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Selene Vakharia

Well North Columnist Selene Vakharia is a holistic nutritionist, freelance writer and whole foods cook who loves showing people how easy, fun and delicious being healthy can be.  Selene is a Whitehorse-based contributor who also writes freelance stories on a variety of subjects.

Healthy Smoothies

Selene Vakharia

With some calling smoothies a health risk and others acting completely smoothie obsessed, you may be wondering whether you should fill your glass or not. Read more

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Issue: 2017-04-05, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

While Whitehorse’s newest yoga studio True North Massage and Yoga just opened, it’s already setting itself apart from the other offerings in town. The yoga studio, located at 407 Black Street, opened mid-January. Since opening, its owners Sheila... Read more

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO:

For sufferers of eczema, the winter can be an especially uncomfortable time. The dry, overheated indoors and the harsh, cold outdoors can aggravate symptoms. Eczema, which is also called atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes dry, thickened... Read more

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

It’s that time of year again. With the constant darkness and the cold, many of us are feeling – and looking – a little tired. Personally, I blame the fact that I’m pretty sure outside the hours of 10 to three it is straight-up midnight all the time. Read more

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Issue: 2016-10-06, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

Facebook friends are filling my feed with photos of stunning sunrises that they are seeing on their way to work. Everyone marvels at them, yet all I can focus on is how we are about to be plunged into months of darkness. It’s that time of year. Read more

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

When I was a teenager, I took karate twice a week. One year, my instructor got really into throws. Given that he never really taught proper falling technique, combined with the class having a lot of young people in it, it is not surprising that I... Read more

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

What you eat and drink before a long run impacts your performance and your ability to recover, post race. If you’re looking to beat a previous time, or just finish, it’s important to focus on the fuel you are giving your body. Read more

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Meagan Deuling

Craving cookies, chips, ice cream, pizza, or some other delicious-tasting, high calorie food? You know these foods are not good for you, but it can take what feels like an unfathomable amount of willpower to stay away from them. If it seems that... Read more

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Backyard farmers and local food fans in the Yukon will undoubtedly be treated with an endless supply of nutrient-rich root vegetables. This season, when you buy or harvest your bunches, don’t toss the leafy greens that top them. The greens on... Read more

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Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: by Selene Vakharia

You know those moments when you realize something awful? Your whole body goes cold as the dread sets in. Your eyes go wide and the panic rises from the pit of your stomach. Maybe it’s when you remember a moment from last night. Maybe it’s when... Read more

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Issue: 2016-07-14, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Being the body’s largest organ, problems inevitably show up on our skin. It’s a complicated organ influenced by diet, stress, lifestyle and environmental factors. People of all ages suffer from dry skin, eczema, acne and a host of other troubles... Read more

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Feeling like a gassy, nauseous, not-quite-your-awesome-self mess? It happens to all of us at one point or another. Perhaps you overate - indulged in some food or the other - or caught a bug that’s making your life miserable. Keep your kitchen, ... Read more

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Nothing ruins a fabulous sunny day faster than red, itchy eyes and a runny nose. With summer here (yes – I am saying it!), we enter into the wonderful season of long days, bikes, hikes and patios. But we also dive itchy face first into the season... Read more

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After Hours Snacking

Selene Vakharia

Whatever we do to lead up to it, nighttime snacking is commonplace in many of our lives. While it may be delicious, a recent research report suggests what Oprah has been trying to tell us all along – it might just be a terrible idea. Read more

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Issue: 2016-04-21, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

If you are indulging regularly in the good old Yukon Happy Hour, you may have met last night’s mean morning friend: The Hangover. He may be dependable, but he sure is a jerk. While the obvious advice may be that prevention is more effective than... Read more

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

You’ve probably heard the sniffles and hacking and seen the dark circles beneath tired eyes. You’ve probably heard the murmurings around you in the café at the meeting table, really anywhere there are people. There is something wicked working its... Read more

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Issue: 2016-03-10, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Here is a fun health test you can do at home. Measure out two tablespoons of whole sesame seeds and swallow them with water. Take note of the time and wait and see how long they take to make their way out. This length of time is known as you... Read more

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Stress, and your body’s response to it, is inevitable. When it happens in small, infrequent amounts, it can even be a helpful and necessary function of your brain and body. You are hardwired to respond to dangerous situations – like seeing a bear... Read more

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Issue: 2016-02-11, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Whether you see February as the month of love, loneliness, or a time of being just plain fed up with winter, there is one thing that we all turn to during these 29 days: chocolate. Throughout the year we are generally quite good at consuming what... Read more

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Issue: 2016-01-14 PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Some of the most common resolutions made in the New Year are about health. Almost 70 per cent of consumers surveyed by Nielsen in 2015 had made resolutions focused on staying fit, healthy, and svelte. Of course, the most commonly broken and... Read more

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Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: Selene Vakharia

Until December 21, the days will continue to get shorter. The light will be limited and far from adequate to produce Vitamin D, even in those who manage to expose their skin to the sunniest parts of the day. According to a Statistics Canada... Read more

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