Arianne Jones

Professional Tobogganer. 2014 Olympian. World Cup Medalist. Lover of Life.

I need your input...⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Sidestep though, this is WILD RICE WITH WARM SPICED CARROT MILK. ⁠It’s delicious. It’s savoury. It’s sweet and spicy⁠. Wild rice. Spiced Turmeric Milk. Hazelnuts. Dried Cherries, Dates and Apricots. DROOL. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ During my last few months in #NYC I tested and shot this mouthwatering recipe from @amyrosethielen in the #Saveur Test Kitchen. ⠀⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ I'm currently writing weekly articles for @saveurmag where I feature roundups of kitchen products. Check the link in my bio for my most recent article on things like reusable ziplocks and cast iron essentials! ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ That input I needed? What kitchen item reviews do you want to read about? Want to know what the best cutting board is? Which roasting pan wont burn your food randomly? Trendiest stovetop kettles?! ⬇️⁠⠀ ⁠

PART ONE. I used to know where the finish line was. I long for that feeling again. ⁠⠀ ⁠◊⁠⠀ This lyme journey is long, painful and so hard when you cant see the finish line. Lyme is an endurance race. Lyme is a marathon. And I trained my whole life to be a sprinter. ⁠⠀ ⁠◊⁠⠀ In luge I knew exactly where the finish line was. What I had to do to get there. ⠀ Exactly what movements I had to make. ⠀ How many twists and turns it would take. ⁠⠀ Get to the finish line as fast as you can. ⠀ Race against the clock. ⠀ High speed. ⠀ I trained my body to move fast. ⠀ I trained my brain to think fast. ⠀ Lift fast. ⠀ Pull fast. ⠀ Quick bursts of 100% energy and then rest. ⁠⠀ ⁠◊⁠⠀ Now I feel like I am running a Lyme marathon. I can’t see the finish line. ⠀ I honestly have no clue what it may even look like. ⠀ I don’t know any of the twists and turns I'll encounter on the way. ⠀ I'm supposed to pace myself and stop for water and snacks to refuel. ⠀ Be patient and run the course. ⠀ Except I feel like a fish out of water. ⁠⠀ ◊⁠⠀ I've never trained for a marathon. I am out of my league here. I am uncomfortable. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ #lyme #lymedontkillmyvibe #lymewarrior ⁠⠀ ⁠

STRENGTH LOOKS DIFFERENT FOR ME NOW...💪⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Strength to me used to only mean one thing⁠...⁠⠀ How much weight did you lift? ⁠⠀ Did I lift more than yesterday or more than others? ⁠⠀ Was my start faster? ⁠⠀ Did I run faster or bike longer?⁠⠀ All physical strength.⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Emotional strength for me used to look different too. I viewed emotional strength as how effectively did I shove my feelings down and not show any emotion. ⁠⠀ Strength was being able to hold my tongue because I knew speaking out would get me in trouble and anger those who held my sport fate in their hands. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ Strength is different now. Some days it’s still physical and it’s ⁠being able to go swimming. ⁠⠀ Some days it’s rock climbing and getting to the top of a challenging wall. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ But the moments that feel the hardest? ⁠⠀ The moments that take the most strength? ⁠⠀ It’s writing my story and my feelings and vulnerably sharing them. ⁠⠀ Saying no to the world and being okay sitting on my couch. ⁠⠀ Going to therapy and working through my past. ⁠⠀ Being okay with letting my emotions out and crying in front of people. ⁠⠀ Speaking my truth. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ Those are also Strength. ⁠⠀ They are all Strength. ⁠⠀ Fierce. True. Strength. ⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #battlinglyme #lymedisease . Reflection inspired by @MorethanLyme on the @sheeexplores podcast. Strength is always changing! 💪⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠

LETS TALK ABOUT FEAR.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ I have fears. You have fears. But we don't dare speak of them. ⠀ ◊⁠⠀ In sport, people would say "aren’t you scared doing luge?" I'd say OH NO of course not. Honestly bomb here. That was a f*^ing lie. Not that I was lying to you, more like I was lying to myself. ⁠⠀ ◊⁠⠀ My brain was like "if you admit we are scared some times then EVERYTHING is going to fall apart!" ⁠⠀ ◊⁠⠀ But truthfully. I was scared. Not always. Not often. But sometimes? For sure. ⁠⠀ ◊⁠⠀ Now I am scared too. I'm not sliding down a luge track at 140km/h but ⁠I have new fears. ⁠⠀ Of pursuing the right path in life. ⁠⠀ Of taking the right opportunities and saying no to others. ⁠⠀ Of if my lyme will ever go away. ⁠⠀ Of the uncertainly behind if I will regain my ability to push and have energy and move? Im scared it will still get worse. ⁠⠀ ◊⁠⠀ ✔️ below if you’re with me. ⬇️⬇️⁠⠀ Because its nice for us all to know sometimes were not alone in this world eh?⁠ ⁠⠀ ◊⁠⠀ Or if you're feeling extra brave and inspired. What's your fear? ⬇️⬇️⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠📸: @johannagouw ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠

⁠⠀ Weve all seen how social media can have the power to spread negativity and hate where people can give their opinions and write nasty comments from the anonymity of their screen. But It believe it also has some positive super powers. To connect people. To create community. To make us feel inspired to be our best selves and less alone. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ In the spirit of sharing to create inclusion and kindness and community, here are four random facts about me you likely didn't know:⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ 1️⃣I love snacks in the outdoors. Eating my favorite snacks in the mountains, at a riverbed, on a paddle board floating down a river, laying the grass, sitting in a tree. These are the best places for snacks and these moments make me feel pure joy. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ 2️⃣I wished I liked running, but the truth is I hate it. I always see people running by me on early beach mornings, or jogging up trails. They look so peaceful and inspired. They can do this activity that they love, anywhere and anytime. I want to like it guys, I love that idea of freedom. But truth is, I hate it. I get so bored and my body hates it too. I just wasn’t meant to me a runner. If you follow me, you may see me set some crazy goals, but running a marathon will NOT be one of them! For those who do run, I applaud you. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ ⁠3️⃣I have an obsession with office supplies. Post it notes, sharpee pens and notebooks. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ 4️⃣I also have an obsession with drinking things. ⁠⠀ I love making cold bubbly drinks. ⁠⠀ Warm cozy elixirs. ⁠⠀ Sipping on coffee. ⁠⠀ Kombucha.⁠⠀ Tea.⁠⠀ Wine. ⁠⠀ Mocktails. Cocktails. ⁠⠀ Literally, before I can do ANY work at my computer I require a drink in hand. ⁠⠀ Oh and I’m the slowest consumer of beverages in the world. One teeny sip at a time, getting so much enjoyment out of it! ⁠⠀ Ask my sister @noellekjones , it’s probably her biggest pet peeve of me! ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ In the spirit of using social media to create inclusion and kindness and community rather than diversity and comparison, what is a random fact about you...⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

PEOPLE◾LIKE ◽TO ◾PUT ◽EACH ◾OTHER◽IN ◾BOXES!◽⁠⠀ Being in nutrition people feel like they need to put me in a “diet” category box. I get asked:⁠⠀ “Are you paleo?” ⁠⠀ No. ⁠⠀ “Are you vegan”⁠⠀ Nope. ⁠⠀ “OH. You’re keto?” ⁠⠀ Also no. ⁠⠀ A very confused look crosses peoples face here. ⁠⠀ “Then what do you eat??” ⁠⠀ It's as if, since not adhering to a set of “rules” about food it is then unfathomable to know what to eat. If you really want a word or a box to put me in…I’m a Flexitarian. Just decided. ☑️⁠ ooh or maybe a Nutritarian ☑️ I heard this term the other day on a podcast and loved it, focused on nutrient dense foods! ⠀ º⁠⠀ What do I believe to be true about food? ⁠⠀ I believe in eating whole real food. Food that is not processed or made of words I can’t pronounce. ⁠⠀ Ideally foods that are local and seasonal (knowing this is definitely not always possible). ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ I LISTEN TO MY BODY and it tells me what it wants. Right now I eat 95% Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy Free, refined sugar free. Because I’ve found I feel the very best. Do I think you should too? Not necessarily. What makes me feel best is not the best for all. We are all biochemically different with different needs. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Some weeks I crave fish more than anything and when in Hawaii we eat wild local fish DAILY. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Even though we eat plant based, some weeks friends invite us over and have fresh moose they sustainably hunted. Yes please count me in. ⁠(SO Canadian I KNOW)⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Recently at the lake and I was feeling sad and my body hurt to the bone. So I ate ice cream (vegan @mademymarcus) toasted marshmallows (@dandies) and red wine for dinner. And you know what? It was healthy for my soul. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ In the next six months, I may try fully going ketotarian for my lyme to see if it makes a difference. I may not. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ For weeks in the summer all I craved was raw food. Summer fruits and vegetables galore. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ I listen to my body. I’m flexible. I don’t berate myself to stress over choices. Food should make you happy not stressed. I care deeply about quality. And I try to enjoy every bite with gratitude. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

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⁠⠀ I bet you cant tell me what this berry is. Id never tasted one in my life until this day. If you’re North American I bet you money you can’t describe what one tastes like, but every European likely can! What!? ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ BLACK CURRANTS! ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ I discovered them this summer when I was berry picking and I couldn’t get it out of my head why I had never heard of this epically healthy and florally delicious super fruit, so I did some digging. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Blackcurrants were called “the forbidden fruit” in the United States. Farmers thought that the tart berries, native to Europe, helped spread a fungus that killed pine trees and so we banned them outright for the last 100 years ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ However, Europe protected the fruit that they knew had such powerful benefits and almost any European can tell you exactly what they taste like! This is why purple candy is synonymous with grape flavour in North Am but tastes like black current around the rest of the world! ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Black Currants are crazy high in Vitamin C, 4X as much as oranges, and they have double the amount of antioxidants that blueberries do! Studies have shown they have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on your body. Weehoo give me all the berries! If you're at my house this winter, better believe were drinking black currant tea, or compote, or cordial...⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Two generations of hands. Holding a powerful berry with a crazy past. Who knew!? ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

Our thoughts affect us. And I think Ive been a bully to myself. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ I think our cells hear what we say, or rather they hear what we say to ourselves in our head. Sounds crazy. But there is a lot of powerful science out there about the power of the mind body connection. We know that the difference between having positive versus negative thoughts can be healing or harmful to our brains through neurochemicals. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ When I retired from sport devastatingly broken, I used to think "how could my body rebel against me? Why are you working against me when I treated you SO well all these years in sport!"⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Now I know better. ⁠⠀ Was I really treating my body well?? ⁠⠀ Only on the surface. ⁠⠀ I thought: "I am So fit, I am working out constantly. I am hydrated. I am outside all the time. And I'm eating well (or what I thought was eating well, which I now know couldn’t be FURTHER from the truth). I am going to physio to help my aches and pains, I'm giving you everything you need body." ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ But now when I think back on it this time I've come to a staggering realization.⁠ I was living in a world where I was constantly being told I was not enough. And I began echoing it back to my body. ⠀ "What you are is not enough. ⠀ You are not enough yet for praise. ⠀ Your are not strong enough or tall enough or heavy enough. ⠀ I need more from you. ⠀ Give me more. ⠀ Perform harder.⠀ And faster. ⠀ And stronger for me. ⠀ Push through the pain, always.⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ I NEVER spoke to my body gently and said ⁠⠀ "Oh body thank you. Thank you for being so strong and working so hard day in and day out at every hour of the day. What do you need to recover? How can I rest you? How can I tell you how proud I am of you. How can I listen to my intuition and what you're telling me? How can I listen this pain and discern when to push through the pain, but when you really need to back off and stop and rest?" ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ Turns out I was not treating my body well. I was bullying it. I was relentless with it. I was unkind with it. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ I am trying my hardest everyday to unwind those patterns and speak to my body with kindness and compassion. To listen. To say thank you for working so hard to heal.

Want an easy hack on how to make balsamic glaze? No more spending money on overprices glazes. 🙅⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Im still dreaming of summer dinners with fresh BC produce. ⁠⠀ Fresh corn polenta with my secret ingredient: MISO!⁠⠀ Topped with ⁠garden heirloom tomatoes, spicy micro greens, roasted beets, shiitake bits and GARDEN PESTO (I could eat pesto straight from the jar). With summer stone fruits and balsamic glaze. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ ⁠Balsamic Glaze: Put 1/2 a cup of balsamic oil in a pot and simmer it until it reduces down to half the amount. You'll know it's done when you dip a spoon in and it coasts the back of the spoon with a syrupy goodness. DONE. Thats is! ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ Shiitake mushroom bits are J's absolute fave (let this speak volumes since he hates mushrooms!), so we make them a lot! When you roast sliced shiitake mushrooms with oil and salt until they are crispy they somehow taste like bacon. ⁠It's pure food magic. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

I 🙌AM 🙌THE 🙌BEST 🙌CHEERLEADER🙌 OF 🙌OTHERS! ⁠⠀ One of my fabulous besties just passed all of her exams and became a psychologist. I saw how har she worked for this for YEARS. When she told me she passed her boards my response without even thinking was: ⁠⠀ You are a hero ⁠⠀ You are a goddess ⁠⠀ You are a brilliant woman⁠⠀ You earned this⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ As I stared at the texts. I took pause. When was the last time I spoke to MYSELF this way? That is MOST CERTAINLY NOT the voice I speak to myself in. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ But what if we did? What if this week when a hardship happened or a celebratory moment was deserved we pretended that we were our own best friends and we spoke the words we would shower them with to ourselves?! ⠀ ⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #battlinglyme

WHAT IS MEDITATION FOR YOU? 🧘‍♀️⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ Meditation for me is not always just sitting and breathing. Don't get me wrong, starting my day sitting and just breathing for ten minutes has changed my life. But MOVING meditations are powerful for me. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ My top moving mediations are :⁠⠀ 🏃‍♀️Walking alone in nature⁠⠀ 🏊Swimming lengths ⁠⠀ 🏄‍♀️Surfing ⁠⠀ 👩‍🍳In the kitchen. Cutting something into small cubes, picking herbs; the small focused repetitive tasks. ⁠⠀ 🐋Watching the ocean⁠⠀ 🍓Picking berries⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ Where do you find you calm? ⬇️⬇️⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 📸: @noellekjones on film ⁠⠀

REAL TALK⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Some days are just plain hard. I don't have any shiny upside to it. The only goal on days like these are to face the day and survive. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ One step at a time. ⁠⠀ One breathe at a time. ⁠⠀ I can do this. ⁠⠀ You can do this. ⁠⠀ We can do hard things. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ When I am having super down days and family and friends send me personal words of comfort and strength or a quote they think may lift my spirits, these beautiful words can be just what I needed to hear to give me strength. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ So to those that need it today as I do. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ One step at a time. ⁠⠀ One breathe at a time. ⁠⠀ You can do this. ⁠⠀ We can do hard things. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ Tag anyone who needs to hear this today. Because you may not realize how much of a difference it can make to someone struggling, and let's be honest were all struggling with SOMETHING. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #battlinglyme

Im obsessed with cacao nibs. And they have a fascinating secret molecule. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ What are Cacao Nibs? They are minimally processed raw pieces of cacao bean used to make chocolate. They give you a chocolaty flavour and epic crunch to your meal but without the added sugar! ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ FOOD FACT time! Cacao contains the mood improver, anandamide – known as the BLISS MOLECULE, which creates a feeling of euphoria. HOW COOL IS THAT?! Thats why chocolate makes you feel all warm and cozy and mellow inside. Its also really high in magnesium which is KEY in reducing the stress on your nervous system. And we all live in a world where our nervous systems are stressed out with non stop stimulus! ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ PSA. Don't eat the nibs on their own. You're going to think, "damn these are so tasty in smoothie bowls and granola topping I'm going to just eat a handful of them for chocolatey goodness." I'll save you the experience, Don't do it! They taste terribly bitter on their own! But mix them with a smoothie bowl and some magic happens!!

BRAIN 🧠FOG ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Lyme gives me terrible brain fog. Some days it’s not there at all. Some days it’s subtle and I forget conversations, appointments, or can’t find the words I’m looking for. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Some days it feels like someone turned the power off upstairs. I can sit in the bath looking at a blank wall for hours. I can’t write a single sentence for an email. (More on this feeling in my @cbc.sports article-link in bio). ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ This summer I was at the farmers market casually doing my rounds at my fave booths and when I went back to my car I realized I didn’t have my keys. I then realized I didn’t have my keys, phone OR wallet! I had forgotten my keys, wallet and phone at THREE DIFFERENT STALLS around the market. Thank god for nice strangers. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Brain fog has been infuriating for years. So recently J and I decided to start to laugh it off. Exchange frustration for hilarity! ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Unpacked all the groceries including pantry items (chips/granola/dry pasta) INTO the fridge. LAUGH. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ House keys left in the front door overnight. LAUGH. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Is this you too? Anyone else struggling with chronic illness, Lyme, or maybe even pregnancy brain fog what's your most hilarious moment ? ⁠⠀ Let me know ⬇️⬇️ and let’s all exchange frustration for laughter for a minute together! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedisease #lymedontkillmyvibe #battlinglyme

I AM NOT OKAY WITH MOST WELLNESS ACCOUNTS. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ The ones that are FaceTuned followed by a quote about authenticity. NO. The wellness accounts that spout drinking a skinny tea to get thin, 30 day juice fasts, or losing weight by switching out peanut butter for... AIR to have less calories. Wellness to me isn't about counting calories at all, ever. You should enjoy food not count it. If you need to count anything, count nutrients! All these accounts have done, is switch the word "diet" with "wellness". Let that sink it. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ This 🤚Is 🤚Not 🤚Wellness.⁠⠀ This 🤚 Is 🤚Not 🤚What 🤚I 🤚Stand 🤚For.⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ I believe wellness is getting quiet and listening to your body and what it’s asking for. Wellness is resting, and self care. And that on some days self care means eating super clean. And some days honestly self care means inviting your best friend over and drinking wine and chocolate cake and laughing till you cry. ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ Wellness is "how is your mental health doing?". ⠀ Wellness is not how thin you are but are you happy in your body? Do you feel strong and inspired to be your best self? ⁠⠀ Wellness is not GF because it's trendy. It's nourishing your body with nutrient dense real foods. ⁠⠀ Wellness is cultivating your passions and your desires and carving time for them. ⁠⠀ Wellness is aligning yourself with people who love and support you unconditionally. It’s working at loving yourself unconditionally. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ WELLness. Being WELL. Physical Body. Mental Body. Emotional Body. Spiritual Body. Not a diet. Not negative self talk to look like a magazine tells you you should. Never a number on a scale. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ You won’t find wellness is at the bottom of a skinny tea or a supplement bottle. ⁠⠀ True wellness is the hard work. Im still doing the work. I'll always be doing the work. Self growth is never done. It's a journey. It's a mindset. But it’s oh so worth it. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠📸: @johannagouw⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

The words of fear behind this photo: ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⁠⠀ I am exhausted to the bone. I have had body pain all day and ignored it. I'm in mental turmoil. I am struggling with "should". That dangerous word. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ In my mind I'm thinking, okay J and I are in a hotel for the night we “should” be sitting on a beach with some wine and watching the sunset. Romance. Going for a hike. Evening Ocean skinny dip swims. ⁠We “Should” be doing fun things. ⁠⠀ ⁠∆⁠⠀ What my reality was? Sushi in bed. Snacks in bed. And binge watching billions.⁠⠀ ⁠⁠∆⁠⠀ I rolled over and told J what I was feeling. And that my mind was racked with SHOULD'S. And then he just asked me these series of questions: ⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ "Jones what is your focus right now?" Healing. ⁠⠀ "How do you feel right now?" ⠀ Terrible. ⁠⠀ "Do you even have the energy to do those things you or we ‘should’ be doing?" ⠀ No not even close. ⁠⠀ "And what do you need to do so you can do those things in the future?" ⠀ Sleep. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ "Right". He says with a smile. ⠀ Oh. Right. ⁠⠀ Kisses me goodnight and we fall asleep.⁠⠀ ∆⁠⠀ What "shoulds" are you struggling with right now? ⬇️⬇️⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #lymedisease

SPANISH 🍠TORTILLA 🥚WITH 🍠YAMMERS 🥚⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ Eggs ⁠⠀ Onion ⁠⠀ Yams ⁠⠀ Salt and pepper⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ THAT'S IT THAT'S ALL. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ 3 simple unassuming everyday ingredients. But somehow when you combine them in just the right way it becomes magic. Spanish Tortillas or Tortilla Espanola is a classic Spanish tapas dish. It's usually made with potatoes but massive spoiler that I'm sure is going to cause uproar...I don't like potatoes! 🤷‍♀️ I mean unless its French fries or my moms mashed potatoes at christmas, but that's it! Confession, I've never bought potatoes while grocery shopping...ever. So Yams for me it is!⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ Super easy dinner⁠⠀ Super easy brunch⁠⠀ Super easy tapas with a glass of wine⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

⁠Sometimes the most ordinary everyday casual moments are the ones that capture your heart. ⁠⠀ We’re not chasing goals or climbing mountains. ⁠⠀ We’re cuddled in a blanket in the cool morning air. ⁠⠀ With the relaxed tone of lazy lake days in our hearts. ⁠⠀ I’m so grateful to @noellekjones for capturing this small, quiet, ordinary moment. ⁠⠀ The way J is gazing at me while I read with quiet love warms my heart and makes me feel seen and loved. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠⠀ 📸: @noellekjones on film

YOU • CANNOT • CONNECT • THE • DOTS • LOOKING • FORWARDS • YOU • CAN • ONLY • CONNECT • THEM • LOOKING • BACKWARDS -Steve Jobs ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ This summer when I was on the Sunshine Coast strolling up a pier, a memory cake flooding back to me: ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ I was maybe 8 years old, on the coast with my family when my uncle took us down to the pier. He taught me how to set a crab trap. I lowered it in a waited. When my scrawny arms pulled the cage up, I had caught a crab!! ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ I felt as if I’d won the lottery. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ That evening we cooked em up, ate them with all the melted butter in the world. My first crab. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ I remember laying in bed that night thinking how purely magical of a day it was. To catch our food in the ocean, to know where it came from and what it took to arrive on my plate. I remembered how much more I enjoyed my meal, how I was willing to try a new exotic dish, and how grateful I felt while eating it. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ Reminiscing on this feeling make me realize that maybe in our childhood innocence we are always who we are meant to become?⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ Maybe our memories of what lit us up inside as children hold clues to who we are meant to be now and what we are truly passionate about. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ This looking glass into my past make me giggle out loud at how accurately it depicts who I am today. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ Does anyone else have memories as a child that act as beginning dots to who you are today?⁠⠀ • ➖ • ➖ • 🌟⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 📸 : @noellekjones on film⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

SOME ❌ DAYS❌ HEALING❌ IS ❌REALLY ❌F*ing ❌HARD!⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Behind the lens of this photo:⁠⠀ I woke up and felt great. I powered through some writing projects while drinking my morning coffee in the backyard. So when my sister (in law) asked me if I'd like to go hang with family and help her do errands and snuggle my brand new niece, I thought "Hell yes! Today I can do this!!”⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Then, in a blink of an eye as I was right about to leave, what felt like a 30 foot wave hit me and pulled me under. I was hit with the wave of dizziness, nausea, my brain hurt and my body ached to the bone. The invisible hand reached inside me and turned my power switch OFF. In the very last minute I had to cancel. I hate having to CANCEL, it kind of feels like I've failed. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ All I could do was lay in the sun, have a cry out of frustration and pain and remind myself to breathe. I know these waves will likely pass in an hour or two, I get them every day. But Oh Man, the loss of control over my body that I feel is a hard one to deal with these days. Lyme doesn’t care if I had plans. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ ⁠ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #battlinglyme

MY 🌹VERY 🍰FIRST 🌹WEDDING 🍰CAKE ⁠⠀ For my very first friend. ⁠⠀ And you know what it WAS the best day ever!⁠⠀ º ⁠⠀ ⁠By special request: "As much as I love your healthy guilt free treats and such, I want carrot cake with REAL CREAM CHEESE ICING" -The Bride! Coming right up pal!⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ Classic Carrot Cake with bourbon Cream Cheese Icing. ⁠Adapted from @bonappetitmag recipe. Topped with Pineapple Flowers and fresh flowers from mama @johannagouw garden. The very same garden that was the playground of our childhood, how perfect! ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ I LOVE decorating cakes. Which is comical because I don't actually like cake! 🤷‍♀️⠀ But oh man is it the most fun and meditative art project for me. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Fabulously perfect cake topper from @theduostudio ⁠⠀ ⁠

THE ☀️SUN ☀️IS ☀️HEALING. ⁠☀️⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ The morning summer hot sun beaming on my face, it's rays beating into my chest. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ The rays from our burning hot ball in the sky feel as if they are permeating into my lungs and healing them. It truly does. I struggle a lot these days with chest pain and Air hunger. Meaning I can't get a full breathe no matter how hard I try. It feels like I am hanging out at massive elevation. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ And oh baby. When the warm sun is just right, it takes away all of my chest pain. Nature is miraculous. Nature is healing. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ Any others out there battling with lyme find this? ⬇️⬇️⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 📸: @noellekjones ⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ •⁠⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

NOW 🌱⁠ THATS 🌱A 🌱GARDEN 🌱SALAD! ⁠⠀ Now that’s farm to table baby. ⁠⠀ Nature is miraculous. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Lately my evenings look like: ⁠⠀ 5pm hmm dinner⁠⠀ Walk outside and see what’s ready to be harvested⁠⠀ Pick a handful of romaine/arugula/kale/tomatoes/radishes/herbs...⁠⠀ Feel BLOWN AWAY by how AMAZING nature is. How I was hungry, I walked outside and now I have freaking food. Gets me every time. ⁠⠀ Whisper to my veggies how amazing they are!! (Seen here ⬆️) you cant blame me. I’m a 7 (and 3) on the enneagram: The Enthusiast! Meaning I get real enthused about these things! Currently the most enthused with my garden and enneagram personality facts! ⁠⠀ Have you taken the enneagram? What number are you? Any other 3s or 7s out there?! ⬇️⬇️⁠⠀ ⁠⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

IF A CHERRY AND A LEMON HAD A BABY: TART🍋FREAKING🍒CHERRIES⁠.⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ ⁠Tart cherries are amazing and I only discovered them THIS SUMMER. They taste like a cherry and a lemon had a baby and I’m obsessed. But GET THIS:⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Tart cherries can decrease muscle soreness and inflammation after workouts and increase your recovery time. UM WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS IN SPORT. Probably why the fabulous @biosteel uses Tart Cherry as a key ingredient in their supplements. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ They can help you sleep! Mmm sleep. Tart Cherries are rich in melatonin (your sleep hormone) and also anthocyanins and tryptophan which both help your body create its own melatonin! Boom! Studies showed that drinking a daily dose of tart cherry juice seems to be just as, if not more, effective at reducing insomnia than valerian and melatonin — the two most studied natural products for insomnia! Woah. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ They are also massively high in antioxidants (most red/blue/purple foods are!) meaning they make my list for brain superfoods! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ you can typically get tart cherry juice at local health food stores as well like @community @blushlane @planet organic. Just make sure there is no sugar added and its pure tart cherries baby. 🍒⁠⠀

TART 🍒FREAKING 🍋CHERRIES 🍒⁠⠀ Nature has the most gorgeous colour palate right at our fingertips! ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ This summer I blended up fresh picked tart cherries (pitted) and black currants in my @vitamixca and voila! This gorgeous juice! I mixed a few ounces with @sodastreamcanada soda water for the most refreshing summer drink. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ FOOD HACK: I’ll be freezing this fresh juice in ice cube trays so this winter I can add it to a mug of hot water for currant cherry tea in the winter to help stave off colds when I’m feeling under the weather. The mixture is so high in vitamin C than it can help give your immune system the added boost it needs during flu season! ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ 📸: @noellekjones ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀