None of the articles on winter running I read warned me about this

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At the beginning of November, I wrote Here’s What I Bought For Running in the Winter. I thought I had all my bases covered. I had warm clothes, new “ice-proof” shoes, and a go-getter attitude. I’d done my research, and I read every article I could find about running in the winter. I was ready for colder temperatures, and the ice and snow winter would bring. I heeded warnings, warming up my muscles before going out the door with dynamic stretching and ensuring that it was bright enough out that I’d be visible.

It wasn’t enough. By the end of…


These 5 simple additions to your morning coffee could benefit your health.

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I like my coffee black, plain and simple. Don’t get me wrong, I like all coffee and espresso, including milk-based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, but my morning go-to is a black cup of brewed coffee. For the longest time, I was an overall supplement skeptic. I was confident in my balanced diet and didn’t think that I was missing anything nutritionally. In the fall of 2019, this changed.

It began with my gastroenterologist pointing out that I probably wasn’t getting enough fibre. As I started my fibre-related research, I learned that many people, whether they had a balanced diet…


I live in Eastern Ontario and spent $500

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My Tuesday (November 3rd) Morning Run

I went on my first “winter” run the other day. I say “winter” because it is technically fall still, and this much snow and ice is more of a spring surprise than the average winter day where I live in Ontario, Canada. It was also only -8 degrees celsius with the windchill. Usually, I’d look outside, see these conditions, and head for the treadmill. But I figured, it can’t be that bad, and if I want to run all winter, I’ll run outside eventually.

It was actually great. It was so great I didn’t want the run to end and…


The difference between rest and sleep, and why rest is important

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How I Found Restorative Yoga

It’s March 13th, 2020. I’m sitting on the couch in my childhood home. I’m now unemployed, and there are no more in-person classes. I’ve moved back home, which was never the plan. I could sleep all day if I wanted to. I could sleep right through to the next month, and it wouldn’t matter. Until my new job started in May, there was nothing to do.

May came and went, with June, July, and August. I continued to have no responsibilities through September and October. My work reassured me that yes, I had a job, but they didn’t know when…


Three tips for naturally improving digestion

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I have irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C), which I thought was a BS diagnosis for years. Now that I’ve gotten the same diagnosis from three different doctors over six years, I’ve decided to accept it. I have IBS-C.

What I won’t accept is the number of laxatives recommended to manage the symptoms. I never want to take laxatives. After a year, I’ve finally nixed twice daily PEG (i.e., Restolax, Lax-a-Day, etc.) and found natural remedies that work for me. Hopefully, they’ll work for you too.

1. Master the Basics

If you don’t have the basics down, you’ll never be regular. Go to any…


And what I’m doing instead

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It’s been three months now, and though I’m no longer on the couch applying the principles of RICE, my knee is still injured. I’ve seen a specialist, and I’m waiting for MRI results to figure out what’s wrong. I’ve tried to run, but my knee isn’t ready for any high-impact exercise. There are days where walking is too much.

A year ago, as a non-consistent “runner,” I would have laughed if someone told me I’d miss running. But then the pandemic hit. Running became more than a pastime or a way to be fit; it was one of the only…


My favourite books to date and the impact they’ve had on my life

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This past Valentine’s Day, I turned 23. To celebrate, I wanted to reflect on my most memorable and favourite books so far. This list includes children’s books, young adult (YA) fiction, and adult fiction and non-fiction. At first, I thought 23 would be a lot. But as I compiled the list, it was hard to decide what to keep and what to cut.

As I thought about all the books, I couldn’t help but think about my mother. She spent my birthday in the hospital, recovering from a surgery she had on January 22nd. I haven’t been able to do…


The dos and don'ts of irritated skin

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Sorry, but I’m using a photo of someone with clear skin. If you want to see pictures of rashes, head to Google images. | Photo by Park Street on Unsplash

I rang in the New Year with a circular rash on my abdomen. When I first noticed it, I showed my mom and then snapped a picture for my friend who sent back, “New Year, new rash.” I couldn’t help but laugh. She wasn’t wrong.

I have good skin, rashes excluded. Working at the campus gym, most of my rashes, in recent years, could be reduced to risks of my job, including a minor staph infection one fall and impetigo the next. I also coped with bad bouts of contact dermatitis. I’ve hit the point where I don’t get freaked…


An easy, high-protein, high-fiber breakfast (or snack)

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Yogurt bowls have been my go-to breakfast lately. They’re easy to make. You can adjust how filling you want them to be by adding more or less yogurt, fruit, and other toppings. Major bonus, the main ingredients are high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats and vitamins. My favorite combination to date is my PB&J creation, which I’ll share here with you today. Read on past the ingredients for some straight-forward substitutions to make it dairy-free, vegan, or gluten-free.

You’ll need:

  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup berry of choice
  • 1 tbs of peanut butter
  • 1 tbs…

Kaitlyn Varin

Passionate about reading, writing, gut health, global politics, yoga, and living my best life. Class of 2020 Political Studies. Proud Canadian.

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