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Keep Calm & Carry On
The Future of Wellness
Balancing Pitta in Summer wander-mag.ca
Local Guide to Whistler
Travel Tips for Frequent Travellers
10-Day Cleansing Detox
The Art of the Breakfast Cereal
Summer Road Trips
Getaway to the Present Moment wander-mag.ca
Luxurious Yoga Retreats
Must Have Summer Gear
Bruce Poon Tip 7
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hen you think of the family road trip or the often exhausting demands of business travel, the idea of ‘wellness’ doesn’t necessarily spring to mind. But wellness is truly something we can work into any kind of travel. Linden Schaffer, the founder of Pravassa Wellness Travel, is proof that we can stay healthy while living out of a suitcase; in this issue, she shares her story from the pages of her new book (don’t miss the tips on air travel, we can vouch they’ll change your next trip!) If you need a little inspiration for planning your next self-care getaway, we’ve got you covered with luxe retreats for body and soul to meditation and mindfulness vacations in stunning locations around the world. In Meet, we are delighted to feature Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures. Passionate about travel’s power to change the world for the better, Bruce has become a global leader on social entrepreneurship, leadership, immersive travel, and innovation. While we focus on wellness travel here in the pages of Wander, sustainable travel is also something we are passionate about. As the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism has an intense effect on local ecosystems and communities. We are a nomadic species, and travel satisfies our deep curiosity and desire to connect and reflect. The opportunity now is to consider a new, more ethical and mindful approach that could lead to a healthier planet, economic opportunities at all levels, social justice and the protection of resources. Look for more features on going ‘beyond the selfie’ in future issues!
Safe Travels! Kristina Smith
Springfed Creative is a strategic content company specializing in travel and destination marketing.
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DO ORDINARY THINGS WITH EXTRAORDINARY LOVE. ~ MOTHER TERESA
LIVE WELL In every issue, we ask frequent travellers, contributors and partners how they stay healthy and calm when they travel.
I love to dive deeply into the local culture when I’m travelling, I find there’s so much wisdom to be uncovered by experiencing local traditions, especially when it comes to well-being. On arrival, I get a recommendation for the best traditional massage as I find it’s the perfect way to recover from the journey and then I meet with a local herbalist to discover more about the ancient healing tradition of the region and go home with an armful of new remedies and tinctures for my healing cabinet.
Next on my list is food, I love learning about the herbs, spices and cooking methods used to prepare local dishes, as well as tasting them of course, you can be sure that the way they cook and the ingredients they use are as much about well-being as they are about flavour. Lastly, I like to head to the local market which is usually a colourful and vibrant experience that gives me a profound insight into the local way of life, as well as, of course, a few simple treasures to take home as a reminder of my travels."
Claudia Jones, Founder, Director, The Wellness Source wander-mag.ca
When I find myself on the road, I treat myself by grabbing coffee from local coffee shops like Communitea in Canmore or Bliss Bakery in Kelowna. I also try to squeeze in at least a night or two with delightful old friends for some deep conversation and hearty laughter. If the schedule allows, I also love relaxing in a steam room or hot pool to distress before a gig, releasing neck and muscle tension enabling me to sing more effectively. On my “Make You Feel My Love Tour,” I had a date performing in Radisson, B.C. where my band mates and I had time for a rejuvenating afternoon at Radium Hot Springs. Divine!"
Travelling long-haul once a week means I need a long-term solution. I always pack my grounding sheet recovery bag and I work up a sweat each side of a flight, according to the science of Chronobiology core temperature is the last reset to occur when you get over jet lag. If I’m feeling really indulgent I’ll go for a FAR Infra Red Sauna".
Christopher Babayode, Principal and Consultant, No Jet Stress
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Every time I travel whether it’s for work or pleasure I always seek out wellness~inspired destinations so it makes it easy to feel great while away! During my travels, I indulge in some self~care practices and slow things down to find true rest and relaxation both in mind, body and spirit. I like to find a local studio and practice yoga as well as get some localized wellness information and restaurant must try’s, meditate to clear my head, journal, watch sunrise or sunset, sit by the water, find a peaceful zen space, talk to locals and make like~minded friends, nap, sleep in, visit a local spa, use my favourite natural products and doTERRA essential oils, DIY facial and beauty treatments, try something new that wander-mag.ca
pushes me outside my comfort zone, go to the local markets and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, listen to inspirational audiobooks, play happy music, appreciate local artisans and the culture, drink green juice, eat local delicacies, get dessert!, get some vitamin D, hydrate and walk everywhere to explore all the sights. I believe you should always treat yourself and find the balance in life especially while on holidays. Getaway to discover your pure essence not to escape, you shouldn’t need a vacation from a vacation!"
Andrea Elizabeth Dragosits, Founder| Wellness Lifestyle Liaison, Souljourn Adventure, a wellness travel concierge 12
THE GLOBAL WELLNESS INSTITUTE HAS BEEN A RESEARCH PARTNER OF THE GLOBAL WELLNESS SUMMIT (GWS) SINCE IT WAS FOUNDED. AT THE LAST SUMMIT IN AUSTRIA, OVER 500 WELLNESS EXPERTS, FROM 46 NATIONS IN THE TRAVEL, SPA, BEAUTY, FITNESS, NUTRITION, TECHNOLOGY, MEDICAL AND ARCHITECTURE WORLDS GATHERED TO DEBATE THE FUTURE OF THE $3.7 TRILLION WELLNESS INDUSTRY. AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, YOU CAN BET YOU GET A UNIQUELY INFORMED AND GLOBAL VIEW OF THE TRENDS ON THE RISE. HEREâ€™S A TASTE. 13
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Something hot and very cool: the reinvention of sauna underway. From theatrical Sauna Aufguss events (with song and dance) to jaw-dropping amphitheatre saunas …the future of sweating is spectacular and social.
Architecture has long been preoccupied with surface aesthetics: “starchitects” designing to wow or shock, but with little attention paid to creating buildings that improve the health of the humans living within. Change is finally here, with everything “built” getting reengineered: from indoor air quality (a killer) to sleep and acoustics.
In a world of 24/7 connectedness, wellness destinations are embracing a dramatic approach to “turning off ” the noise: true silence. “Silent spas” and new (silent, contemplative) “wellness monasteries” are on the rise. And “silent” restaurants, salons, gyms, stores and airports are all being unveiled.
Art & Creativity Take Centre Stage
More art, music, literature and dance (as experienced and “to do”) will be at the centre of more wellness experiences. Yes, adult colouring books – but well beyond: from classical concerts to painting classes at hotels, wellness retreats, spas and studios.
Wellness Remakes Beauty
The massive $1 trillion beauty industry is undergoing seismic shifts to meet the needs of a wellness-oriented population, focused on a “beauty comes from within” – rather than the old superficial, topical – model. The trend to watch in the new wellness-beauty conversation: the rising science of “neuroaesthetics,” exploring the complex, positive connections between the human brain and beauty.
Mental wellness will be the biggest future trend, period: from wellness destinations bringing in neuroscientists and psychotherapists – to meditation becoming seriously mainstream, while evolving into new breeds – to apps that track your mental state.
Embracing the C-Word
The wellness world is waking up to the needs of a surprisingly underserved population: cancer patients – with new training initiatives and programming that finally provides comfort and positive recovery paths.
Beyond the Elite “Ghettos” of Wellness
In a world where rising inequality and a sense of “unfairness” is leading to a global, populist backlash, a wellness industry that’s become narrowly associated with wealthy elites (…the $300 yoga pants and treatments) must, and will, change.
Read the full, fascinating report from the Global Wellness Institute.
there are three energies (doshas) that govern the Universe, our bodies, and everything in between. Vata is the first dosha, the energy of movement which is made of space and air. The second dosha is pitta, the energy of transformation, made of fire and water. The third dosha is kapha, the energy of lubrication and structure, made of water and earth. We have all three doshas in our bodies, but we will tend toward one or two. Remembering this connection to nature, summer is hot and sunny (fire) and therefore the pitta energy in all of us gets stronger. Vatas and kaphas will enjoy the counterbalance of their normally chilly selves and will find that they feel more balanced during summer. Pitta people can easily imbalance this time of year. Ayurvedaâ€™s foundation is â€œlike increases likeâ€? which means too much of the same thing will cause imbalance and we need opposites to balance. Here are some lifestyle tips for summer health and lifestyle, especially for pitta-type people.
Are you a pitta? Take the dosha test! by Monica Bloom
DIET In general, and especially during summer, pittas should avoid excess salt, spicy foods, yogurt (always), sour fruits, tomatoes, red meat, soy, alcohol (sorry) and fermented foods. These foods all have “heating” qualities to them which will send pitta swimming through the body like a hot oil, increasing the emotional, mental and physical fire. Pittas should favour the “sweet” taste by eating fresh sweet fruits like mango, coconut, berries and peaches. Other foods that balance pitta are ghee, milk and grains. Seasonal fresh fruits and veggies are awesome too. Tip: seaweed is a pitta superfood! EXERCISE Pittas should avoid exercising in the sun or participating in anything overly competitive because competition increases emotional heat, stress and intensity. Brisk evening walks, early morning bike rides or jogs are fantastic. Swimming is best for our hot-bodied friends. Yoga is good for all bodies all year round, but absolutely NO Bikram yoga for pittas!
DIGESTION Our lucky pittas friends are generally blessed with good digestion and a zooming metabolism. Their main problem is if they don’t eat, they will get cranky until someone feeds them. Any indigestion pittas may have will tend to be heartburn, acid reflux, or loose poops. Spicy foods and “red” foods such as tomatoes, red peppers, red meat and red wine will contribute to internal heat. Pittas should stay sweet and cool by eating plenty of veggies, sweet fruits, ghee and grains. Tip: ghee cools heat in the digestive tract while maintaining a strong digestive fire. SCHEDULE Ever get a “second wind” at night with a sudden urge to clean the house from top to bottom? Or maybe you come up with a brilliant idea that can’t wait until morning? Welcome to pitta time (this goes for everyone, it’s nature’s law). Pitta time comes around twice a day, from 10 am-2 pm and again from 10 pm-2 am. 10am-2pm Around 10 am, we might get a little hungry for a snack. That’s because pitta energy has just moved in, increasing our agni (digestive fire), prepping us to eat. The sun is strongest at
noon and so is our agni (fires are aligned, like increases like!) so lunch should be the biggest meal of the day. Pitta time is also a great time for strategic thinking, organizing, and any brainy activity because our mind is sharpest at this time. 10pm-2am Once 10 pm rolls around, pitta kicks back in. This is bedtime. Pitta’s job is to process all food, emotions, thoughts, ideas and stresses, ridding what we no longer need, while we sleep. If we stay awake we will relive all the crud we were supposed to process! No bueno. This can result in feelings of unrest, anxiety and stress during the day because there hasn’t been proper processing. The body is smart and if we sleep when it cleans house (like we’re supposed to) we will wake up refreshed to begin everyday stress-free.
STRESS Pittas hold the most weight on their shoulders, after all, they’re the leaders. To calm the mind and relieve stress, practice Nadi Shodhanam (alternate nostril breathing) daily. The nostrils are the quickest passage to the mind (that’s why aromatherapy works). And when the mind is easy, the body follows suit and stress, anger and emotional roller coaster ride will disappear. SCENTS Sandalwood is instantly cooling, which makes it very soothing for the skin and as an added bonus, it rids negative energy! Pittas love the smell of sandalwood. It’s calming, grounding and comforting. Mint, ylang-ylang, camphor, rose and jasmine are some other scents to balance pitta.
Author of In Your Elements: A Blooming Ayurvedic Guide to Creating Your Best Life and creator of heymonicab.com, Monica Bloom is an expert at tucking Ayurveda neatly into a busy modern life. She grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on beer, cheese, fried things and Green Bay Packer football games on Sundays. She currently works a job-job with a 2.5 hour daily commute in tech-crazy San Francisco and comes home to an endearing husband, a spritely toddler, two dogs and a cat. She practices Ayurveda while juggling the busy-ness of life and has been actively sharing Ayurvedic wisdom since 2008. If she can incorporate Ayurveda into her wonky-busy schedule, you can, too. wander-mag.ca
A Local Guide
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ost to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and home to Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, Whistler is a bucket-list destination for many winter travellers. But did you know it’s now the town’s summer activities that attract approximately 56% of its 2.7 million visitors each year? Just 90 minutes from Vancouver and four hours from Seattle, Whistler is an outdoor enthusiast’s Mecca. In the valley, you’ll find 185 miles of maintained hiking and biking trails, 15 public parks and five lakes, as well as 99 miles of alpine hiking trails and 6 miles of alpine running trails on Whistler Blackcomb alone. The ways to play, relax and be inspired include everything from summer favourites, such as hiking, biking, stand up paddleboarding, and horseback riding, to rock climbing, sailing, yoga and international festivals. There’s a local saying in Whistler that: “Winter is why you come, but summer is why you stay.” So here’s our guide to the best things to see, do and experience in Whistler this summer. 21
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A Local Guide to Summer
Summit Lodge Loves... Each item on this list has been given two big thumbs-up by Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel staff. Not only for the life-long memories they create, but also for their commitment to sustainable and environmentally-conscious business practices in the Whistler valley.
Whistler Peak Via Ferrata
Historic Li-lik-hel Gold Mine Expedition
Skywalk Trail to Iceberg Lake
Price: $1199 With: Copper Cayuse Outfitters Spend three days and two nights exploring BC’s spectacular Coast Mountain Range and visiting the old Li-lik-hel gold mine. wander-mag.ca
Price: $129 With: Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures Hike, scramble and rock climb your way from the base of to the very peak of Whistler mountain via the “iron road” Via Ferrata. (self-guided day hike)
Where: Rainbow Mountain, Whistler Price: Free Wind through coastal temperate rainforest up Whistler’s newest high-alpine hiking trail to the crystal waters of Iceberg Lake. 22
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A Local Guide to Summer
David McColm’s Alpine Photography Tour
Price: $99 With: Canadian Wilderness Adventures Paddle your canoe down the river from Alta Lake to Green Lake on a three-hour adventure. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than this.
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Price: $189 With: Whistler Blackcomb Get exclusive access to the Whistler Blackcomb alpine for sunset, as well as tips and guidance from one of the best in the industry.
River of Golden Dreams Canoe Tour
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A Local Guide to Summer
Hand-picked, must-dos for 2017.
Tried and tested, and thoroughly recommended by guests at the Summit Lodge.
North Face Whistler Half Marathon, June 3
Mindful Hiking: Movement & Breath, August 3
Helly Hansen Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race, June 10
SUP Yoga: Core Balance For Intermediate Students, August 4
Red Bull 400, August 5 5 Peaks Trail Running Series, August 26
Ashtanga Yoga - Surya Namaskara - A Practice For Life, August 4
Salomon Trail Running Series & Workshops, May - August
Yoga at the Audain Art Museum, June 14
Salomon Valley To Peak Race, September 2 wander-mag.ca
Whistler Farmers Market, Every Sunday from May 21 to October Wanderlust Farm To Table Dinner, August 4 Pemberton Slow Food Cycle, August 20 CRUSH Grand Tasting, November 11
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Music & Culture
2017 Whistler Festivals
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Open Air Concert, July 1, 2
Wanderlust, August 3 - 6
Pemberton Valley Music Festival, July 13 - 16
Chili Thom Exhibition, June 2 - 26
Canada Day: 150th Anniversary Parade, July 1
Crankworx, August 12 - 21
Whistler Outdoor Concert Series, May 19 to September 10
Whistler Village Beer Festival, September 13 - 17
Ron Artis + The Truth, August 5
Cornucopia, November 9 - 19
Art Lab: Bringing Beast To Life with Andrea Mueller, September 10
Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel “Every breath is a sacrament, an affirmation of our connection with all other living things, a renewal of our link with our ancestors and a contribution to generations yet to come. Our breath is a part of life’s breath, the ocean of air that envelopes the earth.” – David Suzuki Summit Lodge is a boutique hotel in Whistler with a big goal: to improve the health and wellbeing of the plant by getting people outdoors, one person at a time. They believe that to take care of others and the environment we must first take care of ourselves. Most people will wait until the New Year to change the daily habits that could be having negative effects on their health, but they think there’s no better time to start than right now! 25
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PULL UP A CHAIR. TAKE A TASTE. COME JOIN US. LIFE IS SO ENDLESSLY DELICIOUS. ~RUTH REICHL
Schaffer was an overworked, always on-the-go professional who found time to refocus, recharge, and recommit to wellness. She shares her secrets for globetrotters in her new book Living Well on the Road; we love her tips for eating well, especially when flying. “Ok, I just need another hour of sleep and I’ll feel better,” I tell myself as I swallow two more Excedrin with a swill of Diet Coke in my empty hotel room. I lie down and pull the covers back over my head to block out the light seeping through the sides of the window shades. A pulsating migraine has taken hold, and I’m nauseous from the pain.
the parking garage, hoping I can make it to SeaTac airport in Seattle without missing my flight. I’m cutting it extremely close and praying that my airline status allows me a little leeway. Pulling up to curbside check-in, the sky cap glances at me in a way that tells me it looks and smells like I’ve been on a bender, when in reality this is what stressed out, burned out, overworked me looks like.
An hour later my alarm rings again, and I drag I tip him to take my bag and sprint toward myself out of bed, throw on leggings and a t-shirt, security, while at the same time calling the splash water on my face, and race downstairs to rental car company to let them know that their 27
GET WELL IN THE AIRPORT car is sitting at the departure terminal. I hear my name over the loudspeaker for final boarding at the gate as I hand over my ticket, breathing hard and feeling ready to puke. Scrambling down the aisle, I take my middle seat and promptly pass out for the 5-hour flight. When I finally make it home to my bed I’m feeling a bit better, but know that I’ll be calling in sick tomorrow. If there was ever a time to use a sick day, it’s now. I would like to tell you this was the tipping point for me, that Aha! moment where things clicked into place and forced a dramatic change in the way I was living and travelling, but I’d be lying if I did. In reality, progress is slow, especially if you don’t know what steps you need to take in order to meet your end goal. All I knew in this moment was that I was exhausted and I didn’t have the brain or body power to do anything except lie still and hope I could figure out what to do next—after I got some much-needed rest. As my work travel schedule wasn’t about to let up anytime soon (and I truly did love being on the road), the next few years became about focusing on what I needed to do to stay healthy both when I was at home and in some foreign place outside of my normal routine. I started to cook more and eat out less, leave work, and head to a yoga class instead of meeting my friends out for a night on the town, or grab a book and bike up the West Side Highway looking for the perfect spot in the sun instead of sitting motionless in front of the TV on Saturday afternoons. Once I was able to parse wander-mag.ca
REST: If you don’t have access to the airport lounges, buy it. Try a yearly service like Priority Pass or purchase entry for the day and access a more quiet, tranquil space that often comes with healthier snacks and a place to shower. FIT: Wear your sneakers when you fly so you can walk laps around the airport before you board. ZEN: Resolve to let it go and become a master of patience as you pass through airport security. LOCAL: If your airport offers a connection to nature such as JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK or Changi’s Nature Trails in Singapore get outdoors and get grounded. FOOD: If you can’t eat healthy before your arrival, look for fruits and vegetables for their high nutritional value and to stave off bloating. BONUS: If you take more than two round-trip flights a year, consider investing in Global Entry or the TSA PreCheck program. For a small fee and a background check, these services let you skip the security lines, leave your shoes on and keep your luggage packed reducing your stress levels and often even allowing you to arrive 20 minutes later at the airport. This is the best wellness travel hack I’ve learned in years.
GET WELL ON THE PLANE REST: Prebook a seat that will allow you to be the most comfortable and either sleep or rest during your flight. FIT: Walk the aisles or find a galley way without flight attendants and get your stretch on. ZEN: Practice mindful breathing by tuning out all the sounds around you and listen to your breath. LOCAL: Smile at your fellow passengers and offer to help put up their luggage if you see them struggling. FOOD: Skip it. If you haven’t brought your own snacks, use the opportunity to fast and let your digestive system rest.
the “feel-good” from the “not-so-feel-good,” I established a routine at home that made me feel so much better. Only then was I able to carve out time during my work trips to replicate these moments that kept me grounded, happy, and healthy and in turn made me better at my job.
the last round of drinks and strolled back to my hotel, taking in the beauty of the city at night and having a Zen moment all to myself.
When travelling to Los Angeles, I started to book my hotel stays near the beach in Santa Monica so I could take advantage of the time difference and go for a run near the water before I started my day. In Vegas, I researched restaurants for company dinners until I found one that was farm-to-table yet met the needs of the clients we were entertaining. After a crazy week of meetings in Florence that culminated in a runway show and party, I slipped out before
Travel was part of my job, a part of my job that I loved. It’s encoded in my DNA and it led me to seek out career experiences where I could use travel to my advantage. The moments of wellness that I learned to cultivate over the years began contributing to my wellness on the road in a big way. Travel gives you a new perspective on life. Travel disrupts your habitual brain pathways and allows you to learn from what is happening around you. Travel affected my personality by allowing me to be more open, more creative, and more conscientious. Travel allowed me to be better at my job and at my life.
Linden Schaffer is a wellness travel expert, consultant, and founder of the first wellness travel company, Pravassa. When Linden is not travelling the world, she is based in New York City. Pick up your copy of the #1 Amazon bestseller 29
Environmental toxins, chemical pesticides, heavy metals and inflammatory foods cause oxidative damage to cells, impact the immune system and, together with stress and hormones, can overwhelm the liver.
Detoxifying to eliminate harmful substances from the body is treatment and preventive medicine for a host of conditions, including arthritis, cancer, constipation, skin disease, hormone imbalance, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and weight, mood and energy disorders. The Cleansing Detox Diet will help get you on a path to wellness - plus have a direct and positive impact on the health of the planet. The program detoxifies the body for optimizing weight, improving digestion, skin, joints, energy levels, hormones, immune system and overall vitality with 150 recipes to help you incorporate low-allergen, gluten-free, dairy-free and corn-free recipes into planning meals for you and your family. Here are some of our favourites! Kale Spring Rolls
Makes 4 rolls These delicious spring rolls are perfect for busy days when you don’t have much time to eat. Make them ahead so you can pack them for a quick meal on the go.
4 large leaves black kale, trimmed (see tip) 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided 1⁄2 tsp fine sea salt, divided 1 cup shredded carrots 1 cup shredded beets 1⁄2 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
Tips If the stems of the kale leaves are thick, remove them with a small paring knife.
1. In a bowl, combine kale, 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice and 1⁄8 tsp (0.5 mL) salt. Toss until well combined. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes, until softened. 2. In another bowl, combine carrots, beets, hemp seeds and the remaining lemon juice and salt. Toss until well combined. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes, until softened. 3. Remove kale from marinade, pat each leaf dry and place on a flat surface. Discard marinade. Divide carrot-beet filling into 4 equal portions. Place one portion on the bottom third of each kale leaf. Starting at the bottom of the leaf, roll up around the filling, making a tight cylinder. Transfer to a serving dish. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Hemp seeds are considered a complete protein, meaning that they contain all eight essential amino acids. One tablespoon (15 mL) raw shelled hemp seeds provides up to 5 grams of protein. Two tablespoons (30 mL) hemp seeds meet your daily requirement for omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Coconut Milk Ice Cream Makes 4 servings This is a simple and delicious recipe that everyone will love. Requires Ice cream maker 2 cans (each 14 oz/400 mL) unsweetened coconut milk 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar 1⁄2 cup dairy-free, gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips 1. In a saucepan, whisk together coconut milk and sugar. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. 2. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or until chilled. 3. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Add chocolate chips in the last 2 minutes. 4. Transfer to a chilled freezersafe container, cover and freeze until firm. Store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. wander-mag.ca
Spicy Lime Avocado Dressing
Makes 1 cup This dressing combines aromatic spices, rich avocado and tart lime. Toss it with crisp romaine lettuce and juicy wedges of tomato and cucumber. Requires Blender 3⁄4 cup filtered water 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 1⁄2 avocado 1 tbsp raw agave nectar 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp fine sea salt 1 clove garlic In blender combine water, lime juice, avocado, agave nectar, chili powder, salt and garlic. Blend at high speed until smooth. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Makes 4 servings The avocado dressing, together with the beans and sunflower seeds, contributes fibre and protein to fill you up. 1 avocado, sliced 4 cups mixed baby greens 2 cups rinsed drained canned black beans 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds 1⁄2 cup Spicy Lime Avocado Dressing (see recipe below) In a large bowl, combine avocado, greens, black beans and sunflower seeds. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat.
Courtesy of The Complete 10-Day Detox Diet Plan & Cookbook by Karen Barnes. © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.
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reated by a Canadian family based in Montreal, Quebec, owners Oldrich and Stephanie brought the idea from Europe where they came across Mixit when trying to find healthier, accessible food options for families. The mixes are produced in Canada; ingredients and materials are also sourced locally and organic when possible. The company aims to accommodate people with celiac, diabetes and allergies to lactose as well, with popular staples including amaranth, soy, quinoa, buckwheat or goji. The online ordering system is a breeze - you can choose a ready-made mix with names like Hungry like a Wolf (stick-to-your-ribs filling, trust us) or create a personalized mix wander-mag.ca
by choosing one of the healthy cereal bases then adding as many fruits, nuts, grains and sweet ingredients as you want. There is a nutrient counter that shows protein, fat and sugar levels as you go which is helpful, and the cereal is delivered to your door. Not to mention, the tubes are works of art. They also offer freeze-dried fruit, which uses a technology to keep all the nutrition and vitamins intact with no water or additives. One tube of their Strawberry & Banana mix uses 3 lbs of fresh fruit! Delicious sprinkled on oatmeal or even into the champagne glass for a little cheer. On-the-go? Mix up one of these incredible bars, popular with Mixit customers. 34
1 ½ cups oatmeal ¼ cup cranberries ¼ cup raisins or apricots 1/8 cup cashews 1/8 cups sunflower seeds Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and add: ½ cup yogurt ¼ cup honey ½ tsp. vanilla or cinnamon Spread the mixture on a baking sheet, brush with oil, preheat oven to 360°F and bake for about 15 minutes, until the surface browns slightly. When you remove the tray from the oven, cut into strips or squares and let it air dry.
2 mashed bananas 10 dates ½ cup water Any MixIt oatmeal cereal with nuts and dried fruits 5 dried apricots, chopped 4 medium dried figs, chopped ¼ coconut, avocado, canola or olive oil 1 tbsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. nutmeg pinch of salt 1 tsp vanilla extract Tips Feel free to add nuts, dried fruits and spices of your choice such as cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds. If you want to add protein powder, just make sure you add a little more water. 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a large rectangular baking dish. 2. Place the dates in a food processor. Boil the water and add to the dates. Let it chill a little bit and pulse. Add more water if needed. 3. Mash the bananas and add them in the food processor. Add the vanilla and oil. 4. Mix the dried ingredients in a bowl. 5. Add the fruit puree, chopped apricots and figs to the dried ingredients. Mix everything together. 6. Spoon mixture into the baking dish. Press down to about 1-2 cm thick. 7. Bake for 25 minutes. 8. When cool, slice into bars.
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â€œRoad trips with kidsâ€? translates loosely into "long days and sleepless nights." Hours of driving and sharing a tent with a kid who flops around all night will inevitably take its toll. As your drive to your next destination, the Golden Arches call out your name. Here are some ideas to help you resist! by Matthew Ross 37
cooking over an open fire or cookstove with your kids is an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.
' become a summer ritual. Every year my youngest daughter and I cram It’s a bunch of gear into the back of our Jeep and we hit the open road for A few nights camping under the stars -, screen free. ' ull disclosure here; I am not a purist when it comes to healthy eating – so there is the odd fast food meal, and an ice cream cone (or two!) on the beach. To me, the key is making sure that the majority of the stuff going into her body is healthy and nutritious.
The days on a summer adventure are long. Kids (and their parents) need long-term energy, not the short bursts delivered by sugar-laden junk food. What’s more, for kids who are used to eating well, a sudden increase in the amount of junk food is going to wreak havoc on all of you!
There are a bunch of reasons for eating well on the road. First, and foremost, it creates consistency in their diet, which makes getting back to the usual routine once home a lot easier. It’s tough to tell your kids to eat well and worry about what they consume, then spend a week on the road eating fast food.
Preparing snacks and meals in advance makes life a whole lot easier – and it’s a great way to build up the excitement of the trip by having your child participate in meal planning and preparing the food. You plan your itinerary with your kids, so why not plan the meals as well? Make it inclusive, so when they are eating their granola bar, they
Momables Great (printable!) list of the stuff you need to take on the road. Tasty, healthy snacks that don’t require refrigeration. Easy to make, and a great way to get your kids working in the kitchen!
take pride in having made them with you. Putting in a little prep time before heading out makes things a whole lot easier. Plan out your meals based on how long each item can go without proper refrigeration. Coolers are great, but you want to be sure to eat the most sensitive food first. It’s not a perfect science; how long food will stay fresh depends on the weather, the cooler, the temperature, and how often you access the cooler. To this end, keep any snack (and basically, all dry foods) out of the cooler in their own storage. This will extend the life of any meats or milk you’ve decided to pack. It seems like a pain in the butt—and a great excuse to pop into town for a quick bite—but cooking over an open fire or cook stove with your kids is an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. It creates a connection. We use the Coleman cook stove that my parents bought on their honeymoon. It served us well over countless road trips growing up. It’s fifty-one years old, and still creating great meals and memories. If you are going to go this route, I’d suggest looking at stoves with two elements which makes cooking for a group a whole lot easier. wander-mag.ca
Healthy Packaged Snacks There are lots of great tasting and long-lasting alternatives to chips and chocolate bars. Check out our Must Have section; the Mixit cereals are wonderful and the Healthy Choice Kale Chips are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Outdoor Gear Lab A great resource to help you make the right choice when buying a stove. A tip - if you have other stuff like lanterns and/or heaters, look at stoves that use the same fuel canisters. It’s also a good idea to get a common type you can pick up at a hardware store if you run out during your trip.
a ye ar ro u nd thing. Sure, an epic road trip is always a blast, but who is to say you can't have fun taking shorter trips closer to home? Most people take where they live for granted. It's familiar territory that you live in every day. But a few hours out or over a couple of hills, there often lies some pretty cool places that you can pack up for and experience over a weekend. Going on short adventures is a great way to find out what your kids are capable of; it'll give you an idea of how far they can hike, if their shoes and packs fit properly, and get them used to the idea of being somewhere other than home. It will also give you an idea of how much food a child who is hiking and active all day is going to consume. Pay attention to how much they eat, and use these trips as an opportunity to try out new recipes and treats. The ones that most agree with your kids taste buds are the ones you'll take on your longer road trips! 41
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Meditation and other practices that encourage mindfulness are being praised for their benefits more and more often in Western culture, and with good reason. Rituals that bring an expanded awareness of self through an increased sense of moment-to-moment presence have been explored as a means to bring about positive personal change for centuries. Modern science is catching up, and showing what many practitioners have known for years: meditation and mindfulness make a difference in quality of life. The mental and emotional effects, including decreased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression are cited frequently as benefits, and they are indeed impressive. Recent studies have shown that meditation reduces the size of the amygdala-—the brain’s fear centre-—while strengthening the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with decision-making, focus and memory. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, or the ‘rest and digest’ branch of our autonomous nervous system through conscious relaxation of the mind and the body, wander-mag.ca
we also invite in a host of lesser-known mental and physical benefits including increased resilience to pain, an increased a sense of social connection and a stronger immune system. Though most of us are aware of at least a few of these benefits, it’s sometimes still a struggle to find the time for a regular meditation practice. It can be hard to find the space-—be it a physical space away from others, the mental space, or the emotional distance from our challenges-—to cultivate these practices in our day to day lives. 44
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The best time to adopt a new habit is when we consciously create the space to do so. As many travellers know, getting out of your routine on a wellness getaway can provide just the space you need.
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Taking a vacation that incorporates exercises in mindfulness, whether they be formal meditation techniques, or simply unplugging from technology and becoming consciously immersed in your reality can help set in motion changes you can incorporate into your life when you return home.
Several global destinations and a couple closer to home offer the perfect setting to explore mindfulness. Some offer meditation instruction, yoga and martial arts classes-—excellent forms of moving meditation-—and others simply provide a nurturing atmosphere and the freedom of unstructured time to allow you to explore the practice on your own. By choosing destinations and accommodations that are themselves aware of their environmental, cultural and health impacts, you will already be incorporating mindfulness into your life!
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Sol & Luna Lodge and Spa, Peru Peru is a country steeped in spirituality, and many travellers are visiting the country in the hopes of cultivating a deeper connection to themselves and the world in the land of the ancient Incans. The Sol & Luna (Sun and Moon), a sustainable lodge situated on more than 32 pristine acres in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is the perfect retreat to practice mindfulness and nurture yourself. With yoga and Tai Chi on offer, both excellent forms of moving meditation, fresh organic food from their garden, spa treatments, and tour options to visit the sacred site of Machu Picchu, there is no limit to the ways you can connect with yourself mindfully.
Casa Palopo, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala A long winding journey up the mountains will bring you to Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Casa Palopó is a private home-turned-boutique-hotel that offers the lake and its magnificent volcanoes as the perfect backdrop to inspire your meditative state. Palopó is tiny so if it’s solitude you enjoy, this spot will suit. They also offer boat tours around the lake to visit the other small villages, worth the trip to see the different character of each.
The Legian, Bali The ‘Island of the Gods’ in Indonesia is the perfect place to explore a mindful approach. A warm Balinese welcome awaits travellers at The Legian, as well as mani-pedi stations, morning yoga, and the Balinese shores of Seminyak Beach. Let yourself be lulled into a state of serious relaxation and observe how your thoughts melt away and bring space for new ideas. A visit to Ubud, the hill town popular among yogis and travellers and made famous by Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love is a worthy day trip - it will almost certainly live to your expectations, and offers countless opportunities to experience yoga and meditation. wander-mag.ca
Taking a vacation that incorporates exercises in mindfulness, whether they be formal meditation techniques, or simply unplugging from technology and becoming consciously immersed in your reality can help set in motion changes you can incorporate into your life when you return home.
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Alta Mare by Andronis, Santorini, Greece The Santorini seaside lifestyle offers you a chance to unwind and explore your body, mind and spirit. You will certainly want to practice mindful eating, taking the time to savour and appreciate the fresh local Grecian seafood and pasta. A short sail from the hotel will take you to small villages, Venetian lighthouses and the volcanic isles of Palaia and Nea Kameni where you can swim in the healing sulphurous waters of the hot springs.
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South Africa, the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa If you are searching for luxury this South African retreat with its choice of elegant suites in the main house or private garden villas will not disappoint. Let go of your to-do list and let the accommodating and friendly staff at the Saxon take care of all your needs. Enjoy fine South African meals made with handpicked ingredients from their rooftop organic garden and find respite at the Saxon Spa and Studio, a secluded haven offering ancient and modern healing techniques and aromatherapy from around the globe to promote a holistic sense of vitality, energy and balance.
The Gangtey Lodge, Bhutan Bhutan remains one of the world’s most mysterious countries. Known for monks and temples set in the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayan mountains, this country provides the perfect respite from day-to-day stressors. The Gangtey Lodge, in a remote glaciated valley of the same name, delivers an authentic experience in one of the world’s most undiscovered destinations. A must-try mindful treatment is a Bhutanese ritual in their new hot stone bath house. The experience combines ancient Bhutanese medicinal practices with unobstructed views of the magnificent Gangtey Valley. In a specially prepared Bhutanese Dotsho, or hot stone bath, fresh spring water is used and river stones are collected and heated to warm the bath. Follow it up with a massage, foot scrub, and a cozy robe and you may notice your thoughts slowing to match the quiet way of life. wander-mag.ca
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The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Longboat Key, Florida For travellers seeking a beach experience, Longboat Key provides the perfect spot to soak up some sun. Offering moonlit meditation classes and sunrise yoga on the beach to guide you in your new practices, you’re sure to leave feeling centred. Stay nourished with farm-to-table meals, and spend your days on the water kayaking or paddle boarding. Longboat also offers a fully customizable package, aptly named “Your Key to a Lifetime of Wellness,” which is the perfect starting point to help you build healthy, mindful habits into your day.
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Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington Go off the grid in this Pacific Northwest resort just 80 miles east of Seattle. Let your mind settle as you count the stars on a crisp clear night outdoors in the fresh, pine-scented air. Hiking is one of the main attractions in this area; with over 40 miles of exploratory trails that take you along the lush Cascades through meadows and along rivers, there are lots of opportunities to reconnect with nature and let your thoughts shift to the background.
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Chantal Houde is a yoga teacher, communications freelancer and reiki practitioner in Ottawa, Canada. She is currently completing her yoga therapy training and is passionate about nature, wellness, travel, and healthy food. Learn more about Chantal and follow her wanderings on her wellness travel blog, Travel With Celery. 51
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or your next vacation, consider a holiday that you’ll not only remember the rest of your life, but that might actually change your life. A yoga and wellbeing retreat set in a beautiful, pristine location where you can commune with nature, eat delicious, fresh and wholesome food, connect deeply with yourself through yoga and meditation, cultivate healthy habits, meet new friends, try amazing body therapies (think Indian head massage and reflexology) and get to fully relax, unwind and rediscover your true, healthy and vibrant self.
Retreats are a perfect opportunity to completely switch off, revitalise and recharge your entire being, with time away from screens, responsibilities, and stresses. In fact, as noted by the Global Wellness Institute, a new study from Australia’s RMIT University measured multiple health/wellbeing dimensions of retreat guests at arrival, on departure and six weeks later and found that “a one-week retreat including educational, therapeutic, and leisure activities and an organic, mostly plant-based diet resulted in substantial improvements in everything from weight to blood pressure to psychological health – and sustained at six weeks.”
“Whether you’re looking for relaxation, inspiration, adventure, fun, a renewed sense of passion for life, a kick start to a healthier way of living or a deeper connection with yourself and nature, you’ll likely find it on one of our luxury yoga retreats,” says Claudia Jones, founder and director of Imagine a holiday that inspires you to take charge of your well-being, deepens your connection to The Wellness Source and wellness coach. self, throws in a little pampering and shows you The Wellness Source offers detox and yoga therapy how to make positive, powerful changes in your retreats in stunning locations such as the beautiful everyday life to promote vibrant health. From island of Ibiza. With every need taken care of, all you experience, we can tell you a luxe retreat like this need to do is simply relax, let go and allow yourself to is definitely more refreshing and energising than be nourished with a diet of incredibly delicious plantcoming home with a few extra pounds from that based meals, dreamy holistic therapies, calming all-inclusive resort! and balancing yoga and mindfulness practices, and inspiring talks and workshops. 53
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Rawfully Good For You Raw Food & Yoga Retreat – Practice Yoga & Learn to Prepare Delicious Raw Foods September 19-23, 2017 Detoxify, Rejuvenate & Be Pampered Detox & Yoga Retreat - Cleanse and Detoxify Your Body and Mind October 7-14, 2017
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Wellness is more than what we eat and how often we move our bodies; strong relationships are a key component for overall well-being and happiness. Research shows that strong, positive relationships affect our mental and physical health, and even our healing rate and mortality risk. by Sandra Reich 55
ut relationships take energy, and like fitness, you have to put in the work to keep them strong. While the idea of a couples retreat might conjure up images of an over-sexed yoga instructor and unorthodox therapy from the 2009 film of the same name, they are in fact a wonderful way to take advantage of vacation time to renew a relationship. Whether you are experiencing issues and want to find solutions, or are simply yearning for more intimacy and wish to take your relationship to a deeper level, a couples retreat allows the time and space to truly connect, away from busy lives, work, and children in a beautiful, often exotic, setting. Sandra Reich, M.Ed., is the Clinical Director of The Montreal Center for Anxiety & Depression, Co-Director of Empowered Women Workshops, bestselling author of a #1 book on relationships as well as the host of Straight Talk with Sandra Reich, a top weekly radio show on Internet’s Voice America. She runs couples retreats each wander-mag.ca
year to sunny locations such as Mexico and the beautiful Mont Tremblant, Quebec, covering techniques and strategies to help relationships thrive, such as respectful boundaries, communication, and building trust. She notes, “We don’t get a manual on how to have a healthy relationship. All too often couples either wait until their relationship is in rough waters to seek help, or they don’t get any at all and throw in the towel. You need to learn the tips and strategies it takes to keep your relationship flourishing…and that’s really hard to do when you’re busy with life.” Unlike the film, couples retreats do not typically require that anyone share anything in a large group setting, as the “work” is done by each couple with privacy. Participants are welcome to share insights in the larger group during presentations and talks, but it’s not usually required - a relief for many. 56
When you are not in the space of learning from the facilitators, you have time to relax, get pampered, enjoy romantic meals or get active together, everything a â€˜regularâ€™ holiday would afford for body and soul. This time is about rejuvenation and learning to focus on each other, without distraction, technology, dinners to make, kids to put to bed. Sandra finds that couples return from these experiences having learned much about their partners, and ready to begin a new stage of their relationship. The emotional housecleaning can be hard work, but goes deep on purpose; to get at the things that keep coming up to clear them once and for all.
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For couples in search of a getaway combined with relationship coaching, there are weekend and longer retreats offered at resorts, spas, and health and wellness institutes worldwide; they run the gamut in price, level of luxury, and focus, from improving intimacy to embracing healthy living and spirituality, together. Here are some we recommend exploring.
Sandra Reich Intensive Couples Retreat, Mexico, November 2017, Mont Tremblant May 2018
Canyon Ranch Life Enhancement for Couples, Arizona, September 2017
The Gottman Institute Private Couples Retreats, Orcas Island, Washington, June, July, September, November 2017 57
Marriage Boot Camp Couples Retreat, Mexico, July 2017
Chattra Yoga & Pranayama Bolsters Deepen your practice with beautiful, supportive artisan-crafted bolsters in an array of rich prints. 100% cotton covers are crafted in ethical workshops in India using traditional techniques, then hand-packed in the USA with firm clean cotton. From $68.00 | chattra.com
Real Deal Brazil Gravata Tablet Case This beautiful holder is constructed from the same cargo tarps that ironically protect low tech items like fruits and vegetables in Brazil. Inside the zippered compartment are three sleeves for documents plus two netted jute pockets, perfect for holding those charging cables. $39.99 | realdealbrazil.com
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Miik Shania Reversible Maxi Dress A timeless, travel-friendly piece with a relaxed fit that offers just the right balance of curve and coverage. Reversibility lets you choose between a scoop neckline or a boatneck; made from sustainable bamboo it feels amazing next to your skin. $165.00 | miik.ca The Healthy Crunch Company Kale Chips Goodbye potato chips, hello real food. Organic, non-GMO, tree-nut-free , peanut-free, soy-free, corn-free, vegan, raw and paleo-friendly, a delicious snack that everyone will enjoy in unique flavours from Say Cheeze! To Bollywood Blast. $7.99 | healthycrunch.com
Kaia Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths 100% biodegradable and designed for the most sensitive skin and eyes, these unbleached bamboo cloths are infused with vitamin C, E and B12 plus jojoba oil, sunflower oil and organic honey and leaves a clean, refreshing finish. $15.50 (30 cloths) | kaianaturals.com
B Yoga B MAT Strong Superior cushioning for the yogi with a higher impact practice, such as Vinyasa, or for those who simply adore extra comfort and cushioning during Savasana. The ultra-grippy rubber kept us put during even the sweatiest of practices. $88.00 | byoganow.com
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Seaflora Kelp Moisturizer and Soak A lightweight, hydrating moisturizer that soothes, hydrates and firms the skin and reduces the signs of irritation combined with a therapeutic and detoxifying soak to hydrate and tone and soothe inflammation, both sustainability made from wild ocean resources. $43.00 / $28.50 | seafloraskincare.com
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BRUCE POON TIP Founder, G Adventures
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Following a transformational backpacking trip to Asia, Bruce had an idea to change the face of travel. At the age of 22, he started G Adventures, a small-group adventure company that would bridge the divide between backpacking and mainstream travel and give travellers the opportunity to foster meaningful connections with local communities. G Adventures is now the worldâ€™s largest small-group adventure travel company, offering more than 650 tours on all seven continents.
With a vision that travel could become a force for social good and wealth distribution, Bruce founded the nonprofit foundation Planeterra in 2003, which harnesses the tourism industry to direct travel dollars into vulnerable and underserved communities around the world. IMAGE: © G ADVENTURES
Passionate about travel’s power to change the world for the better, Bruce has become a global leader in social entrepreneurship, leadership, immersive travel, and innovation. What does the perfect Sunday look like to you? Waking up later, which is 9 am for me, having brunch with the family, some form of exercise, followed by a movie in the afternoon or late evening. In the winter exercise would include hot yoga for sure. In the summer it’d be boot camp and an activity like riding, biking or running with my kids. Zany (strange!) travel experience you can share? Many years ago in the late 90s, I was on the Silk Road, on the Karakoram Highway in northern Pakistan. We were in a four-wheel drive jeep and stopped roadside in the Hunza Valley where we found this man selling handmade, gold leaf inlay furniture. We were literally in the middle of nowhere, on the side of the highway, not a town or village, and here was this odd man with furniture set up everywhere. I saw a beautiful desk and the cost amounted to $150 CAD but the man said it would cost $800 to ship. I loved the desk, so I gave him $1,000 and my address. He said it would take three or four 63
months as he had to make the desk. It was one of those moments where I had a connection with the gentleman. Four months passed. Six months. A year. No desk. I was disappointed and I accepted the fact that I misjudged, and didn’t think anything of it. Three years later, I received a notice in the mail that there was a package for me at the airport. I didn’t know what is was for and had already forgotten about the desk. I arrived at the airport and there it was – the desk. There was no mailing address or contact information so I couldn’t get in touch with the man. I still use the desk today and often think of him when I’m working at it. It’s one of my fondest travel memories. We’re having a potluck dinner. What do you bring? KFC. Kidding. I usually cook one of my Caribbean dishes. I dig into my Caribbean or adopted Greek roots. I always make a savoury wander-mag.ca
MEET dish. Probably a curry, roti possibly, or a Jamaican jerk dish. No dessert or salad. I find it extremely boring when people bring salad to a potluck, because you don’t make friends with salad.
because my kids got into it. Running is the best and easiest way to discover a city and get some exercise at the same time. You don’t have to bring anything except for your runners. Plus, there are some really good running apps right now.
Go-to comfort at the end of the day? Shower, change into my favourite hoodie and sweatpants from the South Pole station and watch sports while eating dinner.
What excites you about your company? The people. People that make us great and who make decisions every day for the well-being of everyone here. It’s a great honour and something I take seriously and never take for granted.
What’s in your carry-on? Wine gums, pain killers and antibiotics for dental emergencies, thin rain jacket, sunglasses, every possible power cord to charge any digital device in the world, latest copies of Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, Beats headphones, and a charm blessed by the Dalai Lama. Best wellness or travel tip? For yogis, book hotels next to Bikram yoga studios, especially for business trips. You get to stretch out and decompress after a long flight. I’ve never enjoyed running but recently started
What do you want your legacy to be? I don’t want to have a legacy. I don’t ever want to make a decision that’s based on wanting to be remembered. I believe if I start worrying about how people are going to think of me when I die and start making decisions based on that, it’ll be the beginning of the end for me. I feel like I have to live in the moment, do the right thing and just be pure in my intentions, and not ever worry about how I’m going to be remembered.
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