Lifestyle

Juicing for Health

published: October, 17, 2012 Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle

Devan Nambiar on how best to eat your fruits and vegetables

Staying healthy and fit over the long term is an investment. Healthy eating requires a certain percentage of daily fruits, but it can be difficult for many to adhere to three to five servings per day.  There has been much research on the role of various vitamins and antioxidants in fruits and vegetables.  I have been utilizing the benefits of juicing for over 25 years. I have also written about my juicing recipes in Chapter 5, Managing Your Health, 2009, CATIE.  The side effects and toxic

Going for Baroque

published: October, 16, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Our fashion guy Philip Minaker with the latest trends in fall and winter fashions

Going for Baroque

In fashion, when the pendulum swings one way you can expect it to eventually swing back in the opposite direction. Over the last couple of seasons we have seen a resurgence of bold colors, patterns and ornamentation that has slowly crept back into the mainstream of fashion. This Fall and Winter showcase these trends in bolder and more vibrant possibilities, leading the way to new, if not formerly borrowed upon, influences.  The 17th century was the birth of the Baroque period, which has be

Is it Me?

published: October, 16, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Positively Dating is back - and he’s loving not trying. Dating that is.

Is it Me?

Just like Lucy, I guess I have some ‘splainin to do. Where have I been? Oh, I have been around. My day job had me quite busy and that left me no time to date, “date” or even think about anything in between. After my workload was alleviated, I realized that I wasn’t dying to venture back into those murky waters. I think during my time away, I fell in love with the idea of not trying. I don’t know if it was a product of those last two awful dates (you remember the boring guy from B

Going Freelance

published: October, 15, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow contemplates taking his photography to the next level, meanwhile giving us a colourful selection of his latest images.

Going Freelance

As my plans to venture into "freelance" photography progress, this time of year is the best to put together a colourful portfolio.  Ahhhhh, Fall is finally here again in all its colourful glory. My absolute favourite time of the year, hands down. The humidity and excessive heat is finally gone. We're one step away from winter, I'm hoping it will be a slow progression. It's back to dressing in layers. I got my flu shot; I think I'm ready if it makes an early appearance, so bring it on.  I h

The top 5 regrets to avoid

published: October, 13, 2012 Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Dave R writes...it’s said that regrets are pointless because they were once exactly what you wanted but at the end, when you look back at your life, very few can say, ‘no regrets!’ A new book looks at the five most common deathbed wishes

The top 5 regrets to avoid

You know life’s full of regrets and what-ifs; we wouldn’t all be here reading articles on this site if it weren’t and no, this article is not another doom and gloom, slit your wrists type of downer. On the contrary, it’s a bit of a wake-up call, or at least it was for me. I was slumped on the couch, looking and feeling like death warmed up, matchsticks propping open the eyes, watching the breakfast news, with a mug of ginger, lemon and jasmine tea in hand. It wasn’t the morning afte

Sucking and Swallowing the Hard Truth

published: October, 11, 2012 Categories // Yoga, Fitness and Exercise, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Taking stock. Daniel Uy is living out of Peterborough now, and thinking about when to say no, hearing the truth and reaching one’s own potential..

Sucking and Swallowing the Hard Truth

I step back, try not to gag and start to relax and swallow it down by asking myself “Ok.  Is there any truth in this?”  So lately in life I have had to make a few huge changes.  I am no longer an urban yogi anymore, but more of a country boy.  For the past few weeks I have been living out of Peterborough, Ontario on a more permanent basis teaching FT there at a yoga studio and still finding time to be in my place in the city (Toronto) for a few days.  The commuting back and forth is

High days and holidays

published: October, 02, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Brian Finch

Brian Finch finds celebrating holidays the Jewish way is a lot of work.

High days and holidays

If I could say “Thank Christ the Jewish high holy days are half way done!”  I would. It’s a time of year that is so great, with lots of time to be with family or friends. But it’s a lot of work. A lot of people say, “I wish I were Jewish so I could have all these holidays.” They don’t know that it is actually a lot of work. There isn't a lot of lounging around watching TV.  I find that many people do not know a lot about Judaism. In fact a lot of this stuff I didn’t know unt

The return of Furry Friends Friday

published: September, 28, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Pets, Television, Lifestyle, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Olate Dogs win over national audience – and me, says Bob Leahy.

The return of Furry Friends Friday

If you’ve been with us since the VERY early days of PositiveLite.com (anyone have bragging rights to that much stamina/tolerance/patience?) you may remember we had a regular feature called Furry Friends Friday This reflected that a) we  - or at least your editor – like(s) dogs.  b) by the end of the week we had absolutely nothing to say, so we turned to posting cute animal pics. Some things never change. But seriously,  I’d hate to see our long standing tradition of regularly hon

Not just about seeing red.

published: September, 27, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Lifestyle, Philip Minaker

Fashion guy Philip Minaker on the economics behind colours, trends and how the fashion industry responds to them.

Not just about seeing red.

For most of us, September not only heralds the start of a new season but a new year. All those formative years of attending school have left an indelible impression in our mindsets. Remember the commotion and anxiety we experienced every September as we embarked on starting a new grade, school or even university? Regardless of our advanced age, fall still resonates as a time of new beginnings. The fashion industry also follows this mantra as it launches two primary collections a year, that bei

Down the rabbit hole

published: September, 25, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Population Specific

Christopher Banks on life changes: “I feel a bit like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole – but I’m here in Melbourne, my new home city.”

I’m starting a new job this morning, after touching down just yesterday afternoon. The bits of my life that could fit into two suitcases and a backpack are sitting quietly in the corner of the spare bedroom that my friends Nick and George have generously let me stay in.  I won’t lie: the last couple of days have been rough. The realisation that a phase of life was coming to an end brought with it more than a fair share of tears, recriminations and if-onlys. This has been a very quick

Fear and Love in the Time of AIDS

published: September, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest writer Donald D’Haene’s date with fear taught him the real meaning of love.

Fear and Love in the Time of AIDS

This article originally appeared in The Good Life here.  Republished with the permission of the author.  Fear and ignorance. Every one of us been there. Never more so than in the face of AIDS. Accurate knowledge will simplify decision making and dispel fears. About 20 years ago, I had completed an AIDS volunteer course, then enrolled in a Hot Rap Safer Sex course with the AIDS Committee of London [since renamed Regional HIV/AIDS Connection]. I wouldn’t say I was a promiscuous person but

I’m Not Your Daddy!

published: September, 21, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Dave R writes...expert advice tells us to be honest in our profiles because you’ll be found out in reality anyway but what happens when nobody reads further than the first line and you’re taken for something you’re not?

I’m Not Your Daddy!

Ever since I was young and wet behind the ears, I’ve always fallen for men of my own age or older and despite the rapid advance of the so-called golden years, (it had to be a yuppie, real-estate shark who came up with that term; probably to describe the residents of his ‘Shady Pines’ retirement complex) that still applies. I still surf the Net and have a few active profiles although it’s more to fill the time and satisfy my curiosity than a serious attempt to hook up. It takes me abou

Negativity is a subtraction

published: September, 20, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: “I use to be very negative towards "positive thinking", I've changed and it’s paying off, big time!”

Negativity is a subtraction

It’s starting to amaze me that with all the positive thinking I have embraced it is now taking me in so many positive directions. Just a few years ago I was stuck in a dead-end factory job, 27 years at one job, and then in 2007 it closed. As my final hours in there were ticking away I had a plan, I had to have. I guess that’s when I started to think positive, I always knew there were things I wanted to do but I became comfortable where I was, I loved that weekly pay cheque.  As I put my

Strip Naked and Reveal Yourself to Me

published: September, 19, 2012 Categories // Art, Yoga, Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle

Daniel Uy with artist Matti McLean: “I want to show the world who you are by painting your personality on your skin”. Find out too how YOU can become involved.

Strip Naked and Reveal Yourself to Me

About a month and a half ago I was contacted by the staff at PositiveLite.com with the idea of doing an article on the Human Canvas Project with artist Matti McLean (above) and my immediate internal response was YES.  It’s not very often they ask me to do anything specific so I am thrilled to be a part of the process.   As it was originally explained to me, The Human Canvas Project is taking 100 individuals, painting their bodies through a creative process involving the subject to selec

Food - it's glorious

published: September, 11, 2012 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: “When I started working on this blog, Bob asked me to write about what we eat. Not what we should eat, but what we really eat.”

Food - it's glorious

“You look a little shy; let me introduce you to that leg of mutton,” said the Red Queen. “Alice -- Mutton; Mutton -- Alice.” The leg of mutton got up in the dish and made a little bow to Alice; and Alice returned the bow, not knowing whether to be frightened or amused. “May I give you a slice?” she said, taking up the knife and fork, and looking from one Queen to the other. “Certainly not,” said the Red Queen, very decidedly: “it isn't etiquette to cut any one y

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