Habitat Habits

Healthy Habits for 2018 from Habitat

Habitat Habits for Health and Happiness

With less than a week to go until 2018 -and with not procrastinating as a key Habitat Habit for the year- here is the first edition of Habitat Habits a few days ahead of time. Habitat Habits will be regular posts sharing actions you can take to be happy and healthy. Subscribe to the blog or follow us @findhabitat on social media for information and inspiration that will help you thrive. 

The Pain of Painter’s/ Blogger’s Elbow VS The Power of Curcumin

Ha’barn’tat at Habitat. All the creator comforts to create and recreate in your own private tiny home.

This first post is inspired by my goal to overcome some chronic pain from tendonitis and inflammation I have been dealing with over the last few months. Starting the makeover at Habitat with a sprained wrist must not have been a good idea but it had to happen. Dozens of hours of painting, sanding and tiling coupled with typing away at the keyboard and scratching for a few waves in the ocean has culminated with some nagging aches in my wrists, elbows and shoulders. It will be worth it when everything is done though!

curcumin anti-inflammatory information
Curcumin is a great anti-inflammatory molecule but it needs help to get into your bloodstream and cells.

Do you have chronic pain from repetitive sports or work actions? Is inflammation in your joints or back affecting your ability to create and recreate? Rather than take ibuprofen and other synthetic anti-inflammatories, I am starting a one month experiment to treat my inflammation with turmeric and turmeric supplements. I will let you know how it goes.Some quick research has shown that while curcumin (the active component in turmeric) can reduce inflammation it is not easily absorbed by the body, and needs to be consumed in far larger amongst that can be ingested strictly from food. Side effects are said to include improved mood and energy so sign me up! I chose a supplement and will be taking it with black pepper because…

Habitat Hack – #26 Ebony and Ivory, Hall and Oates, Turmeric and… Black Pepper

Black pepper contains piperine. By inhibiting the water solubility of curcumin (and other nutrients and drugs), piperine increases the bioavailability of curcumin up to 2000%! Add black pepper to any food you are looking get more vitamins and nutrients out of (warning you do need about a tablespoon worth to have any effect). Don’t want the peppery sting in your turmeric mango smoothy? Swallow a few whole peppercorns.tumeric health hack

Get on the Turmeric Train With Me

Use the Crunchy Turmeric Curry Chickpea recipe below to make a healthy snack for your New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day party. Turmeric is considered a superfood and includes Curcumin, a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. This recipe includes a healthy dose of black pepper which contains piperine to boost the absorption of curcumin.

Crunchy Turmeric Curry Chickpeas

Recipe via

tumeric chickpea recipe anti inflammatory

• 2 cans or 3 cups chickpeas (rinsed well, pat dry with paper towel)
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 tsp sea or himalayan salt
• 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 1/2 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tbsp turmeric
• 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
• pinch of cayenne (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place chickpeas in a medium sized bowl and pat dry with paper towel.
2. Season with salt, pepper, turmeric, nutritional yeast, cayenne and olive oil. Toss well until chickpeas are well coated.
3. Spread chickpeas on a cookie sheet. Bake for about an hour, tossing every 15 minutes until chickpeas are crunchy! (Note: Depending on your oven, you may need to reduce heat to 350 degrees F halfway through because spices will start to burn before the chickpeas have a chance to completely dehydrate. I also keep the fan on during baking. If you don’t have a fan, bake on conventional or you may need to keep the chickpeas in for longer. I find that the crunch factor really depends on the oven. Keep an eye out when you go to toss!)

4. Remove from sheet pan and put in a bowl for serving!

Find Habitat

Habitat is a work/stay/play/thrive retreat in Ucluelet near Tofino, BC. Ucluelet means “people with safe harbour” and has long been an environment that generously provides the protection, nourishment and beauty for people and animals to thrive.

Designed specifically to support your ability to create and recreate, Habitat is a healthy and inspiring environment crafted for periods of optimal productivity, fun and rest. Book your change-cation to write that business plan, study for an exam, or achieve balance between productive output and restorative hiking, surfing and foraging.

Follow us @findhabitat on social media for information and inspiration that will help you thrive. 

Humans of Habitat

Networking November Brings Squamish and Whistler to Habitat in Ucluelet

November was not for mustaches but for networking at Habitat. The goal was to bring good friends together to do what they do best and discover new places and meet new people. This month’s HABITAT-ants where Ugo, Troy, Matt and Connor from Squamish and Whistler. Thanks for visiting us and contributing to the place and the vibe. It’s the vibe really 😉

A Real Barn Builder in Ucluelet

There was a Sea to Sky to Sea connection this month as two absolute legends Ugo and Troy made the trek to Ucluelet despite a busted tranny to eat, drink, surf and absolutely NAIL it! As business partners in All Mountain Contracting in Squamish and Whistler, they clearly love what they do as they volunteered to help with the work on the barn. Their knowledge and skills were much appreciated and the Ha’barn’tat made another leap toward completion for early 2018. The weather and waves were great that weekend and it was either the fresh air, hard work or comfy beds but the guys seemed to sleep great! 

Ha’barn’tat at Habitat

Complete with a full bathroom and king bed in a rustic loft, the “Barn” at Habitat is a perfect place for people considering the coastal lifestyle or thinking about making a mini-home their castle. Why not try out tiny-living with someone you love and confirm the joys of the simple life. Less is more! Inquire now to hold your spot!

The Lost Boys Found Fun in Ucluelet

Ucluelet retreat: Sage smudge
Fresh sage smudge from Lillooet compliments of the Lost Boys. Stoked to cleanse the Habitat and keep the positive vibes flowing.

Networking November at Habitat ended with a bang as two of the Lost Boys (@lost.boys.retreats) tested out Habitat as a possible home-base for spring surfing, yoga and wellness retreats. Also from the Whistler area, Matt and Connor are both passionate and knowledgeable guys that appreciate challenging themselves in the outdoors and value mental and emotional wellness as much as physical fitness. Hanging out with them it was clear to me the ying and yang partnership that they have and how it would contribute to a great retreat experience.

Our conversation flowed through optimal eating, classic Australian cinema (The Castle, 1997) and the future of resort based recreation. I am stoked on the possibility of hosting their crew in 2018 and glad we could share some great weather and business dreams together.

PS: We also slayed waves and crushed burgers. I have included a few recipes from the weekend below. 

Habitat Hack: Super Savory Burgers

tasty burger hack misoHere is a Habitat Hack for some super “tasty burgers“. Dice half a white onion and mix in a tablespoon of white miso paste and microwave until the onions are a little soft (75 seconds). Mix this into your meat mix (it helps if you use 50% beef and 50% pork especially if both are pasture raised from The Barons of Beef!) Season with pepper. HOLD the salt, miso is already salty. Leave covered in the fridge overnight. Fry burgers in a cast iron pan on medium high so a brown crust forms on the exterior and the middle is slightly pink and juicy. Consume with all the fixings especially Triple C Sauce…

Habitat Hack #2: Triple C Burger Sauce

This sauce is named after its three core ingredients, curry powder, chilli powder and crack. Well there isn’t really crack in it but this sauce is as addictive AF and it does have mayo in it which it equally tempting.

Triple C Sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 3/4 cup mayo

Stir. Spread on burger buns or the outside of a grilled cheese before grilling.

best curry burger sauce