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The joys of running

I’ve been running lately, thanks to that group of dear friends you know who you are, who are challenging me to Fitbit challenges. I’ve got a love/hate relationship with running, I hate it in every which way but loves the happiness it gives me, how it makes me feel about myself and I love how my body responds to the work.

Here are 5 joys running has given me this month:

  1. It makes my sleep AMAZZZINGGG… I dream well, I sleep soundly and I fall asleep fast! Sometimes, as soon as my head hits the pillow, I’m out. A massage therapist once told me once about the pineal gland, and how if you clean it out with a short juice fast you begin to dream better.. which leads me to my next point …
  2. My dreams are as interesting and vivid as good movies. Perhaps the fact that I’m running and pushing my body to metabolize quickly; push blood through my body faster, process oxygen quicker, make my heart step out of its box, etc. is in a way cleansing my body, battling against dull/slow/groggy movement of blood? Maybe my pineal gland, some say responsible for vivid dreams, is getting cleaned out in the process? I don’t know, but I like it.
  3. It reminds me I’m strong. The strength the body feels when it’s pushing to the limits reminds me of my inner strength. It reminds me I can do anything I put my mind to.
  4. It makes me very sharp. My brain, my eyesight, my speed .. all is quicker, it’s “revving” like an engine of a sports car or something. I feel as though I can do something quickly, with a good quality, I’m “all there” .. as opposed to groggy or slow … which brings me to my last point …
  5. It keeps me in the moment. Running forces me to stay in the present moment. I’m focused on the step of that very second, so even though thoughts can come into my mind during my run, I practice, successfully, how to stay in the moment, and enjoy the health I have today.

Do you run? What’s been your experiences with running?




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The benefits of eating a green salad every day

Salad greens provide fiber, vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain optimal health. 

Think of these simple green leaves as vitamins grown directly from the earth, up through the soil, made for humans and animals to eat.

You can dress it up or go the more plain route… But it is so good for your body if you eat a salad every day.


Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Photography by Rizwan Alvi
Photography by Serena Alibhai
For those of you who prefer more quantitative benefits here is a chart:

Do you eat a salad every day? What are your favourite kinds of salads?


Make your life inspiring

I read something “pretty cool” (thx Miley Cyrus) yesterday.

Here it is:

I think this is an important one for the vitality section of Serena Glow!

Your life is a message. What you decide to do with that life, and that means how you decide to earn a living, can inspire those around you. So make it worth something.

Believe in what you live.

Do you? 

I know you do. Maybe not right now, but you were preparing to live your life in this way soon. Maybe you already do it in small ways. Maybe you want to do it more. What’s your story?


The 30 day no-fail happiness challenge

It’s simple, really, here it is:

Try it. It’s only 30 days. It’s not a large time commitment either. The steps are very simple. Basically you are practicing gratitude, counting your blessings, focusing on what is meaningful in your life, building relationships, exercising your body and fostering your spiritual health.

What do you think of this? Is it a load of crap? Will you be trying it?


The France diet: 3 subtle differences in the way the French eat

I’ve lived with and around French people for a lot of my life and I’ve noticed a real difference in how they eat.

I also like French food: it’s simple, high quality and prepared with attention and care. Here are three subtle differences in the way they eat, as compared to North Americans:

1. Amount of food

Escargot. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
French salad before dinner. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Beef with potatoes. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

French cuisine is often served in much smaller proportion’s then our North American serving sizes.

2. Savoring the flavor

The French sit down & take their time to savour each bite of food slowly and with appreciation.

The French typically take more than double the amount of time we do to eat a meal. And this is healthy behavior.

It takes an average of 15 minutes for your brain to get the message that your stomach is full. This makes it more likely that you will stop eating when you are satisfied as opposed to stuffed.

The art of cutting meat. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Vegetables. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Lunch in France. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

3. No counting or measuring

The French are not counting macros like proteins are carbs or fat’s on a regular basis. They are not scared of food groups. They eat everything. More accurately, they taste everything.

Nothing is off-limits, not even dessert. But do you have to eat the whole thing? No. You eat when you are full and sharing is encouraged.

French chocolate mousse with ice cream. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Chocolate cake with ice cream. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Dinner in France. Meat, potatoes, vegetables, wine and bread. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto


More reasons why you should take a walk every day for at least 30 minutes

If you’re stuck, facing a problem, annoyed, frustrated or upset, there’s a solution. Perspective. Time. Productivity.

And you get all those things when you take a walk outside for at least half an hour every single day. Taking a walk breaks up your day, gives you a boost of health & perspective so that you may go back and solve a problem a different way.

Chemicals secreted from trees, leaves, bushes and plants mingle in the atmosphere and as we inhale them, our bodies get a boost of oxygen and as a result… Energy. This is what makes us more productive when we go back to work.

Also taking breaks is important. Time away from our tasks recharge our brain so we can concentrate better, perform better and live happier lives.

How much do you walk in a day? How much do you walk in a week? Do you feel you walk enough?


What causes creativity? 

A creative mind helps solve problems, take away stress, add beauty to the world and fuse practicality with imagination. What do you get when you take a creative approach? 

Fantastic solutions and better results. But you can’t go alone. Here are some tips: 


15 yoga poses to induce sleep

Yoga effects the mind, body and connections inbetween so well. Poses can trigger sleep or power. 

The key also is to train your mind to be calm; since it is in our natures, often, to be busy.

Here are 15 yoga poses to induce sleep:


Steal to create your best work ever

Stealing’s not right, in fact, it’s a criminal offence. but not when it comes to creative thinking or good work. In fact, the best creations have evolved from other creations.

The photographer takes a beautiful picture of the sunset. Did he create that vision? Perhaps not. He borrowed it from nature. Some would say he stole it from nature. But the photographer created his interpretation of what already exists, and that is his work.

So create your version of what already exists.

Here are some tips on how best to steal:

What do you think about the above infographic? How do you feel about “stealing” to create a new creative work?