Arianne Jones

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

In a recent interview I gave, I was asked the question: "What advice would you give your 12 year old self?"⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ After the interview I started thinking, it would be amazing to have advice right now from future Arianne? Some sage wisdom from 40 year old me to my 28 year old self. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ Then the article came out and I read my words in print: ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ To my 12 year old self: “The power of believing in yourself is so much stronger than the limits that anyone will ever place on you. Be yourself. Be authentically apologetically yourself."⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ I was completely taken aback. ⁠I felt like this was exactly what I needed to hear today, in this moment. ⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ What would you tell you 12 year old self? And is that wisdom applicable to you today as it was to me?⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ ⁠📸: @johannagouw ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

This is a weekly staple right now in the Jones Kitchen! ⁠⠀ @minimalistbaker knocked it out of the park with this ⁠⠀ SUPER CLEANSING SLAW WITH ROSEMARY DRESSING. Hell yeah it is! ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ This recipe has got most of the detoxifying heavy hitters in it: ⁠⠀ Crucipherous veggies (cabbage) ✔⁠⠀ Cilantro ✔Garlic ✔(super liver support)⁠⠀ Fennel (helps your digestion!)✔⁠⠀ Celery ✔⁠⠀ Beets (Helps cleanse your blood)✔⁠⠀ Rosemary ✔⁠⠀ Apple Cider Vinegar (good fermenties for your belly) ✔⁠⠀ Lemon Juice ✔⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Ive been topping it with some avocado cilantro crema, some black beans and eating it as a full meal! ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ What are your go to weekly staples right now!?

For a decade people called us DENARIANNE. We were glued at the hip and we finished each others sentences. ⁠⠀ ∞⁠⠀ There was a 6 year time period when we were both competing in LUGE where we saw each-other every day. ⁠⠀ ∞⁠⠀ She was my cheerleader, my motivator, and my bullshit caller. We've never had a fight. She makes me laugh harder than anything else in life, I (no joke) once fell down the stairs I was laughing so hard with her. If we’re in a room together we’re usually snuggling. I've recently realized I show love with physical touch and food! ⁠⠀ ∞⁠⠀ When I was diagnosed with Lyme she bought me a Lime and inscribed a motivational message on it. It’s now hard as a rock and will remain in my kitchen forever. ⁠⠀ ∞⁠⠀ When we were 13/14 years old, I went travelling for 3 months and we wrote each other a letter EVERY DAY FOR THREE MONTHS! Let me tell you this letter is GOLD now; Teenage angst and friendship captured forever. ⁠⠀ ∞⁠⠀ I couldn’t be more proud to stand next to her today on her wedding.⁠⠀ ∞⁠⠀ Always take time to tell the people you love the most how much you love them. Let this be your reminder! Tag your best pals below ☺️💛⁠⠀

Hemp 🌱Mylk 🌱⠀⁠⠀ º⠀⁠⠀ "How would I even make nut mylk? That seems hard? ⠀⁠⠀ I can just buy the carton at the store. ⠀ “I don't really like nut milks that much."⠀⁠⠀ º⠀⁠⠀ Have you ever thought any of these things? Here to change your mind this fine Friday! 🙌⠀⁠⠀ º⠀⁠⠀ First off, this will take you 5 mins to make, its SO easy and SO delicious, no need be intimidated anymore.⠀⁠⠀ º⠀⁠⠀ I don't like store bough nut milks for the most part either, I think almond milk at the store tastes like cardboard. THIS does not taste like cardboard! It creamy and delicious on granola and in smoothies! AND it's full of protein and anti-inflammatory fats! ⠀⁠⠀ ⁣º⠀⁠⠀ Plant Powered fact. Did you know that 1 Tablespoon of hemp seeds has as much protein as an egg. BAM! ⠀⁠⠀ º⠀⁠⠀ 1 cups hemp hearts⠀⁠⠀ 4 cups filtered water ⠀⁠⠀ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract ⠀⁠⠀ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon⠀⁠⠀ 2 Mejdool dates⠀⁠⠀ Pinch sea salt ⠀⁠⠀ º⠀⁠⠀ Put all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth. ENJOY! ⠀⁠⠀ º⠀⁠⠀ You can strain it though a nut milk bag if you want it really thin like mylk. But no need if you're just using it in granola and smoothies! ⠀⁠⠀

⁠When was the last time you stopped to smell the flowers. Like truly smelled then and appreciated how wonderful that sensation is?? ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Here is your reminder to do so this week! Take 30 seconds and just breathe in nature and appreciate its wonder okay? I promise it will change your entire day. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ Oh my gosh nature is healing and magical!⁠⠀ ⁠⁠º⁠⠀ ⁠📸: @johannagouw ⁠⠀

SUPER ✨ FOOD ✨SMOOTHIE ✨BOWL! ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ This is my go to comfort food right now! Last Sunday I ate this in bed 🙊. ⠀⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ I'm obsessed with dishes that taste EPIC and are literally SUPER LOADING your body with nutrients! º⁠⠀ Hemp seeds (plant based protein powerhouse!) ✔⠀⁠⠀ Chaga Mushrooms🍄 (support your immune system) ✔⠀⁠⠀ Wild blueberries (antioxidant flood into your bod!) ✔⠀⁠⠀ Collagen protein (happy bones, gut, skin, hair...)✔⠀⁠⠀ Goji berries ✔⠀⁠⠀ Cacao nibs (makes you feel blissed out, for real it has the "bliss" molecule) ✔⠀⁠⠀ Spinach ✔⠀⁠⠀ Banana ✔⠀⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Anyone have any fave smoothie bowls I need to try...possibly while in bed ☺️ ?

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Honestly if you're not picking raspberries like this, You're doing it wrong. ⁠⠀ ⁠º⁠⠀ 📸: @noellekjones ⁠⠀

Rules are Rules! ⁠⠀ • ⁠⠀ My mama @johannagouw has this posted on the front door when you walk into the lake house. You've got to obey mama bear's rules...if you say so! ☺️

One for the bucket. ⁠⠀ One for me. ⁠⠀ One for the bucket. ⁠⠀ One for me. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ 📸: @noellekjones ⁠⠀

Shame on you @nytimes ⠀ Im late on this post, but regardless of the time frame it still needs to be said. A few weeks ago the NY times, an outlet I adore and hold in high regard let me and thousands of others down by publishing an article called "My Son Got Lyme Disease. He’s Totally Fine." ⠀ ⁠∆⠀ While I am thrilled that the authors son is fine; as I would never want anyone to struggle with this nightmare. For the author and mother to state that lyme is "An easily treated infection with no long-term consequences" Is not only incredibly hurtful to those of us who are suffering, but wrong and without any scientific basis. ⠀ ⁠∆⠀ If someone wants to write an opinion article, fine. But just because you experienced one set of circumstances does not give you the right to spout them as now scientific truth and call out anyone else with a different story as wrong and crazy. ⠀ ⁠∆⠀ I am disappointed that the times would post an article that is so misinformed, with such little regard for facts or reputable sources, I feel it was irresponsible on their behalf. ⠀ ⁠∆⠀ Fellow Lyme warrior @thebalancedblonde perfectly summed up my thoughts : ⁠“I am shocked, truly, that such an established news outlet would publish something so misinformed, false, and cruel to those of us who suffer every day,”⁠⠀ ⁠∆⠀ I am however very grateful for outlets such as @yahoolifestyle @forbes @healthmagazine for quickly posting a firm rebuttal to this article. ⠀ ⁠∆⠀ It was ironic that the very same week my @cbc.sports article (link in BIO) went live depicting my personal nightmarish journey with Lyme that is of complete opposition to Mandavilli's hurtful article. The outpouring of messages of support I received from others struggling with Lyme/Chronic physical/mental illness was heartwarming. The amount of people who thanked me for using my voice and Olympic platform to speak truth and validity to this disease and URGED me to keep speaking up for the silenced was overwhelming. SO although it is easier to write and post warm words of encouragement, here we are. Sometimes courage is being the one to write the hard words. ⠀ ⁠⁠∆⠀ The global outrage that followed is rightly deserved in my opinion #Lyme

These four cowgirls have been friends for 28 years! ⁠⠀ TWENTY 🙌EIGHT 🙌YEARS🙌⁠⠀ We haven’t all four been in the same city at the same time for YEARS!⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ When we are reunited it makes my heart real happy. We snuggle all the time even in public places. And break out in perfect musical sways such as this. It's the happiest when we all walk down memory lane together and remember the crazy adventures we’ve gotten ourselves into.⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Let this post be your reminder to get quiet for 10 minutes and walk down memory lane and remember those childhood friends you love. And then send them a message reminding them. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ Also. Loving being the cool kid at the party with my reusable @miir mug filled with @wildteakombucha kombucha! #lymedontkillmyvibe. ⁠⠀ º⁠⠀ 📸: @johannagouw ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

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."⁠⠀

The happiest cowboy around. ⠀ It’s that time of year... The Calgary Stampede! ⠀ 🤠⠀ Cowboy Boots ✔️⠀ Cowboys hats ✔️⠀ Fringe ✔️⠀

⁠⁠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⠀. #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 ⁠#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⠀ ⁠

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!! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

A friendly reminder to be UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOU today. Put fear away for today. Being authentic take practice. Why not start today? ⠀⠀