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Nathalie Rivard

Web specialist, journalist and full-time foodie

Nathalie has more than 20 years experience working in marketing and communications, with a special interest in international cuisine. She has taken numerous cooking classes with internationally renowned chefs including Martin Picard, Philippe de Vienne and Elena Faita. Nathalie loves to stay active and is an avid dragon boat racer.

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How To Keep Your Focus All Day Long
When you’re juggling work, school, kids, internship reports or overtime, it’s hard to stay focused and positive throughout the day. When you’re beginning to see red remember that you are the master of your own moods, and it is your own perception of a situation that generates anxiety, not the situation itself. So how can you maintain a positive outlook and mood? As with anything in life, training is key to success. By taking the time to stop, take a few deep breaths and even try laughing to diffuse stressful situations, you will develop new habits over time. It often takes a few simple actions to change the big picture....
Discover salsa dancing and get fit
Do you like to dance and stay in shape? Then salsa may be the perfect activity for you! The salsa movement started in the sixties, as a blend of Cuban rhythms and jazz. The name “salsa” carries connotations of the spiciness common in Latin and Caribbean cuisine—and associated with Latin culture! In some cities at one point, salsa dancing even had political connotations, symbolizing the desire to free Cuba from Castro. Today, salsa is performed by people who enjoy dancing socially around the world, and has become a must when traveling to the Caribbean. In fact, a night of celebration isn’t complete for a lot of people without some salsa!...
Need tips for how to promote good digestion? Here are some great ways to get your digestive system in top shape: Do some form of physical activity every day. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends getting at least two and a half hours of physical activity every week to enjoy the benefits of exercise. Drink 2.2 litres of liquid everyday if you are a woman and 3 litres if you are a man, to compensate for the 2.5 litres we lose each day through sweat, urine and feces. Drink water as much and as often as possible. Eat at regular intervals throughout the day and take at least 20...
Did you know that the word Rumba derives from the Spanish word for “road?” This style of dance was born in the courtyards and docks of Havana, Cuba in the eighties. They used to meet up and celebrate by dancing and singing. At the time, they would use furniture drawers or crates as percussion instruments. Today they use the congas, but the rhythm is still as infectious! Sometimes festive, sometimes sensual There are several versions of Rumba. The original version is a festive dance; others practiced in dance halls are slower and more romantic. What they have in common is a sensuality of movement, with a lot of swaying—hence Rumba’s...
An Ode to Big Beautiful Bellies
This week, we’re paying tribute to all expectant moms—those who already have kids and those who are expecting for the first time. An ode to big, beautiful bellies A little angel starts its journey in the belly of its mommy And as the angel starts to grow, so does mommy’s tummy. From just a little bump at first, it grows so big and round Until one day, nine months on, mommy hears that magical sound: The cries of her newborn baby, so new it doesn’t even have a name And mommy knows from that moment on, her life will never be the same. Whether in the first, second or third...
Caesar Salad Reinvented
We all love Caesar salad, but less so all the fat it contains. So here is a lighter version that is equally delicious, so you can enjoy it more often. The secret? Replace the eggs and oil with plain probiotic yogurt, low-fat mayonnaise and just a small amount of prosciutto. Caesar salad, reinvented Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes approx. Cooking time: 10 to 20 minutes INGREDIENTS 3 slices of whole wheat bread (wheat, whole grain), cut into 2 cm cubes 5 tsp (25 ml) olive oil 1 pinch of salt 1 to 2 thick slices of prosciutto, cut into big diced pieces 3 ½ tbsp l (52 ml) low-fat...

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