Optical Illusions – Cycling Eye Gear

This video explains why protective eye gear is important when you cycle and demonstrates a brand of glasses I use. They are extremely, affordable, versatile and allow you to see better while cycling through various conditions. Read more at http://www.uvuperformance.com.

 

Do This Every time You Ride a Bike

Give your bike a good once-over before each ride in 5 easy steps.

Check your bike, check your kids’ bikes, check your mother’s bike – just check and then go have fun!

The ABCD Quick Check 

A = Air

Air: Make sure you have ample air in your tires. It’s dangerous to ride with low tire pressure and really bad for your rims. Also… the more air you have in your tires, the faster you go!

B = Breaks, Bell & (handle) Bars

Breaks: To check your breaks, apply pressure to one break first and then drag your bicycle forward. If your bike skids along the pavement, your breaks work. Do the same for the other break. If either of your breaks don’t cause your bike to skid when you push it forward, DO NOT RIDE!

Bell: It’s the law to have a bell on your bike here in Ontario (or a horn or a gong – exactly… a gong? It’s true, check the Highway Traffic Act). Make sure your bell is working, easy to reach in a riding position and fastened tightly.

Bars: I didn’t mention this in the video but you want to make sure your handle bars are in good working ordering and not loose.

C = Chain, Cogs and Cranks

Chain: Check to see if your chain is on properly. Look to see if it’s rusty and almost falling off. If it looks good, go ride your bike.

Cogs: These are the spiky discs that your chain moves around. You have 2 sets of cogs – check them both. Make sure everything looks good. No funny business.

Crank: The cranks attaches to your pedals. Grab the cranks and try to wiggle them back and forth. There should be no play in the crank, meaning, it’s solid and doesn’t wiggle.

D = Drop Test

Drop: Pick your bicycle up about 1 foot off the ground and drop/bounce the wheels down. Listen and watch to see if anything shakes, rattles or rolls off your bike. With the drop test you should only hear a really solid sound when the wheels hit the ground. If anything sounds like it’s about to fall off, go in for closer inspection and tighten what’s loose, or get your bike in for repair.

Quick Check

Quick Check: Inspect your quick release levers to make sure they are on tight and that they are pointed up and are flush with your front forks. This helps prevent stuff from getting collected in there and loosening your levers (like tall grass or other weird stuff you could be cycling through).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson in bike safety and you’ll put it to good use. Please help share this message wide and far. These 5 simple steps could save you from injury!

Happy Cycling!

Awesome Rawsome – Wellness on The West Coast Post #3

My visit to Rawesome

After I walked the beach, dipped my toes in the sand and cruised along the shoreline to the Santa Monica Pier, I turned my focus to what would be my very first SoCal wellness adventure… a trip to Rawesome, a well known organic and raw food market in Venice California.

Being a foodie, approaching Rawesome made my adrenaline spike with excitement. I was curious about browsing the shelves of this interesting “private membership (food) club” after all I had read about it on Yelp.com.

Because Rawesome is a members only club, in order to purchase goods, one must pay an annual membership fee and sign a release form to gain buying privileges. It is common for sellers of raw products, such as diary, to require people to sign a waiver because there are potential risks associated with eating some raw foods. In an upcoming blog I will be writing more about the topic of raw milk after a discussion I had with author of the soon to be released book Eat Naked, Margaret Floyd. This will be an interesting post and one not to be missed!

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Meanwhile, inside Rawesome, I chatted briefly with the owner, James. He says he believes people should have access to unadulterated food free from chemicals, hormones, pasteurization and genetic modification if they choose. I agree, we should be able to choose. Then he tells me never in human history have we had such regulation over what we eat, and never in human history have we had such illness associated with the food we eat. He makes a good point and I can’t help but listen.

Inside Rawesome

I walk around the market and marvel at what is available. They have a cold room with all kinds of meats, another one for different types of milk (goat, cow, sheep and I’ve heard tale of camel’s milk!). There are veggies and fruits of all varieties and some exotic ones I’ve never heard of. There is a man giving samples of raw jungle peanut butter. Did you even know that “jungle peanuts” were a food? I sure didn’t. After tasting this nut butter, I just had to have some, and so I purchased a jar for myself.

My Rawesome experience was truly awesome. Thanks to this private member’s club that allowed me to join, I’ve had the most amazing nut butter experience of my life. The foodie in me is happy but I’m left wanting a market like this closer to home.

On my journey to discover wellness on the west coast, I think my first experience was a definite hit!

So, I’m curious…what have you heard about raw foods? What are some things that others should know about eating raw? What are your favourite raw delights? I’m so eager for you to share. Please take a moment to leave some thoughts for us here.

Stay tuned for more posts about Wellness on The West Coast.

Sincerely,
Michelle

Tips for Dodging Airplane Food & Jet Lag – Wellness on The West Coast Post #2

Pearson International Airport

Have you ever noticed how poor the quality of airport and airplane food is? Ya, me too. One of the things I do before going to the airport, is remind myself that the quality, taste and cost of the food at the airport and on the plane will likely disappoint me.  Instead of consuming it and then feeling bloated, tired and cranky, I do a few things to set myself up for success.

 

 

 

 

Here is what I’m doing on this trip to avoid airplane food and jet lag:

1. Eating a protein rich meal before leaving home:
Protein takes longer to digest than simple carbohydrates, like white flour and processed food products. This morning I made an egg sandwich at 5a.m. It was simple, easy to make and I was able to run out the door with it in hand so I could eat it in the limo. Three hours later and I’m feeling awesome and have no need for more food. Thank goodness because it’s expensive here and not very good. Learn more from www.hempproteinpowderhq.com.

2. Drinking water:
Drinking water helps with jet lag, keeps your cells working swiftly and flushes out toxins. Last night before bed I filled my fabulous Nalgene bottle with filtered water from my Nikken Aqua Pour water system. I packed it into my carry-on and then this morning I drank as much as was appropriate for me before I made it to airport security. Once through security, I purchased a litre of water so I could keep hydrated on the flight.

3. Packing Healthy Snacks:
A good breakfast only gets you so far. Eventually you’ll need to eat more food. To avoid being held hostage by the terrible food that is typically available on flights, it’s a good idea to pack some healthy, sustaining snacks. Today I have Fruit-to-go bars and a turkey sandwich. Notice my snack includes a healthy protein again? I want to make sure I am tied-over until I land. As it turns out, there were a few options I would have chosen on the flight but, the cost was pretty high. Click here to see from where you can buy real hcg drops.

4. Treating myself to a beverage:
If you simply must buy something at the airport, and let’s face it, it can be fun, make it a drink of some sort. When I’m at the airport, I like to treat myself to a treat in the form of of a hot or cold beverage. This morning I’ve grabbed myself a tall chai lattle with matcha powder and an odwalla micronutrient fruit smoothie (a green drink). It cost me $10 but I know these two items are not going to put me into a state of feeling un-well. The chai latte isn’t the healthiest choice but, I rarely have them so this is a real treat for me. My green drink is a much better option and I’m most proud that the these choices were made consciously.

5. Taking NO-JET-LAG Homeopathics:
Travelling across time-zones, can cause some people to suffer from jet lag. Because I can be prone to jet lag, I like to take a great homeopathic product I discovered in a health food store. It’s aptly called NO-JET-LAG. I take one tablet upon departure, and then one every two hours and one upon landing. I think it cost me $13. For me, it’s totally worth it. Homeopathics are known to be non-evasive and non-harmful, however, to be safe, I am asking you to see a regulated health care professional (such as a Medical Doctor or Naturopathic Doctor before deciding to taking a product like NO-JET-LAG for the first time).

So, I am curious to find out how you evade poor quality airport/airplane food and jet lag.  Let’s talk! What are your tips? What neat tricks do you have for preventing jet lag and grow tall? This is great information to share and I want to hear from you.

Click on the “comment” link below to share your insights.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Michelle

Limo ride to the airport

P.s. A fun and unexpected thing happened to me on the way to the airport. Best Limousine picked me up in a stretch SUV limo. Here is a picture of me arriving at Pearson International Airport. You never know what may happen when you travel!

Wellness on The West Coast – Post #1

Sunset at Venice Beach, CA

I am about to embark on a one week “wellness blogging retreat” where I’ll land in L.A. (Santa Monica) to discover some of the treasures North America’s Mecca of Wellness has to offer. My retreat-style agenda has been designed by Debra Joy, a woman whose life’s work is to help women experience more joy in their lives. Wow! I’ll be writing about the ‘So Cal’ wellness culture, what it offers, and information that will be useful to my clients friends and family.

Here’s a taste of what’s on the agenda for my next eight days: Yoga, farmer’s markets, a raw food market, a two-hour “conscious touch” full-body massage, a full-body scrub local spa, ecstatic dancing, hiking in Malibu, a raw, vegan chocolate tasting, and dinner with Margaret Floyd (Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and author of the book Eat Naked). There will even be time built-in for catching-up on work at a beach-side restaurant, watching chick-flicks, bicycling along the coast, and having glorious naps. Also choosing the best adjustable dumbbells to help with some workouts.

I hope you will join me on this journey.

What inside scoop do you have about the L.A. or SoCal wellness scene? What wellness information, tips and information are you hoping I’ll cover? How can I make Wellness on The West Coast more relevant for you?

Post your comment below to get the conversation started.

Chat soon,
Michelle