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Manitoba Memento: Camelina Oil

Courtesy of Freefield Organics

Courtesy of Freefield Organics

For a souvenir that pulls double duty as a tasty and ultra-nutritious pantry addition, take home a bottle of locally produced camelina oil. The non-GMO oil is packed with good-for-you benefits due to naturally high levels of Omega-3 and Vitamin E. Don’t worry about burning off nutritional value—unlike other culinary oils, can withstand high heat cooking up to 475°F.

This wonder ingredient, produced by Erna and Frantz Kracher of Freefield Organics, was the first certified organic camelina oil in Canada. On their 400 acre farm in rural Inglis, Manitoba the couple grows and cold presses the seed into oil. To try before you buy, visit restaurant and gift shop Pineridge Hollow and taste chef Matty Neufeld’s camelina-dressed wildberry salad before picking up a bottle. Also available in the city centre at DeLuca’s Market.

Pineridge Hollow, 67086 Heatherdale Rd, 25 km out of the city, 204‑777‑3881; and DeLuca’s, 950 Portage Ave, 204‑774‑7617

Top 5 Shops for Wellness Wishers

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Shop these spots for products promoting health for mind, body, and spirit.

Chic duds made of earth friendly bamboo, cotton, and hemp fibres are feel-good buys at Hempyrean. Yogis get extra stretch in breathable bamboo and cotton leggings. 111 Osborne St, 204‑947‑5223, hempyrean.ca

Humboldt’s Legacy boasts eco-friendly gifts, fair trade goods, and local food products. Give beauty routines a makeover with natural and organic makeup from Ecco Bella. 167 Lilac St, 204-772-1404, humboldtslegacy.com

Shelves at Prairie Sky Books are stocked with tomes on self help and spirituality, as well as candles, decor, and aromatherapy items. Adult colouring books help calm and centre the mind through intricate patterns and swirls. 871 Westminster Ave, 204‑774‑6152, prairieskybooks.com

Sensory deprivation pods filled with a buoying epsom salt solution provide ultimate relaxation at Float.Calm. A small retail area carries take home de-stressors, like artisanal bath bombs and mood boosting colour therapy glasses. 337 Pembina Hwy, 204‑477‑6507, floatcalm.com

Organic produce, wholesome food products, and natural health and beauty aids fill The Fresh Carrot’s spacious interior. Health guru gourmands can cap off a shopping spree with a fresh cold pressed juice from the attached deli. 2-230 Osborne St, 204‑489‑3737, thefreshcarrot.ca

7 Tips for Buying Medical Travel Insurance


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Most of us are aware of the risks of travelling without medical insurance outside of Canada, but what about travelling to a different province? Turns out you can still be liable for quite a few expenses. And insurance policies for coverage within Canada can be just as tricky to navigate.

Here are seven tips to avoid getting stuck with a broken appendage and a giant medical bill.


Essential Apps for On-the-Road Fitness


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A good hotel gym is hard to find, and if you’re stuck in a spot without a decent health club, jogging path or lap pool, it’s easy to write off your fitness regimen altogether. But a travel-sized workout can be much more than a few half-hearted sit-ups in front of the TV—these apps will help you keep up with your training wherever you go. (more…)

8 Ways to Stay Fit While Travelling

Ottawa is great for joggers, offering many scenic pathways.

Travel can easily sideline your exercise routine, but physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and adjust to a new time zone. Founder of Best Body Bootcamp (and Ottawa boy) Roger Nahas shares his tips for staying on track while on the road. As told to Misa Kobayashi.


Got Bedbugs? Check This App Before You Book Your Hotel

Toronto bedbug reports from the Bedbug Registry Web site

An app that reports bedbug complaints throughout North America has been released by the same folks behind the Bedbug Registry Web site. (more…)

Travel in Comfort: 12 Carry-On Accessories to Keep You Healthy En Route


Ever finished your flight, road trip or train ride less than refreshed and not so much ready for your vacation as you are for a nap? (more…)

Fitness on the Go:
3 Places to Get Your Workout on in Ottawa

When you’re travelling, it’s easy for your fitness regime to slip up.  All of a sudden you’re no longer hitting the gym – and all the eating out and afternoon drinks start to add up. Luckily for you, Ottawa has no shortage of fitness options, so we’ve rounded up three great ones with drop-in rates that will get you moving. By Erin Morawetz. (more…)

25 Tips for Staying Healthy on Vacation

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By Kat Tancock

“Just because you are on vacay doesn’t mean you should take a vacation from your good eating habits”, says holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy—and the same goes for exercise, sleep and the rest of your healthful routine. To avoid coming down with something during or after your trip, and to stave off the dreaded vacation weight gain, follow these expert tips for staying healthy on holiday. (more…)

Doctors Recommend Airlines Ban Pets From Cabin

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Doctors who met at the annual general council of the Canadian Medical Association in St. John’s, Nfld. on Tuesday, want commercial airlines to ban cats and dogs from the cabin. Their concerns come from the risk these pets pose to those with allergies and asthma—beyond sniffling and sneezing, severe allergies can result in anaphylactic shock.

Guide dogs and other service animals would still be an exception, like they are at restaurants, hotels and many other spots where pets are usually asked to stay outside.

The CMA sees no health risks from pets riding in cargo hold, though some pet owners would argue that does create health risks, for their pet.

You can read both sides, the CMA and the response by Canadian airlines, at the Toronto Star.

Staying Healthy When You’re A Frequent Traveller

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It’s a no-brainer that travelling for business often takes a toll on one’s health—healthy options aren’t always available when grabbing a bite on the road; and when running from business meetings to catch flights, there isn’t time to squeeze in a gym visit at the hotel. Add to that stress and disrupted sleep patterns and you don’t exactly feel (or, lets face it, look) like George Clooney in Up In The Air.

A study by Columbia University looked at workers who travel frequently, lightly, or not at all. They found that those who travel frequently (20 or more days per month) are in poorer health than the other two groups. In light of this, the Calgary Herald spoke to a nutritionist about how to be more healthy when you spend a lot of time away from home for work. While the tips are focused on business travellers, they’re helpful for anyone who finds themselves heading out on a trip where their good habits might fall to the wayside.

– Bring nuts, fruit or a healthy sandwich with you on a flight to avoid indulging on unhealthy snacks.
– If you have to eat on the road, opt for smoothies (and make sure it’s fruit based, and not full of ice cream), salad or hummus and pita.
– Know what the healthy options are at food chains; Starbucks has a whole-wheat egg-salad sandwich, load your Subway sandwich with veggies, and Burger King has a lesser-evil veggie burger.