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Generation Green is excited to be one of the organizers for a new Manitoba food and beverage event coming up on June 9th! Partnering with Shawn Brandson, the owner of Promenade Cafe & Wine, and our good bud, Kevin Burgin from CJOB’s “The Main Ingredient” had all the makings needed for an event we are now calling the “MB FOOD FEST”
It’s all happening at the historic Fort Gibraltar on Sunday, June 9th from 2-6pm. NOTE:Our Presale Tickets are sold out but regular tickets are still available so don’t delay in getting yours! For our Generation Green followers, use this link to get a $5 discount.
The admission price includes samples of Winnipeg Craft Beers, Wines from Winnipeg Private Wine stores and Food samples from Local Manitoba Food Producers. Enjoy fundraising efforts for Festival Du Voyageur (throw some axes, fire a musket or try a little leg wrestling!) Your ticket also gets you entry to our “MB Black Box Cookoff” which will showcase Red River culinary students competing before a panel of judges using Manitoba ingredients.
We are really excited about the lineup of vendors we have to showcase and to see all our hard work come to be! We hope you will come out and support out local food and beverage developers and enjoy this fun filled festival! All for “The Love Of Food”
I don’t know if I can thoroughly express the pivotal change in my life when I began learning about conventional cosmetics and the potential health implications they can have. It was definitely an overwhelming, and scary realization that this could possibly be true. I then set out in search of alternatives and was so fortunate to discover a few local manufacturers that could answer my questions, and in turn I could begin to trust.
My health, as I’m sure yours, is most important to me and I’m not willing to knowingly compromise it, especially when I have a choice! It’s been said that by the time a woman heads out the front door, she has spritzed, sudsed, and slathered herself in more than 127 different chemicals, many of them more toxic than beautifying.
After the book came out “There’s Lead In Your Lipstick” by eco-expert Gillian Deacon, many women started questioning if the health conditions, including cancer were possibly related to the unimaginable amount of toxins, parabens, hormone disrupters and synthetic chemicals they had allowed into their bodies through the use of conventional products. We naively trust that there are regulations and systems in place to protect us but unfortunately those systems are only about regulating the “safe amounts” of the known hazardous ingredient into a specific product. As far as my research and knowledge, there has never been a study that shows the “safety” of the possible 127 chemicals taken in at one time.
Our skin is our largest organ (yes, it’s an organ!!) and it’s absorbing all that we put on it, which ends up in our blood stream!
EWG (The Environmenal Working Group) has compiled an electronic database (the skindeep database) of ingredient labels for body care products and cross-linked these ingredients with large databases describing chemical toxicity and then rates them on the hazards. This is a great resource when you are starting out, or expanding your knowledge on potentially harmful chemicals. They rate the ingredients/products on a scale of 1-2 Low Hazard, 3-6 Moderate and 7-10 High Hazard…look up fragrance and it’s an “8” score! Eliminating “fragrance” in my opinion, is the place to start if you start anywhere!
About FRAGRANCE: The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
Thankfully, we have options! It may take some work to find them, but I see more and more companies beginning to make some changes. It is however up to us as consumers to continue to DEMAND that our health not be compromised by the ingredients manufacturers CHOOSE to use! How? We simply don’t continue to support them!
Pure Anada Cosmetics has been my go to as a trusted source for safe cosmetics and skincare products. They are a manufacturer in Modern, Manitoba and have been influential in setting the bar in my opinion, for transparency and proving natural cosmetics can stand up to conventional products.
Candace Grenier is the creator behind Pure Anada and has taken the company from home hobby to a leader in eco-certified organic cosmetic manufacturing in Canada! FYI – only approximately 5% of cosmetic companies actually manufacture their own products and there appears to be some sort of trade secret protection when it comes to fragrance and flavour. Yet another reason Pure Anada became a company I chose to support and trust for the past 7 years!
Of course we’re not just talking makeup here! The cosmetic umbrella includes shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, toothpaste, deodorants, lotions, scrubs, face cleansers, bar soap, moisturizers, shaving cream, lip balm, nail polish, diaper cream, nipple cream, massage oils & MORE!!!
At Generation Green we know how overwhelming and confusing all the information out there can be, not to mention how “greenwashing” (FYI: those bunny ears on products only mean they didn’t test it on an animal, not that it’s safe), same goes for the words “natural” and “organic” (no regulating on those words!) BUT, WE ARE HERE TO HELP!! It’s one step at a time and one change at a time! It started with cosmetics as my focus and grew into Generation Green over almost 7 years! We are still learning, still growing but the more we know, the better we can make informed choices!
We have been answering so many questions lately about our refill products, that we felt we should probably fill you all in on some changes and additions.
First off we want to give a huge shout out to all of you that have been using the refill system in an effort to reduce waste. We have been amazed at the amount of interest and use at this location, so much so that we want to keep adding to it! Please be sure to let us know your requests and if there is enough interest then we would look at bringing that in.
The biggest change that many have noticed is the brand switch of our main household line. We had been stocking and offering bulk products for the past 5 years from Sapadilla Soap Co. and have now been replacing it with a line from The Unscented Company. The reason for the change had nothing to do with the product itself, it’s a fabulous line! Unfortunately though Sapadilla has been sold to a US Corporation called Gorilla Glue and this is just not inline with our mission and commitment to stock Canadian.
The Unscented Company is from Montreal, it is entirely plant-based, biodegradable and yes, unscented. However, we know many loved the scents that the previous line offered so we are encouraging customers to try their hand at scenting using essential oils that we stock in store. We have considered offering a custom scenting add-on if there was enough interest.
In addition to the The Unscented Company we have a hair/body line available for refill from local manufacturer, Pure Anada, our always in demand Dry Patch lotion from Di Erbe and from Mama Pacha we offer refills for their popular Calendula infused diaper cream & wipe away bum spray as well as their face cream and beard oil. Our newest addition is an unscented castille liquid soap that is locally made in Steinbach by Naturally Powerful.
The last of the Eco-life cleaning products are available for purchase & refill until they are finished. There are also some of the bulk concentrate available for retail purchase on a clearance price. This line is no longer being manufactured it seems after the farmer that created it passed away. It’s a wonderful line that we have carried from day one and are sad to see it fall away.
Lastly, we have heard from many of you that are interested in making your own products that you are wanting us to bring in raw ingredients. We are slowly doing this! We currently have organic dried Calendula, lavender and rose petals. We plan to add a couple of carrier oils next, citric acid and some popular clays. Again if there is something you are hoping to find here and there is enough demand we will do our best to add it to the line up!
Of course we should also mention our small bulk food section, this is the list of what we currently offer for organic bulk food:
Adagio Acres Naked Oats *MB
Tamarak Farms Quinoa *MB
Wildman Rice *MB
Non GMO Popping Corn
Aluminum Free Baking Powder
Lightly Dusted Ginger
Pink Himalayan Salt
One last reminder, you are more than welcome to bring in your own container to fill, we will weigh it before you fill and deduct that off the product price. Please only bring CLEAN and dry containers to be filled.
Thank for doing your part to reuse and reduce as well as support local!
Natalie will help you gain clarity of your desires by:
• Identifying what areas of your life need attention
• Recognizing and releasing limiting beliefs that are blocking your abundance
• Determining your core values so you can stand firm in decision making
• Getting in touch with your soul’s desire to consciously create
• Giving yourself permission to live your dreams
You will create a personal action plan with practical steps to follow that will move you confidently and with greater clarity toward your goals.
The ‘Flower of Power’ Process makes you the gardener of your life! What you cultivate grows!
This Special Day Event Includes:
Workbook resource of easy exercises, yours to keep!
5 hours of instruction & support from a highly in-demand expert
Community connection with other like-minded conscious creators ready to bloom
Swag Bag of Treats provided by Generation Green
Healthy and delicious lunch from Acorn Cafe
Coffee, tea and snacks
A life plan created by you with easy clear steps to begin to implement immediately!
This investment in yourself is being offered from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at Generation Green in The Exchange, 433 Main Street at Bannatyne Ave. Limited seating so don’t wait!
Earlybird Special Pricing is being offered for $250 until midnight April 1st/2019 then the regular price of $300 will be in effect.
Natalie Reimer Anderson is a holistic self-love coach and speaker who combines her expertise in cellular nutrition, spiritual practices, cutting-edge health and fitness hacks, along with cognitive therapies to transform lives. She is known for her inspirational personal story of healing her autoimmune condition though the power of self-love.
Her multi-disciplined approach in her signature coaching system- The Cell to Soul Self-Love Solution, serves to remove limiting-beliefs about our self-worth, draw clear personal boundaries to reclaim self-sovereignty, consciously design and manifest your best life, and support the body to optimal health.
If you’re looking to be a more eco-friendly consumer when it comes to your clothing, you’ve come to the right place! Fast fashion is mass produced inexpensive clothing retailers create in response to the latest trends, which leads to the over consumption of clothing by customers, ultimately creating more waste on Earth. There are more than a few problems with fast fashion. First off, have you ever thought about why you can buy that H&M top for $5? Well, huge producers like H&M, Forever 21, Zara, etc outsource their factories in developing countries, paying their workers unbelievably low wages, in poor working conditions in order to sell their clothing so cheap. Second, producing such inexpensive clothing based off trends that come and go creates a problem for our environment. Often these clothing items don’t last long due to poor quality and when the trend dies off, that cheetah print top you bought last month will most likely end up in the trash or stuffed in the back of your closet.
The fashion industry is one of many huge polluters destroying our planet, thrifting your clothing is just one more way to live a greener life. If you care to learn more about the damaging effects of the fashion industry I highly suggest the documentary “The True Cost”, which discusses the ethical and environmental dangers of fast fashion.
To counter the effects of over producing clothing, thrifting is an amazing alternative way to shop. There are already so many stunning pieces out there just waiting to be found! Thrifting is about finding pieces you love, that you might not normally think to get at a big department store.
Since starting to thrift I’ve grown into my own style, discovered pieces I love to wear, that make me feel confident. Not to mention the excitement you feel when you find a pair of jeans that hug your curves just right, and you only paid $2.00 for. In addition to the great pricing, your style will become completely distinctive. Finding cool and unique pieces ensures you’ll never have an awkward ‘who wore it better’ situation at work or school.
Also, you can find high quality clothing items that will last you much longer, and survive the come and go of trendy fashion. We have some great local fashion designers right here in Winnipeg that design and manufacture statement pieces that will take you through all seasons and last forever! Check out a couple of our personal faves; Prana Vida Style, Lennard Taylor & Sarah Sue Design Plus your supporting local! Win Win! But if you really want to stick with the trends you can still find them at the thrift store, often for a way better price.
Plato’s Closet is one second hand shop that selects the clothing they sell, and they choose pieces that are more trendy and appeal to the fashionistas out there. Plato’s is a great place to start if you’re just getting into the swing of things. Value Village and Salvation Army are also really good chain thrift stores and I highly suggest giving them a shot as well! And last, but definitely not least, there are many vintage shops in Winnipeg that offer a wide variety of vintage clothes.
All in all, thrifting is great for the environment, your wallet, and your style. What could be better! Check out the tips below on how to begin your thrifting journey, and good-luck!
Don’t expect to find everything you want the first time you go. Thrifting is a process, and it takes time and patience.
Look in ALL the sections, some of my absolute favourite jackets, jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters are from the men’s section.
Keep your eye out for colours and patterns that you love and go from there. Having a place to start can make the huge selection a little less intimidating.
Don’t forget to look at accessories! Purses and jewelry can be very expensive to buy new and the thrift stores have a large selection for a quarter of the price.
Try EVERYTHING on! You never know until you try it! If you find something your not 100% sure about, give it a shot and you might surprise yourself.
If you’ve been following along on our brain health posts then I think you’ll agree this is of most importance!
We need to do all we can to support our cognitive functions and we now know the foundation is a healthy diet that is loaded with colorful foods that feed our brain and give it the fuel it needs.
Now I’ve heard many people complain that they have trouble remembering names, what they were looking for or even what they had for breakfast! I think there are things we should be doing to exercise and stimulate and challenge our brains!
Here are just a few ideas:
Do puzzles – crossword, search word or jigsaw
Learn something new! How to crotchet, play an instrument, a new sport or even try to learn a new language
Try making a list and recalling it by memory and see how many you can remember
Play games! Nothing like a good trivia game or even match game
Stimulate your senses! Try and name the flavors your tasting, be descriptive describing how something feels or what your hearing and take in all the visual beauty!
Of course rest is also important for brain health. Getting enough sleep and taking time to quiet the constant chatter that runs through our mind all day is crucial for our moods, immunity and dealing with stress that can greatly affect our brain health.
Lastly, being social and connecting with others could help with memory loss. Stimulating conversation and close friendships are proven to release oxytocin, the feel good hormone counter acting against the fight/flight hormone response.
If you’re looking for a well-known brain boosting adaptogens, one of our favorites is Lions Mane! Lion’s mane mushrooms have been studied for their neuroprotective benefits and their ability to regenerate and protect brain tissue. You can try it out in our Acorn Cafe by adding into your beverage, or purchase from our Harmonic Arts stock and add into oatmeal, soups, etc. Great for those foggy brain moments too!
We’ve been sharing some hints about our new project, and we’re finally able to release some information about this latest venture of ours:
Generation Green’s Wildflower Project – Launching January 2019
This has really become a passion project and we are so excited to get started! That being said, there are going to be different elements to this project, and as much as we would like to do them all at once – we need to do it slowly so they turn out as amazing as we have dreamed they’ll be! Now without further delay, we’re ready to begin phase one!
First, let me start off by telling you exactly what Generation Green’s Wildflower Project is all about…
Connect · Grow · Bloom
These 3 words are the foundation to this project.
The need to connect as humans, to grow through lifelong learning, and when we do both those things, we bloom!
When I opened Generation Green 6 years ago, the intention really was to help people. Having an administrative background, I wasn’t really sure how to “sell” but I knew what I liked and what I was needing as a consumer and I genuinely care about the wellbeing of other people so naturally wanted to share what I was learning.
As the opening of Generation Green unfolded, I was meeting so many amazing people with knowledge in many different areas such as holistic wellness, herbalism, waste free living & starting movements to name a few, and I really wanted to connect more with them in order to continue learning! I also loved getting to know so many customers who were all at different places in their natural living journeys. These customers either had so much information themselves to share or were eager to learn more. I started thinking about ways I could help all these different, beautiful people connect, so we could all learn and grow together…and Viola! The idea for the Wildflower Project began!
The Wildflower Project begins with connecting our journeys by starting conversations. Conversations about all the different life stuff we’re dealing with at so many different levels. We are going to do this via a Wildflower Project podcast! We believe you will appreciate our honest, uncensored, and unscripted discussions that we hope you can all connect with.
For the podcast, we at times will start a conversation on a specific topic (and attempt to stay on topic), we then are going to find experts or other amazing people who we can learn from and who can enlighten us more on said topic.
Finally, we want to invite you to have a seat at our table to continue the conversation with us and others. Our table discussions will be interactive, at times hands on, but always a place of acceptance. All this in an effort of building a community that grows together on this journey called life.
If you are in Winnipeg, where we are located, you will be welcome and able to purchase a seat at the table for any conversation/workshop being led by our featured expert that is of interest to you.
The podcast episodes and then meetup/workshop dates will be posted here on our website as well on Wildflower Project’s Instagram account here. Of course our monthly newsletter will have details as well so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of them! Stay tuned for our first episode!!
I invite you now to follow along as we continue to unfold this project and like all those wildflowers to be, let’s see where the wind blows us!
Acorn Cafe has something new & exciting happening on Tuesday’s!
We started asking on our Instagram page what folks were wanting to see on the menu, and it was from that feedback that we did some tweaking to the menu!
First our cafe manager Lily set out to find a way to jam pack some nourishment in a lunch item & voila!… may we present you our “Nourish Bowls”!!
These sustenance filled bowls will alternate weekly so be sure to try them all! We’ve already started with the first two (pictured) and all I can say is wow!! So yummy, so loaded with goodness and food fuel to help you get the most of your day!
In additional to the “Nourish Bowls” on Tuesdays, we are also making pizza buns! These are great for grab & go lunches, or an afternoon snack and can be eaten warm or cold. We are making our pizza buns using the newly stocked vegan pizza dough from Diana Cline of Diana’s Cucina , a 5 time International Canadian Pizza Award Winner! This Moosehead beer based dough is for sale and can be found in our freezer section. Adding to the deliciousness is DeLuca’s pizza sauce and topping it off with Vegan Fromagerie’s mozzarella! yummmmm!
Mediterranean Cauliflower Tabouli Bowl
Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa & Kale Bowl
Wednesdays have also become our baking day, so expect some drool worth scents when you walk in the door as savory scones, muffins and coffee cakes (all vegan of course) are being taken out of the oven!
Be sure to check out our other daily features on our menu by clicking here and our full menu can be found here.
We’re here for you so keep those comments, suggestions and feedback coming!
We can’t talk about brain health without looking into our gut and recognizing the relation between the brain and everything gut related. What happens in your gut/GI tract is essentially what happens in your brain. This has scientists calling the gut the 2nd brain! The gut and the brain are in a big time romance. They are entwined and can effect all of our bodily health, including brain function and how we feel everyday.
You’ve heard the term “having a gut feeling,” and well, it’s definitely something you can pay attention to. Our brains have hundreds of millions of neurons connected to our nervous system which control our gastrointestinal system.
What’s even more amazing is that within the GI tract, it is estimated this is where 80-90% of the body’s serotonin is made (that happy hormone!) So the brain operates our bodily functions, but the gut can also send messages to the brain.
Not convinced? Think about how certain foods affect how you feel, like chocolate. Chocolate releases endorphins in our gut and sends that “feeling good” message to our brain. Of course this can work the opposite way too. High fat processed foods for instance, can make us feel tired and sluggish. There is so much going on in brain-gut connection that I really encourage everybody to take note of how foods make them feel and maybe even keep a journal for reflection and assessment. This is obviously such a complex system, so if you are keen to research more, you might like this research manuscript I found that really delves into exactly how food controls the brain and cognitive health. It’s a big read but very interesting!
So to aid our gut health, which would also aid brain health is to not only eat healthy “rainbow foods” that I spoke of in the first part of this series, but also by adding fermented foods and kombucha into your diet. Both of which are perfect for assisting in balancing the gut flora. We have billions of bacteria living in our body, so we want to be sure that there is enough strong, good bacteria in there to keep viruses and fungi away. Which also helps to prevent disease. Adding 1 or 2 servings of kombucha or fermented foods daily can have a huge impact on your overall well-being, especially, of course on your brain health!
If you are interested in learning more about kombucha and even how to make your own, we have two upcoming workshops with Wolseley Kombucha. You can register here. Or you can always purchase a growler from us and fill it up at our Wolseley Kombucha tap, in-store!
Over the holidays and spending time with aging family members, I really became aware of how forgetful they were becoming, how they had trouble recollecting memories or were experiencing general confusion. I started reading up on these issues and discovered that this is something we really need to be concerned about.
I first found this overwhelming statistic that stated if we live to the age of 85, half of us will more than likely develop Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba there are more than 22,500 Manitobans that have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. This number is growing at an alarming rate and by 2038 it is expected to reach over 40,700!
There are of course risk factors listed on their website and areas that we should look at changing in our lifestyle, but there is no known cure at this time. Now this of course is alarming because we easily take our organs for granted and our brains have a 24/7 job like the rest of them! Unlike the other organs that perhaps have a main job, our brains are responsible for multiple!! Our brain is responsible not just for our thoughts, but our breathing, our organ functions, our movements and is basically the power source of our whole body!
So if there is no cure and we need our brains to be fully functioning, I of course then looked further into preventative information.
One of the common threads I was seeing in my research all pointed towards our gut health. Apparently, our gut is a major contributor to brain issues, cognitive decline and memory issues if we have insulin resistance (aka diabesity). Some researchers have now begun to call Alzheimer’s disease type 3 diabetes and say that our guts are actually our 2nd brain. So nutrition is the key if prevention is the focus!
The good news is that a brain diet basically consists of eating wholesome colourful foods, a rainbow of brain nourishment! Plant pigments found in those colourful foods can feed our brains the vital nutrients they need. Here are just some of those pigments and where you can find them.
lycopene foods –RED/PINK an antioxidant pigment that helps combat free radicals (those wayward, naturally occurring cells that cause big time stress on our bodies, which can lead to premature aging & disease) – look to tomatoes, pink grapefruit, papaya and watermelon! Lycopene’s antioxidant properties may help prevent seizures and memory loss experienced in age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
chlorophyll foods – GREEN and probably the most well known as a vital source of energy but did you know they optimize our brain function?! Yup! They say chlorophyll is the blood of plants and is comparable to our own and when we introduce them into our bodies it’s like having an energy transfusion! All green veggies contain chlorophyll however some are definitely better than others such as spinach compared to broccoli which is actually considered more white. You want a green that goes green throughout. Look to those leafy greens as those are the best source but also kelp, algae, spirulina and don’t forget those green tops from beets & carrots!
beta carotene foods – ORANGE and long known as being beneficial for vision and skin, but carotene foods have now been thought to reduce the risk of cognitive decline in men (according to a report released in the Nov. 12 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine). Researchers found that oxidative stress, which damages brain cells, is a major contributor to the aging of the brain and associated cognitive decline. This beautiful vibrant pigment is also found in sweet potatoes, squash, cantaloupe, peppers & apricots to name a few. For best absorption of this fat soluble vitamin, try adding oil or nuts.
anthocyanins (a type of flavonoid) foods – BLUE/PURPLE &REDfound in the skins of glorious blueberries, blackberries, grapes, strawberries, pomegranates, kidney beans & red onions just to name a few!! They are probably the most consumed as there is such a variety of foods that offer these. Some of the many anthocyanin benefits that research has uncovered include fighting heart disease, cancer, memory loss and neurological disorders.
Besides a rainbow diet to keep our brains healthy, there are a few other suggestions such as taking time to learn something new like playing an instrument, learning to play a new sport or finding a new hobby to learn. Keep our brains ignited through learning but be sure to also disconnect from devices! Turn off the TV, put away the iPhone and instead start connecting with others. Play a game of cards with a friend, enjoy a coffee together with good o’l conversation or best of all connect with ourselves out in nature. Fresh air, exercise, laughter and some colour are the perfect prescription I think for prevention of many health issues, but certainly for brain health.
Next Up – Brain Health: Continuing the conversation – ” All Things Bubbly”