YOUR BODY, YOUR HOME. A film feat. Model, Nutritionalist, Yoga & Meditation teacher - Adrienne Ford

I met Adrienne Ford while modeling at a job in Vancouver. We started chatting on the topic of wellness and I learned that Adrienne is also a nutritionalist yoga instructor, and meditation teacher. It turns out that we have both been modeling for a long time and we discovered that we had shared similar experiences of overcoming some of the pressures of the fashion industry and learning how to prioritize our health (mentally and physically) over other people's expectations or opinions of us. Because of this experience we both share a passion for wanting other women to become confident and accepting of their body's.

We created this video to spread the message that you can begin again and start fresh at any point and make the conscious decision to embrace the body you've been given. Starting with one breath and one intention. 

The relationship we have with ourselves is the longest relationship we will have with anyone in our lifetime. It ebbs and flow's and grows and changes and if we can try to appreciate it, and care for it, and connect with it then we can be stronger individuals and free up space in our minds to find peace, and feel at home.

Here is the meditation Adrienne wrote for the video:

Home [hom]. Noun. a place where one lives permanently/

Your body.

Your home.

The place we reside our entire lives.

We only have one body.

We know we must care for it, honour it, honour ourselves…

But the roadmap to self-care, can be a winding road.

Finding your way, starts with the breath.

Take a deep breath, expand your chest, pause in the moment, and exhale into calm.

We can navigate a little smoother, expanding through the inhale, and releasing through the exhale.

We can slow time, expanding through the lungs; releasing and surrendering with the exhale.

This is your body, this is your home, you are safe here.

Film Credits:

Body suit by Beth Richards.

Written, and Performed by Adrienne Ford

Created, Directed, & Narrated by Taylor McKay.

*Adrienne Ford is based out of Vancouver, Canada. Check out her website for any inquiries on her nutrition, yoga, and meditation work!*

Morning Ritual -> Liquid Chlorophyll

  Photographed by Carly Dame, with my trusty side kick Eloise!

Photographed by Carly Dame, with my trusty side kick Eloise!

A new ritual that I have incorporated into my mornings is having a tbl spoon of liquid chlorophyll in a glass of water after I drink my coffee, or adding it into my morning smoothies. After about a week of taking it everyday I noticed how good it was making my body feel so as with most health discoveries I make I felt the urge to pass along the knowledge...

What is it?

Chlorophyll a green pigment in plants that is responsible for the absorption of light in the process of photosynthesis, which creates energy. It is naturally present in green veggies like wheatgrass, green beans, spinach, parsley, and arugula. However are bodies don't usually have enough time to fully absorb the chlorophyll before it is digested, which is why it can be beneficial to take it in it's pure liquid form to get 100% chlorophyll. 

Why is it good for you?

  • It is alkalizing. This is especially good for the coffee drinkers out there since coffee is acidic and Chlorophyll is alkaline... it can help to balance out the pH of your body. Which is why I started to follow my americano with a tbl spoon of liquid chlorophyll in water.
  • It is detoxifying and binds up any toxic pesticide residue and excretes it from your body. It also protects your cells from heavy metal toxicity
  • It can help a hangover. By eliminating toxins from your body. It also nourishes your liver with oxygen and magnesium.

If those benefits weren't appealing enough...there are also studies that show that liquid chlorophyll boosts the immune system, gives you energy, eliminates odors of the body, eases inflammation, helps treat anemia and fights cancer cells. Sooo it's safe to say this natural green plant stuff is pretty powerful :) You might be wondering how it tastes? It doesn't have a strong taste but if you don't like it you can get it flavored with natural mint. 

5 Rituals for Mindful Eating

As seen on the VITRUVI BASENOTES blog.

  Photographed by Carly Dame.

Photographed by Carly Dame.

It’s not just what you eat, but how you eat that’s important when it comes to having a healthy relationship with food. Over the course of many years working as a modeI, I have consciously tried to avoid diets and fast fixes. The goal is to achieve longevity in my career, and the larger, way more important goal is to achieve longevity in my life. My biggest take away? While eating well-balanced, nutritious foods is the best approach, if we don’t give our bodies the opportunity to eat in a way that supports digestion, we aren’t able to reap the benefits of those foods.

Here are a few simple rituals that can help create a more mindful way of eating:

1. Make time for breakfast. Yeah yeah, we’ve all heard it a thousand times…but it’s worth saying again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gets your metabolism going, and gives you the fuel your body and brain need to start your day. Instead of hitting snooze and only having time to grab something on the go, try to set aside 20-30 minutes in your morning to slowly enjoy your breakfast. Lighting a candle on your breakfast table can be a calming way to start your day.

2. Set an intention. Subconsciously, we all have intentions when we eat—usually we eat because we’re hungry. But sometimes, there can also be emotions attached and we eat to fill an emotional void or to control or measure. To avoid unhealthy patterns, try to set a positive intention before each meal to nourish, energize, and thrive.

3. Enjoy your food. Don’t multitask when you eat. Put down your phone, turn off the TV, and step away from your work. In Italy, most people take at least an hour-long lunch, which lets them enjoy the tastes of their meal in a leisurely fashion. This has actual health benefits because when you take the time to chew your food, your saliva creates more enzymes that help your body digest. When you really enjoy your food, it also causes your brain to release feel-good endorphins.

4. Try to share meal time with others. When you share the same meal with a friend, your energy levels increase, decrease and plateau at the same time, which is one of the many reasons why sharing a meal brings people closer together.

5. Listen to your body. Following a very restrictive diet and depriving yourself of foods usually will only make you want them more, and it’s not a realistic, maintainable lifestyle. Instead, take the time to learn what foods agree with you, and give you energy, as opposed to the ones that make you feel lethargic or bloated. Practice moderation and balance.

It’s no secret that these practices take time and effort, and they don’t fit naturally into most people’s busy schedules with demanding jobs. So the best place to start is by bringing awareness to the rituals or habits you currently have, and thinking about where you could make some changes. If you can’t make time for every meal, start by choosing one meal a day that you will give yourself the time to truly enjoy.

Recipe: Energy bites

If I know I have a busy schedule coming up I like to use Sunday to prepare meals for the week ahead. These protein packed Energy Bites are the easiest things to make and are a great substitution for protein bars (because you know exactly what's in them, and they don't contain any preservatives). 

Here's the thing guys, I'm terrible math, therefore I'm not the best at following measurements in recipes. In baking you have to get the measurements right or it won't turn out...UNLESS you are not actually "baking"- ENTER Raw Energy Bites...

So here are the Ingredients. I can't tell you the measurements because I just throw handfuls into a bowl until it seems like the right consistency and taste. I'm aware I probably make more work for myself, but if you can go along with my relaxed approach you might just love them. 

Ingredients:

1 scoop Protein Powder - I like SUNWARRIOR plant based protein - Vanilla flavour 

Hemp seeds 

Chia seeds

Spirulina (1 teaspoon)

Coconut oil (usually at least 1-2 table spoons)

Almond butter (usually at least 1-2 table spoons)

Cacao powder

Maple syrup 

Mix ingredients together in a bowl, stir lots! Get your hands in there and roll about a table spoon of raw dough into a ball. Refrigerate. Pop em' in a Tupperware container, throw em' in your purse and reach for them whenever you need a burst of energy!

*For an extra creamy texture and sweet taste try blending the ingredients with a banana in a vitamix -add a splash of almond milk if needed, be sure to eat the next day as the banana will not keep* 

ENJOY!

Xx,

Tay

Recipe: Morning Blend

This simple smoothie makes for the perfect breaky on the go. Rich in good fats and nutrients it will jump-start your metabolism and give you the fuel to begin your morning. If I know I won't have access to healthy options later in the day, I still feel good knowing I've had a solid intake of vitamins/minerals in this smoothie. This is my most basic smoothie recipe and from it I add in different superfoods depending on what I feel my body and mind need each day.

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix on high speed until smooth.

INGREDIENTS

 LIQUID BASE

  • Almond or Coconut Milk *I like to read the ingredients to make sure it is organic with the least amount of added sugar*

GREENS

  • Spinach or Baby Kale (high in iron and many essential vitamins, high in fibre) and/or Wheatgrass (high in Chlorophyll, great for skin)

  • Spirulina blue green algae, 1 tbl spoon (detoxes heavy metals, rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, K, and high in protein, rich in anti-oxidants) 

FRUIT

  • Banana (high in fibre and antioxidants) *OR avocado for creaminess
  • Berries (blueberries/blackberries/raspberries, rich in antioxidants)

PROTEIN

  • SunWarrior plant based protein Vanilla flavour 

GOOD FATS

  • Coconut Oil (high in fatty acids proven to increase metabolism/anti-inflammatory) or Almond Butter which is a good protein source
  • Hemp seeds, 1 tbl spoon (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health)
  • Avocado (heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, great for skin)

*Add a teaspoon or tablespoon of Cacao powder for a more chocolatey taste! (rich in anti-oxidants) 

*Opt for organic, locally grown fruit and vegetables as it is more fresh, will help your body to detox rather than eating produce with pesticides, is better for the environment, and supports your local hood.

Xx,

Tay