Feeling overwhelmed? You’ve got your back!

In difficult times, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, resourceless and alone. There is nothing great about this! If this is where you are right now, remember that you have all the tools you need to feel great again. The trick is just to think of these again! Here is a quick list of things that you can do to feel good again.

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  1. Pamper yourself. Mix your favorite ingredients and make a face mask, take a bath, burn some incense while you read, prepare yourself a colorful salad, or wear your favorite socks. Take a few minutes to take care of yourself. Be selfish for a few moments and you’ll soon feel better!
  2. Do something you enjoy. When we’re feeling low, it’s easy to feel sluggish and unmotivated to do anything. In those moments, I try to push myself to do things I normally enjoy like painting, reading or baking. These simple joys usually make me feel content and take my mind off of what is bothering me.
  3. Sit. There’s nothing more powerful when you are feeling low to recenter yourself on the present moment. Sit down straight and take deep breaths. Observe these breaths and relax your body. After only a few breaths you should feel refreshed and more ready to face your feelings.
  4. Connect. With billions of people in the world, it is quite impossible that you are truly alone at any given moment. I often find that when I feel overwhelmed, writing or talking to friends and family cheers me up. Other times, it’s good to be in the company of strangers at a workshop or to go people watching at a coffee shop. Whatever you do, remind yourself that you are not alone!

I hope these tips help you out. If you are feeling low, I’m sending you happy thoughts! Try out these few tricks and you’ll soon feel like yourself again. The truth is, everyone feels low sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Take your time, take care of yourself, and things will go just fine.

If you want more tricks and support on building wellbeing habits, I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for a planner I’ve written, the Leafy Planner. Take a look!

The Leafy Planner, or my latest project!

I have been the worst blogger these last few months, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything with myself. As some of you might know, I’m currently changing a lot of things in my professional life, and so I needed some time to think. I also started training a lot more at the gym, so that has been taking me a bit of time (see the plan I started with). But, really, the thing that has taken me away from the kitchen is the Leafy Planner.

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I basically condensed my wellbeing and mindfulness practices into this planner to create not only an organisation tool, but a personal growth guide. I love to take notes and to organize my day with a planner, but I also like to doodle and track my habits. I also wanted something where I could follow how I was taking care of my body and mind. Instead of having a dozen notebooks around my desk, I’ve included everything I need in a single planner, and that’s LEAFY!

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Over time, the planner evolved into two different versions. The desktop one is beautifully filled with inspirational pictures from nature and printed in colour. The pocket version is perfect to take with you everywhere and in black and white.

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I’m now going completely out of my confort zone and trying out a kickstarter campaign to help me get some funds to print some more planners. I’d really help me out if you could take a look at my campaign and share it with your family and friends.

As for the future of this blog, I’m working on improving myself a lot, and that also means changing things up with my diet. I’m feeling that inspiration is on it’s way, so stay tuned for more recipes!

Beginner’s Weight Training Plan

It’s here! This is the training program that I used when I started back at the gym. It targets the entire body, so it’s great if you only have time for 3 to 4 gym sessions per week. Just print it out and take it with you! Here a are a few guidelines before you get started.

  1. Make sure you are fit enough to start training. Consult your doctor or personal trainer to make sure you have their go before starting any new training program.
  2. Start by a quick cardio session (5 to 15 minutes) on your favourite machine to get warmed up before you head to the weight lifting section of your gym.
  3. I’ve included pictures of each exercises so that you have a reminder of what they are once you hit the gym. I suggest checking them out on google before you start if they are unfamiliar. There is a ton of videos for each exercise, so you should have no trouble finding them.
  4. I’ve included a suggested repetition and series number. 3 x 10-12 means that you should go for 3 series of 10 to 12 repetitions (so you do the exercise 3 times for 10 to 12 times). You can also see the rest period for each exercise. This is the rest period you should give your muscles to recover between each series. So you do your first 10-12 reps, rest 1 minute, do your second series, rest 1 minute and do your final series.
  5. I’ve also included a tempo. Basically, each exercise here has an eccentric (the muscle lengthens) and a concentric phase (the muscles shortens). These two phases are kept equal in this plan and should last two seconds. For example, if you are doind the biceps curl, starting with the weights at the bottom with your arms straight, it should take you two seconds to bring the weights to your shoulder and then two seconds to bring your arms straights again, without any pause at the bottom or at the shoulders. That’s what the 2-0-2-0 means.
  6. To know how much weight you should use, I suggest going through trial and error. Start at a low weigth and see if you can do no more than 12 reps. If you can do 13, 15, or even 20 reps, up the weigth. Let your muscles rest for 1 minute, and repeat the process until you find a weigth for which you can only do 12 reps and not one more.

I really hope you’ll give this program a try! Let me know what you think!

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Click here to download the pdf !

Remember that I’m not a personal trainer, but simply a gym enthousiast. You should always check with a personal trainer, a kinesiologist or your health care practitioner before changing your exercise routine. Be careful and have fun!

 

Something new has been cooking at My Lighthearted Kitchen: an exercise section!

I have been playing around with this idea for a while now, and I have finally decided to share my training sessions with you. Some of you might know that I have started weight training in January and have been completely obsessed with this sport ever since.

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I have to say that it has been incredible to go back to the gym to take care and put my body to the test with each session. I love the rush of satisfaction I get every time and can up the repetition number or the weight I’m lifting. It really helps me feel better in my own skin while also giving me some “me-time” at the gym. After a back injury that prevented me from seriously exercising and two years of intense work as a teacher, it’s great to sweat and to exercise again.

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Because I love weight training so much, I decided that sharing my work-out plans could be a good way to spread this sport. Too many girls and women are intimidated to go in the weight training section of their gym, and it’s a realy shame. Getting stronger is a great way to build self-confidence at the same time as a great posture and more available muscles.

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Right now, I change my work-out routines every 8 weeks. Each work-out routine is composed of 5 training days: 1 leg day, 2 push days and 2 pull days. I include 2 rest days to let my body rest and my muscles grow and get stronger. I sometimes repeat the led day a second time if I feel like I don’t need the 2 rest days. I like working with the same exercises for 8 weeks because it gives me time to learn the exercises properly and to progress with them. Remember that you need to push yourself every single time you set foot in the gym! As for cardio and abs, I alternate between cardio sessions and ab training sessions each time I go to the gym.

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So, what will you find in this section of the blog? First, a beginner’s training routine to get you started in the gym. This is a whole body routine that you can do 3 to 4 times a week for the first 8 to 12 weeks of your new training regimen. This is to get you used to going to the gym and gently starting to push your body into liking weight training. After that, I will post my work-out routines every 8 weeks. You are welcome to join me in the gym!

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Remember that I’m not a personal trainer, but simply a gym enthousiast. You should always check with a personal trainer, a kinesiologist or your health care practitioner before changing your exercise routine. Be careful and have fun!

Iron Vegan Protein Powder Review // Poudre protéinée Iron Vegan

I’ve been testing out a few vegan protein powders recently, and I have to say it’s difficult to find one that is not too chalky, that tastes great and that is not filled with weird ingredients. Just last week, I had to go out to buy a third bag of the Iron Vegan Spouted Vegan Powder, I knew I had found a winner.

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Here’s what I like about this particular powder.

  • It’s made in Canada. Most of the other popular vegan protein powders that I can find in my area are made in the States, so it is nice to find one that is made more locally.
  • The packaging is less wasteful than the regular plastic tubs (it comes in a bag).
  • What I like most is the taste. Because it contains xantham gum, it really has a smooth texture. The chocolate taste is right on point and without any weird aftertaste. In brief, this is my go-to protein powder.
  • With 18g of protein per scoop, for 3g of carbs and only 0.5g of fat, it’s the powder that I found with the greatest macro ratio.

I pay around 60$ for the 1kg bag, and that lasts me and my boyfriend for around 3 weeks. I usually have one scoop in the morning with breakfast and one after the gym.  If you want to take it to the next level, try this post-workout smoothie recipe.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 scoop of Iron vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tsp of raw cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 banana

Just blend everything together and enjoy! This is my favourite and something else that I’ve had almost every day for the last few months. Really satisfying and guilt-free! Let me know if you try it out or if you have tried another vegan protein powder.


Ces derniers mois, j’ai essayé différentes poudres protéinées véganes, et je dois dire qu’il est difficile d’en trouver une qui ne soit pas trop “poudreuse”, qui ait bon goût et qui ne soit pas remplie d’ingrédients inconnus ou étranges. La semaine dernière, lorsque j’ai acheté mon troisième sac de la poudre protéinée Iron Vegan Sprouted Vegan Powder, j’ai réalisé que ma quête était terminée.

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Voici pourquoi j’aime tant cette poudre protéinée particulière:

  • Elle est faite au Canada. La majorité des poudres protéinées que je peux trouver dans mon quartier sont faites aux États-Unis, alors c’est vraiment chouette d’en trouver une plus locale.
  • L’emballage est plus raisonable que les boites de platique: cette poudre est vendue dans un sac.
  • Le goût crémeux (merci poudre de xantham) et chocolaté, sans arrière goût étrange.
  • Avec 18g de protéines par portion, 3g de glucides et 0,5g de gras, cette poudre est équilibrée juste à mon goût!

Je paye environs 60$ pour le sac de 1kg qui me dûre environs 3 semaines. J’en prend habituellement une portion le matin avec mon petit déjeuner et une autre après le gym. Je vous recommande cette recette de smoothie post-workout: c’est comme un dessert!

Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 portion de poudre protéinée Iron Vegan
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre de cacao crue
  • 1 tasse de lait d’amande
  • 1 tasse d’eau
  • 1 banane

Mélanger le tout et savourez! C’est mon smoothie préféré et encore une autre chose que j’ai mangé presque tous les jours ces dernières semaines. Super satisfaisant et sans culpabilité! Dites-moi si vous l’essayez ou votre poudre protéinée préférée.

 

Motivation tip: Visualization \\\ Truc de motivation: La Visualisation

When working on achieving goals, there comes a time when things get tougher because your motivation levels are slowly decreasing. I found that when I get unmotivated to continue working on my goals, one thing that really helps is visualization. It’s a really simple but powerful trick that can help you hit the gym when you really feel like staying home in front of Netflix, when you don’t feel like waking up early to do yoga, or do anything else that will bring you that much closer to your goals. Here is how I use visualization.

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  1. Have a clear mental image of what your goal is. Before you can start visualizing, it’s important for you to know exactly what it is that you want. If you are working on specific fitness goals, or personal growth goals, what is it that you want to be like? How do you want to look or feel once your goal are achieved? Having a clear mental image will help you set clear steps to get to your goals. This is also the image you want to think of when you are visualizing.
  2. Picture yourself once your goal will be attained. Forget about everything that needs to be done to get to your goal. What will the end result look like? Have a clear mental image of how you will look or feel once your goal is achieved and summon this image every time things get tough or when you get discouraged. Having a clear objective will help you strive on.
  3. Act as if your goal was already achieved. When I set goals for myself, I often find myself thinking things like: “When I’ll be…, I do this activity.” The results: I live in the anticipation of a possible future. This means that I don’t enjoy myself right now, which is really sad. So, instead of projecting myself into a hypothetical future, I try to think of myself as if I had already achieved my goals and act accordingly. This helps me enjoy things I want to do right now, but also to act towards my goals without noticing that I do so.
  4. Refer back to your mental image as often as you need. When things get difficult, I like to think about what I’ll be like when my goals are achieved. By bringing my attention to this mental image, choices get easier to make, and it gives me a boost of motivation to remember why I’m doing all the little things I do to work on my goals.
  5. Stay positive. When using visualization, it’s super important to stay positive. You are working on yourself, and that’s great! A positive mindset will help you be gentle and more patient with yourself as you are striving towards your goals.

I really hope these tips will help you achieve your goals and keep up the great work you are doing to improve yourself! Let me know what your motivation tips are!


Lorsqu’on travaille à atteindre des objectifs, il arrive un moment où les choses se corsent, et où notre motivation diminue. Je trouve que lorsque je suis démotivée, la visualisation m’aide à me remonter le moral et à me remettre en piste. C’est un petit truc facile, mais vraiment efficace, qui peut vous aidez à aller au gym lorsque tout ce dont vous avez envie c’est de rester en pyjama devant Netflix, à vous lever tôt pour une séance de yoga pré-travail, ou pour toutes les petites choses que vous faites pour réaliser vos buts. Voici comment j’utilise la visualisation.

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  1. Ayez une image mentale claire de vos objectifs. Avant de pouvoir visualiser, il est important de savoir exactement ce que vous souhaitez accomplir. Si vous travaillez sur des objectifs de remise en forme ou de croissance personnelle, que voulez vous accomplir exactement? De quoi voulez-vous avoir l’air ou comment voulez-vous vous sentir une fois que votre objectif sera atteint? Avoir une image mentale claire vous aidera à établir des objectifs à court-termes. C’est également cette image que vous voulez soliciter lorsque vous visualiserez.
  2. Imaginez-vous ayant déjà atteint vos objectifs. Oubliez tout le travail qu’il faudra mettre pour atteindre vos objectifs. De quoi aura l’air le résultat final? Ayez une image spécifique de quoi vous aurez l’air ou de comment vous vous sentirez lorsque vos objectifs seront atteints. Souvenez-vous de cette image lorsque les choses deviennent difficiles ou lorsque vous êtes découragés. Avoir un objectif clair vous aidera à persister.
  3. Comportez-vous comme si votre adjectif était déjà atteint. Lorsque je me fixe un objectif, je me prend souvent à penser des choses comme «Lorsque mos objectif sera atteint, je ferai telle ou telle chose.» Le résultat: je vie dans l’anticipation d’un possible futur. Cela implique que je passe à côté d’activités ou de situations qui me ferais plaisir d’essayer, ce qui est plutôt triste. Donc, au lieu de me projeter dans un futur éventuel, j’essaye de me visualiser comme si j’avais déjà atteint mes objectifs et d’agir comme si c’était le cas. Cela m’aide à profiter de choses maintenant, tout en travaillant sur mes objectifs sans m’en rendre compte.
  4. Repensez à votre image mentale aussi souvent que nécessaire. Lorsque les choses sont difficiles, j’aime me souvenir et réfléchir à comment je serai lorsque mes objectifs seront atteints. Cela m’aide à faire les bons choix, tout en me donnant un boost de motivation puisque je me souvient pourquoi je fais mes efforts.
  5. Soyez positif! Lorsqu’on visualise ses objectifs, il est tellement important de rester positif! Vous travaillez sur vous-même, et ça, c’est génial! Un état d’esprit positif vous aidera à être plus patient et doux avec vous-même pendant que vous travaillez à vos objectifs.

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous aideront à rester motivé et à atteindre vos objectifs. Partagez vos trucs de motivation en commentaire!

Motivation Tips \\\ Let’s go, on est capable!

It’s the middle of January already! Like many people, I took new year’s resolutions. The first week or so, things were simple enough since I was still home on a break. However, now that my work and study routines are back, I find it difficult to keep up with my resolutions and to work on my new habits. I thought about this at the start of the month and found a few tricks that keep me accountable and support me when things get hard. I thought I would share them with you, so here we go!

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  1. Think about your priorities: Why are you changing the way things are? What is your ultimate goal? I really find that keeping a big picture, a longer term goal in mind helps me when I get discouraged or find it hard to keep up with my resolutions.
  2. Write everything down: I like to keep my goals on paper so that I can refer back to them as I’m going along. It serves as a good reminder when things get tough. You can also write down some inspirational quotes to give you a little push as you are working on your resolutions.
  3. Track your progress: I like to make lists and check off things as I do them. Of course, this works well for things to do, but it’s also a great way to track new routines that you are trying to incorporate into your life. Having things like “read for 30 minutes” on my to-do list each day helps me feel more accountable, but also weirdly satisfied when I can check it off.
  4. Have positive role-models: The internet is your friend for this! Find people who have achieved your goals and get inspired. This will help you refine your goals and expectations. It can also be a powerful tool to help you visualize your goals being achieved.
  5. Remember that progress takes time: It’s really important to remember that progress is not something that will happen overnight. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you are enjoying the process. Make sure you choose things that are important to you, but that you actually enjoy doing. This will help you stick to your new routines and reach your goals.

I hope these tips help you out and give you inspiration and ideas to help you stick to your resolutions and achieve your goals. Good luck!


Wow! On est déjà à la moitié du mois de Janvier! Comme beaucoup de gens, j’ai pris des résolutions pour l’année 2017. La première semaine, les choses allaient plutôt facilement puisque j’étais encore en vacances. Cependant, maintenant que j’ai repris ma routine de travail et d’études, c’est plus difficile de me tenir à mes résolutions et à mes nouvelles habitudes. J’avais réfléchis à ça au début du mois, et j’ai trouvé quelques petits trucs pour me motiver lorsque la routine tente de l’emporter. Voici mes 5 trucs pour vous aidez à atteindre vos objectifs.

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  1. Refléchissez à vos priorités: Pourquoi introduire ces changements? Quels sont vos objectifs ultimes? Je trouve vraiment que de garder un objectifs global, à long terme, m’aide à me focusser et à me motiver lorsque je me décourage ou que je sens la paresse revenir.
  2. Tout mettre à l’écrit: J’aime écrire mes objectifs à long terme et à court-terme parce que je peux m’y référer lorsque je me décourage. C’est aussi une bonne idée d’écrire quelques citations inspirantes pour nous donner un petit boost de motivation lorsqu’on a pas envie!
  3. Faites des listes: J’aime faire des listes de choses que je dois faire chaque jour. Bien entendu, ça m’aide à m’organiser pour mon travail, mais c’est aussi une bonne manière de se sentir plus responsable de ses résolutions. Lorsque je vois “lire pour 30 minutes” sur ma liste du matin, je considère cette résolution comme quelque chose de concret à accomplir, et je retire une drôle de satisfaction à pouvoir rayer cet item lorsque c’est fait.
  4. Ayez des modèles positifs: L’internet est vraiment votre ami pour ça! Trouvez des gens qui ont déjà accompli vos objectifs et inspirez-vous de leur parcours! Cela vous aidera à redéfinir vos objectifs et vos attentes. C’est aussi un bel outil pour vous aider à visualiser vos objectifs.
  5. Soyez patient: Il est vraiment important de se souvenir que le progrès ne se fait pas en une nuit. C’est pourquoi il est vraiment important d’apprécier le processus. Soyez certains de choisir des objectifs qui sont importants pour vous, mais qui vous procure du plaisir. Cela vous aidera à garder vos routines sur le long terme et à atteindre vos buts.

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous inspireront et vous auront donné des idées pour rester motivés et atteindre vos objectifs! Bonne chance!

Minimalist Skin Care: Oils // Soins minimalistes: Huiles

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A few posts ago, I wrote about my favourite floral waters. Well, let’s talk about oils now! In the past, I had a lot of difficulties finding moisturizers that would keep me skin hydrated but not overly oily. I used to love Clinique’s yellow moisturizer, but when I realized it wasn’t cruelty-free, it had to go. I also wanted to find something that would be chemical-free and that I could play with as the seasons evolved. Again, I turned to the kitchen and grabbed a few oils.

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Before I get into the specifics of my favourite oils, I wanted to tell you how I choose my oils. First, I go to the oil section of my grocery store or health food store. I really believe that the highest quality oils (for a reasonable price) are in the food section! Chances are, they are “ingredients”, meaning that they are not fillers in the bottle. That’s actually my second tip: look at the ingredient list and make sure it is pure oil. Finally, to have all the benefits of the oil intact, make sure to buy first cold pressed oil. Each oil has properties and characteristics to I encourage you to do some research to see what oil might fit your skin best. Here is an overview of my favourite three oils that I use daily and really love.

Daytime oil, Hazelnut oil: I love the smell of this! It’s rich and nutty and very light. I use this oil in the daytime because it is a dry oil: it is quickly absorbed by my skin and doesn’t leave it greasy or shiny. I love that it is so quick to absorb into my skin because it makes it very comfortable and easy to use on busy mornings. It’s a great oil for dry skin as it is very rich in vitamin E. It’s also a great oil for sensitive or damaged skins as it is very soothing. It also helps keeps the skin elastic, while also having antibacterial and sun-protecting properties.

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Nighttime oil, Avocado oil: This is so rich! I love to use this as a night oil during the winter or colder months because it is so moisturizing. While it is oilier than hazelnut oil, it is still very comfortable on the skin and is usually absorbed in a few minutes. This oil also has wonderful anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties, and also cell regeneration attributes. It does wonder to really dry skin, while not being too heavy for mixed skin.

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Nighttime oil #2, Sweet almond oil: I love this because it makes my skin so smooth. It’s a bit lighter than avocado oil, but still a little bit too rich for a daytime oil. This oil is hypoallergenic, which makes it a great option if you have very delicate skin. This one is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant oil which makes it great for irritated or fussy skin. It’s also a great option after you have been in the sun. I love to mix in a few drops of lavender essential oil and use this as a special oil for when I want to relax before going to bed.

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To use these oils, I just place a few drops on my hands, rub my hands together and apply just like a regular moisturizer. I then rub my hands on the ends of my hair to add whatever’s left on my hands there! Let me know if you use other oils!


Il y quelques billets, j’ai partagé mes eaux florales préférées. Il est maintenant temps de parler d’huiles! Dans le passé, il m’a été difficile de trouvé une crème qui hydratait ma peau sans la rendre super huileuse ou graisseuse. J’adorais la crème jaune de Clinique, mais lorsque j’ai réalisé qu’elle n’était pas sans cruauté, j’ai arrêté de m’en servir. Je voulais aussi chercher un produit qui serait sans produits chimiques et que je pourrais facilement adapter aux différentes saisons. Encore une fois, je me suis tournée vers la cuisine et j’y ai trouvé quelques huiles.

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Avant de vous présenter mes huiles préférées, j’aimerais vous expliquer comment je choisis mes huiles. Je m’approvisionne dans mon épicerie! Je suis vraiment convaincues que c’est en épicerie qu’on trouve les huiles de meilleures qualités pour un prix raisonnable. Il est également plus que probable qu’elles soient des « ingrédients », ce qui veut dire qu’elles sont 100% pure, qu’il n’y a pas d’agent de remplissage. Il est vraiment important de vérifier la liste des ingrédients pour s’en assurer. Finalement, pour s’assurer que les huiles seront aussi bénéfiques que possible, je vérifie qu’elles sont bien de première pression à froid. Comme chaque huile a des propriétés qui lui sont propres, je vous encourage fortement à faire vos propres recherches pour trouver l’huile qui conviendra le mieux à votre peau. Bon, maintenant, mes huiles préférées!

Huile de jour, Huile de noisette : J’adore l’odeur de cette huile! Riche et douce, cette huile me sert d’hydratant de jour car elle est légère et sèche : elle est rapidement absorbée par ma peau et ne laisse aucun résidut graisseux ou brillant. J’aime qu’elle soit si rapidement absorbée car cela la rend très confortable et aussi facile à utiliser le matin lorsque tout doit se faire rapidement. Elle est très hydratante car elle contient beaucoup de vitamine E, ce qui la rend parfaite pour les peaux sèches. Elle est également indiquée pour les peaux fragiles ou sensibles car elle est appaisante. Finalement, elle aide la peau à rester élastique, en plus d’avoir des propriétés antibactériennes et de protéger des rayons UV.

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Huile de nuit, Huile d’avocat : Cette huile est si riche! J’adore l’utilisé comme crème de nuit durant l’hiver ou les mois les plus froids car elle est vraiment très hydratante. Beaucoup plus « lourde » que l’huile de noisette, elle reste confortable et rapidement absorbée en quelques minutes. Cette huile a également de très bonnes propriétés anti-âge, anti-inflammatoires et encourage la régénération des cellules. Elle est merveilleuse pour les peaux très sèches, sans être trop grasses pour les peaux mixtes.

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Huile de nuit #2, Huile amande douce : J’aime cette huile car elle rend ma peau si douce. Plus légère que l’huile d’avocat, elle reste trop riche pour une huile de jour selon moi. Cette huile est hypoallergénique, ce qui en fait une bonne option pour les peaux délicates ou sensibles. Elle a également des propriétés anti-inflammatoires et anti-oxydantes qui aident beaucoup les peaux difficiles ou à problèmes. Finalement, elle est également une très bonne option comme lotion après-soleil. J’aime ajouter quelques gouttes d’huiles essentielles de lavande à mon huile d’amande douce que j’utilise avant de me coucher pour m’aider à relaxer et à dormir profondément.

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Pour utiliser ces huiles, j’en place quelques gouttes sur mes mains que je frotte ensemble. J’applique ensuite l’huile sur ma peau comme n’importe quelle crème. Une fois que j’ai fini d’hydrater mon visage et mon cou, je passe généralement mes mains sur les pointes de mes cheveux pour les hydrater elles aussi! Et vous, quelles huiles utilisez-vous?

 

Minimalist Skin Care: Floral waters \\ Soins pour la peau minimalistes: Eaux Florales

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If you read my last post on Materia body care products, you know that I have struggled with and still am working on my skin. After trying every anti-acne product I could get my hands on, I went cold turkey and got rid of all of them. I turned to the kitchen as a source of gentle toners and moisturizers to help my skin heal instead of spending all my money on synthetic and harmful products. Two things that I stole from my mom’s pantry then and still use now are floral waters and oils. Today, I want to tell you about my two favourite floral waters: neroli or orange blossom water and rose water.

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Now, before I start raving about these beautiful waters, I think it’s interesting to know how floral waters are made. When making essential oils, large quantities of plants, flowers or leaves most of the time, are distilled. This means that water steam is forced to go through the plants. As the steam goes through the plants, it collects their essential oils. When this steam is cooled, it condenses back to form liquid water and the essential oils will float on the surface while the floral waters or hydrolats are at the bottom. These waters still contain some of the essential oils but in a diluted form. Okay, on to the rave.

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Because floral waters still contain some essential oils, they have amazing smells and also share some of the properties of the oils without being too strong to use directly on the skin. I really like using them as toners because they help clear out my skin by being soothing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and purifying. Sounds good, right? Well, forget all of this. The real reason you have to try out floral waters is because they smell great. It is so luxurious to spritz these on my face in the morning and before bed.

Both rose water and neroli water are strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial waters, which is great for toning down my acne. They also are mildly astringent, meaning that they help control excess sebum without drying out my skin. Finally, they are also very hydrating and help make my skin feel soft. Adding to all of this, their smell is so relaxing. I usually use rose water in the morning to start my day on a bright note, and neroli at night because it helps me fall asleep and sleep deeply.

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A final note on floral waters: make sure you buy 100% pure hydrolats or floral waters. Some brands use fillers and artificial scents, which kind of defies the purpose of using minimalistic and simple products. You can find both rose and neroli waters in middle-eastern groceries for very cheap, but you can also buy higher quality waters where you find your essential oils. Happy hunting and let me know what you think of floral waters!


Si vous avez lu mon billet sur les produits corporels Materia, vous savez que ma peau est difficile et que nous avons eu un parcours chaotique ensemble. Après avoir essayé tous le produits anti-acné sur lesquels je pouvais tomber, je me suis complètement retournée et je me suis débarrassée de tous ces produits artificiels. À la place d’aller en pharmacie, c’est dans les placards de la cuisine de ma maman que j’ai trouvé mes nouveaux produits de beauté: des eaux florales et des huiles. J’aimerais partager avec vous ma routine de soins en commençant aujourd’hui par mes deux eaux florales préférées: l’eau de rose et l’eau de fleurs d’oranger.

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Avant de commencer, je pense qu’il est intéressant de savoir d’où proviennent ces eaux florales. Lors de la distillation de plantes, généralement les fleurs ou les feuilles, pour la fabrication d’huiles essentielles, une grande quantité de vapeur d’eau passe au travers des plantes. Ce faisant, elle collecte les huiles essentielles contenues dans les plantes. Par la suite, cette vapeur d’eau est refroidie ce qui la force à se condenser. Cela veut dire que la vapeur d’eau redevient liquide. On observe alors deux phases : les huiles essentielles sur le dessus, et les hydrolats, ou eaux florales, en dessous. Ces eaux contiennent également des huiles essentielles mais de façon beaucoup plus diluée ce qui les rend non seulement comestibles mais également douces pour la peau.

Cela veut également dire que certaines propriétés des huiles essentielles sont aussi partagées par les eaux florales. J’adore utiliser les eaux florales parce qu’elles sentent vraiment très bon, et elles sont également anti-inflammatoires, antibactériennes, purifiantes et apaisante. Pas mal, non? Mais vraiment, elles sentent super bon! C’est vraiment un rituel bien-être que de vaporiser ces eaux sur mon visage matin et soir.

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Comme je le disais plus haut, les eaux de rose et de fleurs d’oranger sont mes préférées. Cela s’explique par le fait qu’elles sont anti-inflammatoire et antibactériennes, ce qui est parfait pour mon acné. Elles sont également astringentes ce qui veut dire qu’elles aident à contrôler la quantité de sébum produite par ma peau, tout en douceur, sans l’assécher ni l’irriter. Elles sont également hydratantes et rendent ma peau si douce! Finalement, en plus de tout ça, leurs odeurs sont incroyablement relaxantes. J’adore utiliser l’eau de rose le matin pour commencer la journée sur une note positive, et l’eau de fleurs d’oranger le soir car elle m’aide à m’endormir et à dormir profondément.

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Une dernière note sur les eaux florales : faites attention à ce qu’elles soient pures à 100%. Certaines marques ajoutent des arômes artificiels et autres produits synthétiques, ce qui est un peu contradictoire avec l’idée d’utiliser des produits simples et sains. Il est facile de trouver des eaux de rose et de fleurs d’oranger dans les épiceries magrébines à petits prix. Il est également possible de se procurer des eaux florales de plus hautes qualités auprès de votre producteur d’huiles essentielles ou en épicerie bio. Bonnes recherches et dites-moi quelles eaux florales vous préférez!

 

 

A clutter-free mind

As we moved recently, I have been witness to the incredible amount of junk and clutter we can accumulate without noticing. These unused items take place, are magnets for dust, and make our living space smaller and cumbered. It’s fascinating to see how much more comfortable I feel when I enter a yoga studio where there are only a few objects, or how free and clear my mind seems to be after having cleaned up my desk. Of course, it’s easy to see how a clear space can help create a clear mind, but how can we keep a clear mind?

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Many things can make my mind feel foggy, negative, in a rut, dusty or disorganized. I feel like it’s my responsibility to take care of my mind, just like I would take care of clearing up my desk, bedroom or living space. However, it’s not always simple to know how to do so. I wanted to share my few bits on that today. Here are a few principles that I apply to make sure I don’t feel like there’s too much going on between my two ears too often.

  1. Your mind is like Hermione’s purse: The amount of information that our brains can contain and remember is incredible! I like to imagine that my brain is like the famous magical purse: you can pretty much put everything and anything in it, and it will stay there. The great thing about this is that you can choose what you want to put inside of your mind-purse most of the time. For example, you can decide to watch a heartbreaking documentary on Indian orphans or the documentary on the amazingly inspiring doctor who works with these kids. You can decide to look at pictures of tortured animals, or focus on the wonderful initiatives that exist all over the world to help animals. I strongly believe that no one needs to consume negative images, texts or films in order to be informed. It’s not denying any situation, it’s simply making sure that you take in positive information that will nourish your creativity and motivation. This is particularly important when you consider point #2.
  2. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat: According to many studies, 90% of our thoughts are repetitive. Wow! This is impressive. We think all day, every minute of every day, and yet we are almost devoid of originality when it comes to these thoughts. We repeat, mull over, come back, and look again over and over and over again. The way I understand this combined with point #1 is that if I subject my mind to negative images, for example, these images will come back to me again and again, influencing me even days after I saw the original images. I might as well nourish my mind with positive information.
  3. Unplug: I love the internet. You can find anything on the internet. But you can also find many of these same things in the real world. Libraries are still there, the sky is still there, people are still there. As a kid, before the internet took over the world, I used to spend entire afternoons curled up in a corner of my local library exploring books in different languages, discovering new possible hobbies and cultures and challenging my librarian to find the next book that I would bring home. Unlike the internet, my library was peaceful and commercial free. I didn’t have to like everything I saw, and I could be alone with my thoughts without sharing them with the world. This time alone gave me the chance to settle down and relax from days spent surrounded by noise and people. It gave my mind a chance to move at its own pace. So, I like to unplug completely regularly to force myself to go out and explore the real world.

These three points don’t seem like much, but they have helped me incredibly to choose what information to consume and what to do with my free time. As a vegan especially, I feel like it’s easy to be overwhelmed with information about animal welfare that is little more than horror stories and gruesome pictures. However, this type of information don’t help me become a better person, they don’t motivate me, they just make me feel unhappy and uncomfortable. Same goes with all the rest of the media. Anyways, I could talk about this for hours, so let me know what you think!