June 14, 2018 🍾💍💏⠀ A hot and humid New York summer night, ⠀ A stroll to my very favorite backyard Brooklyn park, ⠀ A picnic with my favorite snacks, ⠀ A sip of wine. ⠀ Words of love handwritten. ⠀ A night full of giggles, love and celebration. ⠀ Lightning bugs floating all around. ⠀ Stars above. ⠀ Candlelit Champagne and love music on the stoop.⠀ Etched into my memory forever. ⠀ ∞⠀ I adore you J. ⠀
I built this picnic table with my own two hands. Fuelled by the vision in my head that on summer days it would become a gathering place in my backyard. Where friends and family would spend warm evenings filling our bellies with good food and our hearts with shared conversations. ⠀ º⠀ Where on sunshiney weekend mornings I could sip coffee and share brunch with those I love! ⠀ º⠀ It's obvious that I love the nourishment that food brings. But just as near to my heart I love that food can bring community together!⠀ º⠀ "The fondest memories made are when gathered around the table."⠀
When Life Gives You Lyme. ⠀ I wrote an article for @cbcsports #playersvoice ⠀ ◊⠀ ⠀ "This journey has given me deep insight into mental health. I was showered with sympathetic hugs and words of support when I had a brace on my wrist one season because people could see it. As with mental health, no one can see this illness. Lyme can be invisible. It should be said that I am grateful every day for those members of my medical team who stood by my side valiantly and affirmed I was not crazy.⠀ ◊⠀ I certainly don’t have it all figured out, but I have gained some wisdom on my journey. To anyone struggling with mental health, chronic disease, or whatever heavy burden they are carrying:⠀ ◊⠀ Be vulnerable. Vulnerability is not weakness. I have learned that it takes courage but vulnerability helps build connections with others. Self-care is of the utmost importance. There is no weakness in naps. A little humour goes a long way! Get quiet. Listen to your body. It holds valuable wisdom which you cannot hear when you are swept up in society's glorified “busy”. Take time to just breathe. Speak kindly to yourself. Practice self-compassion. Find your people, and ask them for help. I would not be here without my people. ⠀ ◊⠀ If you are in the darkness right now, you can do this. We can do hard things.⠀ ◊⠀ I have returned to the same dark place I lived in when I broke my back. This time I come equipped with a suitcase of knowledge gained through difficult experience. Once again, I will slowly begin to rise from the ashes."⠀ ◊⠀ To read the whole story click the link in my bio or head to https://www.cbc.ca/playersvoice/entry/when-life-gives-you-lyme⠀. #whenlifegivesyoulyme #lyme #lymedontkillmyvibe ⠀ 📸: @davehollandpics
When Life Gives You Lyme. I wrote an article for @cbcsports #playersvoice ◊ "In 2015 the “episodes” began once a week. It feels like I am getting the worst flu. I can’t breathe properly. It’s like I am at high altitude, unable to get a full breath. Then the pain begins; it’s in my bones, in my nerves and in my muscles. It is as if my cells are screaming out in pain. It creeps into my spine and spreads around my entire body. I am suddenly sensitive to light and sound. My brain feels so vulnerable that the world takes on a constant and slight dizziness. For me to understand someone speaking, I need to focus all of my energy on their face. My resting heart rate doubles to 80-120bpm from my normal 55bpm. I get neuropathies down my arms. My nerves are on fire in zinging bursts. Walking 15 steps from my couch to my bed seems impossible. The exhaustion is unforgettable. ◊ It’s taken 1035 days for me to understand why my body rebelled against me. Three months ago I learned I have Lyme. It was three years of hell to arrive here and receive this diagnosis. I never had the infamous bullseye rash. I never had a noticeable tick bite. Chronic Lyme is controversial, but I live it every day. ◊ There is no easy path forward here. No magic drug to make me better. It ended my sport career. It made people think I was crazy while I was in so much pain. Every day at some point, I feel intense loneliness, fear, sadness and panic." ◊ To read the whole story click the link in my bio or head to cbc.ca/playersvoice/ #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #whenlifegivesyoulyme #lymeawarenessmonth
When Life Gives You Lyme. ⠀ I wrote an article for @cbcsports #playersvoice ⠀ ◊⠀ "I was the underdog who competed at the Olympics. I won a World Cup medal. I broke my back. I came back and won gold. Now I have Lyme. If my life was an amusement park ride, it would be the most epic rollercoaster. " ⠀ ◊⠀ To read the whole story click the link in my bio or head to cbc.ca/playersvoice/⠀
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My first Lead Climb! ⠀ ∆⠀ It may not look like much to some. But for me this was a huge moment. My first Lead Climb! I haven't been able to do an activity like this in 3 years. THREE YEARS. My body would not have let me, and if I did by some chance have enough energy to try, I'd be smashed and bed bound for the next three days. ⠀ ∆⠀ Back in January, on a walk with my friend Laura, we made a plan that I would start rock climbing with her. Practice and learn for a few months and then this spring we would take our outdoor lead climb course together! So that this summer we could spend sunny summer days climbing rock walls, and laying in hammocks in the mountains with our men! ⠀ ∆⠀ For the last three years I haven't been able to set a physical goal and meet it! In fact trying to pursue goals such as these always ended up making me much worse. Being able to set this goal and actually see it through in the timeline I set out was SUCH a big win for my mental health! ⠀ ∆⠀ Gosh I have missed activity and adventures so much. SO MUCH more of these days on my good days to come. When you spend so many of your days feeling terrible, when the good days come, Oh man I just want to run around outside yelling "I'm alive!" and seize up every moment in this world!
A letter to you Canada! ⠀ 🍁⠀ “O Canada! Our home and native land.”⠀ Canada, I adore you. You are gorgeous! People come from all around the world and are in awe in of your natural beauty. You provide the best playground of nature to explore and learn about myself and the world. Your cities are vibrant and filled with the kindest people who say sorry a lot. ⠀ 🍁⠀ “True patriot love in all of us command. With glowing hearts”⠀ The feeling of being wrapped in your flag is like no other, be it for a photo shoot or for a podium. Being able to compete around the world for my country with the maple leaf on my chest is the biggest honour. Every day I carry a badge of pride and honour on my heart. ⠀ 🍁⠀ “The True North strong and free!” I am grateful everyday for the freedoms you provide me as a woman and as a person to go out and live my best life without fear. ⠀ 🍁⠀ “From far and wide,⠀ O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.” Whenever I travel the world I am so proud to say I am from Canada! And that this simple statement makes peoples faces light up with joy warms my heart deeply! 🍁⠀ Happy Canada Day!! 📸: @davehollandpics ⠀ #canadaday #ocanada #canada
⠀ In the words of @johannagouw aka mama jo aka mama bear: “Take every opportunity to be outside.” ⠀ ∆⠀ She has known the wisdom of nature far before I have. ⠀ ∆⠀ I’ve been spending more time than ever in nature. Being. Being slow. Being connected and grounded and breathing. It has been a slow and subtle shift that has been gathering steam and just HIT ME! I’ve all of a sudden found myself just kissing the plants around my house! Touching them as I pass by with the most love and gratitude for them in the world. Nature has been calling me back and healing me. I know it. And reminding me of all the ages of endless wisdom that it holds! ⠀ ∆⠀ As my favourite author and frankly philosopher Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho wisely spoke: “Nature teaches more than philosophical books.” ⠀ ∆⠀ I am beginning to understand this so deeply. And guys, it’s woah. ⠀ ⠀ 📸: @johannagouw ⠀
All I have to say it’s ITS 🍓FREAKING BERRY 🍒SEASON🍓⠀ ∆⠀ Fresh local berries off the vine. From the earth. SINGING with flavour and sweetness. Nothing is better. ⠀ ∆⠀ Strawberries! ⠀ Fresh raspberry chia jam! ⠀ Strawberry rhubarb crisp! ⠀ Berries and ginger coconut whip! ⠀ Berry smoothie bowls! ⠀ Black berry compote! ⠀ ∆⠀ GET ALL IN MY BELLY! EEK! ⠀ ∆⠀ Now for the controversial topic... what’s your fave berry... go! ⬇️⠀ ∆⠀ I have a confession, although these strawberries are perfection... I think mine is raspberry!
It’s important that your shoes match you blood right?? 💉⠀ • ⠀ Everyone’s been asking me (thanks for all the love!!) about what my Lyme plan is right now. It’s WAYYYYYYY more complicated than this but in a fun nutshell... ⠀ • ⠀ 1. Get literate on Lyme so I can know what the heck everyone is talking about and ask intelligent questions. ✔️⠀ • ⠀ 2. Form my team. This is exactly what I did in sport, I formed a team of people who were the best in class to be part of team jones to help me be my best. Team Jones Lyme addition has begun. Taking a fully integrative approach with some badass doctor ladies (MD/functional medicine/Chinese medicine...)as well as osteopaths, other Lyme pals to brainstorm with, and my mama bear. ✔️⠀ • ⠀ 3. Move away from fragile flower. Aka get stronger. That’s where Ive been for the last three months! Fill my body with ALL the nutrients (as I had none left!) through a million supplements and nutrient dense food! And rest. ⠀ • ⠀ 4. Adding onto this... where I live now! Balance all my body systems. Get my body detoxing properly again! Balance hormones. Get rid of all the coinfections! (Parasites, mycoplasma, pneumonia, echo virus...) with powerful herbs and ozone therapy. Strengthen my own immune system so it can do what it knows how to do best! It was exhausted!! Sometimes in this phase you feel a lot worse before you feel better. That’s a tough one mentally I’m working through. ⠀ • ⠀ 5. Then hopefully I will be strong enough to focus in on: Kill the Lyme 🦠 Aka. Graciously tell it it’s not welcome anymore, thank it for the lessons it’s taught me and I need to move on without it and put it into remission! K thanks buhhh byyeeeee! From what I’ve read this part could get rough. Only time will tell. ⠀ ⠀ 🦠💚⠀#lymewarriors #lymedontkillmyvibe ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
ITS 🌱ASPARAGUS 🌱SEASON. Let's party. 🌱⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ I am so passionate about eating seasonly! Why?!⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ We all want food that tastes great right? Well food tastes the BEST when its ripe and grown locally! Asparagus in season is a buttery earthy dream vegetable! Asparagus in the middle of winter flown halfway around the world tastes like literal nothing. CRUNCHY AIR. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Seasonal food is also bursting with nutrients as it gets to ripen as Mother Nature intended it to! ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Mother nature IS SO SMART and she ripens foods during the seasons that our bodies need them. Berries are ready in the summer because they are full of antioxidants that help our bodies fight off the UV rays from our favourite ball of fire in the sky. Melons are full of water to keep us cool. Squashes in the FALL are full of nutrients to boost our immune systems since its flu season! BRILLIANT hey?!⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ It's so tricky to know whats in season at a normal grocery store these days. So head over to to your local farmers market and enjoy the good food vibes! @calgaryfarmersmarket⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Whats your fave summer fruit or vegetable?!
Banana ✨ Energy ✨ Bites. These are a ten! ⠀ ⠀⠀ I quite literally cant keep these in my kitchen for more than 4 hours after making them! Get in my belly you crispy banana chips! Yup they are meant for workout boosts of energy, and would be perfect for that!! They are also perfect for “I want banana chews 🤷♀️”⠀ ⠀⠀ From #runfasteatslow Cookbook by⠀⠀ @shalaneflanagan and @elysekopecky Thank you ladies for the deliciousness!! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
STUFFED & SAUCED SWEET POTATOES ⠀ These delights are from the fabulous @minimalistbaker cookbook. I stumbled upon them thanks to @thefirstmess ☺⠀ ◊⠀ Can someone tell me if the orange potatoes are sweet potatoes or yams? Guys I went to culinary school an I'm not afraid to say...I still have no freaking clue. 🤦♀️I was at the grocery store this week and it was labelled : yams/sweet potatoes! Every person I've ever asked has a different opinion. Hit me with some knowledge below if you have it puh-lease ⠀
I ✨love ✨oatmeal ✨raisin ✨cookies! ⠀⠀ These energy balls were inspired by its cookie cousin except these tasty little balls of snack heaven are full of healthy omega 3 rich fats to support your nervous system and brain!!⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ 1 cup dry oats⠀⠀ 1/4 cup raisins⠀⠀ 1/4 cup chopped pecans⠀⠀ 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut⠀⠀ 1/4 cup almond butter⠀⠀ 1/4 cup honey⠀⠀ 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon⠀⠀ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract⠀⠀ Pinch of salt⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀⠀ In a medium bowl combine oats, raisins, chopped pecans and coconut. In a separate medium bowl combine almond butter, honey (may need to melt if crystallized), cinnamon, vanilla and⠀⠀ salt. Stir to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. The mixture should be sticky! Refrigerate for 30 minutes, Scoop Scoop Scoop it up and roll it in your hands to make balls whatever size your heart desires! Honestly, double or triple this recipe. TRUST ME. ◊⠀⠀ Now The best part: ENJOY. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Give me a 🙌 if oatmeal raisin cookies are your fave too!
Do you crave a sweets in the evenings? I do. Like clockwork. ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Do you want something that will take you 5 mins to make and be waiting for you in your freezer? Heck yes!⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ I'm limited on energy these days, so I am drawn towards easy simple recipes! This is my current fave. ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Dual use. To my athlete friends out there this is the perfect snack to keep your energy up during workouts! ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Here we go: ⠀⠀ Pit your dates. ⠀⠀ Fill with nut butter of choice (I like almond hazelnut). ⠀⠀ Sprinkle with cinnamon.⠀⠀ Store in the freezer and when you eat them they taste like caramels! ⠀⠀ BAM! 🙌⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ This is a winner. Tag me and let me know if you make them! I love happy faces enjoying happy guilt free treats that make you feel epic!
This✨Moment ✨Was ✨Magic ✨⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ We drank morning coffee that was STEAMING in the cold morning air. We sat in silence and watched the sun rise over mountains that were so gorgeous and imposing they cant help but make you reflect and go inwards. There was no service here, which meant that no cellphones were taking our attention. Nothing was dinging notifications at us. There was nothing to do but sit here and breathe. How beautiful. How important for our bodies and minds. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Throwing it back to our last Sister adventure @noellekjones two years ago! ACK We are overdue to eat snacks in the outdoors! ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ What small moments of magic have you experienced recently?
A story from the archives! ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ Two years ago while @noellekjones and I were camping in the BC backcountry we met a man named Yuki from Switzerland. Yuki had been travelling the world solo for the last TWO YEARS paragliding off cliff faces! We swapped stories of travel adventures over wine in camping mugs and late night crickets chirping. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ The next morning we were standing in the water early morning, sipping on lukewarm tea, watching the sun rise and taking in the moment. Yuki said "you guys look like an add for Canada, you need a photo of this".⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ I loved that. I am so proud of this country, its people and its beauty and the freedoms that it provides me. I hope that everywhere I travel around the world I exude a little bit of Canada, of our countries awesomeness and charm.⠀⠀
Stars on ice needed an extra this weekend, so I offered my extreme skating talents, one on-ice sport should transfer to another seamlessly right? @starsonice debut! 😂🤣⠀ ◊⠀⠀ I love these humans from my @teamcanada family. Their hearts make my heart feel full and happy and whole and they give the best hugs. ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ It's important for you to go watch my story and watch me and @apoje in action for a laugh! ⠀⠀ ◊⠀⠀ @cbc.sports @olympicchannel I strongly feel we should do a series of team canada athletes trying each others sports. Im in to host and take a few tumbles. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
This is what the morning after an episode looks like for me. See last post for context. ⠀ •⠀ Potion one: charcoal to bind to the toxins. ⠀ •⠀ Potion too: Kombucha to try and fill my body with good fermented probiotics. 70% of your immune system lives in your gut. Thanks @tru_buch ⠀ •⠀ Potion three: fresh green juice to try and fuel my body with critical nutrients that my immune system needs to function, when I am too nauseous to eat. ⠀ •⠀ The real hero, my knight in shining armour, Jeffers. Who spends the entire night holding my hand and carrying me into the bath and sitting by my side. Who wakes up and make all of the drinks for me when I can barely move. Thats love. ⠀ • ⠀ #lymedontkillmyvibe #whenlifegivesyoulyme #yycliving
What the hell is on my tongue!? ⠀ ∆⠀ Real life isn't all swimsuits on the beach. This is real life too. This what real life looked like three weeks ago after I'd spent the entire night shaking sobbing harder than I've ever cried before, out of fear and out of pain. Because my body hurt so badly it felt like my spine was breaking again. Because it felt like my heart was going to beat right out of my chest or maybe stop altogether. Because I couldn't get a full breathe and felt like I was drowning. My hair is in frazzles because I was drenched in sweat all night as my body went into full fever panic mode. I am wearing a silk robe because I can't bare to have clothes touching my skin where my nerves feel like they are on fire. ⠀ ∆⠀ What the hell is on my tongue? When the lyme is dying it releases bio-toxins into your body and my body cannot detox them fast enough and I literally feel TOXIC. It feels like my insides are swollen and my blood is sludgy. One of the techniques that helps is to drink activated coconut charcoal which helps to bind to the toxins and pull them out of your body. It also makes you look like this. ∆⠀ To the person living in the trenches of pain right now. Physical pain, emotional pain, spiritual pain. You will get through this. You will crawl your way out. Your body will have good days again where you feel in control. But if you are deep in the throws of despair, this is your reminder to give yourself all the self love and compassion you have. You deserve it. We can do hard things. #lymedontkillmyvibe #whenlifegivesyoulymes⠀
This is not your typical bath wellness selfie. This bath is my survival. ⠀ •⠀ This is the real life side of Lyme right now. Some days I honestly spend the majority of my day living in the bath. ⠀ •⠀ Right now life flips like a switch. I can have a string of good days, where I can cook up a storm in my kitchen trialing recipes, cooking for NHL players and planning nutrition courses and them BAM just like that an episode will hit. It's like being hit by a train. Lyme doesn't care if I have plans. Lyme doesn't care if I have deadlines to meet. It stops me right in my tracks. My energy is GONE and all I can do with my brain fog and my painful achy body that feels like my bones are breaking is sit in the bath and focus on breathing. ⠀ •⠀ I am someone who's brain is ALWAYS going 100 miles a minute with ideas, plans, reading, writing, listening to podcasts, thinking of the world works. ⠀ •⠀ When I get an lyme episode the brain fog is so bad I completely loose track of time. Jeff came home and asked me how long I'd been in the bath for; I asked him "what time is it"? Turns out I'd been there for 3 hours. I didn't read. I didn't listen to a podcast. I had been starring at the tiles in nothingness and periodically falling asleep and adding more hot water. This is my sometimes reality. •⠀ Shoutout to @rockymountainsoapco for making the most luxurious bath bombs full of calming essential oils and real ingredients like oats and seaweed. To @barefootvenus who's bath salts smell like pure heaven and it's real powerful spices help my body detox the scary biotoxins coursing through my body. ⠀ •⠀ Random fact, just because something marketed as healthy or "natural" doesn’t mean it’s true. Most bath bombs out there are full of chemical additives, food colouring and toxins that you are just absorbing into your skin. Ew no. ⠀
"Life Changing Loaf of Bread" from @mynewroots . I adore this bread!! Its GF/DF and reminds me of the more dense European rye breads I used to devour while travelling. ⠀ •⠀ I think life is more fun outside the box, so I baked it in small circle loaves instead and topped with @spreadem_kitchen herb and garlic cashew cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil! NOM. ⠀ ⠀
This is not what you think. ⠀ I bet you thought this was a weekly meal prep shot. Wrong. •⠀ What would be 3 fabulous meals for me, is literally one single meal for a NHL player to take on the plane with him! Combined with me not having any to go containers big enough sooooo here ya go! 😂 •⠀ Shout out to the girls at @raweateryandmarket for hooking me up with some compostable to go containers in a pinch!! ⠀ •⠀ While we're at it, anyone have any fave bento box lunch TO GO containers they adore and recommend? ⠀