healthy on the cheap: thrive in 30


Truth: I have a bit of a crush on Brendan Brazier. He’s a vegan Ironman, general health-atarian, and founder of the amazing Vega products.

He has also written many books like Thrive Diet,  Thrive Fitness, Whole Foods to Thrive, etc.

But here’s why I’m writing about him on this Thrifty Thursday: Thrive in 30!

For absolutely free, you can access free videos of Brendan covering content from his Thrive books, such as:

  • How to combat stress using whole, plant-based foods and
    high net-gain nutrition
  • The whole food truth about protein, fats and carbs—
    and how balancing your diet will help you build a younger body
  • How you can alkalize your body’s pH to combat disease,
    improve sleep and lose weight
  • What superfoods to use to balance hormones,
    detoxify body or lower cholesterol
  • How to identify common foods that cause unexplained, mystery illnesses
  • How to use nutrition to strategically fuel your body so you’ll have greater endurance, maximize the return from your workouts and recover faster
  • Why nutrition, exercise and sleep are the secret
    to empowered mental health
  • Long-term strategies that will help you transform your health for life

It’s pretty darn amazing, and it doesn’t cost a penny. Not one.

What are you favourite healthy on the cheap tricks?

Happy tumbling & stumbling!

healthy on the cheap: Qi Herbs & Nutrition

Fact: It’s Thirfty Thursday.

Fact: I just discovered Anthropologie where I bought the cutest flapper-style dress…. but it was 50% off!
So sue me! 🙂
For serious though… I realize that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can add up. Eating organic and buying superfoods + vitamins + random healthy goodies certainly can! But it doesn’t have to be ridiculous.

Here’s one of my not-so-secret healthy secrets: Herbs & Nutrition (Qi Natural Foods) in the Annex.
From BlogTO

This place is a mecca of fresh, healthy deliciousness at very reasonable prices. Something is always on sale and even when it’s not, it’s easily 20% cheaper than anywhere else I’ve come across. The owners work directly with farmers and companies to keep costs down.

They have a massive selection of vitamins and superfoods, bulks grains and dried fruit, beauty products, etc… AND bonus: they recently added fresh organic produce and meats! 

I adore this super happy healthy market… and my wallet does too. 

Check out BlogTo for more info.

Where do you like to shop for healthy things?

Happy tumbles and stumbles,

healthy on the cheap: yoga!

Happy Thursday, lovelies!
I just came back with a date with one of my very favourite people, Vrinda from Buddha Body Yoga (a.k.a. Mama V). I am spinning with new ideas and plans… but more about that at a later time.
Today is Thrifty Thursday. Now, I realize that being healthy can add up… financially, that is. Between juicers, supplements, yoga classes, and all of the other lotions and potions, it can all leave your wallet.. well, thin. But I want to share that while health can seem luxurious, it certainly doesn’t have to be. You can do healthy on the cheap!
Today’s edition: yoga on the cheap!
Here are some ideas for practicing yoga in a community setting, while giving your pocketbook a bit of a rest.
Kula Yoga:
I recently stumbled upon Kula Yoga in the Annex and I absolutely adore it. They have a great deal for first-time students: $40 for a month of unlimited yoga! But, what’s even better is that they have a large selection of $8 classes!! And they are offered at times that are accessible for those of us stuck in cubicles between 9-5pm. AND they often have free classes for students at exam time!! I highly recommend this studio.
Introductory Specials:
Most yoga studios in the city offer an introductory special of some sort for new students. Kula’s is $40 for the first month. 889 Yonge (and Thompson) also offers the same great deal ($40 for 30 days), so do the various Moksha studios. With the plethora of yoga studios in Toronto, you could keep trying these introductory specials for many, many months!
Passport to Prana:
Now this might be one of the absolute best yoga deals around. $30 for one year of unlimited classes at various studios throughout the city. The catch, if you can even call it that, is that you can only use it if you are a new student at the studio and you can only use the card once per studio. But, with over 70 participating studios, it will take you awhile to run out. 
Community Centres, Libraries, Churches, etc:
Check your local library, church, community centre, etc for deals. Some are amazing! I was first introduced to yoga in a church basement. It was pay-what-you-can and it was amazing. 
What’s your favourite way to do yoga on the cheap?
Happy t&s,