New Health Goals for the New Year
We know that the new year is when everyone is making goals around living a healthier lifestyle. How’s that going so far? If you’re struggling, we’re here to help you AND your pup find healthier, local options. This article features Vancouver businesses that all promote different areas of healthy living. For instance, healthy food alternatives or exercise for you or your pup!
It’s never too late to start! Keep reading to find out about great local companies that you can support and that will support you (and your doggo) in your health journey.
Healthy Human Food
Fit Camp Foods
Vancouver company Fit Camp Foods is one of your many options for food prep. They offer pre-cooked healthy meals made with whole ingredients and real food. They ensure that all of their meals are designed to be fully balanced and cleaned. With lots of great options to choose from and pickup or delivery options, Fit Camp Foods could be your answer to eating healthier without the hassle!
Owned and operated by two best friends, Terracotta Tummy is the place to go to find plant-based meal prep. Their mission is to make healthy, plant-based meals more affordable, convenient, and affordable for the community! Every week, the ladies create new menus which you can order the week before and have delivered right to your door. With guaranteed freshness and compostable containers, you’ll be helping yourself, a local business, and the planet! Try out their delicious food with 10% off your first order. Use the code NEWCLIENT at checkout!
Fed is a Vancouver-based startup with a simple goal: make eating healthy as easy as possible. This meal plan company starts with you choosing which stream you’d like based on your diet (ex. Low carb, vegan) and then deciding on what meals you want at what frequency. Fed offers customers so many customizable options and add-ons to choose from! What are you waiting for? Their breakfast, lunch and dinner meals will help you eat healthier and with less hassle, AND you can use the code FED20 at checkout to get 20% off your first week!
Healthy Pet Food
All that meal prep for you, what about your pet? That’s where Kafka’s Organics comes in! Kafka’s Organic is a small Vancouver business that uses healthy, locally-sourced ingredients (when possible) to make fresh pet food for cats and dogs. All recipes are vet-approved and meet AAFCO guidelines to ensure your pet gets the best diet! Fresh pet food is a great alternative to kibble or raw food as it’s often gentler on sensitive tummies, great for picky eaters, and okay for pets with allergies. Sign up for a subscription, save money, and get your pet’s fresh meals delivered right to your front door. What a great way to kickstart a healthier life for your furry friend! In January only, use the code HEALTHYLIVING at checkout to get 15% on your FIRST subscription order.
This newer online store is a family-owned and operated business that focuses on retailing frozen, freeze-dried, dehydrated raw pet food and treats. When you shop at Modern Kibble you’ll be getting 100% Canadian brands with no fillers or grain in their products. Their goal is to modernize the way pets eat -- we have already done so for humans, it’s time to think of our four-legged friends too. Take a look at their wide selection of goodies that can be delivered right to your door.
The Raw Connoisseurs
Conveniently located on W. Broadway in the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood. The Raw Connoisseurs specialize in selling Canadian-made raw pet food and treats. Frozen, cooked, dehydrated... they have it all! Place your order online for in-person pickup or delivery. Plus, if you mention you saw THIS article you can buy in-store and save 15%. Want to order online? Use the code HEALTHY to get 15% off your order
Granville Island Pet Treatery
This boutique pet bakery is located on Granville Island and operates out of an old train caboose! What started as a small business has turned into an international success, with its treats being in over 2500 stores across Canada and the US. Its original location is still a local favourite, offering a wide variety of healthy, human-grade and natural treats. Stop by for a visit and you’ll discover yummy, healthy treats for every occasion!
In 2012, Boyd Thomson and Emmanuelle Rousseau decided to create Stretch Vancouver as a place where yoga practices can be shared in a supportive and creative environment. They hope to connect dedicated teachers with students of all ages and backgrounds, as their belief is that yoga should be for everyone. Although they have a beautiful space on East Pender Street, they have adapted due to COVID and offer their classes online. You have no more excuses to start your healthy journey, because now you don’t even need to leave home.
This complete mixed martial arts academy is located in the middle of downtown and offers amazing classes in Muay Thai boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, women’s only kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and kid’s martial arts. Lions MMA prides itself on being inclusive for people of all skill levels and that students are joining a supportive community! If you’ve been curious about a martial art, you’ll be able to explore many at this local gym. Plus, you can get your first week free!
Maybe the gym, doing yoga, or practicing martial arts isn’t your form of exercise… No worries, because there’s also dance! Studio North is a prestigious, yet affordable dance studio located in Burnaby and founded by Scott & Carmen Forsyth. Scott is the leader of Canada’s most famous dance crew, Brotherhood, while his wife Carmen leads Vancouver’s all-female crew Style & Grace. This small business boasts three beautiful studios, a phenomenal teaching lineup, and a new online membership for those who want to learn at home (COVID-friendly). Whether you’re a beginner or a master dancer, you’ll find classes of different difficulty levels and styles to get exercise and help you improve.
Dog Swim Vancouver
Dog Swim Vancouver is a very unique experience for your pup. The owners started the company because when E.coli levels around Vancouver were too high, their dog with arthritis and hip issues wasn’t able to swim. For a lot of dogs, swimming is one of the best ways to exercise -- it’s easier on the body than running or trekking and keeps dogs cool in the warmer months. Drop into their amazing South Granville location for a drop-in swim, swimming lesson, or a day at their doggy daycare.
North Shore Dog Walkers
With 15 years of experience, the team at North Shore Dog Walkers is a great choice for your dog’s exercise needs. All of their walkers are animal lovers with pet 1st aid certification and the skills necessary to do training on the walks! What’s great about them is they offer a variety of walks depending on your specific dog. For instance, if your dog is a senior dog who needs a bit more time to go places, they offer the “3 Amigos Walk”. Considering a dog walker means giving your dog a bit more exercise while you need to work or tend to other errands. By using a trusted business, you’ll have peace of mind and your pup will happily get more exercise.
West Coast Dog Walking
Another great option if you’re looking for dog walking is West Coast Dog Walking. They are completely licensed, bonded, and insured and have experience walking dogs of different sizes and breeds. Owner Stephanie is a Capilano University graduate who runs a successful dog rescue and dog walking company full-time! Safety is the main concern at West Coast Dog Walking, and with lots of great testimonials, your pup is sure to have an awesome walk with their team!
Other Health-Related Companies
K9 Gentle Dental
Dental care for your pet is very important if you want to avoid health complications later in life. K9 Gentle Dental consists of practitioners who have lots of experience with dogs and who have trained specially in anesthesia-free teeth cleaning for dogs. K9 Gentle Dental works with dog stores, daycares, groomers, veterinarians and rescue groups all over B.C., Alberta, and Ontario. Make sure you’re taking care of your pet’s teeth!
Puptown Girls Dog Lounge & Spa
Puptown Girls Dog Lounge & Spa is a family-owned business operated by three dog owners and animal lovers. These ladies know the importance of proper dog socialization and grooming. With a beautiful, newly renovated facility and an experienced team of staff members, it’s time to start thinking about how they can help your pup! They offer grooming that will keep your pup’s coat healthy and doggy daycare that will help your four-legged friend exercise and socialize. They even offer your first day of daycare free. Plus, mention this blog post and get 15% off your first grooming!