This Is Why I Ride

The 2016 Amelia Island JDRF Ride 4-day weekend started out with a flight from Toronto, Ontario, to Jacksonville, Florida, with a connecting flight in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an early morning flight, and we had a few hours to kill at the Atlanta airport before our connecting flight to Jacksonville. Read More »

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Take The Bad With The Good

I haven’t always been one to talk about diabetes. In fact, a few years ago I would have avoided any conversation around the topic at all cost. It made me very uncomfortable and vulnerable to talk about this disease I live with everyday. Since then, I have come a long way. Now, it excites me to talk to people about diabetes. I want to educate those who don’t necessarily understand and I want to connect with as many of those who just “get it”. Read More »

Avocado Strawberry Summer Salad

Summer is finally here and the weather has been absolutely amazing lately! Warmer weather means more time out on my bike and more delicious summery salads are to be eaten! For the first time, this year, I created my very own herb garden and I have thoroughly been enjoying making fresh salads and meals using the herbs from my garden. Adding fresh herbs to the simplest salad can make the biggest difference in taste. Read More »

Managing Stress 101

Although I’ve had type 1 diabetes for over 17 years, I feel like I am constantly learning about this disease. For example, in recent years I learned about how stress can impact your blood sugar levels, but I had never experienced this firsthand myself, or so I thought. It wasn’t until I got my Dexcom where I got to see the effects of stress on my blood sugar levels. Literally, I watched my blood sugars go up, up and up with no valid reason other than the fact that I was studying and stressed for exams. It honestly was so cool to see and was also an eye opening experience for me.Read More »

B Complex Salad

It’s only been about a month and a half since I started studying Holistic Nutrition at CSNN and already I have learned so much. The other week I signed up for an extra course on managing stress with nutrition and learned about the importance of the food we eat and how it can affect our mood and energy levels. The body is amazing in that if we treat it well and consistently fuel it with nutrient-rich foods, this itself can have a huge impact on our health, including our moods and our ability to manage stress.

The B vitamins are essential to our health playing a vital role in brain function and our mental well-being. It is important for us to include “brain food”, B complex vitamins, in our diet as they are needed for everything from the healthy maintenance of brain cells to the metabolism of carbohydrates, the brain’s source of fuel. B vitamins are also necessary for the production of neurotransmitters, chemicals in our brain that balance our mood, keep us happy and help improve our mental health.

The B Vitamins

B1 (Thiamin): Enables the brain’s ability to metabolize glucose making energy available for mental activities.

B2 (Riboflavin): Needed for the metabolism of the amino acid tryptophan. The body uses tryptophan to help make niacin and serotonin, a “feel good” hormone.

B3 (Niacin): Plays an important role in maintaining mental agility.

B5 (Pantothenic Acid): Known as the “anti-stress vitamin”. It plays a role in the production of adrenal hormones and neurotransmitters.

B9 (Folic Acid): Helps maintain normal levels of serotonin.

B6 (Pyridoxine) and B12 (Cobalamin): Help in the production of a neurotransmitter that assists memory and learning.

The B complex salad includes a variety of nutrient-rich ingredients and B vitamins that will keep you full and happy!

B Complex Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Sunflower seeds, raw, unsalted (vitamin B1, B3, B6)
  • 1 tbsp Almonds, raw, unsalted (vitamin B2)
  • 1/2 Avocado (vitamin B3, B5, B6)
  • 2 cups Spinach (vitamin B6)
  • 4 oz Salmon, baked (vitamin B3, B5, B6)
  • 1 tbsp Sesame seeds, raw, unsalted (vitamin B1)

Chickpea, Quinoa, Cauliflower and Turmeric Curry

Carbohydrates and I have always had a love-hate relationship. When I was younger I became afraid of them because I thought they would make me gain weight. Then, when I started taking care of my diabetes I completely avoided carbs out of fear of my blood sugars being too high and not being able to control them. This was extremely dangerous as my blood sugars would be running too low at times and my energy and mood levels also declined as a result of this. I have learned that balance is key in all aspects of life, including eating carbohydrates and the right kind. Read More »

Coconut Flour Brownies

One of my two year old nephew’s favourite passed times is baking, or as he calls it, “making”. He loves to watch me in the kitchen cooking, baking, making dinner, and even doing the dishes. Knowing that he loves being in the kitchen so much, whenever I have a day with him I always like to spend time with him in the kitchen making something, incorporating delicious and healthy foods. It’s something that I very much enjoy doing myself and is a super fun activity for us to do together.Read More »