3 Reasons Why You Should be Spending More Time in Nature


I stumbled across this beautiful place on my way home from The City of Burlington.            Location: Burlington, Ontario – Zarbuft S. Mayo

1. Enchances sense of vitality.

Studies show that spending time in nature increase your levels of energy. When you are outside, you awaken your senses. When you surround yourself by the colors, smells and sounds of all the living beings in nature, you literally feel life all around you. And as a result, you feel more alive! 🙂


Rose Garden. Happy with soo many roses!  – Zarbuft S. Mayo

2. Natural environments increase resilience to stress.

Researchers have found that the individuals who view natural scenes showed faster physical recovery from the effects of stress than subjects who viewed urban scenes. Going outdoors may just be the most natural remedy there is for all different kinds of healing.


Art Gallery in a Garden. – Zarbuft S. Mayo

3. Adding nature to your work-outs 

You may be aware that exercise produces endorphins and boosts your mood. But when you add nature to the equation, we’ve got a whole new level of natural mood-boosting!

Studies show that exercising outdoors improved participants’ moods and self-esteem after just five minutes. It showed lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue, and fewer doses of pain medication when compared to patients who did not have plants.


So beautiful! – Zarbuft S. Mayo

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir


Gorgeous. – Zarbuft S. Mayo


Weekend Delight: Dutch Pancake with Fresh Wild Berries

I wanted to try something completely different this weekend while also keeping it super healthy for my family and myself:

This was my first time making this recipe and it turned out oh so yummy!!

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • butter to grease the pan
  • powdered sugar
  • berries or any kind of fruit
  • maple syrup or pancake syrup

1) Place a cast iron skillet in the oven and preheat to 425° F for 15 minutes.
2) In a bowl mix flour, eggs, milk, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon ,sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest until mixed and smooth.
3) Carefully remove the hot pan from oven and swirl the butter around the pan to coat completely, and then pour the batter into the hot pan. Place the pan back in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes , until the edges are golden and puffed in the middle.
4) Carefully using a spatula remove the pancake from the pan and place on a cooling rack. Slide the pancake onto a large serving plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, top with berries and drizzle some maple syrup.

Enjoy! 🙂

Delicious Tortellini Vegetable Stew



  • 1 package Tortellini (9 oz) prepared according to package directions
  • 1 container Marinara Sauce (15 oz)
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Maggi Instant Chicken Flavor Bouillon
  • 1 cup of cut veggies (capsicum, tomato, carrots, mushrooms)


Combine the sauce, water and bouillon in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add vegetables; return to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover.
Cook until vegetables are tender. Stir in prepared pasta.

Enjoy! 🙂

My 5-Minute Shrimp Ravioli Dinner

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 9.19.29 PMIngredients:

  • 1 package Ravioli (9 oz.) prepared according to package directions
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounce cooked medium peeled shrimp
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
  • 1 container Light Alfredo Sauce (10 oz.)


Heat oil in large, nonstick skillet. Add shrimp; cook, stirring occasionally, until pink. Remove from skillet. Add tomatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add sauce and shrimp; cook, stirring frequently, until heated through.

Place pasta on serving platter; top with sauce. Season with ground black pepper.

Adding Mindfulness to Your Life

Mindfulness centres around attention and awareness. It is a tradition that is thousands of years old and is often regarded as ‘the heart of Buddhist meditation’.

globalhealthandwellnessHow meditation benefits your physical health:

– Improves sleep

– Relieves stress

– Treats heart disease

– Lowers blood pressure

– Reduces chronic pain

– Alleviates stomach related diseases

Practising mindfulness allows you to enjoy each moment as it comes, improve relationships, and be more positive about life in general.

The Effect of Nature on the Human Brain: Mama Earth’s Influence on our Health

I took this after my run. Our planet is so beautiful!                                                                                                                                 Location: Binbrook, Ontario - July 2015

I took this after my run. Our planet is so beautiful!                                                                                                                                 Location: Binbrook, Ontario

Mama Earth can have remarkable benefits on our brain and overall health!

Recent scientific studies point out that spending more time in natural environment promotes positive emotions. Going out for a stroll in a park or natural setting has been associated with increased physical and mental energy!

Spending time in nature has also been found to have significant impact on children who have been diagnosed with neurological diseases such as

  • impulsivity,
  • hyperactivity,
  • attention deficit disorder

What you see, hear, and experience at any moment is contantly impacting your mood, and also how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology (June, 2010) found participants to have a significant boost in energy levels and mood by just spending 20 minutes in nature.