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Improving Your Health From The Inside Out With Sproos

All it takes is one big injury to forcibly regain focus on the health of one’s body. These past few months have been an intense battle with inflammation, stomach issues and to top it all off, a bulging disc! The reality is injury is not only caused by the stress we place on our bodies in our workout, but also the stress we hold in our bodies. There have been many areas I have focused on healing over these past few months, but one of my main focuses has been my gut. So much of what is happening to us emotionally stems from our gut and our ability to process foods correctly, as well as flush toxins from our body. Giving our body the proper support it needs to recover from workouts, carry our children around and clean our homes is essential!

Collagen was something I started to introduce into my diet after doing some research on the benefits of its anti-inflammatory properties. When comparing collagen brands, Sproos quickly rose to the top of my list. While sourcing the highest quality ingredients, Sproos has a simple approach to health that doesn’t include all types of pills and confusing labels. It’s literally one scoop, once a day…and you’re done! High quality collagen has the ability to restore the balance in our digestive tract, which is a major player in reducing inflammation in our bodies. When we reduce inflammation, we can recover at a quicker rate from our workouts, digest food properly leading to increased nutritional benefits, and reduce the risk of injury and disease.

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Collagen is one of the most common proteins in the body, but due to the cultural shift to eating leaner meats or plant-based diets, we often miss the benefits of the collagen that comes from more dense bones and fattier meats. While collagen helps to improve our hair, skin and nails, collagen also contains glycine, an amino acid with proven anti-inflammatory and immune boosting  effects which works below the surface of our skin as well.

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Some additional benefits of collagen:
•plays an important role in maintaining skin elasticity
•connective tissue flexibility
•bone strength.
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This green smoothie recipe is my current gut jump start! Check out Sproos and their wide variety of collagen products.

  • 1 Cup none dairy milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 scoop Sproos collagen
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder

Blend with ice and enjoy!

Summer Adventures With Iris Visual

Little do they know, while taking these photos, we are secretly planning our first family surf trip to California, and this photo shoot is the first step in documenting our trip! Troy and I have been planning, saving and dreaming about this trip for years.  Surfing together is one of our favorite activities to do as a couple, and knowing we get to include our children this time, is a dream come true for me!

What I love about travelling with Troy is that he would rather rent a condo and have us cook for ourselves, than do the hotel/restaurant thing. When we travel together, we are always keeping active, so it’s important for both of us to keep our bodies properly fuelled and healthy as we explore.

As I have been prepping our travel shopping lists with important items to bring, I’ve started to think not only about keeping our kids skin protected, but also their eyes. Protecting our kid’s eyes has honestly not been something that I have thought a whole lot about in the past, but the team at IRIS walked us through the potential dangers for kids who do not use proper eye protection, and helped us understand how to keep our eyes healthy in each stage of life. The last time we went surfing I remember getting an intense headache that lasted 48 hours from squinting (no sunglasses) as my eyes adjusted to the California sun (which I love so much), which is NOT gonna happen this year!

Whether you’re heading out on a family vacation, or basking in some local sunshine, make sunglasses a priority for your whole family!

 

Before heading to California, we took the kids to IRIS and had them pick out their favourite style for the trip. If you have kids like mine, ownership and options are very important factors in having them keep things like sunglasses and hats on. Letting them choose their color and style is a game-changer! No longer are we convincing them to put sunglasses on, instead they are asking for them as soon as we leave the house and keeping them on while we are out and about!

McCarthy’s top pick was the Ray-Ban 2132. Bennett and Adelaide both choose IRIS’ kids polarized sunglasses which you can purchase in store! The Ray-Ban RB4259 is my current favorite, and

Troy’s pick is the Maui Jim Red Sands 432.

Head over to IRIS and check out their newest Spring/Summer collection and start planning for another beautiful Summer!

Photography By: Jamala Mya

Fighting inflammation and reducing fatigue is one of the best ways to not only improve our health but also our performance during workouts. Having a consistent workout routine plays such a huge part in eliminating mental stress and increasing positive endorphins to the body, but on the flip side, it also puts stress on our muscles and increases lactic acid buildup. If we aren’t fuelling our body correctly, our workouts can start to break our body down instead of supporting it.

When our bodies don’t have the proper nutrition for the demand we place on our systems during workouts we risk fatigue, injury and potential damage to our hormones. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “You can’t out-work a poor diet.” In a lot of ways this statement is very true. When it comes to fitness and health, we always want to approach our plan of action with the mindset of setting ourselves up for longevity, not a quick fix. If we approach our food and fitness thinking long term we will not only feel better physically and mentally, we will also reap the long term benefits of less aches, body breakdown and inflammation.

I often get asked about pre and post workout drinks. If I use them? What would I recommend?

Although I have used different forms of stimulants in the past, I totally stay away from them for many reasons now! The boost of a stimulant is a short term gain which typically results in a very negative long term result. Whether it’s caffeine or another form of stimulant you’re using before your workouts, these energy boosting products often lead to damaged adrenal systems, anxiety, mood swings, poor skin and gut issues. So what are some delicious, natural ways of boosting our energy pre and post workout.

When I started weaning myself off stimulants, I decided instead of focusing on what I was going to have to give up, I would get excited about what I would get to put into my body! I decided in order to kick things like coffee, I would actually have to totally give up warm drinks for a season to re-train my body to crave fresh water and juices in the morning. In order to change our habits, we need to change our mindsets and avoid the pleasure traps we have created for ourselves. This process worked surprisingly well for me, and also inspired me to really focus on what I was giving my body for energy pre and post workout.

Juicing is one the best ways to quickly get nutrition into our muscles and blood stream. It’s also a great way to personalize exactly what your body needs for the season you are in. Whether you are long distance running, weight training or going through a period of light workouts for detoxing, There is a juice for you.

 

So what juices should you be drinking pre and post workout?

Before we workout we want to give our body a little bit of sugar for energy but also combine the natural sugars with fiber and vegetables that help our body to fight inflammation.

This anti-inflammation juice recipe from Blender Girl is one of my current favorites for my pre-workout drink. It’s the perfect combination of greens, a little zest from the ginger and just the right amount of sweet.

 

  • 1 pear, cored
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 2 1/2 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1-inch knob ginger root, plus more to taste

Try to purchase organic produce if possible. This way you can get the extra fiber from the skin being left on. If they are not organic, make sure to peel your vegetables and fruit.

 

Directions:

Wash all items before juicing and enjoy immediately to get the most nutrition out of the juice.

 

 

For post workout, I love juices that are packed with tons of vitamins and minerals to re-fuel my body from the stress that has been placed on my system.

Things like celery hearts are amazing for reducing post workout inflammation and beets have nitrates to help bring more oxygen to the blood aiding in quicker recovery.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large organic beet peeled and quartered
  • 2 organic celery hearts – rinsed with ends cut
  • 2 organic romaine lettuce hearts
  • 8 organic carrots