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The Wives

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Mystery/Thriller

The Wives

Tarryn Fisher

Derivative and shamelessly manipulative but still a lot of fun. Fisher delivers a pulse-pounding, fast-paced suspense novel that will leave you breathless. A thriller you won’t be able to put down!

Publisher Synopsis

You’ve never met the other wives. None of you know each other, and because of this unconventional arrangement, you can see your husband only one day a week. But you love him so much you don’t care. Or at least that’s what you’ve told yourself.

But one day, while you’re doing laundry, you find a scrap of paper in his pocket-an appointment reminder for a woman named Hannah, and you just know it’s another one of the wives.

You thought you were fine with your arrangement, but you can’t help yourself: you track her down, and, under false pretences, you strike up a friendship. Hannah has no idea who you are. Then Hannah starts showing up to your coffee dates with telltale bruises, and you realize she’s being abused by her husband. Who, of course, is also your husband. But you’ve never known him to be violent, ever.

Who exactly is your husband, na dhow far would you go to find the truth? Would you risk your own life? And who is his mysterious third wife?

Our Thoughts

As an overall work, this novel was spectacular if you are into suspenseful thrillers, but a particular point of strength was the author’s narrator. And more specifically, how this narrator evolved and changed throughout the course of this novel.

Our protagonist – who we come to know is actually named Thursday – was somehow both exceedingly likeable and incredibly unreliable.

Ultimately, it was the unreliability that made this story shine. It created a situation in which the reader feels unable to find solid footing, leaving you constantly on edge and unsure of what the next page will bring.

This unreliability, like so much in this novel, came as a total surprise. At the start, Thursday seemed like a trustworthy, likeable woman caught up in a bad situation.

She seemed totally normal Рalbeit understandably damaged. 

I trusted her. I felt bad for her. But, as the book went one it became more and more clear that this chick was not the type who should be trusted. 

This discovery left me feeling wronged in all the right ways.

Bottom line – I couldn’t put it down. It was twisted in so many ways, which made the whole book so unpredictable.

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Untamed

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Biography / Autobiography

Untamed

Glennon Doyle

In her most revealing and powerful memoir, you will explore the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

Synopsis

Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live.

It is a story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness of wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table.

And it is a story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honour our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.

Our Thoughts

Glennon is a terrific storyteller, whether discussing her children, challenging conformity, confronting life’s challenges, or standing up to ¬†religious individuals whom hold different opinions than she does, her goal as a person is to defy expectations and to help others break out of their cultural cages so that everyone can find their own version of humanity. Filled with hopeful messages and a drive to encourage women to reject the status quo and follow their intuition. This testament to female empowerment and self-love, with an endearing coming-out story at the centre, will have all the readers feeling hopeful and satisfied.

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How to Recognize Your Triggers

How to Recognize Your Triggers

Awareness is the birthplace of possibility. Everything you want to do, everything you want to be, starts here.

It’s easy to say something triggers us. “Triggered” is essentially a hashtag when it comes our generation these days, and it’s true, many things are triggering, especially with the widespread dispersal of information via social media. But not everyone is triggers by the same things. We are all shaped by our own emotional response and past traumas.¬†

Why do we all have triggers? In short, some believe it is correlated with when we were children. When we were growing up, we inevitably may have experienced pain or suffering that we could not acknowledge or deal with sufficiently at the time. So as adults, we typically become triggered by experiences that are reminiscent of these old painful feelings. As a result, we typically turn to habitual or addictive ways of trying to manage the painful feelings.

Learning to identify your triggers is an important skill, and even a tool to manage your emotional well-being. Understanding what can set us off into an unproductive spiral can help to eliminate what doesn’t serve us or allow us to be our best.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E. Franklin

The hardest part is maintaining awareness when we find ourselves in the midst of an emotional episode. It’s important to be very honest with yourself about your triggers and how you react to them. Even if this approach feels harsh initially, it will help you learn to be more compassionate with yourself. Sometimes your emotional responses can be incredibly physical, such as shortness of breath, panic attacks, nausea or indigestion, sweating, and more. It’s key to try and notice when you are triggered by paying attention to when you start to feel that flooding of emotion or identify where you first begin to feel it in your body.

Here at Flourish Health we  encourage you to pause at the first feeling of sadness and anger and take five deep breaths the best way we can, in through our nose, and out through our mouth. This is a great practice of mindfulness Рwalking away from what we are doing for a moment to take time to gather our thoughts and feelings, identify them and decide how to proceed in a healing way. Thoughtfully communicating our way out of the response, even if that communication is within ourselves is such a powerful way of practice.  

We know it’s not possible to avoid every situation that may emotionally trigger us, and that’s not the goal. We want to be aware of our triggers so that we can be emotionally sound in the face of real-life issues in the future, and to work through the issues, learn, and heal. Recognition is important to take actionable steps and develop true intuition. If we only learn to avoid triggers instead of acknowledging them, we will end up avoiding the real issues that trigger us, which becomes unhealthy suppression.

The goal is to protect our mental health, garner strength from within, and navigate through the muck of life with minimal collateral damage. We must protect our energy at all costs in order to be the best, most powerful, and productive version of ourselves, so we can serve our own joy and others.

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4 Hidden Reasons Why We’re Not Losing Belly Fat

4 Hidden Reasons Why We're Not Losing Belly Fat

Physical form is not just a direct result of what we put into our bodies and the exercises we do – it is also affect by our thoughts and beliefs and the tension we carry on a day-to-day basis.

Our physical form is not just a direct result of what we put into our bodies and the exercises we do – it is also affected by our thought and beliefs and the tension we carry both energetically and physically on a day-to-day basis. While we might be hyper-focused on trying to work on so-called “problem areas” like the belly, why is it that often we don’t see the results we want? The reason belly fat can be so hard to lose it because it requires a shift in focus from the usual routine of starving yourself and doing crunches or planks to a more evolved version of the mind-body connection that helps us shred stress and emotional baggage, release toxins, and cleanse and rejuvenate the body from the inside out.¬†

The body responds to ‘issues in the tissues’- in other words, we hold emotion in our bodies¬†

In other words, the reason you aren’t losing that belly fat is because there’s a lot more to belly fat than meets the eye which means we need to think about it in a new way. Lets start with the way the environment and your emotions impact your body, to reframing your connection to your deep core, and also-in many cases-forgetting what you know about exercise.

Key ways to ditch that extra belly fat

Stress and Emotional Baggage- When we’re stressed out, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol forces immature fat cells to become mature (not that immature, or “baby,” fat cells lurk in the walls of the blood vessels that nourish fatty tissue, just waiting for excess calories to help them grow into the adult monsters responsible for packing on the extra pounds). These cells are often centred around belly which leads to belly fat. In time of high stress, cortisol is also like the devil on your shoulder, causing you to reach for not-so-good foods that are high in sugar or refined grains. When you eat sugar or refined grains-which turn into sugar-with spiked cortisol levels, you experience a sensation that tricks you into thinking you have found temporary relief from the stress you are experiencing. 

Chronic stress has been called “the silent killer” because it causes inflammation and compromises the immune system, leading to some of the most chronic and persistent disease, including obesity. Many of us are stressed about relationships, money, work, forcing our adrenals to work overtime causing our systems to become sluggish and ran down by toxins and blocked energy. 

The pelvic floor is also an area where the body holds stress, which can cause major tension or misalignment in the hips, pelvis and spine and that disconnects from our deep core, creating compression in the body and making belly fat more prominent.

The good news is that we can shift our perspective and channel the energy we’ve been dedication toward stress in an entirely different, more joyful, and more beneficial direction. When we are in an optimal, balanced state our bodies kick into rest and digest mode, which I believe is the fountain of youth. 

Practise Good Sleep Hygiene – You might be wondering what sleep has to do with belly fat and the answer is A LOT. Sleep is nutrition fro the brain and not getting enough triggers a cortisol spike, which makes your body more susceptible to holding on too fat. In fact, sleep is just as beneficial (and vital) as diet and exercise when it comes to maintaining a healthy body. Research has shown that lack of sleep can have an enormous impact on the body as sleep influences the body’s neuroendocrine function and glucose metabolism. Without a good night’s sleep, this influence can lead to increased cortisol (there’s that stress hormone again!), decreased glucose tolerance, as well as increased hunger and appetite. All of this can lead to belly fat. 

Make Fat Flushing Food Choices – Two other bodily systems that play a role in how much fat we store on our bodies are our digestive and lymphatic systems. And these systems are largely affected by diet-so choosing healthy, ‘high vibrations’ foods are a must. One reason why you might be stuck with some stubborn belly fat is because you are eating too many processed foods and not enough fibre and antioxidant-rich foods. Even if your diet seems healthy, those healthy packaged snacks are hardly doing anything to help your cause, especially if they contain refined grains or sugars. Swapping out the bad stuff for natural foods – such as fruits, veggies, and whole grains – can actually have a reverse effect as they are anti-inflammatory and may even help prevent belly fat in the first place.

Forget What You Know About Exercise – Choose quality over quantity when it comes to building a strong confident body. Moving with integrity – in other words moving with awareness and mindfulness as you work out – is very important no matter what your health goals might be. But you don’t have to overdo it to get the results you want. The best workouts for ditching belly fat are ones that are gentle yet effective with a focus on a deeper layers of the core, pelvic core and creating space in your waist area the helps improve digestion and overall body detoxification. Instead of logging miles on a treadmill, ditch your sneakers and have some fun on a rebounder or with a jump rope – both being 50% more effective at burning fat than running.

Getting rid of belly fat is all about a shift in perspective and awareness – and sometimes forgetting more of what you thought you knew about belly fat and Abs.

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Apple Cider

Seasonal Recipes

Hot Apple Cider

I don’t know about you, but when I think of the fall approaching I automatically think about Hot Apple Cider. It is such a simple thing to make for you and your family or at a dinner party with friends. This recipe is the real deal, it’s a few simple steps but the cooking process takes a while… we promise it’s worth it.

Hot Apple Cider

Ingredients

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • 4 red delicious apples, sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced (peel adds bitterness)
  • 1 Tbsp whole allspice
  • 1 Tbsp whole clove
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (for sweetness if desired)
  • 8 cups water (1.9 L)

directions

  1. Place fruit and spices into a slow cooker
  2. Add 8 cups of water
  3. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours.
  4. Uncover the slow cooker, and mash the softened fruit with a potato masher.
  5. Cover again and cook on low for 1-2 hours.
  6. Strain out fruit and spices from the slow cooker into a cheese cloth in a bowl.
  7. Wait about 20-30 minutes for the cheesecloth to cool. Squeeze out cider from cheesecloth into the bowl. Pour the cider back into the slow cooker. 
  8. Add the brown sugar (optional).
  9. Serve warm.
  10. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure to not over mash the fruit.
  • Some people love the organe peel to be intact when making cider, but its optional. The orange peel adds a bit of bitterness.

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5 Affirmations That Will Shift Your Energy

5 Affirmations That Will Shift Your Energy

That will shift your life.

You, me, and almost everybody in the 21st century has heard of them. But if you’ve never tried them before the idea can seem awkward. It’s my personal belief that our self-talk (that voice inside your head that has constant conversations with you throughout the day) is programming ourselves for our statements to become true. Have you ever had a fear, whether it be that you’re going to get sick, or have a terrible first day of school or work and your mom will say “quit thinking those things because then they will happen.” Well it’s because some of us believe that what we put out into the universe even if we don’t physically say it out loud, will actually come back and happen to us.¬†

It’s my belief that our self-talk is programming ourselves for our statements to be true.

On average we have almost 30,000 thoughts in one singular day. Most of these thoughts are fleeting and uncontrolled and sometimes you don’t even realize they are happening because it’s so natural. Whether we recognize it or not, some of these thoughts can affect our mental heath, the way we choose to live, and every decision we make on a daily basis. Taking control of our thought life will result in a healthier mind frame and a better version of us.

Here are a few helpful things I say when I am trying to take control of my thoughts. We are all subject to bad days, but it doesnt mean we have to live in those negative thought frames.

  1. I am doing better than I think I am – We all have a tendency to be hard on ourselves considering we are our own worst critics. In some cases this can cause us to believe we are doing worse than we are in reality. Let’s try to reroute our thinking from focusing on our failures to paying attention to all of our wins.
  2. There are more people for me than against me – It is so easy to focus our attention on the people who are against us and forget about all of those who are in our corner. Next time you learn of someone who is against you, remember all of the people who are in your life who truly want the best for you.
  3. There is purpose in my pain – Circumstances we have to face are catalysts in our growth. We must remind ourselves that there is a purpose in our pain and experiences. We will overcome them and because of the work we did to overcome it will make us stronger and a better person in the long run.
  4. I will focus on being present over perfect¬†– ¬†Let’s be honest – no one is perfect. Let’s focus on the beauty of the present moment and stop trying to perfect every aspect of your life. There is room for mistakes and growth that is the beauty of it all.
  5. I look good!! I look beautiful!! I look SEXY! РWhich ever word you want to use to describe your endless beauty, SCREAM it at the top of your lungs, but most importantly; believe it. There is only one you and you are beautiful. 

 

When shifting your mindset there is a strategy that works the best for our team at Flourish Health. Try it and let us know what you think.

  • When you write it, the magic begins.
  • After you write, you can start reading it.
  • When you start reading it, you’ll be able to start saying it.
  • When you start saying it, you start hearing it.
  • When you start hearing it, you start believing it.
  • When you start believing it, things begin to change.
  • When things begin to change, you will understand. And believe.
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The 8 Fitness Essentials Every Adult Should Have in Their Home

The 8 Fitness Essentials Every Adult Should Have in Their Home

For your at-home workouts.

By now, we have all some what adjusted to the new norm of at-home workouts and all that goes into them. We have taken the time to do as much as we can to shift our fitness routine to whatever works best in our homes or backyard (it hasn’t always been easy.)If you haven’t purchased the key essentials you need to stay on track, let today be the day you do. We at Flourish are here to break down the 8 essential workout items everyone should have on hand for a variety of exercises.

Pro Tip: Keep all your equipment in a convenient basket (or designated area) so you can easily grab what you need for your morning or evening workout.

Shop our top fitness picks below

Yoga Mat

A new mat thats durable and easy to wash is key for an at-home workout. Our favourite mat is this one from Lululemon ( $68 cad).

Bala Weights

Bala weights are the new hot item that everyone needs. They act as ankle or wrist weights and all your favourite trainers (i.e. Melissa Wood Health) are using them. These 1-2 pound weights are perfect in helping you feel a burn, but also lean out your muscles ($40-65 cad).

Resistance Bands

Feel the BURN. Resistance bands are a Flourish favourite because they get the job done quick and efficiently. We love Peach Bands ($24.99 cad).

Foam Roller

Foam rolling has so many benefits that you can incorporate into your post-workout routine. SPRI High Foam Roller ($38 cad) or any foam roller of your choice works fine.

Grippy Socks

Grippy socks (yes, like the ones we would buy for our kids so they don’t slip and fall on the hardware.) These are key if you don’t have a yoga mat, but are doing your workout in your non-carpeted living room ($32 cad).

Gliders

Gliders are a great addition to your fitness arsenal! Gliders are an easy addition to really up the intensity of your workouts ($16 cad.)

Jump Rope

Jumping rope can be done anywhere and it is great way to get in your cardio and the benefits of running without actually running. This is a great way to burn fat and increase your muscle engagement ($11 cad.)

Workout Clothing Set

Finding the right workout set that makes you feel sexy is key. If you have the right outfit then you’ll be more willing to actually get on the mat and get the workout going.

Our favourite sets include a more affordable option and a more luxiourious option.

These biker shorts (on sale right now for $27 cad) and crop top ($39 cad) from Aerie (total of $66 cad.)

We love Alo Yoga for their comfy and practical sets! Here’s one of our favs right now it’s a Vapour Snakeskin Bra and High-Waste Legging Set ($220 cad.)

 

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