessica Biel they look like elled between homes in North Carolina and they work out and they eat. That’s ideal to me.” 66

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WHAT ESSENTIALS WOULD RACHELLE LEFEVRE WANT WITH HER UNDER A DOME? 1. With my fair complexion sunscreen is a must. Plus my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and Rosebud lip balm. 2. My favourite music: Something country like The Dixie Chicks, along with top 40 tunes by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. 3. I’d love to have my dog Jack, although I wouldn’t want to trap him with me. 4. Oscar Wilde as a historical figure because he’s funny and irreverent about life. That’s what I’d need – some good old fashioned Oscar Wilde irreverence under the dome. 5. A picnic basket filled with good food.

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says. “I will eat just about anything, but as it regards my own moral compass I won’t buy or cook with meat that isn’t ethically raised and organic.” She also prefers locally sourced products, and shuns most dairy because it makes her feel sluggish and bloated. “However I will endure digestive problems for ice cream, chocolate and cheese,” she says. Nutritional staples in her diet include: coconut creamer for her must-have organic, fair trade coffee, bananas for energy, and avocadoes for good fat. “I buy in bulk to cut down on packaging so I have mason jars full of nuts and organic dried fruit sitting next to jars filled with chocolate bars. Maybe that’s how I live a balanced life.”


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KEEPING GROUNDED Books of poetry and crossword puzzles line the bookshelves and nightstands on both coasts. “I’m a nerd, what can I say?” Poetry and puzzles help the busy actor relax and rejuvenate her mind, body and soul. “I’m very much a city girl, but I love nature too,” says Lefevre. “I have a fantasy that I could go live out on a ranch or in a cabin in the woods, but if I’m really honest with myself I’d probably go mad.” Instead, a 45-minute drive outside the city limits helps bring her down a few notches, especially if her dog Jack rides along. “We’ll go somewhere quiet and take a long walk. It really does make a difference.”

Lefevre says being a spiritual person has helped in grounding her temperament and individuality. With a Jewish psychologist mother, English teacher father and rabbi for a stepfather, Lefevre says she was brought up in a thinking household, not necessarily a spiritual one. “I was always encouraged to ask questions and to be specific about expressing who I am. The spirituality just kind of happened. I don’t remember it pre-dating any conversations, but I always remember having a sense that there is something else and that it was bigger than me.” VM HAIR: KYLEE HEATH FOR THE WALL GROUP STYLISTS: REBECCA KOENIG, KIMBERLY FREED MAKEUP: KINDRA MANN FOR THE WALL GROUP PHOTO ASSISTANTS: LIZ BRETZ AND KEITH BERSON 

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WILD ABOUT GARLIC Known to some as the stinking rose, garlic not only ads flavour to your food but it’s a great way to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system.

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Packed with antioxidants, garlic helps keep illness at bay and can even prevent acne. Garlic also helps red blood cells produce hydrogen sulfide gas, which expands blood vessels and helps keep your blood pressure in check.

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PERFECTION FOOD ALWAYS TASTES ITS BEST WHEN COOKED OUTDOORS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. TRY THESE FOUR TASTY MEALS AND TAKE YOUR NEXT BARBEQUE TO ANOTHER LEVEL OF TASTE. BY: TONIA WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY: STEVE KRUG FOOD STYLING BY: LASHA ANDRUSHKO PROP STYLING BY: CATHERINE DOHERTY

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ummer is the time for keeping things casual and simplified. It’s the season of al fresco dining, family get togethers and relaxed dinners with friends. What better way to keep things simple than to prepare a meal on the grill? It’s the season’s ideal form of cooking. Nothing whets the appetite more than the enticing aromas of a barbecue hard at work. This summer take your barbecue skills to new heights with these four flavour-packed meals – really delicious, yet easy to pull together. They’ve been paired with a variety of unique beer styles (see page 78) that showcase what great beer is all about. So get your tongs out, pour yourself a beer and enjoy this wonderful time of year.

GRILLED FLANK STEAK WITH LIME MAYONNAISE SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS: FOR STEAK:

• 1 1⁄2 lb flank steak • 2 tsp smoked paprika • 2 tsp ground cumin • 2 tbsp jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 1 tbsp lime juice • 1 tbsp olive oil

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1. Using a fork, pierce the steak repeatedly to allow marinade to penetrate. 2. In a large plastic freezer bag mix together the smoked paprika, cumin, jalapeño pepper, garlic, lime juice and oil. Add steak to bag, coat and seal. Let marinate at least three hours, up to 12. 3. Stir together all ingredients for lime mayonnaise; set aside until ready to serve. 4. Heat an oiled grill to medium-high; remove steaks from marinade and season generously with salt. 5. Sear steaks about five to eight minutes on each side for medium-rare, time will vary depending on thickness of meat. Remove from grill, cover and let rest for five minutes. Slice meat about half an inch thick, slicing across the grain. Serve each portion with a dollop of lime mayonnaise.

SUGGESTED SIDE DISH: Corn on the Cob



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GARLIC LEMONGRASS SHRIMP SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 lb large, raw shrimp, peeled with or without tails • 1 tbsp fresh red chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped • 1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped • 2 tbsp fresh lemongrass, white part only, very finely chopped • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped • 1 tbsp vegetable oil • 1⁄4 tsp salt • 1⁄2 cup Thai chili sauce for dipping DIRECTIONS:

SUGGESTED SIDE DISH:

Steamed rice scented with lime zest and coarsely chopped cilantro

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1. In a large bowl stir together chili pepper, garlic, lemongrass, cilantro, vegetable oil and salt. Add shrimp, toss to coat and refrigerate for one hour. 2. Heat grill to medium-high. Carefully place shrimp on grill and cook for one minute. Flip shrimp over and cook on second side until cooked through and no longer pink inside, about one minute longer. Remove from heat and serve with Thai chili sauce for dipping. TIP: Avoid shrimp falling through the grill by using a barbecue basket. Recipe can be easily doubled.


STILTON-STUFFED BURGER WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS:

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• 2 lb good quality lean or medium ground beef • 2 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped • 1 tbsp Worchestshire sauce • 1⁄2 tsp salt • 1⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper • 3 oz Stilton cheese, cubed into six equal pieces 


1. In a large bowl mix together beef, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Once ingredients are combined, form mixture into six equal patties about one-and-a-half inches thick. Don’t pack too tightly or burgers will become dense and heavy. Place a cube of Stilton in the middle of each patty, pushing it into the meat and making sure it is fully enclosed. Reform the patty if necessary. 2. Heat an oiled grill to medium-high, place patties on the grill and cook for five to seven minutes on each side, or until desired doneness. 3. While burgers are finishing warm brioche buns on cooler part of the grill. 4. Serve burgers topped with mayonnaise, grainy Dijon mustard, caramelized onions and lettuce.

FOR GARNISH:

• 2 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard • 2 tbsp mayonnaise • Boston lettuce or arugula • caramelized onions (Turn to page 78 for recipe) • 6 brioche (egg buns), halved crosswise

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GRILLED CHICKEN WITH SALSA VERDE SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS: FOR CHICKEN:

• 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless • 1 tsp olive oil
 FOR SALSA VERDE:

• 1 tsp anchovy paste • 1 garlic clove • 3⁄4 cup fresh parsley • 1⁄4 cup fresh basil • 1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar • 1⁄2 cup olive oil • 1 tbsp capers, drained DIRECTIONS:

1. In a blender purée all of the salsa verde ingredients together until smooth, set aside. 2. Heat an oiled grill to medium-high. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. 3. Grill chicken on one side for four or five minutes; flip and continue cooking on second side until cooked through. 4. Serve chicken generously drizzled with salsa verde. SUGGESTED SIDE DISH:

Tomato, Olive and Feta Salad (see page 78 for recipe)


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Much like a fine wine, choosing the right beer can enhance the taste experience of your meal. Here are three great Canadian beers (and one American) – one fits perfectly with each barbeque entrée. GRILLED FLANK STEAK WITH LIME MAYONNAISE WITH HOP HEAD, INDIA PALE ALE, TREE BREWING COMPANY KELOWNA, BC

This flank steak gets some real smoky, earthy flavour from the paprika and cumin, which is then amplified by the grill. These aromas are perfectly suited to this dry-hopped India Pale Ale, which explodes with citrus and grassy freshness.

GARLIC LEMONGRASS SHRIMP WITH WIT, FLAVOURED WHEAT BEER, MILL STREET BREWERY

TORONTO, ON

Wheat beers are a classic pairing with seafood, and Mill Street’s version does a wonderful job of accentuating the lemony zip of the shrimp. It is also super refreshing

CARAMELIZED ONIONS INGREDIENTS:

• 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 cups white onions, peeled and sliced thinly • 1⁄4 tsp salt • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar • 1 tsp cider vinegar DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large pot heat oil over mediumhigh heat. Stir in the onions, salt, sugar and vinegar. 2. Cover and cook onions over medium heat until they are softened and translucent, about 20 minutes. 3. Once onions are cooked through remove lid and increase heat to reduce excess liquid. Set aside to cool.

and the perfect beer for summer weather.

STILTON-STUFFED BURGER WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS WITH MATILDA BELGIAN-STYLE PALE ALE, GOOSE ISLAND BREWING CO.

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This beautifully made ale has an elegance that pairs well with the luxurious nature of the burger. Matilda’s caramel malt notes are perfectly suited to the light charring of the beef, while the nugget of blue cheese perfects the pairing even more.

GRILLED CHICKEN WITH SALSA VERDE WITH CRAZY CANUCK PALE ALE, GREAT LAKES BREWERY

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This pale ale matches wonderfully with the caramelized flavours of the chicken. However,

DIRECTIONS:

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1. Place tomatoes, olives, Feta and arugula in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper. 2. Drizzle with vinegar and oil and gently toss to coat.

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INGREDIENTS:

• 5 cups ripe tomatoes, diced • 1⁄2 cup roasted olives • 1⁄2 cup good quality Feta cheese • 4 cups arugula • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar • 1⁄3 cup olive oil • salt and pepper to taste

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WHAT’S IN YOUR FRIDGE: CAROLYN JARVIS AWARD WINNING CANADIAN JOURNALIST CAROLYN JARVIS CHATS ABOUT TRUFFLE SALT, GETTING ENOUGH GREENS AND EATING HEALTHY ON THE ROAD. Occupation: Chief Correspondent of Global News’ national current affairs show, 16x9. What’s your secret food vice? Is a gin martini a food group? I’m pretty good about food vices. However, if there’s one guilty pleasure, it’s an adult beverage to cap off a hard week at work.  What is your number one comfort food? Hot and sour soup – as soon as I get sick, it’s the only thing I want. What is your biggest food challenge? Eating enough greens while on the road. It can be tricky to find fresh fruits and vegetables when shooting in remote locations. What keeps you eating a balanced diet? Food is fuel. If I want my body to work long hours I have make sure it has the nutrients to keep my energy up. What must you always have in your fridge? Fresh veggies. If they’re locally sourced and organic, all the better. My top three are avocado, spinach and tomatoes. What are some of your go-to meals? I eat a lot of sushi, homemade soups and omelettes. Strangest food you’ve tried? If you ask my partner Bill, most of the food I eat is “strange” by his standards! What’s your favourite food to eat in the summer? I’m all about green smoothies to kick off my day. What is your favourite meal to make for guests in your home? Bill and I make a very tasty branzino, baked in a salt crust that is incredibly moist and a surefire crowd pleaser.

What is your favourite ingredient to cook with? Truffle salt just makes life better. What have you been busy with over the last year? This past year has been a whirlwind. I just got back from an assignment in the Rockies where we bombed avalanches. A month before I spent 10 days chronicling and investigating the lives of an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect in Ontario, and earlier in the year I was investigating the murder of a Canadian man in Puerto Rico. There’s never a dull moment! What’s next for you? Hopefully a little down time with the family and some creative nurturing as we look ahead to season seven on 16x9 and a new roster of blockbuster stories.

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Eden Grape Butter This grape butter is made of 100 per cent seedless concord grapes grown on a 20-year-old organic family vineyard on the shore of New York’s Keuka Finger Lake. There’s over two pounds of fruit in each jar. (227g, $6.59)

Eden Pocket Snacks in Wild Berry Mix, Tamari Almonds, Spicy Pumpkin & Quiet Moon Add these salt-free, organic snacks to your oatmeal, yogurt, dessert, bread or pastry, or eat them on the go. They are packed with magnesium, healthy fibre and protein. Eating healthy on the run has never been so easy. (1oz, $0.89 - $1.15)

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You no longer have to live in California or Florida to enjoy sand in the city. The success of Toronto’s Sugar Beach (seen here), which opened in 2010 has urbanites basking under pink umbrellas and rejoicing that the city finally got it right with a piece of its waterfront. Next up on the list of Canadian urban beaches? New Westminster, B.C. residents will have a place to tan on their lunch hours later this year. The umbrellas may be yellow instead of pink, but the concept is the same: a bit of paradise tucked away in city.

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FROM KENTUCKY TO STARDOM Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Bundy made her stage debut at the tender age of nine in a regional theater. The Southern Belle soon moved to New York and took on the role of Tina Denmark in the Off Broadway musical Ruthless! in which she received a 1993 nomination from the Drama Desk for Outstanding Actress in a musical. This led to her 2002 Broadway debut in Hairspray in the role of Amber Von Tussle, and the lead role of Elle Woods in Broadway’s Legally Blonde The Musical in which Bundy received her first Tony Award nomination. Outside of New York City, Bundy has guest starred on various television series, had roles in movies including Dreamgirls and Jumanji, and reprised the role of Elle Woods in the national tour of the musical and the TV movie. Along the way, she began a country music career that has brought her international acclaim. Now making homes in both Los Angeles and Nashville, Bundy co-stars alongside Charlie Sheen as his therapist in Anger Management. ACHIEVING BALANCED HEALTH A common health issue almost sidelined Bundy’s career before it even started. Twelve years ago Bundy was diagnosed with celiac disease. “It was actually me who told my doctors to test me for celiac disease,” she recalls. “I was swollen all the time; I was having joint pain and I was bloated. I was also allergic to wheat so I had two things going on at the same time. Digestively, everything was creating an irritable bowel situation.” Add in acid reflux, water retention, and inflamed joints, and the overall combination was creating constant physical challenges for Bundy who was starring on Guiding Light at the time. The producers were pressuring Bundy about her weight gain. “They had worked me 84

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into such a frenzy that I was exercising two-and-a-half hours every day,” recalls Bundy. “I was still putting on the pounds!” Bundy says that finding out she had celiac disease saved her. “Cutting out all the forbidden foods made me feel better, look better, and my skin was better,” says Bundy. “I lost 10 pounds in the first week.” Forbidden foods for someone with celiac disease include anything with gluten. Celiac disease is a digestive and autoimmune disorder where the body cannot process gluten proteins found in some grains. When gluten is eaten, it damages the lining of the small intestine, making it hard for the body to absorb certain nutrients. Because gluten is so common – especially in restaurant foods – Bundy is a brown bagger when she’s on set or tour. “I’m totally low maintenance and not a diva, but when I have to ask catering to wash off the grill first before making me a grilled chicken breast they think I’m a lot of work,” says Bundy. The biggest issue on set is that the first thing that swells up for Bundy is her face. “If I’m on screen and I’ve eaten gluten I get a blowfish face. Bringing food from home is a lot easier,” she says. THE SIMPLE LIFE Making life easier is what Bundy strives for on a daily basis. Her motivation is not to be famous; it’s to have pleasure and live a balanced life. “Have fun and laugh – that’s what I try to do all the time,” says the 33-year-old. “As a culture there’s an element of guilt put on us for having fun. We feel like we have to justify it.” For the last few years, Bundy has focused on what gives her energy and what makes her feel joyful. “I love performing and acting,” she says. “I also have to have time to spend with my friends and go on vacations. I have to have balance in my life. If I know that the input of energy and output is equal and if I’m not exhausted on a regular basis, I have achieved balanced living. Being silly, being adventurous, driven and passionate – that’s a good balance.” VM

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I’m an Aries and I get a little fiery,” says actor, singer and songwriter Laura Bell Bundy (also known as LBB). And that fiery spirit has served her well in terms of her career and in taking charge of her health.


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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

CRISTINA ARRIBAS Age 23 Occupation Student Health issue Menstrual cramps and stomach aches Symptoms Painful cramps and bloating. Also, stomach aches and indigestion after a heavy meal. Health recommendations Chamomile tea acts as an anti-inflammatory to help with period cramps or indigestion. The chamomile I use is from Menorca, Spain and it’s just the flowers. For each cup I use five or six flowers. I drink one or two cups after a meal or before bed. The results I’m pain and bloating free. I’ve even gotten my family hooked on chamomile tea.

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PLEASE CONSULT YOUR HEALTH-CARE PRACTITIONER FOR ANY HEALTH CONCERNS.

ILANA SMALLEY (LEFT IN PHOTO) Age 22 Occupation Host and server Health issue Irregular menstrual cycle Symptoms I’ve had an irregular menstrual cycle for as long as I can remember – sometimes going months without getting my period. Health recommendations I tried birth control in 2011. Though it did the job, I hated every moment. Then I read about chasteberry (vitex agnus-castus) also known as “the women’s herb.” It’s available in a tincture, pill and tea; and it balances the hormones, which help regulate the menstrual cycle to alleviate side effects such as cramps, headaches and moodiness. Although I rarely had a problem with the side effects I decided to see if it would help with regularity. The results I have been using chasteberry three times a day since the beginning of December 2013. I’ve had painless and regular periods ever since. 


PLEASE CONSULT YOUR HEALTH-CARE PRACTITIONER FOR ANY HEALTH CONCERNS.

JOANNA BLACKMAN Age 34 Occupation Healthcare administration Health Issue Crohn’s Disease Symptoms I couldn’t eat without feeling sick afterward. I had painful stomach cramps, diarrhea and constant fatigue. Because my intestine wasn’t functioning properly I started losing out on important nutrients, and I started losing weight in an unhealthy way. I also had huge sugar cravings. Health recommendations Be informed about your health, your choices and alternatives, and don’t go with the first recommendation that’s made to you. A hospital dietician once recommended I go on a “white diet,” which meant eating only white bread, white rice, white potatoes, etc. Visit naturopathic doctors, holistic nutritionists and do your research. Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall was groundbreaking for me. Instead of taking corticosteroids, Gottschall recommended a drastic change in diet: no sugar, no gluten or starches, no grains and no soft dairy. The results Over the years, I’ve started to add certain foods such as rice and potatoes back to my diet. I’m still gluten-free and my health journey continues. However, I’ve been symptom- and drug-free for almost 20 years.

CORTNEY COOK Age 22 Occupation Freelance journalist and radio jockey Health issue Anxiety Symptoms I’ve struggled with anxiety for the past few years and it became increasingly worse while I was pursuing my masters degree. I was constantly fatigued, stressed, and suffered migraines almost every other day. I also had anxiety attacks. Health recommendations Originally I took medication, however it made me feel numb and I didn’t want it to be a long-term solution. I needed to change my lifestyle. That’s when I found blogilates.com by Cassey Ho. She’s also the creator of POP Pilates, a form of Pilates that incorporates cardio. I started following her workout recommendations and advice for healthy eating. The results After four months of closely following Ho’s workouts and diet advice I am migraine and anxiety attack free! I just finished my most difficult semester yet, but because my body is healthier I was able to thrive.

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA HAS ALL OF THE ATTRACTIONS OF A BIG CITY, PLUS A BIG DOSE OF HISTORY AND SOUTHERN CHARM

BY BONNIE SIEGLER

t has been said Charlotte has as much use for high rises as a hog has for a morning coat. Still, that hasn’t stopped the southern city from blossoming into a financial mecca in its own right. With two trillion in assets, Charlotte, North Carolina is America’s number two financial center, second only to New York City. Along with its growing commerce, Charlotte has added plenty of attractions for tourists. In the past decade, Charlotte has added countless world-class museums and restaurants. The

Mint Museum doubled its size in 2010 adding many galleries to its downtown skyscraper while The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a mecca for racing fans. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art boasts masterpieces from art icons ranging from Pablo Picasso to Joan Miro. It’s a city worth exploring, provided you have the right base to start from. HERE’S A LOOK AT TWO OF OUR FAVOURITE HOTELS:

THE DUNHILL HOTEL Nestled in uptown Charlotte (or what we outsiders might call downtown) is the historic Dunhill Hotel, originally named the Mayfair Manor. Designed by Charlotte architect Louis Asbury Sr. in 1929 to accommodate both transient guests and permanent residents, the building has changed ownership several times over its 85 years. “It’s kept the charm and sophistication that has always enchanted its guests,” says John Beatty, General Manager of the Dunhill. Indeed it has. The moment I entered its grand historic lobby, I was greeted with Southern hospitality from the staff. It was almost as if time stood still for this Grande Dame of Charlotte. “The most notable structural change is that the rooms have gotten bigger,” says Beatty. “What was originally a 100-room hotel is now 60 rooms.” Building a reputation as one of Charlotte’s most luxurious uptown hotels, the Dunhill has held a unique place in the city as one of its longest standing structures. It has received guests including Sir Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt. “Our location is prime, sitting at the heart of both the business and cultural centers,” notes Beatty. Not only is the Dunhill famous with the famous; but its restaurant The Asbury, has won critical acclaim over the years. “We use traditional southern ingredients and present them in new ways,” says Beatty of Chef Coleman’s signature dishes. For instance, the 62 Degree Egg & Crab is presented on Anson mills 88

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rice grits. Chicken & Dumplings is a light, colourful dish – not the heavy stew that typically comes to mind. Locally sourced foods within a 200-mile radius are regularly used in the menu items. “We strive to provide a memorable experience through legendary guest service, comfortable accommodations and unforgettable modern southern cuisine. Whether our guests come primarily for business, great dining or just a rejuvenating pause from everyday life, we hope they have a memorable experience that entices them to return soon,” says Beatty. THE BALLANTYNE HOTEL For a different taste of world class Southern charm try The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. Built in 2001 and located within 30 minutes of Charlotte’s major attractions, The Ballantyne offers a variety of amenities including a par 71, 18-hole championship golf course and beautiful health club and spa. Committed to demonstrating sustainable practices, the 214 guest rooms are energy efficient and employ an environmentally friendly program for guests to conserve on water efficiency. On-site composting, locally sourced produce and food served in the restaurants, and certified organic skin care products are among the many green practices at hotel. In 1998, a 2.5-acre wetlands was built on the golf course to promote aquatic and wildlife habitat on the property. Audubon International also certified the golf club for its dedication to promoting sustainable practices. With its locally sourced, progressively Southern approach to cuisine, the award-winning Gallery Restaurant changes its menu seasonally to showcase the freshest, most flavourful ingredients of the season. “Guests can always expect fresh seafood entrees served with seasonal accompaniments and the Butcher Block — our daily selection of hand cut steaks,” says Executive Chef Tim Toohey. Incorporating Charlotte’s diversity and many varied attractions into an enjoyable stay is something The Ballantyne takes seriously. “We offer the best of both worlds,” says Peter Grills, General Manager. “In addition to being an all-encompassing destination, the hotel’s close proximity to Charlotte’s premier attractions gives guests an array of leisure options.” On-site amenities include a spa, salon, indoor pools, seasonal outdoor pool, tennis, fitness, fine dining and a championship PGA golf course with golf lessons by Dana Rader Golf School. With all this luxury hotel had to offer, I found myself not wanting to venture into Charlotte, but rather to soak up the relaxation and rejuvenation surrounding me. Which brings me to The Spa at Ballantyne that combines wellness of the mind and body while nourishing both. “We recognize that the key to overall health is balancing the mind and body,” says Spa Director Alicia Howell. “Through the use of ritualistic methods and healthy products, our providers offer a combination of beauty and balance in a calming environment. Our services help soothe the senses and enhance wellness, playing an integral role in improving overall health.” The Four Elements Massage is a multi-sensory experience massage that uses aroma, audio and colour therapy based

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: THE BALLANTYNE RESORT WITH VIEW OF THE 18TH GREEN; GRAND LOBBY AREA; (L) FORBES FOUR-STAR GALLERY RESTAURANT; (R) HEATED INDOOR POOL WITH WHIRLPOOL; THE LARGEST OUTDOOR HOTEL POOL IN CHARLOTTE.

on the guest’s birthday element of earth, air, fire or water. “Our Sea Water Pearl Facial combines liquid calcium seawater pearls and boluses filled with red seaweed exfoliate to cleanse the skin. A Shea butter mask with red seaweed hydrates and soothes.” From dining and shopping to sports and entertainment, Charlotte is captivating and colourful, dripping with Southern charm and hospitality. VM SUMMER 2014 / VIVAMAGONLINE.COM

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Cancer (June 22-July 22) The healthy, beautiful side of you is on full display. Expect suitors, compliments and lots of praise for the positive changes you’ve made. By August, wise decisions will secure your future. Since things are going so well you should treat yourself to an exotic holiday. Have fun, but watch your diet.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Projects you’ve been nurturing are now developing and should bring rewards soon. Avoid your tendency to overdo things. Try not to step on the toes of those who are helping you or you’ll find yourself working alone. Channel your high energy into strenuous physical work to avoid illness, accidents and steamrolling overtop of your entourage.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Ever heard that old cliché that a change is as good as a rest? Whether you choose to change or rest – or the Universe chooses for you – you will benefit if you release the self-pity. You’re tired of the same old. Think about what is best for you and work towards inviting positive energy into your life.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct.23) Now that summer is here you have so many reasons to celebrate. You’ve been a superstar at averting or making short work of crises and helping others achieve their dreams; now is the time to achieve your dreams. Or at least relax. You are surrounded with positive energy so all you need to do is enjoy.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) The past couple years have seen you work through numerous upheavals, losses and disagreements; it’s a good thing you’re one of the toughest signs of the zodiac. These frustrations have made you stronger and have transformed you. By August you will have the first look at positive new developments.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Is your family expanding? Keep your eyes and ears open for a marriage or birth within your biological or spiritual family. That song you are humming or those dazzling images you see when you close your eyes may be your muses prodding you into action. From mid-July on you will be overflowing with good cheer.

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ten to your inner voice. Romance and artistic pursuits would be good new directions to follow. It doesn’t hurt to reveal your soft sensitive side sometimes, right?

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Hard work leads to rewards, so don’t give up yet. Changes will prove to be good for you; it’s simply too soon to reap the harvest. A task you still have not completed may be holding you back. Quit with the excuses and just do it! After mid-July frustrations and delays clear up with a little self-discipline.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Events beyond your control have forced you to grow; now people are looking to you for leadership. The crown rests uneasy on your head so rally the team, distribute your game plan and get everyone moving in the same direction. Until mid-summer you’ll continue to attract money, good fortune and newfound freedom.

Aries (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Try to avoid showing off or you could ruffle some feathers, especially at home. At work, things flow more smoothly than in previous months. You’ll be seen as the hero so expect heaps of praise. A potential new romance could heat up quickly in August.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Things have been complex for you Bulls who like to plod along your life path. Now, you’ll see all your hard work has been worth it. After July 20th delays and frustrations give way to solid new structures and foundations to build upon. Late summer will especially find you enjoying the fruits of your labours.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) You tend to be spontaneous when it comes to spending, however the stars recommend better self-discipline this summer to keep the debt hounds at bay. Is someone offering you a getrich-quick scheme? Send them packing. Look at what or where your money is invested and make changes to improve cash flow, especially if a sudden lump sum of money materializes.

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