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New Year, Do You!

A reset button, a blank page, a fresh start. The New Year is a great time to focus on your well-being, especially if the holidays were a little indulgent. Set yourself up for success now, and your new good habits can help you sail through 2017. We’ve got amazing spots along the Ave to help you do just that. 


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There’s something to be said about putting pen to paper. Planning out your year out in a crisp, fresh agenda lets you see everything in front of you, instead of scrolling around trying to find that to-do list you made. Reid’s Stationers (710 17th Ave SW) has a wide variety of beautiful calendars, day timers, planners and journals to organize and document your year. When you’ve picked out your perfect piece, grab a killer pen to go along with it. If you haven’t tried a specialty writing instrument, you must. “High quality nibs make these pieces unique, and also make handwriting a breeze” shares Reid’s Owner Maureen Bilton.

Venture to the back of the store and try a few out. We have 3 writing instrument pros here at Reid’s that have been here for over 20 years to help you find what works best for you.

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Now that you’re armed and ready, you can pencil in those workout sessions and meal prep days in your new planner. Schedule some self-care in there, too! Check out the wellness treatments at Prema Health (1429 17th Ave SW). From detoxes, massages, acupuncture treatments or an energy healing session, Prema has you covered, inside-and-out. Managing Director, Jackie Dumaine, gave us the goods on their wellness treatments. 

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“With the deep chill outside, the warmth of Prema’s infrared saunas are pretty appealing. Time in the sauna is not only perfect for detoxification post-holiday binge, but also helps alleviate muscle tension. If getting to the gym more is on your list for 2017, it’s normal to feel muscle tension afterwards and a massage can help move some of the lactic acid out of the body to help speed up recovery. Acupuncture can help with existing pain and old injuries, or if you’re coming down with a case of post-holiday blues, a treatment can increase energy, produce deeper sleep and help relieve anxiety and emotional stress. Constantly sabotaging resolutions and commitments? There’s a way to remove the pattern that holds you back”, says Jackie.

Try an Energy Healing session to work through emotional blocks that prevent us from achieving what we want in life.

Mixing Prema’s treatments with a solid exercise and nutrition program takes care of all of your moving parts, from the inside out.

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One of the best things about Prema? Lots of  variety and availability for appointments (they can usually book you in on the same day — so there really isn’t any excuse to gift yourself a little TLC.) After your treatment, take the Prema experience home with you and pick up something from their in-house line of bath salts and essential oil blends.

So now you’re organized, and your body is on the right track. The last piece of the puzzle? Eating right. Take a cue from our fave vegetarian restaurant, The Coup (924 17th Ave SW) and jumpstart your healthier diet.

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We all know those veggies are good for us, but plain jane carrot sticks are less than appealing. The Coup has an inspired menu, reminding us that vegetables don’t have to be boring. Some of the benefits of going veg? Eating less meat and more vegetables promotes gut health, helps your heart by reducing cholesterol from fatty red meats, and helps you reach those fitness goals by fuelling your muscles right. Katie Gallupe, General Manager of The Coup vouches for veggies, and adds her personal experience.

Switching to a vegetarian diet has given me more energy. My skin and hair are healthier, and with eating more nutrient rich foods, I can steer away from taking additional vitamins & supplements.

Looking for more ways to rock 2017? Visit our directory to find even more great 17th Ave businesses to help you start your new year off on the right foot.

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