The Goods / Feb 1, 2017

Welcome to The Goods.

The Goods as a weekly email bringing you the good things in life. And guess what? You’ve been selected as our first group of readers. Yay!

Why are we doing this?

It’s fair to say that the world can sometimes be a little cray.

The last few weeks are but an example of how wicked and out of control things can get when negativity and closed-mindedness take over. On the bright side, however, we know that we’re better than this. With the right mindset and good intentions, it is incredible what we can do when we all come together for what’s right.

How are going to do it?

By sharing good stuff. Only, good stuff.

We’re tired of bad, negative news. We promise to only share new ideas, fresh perspectives and meaningful content. We want you all to learn more about: good, positive news, good stories about great people, and good ways to live better.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to test out different content and different themes. We hope you enjoy this first edition.

Happy reading.

– The Goods (brought to you by Annique and John)

On with the show ;)

Because we all need a hero.

As Black History Month kicks off today, we want to bring to the fore someone that you may not have heard of before in the context of Canada’s Black History. Her name is Viola Desmond, and she’s amazing.

Broken car, Rom-Com

Viola was on her way to a business meeting in 1946 (total OG #girlboss), when her car broke down. Waiting for repairs, she decided to watch a movie to pass the time. Little did she know she was about to make a dent in Canadian history. (Can you name a 1940s rom-com? We can’t.)

“You people”

She bought a ticket for the main floor (generally, reserved for non-White customers) but was given a ticket for the upper balcony — an area that was “customary for Black persons to sit together.” (We know, we can’t believe we just wrote that either. Makes us shudder. Ugh!) As Viola made her way to the main floor, the ticket-taker refused to let her in because she had the wrong ticket. Returning to the cashier, thinking there was a mistake, Viola asked the cashier for the correct ticket but was answered that, “I’m sorry but I’m not permitted to sell downstairs tickets to you people.”

*Necessary tangent — Truthfully, we can’t imagine ever uttering those kind of words to any other human being. Ever. It really hurts us to imagine what Viola and countless other, wonderful visible minorities throughout history must have felt when faced with racism.

As Viola went back to her seat, the manager called the police, and she was soon dragged out of the theatre. Because it wasn’t bad enough already as a situation, she injured her hip and knee and spent the night in jail. The next day, without any legal representation, she was fined (~$350 in today’s money) before a judge. Determined to seek justice, Viola found a lawyer and decided to take civil action against the theatre for compensation for her injuries. Sadly, however, her case never made it to trial. Her story, however, made headlines across the country and added the positive fuel to civil liberties groups in their fight for change.

Her legacy

Although it is hard to say that Viola’s hardships had a direct role in the fight for racial equality in Nova Scotia, what we do know is that time heals. During the early, 2000s, her sister, Wanda, had a big role in getting Viola’s story out there — #sisterlove. Throughout the following years, public declarations of pardons and apologies were officially made in Viola’s name and the wrongdoings of the past were acknowledged.

Viola’s victory (albeit 60+ years later) is a testament to not only never forget what happened, but also to take action. If it wasn’t for her sister’s efforts to speak up on the behalf of her, Viola’s story made have been lost in the pages of history.

On an awesome, happy note, Canadians across the country will all soon see Viola on a regular basis as she’s going to be the beautiful face of the new Canadian 10$ bill in 2018. Double awesome, she’ll also be the first woman ever to grace Canadian currency — cha-ching. Ciao Johnny MacD.

How many times do you think our hearts beat in a day?

Keep reading, answer below ;)

Quick reminder for all you lovas out there, Valentine’s month is finally upon us. And as Cupid rolls into town this month in a candy red Tesla (#electricfeel #allthesingleladies), we find it very fitting that it’s also Heart Health month.

Because we’re firm believers that knowledge is power, it’s time for some real talk.

The not-so-good news

Contrary to what you might think, heart disease affects more women than men. Surprising as this may sound, heart disease and stroke kill more women worldwide than do all cancers combined — whoa. Also not-so-good, according to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, heart disease and stroke cost us 33,000 beautiful Canadian women lives per year. Some studies have shown that women are most likely to die following a stroke :( Not cool.

Doc, please tell me there’s something good coming out of all this…

The good news

We can change these statistics.

In our books, prevention is the best medicine! Here are three tips to protect your love machine — a.k.a. your heart.

Step 1 >> Eat better. Don’t even get us started with how we need to change our eating habits. We’ll certainly hit you up with a future email about this, but for now, here’s an easy list of action items you can take now. Like right now…or at least at your next meal.

  • Decrease intake of animal-based products. FYI: we’re huuuuge fans of plant-based diets.
  • Listen to your body’s hunger and satiety cues.
  • Decrease your intake of processed AF foods; think sausages (yup, even the veggie ones), chips, cookies and frozen meals like pizzas. Home-made is your new middle name.

Sorry, not sorry about that last point, but we’ve got to move away from the quick fix lifestyle that many of us lead. It’s all good though, a gradual start in the right direction is all that you need — plus, that’s why we have cheat days ;)

In short, remember this: fruits and vegetables are your and your heart’s bestest BFF ever #bestfriendnecklace. And though the recommendation of aiming for 7–10 portions of fruits and veggies per day may seem sky high, the more you focus on making this recommendation come true, the more it becomes a habit and ends up replacing the less optimal choices. Trust us, it’ll feel oh so good when these healthy options take over your life ;)

Step 2 >> Hit the road jack. Get moving :) Most women should aim for 2.5 hours of sweaty physical activity every week — that’s only 30 a day. C’mon, we can do this!

And if you’re feeling adventurous, throw in two sessions of strength and flexibility sessions per week. If you’re new to getting down and sweaty, no prob. Start slow, and increase frequency and intensity over time ;) Sweating is caring.

Step 3 >> De-stress. We know, it’s hard to not stress. Heck, just thinking about not stressing is stressful.

A good way to start is to try and pinpoint the things that are causing you the most stress. Identifying the problems that may cause undue stress is a good way to compartmentalize the good from the bad. Be it from a family member, spouse or friend, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s proven that overall happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality help lower your risk of heart disease. Plus, sometimes, it feels really good to get something off your chest.

If you’ve never tried yoga or meditation, now is the perfect time to give them a fair chance. Our personal fav way to de-stress is with Calm. This fantastic app got us hooked on guided meditations and sleep stories (many of which are free) :) We aren’t exaggerating when we say this: honestly, the app has changed our lives for the better, forever.

Heart disease has been around for a loooooong time (scientists even found signs of it in the hearts of 3,000 year old mummies, whaaa?). But this doesn’t mean that we can’t encourage each other to take action and to make it a thing of the past. This month of February, give yourself the challenge to get your heart healthy.

What did you think?

After all the research, and hack-designing, we’ll be the first to admit: it was so much fun to put this first edition together.

We invite you all to share your thoughts, comments and suggestions on everything we did — the good, the bad, and the fugly. We’re working on this project for all of you, so please tell us how we can improve your experience and provide you with more great content.

With love!

– The Goods

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A few more bonus good things…

We’re on Insta (hello!)

Hump day jam (crank it. This is super on theme — love!)

Feel-good dog story (bet you can’t fight back those tears, we couldn’t)

Want more nutrition deets for good heartbeats? (100 000 of them per day, to be exact)

20 minutes spent sweating is 20 minutes well spent. (efficient workouts for the win — plus, this chick is a fellow Canadian, #wethenorth)

Viola’s full story. Get into it.

Electric heart? uh, ya. check it out for more heart-related fun facts.

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