Summer Six Pack

When your regular exercise routine is replaced by outdoor pursuits such as hiking or a day at the lake, it’s a good idea to remind your core how to engage and shine in that swimwear. Here’s a quick routine for your summer six pack.


*Make sure none of the exercises cause pain or discomfort- muscle burning only!
*Perform movements slowly and smoothly while breathing regularly. Holding your breath may cause hernias, which can seriously dampen your summer!

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Aug 03, 2012 in Health

Chef Logan Gaede and his Korean Flank Steak Recipe

Like many Fernie locals, Logan came to Fernie in 2002 for a ski season, fell in love and stayed. At the time he didn't have his sights set on a career as a chef but over time with opportunities that presented themselves, including being mentored by a few great chefs, his career path has been decided. “I have been extremely lucky with the opportunities I have had so far,” explains Logan. “Working in some great kitchens that allow creative freedom with some exceptional chefs.”

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jul 27, 2012 in Health

Preparing for Pregnancy

The truth is that as many as 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, and the majority of those pregnancies, labours, and postpartum periods go just fine, but there are definitely ways that you can get your body and mind to an optimum level

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Jul 06, 2012 in Health

Chef Alain Stahl and his French Pasta Recipe

Alain Stahl was born and raised in North Eastern France where he lived between his family home and his grandmother’s house. “We all lived really close to the same small village in Alsace and every weekend we would get together at my grandmother’s place to work in her garden harvesting and then in the kitchen canning.” These family gatherings always included big meals together.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 29, 2012 in Health

Travelling Chef Brett Roberstson

Brett’s cooking career started when he left home and moved to Lake Louise to be a ski bum. “Working in a kitchen is the perfect job in a ski town because you ski all day and work at night.” It was at the Lake Louise Inn where Brett was mentored for three years before moving onto Fernie in 1999 where he got a job at the newly opened Mug Shots and ended up running the place for two years.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 22, 2012 in Health

Bike Stretches

Bike season is upon us, and regardless of the time you’ve put in on your trainer or in spin class you will likely experience tight and sore muscles. Here is a list of stretches you can do before and/or after your bike ride to help you prevent injury and recover faster.

These incorporate the use of a bike to aid the stretch, so make sure it is secured against something so it will not fall over. And remember to take your time and that stretching should never hurt.

1. Arm circles 5/direction. Slow pain free circles.

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Jun 15, 2012 in Health

Summer Health Rx

I love summer. It's is a great time of year to recharge your diet and your health.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Jun 07, 2012 in Health

Tanya and Ray of the Blue Toque

Both Tanya and Ray, owners, operators and chefs of the Blue Toque Diner were active in the restaurant business in Calgary for years before they made their way to Fernie to buy The Toque. Tanya for the most part worked the front of the house but just prior to her discovering Fernie worked for a catering company called Redtree where she learned a lot about food and how to prepare it well.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 08, 2012 in Health

Training for Races

Last month I had the pleasure of racing in the PPP, a fun relay race organized at Fernie Alpine Resort. Throughout the day, I was inspired by what races embody: te

Posted by Sarah Ingram on May 01, 2012 in Health

Mary Heavey, Chocolatier at Beanpod

photo by Henry Georgi

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Apr 24, 2012 in Health

Recovering from an Injury

photo by V.Croome

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of casts, slings, and crutches around town and have had the pleasure of training a few within weeks of their injury. While you may think this is a bit aggressive, it can be a great tactic. After all, just because your arm is broken doesn’t mean your legs don’t work and vice versa. In fact, exercising your non-injured muscles when recovering is an excellent way to stay sane and decrease the amount of work when you’re ready for rehabilitation. In an effort to ease the recovery process, I broke it down into four phases.

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Apr 24, 2012 in Health

"Green" Health Tips

With April comes the Green Issue of the Fernie Fix, so I thought it might be a good time to go over some tips to decrease your exposure to unnecessary and potentially harmful chemicals in some of the products you use in both the bathroom and the kitchen, and some other tips to decrease your environmental impact overall. Many of the additives included in these products are known carcinogens and can interfere with hormone levels. Here are five ways that you can improve your health and quality of life in an effort to be more “green”.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Apr 04, 2012 in Health


If you were hoping for an article on a giant dinosaur, you are out of luck. If you were looking for something about a new piece of equipment that will make you feel as strong as one, keep reading...

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Mar 16, 2012 in Health

Probiotics and Gastrointestinal Health

I set out to do an article on digestion and gastrointestinal health this month but as I began to put together the article, I realized the vastness of the topic and decided just to start with something topical, like probiotics. Probiotiocs are getting a lot of publicity, from their inclusion in major brands of yogurt (and the focus of these yogurts’ ad campaigns), to the exponential growth in research with a focus on the role of probiotics and the potential effects of their imbalance or absence.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Mar 07, 2012 in Health

Q&A with Sarah

This month to change it up I decided to walk through the gym and ask members if they had any questions they would like answered in the Fix.

1. "How do I prevent muscle soreness after I exercise?"-Josh

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Feb 27, 2012 in Health