I am pleased to announce the Goods is approved by the Darou Wellness Program for the month of July. The integrated team at Darou Wellness not only supports their patients but also local, like-minded businesses in the Toronto wellness community. I have a wonderful history with the founder Dr. Shauna Darou, she was my first naturopathic doctor and a guiding light in the early days of my transition to a plant based diet. I still follow much of her direction years later and I feel honoured that her program has approved the Goods as a healthy business in the city.  If you're looking to take your health to the next level, see a naturopathic doctor. It'll be worth it, they are experts in natural health and wellness.

  This was a fun interview with Jim the creator of Travel Mammal, it was a single question - What does food mean to you? "Whether we’ve truly made the connection between food and our well being doesn’t matter; what we eat affects us the same regardless of our awareness."  Lisa Labute For my full answer, check out the interview and have a look around the site, there is lots of wonderful content about travel, food, culture and experience.

  Happy International Women's day! I'm a lucky woman. I was born the daughter of a strong and independent woman and have had the good fortune of countless women stand by my side, helping me become the person I am today. To my aunts, grandmothers, cousins, bosses, friends and coworkers; I love you and I am eternally grateful. Now... back to work. A special thank you to Uber for the Goods' team photo and for including us in their Toronto's Celebrated Female Chef feature.  

  And our love for local blogs continues this week with Murr's. Mariah Craig is the self-proclaimed culinary ninja behind Murr's Menu, creating gorgeous custom meal plans, desserts and recipe generation. I'm excited to share my recipe for savoury sprouted Mung Patty Cakes with you and Murr's loyal followers. Who the heck needs a pita with these babies around. Check us out now on Murr's Menu.

  I had a surprise invite from Jessica, creator of Pure Transformations, to write a little piece for her blog. Jess is featuring members of our community who help Torontonians live healthier lives. Obviously I was into it and happy to have a little place on her great blog. Jessica is a wonderful fitness motivator and shares her passion for replacing fitness industry myths with real information that works. Check out my post follow Jessica on Instagram and be seriously motivated.